Media Mining Digest 174 – Mar 13, 2015: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Affordable Care Act, Alcohol Misuse, Allergy Solutions, Alzheimer’s Sensor, American Dream Fades, Antibiotic Resistance, Beet Juice for Brain, Big Data Impact, Bioethics, BPA Reduction, Brazil Guns and Drugs, Bretton Woods Conference, Broadband in Missouri, California Wine Tasting, Carbon Math, Cell Phone Surveillance, Censorship, Combat Objectives, Commercial Trucks, Community College Catapult, Connectome, Consent to Harm, Consumer Electronics Show, Copyright Research, Critical Thinking, Cybercrime, Dr King’s Last Year, Drones, Drones Over Paris, Econ 101, Emotional Responses, End of Life, Energy Efficient Homes, Ethiopia Coffee, Financial Inequality, Food Waste in U.S., Fracking Air Pollution and Earthquakes, Google Earth Outreach, Google Insights, Heart Attack Prevention, Honor Killings, Influenza Treatment, Information Leak Websites, John Cleese, Kellogg’s Cereal, Kevin MD, Learning Process, Lethal Injections, Marijuana Uses, Medical Tactics, Misconceptions of Science, Noah Webster, Oil and Earthquakes, Parasitism Case Study, Patient Advocates, Poverty Innovation, Prevention Not Treatment, Prohibition in Wine Country, RNA, Sandhurst and Sheikhs, Sexologist, Technology Impact, Terrorism Prevention, Toxic Risk Help, Transcranial Stimulation DIY, Vaccinations, Video Games Value, Wayans Brothers, Why Do We Exist, Wisdom

The following audio files come from a larger group of 260 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 73 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Adverse Childhood Experiences 16 mins – “Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Affordable Care Act 39 mins – “As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act — King v. Burwell — Dahlia Lithwick hears from experts on both sides of what could be the most important case in the Court’s entire term. First, she speaks with Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and a one of the lawsuit’s chief architects. Then she hears from Abbe Gluck, a professor at Yale Law School and a co-author of an amicus brief submitted in the case.” At the link find the title, “The Letter of the Law,” right-click “Media files 2015-02-28-Amicus-012.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcohol Misuse 34 mins – “As the level of alcohol consumption goes up, so the risk of physical, psychological, and social problems increases. In this podcast we’re joined by Ed Day, consultant addiction psychiatrist at Kings College London, Alex Copello, professor of addiction research at the University of Birmingham, and Martyn Hull, GP with a special interest in substance misuse at the Ridgacre Medical Centres in Birmingham. They discuss practical aspects of the assessment and treatment of alcohol use disorders from the perspective of the non-specialist hospital doctor or general practitioner. “ At the link find the title, “Assessment and management of alcohol use disorders,” right-click “Media files 191951284-bmjgroup-alcohol-misuse.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Allergy Solutions 47 mins – “Peanut allergies have exploded in recent years.  The bane of many families.  A big fear in many schools.  And the big message that parents took from the medical community was to keep their young children – babies – away, away, away from peanuts.  This week, new research says wait a minute: the opposite may be better advice.  At-risk babies given small amounts of peanut product had far fewer peanut allergies.  And there’s more on the allergy front — a Swedish study says we may be keeping things too clean for our own good.  This hour On Point:  everything you need to know about the allergy breakthroughs.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimer’s Sensor 6 mins – “60% of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him … and how he hopes to help others with Alzheimer’s.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Dream Fades 66 mins – “Is the American Dream becoming a lost ideal of the past? Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy-winning journalist Smith suggests that it is as a result of four decades of erosion induced by corporate and political decisions. Smith will discuss the extent to which the American Dream has declined, as well as the future.” Hedrick Smith, Former Reporter, The New York Times; Producer, PBS; Author, Who Stole the American Dream?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 15 mins – “Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will stop working for everyone, as the bacteria they target grow more and more resistant. He calls on all of us (patients and doctors alike) to think of antibiotics — and their ongoing effectiveness — as a finite resource, and to think twice before we tap into it. It’s a sobering look at how global medical trends can strike home.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beet Juice for Brain 26 mins – “In episode #41 Jesse speaks to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Director of the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University and expert on this week’s topic: beetroot juice. They discuss the nitrogen cycle and its effects on brain function, safe levels of nitrate consumption, and why you should have listened to your mother all those years!