Media Mining Digest 168 – 30 Jan 2015: 3D Printing, 3D Scanner, Activist Technology, ALS Activism, Anthony Fauci, Ants Are Clean, Belafonte on King, Black Bias Cure, Blood History, Botanic World, Broadband by Tucows, Catadores, Computational Biology, Costa Rican Rainforest, Cryptographic Backdoors, CT and MRI Imaging, Deep Learning, E-book Insights, Earth Observations, Earthquakes, Engineer Drawings, ER Momentum Breakers, Ethnic Unrest, Food Hub, Forensic Pathology, Free Expression, Grateful Dead, Greenpeace, Helicopter Pilot, HoloLens, India Sex Assaults, Indian Point Reactor, Isomics, Justice Defender, Linux Troubleshooting, Mercenary Trends, Middle East History, Minority Coalitions, Murder Board, Ocean Research, Paleo Diet News, Podcast Trends, Political Funding, Practice Deliberately, Precautionary Principle, Primary Care Issues, Quantum Mechanic Terms, Rabies in Animals, Rabies in Humans, Race Relations, Ransomeware, Ron Rash, Selma, Shorting Stocks, Sialic Acid, Solar Energy History, Spanish Inquisition, Survival, Synthetic Biology, Temple Grandin, Texas Entrepreneurial Network, Tiny Movements Value, Titanium Nitride, Turing, War of 1812, Waste Trends, Wealth, Weather Issues, Women in Aviation

The following audio files come from a larger group of 208 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 69 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

3D Printer and Tumors 52 mins – The second half of this interview is with Mike Molitch-Hou and how he helped doctors determine how best to remove his wife’s brain tumor using 3D printing. Here’s an article about the process. At the link fright-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. The blog archive only contains this second half.

3D Printing Body Parts 50 mins – “In this episode we talk with Professor Paul McMenamin of Monash University — you know the school down under — about his rather unique collection of body parts.  You see there made of out plastic and colored with ink jet ink to look like actual cadaver body parts.  Join us as we find out how his team at Monash accomplished this and who may benefit. This episode was recorded on the 29th of July, 2014. And if you aren’t squeamish, come check out the video of this interview out on our YouTube channel. “All Things 3D”… If you dare?” Here’s a link to related medical video material. At the link fright-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

3D Printing Education 83 mins – “…In this episode our [5] guests from the US, Canada and the Netherlands about how 3D is being used in education, from the kindergartens to our universities.  We also look at how 3D fabrication and scanning products are being used and how the manufactures are helping to bring these into the classroom. Is it real or do we still have a long way to go?” Here’s a beginner’s guide of seventy-seven pages. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

3D Printing Medicine 66 mins – “In this episode we talk about how 3D technology is changing the medical industry with some of the leading developers and researchers in the field of 3D image processing for extracting and isolating components of the human body and producing files that can used to print the body part in exact measurements and features. We also look at how 3D scanning is allowing noninvasive topical examinations for burn victims and the contagious.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

3D Scanner 35 mins – “In this episode we interview Stephen Crossland, Chief Marketing Office from Fuel3D and take an inside look at a the fully funded KickStarter 3D scanner project based on a unique and patented process that gives you high resolution meshes for a fraction of the cost of similar products already on the market.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Activist Technology 14 mins – “To see is to believe, says Oren Yakobovich — which is why he helps everyday people use hidden cameras to film dangerous situations of violence, political fraud and abuse. His organization, Videre, uncovers, verifies and publicizes human-rights abuses that the world needs to witness.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ALS Activism 19 mins – “Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge craze this summer? Meet the mom who started it all. When Nancy Frates’s son Pete hurt his wrist in a baseball game, he got an unexpected diagnosis: it wasn’t a broken bone, it was ALS, and there is no cure. In this inspiring talk, Nancy tells the story of what happened next.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anthony Fauci 59mins – “Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, talks about growing up in Brroklyn, his career at the agency, and how he has navigated the world of politics during his tenure.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Dr. Anthony Fauci,” right-click “Media files program.384014.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ants Are Clean 6 mins – “Ants. Just the word sends people running from the picnic blanket. But Elsa Youngsteadt, a researcher at North Carolina State, says they aren’t villains. These insects are actually heroes in the fight against global warming, and that’s not all. Ants don’t spread disease – unlike cockroaches and rats – and they clean up the streets, eating scraps of dropped food that would otherwise attract the real pests….” At the link find the title, “Ants Clean Up the Big Apple,” right-click “ “IHUB-012415-D.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Belafonte on King 54 mins – “A feature inteview with Harry Belafonte talking about his close friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At 87, Harry Belafonte remains one of America’s most eloquent and impassioned voices for human rights and social justice.” At the link find the title, “Tapping into Martin Luther King, Jr.,” right-click “Download Tapping into Martin Luther King, Jr.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Bias Cure 18 mins – “Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood History 29 mins -“Human blood has been compared historically and sociologically to a river that defines human society over the millennia. That river has been charted in a recent book and television series entitled, “Blood, an Epic History of Medicine and Commerce,” by Douglas Starr. This work traces the history of blood in medical, political and economic terms, from the earliest days of bloodletting to the era of AIDS. Douglas Starr recommends “Instance of the Finger Post,” by Ian Beers.” At the link find the title, “Douglas Starr – Blood: A History,” right-click “Click here to begin listening” and select “Save link As” fromt hepoop-up menu.

