The following audio files come from a larger group of 203 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 42 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.
Adolescence 27 mins – “…whether we like it or not, adolescence was the time when our brains were at the peak of their malleability and the time when we made some of our strongest memories. On this episode, Temple University Professor of Psychology Laurence Steinberg discussed the neuroscience of adolescence and how the brain changes during this formative time. He’ll also tell us how adolescence has lengthened over time and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.” At the link right-click “Listen to episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Affordable Care Act Status 51 mins – “It’s been more than a year since the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the number of uninsured Americans has fallen about 25 percent. But those numbers are just one part of the story. The law has raised a host of concerns from changing premiums to difficulties finding a doctor.,,Joining me to talk about how the Affordable Care Act is performing so far, Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Ceci Connolly of PWC’s Health Research Institute and Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times….” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.
Africa Leadership 13 mins – “Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can’t make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. In a passionate talk the entrepreneur and TED Fellow looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black and Latino Coalitions 54 mins – “This week we have a panel discussion presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, titled “Black and Latino Coalitions from the 1960s to Today.” Our speakers are: Babson College Professor of History and Foodways, Frederick Douglass Opie; and Boston Chief of Health and Human Services, Felix Arroyo.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chevron Loses 25 mins – “…In the small city of Richmond, California, a slate of progressive candidates faced off against a challenge from pro-business candidates backed to the tune of more than $3 million by the energy giant Chevron. For years, Chevron has treated Richmond like a company town and its large refinery there has been a constant source of health and safety concerns… This year, Chevron fought back with an expensive barrage of negative campaign media. But on Election Day, the progressive slate triumphed, despite the roughly $250 per vote Chevron spent.” At the link find the title, “Full Show: Facing Down Corporate Election Greed,” right-click “Media files Moyers_and_Company_344_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Childhood Development 37 mins – “Integrating nutrition and early childhood development interventions may amplify the benefits of both for the world’s underprivileged children. Almost a quarter of children under the age of five do not reach their full developmental potential as a result of chronic undernutrition, a lack of developmental and educational opportunities, and high social and environmental risks. Children everywhere need access to healthy food to develop their bodies and stimulating activities to develop their minds. Traditionally, these needs have been addressed separately, but would they both be more effective if combined into a single effort? Experts from around the world gather at the headquarters of UNICEF to discuss.” At the link find the title, “Nutrition and Early Childhood Development, June 26, 2014,” right-click “NutritionandECD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chinese Bloggers 47 mins – “A Chinese blogger whose harsh anti-American essays have a huge following in China just got a big embrace from China’s top leadership.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change 46 mins – “UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon sent the world a double-edged message on Sunday: When it comes to climate change, “Time is not on our side.” We only have around thirty years to fix the way we live and do business. But he also said we can do it. “All we need is the will to change.” While, there’s plenty of despair all round, There are men and women –scientists, sociologists, politicians—who work daily to map out solutions–basically, to map out the planet’s salvation. What now? Where do we go from here?” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Issues 60 mins – “SUMMARY: Super-scientist Mark Jacobson from Stanford explains soot-causing warming + a way to run the world on clean energy by 2030. We visit an Ultra-Mega coal power plant in India. Manzoor Qadir on the farm soil loss larger than France since 1990.” At the link right-click “lo-fi” where it says, “Download or listen ..” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Creative Commons 55 mins – “…As funders roll out mandates globally for Open Access archiving of public research, scholarly societies have a responsibility to understand the OA licensing options mean. No two licenses are the same. The one you choose should respect your author’s wishes and protect your journal’s future. While scientists have shared access to networked archives since the 1970s, open access, as we understand it today, has only recently become a force remaking scholarly publishing. For publishers and societies, the OA movement is a direct challenge to longstanding business models of paid subscriptions. So-called article processing charges, however, have emerged as one leading way for publishers to recover the costs of publishing. Society publishers, particularly, have watched all these developments keenly. In the new environment, there are many questions related to copyright and licensing. What are the pros and cons of different OA licenses? What options should you give your authors? At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Displaced People 18 mins – “50 million people in the world today have been forcefully displaced from their home — a level not seen since WWII. Right now, more than 3 million Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in neighboring countries. In Lebanon, half of these refugees are children; only 20% are in school. Melissa Fleming of the UN’s refugee agency calls on all of us to make sure that refugee camps are healing places where people can develop the skills they’ll need to rebuild their hometowns.” At the link right-click “Download” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
European Economy 51 mins – “By most accounts, Europe’s economic situation is bleak. While fears of a euro break-up are past, price and wage deflation are a growing concern. And as Europe faces a possible third recession since 2008, the renewed downturn is dragging on global markets. Economic stagnation is also feeding nationalism across the continent. In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron is confronting growing pressure to cap immigration. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns that limiting immigrants from other European Union countries would be a “point of no return” that could increase the risk of Britain leaving the Union.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.
