Media Mining Digest 178 – Apr 10, 2015: Afghanistan – Iraq Failure, American Inequality, Arabian Nights, Ballerina Story, Balloon Bombs, Beale Street – Memphis, Biofuel, BRCA Cancer Gene, Broadband Barriers Removal, Broken Future, China’s Health Program, Circumcision, Coal Control, Cognitive Neuroscientist, Crime Scenes, Deforestation Control, Drought in California, Drs and Patients, Earthquakes, Ebola – African Efforts, Economic Inequality, Economics, Ecosystem Services, Education Future, Elder Abuse, Elder Exploitation, Electric Power Trends, Electricity, Elephant Protection, Encore Careers, Environmental Debt and Stewardship, Ethical Traveling, Ethiopia Land Grab, Facebook Conference, Farming Is Us, Fatigue Prescription, Federal Aviation Jobs, Female Circumcision, First Responders, Flying the Concord, Foreign Languages, Fracking, Freelancing, Frugal Innovation, Gateway to Freedom, Gay and Lesbians in India, Gaza Grand Piano, Gender Pay Gap, Genius Is You, Genius via Trauma, Genomic Research, Geoengineering, Getty Museum Loot, Global Business Trends, Global Crisis, Googlization of Books, Grace Hopper, Graphic Novels, Grasslands Importance, Growing Food, Guardians of Science, Guatemala Forensic Anthropology, Gun Laws Talk, Harvard Digital Issues, Health Care Costs, Horse Whips, Immune System Affects Brain, Internet Mechanics, Joan of Arc Film, Journalist Rescue Effort, Migrating Families, Mobile Money, MS Diet, New Yorker History, NYC Data, Pedestrian Deaths – NYC, Playing Outside, Prison Youth, Professional Wrestling, Psychedelic Therapy, Randomness, Recycling, Sandhogs, Seafood Consumption, Surveillance Awareness, Tech Trends, Ten Most Wanted Men, Universities, Wanderu

The following audio files come from a larger group of 242 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 93 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Afghanistan – Iraq Failure 59 mins – “General Daniel Bolger (Retired) talked about his book, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He also spoke about his deployments to the two war zones, the inherent dangers to U.S. troops there, his job commanding the training operations of Iraqi and Afghan police and military forces, and what he believes what went wrong. In addition, General Bolger discussed his views of other generals such as David Patraeus and Stanley McChrystal, and what he thinks we should have done differently in Iraq and Afghanistan.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Daniel Bolger,” right-click “Media files program.385449.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Inequality 47 mins – “American inequality is once again at historic levels. A second Gilded Age.  Everybody knows it. A top tier doing great. Scooping up every luxury. Building mind-boggling fortunes. And millions really struggling to get by. To keep hope alive of a better life. In the first gilded age, in the 19th century, Americans were in the streets over inequity. Marching. Brawling. Demanding change. This time, says my guest today, labor historian Steve Fraser, it’s weirdly quiet out there. The Age of Acquiescence, he calls it. This hour On Point: wealth, power and “where’s the protest?” in America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arabian Nights 51 mins – “Perhaps you know the tale. In order to save her life, Sheherazade starts spinning stories for the vengeful King Shahriyar. One story leads to another that leads to another, on and on for 1,001 nights. For the scholar Robert Irwin, Sheherazade’s plight is our own, for what are our lives but stories related to countless other stories, all told under the shadow of death, the terminator of all stories? Irwin joins us Thursday as we explore the world of the Arabian Nights and ask what they can offer us today.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Ballerina Story 52 mins – “Misty Copeland went from a child living in poverty in a motel, to a breakout star in the world of ballet. She discovered her extraordinary talent at the late age of 13, and just four years later, escaped her tumultuous childhood to join the elite American Ballet Theatre. Today, she is the only African American soloist with the company and one of very few black women in the highest ranks of classical ballet nationwide. Now, she’s calling for change in an art form she says is still stuck in the past. Ballerina Misty Copeland shares her unlikely rise to stardom, and bringing color to the white world of ballet.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Balloon Bombs 30 mins – “During World War II, something happened that nobody ever talks about. This is a tale of mysterious balloons, cowboy sheriffs, and young children caught up in the winds of war. And silence, the terror of silence. Reporters Peter Lang-Stanton and Nick Farago tell us the story of a seemingly ridiculous, almost whimsical series of attacks on the US between November of 1944 and May of 1945. With the help of writer Ross Coen, geologist Elisa Bergslien, and professor Mike Sweeney, we uncover a national secret that led to tragedy in a sleepy logging town in south central Oregon.” At the link right-click “Stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beale Street – Memphis 48 mins – “The Sweet Memphis Sound Of ‘Beale Street’ – Walkin’ in Memphis. We’ll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofuel 23 mins – “Solazyme Co-Founder Dillon talks about growing biofuel maker Solazyme into a multi-million dollar, publicly traded company.” At the link find the title, “Solazyme Co-Founder Harrison Dillon,” right-click “Media files SC-2015-03-24.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

