Media Mining Digest 142 – 1 August 2014: Affordable Care Act Ads Backfire, Bachelet on Chile, Balloons and Hydrogen, Balloon of Napoleon, Blind Women in War Zones, Bubblewrap Lab, Carbon in Soil, Cash and Poverty, Child Endangerment, CIA Beauracracy, Classical Music, Computer Algorithms, Conflict Resolution, Elephant Whisperer, Excess Munitions, Fungi, Furniture Production, Galapagos Recovery, Geology Engineer, Gun Report Ends, Internet Race Swap, Juvenile, Prisons, Laboratory Regulation, Mary Jo Foley, May Clinic Parasitologist, MCAT Changes, Minority Tech, Motor Voter Act, Music Genome, Partisan Growth, Part-Time Work, Power of Cities, Pregnancy Discrimination, Racially-Charged Casting, Radiation history, Russian Gas Matrix, Shawn Wallace, Skeleton Crew, Snowden as Criminal, Speaking Powerfully, Standing Tall, Star Astronomy, Taxing Food, U.S. Forests, Women Entrepreneurship, Women in Astronomy, Worm Picking

The following audio files come from a larger group of 207 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 47 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Affordable Care Act Ads Backfire 6 mins – “Spending on negative Obamacare ads eclipsed spending on positive ads by a remarkable 15-1 ratio. Brooke talks with Niam Yaraghi of the Brooking Institution, who says that anti-Obamacare ads actually drove up enrollment.” At the link right-click “Stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bachelet on Chile  51mins – “On June 30, Foreign Policy’s Latin America Initiative at Brookings hosted President Michelle Bachelet of Chile for a discussion on strengthening democracy and stability, focused on Chile’s present reform efforts…President Bachelet was re-elected in December 2013, having previously served as Chile’s first female president from 2006 to 2010. Her term in office was marked by her efforts to improve equity and social inclusion. Previously, she served as Chile’s minister of defense (2002-2004) and as minister of health (2000-2002). In a lifetime of public service, she has also held global leadership roles in the International Labor Organization, World Health Organization and as the inaugural director of U.N. Women.” At the link choose the audio section, right-click on the topic title just above the “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Balloons and Hydrogen 4 mins – “…A Hydrogen balloon must release sand to rise, or release hydrogen to go down. Once the hydrogen is spent, the balloon can only sink. A hot air balloon has to be larger since hot air is not as light as hydrogen. We control a hot air balloon’s altitude by alternately heating the air in the gas bag or letting it cool. To travel great distances, that took increasingly heavy loads of fuel. Rozier had a solution: He built a double balloon….” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2405: The Great Balloon Disaster,” right-click  “Media file
KUHF 334266934.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Balloon of Napoleon 4 mins – Napoleon’s megalomania combined with a disagreeable use of a hot air balloon in 1804 thwarted the use of observation balloons for another fifty years.  At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2404: Napoleon’s Aerial Crown,” right-click  “Media files KUHF 333879142.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Women in War Zones 20 mins – “Two blind women speak frankly about their experiences of living through the current conflict in Gaza and Israel: how they find out information about the proximity of rockets and bombs; how they deal with the uncertainty and how their lives have been affected.” At the link for a limited time find the title, “Two Blind Women on living in Gaza and Israel,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bubblewrap Lab 2 mins – “Used bubble wrap could find new life as medical testing equipment.” [Here’s the link with the article that’s the basis for the podcast.] At the link find the title, Episode 395 – July 21, 2014,” right click (Here or there) “direct link ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon in Soil 29 mins – “What if the solution for reducing our collective carbon footprint were right under our feet? Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio believes it is – soil is a natural and planet-healthy repository for CO2. A slight rise in carbon dioxide levels in the soil could help fend off the encroaching warming of the climate. Author Courtney White [Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country]   talks about this as well as the environmental problems caused by today’s common farming practices….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cash and Poverty 71 mins – “Chris Blattman of Columbia University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a radical approach to fighting poverty in desperately poor countries: giving cash to aid recipients and allowing them to spend it as they please. Blattman shares his research and cautious optimism about giving cash and discusses how infusions of cash affect growth, educational outcomes, and political behavior (including violence). The conversation concludes with a discussion of the limits of aid and the some of the moral issues facing aid activists and researchers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. [Many articles and other podcast links also at the site.]

