Media Mining Digest 147 – 5 Sept 2014: Affordable Housing, Alternative Medicine Critique, Alzheimer’s Story, American Wine, Anglo Saxon Ale Experiment, Antioxidant Science, Behind the Throne, Black Culture Stories, Blindness Onset, Childhood Nutrition, Conservation Movement, Coursera Co-founder, Diagnostic Exuberance, Disability Issues, Doctor Kills Dad, Doctor Then Patient, DolphinTalk, Drones for Air and Water, Ebola Response, Energy and Environment,Ferguson Controversy, First Synthetic Cell, Food Foraging, Foreign Fighters, Fraternities, Fraud Examiners, Global Post President, Guatamala City Addiction, Ice Bucket Challenge, Immortality, Internet Regulation, Local Food, Margaret Fuller, Medical Dr Changes, Minimum Wage, Mistakes Were Made, Nairobi Kenya Water, Native American News, Neural Coding, Office Work, Podcast Loudness,Police Militarization, Ponzi Schemes, Racial Eruptions, Regulation Impact, Rwanda Tweeters, Science and Policy, Seafood Support, Six-Year-Old Views, Solar Costs, Solar Power Solutions, Stazi, Steven Hawking, Teacher Creation, Terrorist Recruits, Torture’s Value, Vietnam War, Wage History, Windows 8 Discussion,Work after Retirement, Work Future, World War One, Yoga Master Iyengar

The following audio files come from a larger group of 226 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 65 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 Housing 51 mins – “Depending on where you live, the U.S. housing market is looking up. Regions with strong local economies are improving. But most markets are still weak. And a growing number of Americans cannot afford to live where they work. Millions of low-and middle-income families struggle to pay increasing rents with stagnating wages. And an estimated one in six homeowners are still underwater on their mortgages. Advocates are pushing for innovative solutions to what they call an affordable housing crisis. But many are concerned about the fairness of some outcomes. Diane and her guests discuss the challenges of finding affordable housing in the U.S.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Alternative Medicine Critique 15 mins – “Doctor Brian Goldman explains why two prominent US scientists want to pull the plug on research into alternative medicine.” At the link find the title, “ White Coat Mini Podcast – Alternative Medicine,” right-click on “Download White Coat Mini Podcast – Alternative Medicine” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimer’s Story 51 mins – “Alzheimer’s disease affects a reported 36 million people worldwide. But Meryl Comer had never heard of it when her husband was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 58. The award-winning journalist gave up her television career to take care of him at home — for nearly two decades. In a new book, she details her life as a caregiver: the struggle to get a diagnosis, the emotional and financial hardships and the limitations of long-term facilities. She says public conversation about the disease should be about earlier diagnosis, so our brain span can match our lifespan. Diane talks with Meryl Comer about her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

American Wine 47 mins – “Drought in California, earthquake in Napa. We look at broken bottles and the health of the American wine industry.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Anglo Saxon Ale Experiment 16 mins – Members of the British History Podcast describe their efforts to produce ale following instructions used 1500 years ago. At the link find the title, “Anglo Saxon Ale Experiment,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antioxidant Science 19 mins – “Foods high in antioxidants are believed to fight oxidative stress. But what is oxidative stress? Two scientists from a recent NYAS conference break it down and discuss whether antioxidants have superpowers. “ At the link find the title, “Antioxidant Science,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Behind the Throne 54 mins – “Biographers Jung Chang and Kristie Miller talk about the machinations of women who work ‘behind the throne’: the Empress Dowager Cixi, who was in effect the ruler of China for decades; and Edith Wilson, wife of U.S President Woodrow Wilson. “ At the link find the title, “Behind the Throne,” right-click “Download Behind the Throne” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Culture Stories 53 mins – “Listen to an ALL-NEW Snap, “The Reunion.” Amazing stories about getting back together. Storytelling, with a beat.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar.

