Media Mining Digest 150 – 26 Sept 2014: 50 Years Australia Science Show, Academic Redshirting, Alginates, Battery Problem, Benghazi Book, Billionaires, Bob Dylan Story, Brain Health, Cancer Case Study, Cancer Treatment, Childhood Eating, Chip Production, Computational Thinking, Container Shipping, Data Management, Deep Wreck Diving, Driverless Cars, Drone Use Responsibilities, Eating Habits, Engineering Questions, Female Hysteria History, Hearing Aid Story, Husbands School, Hydrologist Interview, Internet Governance Forum, James Booker, Majority Rules in School Board, Medicare Fraud, Mental Illness Myths, Mercury in Medicine, Montreal Protocol, News Coverage Decline, Nutrition Science, Opium History, Outsider Successes, Pain Control, Partnership Formation, Political Testimony, Premed Example, Prostate Cancer, Rumors, Rural Poverty, Sound Engineer, Smartphone Stalking, Sound and Hearing, Spray-on Cake, Teacher Maker, Teachers with Guns, Teaching Science, Trauma Manual, Traumatic Brain Injury, TWIV Q and A, War of 1812, Vaccines History, Wireless Technology, Zionist Liberals

The following audio files come from a larger group of 195 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 56 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

50 Years Australia Science Show 54 mins (2 parts) – “In the early 1960s, science in Australia was taking off. Scientists were choosing to work in Australia rather than disappearing overseas. Macfarlane Burnett and Jack Eccles were awarded Nobel Prizes. But science was poorly covered in the media. To boost coverage, the ABC formed a dedicated team, the Science Unit. Today, in the first of two programs, as Sharon Carleton takes an amble through the archives, we hear some of those early voices, including Robin Hughes, who battled to become the first female reporter to go to Woomera, reporting on nuclear tests. (Part 2) Sharon Carleton continues her romp through the archives. We revisit some of the programs which have had significant lasting effects – Matt Peacock’s reports on asbestos and mesothelioma, Peter Hunt’s reports on forestry in northern NSW which led to changed policy and forests preserved. There was fun, deception uncovered and the occasional hoax.” At the links right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus.