Child Endangerment  17 mins – “A South Carolina mother was jailed on charges of child neglect because her 9-year-old daughter was found playing at a park by herself. Should she have been punished? A panel of parents weigh in.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA Bureaucracy 6 mins – “Jeff Scudder was working in the CIA’s Historical Collections Division when he found a trove of documents that were declassified and ready for release to the public, but hadn’t, due to bureaucratic strife. So he filed a FOIA request. Bob talks with Scudder about how this request ultimately resulted in his ousting from the agency.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 Classical Music  51 mins – “Classical music has thrived for centuries. But many say it is now facing its biggest challenges of all time, and risks becoming obsolete. Orchestras across the country face financial trouble, and there’s worry that the younger generations are connecting less and less with Brahms and Debussy. In response, many organizations are venturing into new musical and technological territory to attract loyal audiences…everything from intimate “living room” concerts organized on social media, to collaborations with pop and rock artists. A look at classical music’s place in society, and what’s in store for its future.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Computer Algorithms  79 mins  – “Our online lives are organized by computer algorithms that select and recommend advertisements, search results, news, and online social interactions. These algorithms are often closely-guarded secrets kept by Internet companies. But researchers, users, and the public might legitimately need to know how these algorithms operate. In this talk, Christian Sandvig (University of Michigan), Karrie Karahalios (University of Illinois), and Cedric Langbort (University of Illinois) use the Facebook newsfeed as an example to ask how users can investigate how these algorithms work from the outside.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conflict Resolution 29 mins – “One of the most challenging roles of an effective entrepreneur or small business owner is that of “peacekeeper.” The ability to effectively navigate conflict will ultimately propel you to grow – both professionally and personally [emotional intelligence].  As a leader without this ability, it can be extremely difficult to see projects through to fruition and successfully manage your team. Business consultant, licensed mediator and Amazon bestselling author Susan Steinbrecher [ Kenso ] joins Anita Campbell in this episode to reveal the “Three Golden Rules” of engagement and the “Six Steps to Conflict Resolution.'” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elephant Whisperer 46 mins – “We’ll travel to the jungles of Burma for the remarkable true story of Billy Williams—aka “the elephant whisperer”—and his World War II  heroism. Anyone with a pet understands the special relationship between people and animals. But the story of Elephant Bill is on another level – the tale of British soldier Billy Williams, who used his intimate connection to the largest animals on earth to help the Allies defeat the Japanese in World War II. Vicki Croke, a present-day journalist whose beat is animals, has told it in her new book “Elephant Company.” Are there 21st century lessons for us? Can we even be sure that elephants can survive the relentless assault of poachers? This hour On Point: how the elephant whisperer did it.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Excess Munitions 7 mins – “Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) are a significant safety concern for governments and a major security challenge for the international community. The Small Arms Survey has documented more than 500 such incidents in 100 countries over the 35-year period from 1979 to 2013. The Handbook ‘Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS): Excess Stockpiles as Liabilities rather than Assets’, published in June 2014, is a reference and training tool that provides contextual information and analysis .useful for policy makers, programmers, and practitioners addressing stockpile management and surplus destruction concerns…” At the link right-click the download arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fungi 28 mins – “Dr Bryn Dentinger, a researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, bought a packet of dried porcini mushrooms in a local shop. Being an expert in fungi, Bryn wanted to know what species of porcini he had purchased, so he sequenced the dried mushrooms’ DNA (obviously) and was rather surprised at the result. Ben went to Kew to talk to Bryn about fungi and about his discovery… Also on the podcast this month, we interviewed Artemis Louyakis, who studies Thrombolites: tough, rock-like structures, which are actually macrocolonies of bacteria. Artemis tells us about her research and the practical uses that these structures might have in space travel.” At the link click “Download” then “OK” to “Safe File” in the pop-up menu.

Furniture Production  8 mins – “Beth Macy’s new book, “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town,” profiles John D. Bassett III and his fight to stay profitable and keep American workers employed at his plant in Galax, Virginia. As a reporter for the Roanoke Times, Beth Macy covered the region in Virginia and North Carolina that had once been known as the nation’s “furniture belt.” She witnessed the plant closings and layoffs that resulted from globalization, as cheaper Asian knockoffs and imports took their toll on the American industry. “Every time a factory closed down, we had gone down and done a story, but we never went back and said what happened to all those people.” A few years ago, Macy decided it was time to do that.” At the link click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and then “OK” to “Save File” in the pop-up box.