Blindness Onset 21 mins – “Alyson Bunn,an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer with Surrey Association for Visually Impaired people explains a new hospital passport initiative to help hospital staff better understand the needs of sight or hearing impaired people. Also, Peter White talks to cookery author Elaine Bastable about her recipe book and how she is learning to adjust to partial sight due to Age Related Macular Disease. “ At the link for a limited time find the title, “InTouch 26 Aug 14: Hospital passport – Elaine Bastable,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childhood Nutrition 37 mins – “One hundred and sixty five million children in low- and middle-income countries never reach their full developmental, educational, and economic potential as a result of exposure to poverty, malnutrition, poor health, and unstimulating home environments. Interventions that promote good nutrition make a difference: studies show nutritional interventions can improve both growth and child development. Psychosocial-stimulation interventions can also improve child development. Integrating nutritional interventions into child-development programs could thus be an effective way to promote both, but there is little information on integrated interventions. On April 3–4, 2013, researchers from around the world met at the New York Academy of Sciences for Every Child’s Potential: Integrating Nutrition, Health, and Psychosocial Interventions to Promote Early Childhood Development, a conference presented by the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science in partnership with the Global Child Development Group. The meeting focused on how to integrate nutritional and other types of interventions into programs for early childhood development.” At the link go to the page bottom, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Numerous other resources are here.

Conservation Movement 52 mins – “Many in the West (and everywhere really) are worried about the future of wildlife and environment as we grow and alter the landscape. Recently, a dissenting voice has emerged in the conservation movement asking whether the strategies of the past are outdated. Today, we’re live in Montana, at the University of Utah’s Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities. We’ll talk about what’s working and not working in conservation today, and what better paths there may be for moving forward.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coursera Co-founder 63 mins – “Daphne Koller of Coursera talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about online educational website Coursera and the future of education both online and via bricks-and-mortar. Koller, co-founder of Coursera with Andrew Ng, explains how Coursera partners with universities, how they try to create community and interaction, and the likely impact of widespread digital education on universities and those who want to learn. The conversation includes a discussion of why Koller left a chaired position in computer science at Stanford University to run a for-profit start-up in a crowded field.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diagnostic Exuberance 20 mins – “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has far reaching influence beyond that of psychiatric diagnosis. Excessive diagnosis of psychiatric disorders due to changes in the DSM may be causing more harm than good. On this episode, Dr. Allen Frances discussed saving normal.” At the link right-click “Listen to episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disability Matters 56 mins – “Joyce welcomes Mark Perriello, president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the world’s largest cross-disability membership organization. As we approach the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990, Mark will reflect on the progress we have made since the legislation became law and share his perspective on the work that needs to be done to further the rights of all people with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor Kills Dad 65 mins – “Dr. Benjamin Gilmer (left) gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he’s replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer (picture) — who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin’s patients talk about the other Dr. Gilmer, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor Then Patient 28 mins – “Dr. Nikhil Joshi, 28, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last year. He reveals how becoming a cancer patient has made him a better doctor.” At the link find the title, L”abour Day Podcast – Journey to the Other Side of the Gurney,” right-click “Download Labour Day Podcast – Journey to the Other Side of the Gurney,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dolphin Talk 46 mins – “It’s hard to start a conversation with a stranger—especially when that stranger is, well, different. He doesn’t share your customs, celebrate your holidays, watch your TV shows, or even speak your language. Plus he has a blowhole. In this episode, we try to make contact with some of the strangest strangers on our little planet: dolphins. Producer Lynn Levy eavesdrops on some human-dolphin conversations, from a studio apartment in the Virgin Islands to a research vessel in the Bermuda Triangle.” At the link find the title, “Hello,” right-click “stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Drones for Air and Water 31 mins – “See like a fish by changing vitamins by Ian Woolf, Ian Lyons talks about flying quadcopters, Dominic talks about DIY underwater remotely operated vehicles for exploration and education, at the Sydney Mini Maker Faire, Hosted and produced by Ian Woolf.” Some practical advice on getting started with drones. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Response 16 mins – “David Heymann, professor of infectious disease epidemiology, and head and senior fellow, at the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security was sent to investigate the first outbreaks of Ebola in 1976. In this podcast he gives a longer term perspective on the disease, and talks about the importance and challenges of introducing novel treatments. For more information on ebola virus disease, including working in a front line clinic, visit” At the link find the title, “Ebola virus disease, a long terms perspective,” right-click “media files 163986371-bmjgroup-ebola-virus-disease-a-long-terms-perspective.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy and Environment 20 mins – “The Global Environment and Energy Correspondent for The Economist takes an up-close look at global warming, the auto industry, and government.” At the link find the Feb 15, 2008 title, “Fueling the Car of the Future: Vijay Vaitheeswaran,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson Controversy 51 mins – “In St. Louis, Missouri, thousands of people gathered Aug. 25 for the funeral service for Michael Brown. He was fatally shot by a police officer earlier this month. His death is being investigated by a St. Louis grand jury and also by the Justice Department. Police use of deadly force is, unfortunately, not uncommon, but some say the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, and police reaction to subsequent protests may lead to a far broader examination of police policy, community relations, politics and race. Join us to discuss the new questions following the death of Michael Brown.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

First Synthetic Cell 64 mins – “Craig Venter announced the creation of what he describes as the first synthetic life form. In a paper published in Science, a team of 24 researchers led by Daniel Gibson outline the steps they took to synthesise the 1.08 million base pair genome of the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides. They effectively constructed the genome from four bottles of chemicals, one for each of the four nucleotides that make up DNA. This synthetic DNA was then “booted up” in a cell to create the first cell controlled completely by an artificially created genome. The genome contains blueprints, in which are encoded the names of the researchers, a website address, contact email and quotes from James Joyce, Richard Feynman and a biography of Robert Oppenheimer.” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Foraging 21 mins – “Join a New York naturalist as he leads a spring food foraging tour in Central Park. Learn the history, science, and folklore behind foraging for your own food.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foreign Fighters 47 mins – “Britons, Europeans and Americans are joining the ranks of ISIS. We’ll look at what’s pulling them in.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fraternities 51 mins – “Lifelong friendships, a sense of community, professional opportunity: these are among the reasons that more than 9 million college students belong to a Greek organization. But fraternities in particular have come under increased scrutiny in recent years. Since 2005, the U.S. has seen more than 60 fraternity-related deaths, and institutions across the country have grappled with issues of violent hazing and sexual assault. Many people insist the coverage of these issues paints an unfair portrait of Greek life and the integral role it can play in the development of well-rounded adults. A conversation about the role of fraternities and sororities in the college experience today and the case for their future.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Fraud Examiners 57 mins – “This week’s Fraud Talk episode will feature the Fraud of the Week as well as a special guest, Jim Ratley, President of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), who will discuss their Report to the Nations as well as other interesting fraud trends they are seeing in today’s business environment.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GlobalPost President 25 mins – “The American journalist, James Foley, reported for the Boston-based GlobalPost, an online network of freelance journalists, before he was kidnapped in 2012 and ultimately murdered by terrorists earlier this month. Last summer (2013), CCC’s Chris Kenneally interviewed Phil Balboni, president, CEO, and founder of GlobalPost, about the start-up’s efforts to prove that professional journalism does indeed have a place in a digital, mobile world….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guatamala City Addiction 27 mins – “Pentecostal churches in Guatemala run many of the country’s compulsory drug rehabilitation centres. But just how safe and effective are they? Linda Pressly reports.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Guatemala’s Addicts Behind Bars – 28 Aug 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140828-0330a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ice Bucket Challenge 47 mins – “The Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS, viral fundraising and how we give in the age of social media”. At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immortality 52 mins – “There may be but two certainties in life—death and taxes—but of those two, death is most frightening. Humans hate the fact of death, and so we constantly tell ourselves stories to avoid its inevitability. According to the philosopher Stephen Cave, these stories about a god, a nation, a family, or an art help us manage the terror of our own demise. They’ve also fueled the expansion of civilization for eons. Wednesday, Cave joins us to explain how our unique and implacable yearning for immortality makes us human.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Regulation 32 mins – “The online universe doesn’t have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world.” At the link find the title, “Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast),” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As from the pop-u menu.

