Media Mining Digest 145 – 22 August 2014: Afghanistan Water, Air Transport Auxilliary, Biofuel from Watewater, Black Smoke Jumpers, Blind Exercise, Body Language, Brain Initiative – Connecting Dots, Broadband Management, Building Relationships, Cancer Research, Car Trends, Creative Collaboration, Detroit Water, Disease Spillover, Drones, Ebola, Edmond Morris, Ex-con Makes Good, Experiments Online, Fireflies, Food Waste Solutions, Fracking Is Bad, Hundred Dollar Bills, Iranian Wins Fields Medal, Ketogenic Diet, Law, LinkedIn, Lock Picking, Medical Trends with Craig Venter, Medicare Funding, Migraine Miracle, Muppet Show, Navigation trends, Nicholas Negroponte, Nixon Tapes, Open Access Journals, Organize Like a Chef, Pandora, PSA Controversy, Ralph Nader, Reggae and Jamaica, Regulations, Retirement Investing, Robin Williams, Robotics Overview, Save a Million, Scorched Earth Commerce, Scottish Independence, Slot Machine Design, Social Media Impact, Somalia President, Sonar Linux, Sounds of Sport, University of the People, Visible Microphone, Voting Rights, Warrior Cops, Wastewater Useage

The following audio files come from a larger group of 209 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 61 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 Water 50 mins – “The Helmand valley dam complex, is the biggest engineering project in Afghanistan. How has it withstood the Soviet invasion and the conflict that began in 2001? “ At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Damming Afghanistan: Lost Stories from Helmand ‘” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140812-1051a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Air Transport Auxiliary 4 mins – “Lettice Curtis was just one of a whole group of British WW-II heroes. We choose her, simply as an exemplar. She was born in Devon, in 1915; but was a very 21st-century woman. She studied math at Oxford. She also captained the women’s tennis and fencing teams there. She took up flying in 1937 and did aerial ordnance survey work for two years. Then war: Curtis was among the first women to join the Air Transport Auxiliary – the ATA. We read volumes about combat pilots. But each of their planes had to be shipped from plants or depots, then moved about to be armed, modified, repaired. The ATA moved a third of a million airplanes – 130 different types – around the country, or flew them in from outside – all while England was under attack.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofuel from Wastewater 30 mins – “When life gives you lemons they say to make lemonade. And what if life gives you sewage released into an enclosed bay, what can you make? Certainly not lemonade, right? Our guest today on Sea Change Radio is NASA scientist and UC Santa Cruz professor, Jonathan Trent. He has figured out how to use algae to turn wastewater pollution into biofuel. This ambitious project, called Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae (or OMEGA) not only places algae where it can consume waste and excrete oils for fuel, it also creates spaces for low-impact aquaculture, captures CO2, and cleans pollutants out of bays.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Smoke Jumpers 4 mins – “Ask anyone about black Americans in WW-II, and you hear about the Tuskegee Airmen, those courageous fighter pilots who guarded American bombers so well, late in the war. The story of another unit of black soldiers is far less well known because they functioned in secrecy. Their story began in 1944, when the Army agreed to form the 555th Airborne Battalion, a unit of black paratroopers….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Exercise 20 mins – “Peter White is joined by opera singer Denise Leigh and Cindy Godfrey Mckay to offer advice and share their experiences of dieting and losing weight. They tackle some of the problems connected to controlling your weight without sight and offer advice to listener Matthew Johnson. “ At the link, for a few weeks only, find the title, “InTouch 12 Aug 14: Weight Control,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Body Language 53 mins – “Joe is quite literally a human lie detector. Having spent over 25 years as a counterintelligence officer with the FBI, Joe has mastered the art of reading non-verbal communication in order to catch spies, convict felons, and thwart terrorist attacks. In this episode we will learn what to look for in a liar, which body parts “give away the secret”, and how you can use your body language to get people to like you, hire you, and trust you. Joe is the author of What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Initiative – Connecting Dots 84 mins – “The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a new Presidential focus aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain… Long desired by researchers seeking new ways to treat, cure, and even prevent brain disorders, this picture will fill major gaps in our current knowledge and provide unprecedented opportunities for exploring exactly how the brain enables the human body to record, process, utilize, store, and retrieve vast quantities of information, all at the speed of thought.” [from the NIH site] At the link you can download the video file in several formats by right-clicking the version and selecting “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. A copy of the audio part is included in the blog archive, but illustrations in the video should be seen, too.

