The following audio files come from a larger group of 160 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 30 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Aviation Training at Embry Riddle 59 mins – “Max and Court welcome Dr. Tim Brady, Dean of the College of Aviation at the Embry Riddle Daytona Beach campus as they discuss ERAU’s new aviation PhD program. You can learn more about the first aviation PhD program at http://aviationphd.erau.edu/.” The interview starts at the 33 minute mark and lasts 16 minutes. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aviation Training at Polk State 76 mins – “This episode features an interview with Eric Crump, Aerospace Director at Polk State University, on the innovations taking place in aviation training.”That segment starts around the 9 minute mark and ends 70 minutes later. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Beowulf 54 mins – “For more than 1,000 years, the story of Beowulf and the monster Grendel has been part of English lore and literature. The work inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels, it’s been the basis of movies, and it’s even captured the imagination of artists in Utah. This week, Meat & Potato Theatre Company opens a staged adaption and there’s a new translation from a Beowulf enthusiast here in Salt Lake City. So we’re taking the opportunity to talk about the saga: where it came from and why it’s still read today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Capital Punishment 52 mins – “A recent botched prisoner execution in Oklahoma has poured new fuel on the fiery debate surrounding capital punishment in America. For some people, the pain of the punishment should approach that of the crime. For others, the death penalty is a reprehensible and frequently mishandled State endorsement of killing. …we’ll hear from both sides of the debate, and ask this question: If America is going to execute criminals, could we be going about it a better way?” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.
Chinese Cyber Attack 51 mins – “The U.S. files criminal charges accusing Chinese military officials of stealing American trade secrets. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of  experts discuss new efforts to fight international cyber espionage, an issue that costs US companies billions of dollars a year and threatens national security.” 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.
Chronic Pain Drug 16mins – “…Millions of people with chronic pain are at risk for addiction or overdose when treated with opioid medications. At the same time, many people with addiction also have chronic pain. Approaches to managing these clinical situations effectively should be a significant focus of research funding, a subject for education in medical and dental schools, and a topic for training in accredited residency programs. A new specialty fellowship in chronic pain and addiction could be developed to foster expertise for consultation to both clinicians and policymakers. …Enter Zohydro. …Zohydro is a high-potency opioid agonist sold in capsule form, without features to deter crushing and injecting….” Turmoil between regulators, politicians and medical experts following its introduction has increased, but may expedite pain control means and procedures. At the link right-click “Download” under the speaker’s photo and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Citizen Science 54 mins – “…Professional scientists all over the world are engaging with non-professionals to collect and analyze scientific data, producing results which are being reviewed and published, adding to our knowledge of the world and beyond. In this panel discussion from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, we hear from an astronomer, a neuroscientist, an ornithologist and a computer scientist about the challenge of working with members of the public. There are hundreds of projects underway in all sorts of areas. At the bottom of this page are links to lists and actual projects.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cow Tunnels 23 mins – “Writer Nicola Twilley first heard about cow tunnels in a book called Raising Steaks by Betsy Fussell. Fussell writes, “Traffic was so heavy in the 1870s that a ‘Cow Tunnel’ was built beneath Twelfth Avenue to serve as an underground passage. It’s rumored to be there still, awaiting designation as a landmark site.” Just that little mention. Nothing else. Thus began Nicola Twilley’s quest to figure out whether the cow tunnels ever actually existed.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Democratic Revolution 51 mins – “When it comes to democracy, the West has always come out on top. From the creation of the nation-state, to the idea of liberal democracy, to the development of welfare programs, Western Europe and the United States have led the way. But today, democracy is in trouble and two top editors at The Economists argue in a new book that the West is at risk of being left behind unless there’s a re-invention of the state. The authors say the U.S., in particular, is failing badly at the task of government reform. But they point to nations in some surprising places that are giving it a lot of thought—like the tiny country of Singapore. Editor- in-chief of The Economist, John Micklethwait, and management editor of The Economist, Adrian Wooldridge, discuss their new book “The Fourth Revolution” with guest host Tom Gjelten.” 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.
Digital Medicine 4 mins – Dr Mark Crispin, an infectious disease specialist, remarks about the digitization of medical information and how he has used it to replace the traditional book and paper sources. At the link find the title, “A Gobbet o’ Pus 583. More Global Warming?” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to download the podcast.
