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 34 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Agriculture History 72 mins – In this second podcast of a new program hosts Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello discuss the effects of industrialization on the development of farming and both include aspects of agriculture that impact everyone. It’s entitled “The Second Green Revolution”. The first podcast concerned the earliest farmers. At the link right-click “Download UrbAg2” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antibiotic Resistance 46 mins – “… A new report warns the rise of antibiotic-resistant bugs have become a Global Health Threat. We could be facing a post-antibiotic future in which common infections and minor injuries kill again. Fighting this is challenging. The crisis has spread to your doctor’s office and many of America’s farms. This hour, On Point: the rise of superbugs and what we can do to roll back the threat….” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Argentine GM Crops 27 mins – “Across Argentina’s vast GM belt, there are claims of an on-going health crisis. One provincial Minister for Public Health wants an independent commission to investigate.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Argentina: GMs’ New Frontline – 8 May,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20140508-0330a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Relationships (2 parts) 38 mins – “In part two of Speaking Across Generations, our four contributors, sixty years apart in age range, exchange experiences of relationships, technology and getting around.” At the link for a limited time find the title, “Speaking Across the Generations, part 2,” right-click (here or there) “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. In Part 1 “Two visually impaired people in their twenties, exchange experiences of schooling, family and employment, with two visually impaired people in their seventies.” For Part 1 right-click (here or there) “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brazilian Culture (2 prts) 54 mins -“As the World’s media prepares to descend on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, Julia Carneiro presents the first programme which gets to the heart of Brazilian identity.” At the link find the titles “Docs: Being Brazilian – 6 May 2014,” and “Docs: Being Brazilian – 13 May 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140506-0330a.mp3” and “Media files docarchive 20140513-0330a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus.
Carbon Pollution Regulation 51 mins – “In June, the EPA is scheduled to release a proposed rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the country’s power plants. The regulation would be one of the most far reaching to date, targeting the biggest source of CO2 pollution. It comes at a time when scientists are warning, with greater urgency, about the dangers of climate change. The proposal is still being crafted, but the push back is already fierce from industry and from politicians in heavy coal burning states. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guests discuss the debate over the federal government’s effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the zip collection noted in this episode’s introduction contains a copy of the audio file.
Creativity, Inc. 51 mins – “Pixar, the creator of “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles,” has dominated the world of animation for 20 years. Its 14 movies are among the 50 highest-grossing animated films of all time. The studio began 35 years ago as part of the computer division of Lucasfilm before it was acquired by Apple under Steve Jobs. Pixar’s co-founder, Ed Catmull, had a childhood dream to make the first computer-animated movie. When that goal was achieved with the 1995 release of “Toy Story” he faced a new challenge: not only to recreate the film’s success, but to build a sustainable creative culture. Diane talks with Ed Catmull, president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, about the principles he says “make the best in us possible.'” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the zip collection noted in this episode’s introduction contains a copy of the audio file.
Dark Wallet 46 mins – “Your keys. Your privacy. Your sovereignty. That’s the slogan for Dark Wallet. It’s a brand new anti-government software designed to build an online economy, beyond the government’s reach. The software is free. Download it and you can make transactions with digital money — called bitcoins — and they’re all but untraceable. The upside: more privacy from snooping eyes. The downside: secrecy to buy deadly trades of illegal guns and terror funds. This hour, On Point: Dark Wallet and the new unregulated world of digital money.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Delhi Disruption 51 mins – “The largest election ever held in history is happening right now in India. More than 800 million people are registered to vote in the world’s most populous democracy. India has been going through dramatic political and social changes since it opened up its economy 20 years ago. It now has a sizable and growing middle class. The transformation has been particularly striking in Delhi, the nation’s capital. Slums were ripped down to make way for posh shopping malls and apartment buildings. In a new book, “Capital: The Eruption of Delhi,” Rana Dasgupta tells the stories of the billionaires, politicians and slum activists bound by the change gripping one of the world’s largest cities.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the zip collection noted in this episode’s introduction contains a copy of the audio file.