Broadband Management 21 mins – “Hunter Newby is back for his second appearance on Community Broadband Bits to discuss his thoughts on carrier neutral approaches to spur our economy with more investment in better networks. We just talked with Hunter in episode 104 on carrier neutral approaches to middle mile networks. Now we discuss these types of approaches within communities – how to spur more competition without the owner of the infrastructure actually offering services directly. This has been a challenge historically, but we continue to see signs that this approach can be viable in the future. Hunter Newby is the CEO and founder of Allied Fiber.” At the link right-click “…download this MP3 directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Building Relationships 56 mins – “On Marketing Mavericks we talk to C-Suite host Jeffrey Hayzlett, Findly CEO Jeff Russakow, Nimble CEO Jon Ferrara, and The BeanCast host Bob Knorpp about Comcast’s PR crisis that keeps getting bigger, cultivating a relationship with your customers, and building a personal brand.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Research 5 mins – “Cancer care is rapidly changing, if we think about where it was some years ago as it was really beautifully archived in a book by Sid Mukherjee, MD, The Emperor of All Maladies, and to where we can go in the future. Just launched recently, for example, was MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Moon Shots program in cancer care. The Moon Shots program is perhaps, because of genomics, digitizing the genome of the tumor, comparing it with the genome-native germ line. This gives us an opportunity we never had before.So what is the cancer clinic of the future going to look like, because it’s just starting to get developed today?” At the link find the title, “Topol on the Cancer Clinic of the Future,” right-click “780424.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Car Trends 51 mins – “New car sales in the U.S. are at their highest level in eight years, but technology is changing Americans’ relationship with automobiles. Diane and her [3] guests discuss the latest trends in driving and car-buying.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Creative Collaboration 12 mins – “Is the stereotypical lone genius just a myth? There would be no Beatles without Lennon and McCartney, no Google without Page and Brin, no Apple without Jobs and Wozniak.” At the link find the title, “For Creativity, Two is Better Than One,” right-click “IHUB-081614-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Water 19 mins – “Thousands of people in Detroit haven’t paid their water bills. Even some businesses have skipped payment. Today on the show, how a bankrupt city is dealing with the most basic of problems — how to get people to pay their bills.” At the link find the title, “#559: Detroit’s Water Bill,” right-click “npr_339000392.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disease Spillover 51 mins – “Two Americans contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, and while experts say the chances of a US outbreak are very small, it’s got a lot of people thinking about the deadly virus. Ebola is a “spillover” a disease that originated in animals and moved to humans. It’s the kind of disease science writer David Quammen traveled the world studying. Doug spoke with him a few years ago, and Friday, we’re rebroadcasting that conversation. It’s about the science, history and human impact of “Spillover.’” At the link right-click “Listen and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Regulation 4 mins – “It’s getting easier for the average civilian to own drones. The word may bring to mind million-dollar jets that carry bombs, but a drone is any aircraft that doesn’t have passengers or a pilot onboard. Some look like sophisticated remote-control helicopters and model airplanes. They’re available online and in stores, some for less than $100. But whether and where owners are allowed to fly those drones falls in a legal gray area….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola 115 mins – “Hosts Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler…present an all-ebolavirus episode, tackling virology, epidemiology, and approaches to prevention and cure that are in the pipeline.” They also address the issue of hazards of research and make favorable mention of a novel, Fever, about Typhoid Mary.  At the link right-click “TWIV 297” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Reactions 27 mins – “ Claudia Hammond questions the effectiveness of both national and international responses to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak.” At the link find the title, “HealthC: Ebola Who’s to blame?,” right-click “Media files healthc_20140813-2034a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Treatment 51 mins – “Nearly a thousand people have died from Ebola since the latest outbreak of the virus began. Last week the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency. Two Americans who contracted Ebola while working in Africa were flown back to the U.S. under tight security and given an experimental drug. Their health improved. But doctors do not yet know if the drug – called ZMapp – had any effect. The treatment of two white Americans when hundreds of Africans are fighting for their lives has spurred intense debate. Diane and [3] guests give an update on the epidemic and discuss the ethics of experimental drugs to treat Ebola.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Edmund Morris 59 mins – “Edmund Morris talked about his book, This Living Hand: And Other Essays, his forthcoming book on Thomas Edison and his career as a biographer of presidents and other notable historical figures. He also spoke about his experiences at White House get togethers with historians and presidents, his influences, and his approach to writing and choosing his subjects. Mr. Morris was born and educated in South Africa. In addition to This Living Hand, he has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Beethoven.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

