Media Mining Digest 134 – 6 June 2014: Afghanistan Reconstruction, Airspace Ownership, Apple and Google, Arab Revolutions, Bank Robbing, Blind Listener Questions, Broadband in Maryland, Clara Barton, College Education Value, Columbia Hippos, Conservative v. Liberal Origins, Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs, Democracy and Technology, Education Practices, Facial Idenfication Database, Gay Marriages, Golems, Human Rights, Khe Sahn – Vietnam, Marriage Equality, Materials Have Tails, Maya Angelou, Measles and Polio Research, Mental Threats, Meta-analysis Issues, Misogyny and Murder, Missing Service Personnel, Movie Monsters, Neuroscience, Obstacles and Performance, Patent Reform, Power Grid, PreMedLife.com, Protein Supply, Right to Try Drugs, Savings Startups, Social Media, Socrates, Software Standards, Sustainable Growth, Triclosan, TV Gamma Setting, Wine for Teeth, Women Entrepreneur

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 44 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Afghanistan Reconstruction 59 mins – “John Sopko talked about his role as Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and discussed how American taxpayer dollars were spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan. Over $103 billion had been spent on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan since 2001. He spoke about work his office had done documenting construction of buildings and generators, defective planes, and missing ships, all of which were authorized and paid for without ever being used. He also talked about corruption within Afghanistan’s government and banks as it relates to waste, fraud, and abuse of money targeted for reconstruction projects. Mr. Sopko expressed his concerns with a lack of accountability and proper oversight at the departments of State and Defense, and argued that this prohibits them from effectively managing the Afghanistan budget. He also expressed the need for national security to be seen as a non-partisan issue when dealing with the lives of American soldiers.” At the link you can see the video, but not download anything; however, an audio copy is included in the zip collection noted in the blog introduction.

Airspace Ownership 16 mins – “Tons of entrepreneurs have come up with clever ways to make money using little drones: farmers, who want to spot aphids on their soybean plants; ranchers trying to find lost cows; crews wanting to film shiny cars cruising on windy roads. There’s just this one little problem – according to the Federal Aviation Administration – all these people- they are breaking the law. Today on the show: drones are proliferating, but who owns the air? If you buy a house, you know you own the ground. But what about the space above it? Who exactly, owns that?” At the link find the title, “#541: Who Owns The Air? ” right-click “Media files npr_315468896.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apple and Google 29 mins – “Fred Vogelstein talked by remote video from San Francisco about his book, Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, in which he traces the origins of two of the largest companies in the media and communications industry. He argued that the battles between these companies, which he termed the defining business battle of a generation, were ultimately over domination of distribution of content in the 21st century.” At the link you can see the video, but not download anything; however, an audio copy is included in the zip collection noted in the blog introduction.

Arab Revolutions 55 mins – “Dalia Othman on Post Arab Revolutions: What Social Media is Telling Us  – It is undeniable that social media played a role in recent revolutions across the Arab world. But it is harder to identify the relationships between different actors on and off social media, and the flow of information about the revolutions. In this talk Dalia Othman — Berkman Fellow and Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Center for Civic Media — discusses the initial findings of ongoing research being conducted on the Arab Blogosphere and Twitter maps from various countries in the region. It is undeniable that social media played a role in recent revolutions across the Arab world. But it is harder to identify the relationships between different actors on and off social media, and the flow of information about the revolutions.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bank Robbing 21 mins – “When I go into a bank, especially if I have to stand in line waiting to make a deposit, my mind wanders. And one of the first place it wanders to is: how I would rob the place. How could it be done? Most of the time, buildings are our friends. But it’s fun to recast the building as the enemy….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Listener Questions  19 mins – “Our experts answer three questions posed by listeners, Peter White meets a visually impaired rehab worker and how to teach your blind child to play.” At the link find the title, “Listeners’ questions; VI rehab worker; blind child’s play,” right-click (for a limited time) “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Test Research 29 mins – ” In a rebroadcast from April 11, 2010, Keith & Russ talk with Mary Wirth, W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University.  She talks about her research into finding the biomarkers which can exacerbate cancer, and how synthetic opals could assist that search.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Maryland 19 mins – “For our 100th episode, we are excited to share a conversation with Dr. Robert Wack, city council member and driving force behind a planned open access fiber network in Westminster, Maryland. Westminster has just decided that instead of a fiber pilot project, they are going to move ahead with the first phase of a larger deployment. Dr. Wack and I discuss how that came to be and how the network has already resulted in a commitment from an employer to move more jobs into the community. We finish our discussion with a personal anecdote about the benefits of expanding the reach of telehealth applications.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 file…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clara Barton  58 mins – “Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office: Between 1861 and 1868, Clara Barton lived in a Washington, D.C., boarding house and employed as many as twelve clerks in her “Missing Soldiers Office.” In 1996 the General Services Administration was preparing the building for demolition when they discovered artifacts eventually proving that this was the lost office of the founder of the American Red Cross. Susan Rosenvold, superintendent and historian of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office gave a tour and talked about the life and work of humanitarian Clara Barton.” At the link you can see the video, but not download anything; however, an audio copy is included in the zip collection noted in the blog introduction.