BRCA Cancer Gene 51 mins – “in an opinion piece for the New York Times filmmaker, Angelina Jolie Pitt describes her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. The surgery comes just two years after her choice to have a double mastectomy. Genetic tests had confirmed she carried a mutation in the BRCA gene which put her at greater risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Many doctors say her decision was a good one, but it highlights the kinds of challenges genetic test results can present: Please join us to discuss BRCA test results and efforts to stop breast and ovarian cancers before they start.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Broadband Barriers Removal 31 mins – “After anticipating this moment for many months, we have a ruling from the FCC that has restored local authority to build and expand networks in North Carolina and Tennessee. Though we have already pulled out the key passages for readers, we wanted to discuss the decision with Jim Baller of Baller, Herbst, Stokes, & Lide. Jim worked with Wilson and Chattanooga in crafting their petitions and sat down with me last week at the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Broadband Conference in Des Moines last week. We went over the key issues in the ruling, including why the FCC had authority to take action, how the state laws limited investment in advanced Internet networks, the impact of the ruling, and what comes next.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broken Future 60 mins – “Welcome to another round of Radio Ecoshock. I’m Alex Smith, with two of the world’s top climate scientists talking about the severe challenges we face right now, and in the future. From the United Kingdom, we have Dr. Kevin Anderson, who pulls no punches. Then Rutgers distinguished scientist Alan Robock tells us why geoengineering might not be a good idea. Open your ears and your mind to what’s coming next.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China’s Health Program 11 mins – “This Series marks an unprecedented scientific collaboration between The Lancet, Peking University Health Sciences Centre, and the China Medical Board. Health System Reform in China brings together the most recent scientific evidence on China’s major health challenges, strategies, and future. The Series was produced by a team of 63 scientists, with Chinese scientists constituting two-thirds of the authors, collaborating with an international team from 10 countries.” Documents for various aspects are available at the site. At the link right-click “Download” (below the video) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Circumcision 60 mins – “This week we’re looking at the contentious medical and ethical history of circumcision. We’re joined by Sarah B. Rodriguez, medical historian and lecturer in global health and bioethics at Northwestern University, to talk about about her book “Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment.” And we’ll discuss the medical and ethical implications of infant male circumcision with Brian Earp, University of Oxford Research Fellow in Science and Ethics.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coal Control 46 mins – “Coal And American Energy Futures – The new battle over American coal, before the Supreme Court and beyond.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cognitive Neuroscientist 41 mins – “Pioneering neuroscientist Dr. Michael Gazzaniga has written many wonderful books that share neuroscience with a general audience. In his latest book Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience he looks back on his 50+ year career from a uniquely personally vantage point. He shares the people and collaborations that have enriched his life and when I interviewed him for BSP 117  he said “My pitch to the young person is that there is nothing on this planet that compares to the pleasures of scientific discovery.” But he also emphasized the importance of finding a question that people really care about. “Is it a question anyone wants the answer to?” But the young scientist needs more than curiosity she also needs the impulse to question current explanations and the urge to find better answers.” For a limited time right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crime Scenes 60 mins – “From crime scene to court room and all the evidence in between. Join Chris Smith and Ginny Smith at our reconstructed crime scene to find out how science is used to help solve a forensic investigation, including dissecting pig organs, testing for drugs, planting false memories into our audiences’ brains and trying out the world’s first lie detector suit…” At the link right-click “Download as mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deforestation Control 10 mins – “The sounds of the rainforest include: the chirps of birds, the buzz of cicadas, the banter of gibbons. But in the background is the almost-always present sound of a chainsaw, from illegal loggers. Engineer Topher White shares a simple, scalable way to stop this brutal deforestation — that starts with your old cell phone.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drought in California 48 mins – “New Solutions For Dire California Drought – California Governor Jerry Brown, and his billion-dollar emergency drought plan. We’ll look at dry California’s options, including turning to the sea.