Academic Redshirting 47 mins – “More parents are “red-shirting” their children in kindergarten—holding them back for a year, hoping they’ll have an edge. Does it work? We look.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alginates 6 mins – “Like many others, I have regular occasions to be thankful for sodium alginate. When acid reflux strikes, this gelatinous substance works alongside conventional antacids by acting as a barrier to prevent stomach acid from making its way into the oesophagus. The acid form, alginic acid, is a polysaccharide – a long chain, carbohydrate polymer with a repeated formula of C6H8O6. Although it is also found in soil bacteria, as the name suggests, the main source is algae, specifically brown algae, which is a group that includes many of the seaweeds, like kelps, found in chilly northern seas. The alginate performs a similar role in the seaweed to cellulose in plants and to the cosmetics industry’s favourite additive, hyaluronic acid, in animals, providing a structural matrix to support cells.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Battery Problem 135 mins – “John and Ben discuss the past, present and future of energy generation, distribution, storage and consumption. We explore the future of conventional and alternative energy sources as well as the changing nature of the grid and our relationship to it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Benghazi Book 52 mins – “On September 11, 2012, terrorists attacked a U.S. State Department compound and a CIA building in Benghazi, Libya. Those events have been the subject of immense scrutiny and hearsay, with some saying they lay the grounds for impeaching President Obama. In a new book, the writer Mitchell Zuckoff tells the story of a team of security contractors who fought to repel the attackers in Benghazi. He joins us Tuesday to tell the story of what happened during those 13 hours of mystery and controversy.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Billionaires 47 mins – “Billionaires. We’ll look at the super super rich, and their global shaping of our world.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bob Dylan Story 48 mins – “A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. “Another Side of Bob Dylan.’” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Health 26 mins – “Neuroscience expert Dr. Andrew Hill joins Dr. Drew for a conversation about brain health and how different actions will impact the development of the brain. They also discuss minimal cognitive impairment and how that term relates to some of the recent Donald Sterling controversy. As the show wraps up, they take listener phone calls on brain health.” At the link find thte title, “135: Dr. Andrew Hill ,” right-click the down-pointing arrow beside the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Case Study 71 mins – “Cancer is the number two cause of death in the US and can affect anyone at any age. Federico Viticci joins John to talk about the history of the disease, what it is, how we fight it and Federicos first-hand experience with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Research 64 mins – “Dr. Drew is joined by cancer expert Dr. Stephen Forman for a continued discussion about Prostate Cancer in honor of September being Prostate Cancer Research Month. They also take a few listener phone calls.” At the link find the title, “#139: Dr. Stephen Forman,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Treatment 51 mins – “It has been more than 40 years since President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act. The law was designed to bolster efforts to find cures for cancer. While progress has certainly been made, nearly 600,000 Americans will die of cancer this year. Some recent advances in research have led a number of doctors to call for a rethinking of our entire approach to cancer. Maybe the goal should not be to destroy cancer cells but to change them. Or to figure out how to use the body’s immune system to fight the disease. Or, in certain cases, not treat the cancer at all. We explore new ideas about combating cancer.” (Three guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Childhood Eating 22 mins – “Children develop the ability to feed themselves well and become “good eaters” step-by-step throughout their growth and development. When adults feed children according to a stage-appropriate division of responsibility, this process brings more ease and less tension. At every stage, parents take leadership with feeding and let the child be self-directed with eating. Let’s begin the conversation about how this can work at your kitchen table!” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chip Production 60 mins – “In this episode we take a look at microchip production, with a special focus on waferscanners. To do this, we talked with Wilbert Albers of ASML, the leading waferscanner manufacturer in the world. In the episode, we talk about the overall chip production process (from silicon sand over wafer cutting to lithography and etching), and then we talk about the challenges of building high-precision, high-throughput waferscanners.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computational Thinking 43m – “This episode is a discussion with Jeannette Wing on Computational Thinking. Citing the website of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Computational Thinking website, “computational thinking is a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior that draws on concepts fundamental to computer science.”. As a consequence of computing being more and more important for today’s science, “computational thinking has to be a fundamental part of the way people think and understand the world.”. Jeannette is a leader in this field, and we discuss various aspect of the topic in this show: what computational thinking is, examples of its importance in various fields of science and strategies about how it can be taught to pupils, students and scientists.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Container Shipping 255 mins – “This episode is a conversation about the world-wide container shipping infrastructure with Martin Clausen, the former general counsel of Maersk and Nicolas Guilbert from Ange Optimization. We discuss the history of containers, routing, some details about the ships and container terminals as well as a brief outlook on the future of the container shipping industry. In part two we take a deeper look at optimisation of container stowage on ships and network planning.”

Data Management 27 mins – “An amazing amount of stuff on the internet is free — Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. Of course, it’s not exactly free. We pay, with our data. And right now, we’re kind of stuck trading our data, for all this free software. Today on the show: two people who want to give you other options. These two people are trying to create services online that collect next to nothing — virtually no information, no data. A couple years ago, these people might have been dismissed as kooks. But one of them just raised $30 million.” At the link find the title, “Episode 568: Snoops, Hackers And Tin Foil Hats,”npr_348051174.mp3