Local Food 45 mins – “Locavorism is all the rage these days, but does science back it up? Is local food more nutritious? Can it improve our environment? And does it even taste better? This June, we invited a panel of experts from the New York area to find out.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Local Food,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Margaret Fuller 52 mins – “Even if you’ve never heard of Margaret Fuller, you know the people of her circle. She was Thoreau’s first editor, Horace Greeley made her a front-page columnist, and she was an intimate of Emerson. Fuller was an exceptional writer and a ground-breaking advocate for gender equality, but her untimely death in 1850 led to a legacy of scandal and tragedy that overshadowed her remarkable work. Monday, Pulitzer-prize winning biographer Megan Marshall joins us to talk about the life and passions of Margaret Fuller. Megan Marshall has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic and Slate. She’s the author of The Peabody Sisters and most recently Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. Margaret Fuller wrote the groundbreaking Woman in the Nineteenth Century.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Dr Changes 16 mins – “The Canadian Medical Association’s annual meeting is under way in Ottawa. Doctors are fretting about their future in which almost everywhere you look, someone other than a doctor is doing things that used to be their job.” At the link find the title, “White Coat Mini Podcast – Doctor Angst at the CMA Annual Meeting,” right-click “Download White Coat Mini Podcast – Doctor Angst at the CMA Annual Meeting” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minimum Wage 30 mins – “Economists these days are confirming what many already know – the gap between the haves and have-nots is widening. In the face of soaring productivity over the last several decades, today’s average American workers earn about the same as they did in 1970 when adjusted for inflation. So what happens to sustainability in the face of this trend? Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio is David Rolf, president of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU 775. Rolf and host Alex Wise talk about the interconnections between economic and environmental health and ponder how a movement to improve wages and work conditions can also support efforts to protect the earth.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minimum Wage Change 4 mins – “The Westfield Valley Fair Mall straddles two cities. One side of the mall is in Santa Clara, but walk a few feet down the mall, and you’re in San Jose. In 2012, San Jose voters agreed to raise the city’s minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour. Philip Sandigo manages a shoe store on the $8-an-hour side. When San Jose raised the minimum wage, he lost about half his staff. The boundary line between the city of San Jose and the city of Santa Clara runs through the Westfield Valley Fair Mall. The boundary line between the city of San Jose and the city of Santa Clara runs through the Westfield Valley Fair Mall. They went to the stores on the side of the mall that paid $2 an hour more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mistakes Were Made 18 mins – “The world is full of people talking about how right they are. Today on the show, we try something different: we talk to smart, thoughtful people about times they got things really, really wrong.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nairobi Kenya Water 5 mins – “Every spare nook in Caren Gekonge’s home in Kibera is filled with bright yellow jerry cans and large black drums of water. She hauls all this water home in a wheelbarrow, making sure to stock extra. There’s often water shortages here. “What I have can take me for two weeks,” she says. The city of Nairobi does not provide running water to people squatting in the slums, so they rely on what’s known as the water cartel. The cartel sells water at around 6 cents for a 20 liter jerry can — much more than wealthy Nairobians pay who have running water. These poor slum dwellers often spend around 20 percent of their budget on clean water. “It was very expensive buying from there,” says Caren. Caren would eventually develop a model that would get around having to buy dirty water….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native American News 27 mins – “TV made in the USA by tribal people, for tribal people covering everything from whaling rituals to canoe journeys and watched, at its height, by 50 million people.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Native American News 26 August 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140826-0905a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neural Coding 28 mins – “On this episode, we speak with neuroscientist Dr. Sliman Bensmaia. He tells us about his research on touch — how our hands feel, how our brains process this information, and how this research is being used to design better prostheses.” At this link right-click “Listen to the episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Office Work 52 mins – “Writer Nikil Saval has written a book that uncovers a fascinating history in the most banal place: the office. Whether it’s the “dismal little cell” of Scrooge’s counting-house or the tricked-out, sprawling campuses of Google, Saval says the office holds the promise of respectability, utopian possibility and upward mobility. It can also be a place of soul-crushing tedium and conformity. Saval joins us to explain where the office comes from, why it’s the way it is, and how it could be better. Nikil Saval is an editor of the magazine n+1. His new and first book is called Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace…” At the link right-click “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast Loudness 66 mins – “Loudness normalization of your audio is a “simple” process for measuring and processing for the perceived level of your audio. Perceived levels are how the human ear interprets levels. In recent years, new standards for measuring perceived level have arisen out of a lot of research and engineering. Georg Holzmann and I discuss the history of measuring loudness and these new standards more in depth in part one of this interview… In part two of our talk, Georg and I take a look at loudness normalization as provided by his service available at We also talk about how a podcaster can start to begin measuring and performing loudness normalization in their own audio editing system….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Links As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Militarization 52 mins – “Investigative journalist Radley Balko 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.