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drs and Patients 16 mins – “Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was … unsettling.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Earthquakes 29 mins – “  Keith talks with Thorne Lay, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of the Imaging & Dynamics of the Earth at the University of California Santa Cruz.  An El Paso High School graduate, Lay talks about his path towards a career in seismology.  He also explains the difference between P- and S-waves, and why nuclear testing during the Cold War led to advances in seismic technology.” at the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola – African Efforts 27 mins – “How did the disease originate & how was its deadly progress checked? Statistician Hans Rosling & the WHO’s Margaret Lamunu discuss their experiences of fighting the disease.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Understanding Ebola,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150323-1500a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Inequality 50 mins – “If the statistics can be believed, over the last 30 years the gap between rich and poor in the West has grown as cavernous as it was in the Nineteenth Century. In the US, for example, the richest 1% of the population is estimated to own more than 40% of the country’s wealth. And it is a similar picture across the planet. But who are the 1%? How have they made their wealth? And why have the rest of us seemingly been left behind? Robert Peston speaks to leading policymakers and opinion shapers as he charts the new consensus that inequality is the biggest economic challenge we face.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: The Price of Inequality,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150301-2005a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Economics History 67 mins – “In his best-selling books in the Czech Republic, former advisor to Vaclav Havel Sedlacek shows how economics is woven out of history, myth, religion and ethics. Come listen to a fascinating ride that will take you from the Epic of Gilgamesh through the Bible and the Greeks to today’s pop culture in film – a fresh look at economics as part of our culture.” Tomas Sedlacek, National Economic Council, Prague; Lecturer, Charles University; Author, The Economics of Good and Evil; Advisor to Vaclav Havel” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economist Jokes 14 mins – “We got on stage at a comedy club to read a bunch of weird economics jokes. We bombed. Today on the show, we do what you’re never supposed to do: explain the joke.” At the link find the title, “#614: Two Radio Guys Walk In To A Bar,” right-click “Media files npr_396899726.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ecosystem Services 66 mins – “The many services that nature provides to humans are undervalued in commercial markets because it is difficult to put a price tag on them. Now, with increasing awareness about sustainability and resource limitations, companies are paying more attention to such ecosystem services. That means better understanding activities such as crop pollination, pest control and waste decomposition, and calculating economic impacts including the benefits of those services and the costs to companies and society if they are diminished. Join us for a conversation with a consultant advising Wal-Mart and other companies on how to think about ecosystem services and a visionary environmentalist working to preserve and value biodiversity around the world.” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Future 66 mins – “From rising tuition costs to public concern over sexual assaults on college campuses, higher education faces a growing number of issues as 2015 begins. The University of California, with 10 campuses across the state, is no exception. The system is currently grappling with proposed tuition hikes, student protests and a statewide drop in funding. Join Napolitano and Yudof as they discuss the challenges currently facing America’s higher education system and, in particular, the University of California.” Janet Napolitano, President, University of California; Former Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Governor of Arizona; Mark Yudof, President Emeritus, University of California; Former Chancellor of the University of Texas System.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elder Abuse 62 mins – “You’ve heard it before – an unsuspecting elder puts his or her trust in a caregiver only to discover that person has stolen their life savings. Elder financial abuse is often referred to as the “silent crime.” It cuts across social status, gender, race and ethnicity. In many cases, a victim might not know someone is stealing from them, or be so embarrassed that they stay silent. Perpetrators are usually loved ones, family members and caregivers putting the victim in a vulnerable position of being reliant on their abuser for help. San Francisco is home to an increasing aging population making it ripe for elder financial crimes to occur. Our panel of speakers, including DA Gascón, will discuss current prosecutorial successes in curbing scams, real estate fraud and financial abuse targeting seniors. They will also provide useful tips to prevent and where to report elder financial abuse. George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney; Hubert Horatio “Skip” Humphrey III, Assistant Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Older Americans; Shay