Media Mining Digest 176 – Mar 27, 2015: Adaptive Video Acceleration, Addiction Elimination, Admissions Mania, Afghanistan, Africa, Agent Orange, Aging, Alice Dunnigan, Allison’s Brain, Amateurs vs Pros, Amazon Forest Loss, America, American Indians, Ancient Wooden Sidewalk, Aneesh Chopra, Ant Life, Anthropocene Age, Antimicrobial Resistance, Apollo Computer System, Area 51, Arguing, Arianna Huffington, Arsenic, Artificial Intelligence, Australian Detention Camp, Autism, Awake Intubations, Azerbaijan, Battle of the Bulge, Belva Davis, Berlin Airlift, Big Data Revolution, Bihar India, Biodiversity Weds Tech, Biomedicine Status Panel, Bishop’s Wife, Blindness Case Study, Blueseed Project, Bollywood, Book of Unknown Americans, Brain Trauma, Broadband in Bozeman and Mesa, Challenge Coins, Clash of East and West, Climate Change and Fires, College Closings, Computer Generated Stories, Dept of Interior, Digital Vellum, Doctor’s Emotions, Drone Investigations, Female Engineers, Ferguson, Frog Watch, Future Crimes, Geoengineering andChem Trails, Human Age, Human Trafficking Abortions, Incubators, Irrationality, ISIS Evolution, Island Histories, Kidzania, Language Type, Latin American Upgrade, Lusitania, Mediacom Founder, Mexican Relations, Microbiome, Photojournalists, Podcasting Trends, Prison Entrepreneur, Prozac, Rhino Dung, Right to Work, Scanning, Social Media, Spirit of America, Terrorism and Media, Twitter Stories and Rushdie, Typography, Urban Travel, Water Shortage in San Paulo

The following audio files come from a larger group of 316 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 96 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Adaptive Video Acceleration 66 mins – “Yoel Zanger, CEO of Giraffic, talk about video streaming from codecs, bandwidth limitations and bottle necks, 4K, and the solution Giraffic Adapative Video Acceleration provides for streaming content to consumer electronics.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the blue down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Addiction Elimination 66 mins – “Addiction affects 23.2 million Americans. The head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse believes that all addictions can be eliminated if the brain’s receptors can be controlled. She will explain her groundbreaking work and the amazing personal story that has allowed her, as the great-granddaughter of famed Russian dissident Leon Trotsky, to achieve her current prominence.”

Admissions Mania 51 mins – “The announced closing of Sweet Briar College in Virginia spotlights declining enrollment at many liberal arts schools nationwide. The financial challenges for small colleges and what some institutions are doing to attract students.” At the link find the title (for a short time), “Worries About the Future of Liberal Arts Colleges” right-click “Media files r2150319.mp3,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan 59 mins – “Ansary, author of Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, and Arghandiwal, author of Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Story, moved to the West from Afghanistan as young men. Arghandiwal was born into a military family and Ansary into an academic family. They will discuss the past, present and future of their troubled homeland.Tamim Ansary, Director, SF Writers Workshop; Atta Arghandiwal, Banking Consultant; Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan Challenge 65 mins – “Afghanistan’s Challenge: A View from Ghazni Province – As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, many Americans ponder the human costs of this conflict. Rarely in our calculations do we have direct input from the leaders of Afghanistan who are working the gritty issues and building a working representative government in a troubled land. Come hear the official who is working on urban development and construction issues in Afghanistan address the future of his country and his government. Listen to a female member of parliament speak about the development of democratic institutions and the role of women in Afghan society. And hear the governor of Ghazni province speak to the challenges and opportunities he faces. Mohammad Yousef Pashtun, Senior Advisor to President Karzai on Urban Development and National Construction; Mohammad Musa Khan, Governor of Ghazni Province; Shah Gul Rezaie, Member of Parliament from Ghazni Province.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Africa 68 mins – “Africa 2007 by  Ledgard, J.M.- Africa Correspondent, The Economist; Author, Giraffe, 2006; also known as Jonathan Ledgard” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Africa IT 64 mins – “How Africa’s Entry into the Information Age Is Changing Its Economic and Political Perspective – Through CherryPal, Max is dedicated to changing the world, one computer at a time. He has been succeful where others failed in providing laptop computers that cost less than $100 to millions of Africans. He believes that it’s crucial to bridge the “digital divide”, and make computers affordable for everyone. That’s why he’s developed the most energy-efficient, user-friendly and green laptop ever created – at the lowest price point the world has ever seen! Max Seybold, CEO, CherryPal” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Aid 67 mins – “The current system of aiding Africa is not working, says Moyo, citing the fact that more than $1 trillion in aid has been given in the past 50 years, with no improvement in most Africans’ lives. Moyo proposes a complete overhaul in the way prosperous nations reach out to African countries in need, in an effort to end the cycle of corruption and co-dependence, and to alleviate the suffering that persists. Dambisa Moyo, Head of Economic Research for Africa, Goldman Sachs; Author, Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working, and How There is a Better Way for Africa; Smita Singh, Program Director for the Global Development Program, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African American Art 51 mins – “This year, State of the Re:Union recognizes Black History Month through the lens of African-American art, the role it has played in social movements and everyday life, and why it matters both to the black community and the United States as a whole.” At the link find the title, “ The Power of African American Art: A Black History Month Special,” right-click “Media files PowerofAfricanAmericanArt_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Conflicts 64 mins – “South Africa’s Conflict Resolution Role in Africa – While dramatic changes are taking place on the international scene and among the major powers, Africa continues to suffer from a multitude of violent conflicts. Ebrahim, a hero in the struggle against apartheid, will provide insights and perspectives on the current state of Africa’s conflict zones, the outlook for reconciliation and peace, South Africa’s role on the UN Security Council, and the role South Africa is playing as mediator in Africa. Hon. Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, the Republic of South Africa; In conversation with Dr. Saleem Badat, Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University, South Africa; Kevin O’Malley, President TechTalk / Studio – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agent Orange 69 mind – “Wars don’t end when the guns fall silent. Thirty-five years after the end of the Vietnam War, the legacy of Agent Orange – dioxin contaminated soils and a heavy burden of disability on people in Vietnam as well as on American veterans – continues to be a challenge. Recent progress, however, has created a window of opportunity for the U.S. to intensify its effort in a shared commitment to reduce the public health impact in Vietnam. Drawing on extensive experience in today’s Vietnam, the speakers will show how this is a humanitarian concern that we can do something about.Bob Edgar, President and CEO, Common Cause; Charles R. Bailey, Director, Ford Foundation Special Initiative on Agent Orange/Dioxin” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging 67 mins – “On the show this week we talk to Bill Gifford, author of the new book Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alice Dunnigan 37 mins – “Carol McCabe Booker discusses pioneering journalist Alice Dunnigan, who shattered barriers in the late 1940s by becoming the first black female reporter credentialed to cover Congress and the White House. Booker edited and annotated a newly published edition of Dunnigan’s autobiography, “Alone Atop the Hill,” providing historical context to the journalist’s remarkable story.” At the link find the title, “Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press,” right-click “Media files IM_20150228.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Allison’s Brain 55  mins – “In 2011, Allison Woyiwada was told that she had a giant brain aneurysm. After surgery, she experienced severe cognitive and physical defects. But then she began a programme of music therapy: this is the remarkable story of her brain’s recovery.” At the link find the title, “Allison’s Brain, February 19, 2015,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150219_68457.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amateurs vs Pros 58 mins – “This week, stories of people who are in put into positions they’re completely unqualified to handle … but who try to make it work anyway. Including one story of a tough group of soldiers who attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazon Forest Loss 57 mins “Hinckley Forum: How Green Gold Will Save the Amazon by Mark Neeleman, Chairman and Founder of Bamazon” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

America Fragmented 66 mins – “George Packer: The New America – Packer argues that seismic economic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, leaving the social contract in pieces and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. He will present the story of this America over the past three decades, which he sees as a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer relevant.”

American Dream Declines 66 mins – “Hedrick Smith: Who Stole the American Dream? – 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?; Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, California Watch, Center For Investigative Reporting – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Imperialism 61 mins – “America’s Imperial Overstretch by Johnson, Chalmers- Professor emeritus, University of California at San Diego; president, Japan Policy Research Institute. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Indians 56 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Decolonizing Settler-Colonialism and Native Americans by Leo Killsback, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University; Co-sponsored by the Peace Advocacy Coalition (PAC); Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice; Tanner Center for Human Rights, U of U; Utah Valley University Peace & Justice Studies, Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Salt Lake City Public Library; Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Justice Peril 67 mins – “Lauded as one of the country’s best lawyers in 2011 and the American Bar Association’s first Hispanic president, Zack will discuss underlying threats to the American legal system such as underfunding and political indecisiveness. Zack fled Cuba at the age of 14 after a harrowing night of detention and isolation at the hands of the Cuban secret police. After building up a powerhouse Florida litigation firm, he was tapped by David Boies to work on Gore vs. Bush in 2000. Following that monumental case, the two law firms merged. Come listen to one of the nation’s top legal voices speak about what he sees as a failing system. Stephen Zack, President, American Bar Association; Geoffrey Hazard, Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of Law – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ancient Wooden Sidewalk 4 mins – “Today, we walk a six-thousand-year-old highway. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. Roman roads loom large in legend and song! We forget there was ever anything before them. But archaeologist John Coles tells about a strange road, far older. In 1970, Raymond Sweet was cleaning drainage ditches in a peat bog near Bristol, England. Deep in the peat, he struck a wooden plank. It was the wrong thing in the wrong place. He took it to Coles at Cambridge University. Coles dated it at 4000 B.C. A major dig was begun, and the full story began to come clear. The trail of wood went on and on, from what had been one island in the fen to another — over a mile away….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aneesh Chopra 64 mins – “Chopra was sworn in by President Obama in May 2009 as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer. Chopra has sought to use information technology to raise public awareness about President Obama’s policies on health care, energy and the environment. Chopra will discuss how investing in technological innovation is a crucial aspect of job creation, reducing health-care costs and protecting the country. Aneesh Chopra, United States CTO; Michael Moritz, Managing Member, Sequoia Capital; Former Board Member, Google, PayPal and Yahoo!; Current Board Member, GameFly and Kayak; Former Correspondent and San Francisco Bureau Chief, Time – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ant Life 56 mins – “Teamwork is part of life for ants. These social insects live in a society where group work is wired into each individual’s brain. Listen in as co-host Jane Rector and Dr. Biology learn about the world of ants from biologist Jennifer Fewell. Could leafcutter ants be one of the first animals to farm?” Two parts. At the link (part 1), right-click “MP3 download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same here for part 2.