Ex-con Makes Good 12 mins- “In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, “a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol.” Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Experiments Online 15 mins – “This week, dating site OK Cupid put up a blog post describing experiments it conducted on its users. In one experiment, the site told users who were bad matches for one another that they were actually good matches, and vice versa. Alex and PJ talk to OK Cupid President and co-founder Christian Rudder about the ubiquity of online user experimentation and his defense of potentially sending OK Cupid’s users on bad dates.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fireflies 14 mins – “Biologist Sara Lewis has spent the past 20 years getting to the bottom of the magic and wonder of fireflies. In this charming talk, she tells us how and why the beetles produce their silent sparks, what happens when two fireflies have sex, and why one group of females is known as the firefly vampire.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste Solutions 17 mins – “Designer Josh Treuhaft discusses the issue of food waste and his creative approach to combating the problem.” At the link find thet title, “Fighting Food Waste with Creativity,” right-click “Media files FightingFoodWaste.MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Is Bad 60 mins – “…On the show this week we talked to Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea about the science behind fracking—and had him explain why, nowadays, the scientific argument against fracking is more extensive. It involves not simply groundwater contamination, but also earthquake generation and the accidental emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.” [Methane gas release associated with fracking and natural gas exceeds any carbon offset compared with other fossil fuels.] At the link click “Download,” then “OK” on the pop-up menu to save the file.

Hundred Dollar Bills 17 mins – “The 100 dollar bill is the most popular product from the Federal Reserve. Eighty percent of all U.S. cash is in the form of 100 dollar bills, but you rarely see them. About twenty years ago, the Fed counted up all the hundreds it knew about — money in bank vaults and cash registers — and it found it had no idea where most of the hundred dollar bills had gone. And so they went on a mission to find them. Today on the show, where in the world are all the 100 dollar bills? What is Benjamin Franklin being used for? And if we don’t know where they all are, should the U.S. keep making them?” At the link find the title, “#560: Hunting For The Hundreds,” right-click “npr_340217911.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iranian Wins Fields Medal 5 mins – “Iranian woman Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the Fields Medal, known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of the symmetry of curved surfaces. The Prize was established in 1936. Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford University in California.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketogenic Diet 102 mins – “On this episode of Latest in Paleo, Jimmy Moore and I discuss the ketogenic diet described in his new book, Keto Clarity, co-authored with Dr. Eric Westman. Jimmy tells the story of his public testimony regarding the American Dietary Guidelines, and he addresses some of my reservations regarding long-term ketosis. The After the Bell segment [30 mins] features Dr. Stephen Phinney.” At the link right-click “MP3 audio” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Law 65 mins – “Barry Weingast, professor of political science at Stanford University and senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the nature of law. Weingast takes issue with some of the standard views of law, and proposes a better way to understand law. The two discuss the fundamental principles of law, how it can emerge in a decentralized way to resolve disputes over property and other commercial and social interactions. Examples include Iceland, Ancient Greece, and California during the gold rush. Also considered are how laws coordinate expectations and the way that social pressure can be used to enforce law in a decentralized fashion.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LinkedIn 44 mins – In the first half of the program (20 mins) “Sarah & guest host Tonya Hall chat with Chuck Hester, host of LinkedConversations and social media marketing manager,….” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lock Picking 29 mins – The ThisWeekInTech Coding 101 operators cover several topics discovered at the annual computer security conference, including “Lock Picking: * Both Snubs and Padre are fans of the Lockpicking tools from ToooL (The Open Organization of Lockpickers). You can buy the tools, practice locks and support equipment from ToooL, and feel good about supporting a grassroots organization dedicated to teaching the next generation about physical security.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow.