Matthews, Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office; Helen Karr, Elder Abuse Special Assistant, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elder Exploitation 62 mins – “Again and again, we hear stories in which older adults have been exploited by unfair, deceptive and abusive practices ­– Power of Attorney abuse, for example. Often these crimes are perpetrated by the victim’s own family, caregivers or another trusted individual. Our speakers will provide information on advances in combating the hidden epidemic of fraud and scams and other forms of exploitation that target that target older persons. They’ll address this pervasive issue in our society, providing tips on how to prevent, identify and report financial exploitation. Jenefer Duane, Sr. Program Analyst, Office for Older Americans, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Helen Karr, Elder Abuse Special Assistant, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Power Trends 63 mins – “How will electric utilities adapt to a world of distributed generation and choice among formerly captive customers? Will utilities become a combination of eBay and UPS, shuttling electrons between many buyers and sellers? How will electric vehicles, renewables and smart meters fit into the equation? What policy and infrastructure changes will be required for mass adoption of electric vehicles? Join a conversation with leading lights rethinking the way California generates and uses electricity. Dian Grueneich, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission; Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation and Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute; Ted Howes, Partner, IDEO.” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electricity 52 mins – “Let there be light! Well, it’s easy to do: just flip a switch. But it took more than the invention of the light bulb to make that possible. It required new technology for the distribution of electricity. And that came, not so much from Thomas Edison, but from a Serbian genius named Nikola Tesla. Hear his story plus ideas on what might be the breakthrough energy innovations of the future. Perhaps hydrogen-fueled cars, nuclear fusion electrical generators or even orbiting solar cells? Plus, a reminder of cutting-edge technology back in Napoleon’s day: lighthouses.” At the link right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elephant Protection 57 mins – “The African elephant was originally listed as “threatened” by the U.S. Government in 1978. Since then, the species’ population has declined by about 60 percent, primarily due to poaching for the ivory trade. Habitat destruction and unsustainable trophy hunting also contributed to the decline. Today we’re joined by Peter LaFontaine, Campaign Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Masha Kalinina, International Trade Policy Specialist, Humane Society International, who will discuss a recent petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to uplist African elephants from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Encore Careers 60 mins – “Alboher will give a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide to finding passion, purpose and a paycheck in the second half of life. She will discuss how to plan the transition; how much you need to make; the pros and cons of going back to school; when to volunteer and when to intern; how to network effectively and harness the power of social media; and she’ll present an Encore Hot List of 35 viable careers.”  At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Debt 66 mins – “The traditional “grow now, clean up later” economy does little to account for unmeasured externalities like carbon pollution and health impacts. But as the national and world economies struggle with the mounting costs of pollution and climate change, many companies are drawing a connection between a degraded environment and a degraded bottom line. Amy Larkin says pollution can no longer be free and that government must play a vital role in catalyzing growth while preventing environmental destruction. John Hofmeister agrees that pollution and waste must be dealt with, but he points out that the American consumer might be less willing to pay the higher prices for electricity and fuel that would result from internalizing these costs. Come hear a conversation with a leading environmentalist and former oil executive on pricing pollution and finding business solutions for creating a sustainable economy. Amy Larkin, Author, Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy; Director, Greenpeace Solutions; John Hofmeister, CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy; Former President, Shell Oil Company” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Stewardship 62 mins – “The appeal of seeing nature as a vital asset – as natural capital – has spread like fire over the last decade. This concept appears in thinking about agriculture, water, energy, health, fisheries, forestry, protection from hazards, mining, cities and the infrastructure supporting these and other vast sectors – and it increasingly appears in the ways communities, corporations, governments and other institutions frame decisions. Despite this awareness and energy, however, our state and planet remain besieged by degradation and growing threats of catastrophic change. Leaders of The Natural Capital Project and The Nature Conservancy will talk about how they are using the power of open-source software