Fig Man – 35 mins – “We are joined by Lloyd Kreizter, also known as the fig man. Lloyd has been a fig hobbyist and germplasm collector for many years in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. Today, Lloyd joins us to talk about the history and origins of the fig, the adaptability and variability of the fig, and the light and passion the fig inspires in him and others.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Ignorance 22 mins – “Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.” At the link you can only download video by clicking “Download” and then right-clicking “Video” to get the file.
Food Science 25 mins – “Food author Harold McGee reveals the chemistry of cooking and what is it like to work with Heston Bluementhal. And finally we find out why James Bond prefers his Martini shaken, not stirred.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jefferson Davis 59 mins – “James McPherson talked about his book, Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, in which he presents Confederate president Jefferson Davis as an astute military strategist who best articulated the South’s “quest for an independent nation.” In his book, the author argues that the though the Confederacy lost the war, the loss was not due to the failures of Jefferson Davis. He spoke with Abraham Lincoln expert James Swanson.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Jury Duty 51 mins – “Jury duty is a key element of the American justice system. But absenteeism is a growing problem. In our nation’s capital, only 20 percent of those summoned actually show up to serve. And that trend spans much of the nation. Some courts have enacted strict punishments, from fines to jail time. Others say the answer is better education about jury service and how it benefits not just our legal system, but the individual serving. Studies show that political engagement can actually rise for people who deliberate on a jury, and satisfaction with our courts may increase as well. But for many Americans, a jury summons still represents a burden. Join us to discuss jury duty in America today and how some say it can be improved.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Kid Paralysis 21 mins – “More than a hundred children in the US — and at least six in Canada — have developed a mysterious form of paralysis. Health officials are trying to determine if it could be related to Enterovirus D68 which has hospitalized hundreds of kids in North America.” At the link find the title, “White Coat Mini Podcast – Mystery Paralysis and Makayla`s Choice Reaction,” right-click “Download White Coat Mini Podcast – Mystery Paralysis and Makayla`s Choice Reaction” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lie Detection 19 mins – “On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lincoln and the Press 59 mins – “Harold Holzer talked about his book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, in which he examines Abraham Lincoln’s relationships with the press. He talked about Lincoln’s strong-armed tactics with newspaper owners, using their power to steer issues such as slavery, union, and his own political career. He also talked about Lincoln’s authorization of some of the most widespread censorship in the nation’s history, as he closed down “disloyal” papers, jailed their editors, and took over the nation’s use of the telegraph.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Harold Holzer, November 02, 2014,” right-click “Media files program.367891.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lost Innocence P4 54 mins – “World War Two drew everyone into its aura of excitement, danger and drama. For teenagers, it was a special time to be growing up — the war set the stage of magical beginnings of innocent relationships, infatuations, and love.” At the link find the title, “Lost Innocence, Part 4 – Like There Was No Tomorrow,” right-click “Download Lost Innocence, Part 4 – Like There Was No Tomorrow” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
M.D. vs D.O. 44 mins – “Neal started as a minister, now he’s a medical student. Listen to his journey, why he decided to change careers, how he went about it with his family, and how he’s liking medical school!” He also discusses the differences between a DO and MD degree. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mars Rover History 32 mins – “Curiosity is the name of the Mars rover that has recently begun exploring the red planet for signs of past habitability. On this episode, Rob Manning, chief NASA engineer on the project, discusses the challenges of constructing the rover.” At the link right-click “Listen to episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mushroom World Savers 18 mins – “Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu viruses.” At the link you can only download video by clicking “Download” and then right-clicking “Video” to get the file.
