Media Mining Digest 173 – Mar 6, 2015: Advertising Changes, Affirmative Action, Afghanistan, Aging, Brain, C-Span Founder, Canada’s Oil Sands, Cancer Experience, Chris Rock, Climate, Dementia Hellp, Digestive Health, Ebola Containment in Nigera, Energy, EV Riders, Eye Writing, Google, Immigration, Internet Security, Internet Wisdom, Jared Diamond, Ketosis, Key and Peel, Math Educaiton, Medicine, Newspaper Future, Nootropics, Nuclear Threat, Peanut Allergies, Pecha Kucha, Pharmacological Studies, Planet Health, Rachel Maddow, Read and Learn, Resume Tips, Retirement Investment Protection, Science Comic, SEAL Training, Secular Life, Self Education, Shakespeare On Trial, Sicily, Social Media for Good, Solar Suitcase, Startup Questions, Starvation Diet, Students First, Studying, Superstorm, Synthetic Biology, Syria War, Teach for America, Wine Gurus, Wine in California 2014

The following audio files come from a larger group of 232 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 71 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Advertising Changes 17 mins – “The days of passive consumers are long gone. If advertisers want to engage today’s audiences, they need to create shareable experiences, say Thinkmodo co-founder James Percelay and advertising professor Edward Boches.” At the link find the title, “21st Century Mad Men,” right-click “IHUB-022815-B.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Affirmative Action 67 mins – “Kennedy reckons with one of the most explosively contentious and sharply divisive issues in American society, sharing the little-known history of affirmative action and exploring the policy’s pros and cons. Kennedy was awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law. Now a professor at Harvard Law School, he formerly served as a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan Combat Story 52 mins – “Ridgeway recounts his experiences as a combat arms soldier and speaks about his published work of photographs, currently on exhibit in the Club office. Along with his personal story, he will be discussing the complex situations facing American men and women serving inAfghanistan and will address his transformation from soldier to student.” Jeremiah “Jeb” Ridgeway, Former Soldier; Photographer. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan First Lady 52 mins – “When Ashraf Ghani was inaugurated president of Afghanistan last September, he publicly acknowledged his wife, Rula Ghani, the new first lady. It was a hugely symbolic moment in a country where first ladies have kept a low profile and remained mainly behind closed doors. Rula Ghani has chosen not to follow in this tradition. She is running an office in the presidential palace and is working to shape the troubled country’s future. She joins Diane to discuss her country, her upbringing and what she hopes to achieve as First Lady.” At the link you can listen but not download’ however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Afghanistan War 66 mins “As senior correspondent for The Washington Post and a political pundit for CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio, author Chandrasekaran is one of the world’s foremost reporters on the war and nation-building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  His new book, Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan, gives us a startling, behind-the-scenes account of the struggle between President Obama and the military to reconstruct Afghanistan. Chandrasekaran describes the disillusioned diplomats, frustrated soldiers, and headstrong officers that have come to define the process of pumping American money and soldiers into Afghan nation-building. Come hear this expert’s first-hand account of one of the most complex and formative events of the 21st century.” Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Senior Correspondent & Associate Editor, The Washington Post; Author, Imperial Life in the Emerald City and  Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Brain 66 mins – “Canick posits that aging is not simply a neurodegenerative process resulting in serious memory decline or cognitive loss. On the contrary: Some mental abilities actually improve and are only seen in the mature brain. In people with highly developed intellect, says Canick, assessment of cognitive problems is crucial because such problems are often overlooked. He will explain that understanding myths and aging bias, as well as pursuing activities that enhance cognition and stopping harmful actions, is essential for healthy and successful aging.” Jonathan Canick, Member, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, California Pacific Medical Center; Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Gracefully 59 mins – “Aging is inevitable. So we might ask ourselves, how will it be for us as we age or question why we should even look at it now? Perhaps there is an older loved one ready to make a decision about a lifestyle change. This program will provide a better understanding of the aging process, what changes one may face, and ways to prepare to enjoy life to the fullest.” Linda Leary, LVN, Owner, Reliable Caregivers; Pamela Sharkey, RN, MHA, LNC; Talya Onorato, Gerontologist. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Institute 53 mins – “By working to slow the effects of aging and prevent or delay the disorders commonly associated with it, McEachron and Buck Institute scientists are focused on extending the healthy years of life so that growing older doesn’t have to mean growing ill.” Mary L. McEachron, J.D., Chief Administrative Officer, the Buck Institute. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Aging 32 mins – “Welcome to the new old age! In the fourth book of her Scientific American series about the brain, Horstman presents a realistic and encouraging overview of the well-aged brain, a sobering look at what can go wrong, and the latest in what neuroscience is finding to help you – and your brain – stay healthy longer. This new and positive message about growing older describes how to preserve what you’ve got, minimize what you’ve lost, and optimize the vigor and health of your brain as you grow older.” Ms. Horstman is the author of multiple Scientific American Guides, including Healthy Brain Aging, Love Sex and the Brain, and the book this interview discusses most, Brave New Brain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Improvement 38 mins – “In this week’s episode, Jesse talks with Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., a cognitive neuroscientist and the founder and Chief Director of The Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her new book, Make Your Brain Smarter, shares information based on the latest quantitative studies (including her own research) on how to exercise and strengthen your brain across your life span, starting from any age.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Power Boost 33 mins – “In Episode #29, Jesse interviews author Dan Hurley on the subject of cognitive training. Dan Hurley is a science writer and journalist who regularly contributes to The New York Times Science Times. He also writes for numerous medical newspapers, including Neurology Today (the newspaper of the American Academy of Neurology), Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News, Pharmacy Practice News, General Surgery News, and others. He has been senior writer at the Medical Tribune and contributing editor to Psychology Today, where his article on the violent mentally ill won the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ award for investigative journalism in 1995.  He is a former Vice President of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Most recently, his new book Smarter follows his personal investigation into brain-training and the growing number of means now available to people to literally improve their intelligence.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Scans 18 mins – “Brain imaging pioneer Nancy Kanwisher, who uses fMRI scans to see activity in brain regions (often her own), shares what she and her colleagues have learned: The brain is made up of both highly specialized components and general-purpose “machinery.” Another surprise: There’s so much left to learn” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio (or video)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Waste Removal 12 mins – “The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

C-Span Founder 65 mins – “For the last 25 years, Sunday night at 8 p.m. on C-SPAN has been appointment television for many Americans. During that time, host Brian Lamb has invited people to his Capitol Hill studio for hour-long conversations about contemporary society and history. In today’s sound-bite culture, that hour remains one of television’s last vestiges of in-depth, civil conversation. Brian Lamb, Founder & Retired CEO, C-SPAN; Author, Sundays at Eight: 25 Years of Stories from C-SPAN’s Q&A and Booknotes.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canada’s Oil Sands 65 mins – “Public debate about an oil pipeline from Canada to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast, one of the country’s most controversial energy projects, is coming to a head as the U.S. government nears a final decision on the $7 billion project. Nearly half a million citizens and dozens of members of Congress have weighed in on the conduit, which traverses six states and has become a heated proxy battle for the direction of U.S. energy policy. Supporters say the Keystone XL pipeline would provide transportation fuel from a friendly neighbor and displace petroleum supplies from hostile foreign regimes. Opponents say tapping the Canadian oil sands (also known as tar sands) would trigger a climate catastrophe and would lock the United States for decades into burning some of the dirtiest fuel on Earth. What is at stake here? What are the alternatives?” Cassie Doyle, Consul General, Canada; Former Canadian Deputy Minister of Natural Resources; Jason Mark, Earth Island Institute; Carl Pope, Chairman, The Sierra Club; Alex Pourbaix, President of Energy and Oil Pipelines, TransCanada. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Experience 16 mins – “Debra Jarvis had worked as a hospital chaplain for nearly 30 years when she was diagnosed with cancer. And she learned quite a bit as a patient. In a witty, daring talk, she explains how the identity of “cancer survivor” can feel static. She asks us all to claim our hardest experiences, while giving ourselves room to grow and evolve.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chris Rock 64 mins – “A true comedy great sits down with The Champs to discuss his early exposure to white people, Martin Lawrence, Sam Kinison and how he made himself into one of the best comedians ever. At the link find the title, “Chirs Rock,” right-click “Media files Chris_Rock_Output-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Deadline 60 mins – “America’s famous scientist Michael Mann unloads climate reality. Kristin Ohlson says “The Soil Will Save Us”. Frances Moore: climate stalls European food production.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Science 63 mins – “Alley will receive the first $10,000 Climate One award in honor of the late Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider. Dr. Alley, host of the PBS documentary “Earth: The Operators Manual,” once testified before Congress using his bald head to illustrate ice age cycles and recorded a video explaining geoscience while strumming guitar to a Johnny Cash song. He knows how to reach people through their heads and their hearts. He will offer fresh insights on climate science and how people can communicate science more effectively with the public and counter misinformation advanced by climate deniers. Dr. Alley will close the program with a tune.” Dr. Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Help 64 mins – “Through Aging Matters, Mahakian’s basic principles of care involve promoting self-esteem and independence above all. She will discuss how to help promote emotional well-being of older persons with memory impairment through self-empowerment and validation. Murphy will introduce the life journal to develop and use when caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The life journal stimulates communication, preserves memories and establishes points of reference to use for managing difficult behaviors. Come learn from the experts excelling at helping those with dementia needs.” Jane Mahakian, Ph.D., President/Founder, Aging Matters, Inc.;Cathy Murphy, Owner, Home Instead Senior Care San Francisco. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digestive Health 66 mins – “Three experts will discuss the most common maladies of the digestive tract, such as belching, bloating and flatulence, heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation and dietary fiber intake, absorption of nutrients, and the effects of aging and medication on the digestive tract.” Liz Lipski, Ph.D. and C.C.N.; Richard Auld, M.D.; Len Saputo, M.D. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Containment in Nigeria 68 mins – “On July 20, 2014 the Ebola outbreak landed in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. Public health officials warned that an outbreak could be catastrophic in Lagos, a densely populated city of 21 million. 19 confirmed cases left 11 dead from the disease, but Nigeria’s nightmare scenario never occurred. Within three months, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free, deeming the nation’s efforts to contain the disease a “spectacular success story”. In a country with 130 million mobile-phone users and active social networks, social media and mobile technology played a central role in Nigeria’s Ebola containment. In this talk Aimee Corrigan — Co-Director of Nollywood Workshops, a hub for filmmakers in Lagos, Nigeria — discusses how viral video, SMS, and social media were used to sensitize audiences, manage fear and myths, and reduce stigma around Ebola. And how these strategies might be utilized in public health challenges in Africa and beyond.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Epicenter 19 mins – “’Ebola threatens everything that makes us human,” says Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization. And when the Ebola epidemic exploded in 2014, it caused a worldwide panic. But humanity can beat Ebola — and Aylward shows four strategies that show how we are succeeding. The fight against Ebola is not yet won, he says, but it can be” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Conservation 57 mins – “Energy underpins our civilization. It’s hardly surprising that convincing people to use less of something so tied to their comfort and survival is challenging. Smart policy has given California a head start, but it’s not enough. We need to dig deeper to reap energy savings, say these three experts convened by Climate One. “I think there’s a downside in focusing too narrowly on money,” says Gregory Walton, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University. Instead, Walton and his team focus on creating the sense that saving energy is a community movement. We need to reach a point where saving energy becomes the social norm, he says, as is the case with wearing seat belts and recycling… There are still other levers to pull. “I have a bit of an advantage, in that most religions can use guilt,” jokes Rev. Sally G. Bingham, President and Founder, California Interfaith Power & Light. “Sometimes it works…. Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer, eMeter, says customers need better information. …give customers a monthly breakdown for electricity use by all appliances, which he says can be done with up to 90% accuracy using a combination of the smart meter and algorithms.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Politics 64 mins – “Do Americans consider the environment and clean energy when they vote for politicians? Conventional thinking says even environmentalists cast ballots based on the economy and delivery of government services that directly affect their lives. That explains why some politicians privately acknowledge concern about the changing climate but don’t utter the word in public. There’s little political advantage in doing so. What numbers are Republicans and Democrats considering? How does campaign funding fit into the equation? This discussion with three experts on energy and public opinion will look at the public attitudes underneath the debate about America’s energy future.” Donnie Fowler, Clean Tech Strategist; Loren Kaye, President, California Foundation for Commerce and Education; Dave Metz, Pollster, FM3. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Solutions 67 mins – “Renowned environmentalist Lovins maps business-led pathways for the U.S. to phase out fossil fuels and win the global clean energy race. He envisions a future in which a 2.6-times larger U.S. economy in 2050 could need no oil, coal or nuclear energy, use one-third less natural gas, and save trillions. The transition can be led by business for profit and requires no act of Congress, says Lovins. He lays out his bold vision.” Amory Lovins, Author; Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