Anthropocene Age 52 mins – “The world is hot, and getting hotter. But higher temperatures aren’t the only impact our species is having on mother Earth. Urbanization, deforestation, and dumping millions of tons of plastic into the oceans … these are all ways in which humans are leaving their mark. So are we still in the Holocene, the geological epoch that started a mere 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age? Some say we’ve moved on to the age of man – the Anthropocene. It’s the dawn of an era, but can we survive this new phase in the history of our planet?” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antimicrobial Resistance 21 mins – “On this week’s show: antimicrobial resistance in low-income countries, and a roundup of daily news stories.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 file for this show” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apollo Computer System 115 mins – “This episode is a mix between computer architecture, programming and (historic) space flight. We cover the ins and outs of the Apollo Guidance Computer. Our guest ist Frank O’Brien, who wrote an incredibly detailed book about this machine. In the episode we cover the hardware architecture, the instruction set, the various layers (native, executive and interpreter) as well as some mission programs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Area 51 67 mins – “Myths and hypotheses about Area 51 have long abounded, thanks to the intense secrecy enveloping it. Some claim it is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities, and some conspiracy theorists believe that the lunar landing itself was filmed there. No credible insider has ever divulged the truth about his time inside the base. With unprecedented access to military and intelligence personnel, Jacobsen takes an unprecedented look into the Nevada desert activities, from testing nuclear reactions to building super-secret, super-sonic jets to pursuing the war on terror. Annie Jacobsen, Columnist, Los Angeles Times Magazine; Author, Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base; Gil Gross, KGO Radio Host – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arguing 71 mins – “Why do human beings get into arguments? What does science have to say about argumentation? Is there an evolutionary explanation? Is arguing adaptive? Is all our bickering in comments, forums, social media and elsewhere a good or a bad thing? Those are some of the questions posed in this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast. We ask those questions of. Jeremy Sherman is an evolutionary epistemologist. He says that means he researches how humans evolved to draw conclusions from inconclusive data. At 24, he was an elder in the world’s largest hippie commune, but now he lectures at the Expression College for Digital Arts in Emeryville California and is a chief researcher at Berkely’s Consortium for Emergent Dynamics where he and others research how minds emerge from matter. He is now working on a book, “Doubt: A Natural History; A User’s Guide” and he blogs at Psychology Today.” At the link right-click “Pod” beside the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arianna Huffington 63 mins – “Arianna Huffington: Beyond the Post – “It is no longer an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species,” says Huffington. She is now sounding the alarm on “Third World America” She takes on the menacing duo of Washington and Wall Street, brazenly charging politicians with abandonment of the middle class and claiming the disappearance of the American Dream. Is the American middle class really in danger of extinction? How can we close the widening gap between the haves and have-nots? Hear what one of the most influential voices in modern media has to say about America’s imminent (or not so imminent) collapse. Arianna Huffington, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post; Author, Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream; In conversation with Raj Patel, Journalist, Activist, Author, Stuffed and Starved – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arsenic 4 mins – “In a remote area in the Andes mountain there exist perilously high levels of arsenic: one of the most toxic substances known to man. But people have been living there for thousands of years, and it has now been discovered that this population has adapted to this dangerous environment. The group have a DNA mutation associated with a fast metabolism- this means they can flush arsenic out of their system much more quickly than most people. Georgia Mills spoke to researcher Karin Broberg to find out more…” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence   79 mins –  “For decades pioneering inventor and theorist Kurzweil has explored how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines. Drawing on the most recent neuroscience research, his own research and inventions in artificial intelligence, and compelling thought experiments, Kurzweil describes his new theory of how the neocortex (the thinking part of the brain) works: as a self-organizing hierarchical system of pattern recognizers. He shows how these insights could enable us to vastly extend the powers of our own mind and provides a roadmap for the creation of superintelligence.” Ray Kurzweil Inventor; Futurist; Author, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australian Detention Camp 27 mins – “ Australia is one of the most popular destinations for asylum seekers escaping their home countries. But Australia doesn’t want them. Asylum seekers dreaming of a life in Australia are being banished to camps in Papua New Guinea. Fariba Sahraei presents.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Banished to Papua New Guinea 19 Feb 15,” right click “Media files docarchive_20150219-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autism 6 mins – ““People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She sounds a clarion call for every kid, parent, teacher and person to celebrate uniqueness. It’s a soaring testament to the potential of human diversity.” At he link click ‘Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Awake Intubations 27 mins – “It requires forethought and humility–you must be able to say to yourself, “I am not sure I will be able to successfully intubate this patient.” However, the payoff for this thought process is enormous. You can attempt an intubation on a difficult airway with very few downsides. If you get it, you look like a star, if you don’t you have not made the situation worse. Two of my critical care resident specialists, Raghu Seethala and Xun Zhong, volunteered to intubate each other awake. The purpose of this was to let them gain experience, understand what their patients would feel during the procedure, and to prove that awake intubation can be done without complicated nerve block injections or fragile equipment, such as a bronchoscope.” At the link you can watch or right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Azerbaijan 67 mins – “Azerbaijan: Central Asia’s Non-OPEC Energy Option – Standing at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations, Azerbaijan, a secular, modern, majority-Muslim nation, has an important geographic position, on the western shore of the energy-rich Caspian Sea. It is a significant producer of oil and natural gas, distributing energy to Europe and other regions through its huge BTC Pipeline, a non-OPEC source of oil terminating in NATO-allied Turkey and the open Mediterranean. Azerbaijan is also an important hub for transit of Eastern Caspian oil and gas from other Central Asian nations including Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Suleymanov, the Republic of Azerbaijan’s first consul general to the Western United States, will explain the global significance of this Central Asian country. Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan Consul General, Western United States” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Battle of the Bulge 66 mins – “A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge takes us behind the scenes of the biggest and costliest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army, lasting from December 16th, 1944, to January 25, 1945. As many as 250,000 German soldiers and 1,000 tanks pushed the Allied line back during a very cold, snowy Ardennes Forest winter. Jameson, who was a decorated 19-year-old sergeant in the battle, will describe with visuals and maps both the German and American perspectives on this historic event. Andrew Jameson, Military Historian; Former Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC Berkeley” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Belva Davis 65 mins – “Raised in a dysfunctional family in Louisiana and the Bay Area, Davis rose through the black radio industry, became the first black female reporter west of the Mississippi with her hiring at KPIX, and eventually anchored KQED’s “Evening Edition,” the station’s nightly news show. Davis will discuss her extraordinary journey, personal and professional. Belva Davis: A Bay Area Legend Tells All; Broadcast Journalist; Host, “This Week In Northern California,” KQED Television; Author, My Wildest Dreams; In conversation with Ray Taliaferro, KGO Radio Host” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Berlin Airlift 65 mins – “Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of the Berlin Airlift – Best-selling author Reeves offers a gripping account of one of the most audacious and perilous actions of the post-WWII years – the Berlin Airlift. When the Soviets cut off all supplies to two million West Berliners in 1948, President Truman boldly resolved to resupply the isolated city by air. What followed was a daring humanitarian operation in which American and British planes delivered 2.3 million tons of supplies, demonstrating the West’s resolve to keep Berlin independent. Reeves shares the gripping story and discusses its impact. Richard Reeves, Author, Daring Young Men” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Revolution 65 mins – “What does a car’s paint color reveal about its roadworthiness? How did Google searches predict the spread of the H1N1 flu outbreak? One key to answering questions like these is big data. “Big data” refers to our ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw conclusions from it. Two leading experts in the field reveal what big data is, how it may change our lives, and what we can do to protect ourselves from its hazards. Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford University; Co-author, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think; Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor, The Economist; Co-author, Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think; Moira Gunn, Host, “Tech Nation,” NPR – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bihar India 27 mins – “India is home to an extraordinary number of people, languages and religions, but one of the more surprising statistics is that hundreds of millions of people still live on, or below, the poverty line. Indian journalist Rupa Jha starts her journey in Patna, capital of the state of Bihar. She gets to know four local residents, who come from very different backgrounds, but are unified by their sense of ambition.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Living India – Bihar,” right-click “docarchive_20150310-0232c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biodiversity Weds Tech 68 mins – “How are bold new technologies helping in the fight to retain global biodiversity? Google’s Birch will talk about the life-and-death consequences of empowering indigenous peoples in Brazil and Africa to monitor their biodiversity. Loarie and Ueda will share the goals of iNaturalist, an online social network for naturalists, and discuss ways social media and mobile technology can bring the power of crowds to the problems of biodiversity. Scott Loarie, Co-director,, California Academy of Sciences; Ken-ichi Ueda, Co-founder and Co-director,, California Academy of Sciences; Tanya Birch, Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach; Mary Ellen Hannibal, Journalist – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biomedicine Status Panel 160 mins – “As policy agendas for 2015 come into sharper focus, much of the national conversation is aimed at tackling challenges in biomedical innovation. The first two months of the year alone have seen landmark proposals from Congress and the Obama Administration, including the House’s 21st Century Cures initiative, a bipartisan Senate working group focused on medical progress, President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and a number of additional priorities being advanced by federal agencies and other stakeholders. On March 13, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform hosted the State of Biomedical Innovation Conference to provide an overview of emerging policy efforts and priorities related to improving the biomedical innovation process. Senior leaders from government, academia, industry, and patient advocacy shared their thoughts on the challenges facing medical product development and promising approaches to overcome them. The discussion also examined the data and analyses that provide the basis for new policies and track their ultimate success.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bishop’s Wife 53 mins – “Utah novelist Mette Ivie Harrison had already written YA novels and a memoir, but she was still trying to work through her thoughts about Mormonism, women’s roles, motherhood and grief. Her ideas eventually coalesced around a female detective in Draper, Utah. The result is a crime novel that’s been getting attention around the country. Wednesday, Harrison joins Doug to talk about the real stories that influenced the book, her faith, and her observations on Mormon culture.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Case Study 63 mins – “Stanford University sociologist Krieger presents a romance, a travel adventure, an emotional quest, and a deeply reflective discussion of coming to terms with lack of sight. Krieger will offer pointed observations on vision, blindness and learning to walk with a service animal, Teela, her “lively golden guide.” Susan Krieger, Author, Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog by My Side