Botanic World P1 54 mins – “From the birth of modern plant classification, harnessing botany and imperial progress in furthering Britain’s destiny as the major civilising power in the world, to establishing the laws of what grows where and why, Professor Kathy Willis, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, examines new attitudes to plants during the 18th and early 19th century. From plants as tools to exploit to flowers as objects of beauty, Kathy Willis draws upon Kew’s archives and its herbarium collection of pressed plants that was to play a pivotal role in establishing insights into plant relationships and their distribution around the world. It helped establish the first accurate maps of the world’s flora by the mid-19th century.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband by Tucows 27 mins – “In recent weeks, we have been excited to see announcements from Ting, a company long known for being a great wireless provider (both Lisa and I are customers), that is now getting into FTTH deployments. The first announcement was from Charlottesville where it acquired another company. Last week they announced a partnership with Westminster, Maryland. This week we interview Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows, which is the parent of Ting. Elliot has long been active in preserving and expanding the open Internet. We discuss many issues from Ting’s success in wireless to cities dealing with permitting and access in rights-of-way to Ting’s willingness and enthusiasm to operate on municipal fiber open access networks. We finish with some musings on upcoming over the top video technologies like SlingTV from Dish….” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 directly….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Catadores 5 mins – “In Brazil, “catadores” collect junk and recyclables. But while they provide a vital service that benefits all, they are nearly invisible as they roam the streets. Enter graffiti artist Mundano, a TED Fellow. In a spirited talk, he describes his project “Pimp My Carroça,” which has transformed these heroic workers’ carts into things of beauty and infused them with a sense of humor. It’s a movement that is going global.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computational Biology 55 mins -“Host Vincent Racaniello meets up with special guest Rob Knight to talk about the technology that has fueled his drive to sequence the Earth and its inhabitants.” At the link right-click “download TWiM#96” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Costa Rican Rainforest 27 mins – “In the middle of the Costa Rican rain forest, about an hour west of San Jose, Costa Rica, on the east side of the continental divide, you can find the Rain Forest Aerial Tram located on a private rain forest reserve. It’s a series of small, open-air cars that hold about five people each held together by a three kilometers long cable. The tramcars carry visitors through, above and below this portion of the Central American rainforest canopy. The Rain Forest Aerial Tram was the brainchild of Dr. Donald Perry, a biologist trained at the University of California at Los Angeles, who, beginning in 1970, has specialized in the study of the flora and fauna of the Central American Rainforest. In April of 1995, I visited the Rain Forest Aerial Tram with Dr. Perry. “ At the link right-click “Click here to begin listening” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cryptographic Backdoors 72 mins – “Hosts Steve Gibson with Leo Laporte: Why the President was sure it was North Korea, a few Sci-Fi recommendations from Steve, and separating fact from fiction about Cryptographic Backdoors.” Reference is made to a three-page PDF that defines “Fourth and Fifth Party Collection” at At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CT and MRI Imaging 58 mins – “We talk with Dr. Scott Klioze, a board certified radiologist from Saint Augustine, Florida who is using social media and YouTube to inform the public about the theory and practical applications of MRI and CT scanning, about his views on 3D in Medicine and the role radiology has played in bringing 3D visualization and fabrication to forefront of the media’s attention on the 3D. Dr. Klioze’s YouTube videos can be found on his channel “Doctor Klioze’” At the link fright-clcik “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link fright-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Learning 20 mins – “What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught itself the concept of “cats.”) Get caught up on a field that will change the way the computers around you behave … sooner than you probably think.