Galapagos Recovery  64 mins – “Today, the strange story of a small group of islands that raise a big question: is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will eventually get swallowed up by humans? And just how far are we willing to go to stop that from happening? We are dedicating a whole hour to the Galapagos archipelago, the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. 179 years later, the Galapagos are undergoing rapid changes that continue to pose — and possibly answer — critical questions about the fragility and resilience of life on Earth.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As'” from the pop-up menu.

Geology Engineer 75 mins – “Geological engineer Pamela Rogalski shares her insights about using social license to enact change in organizations and communities during this episode of The Engineering Commons….”  At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Report Ends 11 mins – “The Gun Report was a New York Times blog that chronicled daily shootings across the country in an effort to highlight victims of gun violence between mass shootings. Brooke talks with Jennifer Mascia, the blog’s co-author, about her experience compiling the records of who gets shot in America.” At the link right-click “Stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Race Swap   10 mins – “Whether you think the internet is a great or terrible place is partly a reflection of which parts of the internet you choose to visit. It’s also a reflection of who you are, and how people online react to you. Mikki Kendall is a writer who deals with an extraordinary amount of trolling and vitriol online. Mikki is a black woman in real life, and she created an experiment to see how her online life would change if she were a white man.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Juvenile Prisons  30 mins – “The cold hard facts about juvenile prisons. And the case for shutting them all down.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Laboratory Problems 99 mins – “The TWiV team reviews the discovery of old vials of smallpox virus at NIH, anthrax and influenza mishaps at CDC, the baby who was not cured of HIV, Cambridge Working Group, and sacking of NSABB members.[National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity]” At the link right-click “TWIV 294” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Mary Jo Foley 60 mins – “Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for over 25 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She has kept close tabs on Microsoft strategy, products and technologies for the past 10 years. She also is the author of “Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era,” and is the co-host of “Windows Weekly.”  At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mayo Clinic Parasitologist  69 mins – “Dr Bobbi Pritt joins Profs Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier to talk about directing a clinical parasitology laboratory and her weekly case reports at Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites. At the link right-click “TWIP #75” next to “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCAT Changes  47 mins – “In this session, we bring back Bryan, a personal tutor with a 44 MCAT score and the Academic Director from Next Step Test Prep. He previously joined us in Session 59 to talk about MCAT retakes. This time we are tackling the MCAT 2015 and what you, as a premed, need to do to start preparing for it. The MCAT is a seasoned test and times have changed. The industry recognizes that it needs to be updated in line with the expectations of the medical schools hence, the change happening in the MCAT. The test is already stressful as it is and with this change looming in the horizon, you would want to tackle this monster the right way.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minority Tech 13 mins – “Host Michel Martin talks to a roundtable of activists and innovators about the future of technology, and recruiting the next generation of African-Americans and Latinos into the tech field.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Motor Voter Act 19 mins – “…The idea behind Rock the Vote was simple: get young people to vote for politicians who wouldn’t censor music. Ayeroff got about sixty people together in a Los Angeles hotel to talk about launching Rock The Vote. Frank Zappa was there, past and present California Governor Jerry Brown was there, as well as a bunch of record executives, including Jeff’s friend, a record executive  at Warner Brothers named Jeff Gold. Gold’s major project at the time was trying to figure out how to package CDs…” At the link right-click Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Genome 88 mins – “The evolution of internet based radio, how artists connect with fans, Pandora and the connected car, the freemium model, and is youtube still relevant for new artists?” With guests   Heidi Browning Pearson, Ted Cohen , Geoffrey Colon, and David Holmes  At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Partisan Growth 4 mins – “…Iwrite this in 2014. A Pew Research Center poll has just compared us with ourselves 20 years ago. Liberals and conservatives have dramatically polarized. Today, something like a third of democrats and republicans see the opposing party as a threat to the nation’s well being. That’s twice as extreme as it was in 1994. Democrats shifting left, republicans shifting right. The report goes on for many pages and the data are frightening. They portray us as a nation headed toward the kind of ideological conflict we see abroad…Click here for the Pew Research council report. See also the Snopes website, the PolitiFact site, and the PunditFact site. Some Newspapers also have fact-checking websites. See e.g. this one by the Washington Post.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2959: A Great Divide,” right-click “Media files