Medical Trends with Craig Venter 22 mins – “…I’m Dr. Eric Topol, Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. I’m really thrilled to have with me Dr. Craig Venter [founder and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute and Synthetic Genomics Inc.]. We’re going to be discussing genomics in medicine and all sorts of things….” At the link you can watch the interview, but not download; however, the audio file is included in the blog archive.

Medicare Funding 14 mins – “Charles Blahous discusses Medicare with Larry Kudlow on the John Batchelor Show. At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migraine Miracle 24 mins – “…(starts at 14:28) One of the most painful conditions to suffer through is a migraine headache… Dr. Turknett used to get 60 migraines a year – on average, that’s over one a week… For Turknett, his whole life changed dramatically when he made a basic lifestyle change that he believes many neurologists and migraine sufferers overlook. In his own case, his change meant that the number of migraines he suffers these days has gone from around 60 headaches a year, down to only two or three…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muppet Show 12 mins – “Jim Henson breathed new life into puppeteering by embracing technology and offering up a few of his own inventions.” At the link find the title, “Muppets, Money, and Jim Henson,” right-click “IHUB-081614-D.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Navigation Trends 51 mins – “Remember how we used to plan road trips? Get out the atlas, find the highways, roads and rural routes that would get us from Point A to Point B. And what happened if we got lost? Pull over to the side of the road and ask for directions. While reading maps is a skill some of us love and others of us loathe there is no doubt today it’s being replaced by digital technology. Google Maps in our cars and on our phones not only makes it easier than ever to get around. It also allows us to find a restaurant at the last minute or avoid a traffic jam. This has some wondering: is it still possible to be lost? Diane and her [4] guests discuss the art of getting lost.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Nicholas Negroponte 20 mins – “MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nixon Tapes 58 mins – “John Dean talked about his book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, in which he looks at the Watergate scandal through the lens of audio recordings of President NIxon. He spoke with Bob Woodward of the Washington Post.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

Open Access Journals 31 mins – “Today, 85% of scientific articles are not published in open access journals. This means that unless you are part of an institution that subscribes to the journal you’re interested in, you’ll have to pay for the research studies you want to read. Our guests today, Dr. Patrick Brown and Dr. Michael Eisen, are part of a movement to promote free access to scientific literature. The two professors are co-founders of the Public Library of Science, which is a collection of open access journals. On this episode, we’ll talk about the state of the publishing system, the shift towards open access, and the story of PLoS.”  At the link right-click “Listen to episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organize Like a Chef 7 mins – “…Perhaps the principles of culinary organization can be extended to help even those of us who aren’t top chefs. The system that makes kitchens go is called mise-en-place, or, literally, “put in place.” It’s a French phrase that means to gather and arrange the ingredients and tools needed for cooking….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pandora 29 mins – “Chris Harrison, vice president for business practices for Pandora, talked about the Internet music service and legislation pertaining to music licensing. The company had appealed to Congress to update copyright laws that affect radio, the Internet, musicians, songwriters, publishers, and record labels.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

