Media Mining Digest 172 – Feb 27, 2015: 3D Scanning, Adaptability Skills, Afghanistan Post War, Aging By the Book,Aging Prevention, Bats, Black Journalist Story, Brain Plasticity, Burning Man, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Climate and Disease, Cloud Computing, Communicating Vividly, Creative Diversity, Crises Responses, Cyber Security, Duke Energy CEO, Energy Policy in U.S., Evolutionary Biologist, Fishless World, Fukushima Aftermath, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Ghettoside, Green Myths, Human Trafficking, India Innovation, ISIS Shock and Awe, LGMT Community, Longshoremen, Medical Concepts, Medicine and Money, Mexico’s Drug War, Muslim Comic, Muslims in America, Net Neutrality, Neuroplasticity, Nuclear Power Future, Ocean Plastic Load, Omega-3 Concern, Pebble Mine Impact, Pope of Wine, Prison Slavery, PTSD Impact, San Francisco Silver, Social Networking Impact, Solar Farms, Standardized Testing, Startup Beginnings, Sufism, Syria Town Hall, Talent Gap, Technology Revolution, Terrorists Viewpoints, Through a Lens Darkly, University Reform, Urban Agriculture Case Study, Urban Wine Making, Wall Street Culpability, Water in India, Weavers of Oaxaca, Wine in California, You Tube

The following audio files come from a larger group of 132 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 65 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

3D Scanning 65mins – “Ancient monuments give us clues to astonishing past civilizations, but they’re under threat from pollution, war and neglect. Kacyra invented a groundbreaking 3D laser scanning system and is using his invention to scan and preserve the world’s heritage in archival detail. His nonprofit organization, CyArk, is now launching the 500 Challenge, an ambitious goal to “digitally preserve” 500 heritage sites. Digital Preservation, a technology twist on brick and mortar conservation, takes advantage of digital content to share the stories and significance of these ancient places with children and adults through virtual tours, online lesson plans, and soon, “the holodeck,” in addition to making critical data available to conservators for their conservation work.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Adaptability Skills 51 mins – “Jenny Blake is one of the most skilled people I know when it comes to adapting to new situations and challenges. As a professional speaker, business coach, published author, and the founder of Life After College – a site that both helped and inspired me as a freshman in college – Jenny is a pro .” At the link find the title, “Building The Skill Of Adaptability In Your Career With Jenny Blake (Ep. 24),” right-click “Media files 2882.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan Post War 61 mins – “A leading advocate for global women’s issues discusses the state of post-troop withdrawal in Afghanistan as well as the role of women in peace talks with the Taliban. Since 2002, Noori has helped more than 33,000 women survivors of war in Afghanistan rebuild their lives through business and vocational skills training, rights awareness and health education.” Sweeta Nori, Afghanistan Country Director, Women for Women International ; Dr. Ruth Shapiro, Social Entrepreneur in Residence, The Commonwealth Club – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging By the Book 55mins – “Ottawa librarian Wendy Robbins looks at the growing popularity of a narrative approach to aging, even for individuals with dementia.” At the link find the title, “Aging by the Book,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150216_56442.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Prevention 47 mins – “Reporter Bill Gifford hit 40 and decided that was about enough aging for him.  Decided he’d rather stay young, or as young as lifestyle and science would allow.  So he plunged into that world of age-defiance to see what he could find.  There is a lot out there, both fantasy and fact.  Starvation diets and manageable diets.  Wild exercise, and routines that work.  Voodoo science and real science that is pretty astonishing in its implications.  He’s put it all together for anyone interested in staying forever young.  This hour On Point:  reporter Bill Gifford looks to put the brakes on aging.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bats  47 mins – “Bats are totally amazing.  The only flying mammal.  Incredible consumers of insects.  They save the crops that feed us.  The most attentive parents.  Incredible immune systems.  Bats are also incredible carriers of diseases that can hit humans.  Rabies, of course.  But also measles, mumps, SARS, MERS — Ebola.  That Ebola piece is getting a lot of attention right now.  West Africans being warned not to eat bat soup.  But understanding bats may also be a way out of disease. This hour On Point:  the world of bats, vulnerability and immunity.  Plus, the very latest on Ebola. “ At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Journalist Story 66 mins – “From being the first black TV journalist in the West to one of the most respected media figures in the nation, Davis has indisputably changed the face of American journalism. In her book Never in My Wildest Dreams, Davis recounts a harrowing personal history interwoven with the volatile cultural upheaval of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. In her five decades of reporting, Davis covered the most explosive local and national stories of the last half-century, including the Berkeley student protests, the rise of feminism, the birth of the Black Panthers, the Moscone/Milk murders, the onset of the AIDS epidemic and the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Join us as this extraordinary woman shares her story of courage, grace, and determination as she witnessed and reported on many of the most transformative events of her generation. Having won eight local Emmys and a number of lifetime achievement awards, Davis has established herself as a cultural icon intimately tied to American history.” Belva Davis, Emmy Award-winning TV Journalist/Anchor; Host, This Week in Northern California, KQED