Media Mining Digest 175 – Mar 20, 2015: Africa Mobile Health, American Leadership in Asia, Aniracetam, Ara Sea, Arsenio, Baha’i Faith, Barbituric Acid, Blindness Variations, Blood Analysis Breakthrough, Blood Analysis Help, CIA Reorganization, Cold Storage Film, Cuba-U.S. Relations, Cuban Detente, Drug Disposal Program, Education, Email Assistants, Ferguson, Foreign Service Careers, Forensic Science, Forenisc Toxicology, Freak and RowHammer, Human Powered Helicopter, Human Rights, Immigrant Education Help, Immigrant Youth, India and China, Innovation Science, Intelligence, Kidnapping for Ransom, Kids Chances Decline, Longevity Kitchen, Malaria Resistance, Microbiome Hype, Middle Class Decline, Neuroscience future, Overmedication of Women, Palm Tree Rustling, Palm Rustling, Police Commissioner of Baltimore, Police Issues, Racism Challenge, Russian Deception Strategy, S&P 500, Salmon, Science Talk, Small Cap Funds, Ukraine Crisis, Undocumented Immigrant, Wall Street Reform, Water Evaluation, Wayne Brady, West Without Water, Women in Science, Women in STEM,

The following audio files come from a larger group of 219 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 67 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Africa Mobile Health 112 mins – “Mobile technology is upending how healthcare is delivered in Africa. Mobile devices and mobile health (mHealth) services have, for example, revolutionized maternal care, chronic disease prevention, and the management of Ebola and malaria epidemics. Innovations in mHealth have shown to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of African medical systems through patient tracking and reporting, as well as extend critically needed health services to underserved areas, found both in rural and urban African communities. On March 12, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings examined mHealth applications in Africa, with a particular emphasis on mHealth innovations in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone paying specific attention to child and maternal health. Discussion centered on current implementation in Nigeria and elsewhere, how mobile solutions can serve to improve patient treatment and public health reporting in the developing world, and how communities are using such technologies to provide crucial epidemic treatment information to address health issues such as maternal mortality and epidemic outbreaks. Brookings Vice President Darrell West also presented his findings from a forthcoming paper, “Using Mobile Technology to Improve Maternal Health and Fight Ebola: A Case Study of Mobile Innovation in Nigeria.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Leadership in Asia 42 mins – “In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge Dartmouth professors of government Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth join Peter for an in-depth conversation about foreign policy and national security strategies in an ever-changing environment. Jennifer Lind is an associate professor of government; her most recent book is Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics. William Wohlforth is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government; his most recent book is World Out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy.” At the link find the title, “Uncommon Knowledge with Dartmouth professors Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth,” right-click “Media files 20150226.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aniracetam 28 mins – “Aniracetam has been reported to yield significant increases in cognitive functioning and abilities. This is further enhanced by its effects on memory recall and, probably more importantly, its high-level effects on learning. To add to that, the drug has been proven as an anxiolytic, a drug which helps reduce anxiety.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Sve Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aral Sea 27 mins – “As part of the BBC’s A Richer World season, Rustam Qobil visits a desert where people have lost their sea, health and loved ones to a man-made disaster. He meets 86 year-old Khojabay who lives in Kazakhstan in the middle of a vast toxic desert made of mud, dust and pesticides – once The Aral Sea. 40 years ago his village was a seaside fishing port surrounded by freshwater lakes and barley fields, and he could catch up to 400 kilos of fish in one go. However, 26,000 square miles of sea is now called Aralkum or ‘The Aral Sands’ locally. When the Soviets started building dozens of dams and canals in the 1960s they deprived the Aral Sea of its two main tributaries and the sea started shrinking. Rustam Qobil travels to ‘The Aral Sands’ and hears from the people whose lives and families have been affected.