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E-book Insights 50 mins – “The owners of ebook platforms now have unprecedented and previously unattainable knowledge about how people read. They literally see every time an ebook is opened; on what device it is being opened; how fast it is read; and whether passages or entire works are re-read. Perhaps most dismaying of all for authors and publishers alike, they even know many ebooks that are bought are never “cracked,” let alone finished. Recorded at last week’s Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2015 representatives of global ebook platforms offered revealing insights into what they know abut what you read. Panelists told CCC’s Chris Kenneally about consumer reading behavior across multiple devices, and whether fans of fiction read differently than non-fiction aficionados. They also discussed how much reading of English goes on in non-English-speaking countries.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Earth Observations 129 mins – “This episode is a conversation with Ruud Hoogeveen from the Netherlands Institute for Space Research about satellite-based Earth observation, and primarily about measuring the concentration of gases such as CO2 or Ozone from space. We talk about the effects of these gases on the atmosphere, how the sensors work in principle, and about the history and evolution of the sensors over the various missions. We conclude with a look on detecting and measuring aerosols and at the future challenges and current research for satellite-based earth observation.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Earthquakes 29 mins – “To many of us who live along the coast of California, earthquakes are a living legend. That legend is closely associated with the San Andreas Fault, an earthquake line which runs roughly 800 miles through California forming the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate.  More than just a legend, earthquakes over the millennia have rattled the world in multiple events close in time are referred to as “earthquake storms.”  These storms are close in geological time, not so much in human time. As you might expect, this edition of Radio Curious is about earthquakes.  Our guest is John Dvorak, Ph.D., a geophysicist and author of “Earthquake Storms:  The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Engineer Drawings 78 mins – “Electrical engineer Bob Schmidt joins the discussion of how engineers convey important concepts without using words. Beyond writing down a few words to remind him of key details, Brian likes to dive straight into analysis or development when he has a new design idea. Brian often uses LTSpice to analyze electrical circuits….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ER Momentum Breakers P1 22 mins – ”In Epsiode 26, we have a new EM Resident contributors to the EM Res Podcast.  In Part one of a two part episode, Dr. Joseph Cruz of discusses 5 of his 10 ED shift momentum breakers.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Momentum breakers episode 1.m4a” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ethnic Unrest 48 mins – “Europe is so on edge right now.  And in a way that is bigger than the Charlie Hebdo killings, as big as those are.  Years of immigration have not led to integration.  Unhappy native and immigrant populations are nervous, worried, angry.  Huge crowds march for unity.  Others march for separation, rejection.  We’re talking today with two big thinkers with investments of past and future here.  Roger Cohen, whose Jewish family has walked the immigrant path.  And Tariq Ramadan, whose Muslim family has done the same.  This hour On Point:  Tariq Ramadan, Roger Cohen and Europe’s future.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Hubs 50 mins – “Frank welcomes writer and photojournalist Erik Hoffner to talk about his writings and observations of the local food movement.  Erik shares the exciting development of food hubs as they spring up across the country, and describes the opportunities of scale and collaboration these interesting innovations are providing for local food entrepreneurs.  Also discussed are energy cooperatives, Fair Trade, and the prospects for sustainable agriculture to replace the industrial model.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Pathology 2 parts 57 mins – “Radio Curious brings you an archived, 2-part conversation about death and forensics with Dr. Michael Baden, the Chief Medical Examiner for the New York State Police and author of “Dead Reckoning, the New Science of Catching Killers.’” At the link find the title, “Baden, Michael Ph.D. — How Did That Person Die? Part 1″ right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2.