KUHF 335143046.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Part-Time work 12 mins – “Many part-time workers have to manage unpredictable hours and schedules, which can take a toll on employees. Host Michel Martin learns about how some government officials are addressing the concern.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power of Cities 4 mins – “…Power laws are all around us: If you add twice the amount of salt, a dish will not taste twice as salty. Rather, it will appear about 2^1.4 or 2.6 times as salty. A star twice the mass of our Sun will be 10 times as bright. There are many other examples, and surprisingly even human constructs behave similarly. Cities are particularly fascinating: If the size of a city doubles, we see more than a doubling of the number inventors and artists that reside in the city. The number of patents also more than doubles, but, unfortunately, so does the amount of time we spend in traffic. All of these quantities follow power laws. On the other hand some quantities grow more slowly — if a city doubles in size, we spend less than twice the gasoline or electricity — bigger cities are more efficient. But all is not rosy — the number of crimes and cases of a disease more than double in cities of twice the size….” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2957: The Power of Cities,” right-click “Media files KUHF 334664247.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pregnancy Discrimination 8 mins – “More than 35 years after the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed by Congress, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated their guidelines. Host Michel Martin learns more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Racially-Charged Casting 17 mins – “A casting call asked for attractive light-skinned women of any race but black women who looked “poor” and “not in good shape.” A panel of industry insiders weighs in.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radiation History 41 mins – “Historian Lisa Rumiel recently presented a talk entitled “Three Mile Island to Bhopal: the Life and Work of Environmental Activist Rosalie Bertell” in front of an engaged audience at Toronto’s Parkdale library.  Bertell, who has a PhD in biometrics, has long spoken out about the environmental consequences of nuclear power. The presentation is the second talk of the 2011 History Matters lecture series.  Now in its second year, the series gives the public an opportunity to connect with working historians and discover some of the many and surprising ways in which the past shapes the present.  This year’s talks focus on two themes: labour and environmental history.”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Gas Matrix 88 mins – “As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, European countries dependent upon Russian gas to meet their energy demands grow increasingly anxious. With nearly 40 percent of EU gas imports coming from Russia—much of which travels through Ukraine—recent threats by Russian gas producer Gazprom to halt Ukrainian shipments could have consequences for the entire region. Meanwhile, a nearly-closed deal that has been 10 years in the making could see Russia exporting 38 billion cubic meters of gas a year to China. On May 27, the Energy Security Initiative (ESI) and the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings hosted a discussion to launch the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies’ (OIES) new book on The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets are Driving Change. This study looks at the shifting relationship between supply and demand for Russian gas and Russia’s influence in the European and Asian energy sectors. James Henderson, co-editor of the study, presented OIES’s findings along with Jonathan Stern, one of the book’s contributors and chairman of the Natural Gas Research Program at OIES….” At the link right-click on the topic title just above the “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shawn Wallace  47 mins – “From “The Princess Bride” to “My Dinner with Andre “and “A Master Builder,” actor and writer Wallace Shawn joins us. You know him as an impish villain in “The Princess Bride,” or an improbable Lothario in “Manhattan,” or the voice of Rex the Dinosaur in “Toy Story.” But Wallace Shawn’s real passion is not acting but writing. He spent 15 years translating and adapting a 19th century Norwegian play by Henrik Ibsen – which is now a new movie, “A Master Builder,” starring Shawn and his friend Andre Gregory. We’ll ask how he balances the twin sides of his working life – and competing demands from audiences and his own conscience. This hour, On Point: a conversation with Wallace Shawn.” At the link right-click “Save this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Skeleton Crew 11mins – “There’s an estimated 40,000 unidentified human remains in the United States. When writer Deborah Halber heard this figure, she did some research and discovered a thriving community of internet sleuths who spend hours trying to attach names to these John and Jane Does. Brooke speaks to Halber about her new book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases.”   At the link right-click “Stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Snowden as Criminal  57 mins “I’m pleased to post Show # 216, July 9, my interview with Prof. David Schanzer of Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, on Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency (NSA). It was a bit over a year ago that Edward Snowden appeared on the scene as the source of a seemingly-endless array of information about the NSA’s legal and illegal spying. Snowden has since become a household name for his willingness to expose this behavior despite significant personal risk, which has caused scholars, policymakers and others to weigh in on how Snowden should be viewed. In my interview with David, we discussed David’s views on Snowden as a felon, and whether the “whistleblower” label is appropriate. In the process, we also discussed some of the NSA’s activities and how policymakers might approach reform of the NSA. David’s experience in the counter-terrorism and law enforcement world is vast, and I greatly enjoyed the discussion.” At the link (or above) right-click “Show #216” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Speaking Powerfully 10 mins – “Have you ever felt like you’re talking, but nobody is listening? Here’s Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to’s of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.” Click “Download” but can only download a video file; however, an audio copy is in the blog archive.