Deep Wreck Diving 54 mins – “This episode is a conversation with John Chatterton about deep wreck diving. We cover some of the dangers and challenges, as well as the fascination of the sport. We also talk about the discovery of U 869, which was mainly John Chatterton’s achievement (as documented in the book Shadow Divers)” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Driverless Cars 119 mins – “This episode is about autonomous vehicles (aka self-driving cars). Our guest is Jonathan Sprinkle, assistant professor at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. We talk about the topic mainly from the perspective of (software and systems) engineering, but also address legal and societal questions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Use Responsibilities 66 mins – “In 2012, U.S. drone strikes occurred most often in which nation? If you don’t know, you’re not alone. 27 percent of Americans reported they had no a clue and another 60 percent got it wrong. What should the media cover when it comes to drones and military robotics? And what responsibility do journalists have to focus in on the most pressing moral and legal questions when it comes to drone technologies? John Kaag — Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and co-author of the recent “Drone Warfare” — discusses how the American and international public think about drone warfare, and poses pressing ethical questions about drones in military and civilian use.” At the link right-click “MP3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eating Habits 38 mins – “We got the chance to sit down with Debra Benfield to discuss nutrition and the concept of mindful and intuitive eating around healthy food choices. You’ll also get a look into some of our weird eating habits! Debra is a Master’s Level Nutritionist (M.Ed.), a (Registered Dietitian (R.D.) AND a Licensed Dietitian/ Nutritionist (L.D.N.) with over 25 years of experience. So as you can see, she definitely fits the mold of who we seek out to talk to on Smart People Podcast! Head over to Debra’s page, Body in Mind Nutrition to read up on what she has to offer!” At the link right-click “Download” nd select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Engineering Questions 104 mins – “We answer nine questions about the engineering profession, gathered from a quaint little website called Reddit, in this episode of The Engineering Commons. You may notice a common thread in our responses, as there is rarely a clear-cut solution, and the answer often depends on the situation!” Questions answered: Can an engineering job be hands-on? How important is it to work for a Fortune 500 company as a new grad? How many hours a week do engineers work? Which programming language is most useful to engineers? Where should a high-schooler interested in engineering look for information about the profession? How can one quickly construct a voltage regulator? Carmen mentions a well-known reference book about electronics, The Art of Electronics. Do engineers ever use calculus? At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Hysteria History 36 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We follow a wandering womb.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flooding in Kashmir 4 mins – “People living in India and Pakistan are no strangers to heavy rains. Each year, the monsoon season brings downpours. But today, the Kashmir region is dealing with one of the worst floods in a century. Over the past ten days, heavy rains have left more than 450 people dead and many are still missing. For author and journalist Basharat Peer, what’s happening there is very personal. He grew up in Kashmir and his parents still live there. As soon as he heard the news about the flood, he left New Delhi, where he lives today, to look for his parents. “My city was like an enormous trash can full of sad.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Additive Control 51 mins – “Americans get more than half of their daily meals from processed foods, many of which contain food additives. More than 9,000 additives, ranging from chemical preservatives to green-tea extract, are currently in the food supply. But consumer advocates warn that companies certify the safety many of these substances without FDA oversight. Several research studies indicate some additives may be linked to health problems, including allergies and intestinal disorders. Guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR and a panel of [4] guests discuss the oversight of food additives.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Hearing Aid Story 14 mins – “Science writer Kathleen Raven’s unexpected loss of hearing takes her on a journey with modern technology. Kathleen Raven writes for Reuters Health and blogs about sustainable agriculture for Scientific American. As an independent writer based in Atlanta, she regularly takes walking breaks in Piedmont Park with her dog, Sunshine. She recently completed two degrees at the University of Georgia: Conservation Ecology (MS) and Health & Medical Journalism (MA). She likes speaking in elementary German with her Dutch husband, Arjan.” At the link find the title, “Kathleen Raven: Hearing,”right-click “Media files 155254139-the-story-collider-kathleen-raven-hearing-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Husbands School 27 mins – “On Ivory Coast, men are going back to the classroom. It’s an innovative project dubbed the ‘school for husbands’ – and designed to save the lives of mothers and children.” At the link find the title, “Docs: Ivory Coast’s School for Husbands,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20140918-0330b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hydrologist Interview 24 mins – “Testing the Water (Start time 3:30) What exactly is in our water—the stuff we drink, shower in and use to wash our vegetables? This is a question lots of Coloradans have started to ask in the last few years as oil and gas operations have ramped up in the state. Several communities have become very concerned how nearby drilling operations might be adversely affecting the quality of their water supply… How much is energy development in Colorado affecting the water supply and how can we, that is Jane and Joe public, find out the vital statistics of our water quality? Co-host Jane Palmer discusses these questions with hydrologist Mark Williams from the University of Colorado. Williams is the co-founder of the Colorado Water and Energy Research Center (CWERC) and he has conducted projects around the state looking at the impacts of energy operations on both water and air quality. He has also developed a guide to help residents who live near oil and gas development test their water. The “how to” guide shows well owners how energy-related or other activities might affect their groundwater.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Governance Forum 17 mins – “This week, Lisa Gonzalez interviews me about my recent trip to the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. The IGF is an opportunity for anyone concerned with Internet Governance on planet Earth to discuss the perceived problems and possible solutions. It uses a multi-stakeholder format, which means that governments, businesses, civil society, and academics are all able to come to the table… this means just about anyone who has the means to participate — including by doing so remotely — can do so. I went as part of a delegation with the Media Democracy Fund, along with six other grantees of theirs to get a better sense of how we can contribute and what we might learn from these international discussions. “ At the link right-click “…download this MP3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