PSA Controversy 28 mins – “In this edition of Medscape One-on-One, host and Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Topol, MD, interviews Richard J. Ablin, PhD, DSc (Hon), who first discovered prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in 1970. At the time, Dr. Ablin and colleagues were trying to identify an antigen that was specific to prostate cancer. What Dr. Ablin identified instead was that PSA was present not only in malignant prostates but also in benign prostates. He did agree, however, that elevated levels of PSA might be useful in predicting a recurrence of prostate cancer in men who were thought to be in remission. It was much to Dr. Ablin’s dismay that more than 2 decades later, in the mid-1990s, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of PSA not only to test for recurrence of cancer, but also as a possible predictor of cancer. Since then, Dr. Ablin maintains, the United States spends billions each year administering a preventive prostate cancer screening test to men, using PSA, that produces false positives in the majority of cases. In his interview with Dr. Topol, Dr. Ablin explains why physicians and patients should proceed with caution when using PSA as a marker for preventive screening.”[transcript link here] At the link find the title, “PSA Discoverer Says Antigen Test Is Misused, Unreliable,” right-click “828854.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ralph Nader 60 mins – “Ralph Nader talked about his book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, in which he calls for an alliance between progressives, conservatives, and libertarians to take on issues like corporate bailouts, Pentagon spending, and civil liberties. During this event held at the Cato Institute, commentary was provided by Daniel McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative, and Tim Carney, columnist for the Washington Examiner.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

Reggae and Jamaica 54 mins (2 parts) – “How Rastafari turned from an ostracised religious sect into a global phenomenon – and its role in replacing the shackles of colonial rule with a forgotten African identity. Rastafari’s global impact after the explosion of Jamaica’s Roots Reggae scene in the 1970s. Does this spiritual and cultural movement still have relevance today?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Roots Reggae and Rebellion Part One ,” and DocArchive: Roots Reggae and Rebellion Part Two,” then right-click “Media files docarchive 20140813-1042a.mp3 “ for Part 1 and “Media files docarchive 0140820-0905a.mp3 “ for Part 2 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Regulations 25 mins – “In this episode, Patrick McLaughlin joins Mike Leland to discuss his new project, RegData, and how it can help measure the impact of regulations, like occupational licensing and those Uber and Lyft are confronting, in states” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Investing 48 mins – “Ken Roberts’ Bulls and Bears – A Radio Interview with Paul Merriman: Paul discusses a wide range of investment topics, why and how investors fail and succeed and offers his sound investing advice. We recommend you skip through the radio show ads and enjoy Paul’s interview.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robin Williams 47 mins – “Social media blew up last night with the news of Robin Williams’ death, by apparent suicide at his California home. There was sorrow, gratitude, memories of manic joy and genius, great lines tweeted by the thousand. Robin Williams meant a lot to people. For his brilliant, frenetic comedy. For dramatic roles that generations now quote for life advice. For an honesty that spared nothing but somehow felt like love. We knew he had demons. He told us. We didn’t want them to win. This hour On Point: Remembering the great Robin Williams.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robotics Overview 51 mins – “A special theme hour – starring a computer competing against a comedian for laughs, the Army’s recruitment chatbot, and Google crushing on robots.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Save a Million 17 mins -“Of all the U.S. currency in the world, nearly 80 percent is in $100 bills. That’s about a trillion dollars. Some people want to get rid of the bill altogether. Ken Rogoff, an economist at Harvard University, says the $100 bill helps criminals: “Think about countries like Mexico, Colombia, where they’re really at war with the drug money, where the United States is not only buying the drugs but it’s providing this resource that very much helps the drug dealers.” Richard Stratton is a former drug smuggler who benefited from the $100 bill. In one deal, Stratton brought 15,000 pounds of hashish into the U.S. But the $50 million deal left Stratton with a problem: He had to get all that cash out of the country and into his bank accounts in the Cayman Islands. Hundreds made the job easier….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scorched Earth Commerce 4 mins – “Hudson’s Bay Company is the oldest corporation in North America. But this fur empire didn’t get that way by being warm and fuzzy with the employees or their four-legged quarry. In 1819 the company was exploring the vast volcanic tablelands of what is now SW Idaho. They sent three of their trappers into the headwaters of a large river. The three were Sandwich Islanders—native Hawaiians. They vanished and were never seen again….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scottish Independence 51 mins “The stakes for next month’s Scottish independence referendum are high. If Scotland’s four million voters decide to leave the United Kingdom, it would dissolve a 300-year-old political union. It would also put the country in uncharted economic, political and strategic waters. Those in favor of independence say Scotland’s right to self rule is long overdue and that autonomy is key to a thriving economy and better social policies. Many voting “no” say Scotland is more secure within the U.K. but want greater financial and legal authority for the Scottish parliament. Diane and her [4] guests discuss what’s at stake in the Scottish vote for independence.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Slot Machine Design 14 mins – “The gambling industry has made serious money by manipulating the science of human behavior, according to Natasha Dow Schull, a cultural anthropologist at MIT.” At the link find the title, “Gambling’s Innovations,” right-click “IHUB-081614-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Impact 51 mins – “A revolution in technology has connected us online more than ever before: Nearly 60 percent of Americans now have a Facebook account. Digital connections have replaced informal interaction with neighbors and acquaintances. And a quarter of Americans say they have no best friend to confide in. Some caution the decline in face-to-face interactions has led to polarization and congressional gridlock, while others argue that digital connections provide invaluable connections with far-flung family and friends. Diane and [3] guests discuss how virtual relationships affect real life connections and building community. “ At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Somalia President 83 mins – “Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud talked about the challenges facing democracy in his nation. President Mohamud said he would not call groups like al-Shabaab and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), jihadists or Islamists, but instead extremists, comparing them to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the World War II kamikaze pilots of Japan.” Download costs$.99, but a copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.