EV Riders 63 mins – “All major automakers are now selling models that are totally gas free (Nissan, Ford, Tesla) or run on electricity and gasoline (GM, Toyota). Charging stations are popping up around the state and customers are getting used to a whole new way of fueling their mobility. While these cars are often associated with environmental benefits, drivers say the zippy and quiet driving experience is a main reason to cut the fuel line. How bad is range anxiety? What’s the best part of owning a car with a plug? What’s your story of driving on electricity? This program will feature owners of battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars discussing their life on the cutting edge of a new paradigm of personal mobility.” John Kalb, Founder, EV Charging Pros; Owner of a BMW ActiveE; Andrea Kissack, Senior Editor for Quest, KQED; Felix Kramer, Founder, CalCars; Owner of a Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eye Writing 8 mins – “The nerve disease ALS left graffiti artist TEMPT paralyzed from head to toe, forced to communicate blink by blink. In a remarkable talk at TEDActive, entrepreneur Mick Ebeling shares how he and a team of collaborators built an open-source invention that gave the artist — and gives others in his circumstance — the means to make art again.” At the link click ‘Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Earth Outreach 60 mins – “Moore conceived of and now leads the Google Earth Outreach program. The program supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google’s mapping tools to the world’s problems such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Moore also initiated the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform that supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Moore will discuss the company’s latest projects to help preserve our planet.” Rebecca Moore, Lead, Google Earth Outreach Program and Google Earth Engine….” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Insights 63 mins – “Is it the five-star chefs, free laundry and on-site masseuses that are the secret to Google’s success? Perhaps its unique management style and innovative team? Either way, the revolutionary search engine has so deeply impacted our work and culture that we have turned the company name into a verb. Despite being one of the most successful and celebrated companies in history, Google maintains an air of mystery, and cultural myths abound. How has Google stayed innovative and cutting edge while making the transition to tech giant? What exactly happens inside the elusive Google campus? Levy took a deep dive into Google management, its products and its company culture. Join us as he shares untold stories and unpacks the mythology behind Google.” Steven Levy, Senior Writer, Wired; Formerly Senior Editor and Chief Technology Writer, Newsweek; Author, In the Plex in conversation with John Battelle, Journalist; Founder and Chairman, Federated Media Publishing. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Experience 58 mins – “Santa Clara County is made up of a multitude of different ethnicities with more than one-third of residents born outside of the U.S. Hear this year’s selected authors as they share their stories of immigrating and the balance of maintaining connections to the culture and heritage of their homelands.” NoViolet Bulawayo, Author, We Need New Names; Cristina Henriquez, Author, The Book of Unknown Americans; Bich Minh Nguyen, Author, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Neurosurgeon   60 mins – “Dr. Q, as he’s known to patients and colleagues, is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, a position even more notable for the fact that he was once an undocumented migrant worker toiling in the fields of the Central Valley of California. He will present his incredible life story, from his impoverished childhood in Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and his transformation from illegal immigrant to American citizen and gifted student at UC Berkeley and then Harvard Medical School.” Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Security 30 mins- “On August 3rd, 2012, Wired Magazine writer Mat Honan had his entire online identity destroyed by hackers… The hackers simply wanted to mess with his desirable, 3-letter Twitter name (@mat) – and to do so, they decided to trash his entire online life in less than an hour… That’s why today’s podcast episode is all about online security. It may not be the most fun topic, but it’s incredibly important to learn how to protect yourself online. No system is perfectly safe, but there is a lot you can do to make mitigate your risk – and sadly, most students aren’t doing any of it…. Things you should do right after listening: Go to your most important online accounts – Amazon, Facebook, Gmail, online banking – and make change your password. Sign up for LastPass (or your manager of choice) and start getting your accounts into it. Enable two-factor authentication.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Internet Wisdom 30 mins – “On August 3rd, 2012, Wired Magazine writer Mat Honan had his entire online identity destroyed by hackers. They accessed his Amazon account, then used that to hack his Apple account and completely erase his iPhone, iPad, and Macbook. From there, the hackers broke into his Google account and changed the password, locking him out.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the log archive.

Jared Diamond 70 mins – “Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel and, most recently, The World Until Yesterday. Diamond’s conclusions are critical and provocative, exploring concepts like how humans evolved to be so different from animals, despite sharing over 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, and why Eurasian peoples conquered Native Americans and Africans instead of vice versa. Diamond yet again challenges the way our brains think in The World Until Yesterday as he chronicles tribal peoples and what they can teach us about the shortcomings of modern society. Join us for a night of intellectual stimulation with one of the world’s most celebrated polymaths.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketosis 36 mins – “In Episode #39, Jesse talks with Dr. Emily Deans on the subject of ketosis. Ketosis is a biological state that occurs during fasting or a low-carb dieting when glycogen stores in the liver are depleted. This causes the body to burn acetoacetate and β-hydroxybutyrate for fuel, instead of blood sugar. The effects of the “ketogenic state” go beyond kicking on the fat-burning furnace. Some people report a perception of higher cognitive function as well, and doctors have used ketosis to treat some otherwise unmanageable neurological disorders.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.