Free Expression 55 mins – “In the wake of the attack on the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, U.S. director of Reporters Without Borders, Delphine Halgand, joins the Newseum and Nikahang Kowsar, a member of the board of directors of Cartoonists Rights Network International, for a timely discussion about free expression and the dangers journalists face worldwide.” At the link find the title, “Journalists Under Attack,” right-click “Media files IM_20150111.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grateful Dead 48 mins – “Huge news just out for Deadheads. The Grateful Dead will play one more time, their last big blowout, in Chicago this summer. A 50th anniversary finale, most guess. And, of course, everyone will note what a “long, strange trip it’s been.” It’s more than that, says my guest Peter Richardson. It’s a classic American story of seeking rapture and utopia. A deeper freedom. He’s out with a new telling of the story of the Dead. And what a story. This hour On Point: a cultural history of the Grateful Dead.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Greenpeace 52 mins – “Thursday, we begin our Sundance Film Festival coverage with the story of the eccentric and passionate creation of Greenpeace. Founder Bob Hunter was a journalist with a vision for winning public sympathy. His idea was to plant “mind bombs,” actions that would go viral. So they brought cameras and made sure images of factory-like whaling ships and dead baby seals reached the public. That archival footage anchors the new documentary, and we’re joined by director Jerry Rothwell. It’s called “How to Change the World.” At the link right-click the paly button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Helicopter Pilot 66 mins – “Welcome to episode 39. Today I have with me former Coast Guard helicopter pilot and Navy flight instructor Steve Vigus. Steve has a varied background and many interests including a passion for automobiles. I am really excited to listen as Steve takes us inside the cockpit of a Coast Guard Helicopter pilot on a rescue mission.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HoloLens 1 min – “Microsoft unwrapped a new version of Windows and a revolutionary product calls HoloLens that superimposes holograms into your real world. The story is today’s TECH TALK.” At the link you can listen, but the second link is to a more useful two-minute video explanation.

India Sex Assaults 14 mins – “ This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India — and calls on others to speak out too.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Point Reactor 60 mins – “The hub of world financial activity, Wall Street and all, is gambling every day that two old reactors just 25 miles away won’t finally melt-down, Fukushima-style. Even the Nuclear Regulatory Commission thinks Indian Point has the most at-risk-for-an-earthquake reactors in the country. Later in this program we’ll talk with environmental lawyer, activist and local resident Susan Hito-Shapiro about the real threat. But first, I found another jaw-dropping, gasp-for-breath story in climate science. Is two degrees Centigrade of warming safe? What about 17 or 20 degrees hotter? That’s right. The United Nations panel on climate change doesn’t tell you the ultimate destination. When our current emissions at 400 parts per million finally stabilizes, London will be a tropical swamp with hippos and crocodiles – again.” At the link right-click “Download Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Isomics 43 mins – “In this episode we talk to Dr. Steve Pieper, CEO of Isomics and Engineering Core Pi at the Neuroimage Anaylsis Center about how 3D and 3D visualization is changing the way surgery is analyzed, planned and performed with the research he has done of the last two decades and a little tool called ‘3D slicer’, that is a BSD style open source project that allows researchers and medical staff to use this Swiss army knife of DICOM image analysis for 3d reconstruction and for me personally to a create 3D printed model of someone close to me inflicted with golf ball sized bone tumor in their skull and allow her surgeon to the opportunity actually see and touch the diseased area before even using a scalpel.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Justice Defender 14 mins – “Every human deserves protection under their country’s laws — even when that law is forgotten or ignored. Sharing three cases from her international legal practice, Kimberley Motley, an American litigator practicing in Afghanistan and elsewhere, shows how a country’s own laws can bring both justice and “justness”: using the law for its intended purpose, to protect..” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linux Troubleshooting P1 40 mins – “Listener Dave suggested this topic. We detail how to recover from a crashed or frozen system. The topics we outline are: How to restart the Cinnamon desktop environment, how to restart the display server, how to restart and how to shut down a partially crashed responsive computer, and how to restart and shut down a completely unresponsive computer. We also walk through recovering accidentally deleted files from your hard drive or removable drive. I mistakenly said, “Alt+F3” to start a full-screen terminal session. That is not correct. It’s “Ctrl+Alt+F3” that you press.” At the link right-click “download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mercenary Trends 51 mins – “In World War II, contractors made up just 10 percent of the military workforce; by the Iraq war, that number had risen to 50 percent. And that number is climbing – not just in the U.S. but worldwide, as governments look to save money and keep casualty numbers down for their own militaries. But what does this trend toward private-run warfare mean for the future of international relations? One former contractor warns that armies-for-hire will soon be the norm, making it easier than ever to wage war. What an increased reliance on private armies could mean for modern warfare and global security.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Middle East History 65 mins – “The Middle East seems to be imploding. Dan thinks this is likely all part of a natural process of redrawing artificial borders and re-balancing power relationships. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be fun to live through.” At the link find the title, “Common Sense 277 – Riding Chaos to Stasis,” right-click “download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minority 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.