Sonar Linux 35 mins – “Jonathan Nadeau announces and discusses the release of Sonar 2014.1 on our podcast. Sonar has moved from being based off of Ubuntu to now being based off of Manjaro Linux and this is the first release using Manjaro as it’s base. Toward the end of the interview, Jonathan mentions a new Sonar flavor. Raspberry! Now Sonar will always have the latest and greatest in assistive technology for it’s users. Sonar uses Gnome as it’s default desktop but we will be releasing a Mate version in a few. weeks. Sonar has been working very close with the Mate team and they had done a lot of work to assure the accessibility of the Mate desktop. They hope to have a Mate release in a few weeks.” At the link find the title, “Going Linux #252 • Sonar Gnu/Linux,” right-click “ Media files glp252.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sounds of Sport 62 mins – “Way back in October 2011 (see episode #38, true believers!), we broadcast a short excerpt of a radio documentary produced by Peregrine Andrews about faking the sounds of sports on TV broadcasts. It was one of our most popular and provocative programs ever, primarily because people were shocked that any aspect of a sporting event might be faked. Since then, I’ve received several requests from the audience asking where they can hear the full-length documentary. Well today, my friends, you are in luck.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

University of the People 11 mins “At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing “from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all.’” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visible Microphone 29 mins – The first seven minutes covers the description of sound reconstructed from video vibrations by Ian Woolf. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights 51 mins – “Section Five of the Voting Rights Act required states with a history of discrimination to get ‘pre-clearance’ from the government before changing voting laws. Last year, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Act, including Section Five. Since then, 22 states have passed laws restricting voting rights. Some are requiring photo IDs or proof of citizenship. Others are cutting back on early voting days or eliminating polling places. And last week, a federal judge rejected a challenge to North Carolina’s new voting laws, widely considered the most restrictive in the nation. An update on voting rights around the country and calls for congressional action.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is in the blog archive.

Warrior Cops 50 mins – “Investigative journalist Radley Balko [Rise of the Warrior Cop:…]says that American police forces have become more like armies than keepers of the peace. He traces it back to the creation of SWAT teams in the 60s, which led to increased use of military tactics and weapons. These days, there are some 50,000 raids each year as part of “wars” declared on drugs and crime. Balko joins Doug to talk about how law enforcement has changed throughout history and what militarized police forces mean for citizens.” At the link right-click “Listen and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wastewater Usage 24 mins – “Endocrine Disruptors and Drinking Water (starts at 3:12) Today we continue our series called The Ocean is Us, which explores our vital connection to the oceans. Alan Vajda, an environmental endocrinologist at the University of Colorado Denver, talks with How On Earth’s Susan Moran about a rare success story: why fish in Boulder Creek are acting and looking more sexually normal. We also explore broader water-quality issues in Colorado and beyond, and the implications for human health. For more information on studies conducted by CU and USGS scientists on endocrine disruptors related to Boulder Creek, South Platte River and elsewhere, visit BASIN….” At the link right-click “Download” 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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