Blueseed Project 61 mins – “Projected to be the first floating city in international waters, The Blueseed Project is dedicated to harvesting entrepreneurship by creating a place where the world’s top tech minds can collaborate. Twelve miles off the coast of Northern California, residents would not be subject to work visa limitations. Called the “Googleplex of the Sea,” The Blueseed Project is awakening a host of complex issues including immigration policy, visa limitations, international policy, social entrepreneurship and more. Max Marty, CEO, The Blueseed Project; Vivek Wadhwa, Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University; University Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research, Pratt School of Engineering; Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford; Nate C. Hindman, Small Business Editor, The Huffington Post – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bollywood 58 mins – “In this special program, Stanford Fellow Tiwari introduces us to historical and contemporary Indian Hindi film. She will provide insight into the significant conventions, economics and genres, including a screening of excerpts from old and new musical film performances. Bulbul Tiwari, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book of Unknown Americans 51 mins – “ Thursday, we’re wrapping up our coverage on US-Latin American relations with novelist Cristina Henriquez. Her latest book, The Book of Unknown Americans, is about immigrants who have come here from various Latin-American countries and have settled in one apartment building in Delaware. It’s not the typical setting for immigrants maybe, but Henriquez says immigration is a story that’s everywhere … it’s an American story. The Book of Unknown Americans is Cristina Henríquez’s second novel, and it’s due out in paperback next.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Trauma 24 mins – “In this episode, we discuss what is known about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an increasingly discussed issue due to its effects on current and former football players. We discuss who else CTE affects, what is happening in the brain of affected individuals, and how more research is needed to solve this serious problem.” At the link find the title, “Punch Drunk: Boxing, football, and why chronic brain trauma matters,” right-click “135336499-thepetridish-punch-drunk-boxing-football.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Bozeman 15 mins – “ In Montana, local businesses and the city of Bozeman have been working on a public-private partnership approach to expanding Internet access that is likely to involve the city building an open access fiber network. We discuss their approach this week with Brit Fontenot, Economic Development Director for the city of Bozeman; David Fine, Bozeman Economic Development Specialist; and the President of Hoplite Industries, Anthony Cochenour. Bozeman has long been known as a city with opportunities for outdoor activities but it also has a significant tech presence though like nearly every other community in the United States, many recognize the need for more investment in better options for connectivity.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Mesa AZ 13 mins – “Arizona’s city of Mesa is one of the largest communities in the nation to benefit from the city taking role in ensuring conduit and fiber are available throughout the area. This week we talk with Alex Deshuk, the city’s Manager of Technology and Innovation that was brought on in 2008. We talk about how Mesa has, for longer than a decade, ensured that it was putting conduit in the ground and making fiber available to independent providers as needed to ensure they had multiple options around town and especially to select areas where they wanted to encourage development. Having this fiber available has helped to encourage high tech investment, including the new Apple Global Command Center.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Challenge Coins 22 mins – “The United States Military is not known for being touchy-feely. There’s not much hugging or head-patting, and superiors don’t always have the authority to offer a serviceman a raise or promotion. When a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard wants to show appreciation, love, sympathy, or professional connection, they can use challenge coins….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clash of East and West 18 mins – “Tiger moms or helicopter dads? Psychologist Hazel Markus talks about the stark differences between Eastern and Western cultures, and how they affect the way we all view the world.” At the link find the title, “The New East Meets West,” right-click “Media files IHUB-Markus-WebMix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change and Fires 19 mins – “Today we are joined in the studio with Mark Gross of the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society institute at CU and Alicia Gibb Director of The Blow Things Up Lab, one of the spaces part of the ATLAS department. ATLAS was formed in 1997 as a university wide initiative to integrate information technology into social endeavor. Snowy frigid weather here in February may put wildfires way on the back burner for many of us here in Colorado. But as fire managers have been telling us, wildfire season has become a year-round phenomenon….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Closings 52 mins – “After a century of educating women, Sweet Briar College in rural Virginia announced this month it would close. Its endowment of about $84 million did not protect the school from the financial strains of declining enrollment. Some higher education experts warn Sweet Briar is part of a national trend of declining student interest in expensive liberal arts education and single-sex schools in place of more vocational degrees. The challenges many small private colleges face, what some schools are doing to attract students, and if it matters.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Computer Generated Stories 21 mins – “Robot art has come a long way from HAL singing “Daisy” in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Algorithms are writing novels now. Bot artist Darius Kazemi and computer scientist Kris Hammond talk about the future of computer-generated narratives.” At the link find the title, “Robots Become Writers,” right-click “Media files IHUB-0321-BWEB.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dept of Interior 51 mins – “Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell talks about the Obama administration’s energy priorities and why she wants tougher pollution rules for federal land, incentives for wind and solar and a focus on cutting carbon pollution.” At the link find the title, (for a short time). “A Conversation With Interior Secretary Sally Jewell,” right-click “Media files r1150319.mp3,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men.