Murder Board 12 mins – “When a city’s murder rate goes up and stays high for years, what do community activists working against violence do? How do they keep from losing hope? Back in 2010, State of the Re:Union visited New Orleans, Louisiana, and reported on community responses to urban violence. Among the places SOTRU visited was St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in the Treme neighborhood, which had come up with a novel way of documenting the city’s violence: something they called the Murder Board. This year, we sent reporter Nina Feldman back to St. Anna’s to see how the project is maintaining, these years later.” At the link find the title, “SOTRU Short: A New Orleans Church Memorializes Murder Victims,” right-click “podcast_NOLAMurderBoard.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Research 11 mins – “In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida…to research how climate change and pollution are affecting the oceans.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paleo Diet News 147 mins – “On this episode, we dig into a popular recent study that tells us eating whole grains increases life expectancy; we look at whether there is validity to a claim that the Paleo diet erases the benefits of exercise, as explained by Dr. Michael Greger; I recap my 4 1/2 years of eating Paleo, offer a critique of the current direction of Paleo, and I answer a listener’s questions about my current Paleo eating framework. After the Bell, it’s a diet debate between three doctors: low-carb/high-fat, plant-based whole food, and Vegan.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast Trends 47 mins – “Top podcast on iTunes today:  NPR’s new “Invisibilia” – about the invisible forces that control human behavior.  But you don’t have to go to NPR or even iTunes to get in on the podcast surge these days.  After ten years of downloading and experimentation and growth, podcasts are now all over the place.  No radio tower required.  No broadcast.  Just you and your smartphone and a million options.  Well, lots of options.  Updated all the time.  “Serial.”  Snooki.  Sports.  This hour On Point:  the podcast surge, and what it means for the future of listening – of news, of entertainment — of public radio.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Funding 52 mins – “This week marks the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Many decried the ruling as a blow to democracy because it loosened restrictions on campaign spending and gave corporations status as people. Opponents continue their push to overturn it – or at least lessen its impact through greater transparency. But supporters argue that the 2010 decision did not unleash a flood of money in politics. They say corporate spending on elections remains a small percentage of the total, and dark predictions about political influence have not played out. We look at the legacy of Citizens United five years out. [4 guests]” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Practice Deliberately 15 mins – “…Deliberate practice, suggests Colvin, separates the elite from everybody else. It’s about a lot more than sitting in a chair for hours a day: Colvin explains there are four components that make up deliberate practice:….”At the link find the title, “Why You Don’t Need Talent,”right-click “IHUB-012415-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Precautionary Principle 68 mins – “Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Antifragile, Black Swan, and Fooled by Randomness, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a recent co-authored paper on the risks of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the use of the Precautionary Principle. Taleb contrasts harm with ruin and explains how the differences imply different rules of behavior when dealing with the risk of each. Taleb argues that when considering the riskiness of GMOs, the right understanding of statistics is more valuable than expertise in biology or genetics. The central issue that pervades the conversation is how to cope with a small non-negligible risk of catastrophe.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Primary Care Issues 19 mins – “It’s been an epic flu season, and that means lots of visits to the doctor – involving vintage magazines, long waits, and short appointments. No surprise, the current system doesn’t work well for doctors, either. Rushika Fernandopulle, a doctor at Mass General Hospital and CEO of Iora Health, says a colleague once described to him the stress of being a practitioner. “She said, ‘Every day I lose a little piece of my soul. I went into this to try and take care of people and be able to meet their needs, and in the current system with seven-minute visits…and all this junk we’ve piled on, I just can’t do my job.’” The hurried visits and paperwork aren’t the only issues impeding innovation….” At the link find the title, “Fixing Primary Care,” right-click “IHUB-012415-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quantum Mechanic Terms 32 mins – “Since the theory of quantum mechanics became accepted, almost a century ago, we’ve had to get used to living in a world of quantum leaps, Schrodinger’s cats and uncertainty principles. But how well do we really understand the major philosophical implications of quantum mechanics? On this episode, we talked with Dr. Robert