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Gone,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150225-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arsenio 82 mins – “The Late night legend sits down with the Champs to discuss a variety of things, including how his career began, Richard Pryor, Jay Leno, Redd Foxx, and of course, the making of “Coming To America.”  He also refers to Neal as a “negrophile.”  And does a mean Paul Mooney impression.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Baha’i Faith 60 mins – “Come learn about the history, tenets and values of the Baha’i faith, which upholds the unity of God and the oneness of the human race. The Faith was founded in 19th century Persia by the Prophet/Founder Baha’u’llah. It is the 2nd largest minority religion in Iran, but its adherents have been discriminated against in Iran and elsewhere. Its Holy Shrines and offices are in Israel. Sabetan is the spokesperson for the International Baha’i community in the United States.” Farhad Sabetan, Ph.D. in Economics; Human Rights Defender; Michael Pappas, Executive Director, SF Interfaith Council. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Barbituric Acid 8 mins – “‘No small art is it to sleep: it is necessary for that purpose to keep awake all day.’ Thus speaks the sage in Thus speaks Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche’s work of philosophical fiction, pronouncing untroubled sleep God’s reward for a day lived virtuously. But Zarathustra, the vehicle for Nietzsche’s new, godless philosophy, is unconvinced – he dismisses the sage and his followers as unenlightened sleepwalkers, retorting ‘Blessed are the sleepy ones, for they will soon drop off.’ Now, whether you believe that deities dictate dozing, or that sleep is assuredly secular, adherents of both philosophies at least agree that sleep is not always easily achieved. Who has not lain awake feeling the dawn’s slow approach, exhausted but unable to slumber? Thankfully, merciful chemistry is agnostic and throughout history, the sleepless just and unjust alike have appealed to her for reprieve.” At the link right-click “Download CIIE_Barbituric_acid.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blindness Variations 20 mins – “Listener, Chris Markiewicz explains how colour contrasts on some packaging makes the labelling difficult to read. Also, Lyndall Bywater who was born blind, and Ken Reid, who lost his sight in his late thirties discuss which of the two situations is ‘better’. And In Touch listeners’ response to Damon Rose column, broadcast last week, about the colours and light show he is constantly seeing, even though he is totally blind.” At the link find the title (for a limited time), “InTouch 03 Mar 15: Born Blind – Gone Blind,” right-click “Download 9MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Analysis Breakthrough 20 mins – “If 29-year-old Elizabeth Holmes has her way, patients will no longer have to go to physicians’ offices, hospitals, or laboratories to get high-complexity diagnostic blood tests. Nor will vial after vial of blood draws be necessary to do these tests. Barely out of the gate after a decade of secrecy, the Stanford dropout is already drawing comparisons with Steve Jobs (she often wears the same black turtleneck). And her company, Theranos, Inc., which emerged from the shadows in September, just might be healthcare’s answer to Apple. The so-called disruptive technology that Ms. Holmes, a former engineering major, and Theranos have created is said to have the potential to shake up and forever change the way laboratory medicine is conducted. Since forgoing college at 19, Ms. Holmes has secured millions of dollars in funding for her new venture, including $45 million in private equity funding in 2010. The board of directors of her company is a Who’s Who of distinguished former and current technology, academic, and government officials. In an exclusive interview, Ms. Holmes talks to Medscape Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Topol, MD, about the decade she spent building her company; plans for the present and the future, including a recent deal with Walgreens drugstores; and whether she’s on the path to the creative destruction of laboratory medicine.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of is included in the blog archive.