TV; Author, Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Pasticity 67 mins – “It is now known that our brain changes structurally and functionally in response to our interactions with our environment throughout our lives, not just during critical times like childhood. This modern perspective is called neuroplasticity and scientists are actively exploring the intricacies of this phenomenon. Gazzaley discusses new theories on the topic, such as cognitive reserve, use-it-or-lose-it, and neural efficiency. He will also tackle the hotly debated topic of the impact of brain training and cognitive exercises.” Adam Gazzaley, Professor, UCSF At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burning Man 61 mins – “A first-time Burning Man attendee once said, “I walked through the gates, looked around, and asked myself, ‘What is this place? Is it real?’” Every year up to 50,000 ‘burners’ make the pilgrimage to Black Rock City for eight days of commerce-free, debauchery-filled expression of human imagination. Leaving no trace of the party behind them, this diverse group of international artists, CEOs, technologists, intellectuals, families and bohemians alike carry on Burning Man founder Harvey’s world – one of mutant cars, themed villages and a 40-foot fiery effigy. Join us as we speak to the founder himself, and find out what Burning Man’s new HQ in SF will mean for that fair city.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 47 mins – “As many as two and a half million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. There is no formal diagnosis – but there is a huge debate about what it is and what to call it.  Many who suffer from it say the name, chronic fatigue syndrome, trivializes the illness.  So now, the Institute of Medicine has come up with a new diagnosis, and a new name:  Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, to better describe its debilitating effects.  This hour, On Point: what’s in a name? The debate over chronic fatigue syndrome.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate and Disease 29 mins – “Climate change is affecting the spread of infectious diseases like Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue fever and West Nile Virus. Scientists are using a host of techniques to try to understand what is happening.” At the link find the title, “SciA: Climate change and infectious diseases….,” right-click “Media files scia_20150219-2030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cloud Computing Defined 72 mins – “A panel of tech insiders explores the various forms of cloud computing, the economics of the cloud, and the key technology of virtualization, which enables the abstraction of resources into massive pools that can be tapped on demand. Come explore the challenges of security, privacy, accessibility and the opportunities for efficient resource utilization toward a greener planet. Will the cloud be an on-demand instant gratification engine, the ultimate equalizer bringing the power of the infinite into the hands of a single person, or just the ubiquitous computing model of our increasingly digital life? Will it rain? Will cloud computing become fully adopted as part of everyday computing?” Timothy Chou, Pioneer in Software on Demand; Author; Former CEO, Oracle On-Demand; Simon Crosby, Founder and CTO, Bromium Inc., Former CTO, Citrix Systems;Gina Tomlinson, CTO, City and County of San Francisco, Department of Technology; Abhijit Phanse, CEO, UnitedLayer, Managing Partner, Accelon Capital – Moderator At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cloud Computing Strategies 67 mins – “Without massive customer adoption, any cloud strategy is prone to failure. Jones and McFarland posit that we need to shift our thinking from pushing computation to pulling demand. Learn from two industry insiders about this newly emerging field and how to make it work for you, your company and your customers.” Chris Jones, Principal, Engineering and Strategy, Hot Studio; Ian McFarland, Vice President of Technology, Principal, Pivotal Labs, MLF: Business & Leadership At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cloud Computing Value 61 mins – “Arch rivals Microsoft and Google find common cause at Climate One promoting the energy efficiency of the cloud. Efficiency alone won’t solve the climate crisis, Rob Bernard of Microsoft and Google’s William Weihl say, but smart IT can reduce emissions, help green the grid, and save money companies and consumers money….” Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft; William Weihl, Green Energy Czar, Google; Greg Dalton, Climate One Founder, Moderator At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communicating Vividly 60 mins – “In business, politics and life, we’re surrounded by “blah” – misleading and unintelligible words. And with the more words we hear, says Roam, the less we understand. Learn his method for becoming a better communicator through “vivid thinking” techniques. When words are accompanied by the right pictures, we will start to see and understand each other like never before.” Dan Roam, Founder and President, Digital Roam Inc.; Author, The Back of the Napkin and Blah, Blah, Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative Diversity 83mins – “What is your creative style, and when might it be most effective? We talk about creative diversity with electrical engineer Kathryn Jablokow in this episode of The Engineering Commons podcast… Our guest is Kathryn Jablokow, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Design at Penn State University. Her teaching and research interests include problem solving, invention, and creativity in science and engineering, as well as robotics and computational dynamics… A well-known model of cognitive style is Kirton’s Adaption-Innovation theory. A normal distribution exists across this continuum, both for the general public and for engineering professionals…Inventive problem-solving techniques such as TRIZ and SIT can lead to new solutions, regardless of one’s creative style. Kathryn recently helped teach a free massively open online course (MOOC) titled “Creativity, Innovation, and Change.’