Doctor Notes Access 51 mins – “By law, most patients have the right to access their medical records. But obtaining them can be time-consuming and expensive. A growing number of health advocates are pushing to give patients easy electronic access to physicians’ notes. They argue this improves patient care by aiding communication and reducing misunderstandings. About a dozen medical systems, including the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente Northwest, allow patients easy access to these records. But some doctors worry this could cause greater confusion and harm. In the next hour, Diane and a panel of  guests discuss the pros and cons of making physicians’ notes easily accessible to patients.” 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.
Drone Podcast 33 mins – “UAS regulation proposals from CASA in Australia and from a listener in the U.S., a “Ten best drones” list, NASA testing sense and avoid with a Predator, and bright job prospects for those with UAS skills.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
E-cigarettes 85 mins – “Witnesses testified at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposal to assert authority over electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other non-regulated tobacco products. The proposal included prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and requiring FDA approval and a health warning label for new tobacco products. Mitch Zeller, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products said e-cigarettes had the potential to do harm and good, but more studies were needed. Tim McAfee, director of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health, also testified.” At the link you can listen/watch, but an audio download costs $.99; however, a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.
Farming in America 90 mins – “Hosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello continue their brief history of farming with a discussion of farming after the Dust Bowl.” Look at the links for current drought conditions in the U.S. At the link right-click “Download UrbAg3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Food History 58 mins – “Until recently, the link between a high fat diet and heart disease was one of the touchstones of modern medicine. But new research has thrown that connection into question, just as numerous studies over the years have brought new advice about health and diet to the fore. So in this episode, the Guys take the long view on nutritional advice and explore some of the more surprising ways that past generations have defined “health food.”…” At the link right-click the tiny down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Home Theater 66 mins – Host Scott Wilkinson chats with guests Barb Gonzalez and Mark Henninger about Amazon Fire TV, net neutrality, QPlay, and more. QPlay only works with Apple products. Also of interest is CanIStreamIt “…a free service created by Urban Pixels that allows you to search across the most popular streaming, rental, and purchase services to find where a movie is available. If the movie you’re looking for is not available, just sign-up, set a reminder and voila we will shoot you an email when your chosen service makes the movie available. It’s simple and fast.” At the link right-click “Audio beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.
Libya 59 mins – “Ambassador Deborah Jones talked about the growing violence in Libya, and the political transition since the fall of Moammar Gaddafi. Ambassador Jones succeeded Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was killed along with three other Americans in the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. She explained political challenges facing the country but stressed that Libya, not the U.S. was responsible for its future.” At the link you can listen/watch, but an audio download costs $.99; however, a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.
MERS 46 mins – “MERS is not a global pandemic. But it could become one. We learn that an American flew out of Saudi Arabia with it, and suddenly it’s catching in Indiana. It hasn’t spread like SARS did, but its death rate is much higher. 1 in 3 so far. Probably came from camels. Maybe Egyptian tomb bats. But global travel can and will take it everywhere. Especially from a country that draws millions to Mecca and then back home. Fundamentalist Saudi Arabia is taking heat for not being helpful enough, transparent enough. How does the world armor up against a new mobile threat? This hour On Point: the challenge of tackling MERS.” At the link right-click “download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mexican Apples 5 mins – “After 50 years in the apple business, Vicente Robles from the Mexican state of Chihuahua is cutting down most of his orchards. The trees are still productive, but no longer profitable. This year, Mexican growers produced a record harvest. “We were very happy,” said Robles. “The harvest was coming well after two years of not having one.”But their bumper crop came after a year of record imports of American apples. By the time the Mexican growers were ready to sell their fruit, markets were already filled with apples from up north. Chihuahua grower Isaí Gómez trucked his apples to wholesale markets in different cities. He found no takers.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
New York Port 4 mins – “England has London. France has Paris. And in the eyes of the world, the U.S. has New York. But what brought the Big Apple to such glittery prominence on the world stage? As any realtor will tell you, there were three main reasons: location, location, and location. New York is situated in a large, natural harbor on the east coast. Within the harbor are miles and miles of protected coastline. For most of history the only economical way to ship goods over long distances was on the water. New York was connected via the Hudson River to upstate New York, and from there to the nation’s interior via the Erie Canal. In short, the city was perfectly situated as a gateway for goods flowing between Europe and much of the U.S…” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Penny Dies 19 mins – Today on the show: The penny. And the strange spot it occupies in our economy. It’s worth almost nothing, but not quite. We have three stories on the penny. First, we go on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something, anything, we can buy for one cent. Next, we talk to a guy who’s betting on the government killing the penny. And finally, we visit a place where people dream of how pennies could change everything: the internet.” At the link find the title, “#539: What’s A Penny Worth?” right-click “Media files npr_313358317.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Podcasting from a Suitcase 45 mins – “In his episode we concentrate on podcasting when you’re away from the studio. Not field recordings like sound-seeing tours, but podcasting when you are away from home, traveling, maybe staying with friends or in a hotel. In other words, podcasting from a suitcase. Guests Carl Valeri and Len Costa are two of the four hosts from the Stuck Mic AvCast. With a cast of pilots, this podcast often sees several of them away from home, usually in a hotel. We cover a wide range of topics, including: The challange of coordinating recording sessions with the travel schedules of the hosts; Recording episodes and having lots of backup using Screenflow on the Mac and also Call Recorder [Mac also].”