Kevin MD 30 mins – “Kevin Pho is most known for his blog, KevinMD, is still a practicing physician. We talk about healthcare today and what you should know about it as a premed.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow beside the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Key and Peel 2  86 mins – “The other half of the sketch comedy duo sits down with the Champs to discuss the hit Comedy Central show, cutting back on weed, Burt Reynolds in Amsterdam, race and other Champs issues.” At the link right-click ”Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Key and Peele 1 75 mins – “Keegan-Michael Key sits down with the Champs to discuss his experience driving a crackhead around to do errands and almost dying in Greece, then compares notes with Neal about having a sketch show on Comedy Central.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Math Education 68 mins – “What kinds of math skills will the citizen of tomorrow require? Are we providing our children with the math education that will most benefit them? Join NPR’s math expert as he offers his thoughts on this vital issue.” Keith Devlin, The Math Guy, National Public Radio; Co- Founder and Executive Director, Stanford University’s H-STAR Institute.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Service Problems 62 mins – “Dr. Martin’s life journey has taken him from humble beginnings as a Mennonite farm boy to the highest levels of academic and medical leadership. Along the way, he witnessed many of the discoveries and events central to the turbulent transformation of medicine that began in the second half of the 20th century. As dean of Harvard Medical School, he helped create the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, bringing together seven Harvard-affiliated institutions for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer. Dr. Martin sees a crisis in health-care reform and the “fee for service” system as unsustainable. He asks,  “Where have all the doctors gone?” Come hear from one of the nation’s leaders in medicine.” Joseph B. Martin, M.D., Ph.D., Former Chancellor of UCSF and Former Dean of Harvard Medical School; Author, Alfalfa to Ivy: Memoir of a Harvard Medical School Dean. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine of Animals and Man 15 mins – “What do you call a veterinarian who can only take care of one species? A physician. In a fascinating talk, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz shares how a species-spanning approach to health can improve medical care of the human animal — particularly when it comes to mental health.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine Transformation 58 mins – “In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, examines what he calls medicine’s “Gutenberg moment.” Much as the printing press liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class, new technology – from the smartphone to machine learning – is poised to democratize medicine.Eric Topol, MD, Scripps Health Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Clinic; Author, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Newspaper Future 65 mins – “The average San Franciscan is more likely to get their media from a screen than from a paper, so it’s no surprise that newspapers and magazines are shutting down all around us; the editorial space and the way we consume news has changed. What will editorial look like years from now? Will curated content really be king? Can non-digital publications stay afloat? Leading digital experts will share their experiences, honest thoughts and predictions for the future of publishing.” Clara Jeffery, Editor in Chief, Mother Jones; Mark Johnson, CEO of Zite; Laney Whitcanack, Chief Community Officer, Federated Media; Chris Taylor, Deputy Editor, Mashable. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nootropics 47 mins – “As we cruise into Episode #40 of our little podcast, we take stock of the current state of affairs in the smart drugs market by switching up our format just a bit. Jesse has a conversational “roundtable” chat with Mike Minneman, founder of the popular smart drug blog and Mans Denton, blogger at and an online nootropics retailer at They discuss some popular misconceptions about smart drugs, their personal favorite stacks, and other topics surrounding the growing popularity of neurological performance enhancers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Threat 66 mins – “Three distinguished statesmen discuss their vision for international security in these precarious times. Secretaries Shultz and Perry and Senator Nunn will assess the current state of nuclear threats, including Iran’s drive to build a bomb, the North Korean nuclear weapons program, and future prospects for limiting the spread of nuclear materials and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons.” George Shultz, Former U.S Secretary of State under President Reagan; William Perry, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Clinton; Sam Nunn, Former U.S. Senator, Georgia (1972-96), Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Peanut Allergies 51 mins – “For reasons not entirely clear, the number of people allergic to peanuts has risen dramatically in recent years. Peanut allergies usually appear in childhood. The condition is sometimes fatal, and there is no cure. For children with risk factors for allergies, pediatricians have long advised complete avoidance of peanuts. But a new study by British doctors — just published in The New England Journal of Medicine — suggests that advice was wrong. The study shows that exposing infants to peanuts could sharply cut the incidence of allergies to the legume. Many pediatricians are optimistic but not ready to issue new guidelines. We discuss the latest research.” At the link you can listen but not download’ however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Pecha Kucha 78 mins – “Pecha Kucha is a method of presentation developed in Japan based on a simple idea: 20 images, 20 seconds per image. This method is a way of bringing several and diverse leaders together for quick, concise and interesting presentations. We’re bringing together designers, business leaders, tech giants, poets, scientists and politicians to solve one of the most important issues of our time: How do we build a sustainable future?” Mark Dwight, Founder & CEO, Rickshaw Bagworks; Rob Forbes, Founder, Design Within Reach; Founder, Public; Flora Grubb, Founder, Flora Grubb Gardens; Nikki Henderson, Executive Director, People’s Grocery; Walter Hood, Principal, Hood Design; Professor and Former Chair of Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley; Max Schorr, Co-founder and Publisher, GOOD Magazine; Bryony Schwan, Executive Director, Biomimicry Institute; Paul Jamtgaard, Founder, Pecha Kucha SF – MCJoin us. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pharmacological Studies 30 mins – “In this week’s podcast, Dr. Raza Naqvi shares the conclusions he derived after reviewing 32 high-quality published medical studies done on the effects of drugs, vitamins and  supplements on cognitive decline in healthy older adults. Dr Naqvi is currently a Geriatric Medical Fellow at the University of Toronto, who has interests in geriatric care and specifically issues relating to memory loss and dementia.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Planet Health 55 mins “Dr. Wackernagel will discuss the Living Planet Report, 2014 and the Global Footprint Network’s ecological footprint. The Living Planet Report is a science-based analysis of the health of our planet and the impact of human activity. Wackernagel has worked on sustainability on six continents and lectured at more than 100 universities. Join us as he speaks about current science and the health of our planet and the serious challenges ahead to ensure healthy, safe environments worldwide at the global, national and local levels. Dr. Wackernagel is co-creator of the concept of the ecological footprint. His awards include the 2013 Prix Nature Swisscanto, the 2012 Blue Planet Award and the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rachel Maddow 68 mins – “Rhodes Scholar, AIDS activist, civics geek, “blindly partisan” and even the “grand doyenne of liberal demagoguery” according to Gawker – Rachel Maddow has been called many things over the years, but until now, “author” has not been one of them. This year the sassy and smart-as-a-whip host of MSNBC’s politico program, The Rachel Maddow Show, joins the literary fold and takes on what she believes to be the debate between civilian life and the war machine in her new book, Drift. Join us for an organ intro, popcorn munchies, and an exclusive interview with Rachel Maddow.” Rachel Maddow, Host, The Rachel Maddow Show; Author, Drift in Conversation with Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, Author; Screenwriter; Accordionist. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Read and Learn 78 mins – “I’ve been following Shane Parrish, the founder of the excellent Farnam Street blog, for quite a while now. At Farnam street, Shane posts lessons from the many, many books he reads – covering subjects including psychology, business, philosophy, and more…In this episode, you’ll learn how he reads and takes notes from books, why Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger swore by “mental models,” and more. At the link findEpisode 48, right-click “Media files 6878.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resume Tips 37 mins – “Which sounds more interesting on your resume? “Filed documents,” or “Filed 2,500 documents.” The second one, right? Using data to quantify your achievements helps you resume stand out from the crowd, and it’s just one of the many techniques you can use to improve your job prospects. As a sophomore, I learned about many of these techniques in a book called Confessions of a Recruiting Director, which was written by Brad Karsh – and today, I’ve got Brad on the show to share what he knows… In this episode, Brad and I discuss how to use your hidden job market to get out of the stack of 500 resumes and into the stack with ten. You’ll learn other great ways to stand out as well, such as using your cover letter as a platform for telling your (short) story and why you want that job and to take notes during the interview.” At the link find Episode 40, right-click “Media files 5886.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Investment Protection 46 mins – “More than ever these days, beyond Social Security, Americans are on their own for retirement.  Saving.  Investing.  Praying.  This week, the White House saying at least people shouldn’t have to worry about the interests of brokers helping them make those investment decisions.  They ought to have the investor’s interest first in mind – not hidden fees or payments for themselves.  They’re pushing new rules.  Finance industry, pushing back. This hour On Point:  the stakes, and whether brokers need a top-down order to put your interests first.  Plus, we’ll look at shrinking bonuses on Wall Street..” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Comic 34 mins – “Continuing our exploration of art in science, we invite author, illustrator and math/science teacher Dale Debakcsy to the show.  Every two weeks, Debakcsywrites and illustrates about important women in science.  Now that he has now completed half of his two-year project, Debakcsy has compiled the first 26 portraits into a book called The Illustrated Women in Science: Year One.  Listen to the show to hear about how Debakcsy started making science comics, the importance of showcasing women in science, and how you can use his art in your classroom.