Mushrooms by Stamets (2 parts) 67 mins – “Mycologist and visionary Paul Stamets joins us for an hour long interview, presented here in two parts, about mushroom mycelium and how we can use mycelium to help heal the damage that humans are causing to the Earth. In Part I, Paul takes us on a journey through time, explaining the evolution and role of the mycelial mass in Earth’s history; he then tells us of the symbiosis between humans and mushrooms. [In Part II]…Stamets tells us how mushrooms can indeed help save the world. From remedies for small pox, to revolutionary biological pesticides, and the remediation of toxic wastes, Paul articulates a vision built on the five pillars of mycorestoration. As Paul describes it, his newest book, Mycelium Running, will be a gateway for other pioneers, and will lead to many important developments in the future. You can purchase Mycelium running and other books at Fungi Perfecti.” At the link (part 1) right-click “Download” for Part 1 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2.
Mushrooms for Phosphorous 17 mins – “Biologist Mohamed Hijri brings to light a farming crisis no one is talking about: We are running out of phosphorus, an essential element that’s a key component of DNA and the basis of cellular communication. All roads of this crisis lead back to how we farm — with chemical fertilizers chock-full of the element, which plants are not efficient at absorbing. One solution? Perhaps … a microscopic mushroom.” It’s in French with English subtitles.” At the link you can only download video by clicking “Download” and then right-clicking “Video” to get the file. An English transcript is also available there.
Music Future 20 mins – “As it enables greater access to information, technology sheds light in corners of the media industry long obscured by fog and shadow. In Washington last week, at the 14th annual Future of Music Policy Summit, musicians and music industry executives shared a stage with attorneys and entrepreneurs for an illuminating discussion of “transparency” in their business, as seen from many angles….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
National Business Aviation Assoc Convention 74 mins – “Carl and Eric report live from the National Business Aviation Association Convention 2014. Carl interviewed Mark Miller from WSI about weather related products they make for GA pilots, including predicting turbulence, storms, radar, etc. You can buy a subscription to their iPad app for $120.00/year. Marina from Wyvern discussed being an advocate for the Cedar Key Airport, and the challenges associated with flying in and out of the airport. AvPlan-EFP: Plan smarter, fly sooner with Bevin Anderson. This app serves as an electronic flight plan and does everything a flight bag does but electronically. ForeFlight Intelligent apps for pilots produces another electronic flight bag product. Veterans AirliftCommand: Flying post-9/11 veterans for medical and other compassionate reasons outside the airline system as volunteers. Carl also spoke with a veteran and passenger of Veterans Airlift Command.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Noodles Worldwide 47 mins – “Noodle-mania. We track the birth story of a staple from China to Italy. Its savory history.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ocean Garbage 51 mins – “The world’s oceans cover more than 140 million square miles and have remained stable for most of human history. But in the last 30 years, man’s impact on the seas has taken a heavy toll: human garbage is polluting our oceans and killing marine life. A recent study by a United Nations panel estimates that the recent buildup of trash in the world’s oceans could cause more than $13 billion in damage to marine life and habitats. The biggest culprit is plastic, which doesn’t fully degrade and is difficult to recycle. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: garbage in the world’s oceans and what can be done about it.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.
Online Medical Resources 10 mins –“For health professions learners of all levels, staying abreast of the literature can seem like an insurmountable task as the number of clinically oriented articles continues to grow at an increasing rate. Fortunately, there has been a veritable explosion of online secondary resources that endeavor to digest the expanding medical literature and present it in a format that is optimized for adult learners. Particularly in emergency medicine, these resources have been dubbed “free open access medical education,” also known as free open access meducation (FOAM). The FOAM movement has figured prominently in the proliferation of blogs and podcasts made available online by practicing clinicians. As an unintended consequence, learners must now contend with an exponentially expanding library of both primary literature and secondary online resources. To make effective use of this stream of knowledge, learners must filter and choose from myriad resources. Simple digital tools can be used to organize and manage this otherwise overwhelming amount of information. This article outlines 5 strategies to help learners and practicing physicians stay abreast of both foundational and cutting-edge literature by using digital solutions.” At the link right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Palliative Medicine 60 mins – “My lastest Books and Ideas podcast is an interview with Dr. Amos Bailey, who is a genuine pioneer in both Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He gives us an inside look at how Palliative Medicine emerged out of the incredible technical advances of modern medicine. He also dispells some of the most common misunderstandings.” At the link right-click “Listen to Episode 56 of Books and Ideas” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Personal Empowerment 51 mins – “We’re examining the unprecedented power at peoples’ fingertips ¬and its consequences. First up, highlights from the recent IHub live event about how power is shifting away from big companies and towards individuals. Panelists include: Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of the MIT Tech Review; Karim Lakhani, a Harvard Business School professor; Nicco Mele, the author of “The End of Big“; Jessica Banks, founder of Rock, Paper, Robot. Then, Nicholas Carr, author of “The Glass Cage: Automation and Us” discusses the personal and social ramifications of our growing dependence on computers. Plus, Jonathan Eig discusses his book “The Birth of the Pill” and the history around the invention of the birth control pill.” At at the link find the title, “11.8.14 – Power at Your Fingertips,” right-click “IHUB-110814-FullShow.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Peter Paul and Mary 51 mins – “In the 1960s, the group Peter, Paul and Mary brought folk music out of the coffeehouses and onto the airwaves. With their seamless three-part harmonies, they achieved the commercial success that paved the way for performers like Bob Dylan and John Denver. Their political lyrics struck a chord with the baby boom generation, as they gave voice to the struggle for civil rights, the women’s movement and efforts to end the war in Vietnam. They played together as a trio for nearly five decades, until the death of Mary Travers in 2009. A new book chronicles their time together in a series of photographs and written reflections. “Peter, Paul and Mary: 50 Years in Music and Life.’”