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Impact 16 mins – “Self-driving cars were just the start. What’s the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what’s next for machine learning — and human knowledge” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bioethics 60 mins – “This week, we’re looking at the debates over the ethics of medicine and medical research, and the future of new medical technology. We’ll talk bioethics and public policy with Center for Inquiry CEO Ronald Lindsay. And we’re joined by Dr. Rob Tarzwell, to discuss Nootropics, the so-called “smart drugs” that might make designer brains a reality.” At the link fiind the title, “#197 Future Bioethics,” right-click “Skeptically_Speaking_197_Future_Bioethics_2013.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

BPA Reduction 4 mins – “Scientists are reporting discovery of a more sustainable way of disposing of plastics that contain bisphenol A (BPA) — without releasing that potentially harmful substance to the environment. The new method involves exposing polycarbonate plastic waste to ultraviolet light and heat. Just as cooking makes food more digestible for humans, this pretreatment approach makes polycarbonate plastic more digestible for certain fungi, which the scientists used to break down polycarbonate plastic. Their study appears in the ACS’ monthly journal Biomacromolecules.” At the link right-click “Listen to Podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Guns and Drugs 14 mins – “Throughout her career in banking Ilona Szabó de Carvalho never imagined she’d someday start a social movement. But living in her native Brazil, which leads the world in homicidal violence, she realized she couldn’t just stand by and watch drugs and guns tear her country apart. Szabó de Carvalho reveals four crucial lessons she learned when she left her cushy job and took a fearless stand against the status quo.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bretton Woods Conference 65 mins – “Benn Steil of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Bretton Woods, the conference that resulted in the IMF, the World Bank, and the post-war international monetary system. Topics discussed include America and Britain’s conflicting interests during and after World War II, the relative instability of the post-war system, and the personalities and egos of the individuals at Bretton Woods, including John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Missouri 19 mins – “As high quality Internet has become more essential for business and quality of life, those who realized that the existing telecom providers had no intention to invest in better connections in their rural Missouri communities began to ask their electric cooperative – Co-Mo – to step up and do it. This week, we talk with Randy Klindt, General Manager of Co-Mo Connect, which is building a gigabit fiber network out to its members despite having not been chosen to receive any stimulus funds. We discuss how they have structured the network, why they felt compelled to get into the business, and some of the results from their approach….” At the link right-click “… download this Mp3 file ….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Wine Tasting 67 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.

Carbon Math 70 mins -“Energy companies have five times as much oil and coal and gas on their books than climate scientists think is safe to burn. That was the takeaway from McKibben’s recent Rolling Stone article on “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.” McKibben says it is his single most important work since his first book The End of Nature nearly 30 years ago.Now the activist is launching a “Do the Math” campaign around the country to galvanize support for stronger action to reduce carbon pollution. Hofmeister says environmental measures driven too quickly will only backfire as the inconvenience or cost meets grass roots resistance. Time is an ally, he says, and enhances our ability to adapt to change, and energy companies are not monoliths and can be part of the solution. Join us for a conversation.” Bill McKibben, Founder,, Author, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet; John Hofmeister, CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy; Former President, Shell Oil Company. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cell Phone Surveillance 57 mins – “I am pleased to post Show # 229, February 11, my interview with Prof. Stephanie Pell of the Army Cyber Institute and Chris Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union on StingRay and their newly-published Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy article entitled Your Secret Stingray’s No Secret Anymore: The Vanishing Government Monopoly over Cell Phone Surveillance and Its Impact on National Security and Consumer Privacy….” At the link right-click “Show #229” in the narrative and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Censorship 52 mins – “Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, talks about his new book, “The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Combat Objectives 41 mins – “In this episode, Uncommon Knowledge is honored to have retired four-star General James Mattis. General Mattis retired from the Marine Corps as a full general in 2013, where he served as the eleventh commander of the United States Central Command. He also served as the commander for NATO supreme allied transformation, and as commander of the United States Joint Forces Command. Mattis is now an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow fellow at the Hoover Institution.” At the link find the title, “Uncommon Knowledge with General Jim Mattis,” right-click “Media files 20150306.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Commercial Trucks 62 mins “For the first time ever, commercial trucks will soon be subject to federal standards for fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. How will that impact buyers and makers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks? California is a center of activity for creating and deploying hybrid and fully electric drivetrains and other technologies. We’ll discuss the move to increase efficiency, create jobs and build a cleaner transportation sector.” John Boesel, CEO, CALSTART; Mike Tunnell, Director, Environmental Affairs, American Trucking Associations; Alan Niedzwiecki, CEO, Quantum Technologies. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Community College Catapult 79 mins – “Does going to a community college eliminate your opportunities for achieving your goals? Or, to put it more bluntly, is your life over if you can’t attend your dream school? Well, in the words of Batman, Teddy Roosevelt, and my dad: “No.” To elaborate on that, I brought my friend Isa Adney onto the show this week. Isa is a professional speaker, educator, and the author of the book Community College Success. Moreover, she started out in community college herself after realizing she’d be unable to afford her dream school. Fast forward a couple year from when she started college, and Isa had won a prestigious scholarship that gave her $30,000/year to complete her 4-year degree… and $50,000/year to go on and finish a Master’s….” At the link find Episode 46 (How to Make Comm8nity College an Ivy League Experience with Isa Adney) and load it on the web page. Then right-click the orange down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Connectome 65 mins -“Are we simply the products of our genes? Seung says otherwise. The MIT professor has found what he calls the nexus of nature and nurture: the network of connections between neurons in the human brain. He will take you inside his ambitious quest to model what he calls the Connectome, which, if successful, would uncover the basis of personality, intelligence, memory and disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. McGill University Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences Daniel Levitin wrote in The Wall Street Journal that Connectome is “the best lay book on brain science I’ve ever read.'” Sebastian Seung, Ph.D., Author, Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consent to Harm 55 mins – “’Yes means yes. No means no.” Giving consent seems straightforward. But what we’re allowed to consent to is actually deeply fraught territory. And it gets especially fraught when the question of sex enters the equation. When does the law intervene?” At the link find the title, “Consent to Harm, Part 2,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150226_99710.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consumer Electronics Show 33 mins – “Joining from the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show, Ericsson Chief Technology Officer Ulf Ewaldsson and Cisco Senior Vice President Kelly Ahuja discuss the networks on which the Internet, mobile phone networks, and cloud technology are built.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Ulf Ewaldsson and Kelly Ahuja,” right-click “Media files program.389622.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Copyright Research 57 mins – “I’m thrilled to post Show # 230, February 18, my interview with Prof. Elizabeth Townsend Gard of Tulane University Law School and Ron Gard of Limited Times LLC, on The Durationator, an online tool to determine whether any work of authorship is covered by copyright, and social entrepreneurship. I have been a big fan of Elizabeth’s copyright duration work for a long time, and had her on the show in 2009 to discuss her amazing project entitled The Durationator. Now, after many years of work, The Durationator is a reality and publicly available through a partnership with Thomson Reuters. Having formed an entity, Limited Times LLC, with her husband Ron Gard to run The Durationator as well as focus on their social entrepreneurship efforts, we had a wide ranging and celebratory discussion about social entrepreneurship, as The Durationator launched on February 18, 2015, the day that the show aired on KZSU! I hope that you enjoy the discussion and learning about Elizabeth and Ron’s fascinating and useful work. Congrats Elizabeth and Ron!” (Difficult to find information about prices for the research services.) At the link find the title, “Show #230,” then right click the same in the description and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Critical Thinking 12 mins – “Does a set of data make you feel more comfortable? More successful? Then your interpretation of it is likely wrong. In a surprisingly moving talk, Susan Etlinger explains why, as we receive more and more data, we need to deepen our critical thinking skills. Because it’s hard to move beyond counting things to really understanding them.