SEAL Training 32 mins – “In Episode #28, Jesse speaks with former Navy SEAL Mark Divine about mental toughness and maintaining focus in the face of adversity.  Mark’s diverse background includes a professional career as a CPA for the company which became PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving as a SEAL  (at 26  he graduated as honor-man, the #1 ranked trainee in his SEAL BUD/s class), and – after retiring at the rank of Commander in 2011 – beginning a third career as an entrepreneur, co-founding a highly successful Southern California Brewery Restaurant and launching in the same year.  ( is the leading web site for gear and information about the SEALs.)” At the link find Episode 28, right-click “SDS028.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Secular Life 48 mins – “Religion is a solace and inspiration for millions and millions of Americans.  For millions of others, it’s not.  Twenty percent of Americans now say they have no religious affiliation.  For young people, it’s nearly a third.  They don’t all say they are atheist, or even agnostic.  But many millions are now living a secular life.  Non-religious.  My guest today has interviewed lots of those Americans and the people who study them.  To look at where they find their morals, their community, their transcendence, their awe.  This hour On Point:  Meaning, morals, and the secular life.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Self Education 68 mins – “Our education system is imploding, and self-education may be a key component of what will replace it. Ellsberg has spent the last two years interviewing the world’s most successful people who did not complete college—including WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, fashion designer Marc Ecko, and Facebook’s Sean Parker. He shares insights about self-education and the higher education crisis in this provocative, challenging lecture. Michael Ellsberg, Author, The Education of Millionaires; Blogger, At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shakespeare On Trial 55 mins – “Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, conducts the trial of the century. An all-star cast of lawyers examine the evidence about an age-old question: did Shakespeare write the plays he’s credited for? And if not him — then who?” At the link find the title, “Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays?,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150224_78442.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sicily 55 mins – This program focuses on Sicily, despite the following description: “He was a monarch like no other: he was a poet, a lover of science, and in his court multicultural collaboration and innovation were a matter of policy. A look at the life of Frederick II.” At the link find the title, “The Wonder of the World: Frederick II, Part 2,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150225_26144.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media for Good 73 mins – “What are the tools, tricks and triumphs of social media as an essential component of any organization’s mission in the 21st century? Social media experts examine the consequences, opportunities and workable lessons this landscape presents for nonprofits and causes.” Beth Kanter, CEO, Zoetica; Author, Beth’s Blog; Co-author, The Networked Nonprofit; May Boeve, Director for Partnerships and Policy and Co-founder, ; Ben Rattray, Founder and CEO, At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Suitcase 52 mins – “Two award-winning social entrepreneurs discuss their solar projects that help save lives in developing nations. d.light is an affordable solar light that replaces kerosene lamps that have badly burned bodies and homes. We Care’s solar suitcase provides hospitals light at night, replacing surgery by flashlight. Stachel and Tozun have recently been featured in magazines and on television for their products that save lives of many individuals. Hear why they decided to produce these items and what it took to do so.Laura Stachel, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Founder and Executive Director, We Care Solar; Ned Tozun, Co-Founder and President, d.light.At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Startup Questions 67 mins – “Join Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur-turned-educator Blank in a lively discussion with  Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft. This program will introduce best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. Hear about a tested and proven Customer Development Process, helping get it right –and how to “get, keep, and grow” customers.” Steve Blank, Serial Entrepreneur; Founder, E.piphany; Professor, UC Berkeley and Stanford Engineering; Author, The Startup Owners Manual; In conversation with Dan’l Lewin, Corporate Vice President of Strategic and Emerging Business Development (SEBT), Microsoft. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Starvation Diet 33 mins – “As a follow-up to our much-anticipated Water Fast Week, Jesse is joined by Dr. Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and Biological Science, and Director of the USC Longevity Institute.  Dr. Longo shares with us his research on the beneficial effects of fasting on everything from our immune responses to our lifespans, and addresses some points of curiosity that arose over the course of our calorie-free week.” At the link right-click “Download” and elect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Students First 68 mins – “Students First is an organization that Rhee calls a “national movement to transform education.” In her controversial three years as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., school system, she closed nearly two dozen schools, cut administrative positions and proposed that teacher salaries be based on merit rather than tenure. Today, her goal is to “put pressure on elected officials and press for changes in legislation to make things better for kids.” Sacramento Mayor Johnson says he’s “committed to identifying ways to strategically drive education reform.” Upon retiring from the NBA after 12 seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Johnson returned to his hometown of Sacramento to serve as the CEO of St. HOPE, a nonprofit community development organization he founded to revitalize inner-city communities. Hear from these two leaders about what can be done to save the American education system.Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson: How to Transform American Education.” Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, Students First; Former Chancellor, District of Columbia Public School System; Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento; Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force on Public Education. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Study Advice 29 mins – “…Vincent Nguyen has held three internships at the same time, while still taking classes full-time. He’s reached out to some of the most popular and successful people in the online entrepreneurship world, and has build relationships with several of them. He’s written for several huge blogs, including, Marc and Angel Hack Life, and UnCollege. He also started his own blog on personal development called Self Stairway, which is only around 10 months old but is already getting thousands of visitors and around 30 comments per post…. But here’s the craziest part: Vincent is only 19. So, how does a 19-year-old beginning blogger a college student (well, former – but we’ll get to the details about that in the episode) do all of this? Trust me, I was just as curious as you probably are – so I asked him to talk about it on the podcast….” At the link find the title,“The Less-Traveled Road To Success With Vincent Nguyen (Ep. 15),” right-click “Media files 1711.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Studying Advice 67 mins – “What’s the path of a medical student like? How many billions of hours do they have to spend studying while the rest of us are at football games or, in my case, playing Mario Kart? Today I’m talking with my friend Ryan Nguyen to get those questions answered (though he has the same last name […]” At the link find the title, “Study Advice From A Medical Student With Ryan Nguyen (Ep. 26).\,” right-click “Media files 3480.mp3”

Superstorm 60 mins – “This week, we’re exploring the evolving frontier of extreme weather, and how it’s influenced by our warming planet. We’ll talk about the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded with writer Kathryn Miles, author of “Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy.” And we’ll talk about the relationship between climate change and hurricane strength and frequency with Christopher Landsea, Ph.D, Science and Operations Officer at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Synthetic Biology 64 mins – “We eat genetically engineered foods, take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars using fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. The rise of synthetic biology marks a fundamental transformation in the relationship between biology and nature. When humans can control the genetic makeup of organisms to the extent foreseen by synthetic biologists, renowned molecular geneticist Church believes, nature will no longer be the exclusive arbiter of life, death and evolution. Church will discuss where these technologies came from and where they’re going.” Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Lipper Center for Computational Genetics; Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria War 69 mins – “As the death toll tops 190,000, over three million refugees have fled from Syria into neighboring countries. Avi Melamed, a former Israeli official for Arab affairs, will discuss the history of the war in Syria, offering his thoughts on why the conflict is considered one of the most dramatic events in the history of the Middle East. He will also discuss the possible global ramifications of this war and how its outcome will shape the region for decades to come. Avi Melamed, Israeli Middle East Strategic Intelligence Analyst. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teach for America 63 mins – “On Teach For America’s 20th anniversary, founder Kopp draws on the experiences of the organization’s 25,000 teachers and alumni who, driven by passionate belief in their students’ potential, have set out to accomplish what most think is impossible. Through engaging stories from the front lines of the achievement gap, Kopp offers a provocative exploration of what’s driving the unprecedented success in a growing number of low-income communities’ classrooms, schools and districts. She will identify what she firmly believes will provide transformational education – education that changes the academic and life trajectories predicted by children’s socioeconomic backgrounds and our nation’s future.” Wendy Kopp , Founder and CEO, Teach for America; Author, A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine Gurus 68 mins – “Wine obsessed?  Wine curious?  Young wine lovers, makers and educators are breaking new ground in the way wine is created and enjoyed, from experimenting with little known varietals and blends, to box wine and screw caps.  San Francisco’s leading young sommeliers will tell us how to unlock the mysteries of wine and introduce your pallet to hot new international trends, food pairings, and the basics of ordering.” Christy DuFoe, Sommelier Quinn’s Restaraunt; Courtney Cochran, Owner, Your Personal Sommelier; Mark Bright, Wine Director, Oola. At the in right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine in California 2014 68 mins – “California vintners and growers have broadly embraced sustainable and other green wine-growing practices to protect and preserve our signature Golden State industry. Plans and decisions made throughout the wine-growing year reflect a deep commitment to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and the desire to pass land businesses on to future generations.” Steve Lohr, Chairman & CEO, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines;Karl Wente, Winemaker, Wente Vineyards; Allison Jordan, Executive Director, California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance. At the link right-click “Play Now” 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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