Blood Analysis Help 31 mins – “In Episode #60, we’re joined by Dr. Alexis Shields, naturopathic doctor and blood chemistry specialist. Dr. Shields shares her knowledge of blood chemistry analysis as a way to monitor and improve overall health, and how the insights we gain can help us maintain optimal neurotransmitter levels and boost cognition….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA Reorganization 47 mins – “ The Central Intelligence Agency – the CIA – was officially launched in 1947 to ensure, it was said at the time, that the United States would never face another Pearl Harbor.  In the decades that followed, its activities – and reputation – were all over the place.  But there was no new Pearl Harbor.  Until 9/11 came, and that comparison was all over.  And the Iraq War case, with its flawed intelligence.  And American torture, with the CIA at its center.  Last week, the CIA announced its biggest overhaul in decades.  This hour On Point: reorganizing the CIA.” At the link right-click “Download this story” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cold Storage Film 17 mins – “In ancient Sumer, more than 4,500 years ago, the first libraries were archives of clay tablets etched with cuneiform script.  In our own time, a library may contain not only printed books and journals, but also audio and visual recordings in analog and digital form.  Yet the purpose remains little changed over the millennia – to share information from one human being to another and to preserve a body of knowledge from generation to generation. The Harvard Depository in rural Massachusetts is a library, too, but on a scale and with a purpose unlike your local public library branch.  The just-released documentary Cold Storage takes us inside the HD and offers a chilling glimpse of the future of scholarship.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuba – U.S. Relations  52 mins – “For almost fifty years, the United States has maintained economic sanctions against Cuba. Little human, financial, or commercial traffic flows between the two countries, although much bad blood does. Recent political events suggest that might be changing. Wednesday, we’re examining the tense history of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and we’ll focus on the embargo. Just how effective has it been? What was its original purpose? What has it achieved? And will America and Cuba ever get along?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuban Detente 52 mins – “Hinckley Forum: A Long 90 Miles – Reality of Cuban Detente b Rachel DeLevie-Orey​, Atlantic Council, Assistant Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Disposal Program 57 mins – “In June 2012, Alameda County in California became the first local government body to pass a safe drug disposal ordinance that would hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the safe collection and disposal of unused medications from the public. Now San Francisco and numerous additional local governments are on the cusp of doing the same. Today we’ll talk with former Center for Disease Control physician, Dr. Matt Willis; Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the CA Product Stewardship Council; Guillermo Rodriguez of the San Francisco Department of the Environment; and Conor Johnston, from the office of the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education By Doing 70  mins – “It’s no secret California and the nation continue to fight an uphill battle to stay educationally competitive. A recent study showed that American students ranked 25th among 34 countries in math and science, behind China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Finland. And California ranked “below average” in the U.S. What are the solutions for getting back on track? How can students develop the critical thinking and communication skills necessary for postsecondary success and citizenship in a world fueled by innovations in science and technology? Hear from a panel of educational experts who say the answer lies in real world problem solving, what’s termed “experiential education” or learning by doing. Hear about innovative work that could well hold the key to turning around the educational system and America’s future.” Charles Best, Founder,; Vince Bertram, Ph.D., President and CEO, Project Lead the Way; Helen Quinn, Ph.D., Emerita Professor of Physics and Former Chair, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, Stanford University; Chair, National Board on Science Education; Dennis Bartels, Ph.D., Executive Director, Exploratorium; Member, Education Working Group for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Issues 13 mins – “Private foundations are now pouring billions into public education. But Elizabeth Green, CEO and editor-in-chief of Chalkbeat, says that this may not fix the system.” At the link find the title, “Billionaires and Education,” right-click “Media files IHUB-022815-A.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Email Assistants 23 mins – “A look at two algorithmically-aided approaches to email overload.” At the link find the title, “Less Mail,” right-click “Media files misenerontech_20141104_87133.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson 51 mins – “Last year, a Saint Louis grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. But the Justice Department launched its own investigation and yesterday we learned the results: No civil rights charges will be brought against Officer Wilson. But the Justice Department said it did find a pattern of bias and discrimination against African-Americans by Ferguson police and the courts. Blacks were twice as likely as whites to be searched at traffic stops, and local courts used heavy fines to send many black residents to jail. Diane and [5] guests discuss the Justice Department’s report on Ferguson and what it means for civil rights and police departments around the country.