College Education Value 51 mins – “Millions of new college graduates will be looking for work this summer. And the latest data indicate their degrees are worth the increasingly high cost of tuition, room and board. It finds that Americans with four-year college degrees last year earned 98 percent more an hour on average than those without a degree. Another recent report even suggests that not going to college will cost a young person about $500,000 over a lifetime. But many graduates are carrying significant debt loads which are becoming a drag on the U. S. economy. And some are taking jobs for which they feel overqualified. Diane and her [4] guests discuss the new data on whether college is worth the debt.” 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.

Columbia Hippos 5 mins – “Pablo Escobar, the former Colombian drug lord who was killed in 1993, had an affinity for exotic animals. In the early 1980s, he created a zoo alongside his swimming pools, race track and small airport on his estate known as Hacienda Nápoles. When Escobar was killed by the Colombian police, his estate was left deserted. Many of the animals were rounded up and moved to zoos, says Hernando Alvarez, a Colombian-born reporter for BBC Mundo. But not all of them. “Nobody wanted to get a hold of a couple hippos and the authorities thought not much of it. They have a good environment in this massive farm that used to belong to Pablo Escabar, so they left a couple there… Nowadays there are around 60 hippos in Colombia.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservative v. Liberal Origins 69 mins – “Yuval Levin, author of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas of Burke and Paine and their influence on the evolution of political philosophy. Levin outlines the differing approaches of the two thinkers to liberty, authority, and how reform and change should take place. Other topics discussed include Hayek’s view of tradition, Cartesian rationalism, the moral high ground in politics, and how the “right and left” division of American politics finds its roots in the debates of these thinkers from the 1700s.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs 32 mins – “The dynamic success of crowdfunding has given Entrepreneurs and Startups a new method of raising capital. But it is not automatic. An entrepreneur does not publish a web site with the info and then receive the funds. It can be a full-time endeavor, with tough challenges found in a true marketing campaign. But what does it take to have a successful campaign?  This is the audio recording of the presentation given by Hall Martin, Director  of the Texas Entrepreneur Network. The topic is crowdfunding and what it means to the Entrepreneur.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy and Technology  57 mins – “I am thrilled to post Show #209, April 15, Dutch politician and former European Parliament member Lousewies van der Laan on promoting democracy and technology. I met Lousewies at a conference on innovating justice at The Hague in 2012. Lousewies is a leading voice on democracy and human rights in the EU, and I was delighted to have her on the show to discuss a wide range of issues involving the operation of democracies in 2014. From the rise of the far right to the role of the public in policymaking….” At the link find the title, “Show # 209 — Lousewies van der Laan on liberal and e-democracy — posted,” right-click “Media files 20140415-Levine-209-vanderLaan.mp3” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Practices 19 mins – “Education in America is kind of a patchwork quilt – you’ve got different states doing different things, and towns have different amounts of money to spend on schools. And practically every parent and every student have – often conflicting – ideas about how to create successful, competitive graduates: More computer science. Less homework. More reading. Less memorization. More engaging extracurriculars. Shorter summer vacations. Longer days. Somehow, all those ideas aren’t adding up to much – and there’s increasing worry that US students are falling far behind other countries when it comes to their academic performance.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facial Identification Database 20 mins – “On February 12th of 2008, the FBI announced that it had hired Lockheed Martin to build its Next Generation Identification system (NGI) to deploy multimodal matching to biometric data of US citizens. Today, NGI’s database contains several types of unique identifiers including fingerprints, iris prints, and facial recognition. On this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Jennifer Lynch from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Together they discuss false identifications, mandatory background checks, and the First Amendment right to be anonymous. Tune in to learn more about EFF’s FOIA request and how the FBI is using the data of the innocent to look for guilty parties.” At the link find the title, “The FBI’s Massive Facial Recognition Database: Privacy Implications,” right-click “Media files DGD Final FBI Facial Database.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gay Marriages 40 mins – “Suzanna Walters – Gay rights. Recent years have ushered in a whole new meaning to the idea. Many believe that with gay marriage becoming legal and more gay role models we are becoming much more tolerant. But what about the idea that they need to be tolerated in the first place? Do any of us…” At the link right-click at the bottom of the page “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Golems 4 mins – “It’s a dark night in Prague in the year 1580. Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel kneels by the banks of the river Vlatava to conjure a man out of mud. The rabbi is a wonder worker and a mystic. They say he once impressed the emperor Rudolph by magically turning stones into roses. Now, he calls on his powers at a time of trouble. The Jewish community of Prague is in peril. They face threats of expulsion and violence, but who will come to their aid? Standing under the Charles Bridge, the rabbi draws a human figure on the ground. He circles it, reciting the secret names of God. At last, the figure stirs and rises from the earth. A powerful giant towers above the rabbi. He has created a golem….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Rights 54 mins – “Germaine Greer is perhaps the most provocative feminist thinker in the world. In the final lecture from the series, Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights, Germaine Greer explores women and human rights.” At the link find the title, “Fragile Freedoms – Germaine Greer,” right-click (here or there) “Download Fragile Freedoms – Germaine Greer” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Khe Sanh, Vietnam  47 mins – “As controversial as America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have often been, when American soldiers came home from those wars, they’ve been widely met with respect and thanks.  For the now-aging veterans of the Vietnam War, it was different.  Even when they came home from terrible and terrifying battles.  The Vietnam War battle at Khe Sanh was great and terrible.  A big, remote base nearly overrun.  Months of terrible fighting.  Hundreds of American dead.  A brutally ambiguous end.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marriage Equality 58 mins – “Jo Becker talked about her book, Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality, in which she takes readers through the latter stages of what some call the new civil rights movement, beginning with the first attempts to stop California’s Proposition 8 and culminating in the Supreme Court decision to strike down DOMA. She spoke with Suzanne Goldberg, director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.” At the link you can see the video, but not download anything; however, an audio copy is included in the zip collection noted in the blog introduction.