tools to transform how communities and institutional leaders around the world include the value of natural capital in decisions improving outcomes for biodiversity and human wellbeing. Mary Ruckelshaus, Ph.D., Managing Director, The Natural Capital Project; Heather Tallis, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy; Rich Sharp, Ph.D., Lead Software Developer, The Natural Capital Project”  At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ethical Traveling  61 mins –  “Greenwald says one of the most important things savvy travelers can do is “vote with their wings,” supporting places that uphold core values like human rights and environmental protection. Every November, Berkeley-based Ethical Traveler releases its often controversial list of The World’s Best Ethical Destinations. Join a discussion of which nations made the 2011/2012 list, how the winners were selected, and why some wildly popular destinations may never make the cut.” Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director, Ethical Traveler; Malia Everette,  Director, Global Exchange Reality Tours” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ethiopia Land Grab 60 mins – “Land Grab in Africa: The Case of Ethiopia – Though Africa is no longer threatened by armed colonizers, foreign exploiters are threatening Ethiopian farmers by obtaining fertile land from African leaders. The governments of many African countries are benefiting from these land transactions, but the people are left impoverished and hungry. Tolossa will suggest ways to improve the desperate situation for Ethiopian farmers. Fikre Tolossa, Ph.D.; Playwright; Author”  At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facebook Conference 63 mins – “Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mike Elgan discuss the Facebook F8 developer conference as it streamed live. Facebook’s venture into virtual reality.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing blue arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming Is Us 64 mins – “Did you know that our biological makeup is similar to that of soil? This fascinating fact led practicing family physician Miller to ask: What can a family farmer teach a family doctor? So she spent time on seven ecological family farms, meeting inspiring farmers and renowned biomedical scientists. She will present their insights and research along with stories from her own medical practice.Daphne Miller, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF; Author, Farmacology”  At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fatigue Prescription 55 mins – “How in the world did you get so busy? The reasons are legion, and Clever will describe some of them. She will also outline consequences of overload and signs of trouble before she gives tips, self-assessment guides and a doctor’s best advice on how to deal with competing demands. The goal, she says, is to maintain or regain your sense of meaning, your creativity and even joy. She will show how taking care of yourself – body, soul, attitudes, relationships – is not selfish; it is self-preservation. Clever will provide practical and powerful ways to refresh, regroup and renew your energy, health and life. Linda Hawes Clever, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Founder, RENEW”  At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Federal Aviation Jobs 90 mins – “With the growth in the number of federal job openings related to aviation you might want to satisfy your passion for aviation and serve your country at the same time. There are many benefits and rewards to working for the government but how does one go about finding jobs and applying?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Circumcision 19 mins – “ Khadija Gbla grew up caught between two definitions of what it means to be an “empowered woman.” While her Sierra Leonean mother thought that circumsizing her — and thus stifling her sexual urges — was the ultimate form of empowerment, her culture as a teenager in Australia told her that she deserved pleasure and that what happened to her was called “female genital mutilation.” In a candid and funny talk, she shares what it was like to make her way in a “clitoris-centric society,” and how she works to make sure other women don’t have to figure this out.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Responders 60 mins – “First responders include police, fire and emergency medical services. They have unique cultural norms that allow them to function individually and as a team during high-stress events. The ability to suppress emotions and remain functional despite what is encountered is an asset but can also be a liability when they need help. This presentation will discuss some common first responder cultural norms, how those norms affect treatment, and lessons learned at the West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat.” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flying the Concord 126 mins – “Here is another episode in our ongoing (and hopefully never ending :-)) series on flying iconic airplanes. This time we talk with former Concorde pilot John Hutchinson about flying this Mach 2 airliner. We discuss the cornerstones of the design and construction of the aircraft, its operation (mostly with British Airways), flying characteristics as well as the infamous accident in Paris in 2000 (on which John has some very specific opinions).” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foreign Languages 64 mins – “Like me, and like countless other people, Benny spent years taking foreign language classes in high school – to no avail. When he started college, he had all but given up on the prospect of becoming bilingual. Today, the picture couldn’t be more different. Benny speaks 10 different languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Irish, and German (and he knows American Sign Language as well).” At the link find and select episode 19, then right-click the orange down-pointing arrow next to the rss link and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Fracking 66 mins – “With a thriving natural gas market in the U.S., oil and energy companies are in a race for fracking rights across the country. The fracking bonanza has led to concern about the oversight of hydraulic fracturing practices. Some states, including Vermont, have reacted by banning fracking altogether until further research is done. Others are working to create regulations as fracking continues apace. Will fracking bolster U.S. economic competitiveness? What are the environmental impacts? How is fracking challenging the status quo in American energy? TJ Glauthier, Former Deputy U.S. Secretary of Energy; former board member, Union Drilling; Mark Zoback, Professor, Stanford University School of Earth Sciences; Kassie Siegel, Senior Counsel, Climate Law Institute Director”  At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Debate 66 mins – “Supporters of hydraulic fracturing see it as a driver of affordable domestic energy that can create jobs. Opponents see a risk to water supplies, ecosystems and human health. Join in a conversation with reporters covering fracking in California and nationally on the dangers and potential of the natural gas bonanza. Will California pass a moratorium? Will the Monterey Shale really be developed? Is gas really better than coal? David Baker, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Abrahm Lustgarten, Reporter, ProPublica” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Regulation 51 mins – “…the White House released the first federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing. The new rules, which have been in the works since 2012, apply only to fracking that occurs on public land. But they are an attempt by President Barack Obama to set more uniform safety procedures for fracking throughout the country. The plan was met with immediate criticism from environmental and industry groups alike. Diane and her guests discuss reaction to the new fracking regulations and what the rules will mean for drilling for oil and gas.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Freelancing 17 mins – “Pepsi, GM, and Google are looking to hire journalists, and Contently co-founder Shane Snow is helping them do just that. He discusses the future of freelancing for journalists, and how big companies fit into the picture.” At the link find the title, “The Art (and Business) of Freelancing,” right-click “Media files IHUB-030715-Snow.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Frugal Innovation 62 mins – “Learn about a groundbreaking new paradigm – frugal innovation – being pioneered by visionary entrepreneurs, corporations and government agencies to innovate cost-effectively and sustainably under severe resource constraints. Using frugal innovation methods, these American pioneers are creating affordable solutions that deliver more value at less cost to consumers and citizens in sectors like health care, education and financial services. Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer, General Electric; Mark Hatch, CEO, TechShop ; Halle Tecco, Co-founder and CEO, Rock Health; Jennifer Tescher, President and CEO, Center for Financial Services Innovation; Navi Radjou, Co-author, Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth – Moderator.” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gateway to Freedom 37 mins – “Eric Foner talked about his book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, in which he examines the efforts of free blacks and white abolitionists to secure freedom for fugitive slaves during the mid-19th century. In his book, the author recounts the development of the New York Vigilance Committee in 1835 as protection against slave kidnappings that occurred in New York City. This group spawned similar organizations throughout the North and ultimately lead to a network that secured the freedom of over 3,000 slaves. He spoke with Edna Greene Medford, chair of the history department at Howard University.” At the link find the title, “After Words: Eric Foner,” right-click “Media files program.389443.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gay and Lesbians in India 62 mins – “Growing up gay and lesbian in India imbues a broad world view consistent with the multi-culturalism of secular India and the pluralistic religions of the subcontinent. At the same time, Asian family pressures drive conformity amid strong expectations of an individual born to be part of a collective. Our speakers have each forged powerful identities as accomplished LGBT activists, authors and builders of a new class of LGBT world citizens equally at home in India and the United States. Devesh Khatu, Minal Hajratwala, Rakesh Modi, Dipti Ghosh” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gaza Grand Piano 27 mins – “Tim Whewell tells the story of how Gaza’s only grand piano is being restored and of how music – for so long played behind closed doors – is being re-introduced to school children.