Rape Kit Backlog 51 mins – “Tens of thousands of untested rape evidence kits have been found in police storage facilities across the country. Many of these kits contain DNA evidence, like blood, taken from victims of sexual assaults. Some evidence has been sitting untested on shelves for years. When the first 2,300 unprocessed kits from the Cleveland Police Department were tested, it yielded 950 matches in the national DNA database and more than 200 indictments. Similar backlogs have been found in other cities, including Las Vegas and Detroit. Diane and a panel of  guests discuss the efforts to address the backlog in untested rape evidence kits.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.
Robot Gardener 55 mins – “Recorded from the floor of the 2014 South by Southwest conference, Frank welcomes three innovators in the Arduino for agriculture space: Will Bratton, Luke Iseman, and Sam Bagot to discuss the nature and challenges of the Internet of Things as it applies to agriculture. Topics of discussion include what is Arduino, why and how it is useful for sustainable agriculture, the failures of the open source community, competition from mega corporations like Verizon, fragmentation in the Arduino space, and how to jump start a movement towards a standard, open platform for managing agricultural microcontrollers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science Books 29 mins – “On the show this week, Ian Sample looks at the shortlist for this year’s Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, with Robin McKie, the Observer’s science and technology editor, and Professor Nicky Clayton, a University of Cambridge neuroscientist, and chair of the judges of the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Also on the show we have our picks from the week’s science news, including the upcoming attempt to land a European space probe on a speeding comet, and the announcement that Fabiola Gianotti, who led one of the teams that discovered the Higgs boson, will be the new leader of the Cern particle physics lab near Geneva.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sleep Deprivation 27 mins – “This special edition of White Coat, Black Art was recorded live as part of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ International Conference on Residency held in Toronto. Dr. Brian Goldman hosted a lively panel with the provocative title “Is a Tired Doctor a Safe Doctor?” In the audience were residents, leading physicians and the public. The voices you’ll hear on the panel belong to four experts.” At the link find the title, “WCBA – Sleepy Docs Podcast 1101,” right-click “Download WCBA – Sleepy Docs Podcast 1101” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Snap Judgement 55 mins – Thousands of insightful stories presented in small batches once a week since 2011. This sample includes a teacher, summer camp, baseball, and young love. Well done. 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.
Street Harassment 47 mins – “An internet video of a woman showered in catcalls on the street goes viral. We’ll look at women and men in public space. The catcall culture.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Street Harassment 47 mins – “An internet video of a woman showered in catcalls on the street goes viral. We’ll look at women and men in public space. The catcall culture.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Water Supply 58 mins – “Creating and maintaining a clean, sustainable water supply means delivering drinking water and collecting wastewater while dealing with pathogenic microorganisms and infrastructure challenges. It’s not all challenges, however. Two speakers; Sudhir Murthy, PhD, PE, BCEE, Innovation Chief at DC Water, and Kellogg Schwab, PhD, Director of the Johns Hopkins University Water Institute, will speak to Microbes After Hours about promising new endeavours in water management as well as issues of water safety.” At the link you can watch, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.
An alphabetic encyclopedia of 4200 of these hyperlinked descriptions is here and updated quarterly. A file of the podcasts is here , updated weekly, and can be downloaded as a 21+ GB zipped file, or individually. A separate folder of C-Span, Diane Rehm, et. al. files that aren’t available at their sites is here, too, and can also be downloaded as a zip file or individually. Over 210 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 here. Free 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.