Dien Bien Phu 50 mins – “After the humiliations of World War Two, France was insistent on reasserting itself as a world power. In their Vietnamese colony the nationalists led by Ho Chi Minh were just as determined to gain independence. The showdown to a seven-year guerrilla war came in 1954 at the battle of Dien Bien Phu. Survivors, politicians and historians explain how the horrors of a 56-day siege ended with the French garrison being virtually wiped out. In Paris, desperate politicians even considered using American atomic weapons to try to save Dien Bien Phu. For the other European powers it marked the beginning of the end for their colonies in Africa and the Far East.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu Saturday, May 03, 2014, right-click “Media files docarchive 20140503-1835a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doctors as Patients 37 mins – “Ryan and Allison talk about a new stress in their life (besides the baby) and how it will hopefully add to your experience going through the process and becoming a physician. Ryan was recently diagnosed with a demyelinating lesion in his spinal cord, and after a thorough workup (to include a spinal tap – OUCH!), has a good chance of developing MS in the next few years. During this time, Ryan, as a patient for the first time in his life, got a first hand experience of being on the other side of the exam table. If this sound familiar, it’s because we talked about Allison becoming a patient back in Session 62.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Emigrants vs Immigrants 52 mins – “As House Speaker John Boehner hints that immigration reform might yet have a chance at passage, we take a look at the flip side of the immigrant story – emigration – and find stories of Americans who left this country in search of a better life elsewhere, and sometimes, a fuller realization of American values. From the Loyalists who fled to Canada in the wake of the Revolution, to the free blacks who sailed to Liberia in search of freedom (and a spot at the top of the racial hierarchy), to the Depression-era refugees who sought a better life in the Soviet Union, we ask who’s chosen to leave America, and what parts of their American identities they’ve taken with them.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow above the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ethiopian Jazz 27 mins – “In the 1960s and early ’70s, Addis Ababa’s nightlife was electrified by a blend of traditional folk music, jazz, swing, rhythm and blues. Courtney Pine meets some of the veterans of the Swinging Addis golden age of Ethiopian jazz, including Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete – the ‘Ethiopian Elvis’. These Ethiopian heroes, now in their 70s, are like the Buena Vista Social Club stars of their country.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Swinging Addis,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140507-0332a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fossils 60 mins – “In front of a live audience at the Cambridge Science Centre, Chris Smith is joined by three paleontologists to discuss fascinating fossils! Alex Liu explains where the first animals evolved from, Stephanie Pierce describes how animals first crawled out of the oceans and Jon Tennant digs into how the dinosaurs died out. The team also answer questions like how big are fossilied spiders? Plus, Dave Ansell and Kate Lamble break down bones and discover how we know how fast dinosaurs ran…” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Geoengineering 28 mins – “Illegal Iron Dumping Spawns Huge Algal Bloom Seen from Space; World’s biggest geoengineering experiment ‘violates’ UN rules; Changing Earth: 7 Ideas to Geoengineer Our Planet; 5 Insane Geoengineering Ideas That Won’t Save The Planet–Just Make Things Worse; Iron Fertilization Develops a New Wrinkle; Did Russ George’s Geoengineering experiment actually work?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Giant People 11 mins – “A new film, We Are the Giant, follows six people’s stories during the Arab Spring revolutions. Tell Me More’s Celeste Headlee finds out more about their motivation from activist Maryam Al Khawaja and co-producer Razan Ghalayini.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Global Warming (2 prts) 46 mins – “A geneticist who has made science exciting to millions of TV viewers warns that we’re burning up the planet, but there’s still a chance we can make it. [and] In part two of his interview, scientist David Suzuki says there’s still hope for the planet, despite the obstruction and greed of politicians and corporations.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Time to Get Real on Climate Change,” right-click “Moyers and Company 318_Podcast.mp3,” and “Full Show: The War on Climate Scientists” and right-click “Media files Moyers and Company 319_Podcast.mp3” then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hanna Dustin 25 mins – “About ten miles north of Concord, New Hampshire, off of interstate 93 there’s a little island with a great, big monument on it. …the monument depicts a woman, who is holding a hatchet in her right hand and bunch of scalps in her left hand. When it was erected in 1874, this was the first statue to honor a woman in the United States. But despite this historic status, the monument is controversial because of the woman it memorializes and what she did. The woman in the monument is Hannah Duston and in 1697 she was living in Haverhill, Massachusetts when she, her infant daughter and her nurse-maid, Mary Neff were kidnapped by a band of Abenaki Native Americans. The three were marched north and at some point Hannah’s infant daughter was killed by the Abenakis. They stopped for the night in Boscawen, New Hampshire (on the island above with the monument) and while the Abenaki families slept, Hannah and her companions killed ten of them – including six children – and then scalped each victim before making their escape back to Haverhill.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Home Improvement 44 mins – “Sam Rashkin – Author of Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It. He is currently the Chief Architect of the Building Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Sam also managed the Energy Star for Homes since its start in 1996. Sam knows everything there is to know about renewable energy and “zero energy homes”.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