Digital Vellum 55 mins – “Why games are crashing through the screen and into the physical world, looking for the digital elephant that never forgets, reclaiming online ephemera and more.” At the link find the title, “277: Digital vellum, reclaiming ephemera, room escape games and more,” right-click “spark_20150301_41749.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor’s Emotions 56 mins – “In this episode, we talk to Danielle Ofri, a physician and author of “What Doctors Feel” – a book about the emotional lives of doctors and how compassion fatigue, biases, and other mental phenomena affect their decisions, their motivations, and their relationships with patients. You’ll also hear Ofri discuss emotional epidemiology, the viral-like spread of fear and other emotions that can lead to panics like those we’ve seen surrounding Ebola, the Swine Flu, SARS, and other illnesses.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Investigations 34 mins – “We speak with Bill English from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) about that agency’s investigations of unmanned aircraft accidents. Bill talks about the scope of their involvement, the data available to investigators, and the similarities to manned aircraft. We also talk about the FAA NPRM and the role of the NTSB when FAA enforcement penalties are appealed.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Engineers 20 mins – “In our inaugural episode of 2014, we discuss how a company called GoldieBlox is helping to create the next generation of female engineers, how the three of us got bitten by the science “bug”, and what can be done to get kids more interested in STEM fields.” At the link find the title, “She Blinded Me With Science,” right-click “131168648-thepetridish-she-blinded-me-with-science.mp3” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ferguson Federal Report 24 mins – “Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to reporters about the results of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The investigation concluded there was racial bias within the Ferguson Police Department and the city’s municipal court.” At the link find the title, “Attorney General Eric Holder on Ferguson, Missouri Investigation,” right-click “Media files program.391654.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Frog Watch 2 mins – “The season to spot frogs and toads has arrived, and Hogle Zoo is part of a nationwide, citizen-science effort to monitor them in Utah. The zoo’s Suzanne Zgraggen, coordinator for FrogWatch USA in Utah, teaches volunteers how to identify frogs and toads.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Future Crimes 69 mins – “Host: Leo Laporte interviews: Marc Goodman is a global strategist, author and consultant focused on the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on security, business and international affairs. His latest book is “Future Crimes.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing blue arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geoengineering and Chem Trails 60 mins – “In this program we talk with one of the world’s top experts on geoeningeering to cool the planet, Harvard’s Dr. David Keith. Then from the UK, Dr. Rose Cairns investigates the internet phenomenon of chemtrails, the belief that aircraft are already poisoning the sky. Is it an expression of public fears about geoengineering?” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Age 11 mins – “Climate change, megacities, ocean acidification. Author Diane Ackerman believes humans have shaped the world so much that we’re now living in a new geologic epoch, one that’s defined by our actions.” At the link find the title, “The Human Epoch,” right-click “Media files IHUB-ACKERMAN-WEB-MIX.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking Abortions 51 mins – “It’s already been more than four months since President Barack Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general. Now a Senate stalemate threatens to extend that delay. Majority leader Mitch McConnell said this week there will be no vote on Lynch until the Senate passes a contested human trafficking bill, but Democrats refuse to move forward, opposed to a provision barring abortion funding. Both sides could take a political hit for the delay, Democrats for blocking what was to be a rare bipartisan bill and Republicans for appearing to hold up the historic nomination of the country’s first black woman as attorney general. We look at what’s behind the stalled nomination of Loretta Lynch. ” At the link find the title, (For a short time), “The Stalled Nomination Of Loretta Lynch For Attorney General,” right-click “Media files r1150317.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Incubators 5 mins – “Incubators. They’re supposed to help startups raise capital, build revenue, and maybe become the next Facebook or Yahoo! But how effective are they? Reporter Daniel Gross examines the industry.” At the link find the title, “Cracking Open Incubators,” right-click “Media files IHUB-Gross-WebMix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Irrationality 17 mins – “We’re all irrational some of the time, probably more of the time than we are ready to acknowledge.  Lisa Bortolotti discusses the nature of irrationality with Nigel Warburton in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Evolution 51 mins – “In their new book, “ISIS: The State Of Terror,” Jessica Stern and JM Berger, experts on violent extremism and terrorism, explain the genesis, evolution and implications of today’s barbaric jihadist army.” At the link find the title, “Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger: “ISIS: The State Of Terror,’” right-click “Media files r2150317.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Island Histories 59 mins – “For those of us who live on the mainland, islands are something we tend to think of as destinations. As places to visit, perhaps, to take a break from our ordinary lives. And then to leave again. They’re places on the periphery — and that’s borne out not only in the way we draw our maps, but also in the way we write our history. On this episode, we make the peripheral central. From the Caribbean, through the Great Lakes, to the San Francisco Bay and beyond, it’s an hour all about islands in American history.” 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.