Materials Have Tails 16 mins – “From the Stone Age to the silicon age — we’ve always been defined by our stuff. And that’s not a bad thing — except when we start drowning in it, says materials scientist Mark Miodownik, author of “Stuff Matters.” At the link find the title, “Drowing in Stuff,” right-click “Media files IHUB-053114-C.mp3,” and select “Sae Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maya Angelou 51 mins – “Maya Angelou, celebrated author and poet, died Wednesday. She was 86. Angelou achieved fame with her 1969 memoir, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” about growing up poor and black in the South. Her autobiographical writing, which eventually filled seven volumes, established her as a leading voice for women and African Americans. In a statement yesterday, president Obama called Angelou, “One of the brightest lights of our time — a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” She appeared on this show three times over the years. Today, we’ll play a rebroadcast of our 2013 conversation about her book, “Mom & Me & Mom.'” 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.

Measles and Polio Research 94 mins – “Hosts Vincent Racaniello and Alan Dove meet up with  Julie Pfeiffer and Paul Duprex at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston, to talk about their work on the pathogenesis of poliovirus and measles virus.” At the link right-click “Download TWIV 286” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Threats 11 mins – “Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang talks about the manifesto of Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger, and what it suggests about American life today…. Jeff Yang’s article “What A Close Reading Of The Isla Vista Shooter’s Horrific Manifesto, ‘My Twisted World,’ Says About His Values — And Ours” was written specifically for Quartz (qz.com) and did not appear in The Wall Street Journal.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meta-analysis Issues 30 mins – Infectious Specialist Mark A. Crislip discusses problems with the use of meta-analysis and organizations, such as the Cochrane Review, that use them. At the link right-click “Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Misogyny and Murder 46 mins – “What’s in a killer’s heart? We know in the case of last Friday’s Santa Barbara massacre. Because the killer wrote about it at length. He despised women. His unrequited desire turned into a furious hatred. And a plan to kill. A plan he carried out. An overwhelming response followed. A Twitter flood – the #yesallwomen hashtag – women sharing their own stories. Concerns that hatred, entitlement, towards women is woven widely into our culture. Not creating killers necessarily, but haters. Is this true? Where’s the line? And what’s to be done?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Missing Service Personnel 51 mins – “On Sept. 1, 1943, a B-24 bomber disappeared over the Pacific archipelago of Palau. The 11 soldiers on the plane became part of the 73,000 the government declared missing in action following the end of World War II. For the families of the men on that plane, it seemed the mystery of what happened to their loved ones would never be resolved. That is until 1993, when an eccentric amateur explorer, on his first visit to Palau, made finding the plane and the soldiers his life’s mission. Author Wil Hylton joins Diane to discuss his new book, ‘ Vanished: The Search for the Missing Men of World War II.’ ” 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.

Movie Monsters   53 mins – “Thursday, we’re talking about the monsters of the silver screen. They’ve been an integral part of films since their earliest days, but as our anxieties have changed throughout the decades, so have our monsters. Historian W. Scott Poole observes that we were once satisfied to watch a group of co-eds try to escape a slathering, predatory beast or slasher fiend. But in the post-9/11 world, “monsters have to burn the world to the ground.” Poole will join us to dissect our fascination with cinema’s monstrosities.” At the link right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroscience  43 mins – “I have spent the last 7 1/2 years sharing and promoting neuroscience and while it has been encouraging to see the field grow in popularity, there has also been a