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Ferguson Report 47 mins – “If you wondered last summer why Ferguson, Missouri blew up so fast and hard after the killing of Michael Brown, yesterday the Department of Justice had one answer for you.  This, said Attorney General Eric Holder and a big DOJ report, was a town under a racist police force.  Emailing starkly racist jokes – the President as a chimpanzee.  Stopping and arresting African-American citizens at a far higher rate than whites.  Using force and dogs and poverty in a way that trapped people – jailed people – to fill city coffers.  This hour On Point:  the Ferguson report, and what comes now” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson Traffic Fines 24 mins – “Claire Bolderson reports on the tiny independent cities that make up St Louis County and how they stand accused of fuelling community tensions.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The Bizarre Workings of St Louis County Missouri – 26 Mar 2015,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150226-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foreign Service Careers 55 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Careers in the Foreign Service By Hinckley Institute of Politics by Harry K. Thomas, State Department diplomat-in-residence for the Southwest” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Science 60 mins – “This week, we’re listening to “Getting Away With Murder,” a panel discussion abouForensic Sciencet forensic science and pop culture recorded live at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Amanda Leinbaugh, Emily Finke, Bug Girl Gwen Pearson, and Raychelle “Dr. Rubidium” Burks discuss the Hollywood treatment of forensic investigations, and the way crime scene security, DNA analysis, and pattern evidence work in the real world.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Science Report 28 mins – “There have been several programs looking at exoneration of people previously convicted of crimes. This includes The Innocence Project, currently boasting 325 DNA exonerations, and a project of the University of Michigan Law School that works on cases in which DNA is unavailable. The latter project has exonerated 1,553 individuals when we recorded this podcast. As it turns out, many of these people were convicted based on forensic science that was later proved to not be scientifically valid. So, what particular forensic disciplines are actually valid in the criminal justice system? At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the ringt end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Toxicology 29 mins – “Keith welcomes Bonnie Gunn, UTEP Forensic Science Advisor; and Vanessa De La Rosa, IRACDA Post-Doctoral Fellow in Toxicology at the University of New Mexico.  They discuss forensic toxicology, and the long-term effect toxins in the environment have on people.  In De La Rosa’s case, she is studying how arsenic & uranium are affecting Native American populations in Northern New Mexico.” At the link right-click on “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Freak and RowHammer 107 mins – “Steve Gibson with Leo Laporte: Steve and Leo catch up with several VERY interesting security events and stories of the week, then we take a deep dive into two of the week’s big security stories: FREAK and RowHammer.” At the link find “SN 498: Freak & RowHammer,” right-click “sn0498.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Powered Helicopter  5 mins – “Here are three words to strike fear into your heart: Human. Powered. Helicopter. And by “powered,” I don’t mean a foot on the gas pedal. I mean if you stop pedaling, it falls. The only “power” in this helicopter is the Power Bar you eat before you climb inside. And you better eat a lot of them. “It is extremely difficult because the faster you go, the more power it takes,” says Cameron Robertson, co-founder of AeroVelo, a company in Canada dedicated to human-powered engineering. In 2013, AeroVelo won the Sikorsky Prize, a $250,000 award for building a human-powered helicopter that can stay in the air at least 60 seconds and reach an altitude of 3 meters — about 10 feet. How big a feat of engineering was this? The prize had gone unclaimed for 33 years.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Rights 64 mins – “During the last half of the 20th century, human rights became a plumb line against which the international community measured a country’s respectability. Today human rights are nominally accepted as the lingua franca of international relations, invoked by politicians, jurists and young people leading revolutions in the Middle East. In this address, Schulz will outline the major human rights challenges around the globe today and reflect on how our understanding of human rights may change in the future.” Dr. William F. Schulz, Former Executive Director, Amnesty International USA; President, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Education Help 57 mins – “Laurene Powell Jobs, in conversation with Stanford Engineering Professor Tom Byers, shares her path to entrepreneurship and her strong commitment to addressing massive challenges in education and immigration reform through College Track and Emerson Collective, organizations she founded to spark systemic change and improve lives at the individual level.” At the link hover over “Podcast,” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Youth 54 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Indocumentado – Immigration and Youth in Crisis By Hinckley Institute of Politics with Julie Stewart, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Westminster College; Sol Jimenez, Latino/a Youth Immigrant Activist, Mestizo Arts and Activism, Undergraduate Student in political Science, Sociology, and Ethnic Studies; Ciria Alvarez, Project Leader, U Dream Advising Corps, Somos Dreamers Scholarship Foundation, Undergraduate Student in Political Science, Sociology; Luis Garza, Executive Director, Comunidades Unidas; Nina Frias Valle, Community Relations, Mexican Consulate, and Felix Vivanco-Salazar (moderator) Community Engaged Scholar Leadership Team, Bennion Center – Co-sponsored by the Bennion Center” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India and China 65 mins – “India and China are the world’s two most populous countries, with dynamic, fast-growing economies that are reshaping the economic balance of power. It is widely accepted that both countries are becoming forces to contend with – which will present the United States with challenges and opportunities. But though they are often spoken of together, their political and economic systems are very different. The similarities and differences between India and China, the distinct economic paths they have chosen, and the success of their respective models will heavily influence the shape of the future global economy – and the United States. Two noted experts on China and India will compare and contrast modern India and China, and assess their present and future roles.” William Miller, Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Business; President Emeritus, SRI International; Rafiq Dossani, Senior Research Scholar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University; Executive Director, South Asia Initiative; Sean Randolph, President and CEO, Bay Area Council Economic Institute – Moderator At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Science 67 mins – “A new generation of emerging entrepreneurs is coming to this country from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. They have been competitively selected to visit entrepreneurship and innovation hubs all over the U.S., including Silicon Valley, to share high-tech inventions that will help address challenges in medicine, the environment, cosmetics, mobile phone technology and more. Known as “GIST Transformers,” these men and women are winners of rigorous competitions under the Global Innovations through Science & Technology (GIST) initiative, a program designed to accelerate technology commercialization and entrepreneurship through global networking, entrepreneurship skill-building, mentorship and strategic funding. Come learn about this remarkable initiative and the future of innovation.” Cathy Campbell, President and CEO, CRDF Global, Washington, D.C.; Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State; Hasanul Qader Mirza, Director of Operations, Greennovation Technologies, Bangladesh; Khairul Idzwan Baharin, CEO, MyDerm, Malaysia; Moustapha Kane, Founder, Amarante, Senegal, West Africa Chiri, Co-founder, SmellNat, Algeria, North Africa Quentin Hardy, Deputy Technology Editor, The New York Times – Moderator. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence 11 mins – “We’ve long debated whether intelligence is innate or acquired. Author Annie Murphy Paul talks about the latest scientific research – and looks at simple techniques that may be able to enhance our brains.” At the link find the title, “Get Smart…er,” right-click “Media files IHUB-022115-A.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kidnapping for Ransom 21 mins – “Someone is kidnapped every day in Nigeria. It’s big business, with potentially big rewards in ransom money. And like any business, kidnapping has a particular set of principles and best practices. Today on the show: how a consultant analyzed the kidnapping industry in order to find its weak points and better protect the people he loved.” At the link find the title, “#607: Captive Market,” right-click “Media files npr_389614736.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kids Chances Decline 47 mins – “Robert Putnam is perhaps the most famed social scientist in the United States.  A kid from working class Ohio.  Now a big deal at Harvard.  He went out to see how it is now for kids hoping to rise up in working class America.  And he was shocked.  Deeply unsettled at how difficult it has become.  At how rocketing American inequality has shoved the American dream stunningly out of reach for millions and millions of kids.  “Our kids,” he says.  And put America’s very future at risk.  This hour On Point:  Robert Putnam’s new cry to save our kids and our country.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Longevity Kitchen 67 mins – “Wondering how you can eat your way to a longer life? Nationally recognized culinary translator and nutrition expert Rebecca Katz has put together more than 100 recipes that highlight the top superfoods proven to fight the most chronic conditions in her latest cookbook, The Longevity Kitchen. Author of the award-winning cookbook The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, Katz is the founder and director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, which focuses on educating individuals on the healing power of the kitchen and creating healthy connections with food. Join Katz for a discussion on how to increase your longevity through tasty recipes, such as roasted asparagus salad with arugula and hazelnuts or yogurt berry brûlée with almond brittle.” Rebecca Katz, Chef; Educator; Author, The Longevity Kitchen and The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen; In conversation with Cathy Curtis, Chair, Bay Gourmet Member-Led Forum; Vice President of Board of Directors, CUESA. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaria Resistance 51 mins – “There are an estimated 200 million cases of malaria worldwide each year, and around 600,000 deaths. But the last 15 years represent a success story in the fight against the disease: Increased investment in treatment and prevention have cut the death rate nearly in half. Now, researchers warn that resistance to the primary drug used to treat malaria is spreading. A new study has detected a resistant strain in Myanmar near the Indian border, raising concerns that resistance could soon extend its hold to sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 90 percent of malaria deaths occur. Diane and her guests discuss new concerns about combating malaria worldwide.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive.