Crease, professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University, about how terms from quantum mechanics have found their way into everyday discourse and provided a new set of metaphors for life. He tells us how various groups, from physicists to politicians, have integrated the laws of quantum mechanics into their world view… or at least attempted to.” At the link right—click “Listen to Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rabies in Animals 15 mins – “Rabies is the archytypical zoonotic disease, and only by vaccination in animals will we prevent infections in people. In two podcasts linked to our latest clinical review “The prevention and management of rabies”​ we’ll be discussing how we can get there. In this podcast Sarah Cleaveland, professor of comparative epidemiology at the University of Glasgow discusses control​ling the disease in animals​.​ To find out about the clincial presentation listen to the accompanying podcast with ​Natasha Crowcroft, chief of infectious disease at Public Health Ontario.” At the link find the title, “Rabies in animals,” right-click “Media files 186367306-bmjgroup-rabies-in-animals.mp3 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rabies in Humans 20 mins – “Rabies is the archytypical zoonotic disease, and only by vaccination in animals will we prevent infections in people. In two podcasts linked to our latest clinical review “The prevention and management of rabies”​ we’ll be discussing how we can get there. In this podcast Natasha Crowcroft, chief of infectious disease at Public Health Ontario to discuss the human aspect of the disease, and in the second Sarah Cleaveland, professor of comparative epidemiology at the University of Glasgow explains animal control.” At the link find the title, “Rabies in Humans,” right-click “Media files 186366686-bmjgroup-rabies-in-humans.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Race Relations 47 mins – “It’s Martin Luther King Day, and racial protest and politics in America are hotter than they’ve been in many years.  Fifty years after Selma. After Ferguson and Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin, after years of snoozey acquiescence and lots of people looking the other way, there is protest in the streets again.  About race.  Not everybody gets it.  Some prominent black figures are saying “What’s the goal?  Who’s the leader?”  But look at our prisons.  Look at our schools.  Look at who has jobs.  And it’s not hard to figure out.  This hour On Point:  On this MLK Day – racial reality in America, front and center, again. “ At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransomeware 51 mins – “Imagine opening your computer and a ransom note appears on your screen. All of your files are encrypted. To get your files back you must pay hundreds of dollars within one week or all of your data will be lost. Welcome to the shadowy world of ransomware. More than one million personal computers worldwide have been hit by this new type of virus, according to some estimates. Cities and counties, including Detroit and Dickson County, Tennessee, have also been victims. Join guest host Steve Roberts and a panel of [4] guests for a discussion on ransomware viruses, who is at risk, and how to protect your data.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Ron Rash 47 mins – “Writer Ron Rash, out of the Carolinas, knows Appalachia well.  Very well or too well, you might think after reading his latest collection of powerful short stories.  The beauty, the dreams, the moments of tenderness and grit.  The poverty, the meth, the despair, the wreckage.  Ron Rash does not deliver the clichés of Appalachian life.  He’s both deeper and more up to date than that.  He takes the particularities of this often tough life and finds the universal.  “Something Rich and Strange” is the name of his collection.  This hour On Point:  we’re talking with Appalachia’s Ron Rash.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Selma 49 mins – “On the opening weekend of the Newseum exhibit, “1965: Civil Rights at 50,” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and CBS News White House correspondent Bill Plante talk about their memories of the civil rights movement.” At the link find the title, “1965: Civil Rights at 50,” right-click “Media files IM_20150117.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shorting Stocks 2 parts 38 mins – “[p1] If you own a house, stock, bonds, or a retirement account, you’re betting that things are going to get better — that the lines on the chart will keep going up. Historically, this is a reasonable bet. But you can place a bet in the opposite direction. You can make a bet that things will go down: a short. For example, if you short Apple stock and the stock price drops, you make money. While all the normal shareholders are consoling themselves, you can celebrate. But for the most part, people don’t do it. Experts warn us that we shouldn’t either. Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people, and we put our own money down on a bet against something people love. We short America. [p2] There have been short sellers throughout history. Today, the story of a man who was the very first short seller. The first person to bet that a stock will go down. It doesn’t go well for him.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from thepop-up menu. Do the same for P2, here.