disturbing trend toward increased hype. One goal of the Brain Science Podcast is to provide accurate information that helps the average listener enjoy the science and avoid pseudoscience. BSP 109 was inspired by several excellent books that have documented the hazards of what some writers are calling “neuromania” or neurocentrism, which is the tendency to see the brain as the only path to understanding.” At the link right-click “FREE: audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obstacles and Performance  39 mins – “Joe De Sena – CEO and co-founder of the Spartan Race and author of Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life. Joe is a legend in endurance and adventure racing. He completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultra-marathon, raced the 140.6 miles of Lake Placid Ironman, and finished a 100-mile trail run…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patent Reform  57 mins – “So let’s start with Show #208, April 8, my interview with four-time guest (thanks Mark!) Prof. Mark Lemley of Stanford Law School on this term’s United States Supreme Court intellectual property cases — and there are a banner number. This term’s cases have addressed some of the most vexing issues in patent law generally, ranging from claim construction to abstract ideas. We discussed the primary cases, as well as current legislative efforts to address patent trolls/non-practicing entities/patent assertion entities.” At the link find the title, “Show #208 — Prof. Mark Lemley on the US Supreme Court’s current patent cases — posted,” right-click “Media files
20140408-Levine-208-Lemley.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Grid 11 mins – “What will the power grid look like 50 years from now? More importantly, what do we want it to look like, and how will we supply reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity to a global population that may reach 10 billion by midcentury? IEEE Spectrum considered those important questions as part of its recent special report “The Future We Deserve.” Clark Gellings is one of the world’s leading experts on the electricity system. He’s a Fellow of the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, and also a Life Fellow of the IEEE. During the course of his 46-year career, his ideas, his writing, and his testimony have really helped propel the electricity industry toward greater energy efficiency, more widespread adoption of the smart grid, and more integration of renewable energy and other clean technologies.” At the link right-click “Download Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PreMedLife.com 33 mins – “This podcast is a special one that we have been working towards for the last year. PreMedLife Magazine has been in publication since 2010, and releases new issues every two months to over 40,000 digital subscribers as well as print editions to a growing list of undergraduate colleges. Their mission syncs up very much with ours, at the Medical School Headquarters, and our partnership moving forward will help our audiences learn from each other. Tasheema Prince, the founder of PreMedLife Magazine began her undergraduate career as a premed, but prior to graduating, found a different passion – medical writing. She talks about her decision to leave the premed world behind and enter the land of publishing. While she worked after college, she had the idea of helping premeds with her newly found love of writing and publishing. Thinking back to her premed days, and the help that she was looking for, Tasheema founded PreMedLife Magazine to help premeds on their paths.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Protein Supply 33 mins – “Protein is one of the most important nutrients in our diet, but providing an adequate and equitable supply of it to people around the world remains a vexing problem.” At the link find the title, “The Problem with Protein,” right-click “Media files ProblemwithProtein.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right to Try Drugs 51 mins – “Lawmakers in three states have passed so-called “Right-to-Try” laws, which give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs without FDA approval. Diane and [5] guests discuss the growing demand for these laws and whether they jeopardize patient safety.” 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.