Standing Tall  9 mins – “Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.” Standing Tall is his book. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Star Astronomy  52mins  – “The stars are out tonight. And they do more than just twinkle. These boiling balls of hot plasma can tell us something about other celestial phenomena. They betray the hiding places of black holes, for one. But they can also fool us. Find out why one of the most intriguing discoveries in astrobiology – that of the potentially habitable exoplanet Gliese 581g – may have been just a mirage. Plus, the highest levels of ultraviolet light ever mentioned on Earth’s surface puzzles scientists: is it a fluke of nature, or something manmade? And a physicist suggests that stars could be used by advanced aliens to send hailing signals deep into space.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taxing Food 15 mins – “We all know what a sandwich is. It’s something delicious, slapped between two slices of bread. But when it comes to taxes, nothing is simple. Today on the show, what regulating sandwiches and all other takeout food tells us about taxation. And how something as simple as the sandwich sales tax ends up spawning a complicated list of definitions, interlocking exemptions and rules which somehow transform the burrito into a sandwich in the eyes of the law.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Forests 51 mins – “The emerald ash borer is a small insect doing a massive amount of damage. Tree experts say it will eventually kill nearly all of this country’s ash trees, and there’s not much that can be done to stop it. The devastation spread by the emerald ash borer is just one of many threats to the health and future of the nation’s trees and forests. Other kinds of insects, diseases, climate change and mismanaged fire areas are chief among the challenges. We discuss how our forests are changing and current efforts in forests and on city streets to secure the future of our trees.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, the file is in the blog archive.

Women Entrepreneurs  27 mins – “Jacqueline Baptist was amazed at how rarely the media tells stories of women entrepreneurs. As a result, she has decided to take matters into her own hands and has set out on a course to produce a documentary titled, “She Means Business.” The documentary will explore the key issues women entrepreneurs face such as similarities/differences in female-led versus male-led companies; women’s access to capital and entrepreneur training/business skills; and successes and strategies of woman-led businesses. She Means Business will share true, honest portrayals of human experience, focusing on four to six early-stage and/or transitioning woman-owned businesses, following their successes, failures, struggles, concerns, disasters, and miracles.” Tune in for this special episode as Jacqueline Baptist, Executive Producer of She Means Business, joins Anita Campbell to discuss her journey and the journey of thousands of female entrepreneurs.” SmallBusinessTrendsRadio  Right-click “Download”

Women in Astronomy 4 mins – “…Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering had a problem. He headed the Harvard Observatory in the late 19th century, and he needed to catalog the spectra of stars. Spectra are like fingerprints. A star’s spectrum contains information about how hot it is, what it’s made of, how luminous it is, and how fast it’s moving. ..Pickering had money to assemble the catalog of spectra from the… Henry Draper Memorial Fund at the Harvard Observatory. Pickering had access to the fund, but he needed someone to do the cataloging work. He needed cheap, educated, dependable labor. So he hired women… Women were making progress in their struggle to gain educational equality with men, but they had far to go….  The jobs were tedious. They were repetitive. They required endless examination of photographic plates. But they also gave the women a chance to immerse themselves in data. And the women made good use of this opportunity…..” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2354: Harvard Computers,” right-click “Media files KUHF 333402523.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Worm Picking  4 mins – “At the back of Fishing Finatics in Everett, Massachusetts, behind the counter, inside an upright refrigerator — that’s where owner Pete Santini keeps some of his most valuable merchandise. “[It’s] the number one bait for fresh water in the United States. Fish like to eat it. They’re very tasty. It’s like ordering a pizza if you’re a fish. They love it,” he explains. Nightcrawlers are earthworms. They’re also called angleworms because of how popular they are as bait. Santini sells about 4,000 of these wrigglers every week during fishing season….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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An alphabetic encyclopedia of 3600 of these hyperlinked descriptions is here and updated quarterly. A file of the podcasts is here , added to weekly, 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 there too,  and can also be downloaded as a zip file or individually. Over 180 feeds used to prepare this blog are harvested with Feedreader3 and Juice. The feeds are available in this opml file which Feedreader and Juice 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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