Kidzania 18 mins – “In this week’s magazine, Rebecca Mead writes about KidZania, a company that operates giant children’s play centers resembling miniature cities. Rather than escape into a fantasy world, at KidZania children take jobs, purchase items branded by corporate sponsors, pay taxes, and even run a legal system. On this week’s Out Loud, Mead joins Michael Agger, the culture editor of, along with the staff writer Nick Paumgarten, to discuss KidZania’s unusual approach to play. They discuss the parenting and educational philosophies behind various forms of kids’ entertainment, the challenge of finding safe play spaces for children that offer real freedom, and some of the disconcerting aspects of the KidZania model. Like a Vegas casino, Paumgarten says, “on the one hand, you’re impressed by the verisimilitude; on the other it’s spooky and cheesy.” At the link find the title, “Play and Parenting at KidZania,” right-click “Media files 150112_outloud_kidzania.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Language Types 49 mins – “In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.” At the link find the title, “Spoken And Unspoken,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Latin American Upgrade 56 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Trends and Transformations – The New Latin America By Hinckley Institute of Politics by Peter Schecter​, Atlantic Council, 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.

Lusitania 51 mins – “A hundred years ago, a German U-boat torpedoed a British passenger liner, one of the most significant maritime tragedies in history. Best-selling author Erik Larson retells the story of the last crossing of the Lusitania.” At the link (for a short time) find the title, “Erik Larson: “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” right-click “Media files r2150318.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mediacom Founder 29  mins – ”Mediacom Founder and CEO Rocco Commisso discusses his company, the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to approve new rules to regulate the Internet as a public utility, and Republican legislative efforts to pare back the rule changes.” At the link find the title, “Communicators: Rocco Commisso,” right-click “Media files program.390384.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexican Relations 54 mins – “Hinckley Forum: The Future of U.S. – Mexican Relations: By Hinckley Institute of Politics by Ambassador Alejandro Estivill-Castro, Deputy Head of Mission of the Mexican Embassy to the United States of America” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiome 52 mins – “You are what you eat. Whether you dine on kimchi, carnitas, or corn dogs determines which microbes live in your stomach. And gut microbes make up only part of your total microbiome. Find out how your microbes are the brains-without-brains that affect your health and even your mood. Also, why you and your cohorts are closer than you thought: new research suggests that you swap and adopt bugs from your social set. Plus, the philosophical questions that are arise when we realize that we have more microbial DNA than human DNA. And a woman who skipped soap and shampoo for a month to see what would grow on her.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Photojournalists 49 mins – “Award-winning photographers MaryAnne Golon and Lucian Perkins share their experiences of recording crises around the world and putting themselves in harm’s way to capture conflict on the human level. They are joined by Michael Abramowitz, director of the Levine Institute for Holocaust Education at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, which relies on documentation taken by photojournalists to provide evidence of war crimes and to capture stories of destruction and devastation.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcasting Trends 45 mins – “Ray Ortega is a professional podcaster.  In addition to his own part-time entrepreneurial work as an audio podcaster (with his own shows like The Podcasters Studio and Podcasters Roundtable), his main day-job is that of a video podcaster for a non-profit organization. In this episode, Ray delivers his story of how he creates video content and then repurposes it as an audio podcast, with the proper iTunes listing and feed to his audience — the Podcasters Roundtable. In addition, Lon Naylor also describes the formula for repurposing audio podcast episodes into compelling, creative, visually engaging and message-driven screencasts with a good call-to-action.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Entrepreneur 17 mins – “Frederick Hutson is an entrepreneur whose biggest early venture landed him in prison for nearly five years—distributing marijuana through UPS and FedEx. While in prison, he realized that a lot of the problems of everyday prison life could use a business solution. And then, he got out. Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prozac 7 mins – “The 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson could well have been writing about depression from her own experience; sadly there were no medicines to treat it. It is only since the second world war that antidepressant molecules have been available. The effects of amphetamines on mood had been discovered in the 1930s. They were widely used during the second world war to improve alertness, and their use (and abuse) continued afterwards; into the 1960s medicines like Drinamyl (a combination of dextroamphetamine and Amobarbital) were seen as innocuous medications, which they were not. The first specific antidepressants were hit upon accidentally. A drug named imipramine which was unsuccessful as a treatment for schizophrenics proved ideal for people suffering from depression….” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Prozac.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rhino Dung 5 mins – “In a small factory in the northeastern India, a strange type of swill churns in a vat. Bits of chopped-up old hosiery swirl around in almost 200 gallons of water while, at six-second intervals, 72-year-old Mahesh Bora adds fists full of rhino dung… Manesh Bora says he was inspired to try a new approach to protecting rhinos after others had failed. When he heard about an effort elsewhere in India to use elephant dung in paper, he figured the same could work for rhinos… He visited the elephant project, came back to Assam, and set up a business called Elrhino. It started with his wife’s kitchen blender and some window screens, but now employs 50 people. They gather the dung and other natural ingredients and work in the factory. Rhino dung is rich in fiber useful in making paper, and relatively easy to find in the animals’ territory. One rhino can drop up to 900 pounds in one spot over 10 days or so. The dung is easy to find; when rhinos find a good place to poop, they tend to return there for at least 10 days. And they drop a lot of it, maybe 900 pounds or so in one spot.” 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.