Prone Breathing 23 mins – “Proning is one of the only evidence-based techniques to affect the mortality of ARDS [acute respiratory distress patient] patients. I’ve been wanting to do an episode on proning for a while. Serendipitously, Joseph Tonna recently published a piece on the topic in the ACEP Critical Care Section Newsletter [American College of Emergency Care Physicians]. Dr. Tonna is a fellow in Anesthesia Critical Care at the University of Washington. He recently did a rotation on a refractory ARDs unit (read about all of his experiences below[at the link]) and learned the way they prone. We discuss it on the podcast today.” (Some good video examples at the link.) At the link close to the page bottom right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Putin 40 mins – Michael McFaul on Vladimir Putin and Russia. “McFaul is the former United States Ambassador to Russia. He resigned in February 2014 for family reasons. Prior to his nomination to the ambassadorial position, McFaul worked for the U.S. National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Russian and Eurasian Affairs. After his tenure as ambassador in Moscow, McFaul returned to Stanford University as a Professor of Political Science.” At the link find the title, “Michael McFaul on Vladimir Putin and Russia,” right-click “Media files 20140519.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Reading Changes 54 mins – “The future of reading in the internet age: How screen reading may affect the way we read books. A mobile app that offers bite-sized, subscription-based books. A look at “social reading” apps. And, Margaret Atwood talks about robotics in work and life.” At the link find “251: Robotics in work and life. Bite-sized subscription books….” right-click “Media files spark_20140511_61129.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tachycardia Treatments 24 mins – Dr Susan B Torrey presents a discussion of tachycardias and their treatment. Reference is made to visual aids, but only an audio version is available. At the link right-click “Susan Torrey: Terrifying Tachycardias and Their Therapies,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Telecommunication Act Revision 30 mins – “Former Representatives Rich Boucher (D-VA) and Jack Fields (R-TX) talked about the 1996 Telecommunications Act and congressional efforts to rewrite it. Both men were instrumental in writing the legislation.” At the link you can listen/watch, but an audio download costs $.99; however, a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.
VA Hospital Waits 51 mins – “At a news conference yesterday, President Barack Obama strongly defended the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency is beset by widening allegations of falsified records and treatment delays for veterans. The president also defended V.A. Secretary Eric Shinseki, saying “nobody cares more about our veterans.” But the president stressed that if the allegations prove to be true, those responsible will be held accountable. Many veterans advocates, Republican lawmakers and even some Democrats expressed disappointment with the president’s comments for not offering concrete solutions; others renewed their calls for General Shinseki to resign. Guest host Tom Gjelten and  guests discuss the V.A. under fire.” 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.
VA Hospital Waits 11 mins – “The Department of Veterans Affairs is under scrutiny after reports say it makes patients wait too long to see doctors. NPR correspondent Quil Lawrence discusses what happened and the possible fallout.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women in Aviation 74 mins – “We’re joined by guest Elizabeth Clark, Executive Director for Women in Corporate Aviation and the current President of the Memphis Belles Chapter of Women in Aviation International. Liz is an experienced pilot currently flying for FedEx Express Corporate Aviation where she’s a Captain on both the Challenger 601 and Learjet 45 aircraft.” She speaks for most of the first hour. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
An alphabetic encyclopedia of over 3100 of these hyperlinked descriptions is here and updated quarterly. Jan-Jun 2013 files in 18 zip segments (832 podcasts) can be downloaded here, and a list of those files here; Jul-Dec 2013 files in 13 zip segments (720 podcasts) downloaded here, and a list here; Jan-Jun 2012 files in 8 segments (360 podcasts) and a list are here, and Jul-Dec here in 13 parts (593 podcasts). For 2011 a list and 5 segments (184 podcasts). For 2010 and earlier 64 podcasts are listed here and zipped 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 list of the feeds is here. Free Commander is used to compare old with new downloads and remove duplicates. MP3 Speed Changer is used on batches of new files to boost playback speed 150%. A speed listening background article is here. Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads.
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