….” At the link right “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crisis Responses 63 mins – “In a world beset with global financial, climate and poverty crises, getting a good handle on the problems is as important as finding good solutions. What steps can we take to better anticipate and manage mega-crises, such as Haiti, Katrina and 9/11? Engaging with one of the fathers of modern crisis management, this panel will offer tools and frameworks you and your organization can use to more effectively deal with the interconnected “messes” and crises of today and tomorrow.” Ian Mitroff, Professor Emeritus, USC; Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis; Can M. Alpasian, Professor, College of Business and Economics, California State University, Northridge; Kevin O’Malley, President, TechTalk / Studio – Moderator At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Security 115 mins – “Hosts: Steve Gibson with Leo Laporte catch up with several VERY interesting security events and stories of the week, then we take a close look and a deep dive into the operation of the industry’s first change in the official HTTP protocol in 15 years — the finalization and emergence of the HTTP/2 IETF specification which significantly streamlines web browser and web server interaction.” Briefly mentioned is a site/service that can freeze credit activities at Equifax, Experian and TransUnion to stop criminals from opening new credit in yourname. The link is At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Duke Energy CEO 63 mins – “Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO, Duke Energy Outside of the Oval Office, one of the most influential voices in the energy debate is Jim Rogers, Chairman and CEO of Duke Energy. Here Rogers talks about the future of energy policy in the United States in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster… Rogers prefers that Congress, not the EPA, show companies the way forward.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Policy in U.S. 64 mins – “The United States does not have a national energy policy. In this panel convened by Climate One three experts long involved in the US energy debate conspire to shape their own… Knowles and T.J. Glauthier, a former Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Energy, advocate for retrofitting the country’s heavy trucking fleet to run on domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG)….  Knowles and Glauthier also recommend that shale gas be a part of the energy mix. “It’s great for the American public, it’s great for the energy sector, to have natural gas supplies that are much larger, and they’re all domestic,” says Glauthier.” T.J. Glauthier, Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy ; James Sweeney, Director, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford; Tony Knowles, Chair, National Energy Policy Institute; Former Governor, Alaska. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evolutionary Biologist 64 mins – “Dawkins has been central to the debates surrounding creationism, intelligent design and religion. He coined the word meme, and his gene-centric view of evolution helped popularize the radical new understanding of Darwinism. From his early childhood in Africa to his educational awakening at Oxford, Dawkins shares his personal experiences that shaped his remarkable life and intellectual development.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fishless World 71 mins – “Former commercial fisherman and best-selling author Kurlansky examines the devastating effects of industrialized fishing and shares simple rules that families can use to help support sustainable fishing. In his new children’s book, he depicts what’s happening to the fish we commonly eat – tuna, salmon, cod and swordfish – and the domino effect it would have if it all disappeared in the next 50 years.” Author, Cod, Salt and The World Without Fish; Alison van Diggelen, Host, Fresh Dialogues – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fukushima Aftermath 70 mins “The media an – d public reaction to the nuclear accident at Fukushima involving light water reactors and their associated spent-fuel storage pools threaten to cripple the nuclear renaissance that is humanity’s best hope for mitigating climate disruption, Shu contends. He will review how light water reactors and the “once-through” fuel cycle came to dominate the landscape for generating nuclear power today and assess options for the future.” Frank H. Shu, University Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gay and Lesbian Rights 66 mins – “Equal parts investigative legal history and compelling detective tale, Flagrant Conduct is the still-untold story of Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark Supreme Court. Drawing from dozens of new interviews that yield surprising new evidence, Carpenter reexamines the motives of almost every character involved, from the arresting police officers to the gay-rights attorneys, to the nine Supreme Court justices. This is the first complete history of the case, which expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans.” Dale Carpenter: Flagrant Conduct- The Untold Story of Lawrence v. Texas; Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law,University of Minnesota Law School. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ghettoside 7 mins – “The big hashtag and signs on the streets for months now have read “Black Lives Matter.”  There are many ways to think about that.  Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy has gone very deep on one.  When young black men are killed – murdered – in Los Angeles, their killers don’t get arrested.  Only 38 percent of the time in the thousands of killings of black male victims in LA.  In other cities, it’s been even lower.  Thirty five percent in Chicago.  Twenty two percent in New Orleans.  Twenty one percent in Detroit.  Jill Leovy tells us why.  This hour On Point:  Black lives. Unsolved murders.