India Internet Impact 41 mins – “More than a sixth of Indians have access to the Internet, leaving a billion people behind. But smartphones are getting cheaper and mobile internet connections are becoming more easily available. The new Internet users will demand content that won’t be in English, that doesn’t necessarily demand high levels of literacy and works well on basic devices with erratic connections. In this talk Hasit Shah — Nieman-Berkman Fellow at Harvard and Senior Producer for BBC News in London — discusses India’s first proper “digital” election, and how Internet-based campaigning is making this one to watch.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Job Efficiency 14 mins – “…Bill Earle’s job as a driver for UPS, has changed a lot. When Bill started back in the ’90s, he was a guy out there by himself, alone in a truck on an empty road. UPS was a trucking company. Today, it’s a technology company. Every step Bill takes, every mile he drives, is tracked. His truck is a rolling computer. From the time he punches in in the morning until he gets back to base at night, the company is trying to figure out how Bill can do his job quicker, more efficiently. Technology means that no matter what kind of job you have — whether you’re alone in a truck on an empty road or sitting in a cubicle in front of a computer — your company can now track everything you do.” At the link find the title, “#536: The Future Of Work Looks Like A UPS Truck,” right-click “Media files npr 309076383.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nader on Corp America 67 mins – “Listen to Ralph Nader discuss his new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, and take questions from the audience. Recorded April 21, 2014.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Net Neutrality 23 mins – “For years, the government has upheld the principle of “Net neutrality,” the belief that everyone should have equal access to the Web without preferential treatment. But now, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and a former cable and telecommunications top gun, is circulating potential new rules that reportedly would put a price tag on climbing aboard the Internet. The largest and richest providers, giant corporations such as Verizon and Comcast – in mid-takeover of Time Warner Cable — like the idea. They could afford to buy their way to the front of the line. Everyone else — nonprofit groups, startups and everyday users – would have to move to the rear, and the Net would be neutral no more….” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Is Net Neutrality Dead?” right-click “Media files Moyers and Company 317_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nigerian Schoolgirl Abductions 51 mins – “Outrage over the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by an Islamic rebel group has grown worldwide. What began with small street protests by distraught parents and activists has been amplified with the help of social networks, where more than a million messages — including one by U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama — have been tagged with the demand “Bring Back Our Girls.” Nigeria has now accepted international offers of help to locate the girls. But some analysts warn they are likely scattered to neighboring countries. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of  experts discuss the search for Nigeria’s missing girls and what can be done to find them.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the zip collection noted in this episode’s introduction contains a copy of the audio file.
Pain Control 27 mins – “David Bennett discusses painful and painless channelopathies…”Disorders of ion channels (channelopathies) are increasingly being identified, making this a rapidly expanding area of neurology.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet Neurology: April, 2014,” right-click “Media files laneur_april.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Parkinson’s Research 51 mins – “Every year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The devastating neurological disorder occurs when cells in the brain don’t produce enough dopamine. Most people know Parkinson’s for its physical symptoms: tremors, stiff muscles and slow movement. But the disease can also be marked by cognitive impairment and depression. And doctors now believe that Parkinson’s can cause changes to the brain years before it presents any physical symptoms. As public awareness increases, a discussion about the latest treatments for Parkinson’s, prospects for a cure, and the personal story of journalist Michael Kinsley.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the zip collection noted in this episode’s introduction contains a copy of the audio file.
Self-Publishing 33 mins – “The digital revolution has torn down the barriers to publication, putting every manuscript only a click away from freedom. But why are authors taking matters into their own hands? What does it feel like to forge your own path to publishing success? And how is this radical new route to readers transforming the industry, the writing life and literary culture?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Singing Better 54 mins – “Many of us love to sing, but we’re not all good at it. Some of us can’t even carry a tune and are told not to sing. Tim Falconer dives into neuroscience, psychology — and music itself — to find out why he’s a bad singer.” At the link find the title, “The Ballad of Tin Ears ,” right-click (here or there) “Download The Ballad of Tin Ears,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Solar Power Growth 30 mins – “The signs of solar power becoming a truly self-sustaining industry are manifold: Solar manufacturing costs fell by between 70 and 80 per cent from 2007 to 2012 while at the same time, the efficiency rates of solar panels continue to improve. But this success has also led to pushback from many of our nation’s utilities. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak again to the Executive Director of Vote Solar, Adam Browning, to discuss some of the policies that have helped the solar explosion, how public utilities are reacting to the success of solar in very different ways, and what steps are being taken to start getting solar to the millions of Americans who are not homeowners.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
State Surveillance 58 mins – “Is state surveillance a legitimate defence of our freedom or not? Former head of the NSA and CIA Michael Hayden, lawyer Alan Dershowitz, Alexis Ohanian founder of the reddit, and privacy advocate Glenn Greenwald debate the issue.” At the link find the title, “State Surveillance: The Munk Debate ,” right-click (here or there) “Download State Surveillance: The Munk Debate” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trans Fat Ban 8 mins – “…What may have worried industry more was the precedent being set by governments claiming interest in and authority over the long-term health consequences of food. And indeed, that precedent makes the FDA action historic: banning artificial trans fats will save lives, but it also portends future government actions regarding the food supply that will affect human health much more broadly….” At the link right-click “Download” under the author’s photo and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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