James Booker 27 mins – “The legacy of jazz pianist James Booker. Classically trained in piano and a child prodigy, Booker toured with Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin and played on sessions with Fats Domino and Little Richard. But, gay at a time when homosexuality was a huge taboo and black in a divided America, Booker died alone, aged 43, after a life of drug and alcohol abuse.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The Black Liberace,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20140917-0332a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Majority Rules in School Board 61 mins – “Before the war in the East Ramapo, New York school district, there was a truce. Local school officials made a deal with their Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbors: we’ll leave you alone to teach your children in private yeshivas as you see fit as long as you allow our public school budget to pass. But the budget is funded by local property taxes, which everyone, including the local Hasidim, have to pay — even though their kids don’t attend the schools that their money is paying for. What followed was one of the most volatile local political battles we’ve ever encountered.” At the link you can listen. The download button use requires a $.99 payment, but a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Medicare Fraud 59 mins – “David Fahrenthold talked about his article for the Washington Post on Medicare fraud involving power wheelchairs, as well as other investigative reports he’s worked on involving federal government waste.” At the link you can watch and listen, but an audio download will cost $.99; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Mental Illness Myths 60 mins – “This week, we’re listening to “Mental Illness Myths,” a panel discussion about public perceptions of mental health at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Megan Press, Miri Mogilevsky, Julia Burke and Olivia James discuss misconceptions about diagnosis, treatment and symptoms, and the harm that stigma does to individuals affected by mental illness.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mercury in Medicine 31 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We put mercury on your chancre.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Montreal Protocol 30 mins – “Remember the seventies? Remember feathered hair, pull-tab soda cans, debates about the thinning ozone layer? Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio is Durwood Zaelke, a policy advocate and environmental crusader who started working four decades ago to advance policy that would help preserve the ozone layer. Zaelke is the founder and President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development (IGSD) based in Washington, DC and Geneva. He’s a noted international environmental lawyer who received both an Ozone Protection Award and a Climate Protection Award in 2008 for his help in maximizing the climate benefits of the Montreal Protocol.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