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Green Myths 66 mins – “Your low-carbon lifestyle might be dirtier than you think. A new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living, debunks many cherished facets of sustainable consumption. Among their conclusions:  Buying local food is not the most effective way to combat global warming; it’s not always best to just keep reusing products like refrigerators and cars; just turning off the lights is not the best way to conserve energy; hybrid cars are not always the best choice; and consumers do not have to sacrifice comfort to reduce their emissions. What’s a well-intentioned consumer to do?….” Diana Donlon, Cool Foods Campaign Director, The Center For Food Safety; David Friedman, Deputy Director, Union of Concerned Scientists; Betsy Rosenberg, Radio Host, On The Green Front. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking 62 mins – “The distinguished panel of activists and experts will discuss the tragedy of human trafficking and efforts to combat what has been described as the fastest growing criminal industry, second only to drug trafficking in profitability, in the world. Human trafficking, considered a modern form of slavery, has historical roots in the Middle East, where it still thrives.” David Batstone, Founder & CEO, Not For Sale; Professor of Business, USF; Mimi Chakarova, Photo Journalist, Filmmaker, Price of Sex 2011; Correspondent, Center for Investigative Reporting; Dr. Dolores Donovan, Professor & Director of International Programming, USF School of Law; Author, Law Review & Journal Articles on Human Rights, Developing Law Systems and Criminal Justice Systems; Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism, Stanford University; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist. Authour, Cambodia’s Curse – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Innovation 54 mins – “India’s pervasive resource and capital scarcity combined with massive diversity and growing connectivity are turning the country into a large-scale, living laboratory where grassroots entrepreneurs and corporations are coming up with frugal inventions that are both affordable and sustainable. Radjou explains how “indovations” have relevance not only within India but worldwide.” Navi Radjou, Independent Consultant and Fellow, Cambridge Judge Business School; Former Executive Director, Centre for India & Global Business, University of Cambridge. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Control  51 mins – “Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq have reportedly, for now, beaten back an assault by ISIS. Earlier this week Egyptian warplanes dropped bombs on Islamic state targets in Libya. That attack was in retaliation for the apparent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. The video which allegedly verifies these murders suggests that the extremist group is expanding its reach beyond territory it already controls in Iraq and Syria. Many say the U-S and other western nations are failing to appreciate the growing threat of ISIS and the need for a strong military response. Please join us [4 guests] to discuss the threat of ISIS.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

ISIS Shock and Awe 48 mins – “…violent extremism.  Europe has recently had a front row seat on the issue. The Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris.  Seventeen dead.  The killings this weekend in Copenhagen.  And right across the water, in North Africa – Libya – ISIS video of 21 Coptic Christians being beheaded on the shore of the Mediterranean.   With an ISIS killer pointing a bloody dagger north, vowing to “take Rome.”  It’s grotesque theater.  And a vivid threat.  This hour On Point:  Europe and ISIS, from North Africa to Copenhagen” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LGBT Community 73 mins – “Reverend Lee was among the first voices to speak out against the passage of Prop. 8, and he continues to support LGBT equality. As a longtime civil rights activist, he advocates supporting all disenfranchised communities unequivocally and tells us that the LGBT community’s struggle is part of a larger struggle for justice that includes immigration reform and economic and racial justice. An LGBT leader, Reverend Johnson is known for bringing clarity to complex and emotionally charged issues and for her hard work in building solidarity in the intersections of social justice. Reverends Lee and Johnson will discuss their work in the multiple communities they serve.” Reverend Eric Lee, President and CEO, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles; Chairman and President, the California Christian Leadership Conference; Reverend Deborah Johnson, Founding Minister and President, Inner Light Ministries. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Longshoremen 51 mins – “Now, a labor dispute between dockworkers and shipping companies threatens to shut down the ports. Some economists estimate this would cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a day. President Barack Obama has sent Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to San Francisco this week to try to broker a deal. But the two sides remain deadlocked. Diane and [3] guests discuss what’s behind the West Coast port slowdown and what it could mean for the U.S. economy.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Medical Concepts 63 mins – “Despite advances in modern medicine, Agus asks why we aren’t better at curing illness. Agus insists that we must embrace a totally new view of looking at our health to prevent and combat hearth disease, cancer and autoimmune disorder. He offers a practical health guide to better understand the human body and takes on some myths and misconceptions about the benefits of vitamins and supplements, foods, and the role of DNA. He also will discuss exciting breakthrough technologies that promise to transform medicine in our generation.” Director, USC’s Westside Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine; Co Founder, Navigenics; Author, The End of Illness. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine and Money 65 mins – “Finance, Brawley asserts, is inextricably linked to health care in America’s current system. Even the very procedures patients undergo, he says, are frequently determined more by doctors’ expected payment for performing them than their actual appropriateness in mitigating the ailment with which the patient is afflicted. Brawley will discuss the extent of this problem as well as possible solutions.” Dr. Otis Brawley: Fighting Patient Mistreatment in America; Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society; Co-author, How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America; Lisa Aliferis, KQED Health Editor – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico’s Drug War 63 mins – “Ciudad Juárez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border town, it now resembles a failed state, with the city’s murder rate exceeding that of Baghdad. This is just one of thousands of sites of Mexico’s drug war, which has claimed more than 30,000 lives since December 2006, when a U.S.-backed military crackdown on cartels began. Bowden will take you inside Mexico’s drug war, which he says demonstrates the consequences of U.S. drug policy, free trade policy and immigration policy.” Charles Bowden, Author, Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslim Comic 47 mins – “Maz Jobrani’s memoir is called, “I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV. And he has. Born in Iran, Jobrani came to the U.S. as a kid during the Iranian Revolution. But it was tough getting used to his adopted culture: baseball didn’t make sense and kids blamed him for the Iranian hostage crisis. And when casting directors came calling, they only wanted him to play kebab-eating, bomb-toting, terrorists.  So he did. But no more. Now, in the age of Charlie Hebdo and Muslim killings in North Carolina, he does comedy. This hour, On Point: Middle Eastern funny man, Maz Jobrani.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslims In America 66 mins – “A panel of five leading Silicon Valley executives, educators and entrepreneurs will share their stories and perspectives surrounding the experience of growing up Muslim in the American context. Both anecdotally and analytically, panelists will explore the impact that their Muslim identity has had on their personal and professional assimilation into American society. The speakers will provide insight into some of the nuances of the Islamic faith and will discuss many of the misconceptions commonly associated with their religion.” Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation; Sumbul ali-Karamali, Lawyer; Author, The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing; Raaina Mohsen, Executive Director, Cities Association of Santa Clara County; Barbara Marshman, Opinion Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality Impact 31 mins – “Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, discusses his opposition to FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s proposed new rules to ensure net neutrality.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Michael Powell,” right-click “Media files program.388251.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality Status 28 mins – “Federal Communications Commission (FCC) counsel Gigi Sohn discusses FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s proposed rules to ensure net neutrality. The proposal would strengthen the FCC’s regulation of the internet and extend the rules to mobile phones and devices.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Gigi Sohn,” right-click “Media files program.387510.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroplasticity 38 mins ­ “ Norman Doidge talks about the implications of neuroplasticity and his new book ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’, and from San Jose in California Ian Sample gives a roundup of key issues discussed at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Norman Doidge is a Canadian psychiatrist on the faculty of both the University of Toronto and of Columbia University in New York.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power Future 67 mins – “Two new nuclear plants are moving forward for the first time in nearly 30 years. Boosters of atomic power say that’s an indication an American atomic revival is back on track after the radioactive disaster in Fukushima. But the cost of the new U.S. plants are a staggering $10 billion a piece, raising questions of whether new nukes can stand on their own legs without government crutches. Abundant and cheap natural gas is also undercutting new nuclear, coal and renewable sources of electricity. What other sources of low carbon energy could supply the 20 percent of electricity now generated by splitting atoms? Join us for a discussion about a critical juncture in powering America’s future.” Jim Boyd, Former Commissioner, California Energy Commission; Marv Fertel, CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute; Joe Rubin, Reporter, Capital Public Radio/Center for Investigative Journalism. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Plastic Load 56 mins – The first eleven minutes of this multi-topic episode concerns plastic accumulation in the ocean. At the link the entire program must be downloaded by right-clicking “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Omega-3 Concern 71 mins – “Unsaturated fats (Omega 3, Omega 6) are in our food, supplements and body – for better and for worse. Tel-Oren demonstrates that most omega-3 products are not ecological and contain rancid, polluted oil and have side-effects. Experts quote the literature which some believe has been heavily EPA/DHA-biased and largely ignore the rancidity issue. Tel-Oren discusses naturally stable plant-based Omega-3 and its proven health impact and reveals what the popular omega 3 oil industries don’t want you to know. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pebble Mine Impact 59 mins – “The proposed Pebble Mine would be one of the largest gold and copper mines in the world, located at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed in southwest Alaska. Proposed by a consortium of international mining giants – including Anglo American, Rio Tinto and Northern Dynasty Minerals – the mine would include an open pit 2,000 feet deep and two miles wide and an underground mine 5,000 feet deep. Opponents argue that it would generate an estimated 10 billion tons of waste, laced with toxic contaminants, stored in perpetuity behind giant earthen dams taller than the Three Gorges Dam in China – all within an active earthquake zone. It would require construction of major power plants, slurry pipelines, heavy industrial traffic-bearing roads across the mountains, and a deep-water port in Cook Inlet, home to a federally protected population of endangered Beluga whales. Some 50 leading jewelry companies, including Tiffany & Co., have taken the “No Pebble Pledge,” committing not to source minerals from the mine. They join Alaskan natives, commercial and recreational fishermen, conservationists, sportsmen, and local and regional businesses in an unprecedented coalition opposed to the mine. Come hear a panel of opponents of the mine discuss this project that has the potential to re-shape the land, wildlife and people in its path.” Michael Kowalski, Chairman and CEO, Tiffany & Co.; Joel Reynolds, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council; Kimberly Williams, Executive Director, Nunamta Aulukestai; Wendy Schmidt, The Schmidt Family Foundation – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pope of Wine 53 mins – “Salesman, self-promoter, journalist, author, ladies man, connoisseur, war veteran, chateau-owner and – above all – French wine enthusiastic, Alexis Lichine led a fascinating life and is credited with creating the American market for French wine. In honor of the 60th anniversary of his publication The Wines of France, Lichine’s biographer Hennessy will discuss the wine enthusiast’s intriguing existence and his impact on wine.” Leslie A. Hennessy Jr., Author, The Pope of Wine: The Biography of Alexis Lichine. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Slavery 63 mins – “Monday Night Philosophy investigates one aspect of the future of work, and finds a resurgence, in different dress, of the institution of human slavery. We’ll look at the controversial topic of prison populations in the U.S., which are continuing to surge; the labor of many of those forcibly idled inmates is being put to use. Are long prison terms for petty crimes a recruiting tool? Hear Cantor’s arguments and concerns about the re-emergence and social acceptance of this ancient form of exploitation.” Matt Cantor, Columnist, Berkeley Daily Planet. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PTSD Impact 62 mins – “Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ’90s, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States’ “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. But the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame. This week we speak with David Morris, former Marine turned war correspondent. While on assignment, David’s humvee was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device) and his life was forever changed.  In this episode we discuss America’s hunger for violence, the effect of war movies on our nation (specifically we discuss the newest blockbuster – American Sniper), the truth about PTSD, and much more. David is the author of the brand new best-selling book, The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

San Francisco Silver 62 mins – “The discovery of silver in 1859 propelled San Francisco from a dusty mining boomtown into a world-class metropolis. Director Lynch shares the subject and story of his historical documentary film, City of White Gold, which tells of epic struggle for wealth and power in the Wild West, beginning with the fateful unearthing of the legendary Comstock Lode. Lynch intersperses video clips from the film-in-progress and readings from letters of the era with a fascinating account of how silver shaped San Francisco in the 19th century Gilded Age.” Geordie Lynch, Director, City of White Gold. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Networking Impact 65mins – “More than a billion people around the world are engaged in a massive and unprecedented experiment in how social media technologies are changing society, commerce, politics, health, innovation, love, work, the arts and more. But what is this new tech literally doing to our brains? How is it impacting who we are as humans, and how is it making us different from previous generations in how we interact with information, our environment and each other? This provocative panel will feature a neuroscientist who studies the impact of multitasking on our gray matter and those who believe new social networking may be leading us to a more connected and even better world, as well as those who are wary of the physiological and societal impact that social media has on humanity….” Adam Gazzaley, Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry and Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF; Josh McHugh, CEO, Attention Span Media; Tiffany Shlain, Founder, Webby Awards; Filmmaker, Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death and Technology; David Ewing Duncan, Author, Experimental Man; Co-host, Tech Talk Radio – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Farms 66 mins – “California’s desert offers abundant solar energy, but locating large installations often triggers a good old Western dust-up among neighbors, environmentalists and investors. Federal and state officials have identified preferred solar zones to provide clarity and predictability. Are they all on the same page? Can different levels of government work with businesses and environmentalists to speed the production of clean energy in the desert while improving the habitat for wildlife? We’ll discuss ambitious plans to soak up the sun in the American West with the voices leading the debate.” David Hayes, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior; John Laird, Secretary, California Resources Agency; David Festa, West Coast Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund; Michael Hatfield, Director of Development, First Solar. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Standardized Testing 51 mins – “Thirteen years ago, Congress passed No Child Left Behind. It mandated annual standardized testing as a way to ensure that students did not fall through the cracks. Over the years, programs like Race to the Top ratcheted up the stakes, increasing pressure on teachers, schools and districts to perform. Now No Child Left Behind is up for reauthorization and some lawmakers are calling for a removal of the mandate. This would allow states more wiggle room to design their own assessment methods. Meanwhile, parents and educators are increasingly questioning the number of tests students take and what the focus on testing is doing to our school system. An update on the debate over the way we use standardized testing in America’s schools.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Startup Beginnings 58 mins – “John Collison, co-founder and president of the online payment system Stripe, explains how even the most celebrated startups repeatedly encountered uncertainty and failures along the way. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, Collison shares his thoughts on how a venture’s path can evolve after its early days, even as the vision holds constant.” At the link hover over “Download,” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sufism 55 mins – “Don’t miss this chance to learn about Sufism – the inner, mystical interpretation and expression of Islam – from an internationally esteemed Persian Sufi scholar, author and lecturer. Dr. Angha will discuss Sufi history and Sufi literature, with an emphasis on the poetry of Rumi and Omar Khayam, considered by many to be among the highest literary expressions of spirituality. Angha, a human rights activist, women’s rights and interfaith activist will also discuss the rights of women in Islam.” Nahid Angha, Ph.D. , Co-director, The International Association of Sufism; Director, Sufi Women Organization; Michael Pappas, Executive Director, SF Interfaith Council – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria Town Hall 65 mins – “The crisis in Syria has created global tension since the recent poison gas attack that killed some 1,400 people. How should the United States and other world leaders respond? Should the U.S. Congress grant President Obama “limited” authority to launch a military strike on Syria? Would a limited military intervention be effective or would it cause more problems than it solves? What would military intervention look like? Cruise missiles? Drones? What are the targets and what is the goal if not regime change? Would it deter Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from more attacks on civilians – or provoke him to launch more attacks? Would it trigger regional havoc in the Middle East possibly involving Iran, Israel, Lebanon and others? What are the repercussions if the U.S. does not strike? How might diplomacy and negotiation work to bring peace to the region?” Zubair Jandali, Member, Northern California Chapter, Syrian American Council; Head of Mobile App Developer Sales, Google; Graduate, UC Berkeley, B.S., Business Administration; Fred H. Lawson, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Mills College; Tareq Al Samman, Graphic Artist/Web Designer; Syrian activist; Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former Policy Expert, the Pentagon, U.S. State Department and National Security Council; Former Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies, West Point; Keith David Watenpaugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace, and Director, Human Rights Initiative, UC Davis; Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Talent Gap 43 mins – “Tiffani Lennon – Are women better? Although we like to think that we are an equal opportunity economy, the glass ceiling still very much exists.  As a matter of fact, in 2011, women ran only 12 of the Fortune 500 companies. So how does this impact our ability to compete in a global environment? If women aren’t given an equal chance to succeed, aren’t we missing out on half of the talented people in the country? As a matter of fact, it’s worse than that. According to our guest this week, the data shows that women are outperforming men across the board – and it’s time we recognize them for it. This week we speak with Tiffani Lennon, author of the new book, Recognizing Women’s Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Revolution 41 mins – “Few people have had a better perspective on the rise of the “technology revolution” than our guest this week, Kevin Kelly. As a young hippie backpacking his way around the world, Kevin aspired to make art and to learn about the world. By his own admission, he disliked most technologies, especially the computer – which was a large, clunky, useless machine. However, when he snuck his way into one of the earliest groups to try out the internet, he realized that the world was about to change in a big way and he wanted a front row ticket. Soon after, in 1993 Kevin co-founded Wired Magazine and they have been predicting the future ever since. Kevin is the author of the new book, Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorists Viewpoints 65 mins – “A veteran journalist will take you inside the U.S.-led war on terror. Drawing on firsthand reporting in Northern Ireland, Columbia, Spain and the Middle East, Erlich challenges the definition of “terrorist” and argues that yesterday’s terrorist may be today’s national leader, and today’s freedom fighter might be tomorrow’s terrorist.” Reese Erlich, Foreign Correspondent; Author, Conversations with Terrorists. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Through a Lens Darkly 59 mins – “Thomas Allen Harris discusses his film, [Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People], in which he explores how African-Americans have been portrayed in photographic images from the time of slavery up through today.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Thomas Allen Harris,” right-click “Media files program.383609.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