Savings Startups 12 mins – “More than10 years ago, Rich Buck and Paul Merriman wrote a popular article titled, “Superior Diversification on a Shoestring Budget.”  It is amazing how far the industry has come since the article was released. It focused on how to build a broadly diversified Vanguard portfolio following Paul’s Vanguard Aggressive Portfolio using 9 different funds. To complete the process took 9 years of patient investing. With commission-free ETFs at Vanguard and Schwab, and low minimums with Schwab index funds, most young investors can now build the entire portfolio in one year.  In this podcast Paul discusses how to work with Vanguard and Schwab as well as some of the important differences between funds and ETFs. See Paul’s mutual fund recommendations and ETF recommendations.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media 65 mins – “Online, interface designs fashion people’s appearance, shape their communication and influence their behavior. Can we see another’s face or do we know each other only by name? Do our words disappear forever once they leave the screen or are they permanently archived, amassing a history of our views and reactions? Are we aware of how public or private our surroundings are? In this talk Judith Donath — Berkman Faculty Fellow and former director of the MIT Media Lab’s Sociable Media Group — discusses some of these questions and more from her new book “The Social Machine.'” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Socrates 52 mins – “Wednesday, the acclaimed British historian Bettany Hughes is joining us to talk about one of history’s most fascinating characters, Socrates. You know much of the story: Socrates was a brilliant, disheveled figure of 5th century Athens who wandered around the city barefoot asking random people the most important questions about life. Hughes says Socrates is relevant for us now in a materialistic society because he’s asking “what is the right way to live?’ ” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Software Standards 63 mins – “Jack Ganssle shared his wisdom on being a good embedded software engineer (hint: it takes discipline). Jack’s website is filled with great essays and new videos. He’s also written the Art of Designing Embedded Systems and The Embedded Systems Dictionary (with Michael Barr). We covered a lot of ground, here are some of the highlights: Spark language; Capers Jones on high quality software and associated statistics; Joel on Software test for good teams; LDRA unit test tool
James Grenning’s Test Driven Development for Embedded C.” At the link find the title, “53: Being a grownup engineer,” right-click “Media files embedded-53.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainable Growth 54 mins – “It’s widely acknowledged that unfettered economic growth is impossible. Yet our reliance on fossil fuels and a growth-based economy seem intractable. Is the notion of “green growth” the answer?” At the link find the title, “Green Growth: Can Profits Help the Planet?” right-click “Download Green Growth: Can Profits Help the Planet?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Triclosan Ban 3 mins – “Study links liquid soap ingredient to increased risk of breast cancer.” At the link find the title, “Episode 375 – June 04 2014,” right-click “Media files
ScienceElements_June4_2014.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up media.

TV Gamma Setting 65 mins – In “All About Gamma” host Scott Wilkinson chats with  Joel Silverr about gamma’s affect on picture quality. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine Protects Teeth 3 mins – “Red wine could help prevent cavities.” At the link find the title, “Episode 372 – May 28 2014,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements May28_2014.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women Entrepreneur 59 mins – “Heidi Roizen, operating partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, shares personal and professional truths learned from her career as an entrepreneur, investor, and educator. Among other topics, Roizen examines the need for resiliency, the importance of valuing relationships over transactions, and why ethics should never be compromised.” At the link hover over “Download,” right-click “Download MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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An alphabetic encyclopedia of over 3100 of these hyperlinked descriptions is here and updated quarterly. A complete folder of the actual podcasts is here and can be downloaded as a 20+ GB zipped file or individually. A separate folder of C-Span, Diane Rehm, et. al. files that aren’t available at their sites is here and can alsob e downloaded as a zip file or individually. Jan-Jun 2013 files in 18 zip segments (832 podcasts) can be downloaded hereand 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 hereFree 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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