Sialic Acid 26 mins – “Up next is an extended interview with University of California in San Diego scientist Ajit Varki  about his team’s new mouse study that indicates that a “sugar” in red meat, called sialic acid, can trigger inflammation when fed to mice.  This sugar is intriguing because it’s a molecule that two million years ago, our human bodies made on their own.  It differs from the current sialic acid made in our bodies by just one atom of oxygen.  Yet the mouse studies indicate that might be enough to cause an immune system reaction in the lab mice.  More research and human studies will be needed, to determine whether or not a similar reaction occurs in susceptible humans.  Now here’s Ajit Varki.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Energy History 56 mins – “Western man has been using the sun’s rays for useful purposes since the days of ancient China, as this comprehensive, carefully researched, clearly written history of solar architecture and technology makes abundantly clear,” says The New York Times about John Perlin’s book, Let it Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy. Let it Shine presents the step-by-step development of solar architecture and technology and pertinent energy policies. By providing the background for today’s vibrant solar industry, a deeper understanding emerges of how solar energy applications have evolved and performed and their promise for today’s world.” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spanish Inquisition 54 mins – “Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in relative harmony in medieval Spain. Then the Spanish Inquisition came along with its use of terror and racism, turning a pluralistic society into a police state. Writer Erna Paris calls what happened in Spain.” At the link find the title, “From Tolerance to Tyranny,” right-click “Download From Tolerance to Tyranny” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Survival 29 mins -“ Why do smart people do stupid things? This is the question asked by Laurence Gonzales, author of “Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why” and “Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things.” Gonzales examines the mental scripts we follow as we live our lives and how these scripts prescribe our response to a situation based upon our past experiences. The problem is that sometimes these scripts result in wrong and possibly dangerous actions based on insufficient evidence or memory in our past experience. Gonzales’ work demonstrates how these scripts can sometimes lead to us being our own worst enemy. To break from this cycle and encourage full understanding of a situation and wise decision making, Gonzales encourages “curiosity, awareness, and attention.” He writes, “Those are the tools of our everyday survival… we must all be scientists at heart, or be victims of forces that we don’t understand.” …The book he recommends is “Survival in Auschwitz” by Primo Levi.” At the link find the title, “Gonzales, Laurence — Why Do Smart People Do Stupid Things” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Synthetic Biology 33 mins – “Editor’s note: this podcast is part of our investigation into synthetic biology and bioengineering. For more on these topics, download a free copy of the new edition of BioCoder, our quarterly publication covering the biological revolution. Free downloads for all past editions are also available. Tim Gardner, founder of Riffyn, has recently been working with the Synthetic Biology Working Group of the European Commission Scientific Committees to define synthetic biology, assess the risk assessment methodologies, and then describe research areas. I caught up with Gardner for this Radar Podcast episode to talk about the synthetic biology landscape and issues in research and experimentation that he’s addressing at Riffyn.”