Microbiome Hype 64 mins – “On the show this week we talk to evolutionary biologist Jonathan Eisen, who studies the evolution and ecology of microbes and genomes. We delve into the tiny world of the microbiome—the thousands of microorganisms that live inside all of us.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class Decline 53 mins – “President Obama and his critics have been arguing a lot lately over whose policies best serve America’s middle class. And you can understand why when close to half of Americans identify as “middle-class.” In his State of the Union address, the president defined “middle-class economics” as “the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, everyone plays by the same set of rules.” Now, however you think of it, the middle class is a powerful idea in American culture. So on this episode, we explore the rise — and, some would say, the fall — of the middle class in the United States. What is the middle class, anyway? Who’s in it, and who isn’t? And how have middle-class lives and middle-class values changed over time? “ 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.

Neuroscience Future 64 mins – “A fundamental challenge of modern society is the development of effective approaches to enhance brain function in both healthy and impaired individuals, and some people have serious concerns about the ability of either our current education or health-care system to meet this challenge. Gazzaley will share a vision of the future in which video games integrated with technological innovations in software and hardware are used as an engine to harness brain plasticity and enhance our cognitive abilities, thus reducing our reliance on non-specific drugs to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions and allowing us to better target and personalize our educational efforts.“ Adam Gazzaley, M.D.; Ph.D; Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overmedication of Women 47 mins – “Americans take a lot of pharmaceuticals to control their moods, their emotions, their state of mind.  And women take a lot more than men.  One in four American women, now on some kind of psychiatric medication.  You know the names from the ads all over TV:  Cymbalta, Zoloft, Abilify, more.  My guest today, psychiatrist Julie Holland, says that flood of drugs is shutting down natural emotions that women need.  Numbing women in a way that’s bad for many of them, and bad for society.  This hour On Point:  a cry against medicating women’s feelings.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palm Tree Rustling 17 mins – “…Reports of palm theft have appeared in San Diego, and in Texas; palm rustling also gets a mention in Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief. To understand why someone would want to steal a palm tree, we need to understand their value—which has a lot to do with the space they occupy in our collective imagination. We don’t plant palms for any of the normal reasons we want other trees around. They produce little shade, are difficult to climb, and don’t, for the most part, produce edible fruit…..” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paul Allen 63 mins – “In conversation with John L. Hennessy, President, Stanford University. In 2007 and 2008, Time named Microsoft co-founder Allen one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Since making his fortune with Bill Gates, Allen’s impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music and philanthropy. Allen explains how he has solved problems, what he’s learned from his many endeavors (the triumphs and the failures) and his compelling vision for the future.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Commission of Baltimore 60 mins – “Anthony Batts talked about the challenges of policing the city of Baltimore, Maryland, tensions between the community and the police force, issues of police brutality, and the U.S. Department of Justice review of the practices of his department. He also spoke about the declining murder and crime rates in the city and his initiatives in the coming year. Commissioner Batts also discussed growing up in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles, his past experiences as a beat officer and police chief in Long Beach, California, and his tenure as chief of police in Oakland.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Anthony Batts,” right-click “Media files program.385634.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Issues 63 mins – “Our second hour of stories about policing and race. We hear about one city where relations between police and black residents went terribly, and another city where they seem to be improving remarkably. And one of our producers asks: Why aren’t police chiefs talking about race after incidents where unarmed black men are wrongly killed by officers? (Here is the bleeped version.)” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism Challenge 14 mins – “Fifty-three years ago, James A. White Sr. joined the US Air Force. But as an African American man, he had to go to shocking lengths to find a place for his young family to live nearby. He tells this powerful story about the lived experience of “everyday racism” — and how it echoes today in the way he’s had to teach his grandchildren to interact with police.” At the link click ‘Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Deception Strategy 27 mins – “Lucy Ash examines the Russian military strategy of deception, maskirovka, from the 14th Century to the current crisis in Ukraine.” At the link find the title, “Docarchive: Maskirovka: Deception Russian-Style,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150303-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