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybercrime 68 mins – “Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars a year fighting an ever-morphing, often invisible and very smart new breed of criminal. Intrepid investigative reporter Glenny gives an edge-of-your-seat account of a new form of crime spawned by the digital world. He has traveled the world speaking with members of military and intelligence communities, police, politicians, lawyers and with the hackers themselves and their victims. He advances often-surprising suggestions for the ways in which the authorities might begin to end the cybercrime epidemic.” Misha Glenny: Author; Journalist; Visiting Professor, London School of Economics. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr King’s Last Year 66 mins – “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations in U.S. history, but little is remembered about the trials and tribulations he faced in his final year. Award-winning television and radio broadcast host Smiley (and new Dancing with the Stars contestant) chronicles the final 365 days of Dr. King’s life. Despite assaults on his character and ideology, Dr. King remained committed to ending racial inequality and segregation in our country. Hear more about his story of leadership and perseverance.” Tavis Smiley, TV Host, Public Broadcasting Service; Radio Host, Public Radio International; Author, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Year. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones 47 mins – “New rules proposed last week for small drones – 55 pounds and under – in America.  For the kinds of buzzing, hovering, little workhorses that are suddenly showing up all over the country, the culture, even – uninvited – on the White House lawn.  The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing only “within sight” use.  Within 500 feet of the operator.  Enough to do a lot of cool or unnerving things – depending on how you look at it.  Not enough for Amazon to send your new purchase by drone.  Amazon’s pushing back.  We’ve got their lobbyist, and more.  This hour On Point: the future of drones in America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones Over Paris 4 mins – “Paris woke up to a mystery today. On Monday night, at least five drones — the kind you can buy at a store, not the military variety — were spotted flying above Paris landmarks like the Eiffel Tower. The city, still in shock over the Charlie Hebdo attacks, is taking it seriously.” 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.

Econ 101 37 mins – “On this week’s episode of SlateMoney, host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate’s Jordan Weissmann, and Cathy O’Neil of devote the entire episode to a letter from Nathan Connelly, running down a list of the top nine (or maybe ten, depending on who’s counting) essential economic concepts every high school graduate should understand. At the link find the title,“The “Econ 101” Edition,” right-click “Media files SM15010301_MONEY.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Responses 14 mins – “There’s a reason why you spent twelve hours mainlining every episode of House of Cards — your brain can’t tell the difference between fiction and reality. Cognitive scientist Jim Davies explains the science behind why we laugh, why we cry, and why we binge watch.” At the link find the title, “Why Jokes are Funny,” right-click “IHUB-030715-Davies.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life 17 mins – “End of life care is rarely discussed, although it is perhaps one of the most important conversations that one must have. On this episode, Dr. Angelo Volandes discussed end-of-life medical care.” At the link right-click “Listen to Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Efficient Homes 11 mins – “The suburb was established in the 1950s This house looks like any other. Josh Byrne set out to prove that with minimal financial outlay, this rather common looking house could be built at the same cost as any other. A 3KW rooftop system allows the house to produce 30% more power than it uses over the whole year. Cross ventilation means there is no need for air conditioning. The house contains energy efficient lighting and appliances. Grey water, rain water and bore water means this most precious resource is not wasted. After having looked at individual houses, and the behaviour and attitudes of their occupants, the focus is now on entire precincts as a means of minimising use of energy and water.”