News Coverage Decline 52 mins – “As resources dwindle for news organizations, among the first casualties of cost cutting are the beats that were once the core of journalism’s mission. This week, OTM looks at the great decline in beat reporting.“ At the link find the title, “Deadbeat,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nutrition Science 30 mins – “For our first podcast, we were extremely lucky to be able to speak with Harvard Professor, Dr. Walter Willett. Dr.Willett is an American physician and nutrition researcher. He is a Professor of Epidemiology, Nutrition and Medicine and the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University. He has published over 1,000 scientific articles regarding various aspects of diet and disease and is the second most cited author in clinical medicine. In the public eye, Dr. Willett is perhaps best known for his 2001 book Eat, Drink and Be Healthy. Tune in to hear us discuss the downfall of the no-fat diet, the shift in the food pyramid and the truth about anti-oxidants.” At the link find the title, “Episode 1 – Dr. Walter Willett,” right-click “Media files Episode20120-20Dr20Willett.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opium History 31 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We give opium to a baby.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Outsider Successes 41 mins – “What does it mean to pursue something that everyone else think is nuts? And what does it take to succeed? That’s what this week’s episode is about. It’s called “Outsiders By Design.” …You’ll hear about three radical thinkers whose lives didn’t proceed in a perfectly straight line. In each case, their work was ridiculed or ignored — but ultimately, they triumphed.” At the link find the title, “Outsiders by Design,” right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pain Control 61 mins – “Dr. Drew speaks to New York Times reporter Barry Meier about his new e-book, A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine’s Biggest Mistake, and the consequences of using pills.” At the link find the title,“ At the link find the title, “#080: Barry Meier,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up window.

Partnership Formation 27 mins – “Alex Blumberg is starting a business, a podcasting business. He’s recording himself as he starts the company, and he’s making a podcast about starting his podcasting company. But starting a business can be lonely. Alex wants a partner to share in the stress and the risk. Potential investors say they’d prefer to bet on a team, too. Today on the show, Alex searches for a business partner. There have been Hewlett and Packard, Procter and Gamble, and Ben and Jerry. Now, there is Blumberg and …” At the link find the title, #569: How To Divide An Imaginary Pie,” right-click npr_349371797.mp3, and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Testimony 13 mins – “Marine scientist Meredith has to navigate a whole new world when she’s called upon to testify in front of the Maine legislature in support of a crucial bill. Meredith White is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. Her research focuses on how Coastal Ocean Acidification affects marine organisms, from phytoplankton to commercially-important bivalves….” At the link find the title, “Meredith White: How To Write A Testimony,” right-click “Media files 167568468 the story-collider, Meredith-White-how-to-write-a-testimony.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up media.