Ponzi Schemes 57 mins – “This week our episode will focus on Ponzi Schemes with our special guest, Jordan Maglich, counsel to the SEC appointed receivers in the Arthur Nadel Ponzi case in Florida. Jordan is also the creator of the PonziTracker database. We will be discussing Nadel case as well as how to recognize a Ponzi Scheme as well as dealing with the aftermath.” Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racial Eruptions 55 mins – “Clarence Page talked about developments in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, and how events related back to the recommendations and findings of previous government-commissioned reports on civil unrest and riots.” At the link you can listen, but a download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Regulation Impact 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 MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rwanda Tweeters 13 mins – “Steve Terrill is a journalist who works in Rwanda. Or at least he worked in Rwanda, until he accidentally got the office of Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame to implicate itself in a long-running online harassment campaign. Alex talks to Steve about inadvertently exposing the Rwandan government’s most prolific troll, and being banned from the country as a result.” At the link right-click “stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science and Policy 52 mins – “Mixing Science and Policy: Joanne Carney, David Goldston, Michael Stebbins; Three experts in science and policy discuss their thoughts on the best way for scientists to communicate with governments, and vice versa, in the effort to create a more open and productive national dialogue on science.” (At the NY Academy of Sciences) At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seafood Support 25 mins – “Sustainable Seafood: (start time 5:10) This is the fourth feature interview in The Ocean Is Us series, which explores how we in land-locked states are connected to the oceans and what’s at stake. Today we discuss sustainable seafood, which to some critics is an oxymoron, given that some 90% of large fish already have been wiped from the sea. To discuss prospects for feeding 9.6 billion people by mid-century, the developments in wild-caught fisheries and aquaculture, and the role of retailers and consumers, we have two guests. John Hocevar is a marine biologist who directs the Oceans Campaign at Greenpeace. Carrie Brownstein develops standards to guide seafood purchasing for the Whole Foods markets throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.K.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Six-Year-Old Views 17 mins – “Dan and his 6 year old son Cash discuss antenna breaks in the upcoming iPhone 6 housing, iPad as a gaming platform, the technology of podcasting and live streaming, the limits of Magneto’s powers, Adventure Time, deadly amoebas, visiting Four Corners, Bigfoot, rodeos, a crystal tooth, and more.” At the link find the title, “29: Four Places at Once,” right-click “Media files specials-029.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Costs 34 mins – ““Utility regulation and rates is a contact sport,” says Karl Rabago, and that makes the implementation of a new “value of solar” policy complex. Will distributed solar grow better with a transparent, value-based contract price? How does it differ from net metering? Is Minnesota’s law a precedent to follow? Prepare yourself for a deep dive in this extended interview with Karl Rabago, former Vice President at Austin Energy and soon-to-be Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center at the Pace Law School in White Plains, NY. This podcast was recorded via Skype on May 1, 2014.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Power Solutions 78 mins – “On TWiE, with John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, it’s all about energy democracy! We discuss New York state’s new plan for distributed generation–it’s really impressive!–Minnesota’s new value of solar tariff, ways communities can wrestle control from monopoly investor owned utilities, and much more!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stazi 20 mins – “Tour the deep dark world of the East German state security agency known as Stasi. Uniquely powerful at spying on its citizens, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the Stasi masterminded a system of surveillance and psychological pressure that kept the country under control for decades. Hubertus Knabe studies the Stasi — and was spied on by them. He shares stunning details from the fall of a surveillance state, and shows how easy it was for neighbor to turn on neighbor.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steven Hawking 18 mins – “…Stephen Hawking could well be the most famous living scientist. His book sales certainly point to this, with A Brief History of Time (first published in 1988) selling more than 10 million copies in twenty years. It was on the London Sunday Times best-seller list for more than four years, and has topped that paper’s all time best seller list. It was translated into 35 languages by 2001. We hear Stephen Hawking in discussion with Robyn Williams in 1990. John Bell reads an article written by Stephen Hawking about A Brief History of Time. And the late David Crighton assesses Stephen Hawking’s greatness as a scientist.