Ethiopia Coffee 63 mins – “Ethiopia is fighting to shed its history and public image of drought, famine and war by embracing the heritage and potential of its defining crop: coffee, one of the world’s 10 most-valued commodities. Burhardt recounts that process in a tale of opportunity, resources, education and tradition, transcending the bean itself to explore food anthropology, development, adventure, Ethiopia’s landscape and peoples, and the impact of coffee on world politics and global understanding. Burhardt has traveled throughout the world by bike, canoe and – more often than not – by hand and foot. For the past two decades, she has journeyed from Africa to the waters of the Arctic, and her stories of unlikely human interaction inspire and inform international audiences.” Majka Burhardt, Author, Coffee Story: Ethiopia; Climber; Guide. “At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Inequality 50 mins – “As evidence grows that major historical sites are being looted in Syria, how much are groups such as Islamic State profiting from the global trade in illicit antiquities?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: ISIS: Looting for Terror,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150305-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste in U.S. 62 mins – “The ubiquity of food in the United States blinds the mind to a tragic fact: much of it is wasted. …estimates suggest that at least a quarter and as much as half of the food produced in this country is never consumed. A panel of food experts convened by Climate One says that much of the waste is unnecessary… “We have tremendous inefficiencies on both sides, pre-harvest and post harvest,” says A.G. Kawamura, former Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture. If prices collapse, he says, a farmer might not be able to afford to pay for the fuel and labor needed to harvest a crop. Fortunately, he says, groups such Farm to Table are partnering with farmers to offset the cost of a second or third harvest to prevent food from wasting in the field. For Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change, the primary driver of waste in the food system is how we think. “It’s really changing our consciousness about what is waste and what is not. That’s the first step in combating this problem,” he says….” Jonathan Bloom, Author, American Wasteland; Michael Dimock, President, Roots of Change; A.G. Kawamura, Former Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture. “t the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Air Pollution 30 mins – “The potential damage posed by hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” to ground water, its contribution to earthquake risk, and overall deceptive practices by the industry, have all been exposed through science and good journalism. Today on Sea Change Radio we explore aspects of fracking that may be less known. This week’s guest is Caroline Cox, the Research Director for the Center for Environmental Health who recently co-authored an important study tracking the air pollution associated with this controversial extraction process. We talk about the study’s methods, findings, and what it may mean moving forward. Then, we re-visit our interview with Jaeah Lee and James West of Mother Jones and their profile of the burgeoning fracking industry in China.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Earthquakes 8 mins – “Earthquake activity has been increasing in parts of the US which historically have low earthquake activity.  The increase is not uniform and is affected by local geology. Induced earthquakes have been linked to the injection of waste water underground following the extraction of oil. One barrel of oil produces dozens of barrels of salt water which need disposal. The challenge is to identify any link between changing frequency of smaller earthquakes and potentially larger earthquakes.” At the link right-click “Download” 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.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Attack Prevention 81 mins – “Heart attacks are the number-one killer in the United States, but that doesn’t have to be true. The latest research shows that diet is strongly linked to heart attacks. Steve Blake suggests that there are plenty of fun, healthy foods that you can add to your diet to reduce your risk of a heart attack. He’ll also discuss how vitamin D deficiency is linked to heart attachs, and how certain oils can reduce risk and certain fats can increase risk. Through this inspiring discussion, you can learn how to implement heart-safe lifestyle options.” Steve Blake, ScD, Faculty Nutritional Biochemist, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience LLC; Author, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Honor Killings 18 mins – “Nearly 1000 “honor” killings are reported in Pakistan each year, murders by a family member for behavior deemed “shameful,” such as a relationship outside of marriage. When Khalida Brohi lost a close friend to the practice, she resolved to campaign against it. Yet she met resistance from an unlikely source: the very community she hoped to protect. In this powerful, honest talk, Brohi shares how she took a hard look at her own process, and offers sharp insights for other passionate activists.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Influenza Treatment 29 mins – Australian discussion of tamiflu issues and the pharmaceutical industry involvement with flu treatment. At the link find the Episode 6 for 2015, right-click adjacent “Mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Information Leak Websites 57 mins – “I’m pleased to post Show #228, January 28, my interview with Prof. Lisa Lynch of Concordia University, on WikiLeaks and information leakers. Lisa has written extensively about the nature and role of information leakers in society today. Having interacted with Julian Assange for several years — including before he was the infamous figure that he is today (she’s even benefited from his editing suggestions) — her insights regarding the role of WikiLeaks draws on both scholarly and personal experience.“ At the link right-click “Show #228” in the narrative and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Cleese 78 mins – “Join Cleese as he takes us on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town to the pinnacle of comedy and worldwide success.” John Cleese, Actor; Writer; Producer; Author, So, Anyway…; In conversation with Adam Savage, Host, “Mythbusters”. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kellogg’s Cereal 47 – “Hard times in Battle Creek, Michigan, home of Kellogg’s, the world’s largest cereal maker.  Cereal sales are dropping.  Kellogg’s fortunes are dropping with them.  The home of Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger is in trouble as Americans’ breakfast habits and menus change.  Carbs and sugar are no longer the hot “go-to.”  Greek yogurt and fruit smoothies and even green salads are moving in.  Eggs have a new lease on breakfast life with the latest report on cholesterol.  We’ve got Chinese, Vietnamese, Turkish, Mexican-style — all at the table.  This hour On Point:  what’s for breakfast now in the USA.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-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.