Premed Example 44 mins – “For our episode today, I got the opportunity to interview Deandre, a 30-year old, nontraditional, first year medical student at Boston University who took the long road to medical school. Deandre shares with us his journey towards getting to med school which certainly had a number of detours. He attended several years in community college trying to figure out what he really wanted. Then he went to a four-year university and still not knowing what direction he was going to take. Until his professor talked some sense into him and that conversation was what ignited his passion for science as well as that passion for helping people through the gift of healing. Finally, Deandre shared his experience in getting multiple acceptances upon which he eventually narrowed it down to where he is now.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prostate Cancer 56 mins – “Prostate cancer expert Dr. Stuart Holden stops by the Dr. Drew Podcast to talk about the realities of the disease and what can be done to detect and treat it before it becomes life-threatening. They also look at Dr. Drew’s personal experience as well.” At the link find the title, “#138: Dr. Stuart Holden,” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow beside the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rumors 60 mins – “This week, we’re looking at the power of stories and innuendo to shape the public perception of science. We’ll speak to author Jon Lee about his book “An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perceptions of Disease.” And we’re joined by Dr. Paul A. Offit, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to get the scientific perspective of the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rural Poverty 47 mins – ““Rich Hill,” a new documentary on growing up poor, now, in rural America. The dreams and the desperation.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex 38 mins – “We spend the majority of this episode talking about sex and the female orgasm. Ohhhh, so NOW you’re interested?? You pervert (just kidding!). Join us this episode as we speak with author, sex coach and therapist Nicole Daedone about her brand new book “Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm“. Nicole is the founder of OneTaste, a coed live-in commune and for-profit business dedicated to female orgasm, that promotes greater personal awareness and interpersonal connectivity through the practice of Orgasmic Meditation and Slow Sex. Nicole’s slow sex practice has been covered by The New York Times, New York Post, EnlightenNext, the Huffington Post, ABC News Nightline and more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smartphone Stalking 9 mins – “We’ve looked a lot at privacy from the Big Brother standpoint: how the National Security Agency or corporate giants like Google track us online, say for political reasons or to make money from ads. But there’s another kind of privacy concern that is a lot more intimate. You could call it Little Brother, though it’s really more like husbands and wives, lovers and exes who secretly watch their partners — from a distance. They are cyberstalking — using digital tools that are a lot cheaper than hiring a private detective. NPR investigated these tools, also known as spyware, and spoke with domestic violence counselors and survivors around the country. We found that cyberstalking is now a standard part of domestic abuse in the U.S.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sound and Hearing 60 mins – “This week, we’re exploring the science of sound and hearing. We’ll talk to Trevor Cox, Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford, about his book “Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound.” And we’ll speak to Andrew Wise, Senior Research Fellow at Bionics Institute, about a gene therapy technique to enhance the function of cochlear implants.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spray-on Cake 3 mins – A short description about the development of a way to produce dough that can be sprayed from a can. At the link find the title, “Episode 415 – September 18 2014,” right-click “ Media files ScienceElements_Sept18_2014.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teacher Maker 64mins – “Elizabeth Green, author of the new book Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Anyone), talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the art of teaching and the history of various reforms, mostly failed, trying to improve teaching in America. Specific topics include the theoretical focus of undergraduate education programs and various techniques being used in charter schools and elsewhere to improve teaching performance.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teachers with Guns 52 mins – “Last week, a Utah teacher injured herself when her concealed handgun accidently fired. The incident renewed discussion across the state about whether or not teachers should be packing heat while on the job. Gun-rights advocates argue that everybody’s safer when instructors and administrators are armed. Those pushing for stricter gun controls contend firearms are an evident danger, and they say parents have a right to know which teachers are carrying. Thursday, we’ll hear from both sides in this heated debate.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teaching Science 29 mins – “Keith talks with William Robertson, aka “Dr. Skateboard.” Bill is the Associate Provost at the University of Texas at El Paso, and is an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at UTEP. Bill trains teachers to teach science, and tells us why the way today’s students learn is different from just a generation ago because of technology. In his alter ego as “Dr. Skateboard,” Bill, an lifelong skateboarder, explains how he communicates the principles of math & science through sports such as skateboarding.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trauma Manual 9 mins – “Promotions: ATACC Trauma Textbook – A free trauma textbook that is simply amazing and the best example of FOAM brought to traditional media that I have ever seen–want it? I bet you do. I could have written an entire post on this book, but luckily someone did it for me: Tim Leeuwenburg on the ATACC Textbook Just want to download it? The Ibooks Version can be found at this link or go to the ATACC site for the PDF versions.” The textbook is a new illustrated 465 page, British publication. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Traumatic Brain Injury 6 mins- “Steven Galetta discusses his Review on how tests of visual function can be useful in the assessment of minor head injury and TBI.” At the link find the title, “Listen to The Lancet Neurology: September, 2014,” right-click “laneur_september.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

TWIV Q and A 113 mins – “The TWiVers discuss the growing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, and an epidemic of respiratory disease in the US caused by enterovirus D68.” At the link right-click “TWIV 302” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vaccines History 47 mins – “Welcome to Sawbones, where Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy take you on a whimsical tour of the dumb ways in which we’ve tried to fix people. This week: We save your kids.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War of 1812 54 mins – “In our continuing series about the War of 1812, host Paul Kennedy visits the battlefields at Washington (where the White House was famously torched) and Baltimore (which ultimately inspired the American national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”).” At the link find the title, “Oh Say, Can You See?”right-click “Download Oh Say, Can You See?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wireless Technology 58 mins – “On a marathon episode John critiques the Artemis pCell presentation, critiques a lengthy article about how pCell might work and finally walks through the key pieces to understanding if this is real life or is this just fantasy; and whether Steve Perlman is the right man to make this dream a reality.” At the link right-click “Download” from the pop-up menu.

Zionist Liberals 48 mins – “After a summer of deadly clashes between Gaza and Israel, we talk to Jews on the left and right about the future of liberal Zionism. Some say it’s over. “At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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