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teacher Creation 52 mins – “Think about that one teacher who had the biggest impact on your education. What skills or qualities did that person have that other teachers didn’t? What would it mean for America’s future if we could impart the expertise of all those best teachers to every other classroom instructor? In a new book, the journalist Elizabeth Green sets out to define a concrete set of best practices any teacher can learn and apply in the classroom. Green joins us Tuesday to make her case for building a better teacher. Elizabeth Green is the co-founder of Chalkbeat, an education news network. Her new book is called Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (And How to Teach It to Everyone)” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Recruits 48 mins – “Its Islam over everything.” So read the Twitter bio of Douglas McAuthur McCain—or, as he reportedly called himself, “Duale Khalid”—the San Diego man who is apparently the first American to be killed while fighting for ISIS… And how can we explain the dozens of other Americans who have also gone off to fight as jihadists in Syria, for ISIS and other militant groups? According to University of Maryland psychologist and terrorism expert Arie Kruglanski, who has studied scores of militant extremists, part of the clue may lie in that Twitter tagline of McCain’s…This episode also features a discussion of a new Pew report showing that social media may actually discourage the expression of some opinions (rather than enabling them)… ” At the link find the title, “Arie Kruglanski – The Science of What Makes a Terrorist,” right-click “Media files 165239451-inquiringminds 49 arie kruglanski, the science of what makes a terrorist.mp3”

Torture’s Value 54 mins – “We’ve known for a long time that torture doesn’t work as a way to extract hidden information, but we still do it. A documentary by Philip Coulter based on an interview with Harvard professor Elaine Scarry. “ At the link find the title, “Unspeakable Acts,” right-click “Download Unspeakable Acts” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vietnam War  27mins – “Did President Johnson take the US to war with Vietnam on a lie, or was he misled? DD Guttenplan explores what happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in August 1964.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: War, Lies and Audiotape 23 August 2014,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140823-0905a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wage History 55 mins – “In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10. And last month, he signed an executive order putting it into effect for federal contract workers. With legislation on the table in Congress and increases being debated in many states, this episode looks to the origins of the minimum wage, and explores how we’ve thought about fair pay over time.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Windows 8 Discussion 96 mins – In Podnutz Daily #390 Corey Fruitman from talks about tips and tricks for Windows 8. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Work after Retirement 51 mins – “In recent years, budget battles in Washington have featured dire warnings about an older American workforce. We’ve heard that a wave of aging baby boomers would bankrupt Social Security and Medicare, and threaten American economic prosperity. But author Chris Farrell argues these doomsayers have it wrong: advances in medical care mean people are living longer and healthier lives and want to continue working instead of retiring. And many of these older workers are starting new businesses that are boosting economic growth. The ‘unretirement’ trend and what it means for the American workplace and society.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.
Work Future 34 mins – “How are jobs – and workers – changing? Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee discuss which robots we should fear, and which we shouldn’t. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman weighs in on the future of work. Plus, we may be heading for a 32-hour work week, and find out why money doesn’t make us as happy as we think.” At the link find the title, “8.30.14 – Work, Interrupted – The Whole Labor Day Special,” right-click “IHUB-083014-FullShow.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One 54 mins – “Margaret MacMillan is one of the world’s leading scholars on World War One. She talks with Paul Kennedy about the origins of the war and what we’ve learned — and failed to learn — from it.” At the link find the title, “Margaret MacMillan and World War One,” right-click “Download Margaret MacMillan and World War One,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One 55 mins – “World War I was sometimes called “the war to end all wars.” But a hundred years after the fighting began, it’s become a war that’s often forgotten in American history, or viewed as a prelude to WWII. In this episode, we explore some of the ways the conflict affected Americans far beyond the battlefields of Europe — from debates about the meaning of free speech, to the fight over how the war would be remembered.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yoga Master Iyengar 47 mins – “The legacy of Indian yoga master, B.K.S Iyengar, and his influence on yoga in the Western world.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.


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An alphabetic encyclopedia of 3500 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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About virginiajim

Retired knowledge nut.
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