Right to Work 45 mins – “Lawmakers across the country are racing to pass so-called “right-to-work” legislation, the euphemistically named union-busting policy that restricts the collection of fees from all workers covered by a union contract. Militating against the principle of the union shop, right-to-work campaigns have pushed bills in various states, coupled with court battles and fierce anti-union rhetoric peddled by politicians like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. This week, Loyola University historian Elizabeth Shermer speaks with Belabored about the politics and history of right-to-work policies, and what labor can do to fight back. We also discuss the groundbreaking new student debt strike led by the Debt Collective, the truth about Walmart’s wage hike, the battle in Seattle for fair wages, and catering workers pressuring airlines to beef up their paltry healthcare benefits….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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

Social Media in Business 42 mins – “…Social media is here and it’s a necessity for any business these days. Even more importantly is the specific way you interact on social media, what you share, how you share it, and what your strategy is. Love it or hate it, it’s time to step up your social media game. This week we interview entrepreneur and social media expert, Laura Roeder. Laura is a social media marketing expert who teaches small businesses how to become well-known and claim their brands online. She is the creator of LKR Social Media Marketer and Creating Fame,.. In 2011, Laura Roeder was honored at The White House as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media in Science 25 mins – “Have you wanted to reach out to other science teachers with your questions about NGSS?  Our guests this week can help.  Using Twitter, Fred Ende and Tricia Shelton moderate #NGSSchat – an online forum to learn and share around the Next Generation Science Standards and great science teaching.  Listen to the show to find out how you can “lurk”, learn and contribute to #NGSSchat.” [Synchronous and asynchronous messaging are mentioned. Here’s a link that defines these.] At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spirit of America   21 mins –  “Jim Hake, General Jim Mattis, And Spirit Of America In this episode, the host of Uncommon Knowledge speaks with Jim Hake, founder of Spirit of America, a nonprofit organization created to save lives and support the missions of US soldiers abroad. Hake’s goal was to go beyond what the government could do, with the motive of seeing America succeed. Begun in 2003, the idea gained enormous support, including from General Jim Mattis, commander of some of the first missions in Iraq. Today, Spirit of America is working around the world, sending our troops material needs, from sewing machines to Frisbees, wherever there is a need.” At the link find the title, “Uncommon Knowledge with Jim Hake, General Jim Mattis, and Spirit of America,” right-click “20150313.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism and Media 55 mins – “Terrorism and Today’s Media: Roles, Responsibilities and the Changing Dynamics of Reporting a War on Terror by Amos N. Guiora, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Global Justice, University of Utah; Bill Warren, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, University of Utah and moderator Kirk Jowers Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Twitter Stories and Rushdie 60 mins – “Teju Cole’s Twitter-based faction project “Small Fates 1912” (newspaper headlines rendered as short shorts) is performed by Blythe Danner and Jeffrey Wright. And old frenemies in Chennai are caught up in disaster in Salman Rushdie’s “In the South,” performed by Michael Stuhlbarg.” At the link find the title, “In an Instant,” right-click “Media files 196644144-selectedshorts-pcast-ss201426.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Typography 15 mins – “Paul Shaw, an award-winning graphic designer, typographer, and calligrapher in New York City, teaches at Parsons School of Design and the School of Visual Arts. The designer or codesigner of eighteen typefaces, he is the coauthor of Blackletter: Type and National Identity and the author of Helvetica and the New York City Subway System (MIT Press). He writes about letter design in the blog Blue Pencil.” At the link find the title, “EPISODE 70 (MAR. ’15): Paul Shaw,” right-click “Listen to Interview” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Travel 30 mins – “We’ve all deliberated ad nauseum about which road to take to avoid traffic. Today’s discussions about transportation choices are more about the mode than the route, with greener options like biking, public transit, and innovative ride-sharing ideas exploding. This week on Sea Change Radio, Amanda Eaken of the Natural Resources Defense Council takes us on a tour of the latest innovations in urban transport – from car and bike-sharing services to mapping to the potential of self-driving cars. ” At the link find the title, “Getting Around: Urban Transport Solutions,” right-click “ Media files SC-2015-03-10.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Shortage in San Paulo 4 mins – “Imagine this: São Paulo, South America’s largest city and economic hub, running out of water by June. That’s what Brazil’s federal government predicted just weeks ago. The region is in its worst drought in 80 years. The reservoir that supplies half the city is just over 10 percent full. The government has begun rationing water, though haphazardly. Many people in São Paulo are worried their future may look a lot like what happened last year in the small, nearby city of Itu. Last August, without warning, the city’s homes had their water supplies shut off. Residents had to use public taps, and neighbors fought neighbors as dozens of people swarmed around the faucet. The outage went on for weeks, stretching into September. Itu resident Alexandre Oliveira remembers it as “a water war.” Oliveira volunteered as a water carrier for homebound neighbors, but others charged for the service and became known as “water traffickers.” Emergency water trucks were eventually called in, but there weren’t enough. When they did arrive, some residents blocked the trucks with flaming barricades to make sure they didn’t leave before every house on the street got water.” 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.




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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