Learning Process 58 mins – “What if almost everything we know about learning was wrong? With our brain sensitive to mood, timing, location and environment, how do we absorb and retain information? Find out more about whether repetition is necessary, why sleeping and daydreaming can be important to the learning process, and hear Carey’s tips for the best techniques to remember more. Carey has been with The New York Times for 10 years and writes about neuroscience, psychiatry, neurology and everyday psychology.” Benedict Carey, Science Reporter, The New York Times; Author, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens; Twitter: @bencareynyt.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lethal Injections 28 mins – “As the Supreme Court prepares to revisit the constitutionality of lethal injection, Dahlia Lithwick speaks with two experts about the controversial drugs being used for execution and whether the capital punishment system can be repaired. This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology.” At the link find the title, “Botched Protocols,” right-click “Media files 2015-02-07-Amicus-012.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Uses 62 mins – “If using marijuana can reduce our chances for developing a variety of cancers as well as dementia from Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, asks Werner, why is it still illegal? Sixteen states have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the federal government continues to battle these efforts, claiming that there is no evidence that marijuana is safe or effective. Werner says that surprising scientific discoveries tell a different story. Werner argues that research has uncovered a previously unknown but significant biological communications and regulatory network known as the endocannabinoid system, which influences nearly all of our physiological activity. He explains that the unique compounds found in the cannabis plant, the cannabinoids, closely mimic and supplement the health-protective activity of our bodies’ own endocannabinoids, which work to prevent and interrupt disease processes through the endocannabinoid system.” Clint Werner, Author, Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Tactics 27 mins – “Interactive training for Ebola healthcare workers; Portable cervical cancer treatment in Peru; Psychological support in Eastern Ukraine.” At the link find the title, “HealthC: Interactive Training for Ebola Health Care Workers,” right-click “Media files healthc_20150304-2035a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Misconceptions of Science 55 mins – “…There’s a progression that happens when you hear a new idea – you run it through your brain, try to envision where it might lead. Who will benefit from this new idea? Who will it hurt? Will it be worth the cost? Is it legal; is it morally defensible? Is it, in fact, a good idea? In our latest episode of Freakonomics Radio, we run that progression in reverse. Rather than asking if a new idea is a good one, we ask whether it’d be better if some of the ideas we cling to were killed off. The episode is called “This Idea Must Die.’” At the link find the title, “This Idea Must Die,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Noah Webster 14 mins – “Noah Webster may be the most important founding father you’ve never heard about. Historian Joshua Kendall talks about how Webster helped write the Constitution, invented American English, and was so crotchety we’ve basically forgotten about him.” At the link find the title, “Defining Noah Webster,” right-click “IHUB-030715-Kendall.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil and Earthquakes 59 mins – “How do natural resources and geologic features affect the course of Middle East history and geopolitics? Barazangi highlights the critical importance of better understanding Islamic history and cultures of the Arab/Persian region, which has the world’s largest oil reserves. He will also discuss the earthquake hazards of the Dead Sea Fault and the decline of science and technology in Arabia. Dr. Barazangi was educated in Syria and the U.S. and has had a distinguished career in research and education in the U.S and in the Middle East.” Dr. Muawia Barazangi, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University; Ph.D Seismology. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parasitism Case Study 106 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin consider the delivery of anti-trypanosome nanobodies to the tsetse fly via a bacterial symbiont, and present a new case study.” A great many sidebars occur during this discussion that will interest even lay listeners. At the link right-click “Download TWIP #84” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patient Advocates 63 mins – “Many Americans today are dealing with chronic illnesses, trying to navigate through insurance, to decide what treatments are best or most affordable, and what decisions to make for themselves and their families. To address the issue of patient-oriented health care, we are bringing together healthcare innovators and experts to share their first-hand perspectives.” Jennifer Brokaw, MD; Founder, Good Medicine; Sean Duffy, Co-Founder and CEO, Omada Health; Marty Tenenbaum, Founder, Cancer Commons; Wayne Pan, MD; Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Health Access Solutions; Chief Medical Officer, Pacific Partners Management Services Inc. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Innovation 64 mins – “Professor Patell will discuss lessons learned in the development of Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability, an interdisciplinary project course taught at the Stanford d-school in which graduate students apply design, engineering and business skills to create comprehensive solutions for challenges faced by the world’s poor. Now in its ninth year, the course has partnered with 22 organizations in 14 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Projects have ranged from irrigation systems to solar-rechargeable lights to incubators for low birth-weight infants.” James M. Patell,  Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prevention Not Treatment 175 mins – “The paradigm of Western medicine focuses on disease management. Interventions typically come when organ damage is identified. At that time medications are given to modify the symptoms. Allopathic medicine and insurance companies have been slow to incorporate research looking at interventions that address the causes of illnesses rather than the damage that follows years later. This program will include steps we can take to prevent/reverse atherosclerosis, hypertension, and the worse crippler of all, dementia.” Mark Houston, MD; Author, What Your Doctor May not Tell You About Hypertension and What Your Doctor May not Tell You About Heart Disease; Pamela Smith, MD, MPH; Director, Center for Healthy Living and Longevity; International Speaker; Author, HRT: The Answers and Vitamins Hype or Hope; Richard Smayda, DO, Journalist; Co-author,The Healing Nutrients Within and journal articles. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prohibition in Wine Country 52 mins – “Sosnowski details the enthralling, true story of California winemakers and their battle to survive Prohibition. She explores the passion of these vintners to preserve one of America’s most beloved and romantic industries. With their livelihoods in jeopardy and limited options available to them, winemakers across Napa and Sonoma counties kept the wine industry alive through its darkest years.Vivienne Sosnowski, Author, When the Rivers Ran Red; Editorial Director, Washington Examiner, San Francisco Examiner and Baltimore Examiner; Photographer.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

RNA 5 mins – “RNA, short for ribonucleic acid, is the less famous cousin of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. This, as you will probably be aware, stores our genes in a series of nucleotide bases, often represented as the letters G, A, T and C and forms the iconic double stranded helix. RNA is very similar in many ways: it too is made up of four bases attached to a backbone, although in RNA the ‘T’ (thymine) is replaced by ‘U’ (uracil) and the backbone is made of ribose sugars. Much like DNA, it is used by the body to encode information. Yet unlike DNA, the chains of RNA are generally single stranded. Further, the small chemical difference in the structure of RNA that distinguishes it from DNA, just the presence of a hydroxyl group on the sugar backbone, makes RNA far less stable than its counterpart.” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_RNA.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sandhurst and the Sheikhs 27 mins – “Four reigning Arab monarchs have passed through the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst or its associated institutions – the kings of Bahrain and Jordan, the Emir of Qatar and the Sultan of Oman, alongside a long list of lesser sheikhs and princes, and many of the region’s military chiefs of staff. Is training at Sandhurst Military Academy, bolstering militarised monarchies in the Arab world?” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Sandhurst and the Sheikhs,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20150304-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexologist 55 mins – “Feminist and sexologist, Leonore Tiefer in conversation with IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell about women’s sexuality and our “hypersexual” culture.” At the link find the title, “Sex and the Sisterhood,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150303_11826.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Impact 71 mins – “…Is all this new technology improving our thinking or dampening it? Are all these new communication tools turning us into navel-gazing human/brand hybrids, or are we developing a new set of senses that allow us to benefit from never severing contact with the people most important to us? That’s the topic of this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast, and to answer these questions we welcome this episode’s guest, Clive Thompson, who is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better….” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism Prevention 62 mins – “Despite the billions of dollars that have poured into wars, homeland security and disaster response, are we fundamentally no better prepared for the next terrorist attack or unprecedented flood than we were in 2001? Our response to catastrophes remains unchanged: add another step to airport security, another meter to the levee wall. Military leaders, public health officials and business professionals would all like to be more adaptable, but few have figured out how. Sagarin argues that we can learn from observing how nature is organized, how organisms learn, how they create partnerships, and how life continually diversifies on this unpredictable planet.” Rafe Sagarin, Ph.D,, Marin Ecologist and Environmental Policy Analyst, University of Arizona; Author, Learning from the Octopus. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toxic Risk Help 71 mins – “When the news media report on contamination in the air, drinking water or food supply, the public understandably demands to know straight away, “Is it safe?” A distinguished panel of toxicologists and environmental journalists will discuss why the question defies straightforward answers, what’s keeping the public in the dark, and how citizens can make informed decisions on toxic risks in the absence of certainty.” Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Kent R. Olson, M.D., Medical Director of the California Poison Control Center;John Incardona, Supervisory Research Toxicologist, Northwest Fisheries Science Center; Philip Wexler, Technical Information Specialist, National Library of Medicine’s Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program; Chris Bowman, Chairman, Environment-Energy News Initiative, Capital Public Radio; Marla Cone, Editor-In-Chief, Environmental Health News; Janet Raloff, Senior Editor, Science News; Jane Kay,San Francisco- based environment writer. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transcranial Stimulation 38 mins – “Dr. Felipe Fregni is the director of the Laboratory of Neuromodulation and Center of Clinical Research Training. He is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School of Neurology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and an active clinical researcher and educator. In this episode, Dr. Fregni talks about his research into the use and benefits of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transcranial Stimulation DIY 23 mins – “Jesse interviews Nathan Whitmore, creator of the open-source project OpenBrainStim, an affordable alternative to commercial transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) devices. Nathan tells us how the project got started, how the “DIY-tCDS” community has grown, and how you can experiment from the comfort of your own home.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vaccinations 52 mins – “Wondering whether to vaccinate your children? The decision can feel like a shot in the dark if you don’t know how to evaluate risk. Find out why all of us succumb to the reasoning pitfalls of cognitive and omission bias, whether we’re saying no to vaccines or getting a tan on the beach. Plus, an infectious disease expert on why it may take a dangerous resurgence of preventable diseases – measles, whooping cough, polio – to remind us that vaccines save lives. Also, a quaint but real vaccine fear: that the 18th century smallpox vaccine, made from cowpox, could turn you into a cow! It’s our monthly look at critical thinking … but don’t take our word for it!” At the link right-click “Download file” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Games Value 72 mins – “Our brains exhibit an amazing ability to modify both their structure and function in response to new experiences throughout our lives, a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. Efforts to capitalize on neuroplasticity have led to the development of brain training software to improve cognitive abilities in healthy adults, as well as those suffering from cognitive impairment. There is emerging evidence showing the power of commercially available video games to improve cognitive function and transfer skills to different domains. Dr. Gazzaley will present data that demonstrate the range of cognitive abilities enhanced by action video game play, the methods used to study this, and the elements of video games that we believe most strongly mediate these effects. He will also describe the latest research by his laboratory to understand brain mechanisms that underlie video game-induced cognitive enhancement.” Dr. Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF; Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wayans Brothers 78 mins – “The stars of the Scary Movie franchise as well as the Wayans Brothers sitcom sit down with The Champs to discuss their long careers in comedy, snapping on Eddie Murphy’s pants when they were in grade school, Tupac Shakur, and why Shawn drives a minivan.” At the link find the title, “Shawn + Marlon Wayans,” right-click “Direct download: Wayans Brothers.output.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Why Do We Exist 22 mins – “What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wisdom 16 mins – “The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. In our world of constant movement and distraction, he teases out strategies we all can use to take back a few minutes out of every day, or a few days out of every season. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” 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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