Temple Grandin 29 mins – “Do animals think? The book, “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior,” by Professor Temple Grandin, gives us some clues. Temple Grandin is a person with autism who teaches animal science at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Autistic people can often think the way animals think, putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate, “animal talk.” Grandin explores the world of animals – their pain, fear, aggression, relationships and communication. When I spoke with Professor Grandin from her office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, we began with her definition of autism.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click the medial and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Texas Entrepreneurial Network 2 mins – “…Hall T. Martin is the founder of  the Texas Entrepreneur Network also called T.E.N., which is at the URL of: What does T.E.N. do? In helping Entrepreneurs, Hall Martin describes it very simply:  “We help Texans raise funding.” …Traditional funding sources such as banks no longer lend to early stage companies especially to startups that are pre-revenue. T.E.N.  has over 1000 investors in its network, and helps entrepreneurs find funding to grow their business. ..In addition, the state of Texas recently passed an intrastate crowdfunding law which lets anyone in the state of Texas invest in startups.  This opens up a new source of capital to entrepreneurs… If you’re seeking funding, you can sign up to learn more about how you can raise funding by visiting the T.E.N. portal .” At the link find the title, “ 260- Entrepreneur funding via Portal from Hall Martin of T.E.N.,” right-click “Select this link to access the brief 2-minute video as an mp4 file” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tiny Movements Value 13 mins – “Meet the “motion microscope,” a video-processing tool that plays up tiny changes in motion and color impossible to see with the naked eye. Video researcher Michael Rubinstein plays us clip after jaw-dropping clip showing how this tech can track an individual’s pulse and heartbeat simply from a piece of footage. Watch him re-create a conversation by amplifying the movements from sound waves bouncing off a bag of chips. The wow-inspiring and sinister applications of this tech you have to see to believe.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Titanium Nitride 5 mins – “Titanium is something of a byword for strength in popular culture, as witness the eponymous song ‘titanium’ by David Guetta. (I am told that the pronunciation tye-tanium is the American version, rather than an attempt to stifle schoolyard sniggers, as happened when the planet Uranus had its pronunciation changed.) If Marvel comics had not come up with the fictional adamantium for Wolverine’s claws, they almost certainly would have been made of titanium. So it is appropriate that a material that is primarily used for its hardness is titanium nitride. “ At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_TitaniumNitride.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turing 52mins – “…we’re talking about mathematician and computer pioneer Alan Turing. Our guest is biographer Andrew Hodges, whose book inspired the Academy Award-nominated film “The Imitation Game.” Turing’s code-breaking during World War II was a key to saving the Allies from the Nazis. But, he had a secret of his own, and was eventually arrested and persecuted for being gay. We’ll talk to Hodges about Turing’s extraordinary mind, his service and the life he couldn’t live. Andrew Hodges is the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma [Indiebound|Amazon]” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War of 1812 53 mins – “The concluding episode of IDEAS’ commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 takes us ‘down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico’, for the Battle of New Orleans.” At the link find the title, “The Battle of New Orleans,” right-click “Download The Battle of New Orleans” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Waste Trends 40 mins – “In case you hadn’t noticed, during our short time on Earth we humans have created a lot of stuff. Some of it is life-altering, like the device you’re looking at right now, and some of it is pretty silly, like those plastic, banana-shaped containers made for holding bananas. Regardless of their value, these objects all have one thing in common: one day they will become trash. For all the time we spend creating these wonders, we don’t devote much energy to thinking about what happens when their intended life-cycles run out….” At the link right-click “Download” from the poop-up menu.

Wealth 10 mins – “There’s perhaps no job more mundane in our imaginations than accountant. Even if it’s what your mom thinks of as a good, solid career. But how many kids – who tend to imagine themselves as future Tom Bradys or Beyonces – harbor dreams of working for Ernst and Young? Funny thing, though: Accountants may be poised to change the world….” At the link find the title, “Accountants, the Real Revolutionaries,” right-click “IHUB-012415-C.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Weather Issues 58 mins – “In her new book, SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy (Dutton), investigative journalist and graduate professor of environmental studies Kathryn Miles discusses how mounting inadequacies of our national weather service infrastructure may compound the danger to public safety posed by extreme weather events. The Washington Post said the book is “what you might expect from Stephen King if he wrote nonfiction: a gripping plot with flashes of pure terror. Most astonishing, everything Miles describes actually happened.” At the link right-click “Download m3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Aviation 64 mins – “Can you have a successful flying career and a family life? Are you concerned you will not have time to enjoy your family and fly the world as an international airline pilot? I know many of you have these concerns when determining if a career as an airline pilot is for you.“ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.




An alphabetic encyclopedia of 5000 of these hyperlinked descriptions is here and updated quarterly. A file of the podcasts is here , updated weekly, and can be downloaded as a 30+ 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 a podcast aggregator. The feeds are available in this opml file which most aggregators can import. A list of the feeds is here 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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