S&P 500 43 mins – “This podcast is the first in a series dedicated to the asset classes recommended in the combination of equity asset classes that comprise the Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy (put link to article). Through the articles and podcasts, investors will get a better idea of the good, bad and ugly of each asset class.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salmon 8 mins – “David Suzuki says science and resource managers share a common problem. They chop up the world studying, or managing individual segments, often missing the big picture which shows vital connectivity between individual pieces. He describes the ecology of the coastal forests along the Canadian Pacific coast. Here, salmon swim up the rivers to spawn. The salmon are a major food source for bears and so begins a series of links where one species feeds on another and nutrients move from ocean to land supporting tall forests. Meanwhile government departments compete for resources, with self-interest winning out over the interest of the entire ecosystem.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Talk 54 mins – “We live in an age in which science and technology pervade our lives like never before. Yet, over the last several years Americans have become increasingly skeptical of scientific findings, especially when it comes to hot button issues like climate change, vaccines and genetically modified food. In a recent survey of U.S. scientists, only half said it is a good time for science. Some blame politics. They argue that research is being held hostage by ideology. Others say the growing complexity of our world makes us cling to our beliefs, even when confronted with evidence that demonstrates the contrary. Why many Americans doubt science and how scientists can better communicate their findings.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Small Cap Funds 40 mins – “10 Things You Should Know About Small Cap Funds: This podcast looks at the one year, 15 year and 40 year returns of the Small Cap Index as well as the impact of size, value and diversification on returns. Paul compares the Small Cap Index at Vanguard and DFA, and discusses the problems of active management with this asset class.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine Crisis 55 mins – “Hinckley Forum: The Ukraine Crisis and the Challenge of Kremlin Revisionism by Ambassador John Herbst, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center; US Ambassador to Ukraine (2003-2006)” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine Crisis 54 mins – “The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for Foreign Policy: This week we feature a panel discussion presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, titled “The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for Foreign Policy.”  Our speakers are: Harvard University visiting professor, Pawel Karolewski; Brandeis University assistant professor, Chandler Rosenberger; and New School professor, Nina Khrushcheva.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine Crisis 63 mins – “World tensions spike as the situation in Ukraine seems capable of boiling over into a larger conflict between Russia and the West. Dan blames hubris and political short-sightedness.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Undocumented Immigrant 64 mins – “’I convinced myself that all would be OK if I lived up to the qualities of a ‘citizen’: hard work, self-reliance, love of my country.” Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Vargas just revealed to The New York Times that he immigrated to the United States illegally at the age of 12. Raised and educated in the Bay Area, Vargas won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his breaking news piece on the Virginia Tech shootings. Now 30 and no longer a reporter at the Post, Vargas has founded Define American, to changed the conversation on immigration reform. Fresh on the heels of this game-changing Times article, hear Vargas speak first at the Club.Jose Antonio Vargas, Former Reporter, The Washington Post; Founder, Define American In conversation with Phil Bronstein, Editor-at-Large, Hearst Newspapers. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wall Street Reform 64 mins – “Wall Street is a giant casino where gambling masquerades as investment, says Faust; pundits, politicians and regulators suggest only meager reforms that do nothing to eliminate the systemic rot that is leading us to financial disaster. Faust, an outspoken financial services insider and investment advisor, argues that a fundamental overhaul of the system is needed to rebuild the great economic engine that once powered prosperity. He offers insights to accomplishing this.” Leland Faust, Founder and Chairman, CSI Capital Management. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Evaluation 62 mins – “The global water crisis is real, and in many parts of the world, worsening. Growing populations, increased competition for scarce resources, the impacts of climatic changes, and other risks and threats are all contributing to local, regional and international concerns over freshwater. Dr. Gleick will look at the future of our water challenges here and abroad, drawing on lessons learned over the past 2,000 years to describe the three “Ages of Water.” He will offer suggestions for moving to a more equitable and sustainable future.” Peter Gleick, Water Expert; Co-founder, Pacific Institute; MacArthur Fellow. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Innovation 66 mins – “Water: We can’t live without it – but most of the world practically does. The event will begin with a meaningful but refreshing conversation about the global water crisis and those working on creative new approaches for providing clean drinking water. Hear from the leaders in the field and find out more about innovative projects like a town run entirely off recycled water, collaborative coalitions and breakout projects that deliver on reliable and safe water for those who need it most. After the kick-off panel, we’ll dive right into an interactive social in an attempt to grasp the realities of H20 hardships and opportunities. It’s the ultimate genesis of life as we know it – let’s hear the stories and wade neck-deep into the worldwide water crisis.” Jake Norton, Co-founder and Lead Climber, Challenge 21; Evan Thomas, Assistant Professor and Director, The SWEET Lab; Executive Vice President, Manna Energy Limited; Jon Rose, Professional Surfer; Founder, Waves for Water; Peter Gleick, Water Expert; Co-founder and President, Pacific Institute; MacArthur Fellow; Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal – Moderator. A the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Scarcity 60 mins – “David Zetland of Leiden University College in the Netherlands and author of Living with Water Scarcity talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of water management. Issues covered include the sustainability of water supplies, the affordability of water for the poor, the incentives water companies face, and the management of water systems in the poorest countries. Also discussed are the diamond and water paradox, campaigns to reduce water usage, and the role of prices in managing a water system.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Use in California 41 mins – “How should California manage its water in the future and which incentives will motivate the biggest changes in conservation and agricultural efficiency? Which water policies and practices have backfired? Join water economist David Zetland for a fresh perspective on how we can manage our most precious resource in the 21st century and what we can learn from past mistakes.” David Zetland, Author, The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity.At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wayne Brady 83 mins – “Neal’s old buddy stops by to talk with the Champs to discuss Vegas, Cruise Ships, the Chappelle’s Show sketch, the appopriate amount blackness and High School liars.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

West Without Water 59 mins – “The West Without Water documents the tumultuous climate of the American West over 20 millennia, with tales of past droughts and deluges and predictions about the impacts of future climate change on water resources. Its authors ask the central questions of what is “normal” for the West, and whether the relatively benign climate of the past century will continue into the future. Their answers are derived by merging climate and paleoclimate research from a wide variety of sources.” B. Lynn Ingram, Professor, Earth & Planetary Science and Geography, UC Berkeley; Co-author, The West Without Water; Frances Malamud-Roam, Senior Environmental Planner and Biologist, Caltrans; Co-author, The West Without Water. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Science 28 mins – (2 parts) Part 1:”Young scientists, CG Schultz and Jessica Mathews, two of the top winners at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair talk about their work and interview ASU ecologist Kiona Ogle. Pauline Davies hosts the show as Dr. Biology is exploring the Panama rainforest to bring back fun and exciting stories.” Part 2: “Young scientists, Farah Eltohamy, Amanda Benedetto and Sarah Sakha, three of the top winners at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair talk about their work and interview ASU biologist Susan Holechek. Pauline Davies hosts the show as Dr. Biology is exploring the Panama rainforest to bring back fun and exciting stories.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu for Part 1; the same here for Part 2.

Women in STEM 60 mins – “ This week, we’re celebrating Women in Science by looking at the victories and challenges of women working in science and tech. Join us for a panel discussion with postdoctoral research associate and science communicator Raychelle “Dr. Rubidium” Burks, Colgate University Professor of Psychology Jessica Cundiff, Ph.D., Physics Professor Dr. Shohini Ghose, Director of the Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Women in Science, and Catherine Hill, Ph.D, vice president for research at the American Association of University Women. And we’ll speak to Brianna Wu, Head of Development at videogame company Giant Spacekat, about feminism, gaming industry culture, and her experience as an outspoken critic of #GamerGate.” At the link right-click “Listen 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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