University Reform 48 mis – “Sometimes a state debate gets the whole country’s attention.  For Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, that seemed to part of the idea:  to take on Wisconsin’s public university system and its time-honored ideals as a sign to conservative Republican primary voters that he should be their hard-nosed man in the White House.  He proposed a $300 million cut to the university system, and draft language that would have cut the “search for truth” out of its mission statement.  Would gut, say critics, the “Wisconsin Idea” of great higher ed for all.  This hour On Point:  the battle over higher education and the Wisconsin Idea.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Agriculture Case Study 59 mins – “Hosts: Dickson Despommier and Vincent Racaniello talk with Dan Albert, founder of Farmbox Greens, a commercial urban farm in Seattle, Washington.” At the link right-click “Download UrbAg 13,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Wine Making 65 mins – “Move over, Napa and Sonoma. Wine producing is making a huge shift from rural wineries to urban producers. For the past five years, wine has been making its way downtown, ditching Napa and taking root in the East Bay. Urban winemakers in Oakland and San Francisco source their fruit from the best vineyards in California and around the globe, turning the grapes into world-class juice in their metropolitan facilities. Not being tied to the land gives these urban artisans the freedom to experiment, producing small batches of lovingly crafted wines that are original, local and affordable. Drink up and indulge your inner oenophile and locavore as our panel of wine wizards explores this growing urban trend.” Jim Mirowski, Co-founder and Owner, Treasure Island Wines; Derek Rohlffs, Proprietor and Winemaker, Bravium Wines; Sasha Verhage, Winemaker and Proprietor, Eno Wines; Kathryn Cohen, Proprietor, Stomping Girl Wines; Ryan Flinn, Reporter, Bloomberg News; Wine Reviewer – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wall Street Culpability 62 mins – “Could the global economic meltdown of the last few years have been prevented? Ferguson believes the crisis was no accident. After Inside Job won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, Ferguson started his acceptance speech by charging that there was a lack of accountability of the finance industry and Wall Street, pointing out that three years after the horrific crisis started not a single financial executive had gone to jail. Predator Nation continues to examine the important issues raised in Inside Job, arguing that an out-of-control finance industry took advantage of a deregulated atmosphere and purposely got rich at the expense of others. Through his extensive interviews with financial insiders and government officials, Ferguson exposes the “corrupted networks” that caused the economic collapse and offers a plan of action to help our country get back on track.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water in India 68 mins – “As India’s urban population and income grow in unprecedented numbers, supplying water reliably to the community has become a growing concern. Faced with limited reservoir storage, aging piped infrastructure, and rapidly growing demand, no Indian city today has a 24/7 water supply. India’s rapidly growing cities represent both a challenge and an opportunity. Because much of the infrastructure is still being built, there is the opportunity to follow a different development path than has been followed elsewhere in the world. Join Srinivasan for a discussion on possible pathways to build a sustainable water supply system in India.” Veena Srinivasan: Ph.D., Research Associate, Pacific Institute. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Weavers of Oaxaca 62 mins – “The Chavez Santiago family of the famed weaving village of Teotitlan de Valle presents its story of this ancient art form, a family, a culture and preserving a way of life across generations. Critics have recognized their work for its combination of traditional patterns and weaving techniques with modern colors and sensibilities. As weavers and educators, they are working both within and outside Mexico to bring together the members of local villages and national and international organizations to promote an economic base that continues to support traditional Zapotec culture.” Federico Chavez Sosa, Master Weaver in the Zapotec tradition; Eric Chavez Santiago, Coordinator of the Education Department, Textile Museum of Oaxaca; Janet Chavez Santiago, Coordinator of Education, San Pablo Center for Academics and Culture, Oaxaca. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine in California 60 mins -“In The New California Wine, James Beard Award-winning wine editor Jon Bonné brings us the untold story of the innovative producers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking and transforming the California wine industry. Uncovering vintners’ quest to express the uniqueness of California terroir and revealing the continuing battle to move the state away from the overly technocratic, reactionary practices of the recent past, Bonné takes us to the front lines of the California wine revolution. Join us as he shares the fascinating stories, philosophies and techniques of the iconoclastic young winemakers who are changing the face of California viticulture.”Jon Bonné, Wine Editor, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste; in conversation with Fred Swan, Wine Writer, NorCalWine; Educator, The San Francisco Wine School. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

You Tube  47 mins – “YouTube is ten years old this month.  The novelty of people uploading home videos and cute cats a decade ago has turned into something much, much bigger.  Six billion hours of You Tube video watched globally every month, with everything under the sun available.  Sports.  Pranks.  Music.  Beauty tips.  Terrorists.  High-minded lectures and how-to clips on trimming shrubs.  Now Hollywood is buying in.  Channels, networks, are rising up.  And so are competitors, taking video times from six minutes to six seconds.  This hour On Point:  YouTube at ten, and the world on video.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” 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

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