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Saving Gaza’s Grand Piano,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20150326-0245a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Pay Gap 46 mins – “Actress Patricia Arquette got the Oscars fired up in a hurry Sunday night when she took the microphone – gleaming statuette in hand – to go after pay disparities for women.  “We’ve fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she proclaimed from center stage.  “It’s our time to have wage equality.”  Meryl Streep was on her feet in a nano-sceond, fist pumping.  Jennifer Lopez was right beside her.  It’s a hot-button issue.  There was praise for Arquette.  And also questions about the numbers, the message.  This hour On Point:  Gender equity.  What women earn.  And the Arquette cry for equal pay.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genius Is You 59 mins – “Many people think, “If I were a genius, I would have to be as smart as Einstein or as creative as JK Rowing of Harry Potter fame.” Why is that a myth? Sullivan will explain that it’s not true that geniuses are limited to brilliant, highly successful people who have done something the world finds amazing. That widespread notion is actually a modern idea that distorts the original meanings and great potential for the word “genius.” She will discuss the top three things we can do to recover our lost five-year-old genius: First, we explore carefully the true meaning of genius. Next we deal with the elephants in the room: impending death or helplessness as we age ­­ ­– the things we weren’t supposed to see or talk about when we were children. Then, we develop a practice of listening to ourselves so we become fluent in the language of our own heart, and know what we are called to do with our lives. Pat McHenry Sullivan, Founder, Visionary Resources in Oakland, CA; Author, Your Natural Genius: Lost, Found, Ready for Adventure” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genius via Trauma 60 mins – “This week we’re looking at brain injuries, and the ways they change the lives of patients. We’ll talk to Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg, authors of “Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel.” And we’ll speak to neuroscientist Dr. Adrian Owen about his brain imaging research detecting awareness in vegetative patients. Note: The article Accidental Genius by Darold A. Treffert can be found on page 52 of the August 2014 issue of Scientific American.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genomic Research 45 mins – “Advances in genomics are allowing us to see how a person’s DNA interacts with their environment and lifestyle to influence his or her health. On this episode, Dr. Eric Green discusses next-generation genomic technology and precision medicine.” At the link right-click Listen to episode” and select “Save Lin As” from the pop-up menu.
Genomic Research 45 mins – “Advances in genomics are allowing us to see how a person’s DNA interacts with their environment and lifestyle to influence his or her health. On this episode, Dr. Eric Green discusses next-generation genomic technology and precision medicine.” At the link right-click “Listen to Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geoengineering 65 mins – “On the show this week we talk to Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist working for the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. He investigates issues related to climate, carbon, and energy systems. In the interview, we focus on geoengineering—the process of making big changes to the Earth’s climatic system in an attempt to solve issues related to climate change.” At the link find the title, “79 Ken Caldeira – Can Geoengineering Save the Planet?” right-click “Media files 197904675-inquiringminds-79-ken-caldeira-can-geoengineering-save-the-planet.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Getty Museum Loot 63 mins – “Felch and Frammolino led an investigation of the Getty Museum’s four-decade effort to build a world-class antiquities collection and revealed an astounding case of tax fraud, deceit and controversial acquisition relationships across the Mediterranean. Hear these intrepid reporters reveal some of the most shocking secrets and lies in the art world.Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Co-authors, Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Business Trends 59 mins – “The Internet is democratizing access to the global marketplace for millions of people around the world. Thanks to online platforms, payment systems and logistics services, companies, nonprofits and individuals can embark on global journeys like never before. In this conversation, Usman Ahmed — Policy Counsel for eBay Inc — and Jake Colvin — Executive Director of the Global Innovation Forum at the National Foreign Trade Council — explore the opportunities for economic development that the Internet unlocks, and the specific challenges that global entrepreneurs and micromultinationals in developing countries face.” At the link beside “Download” right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Crisis 54 mins – “The Global Environmental Crisis: Is There a Place for an Individual Response? Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe and titled “The Global Environmental Crisis: Is There a Place for an Individual Response?”  Our speaker is Dr. Katia Vladimirova, visiting scholar at the Center.” At the link right-click “Download this story” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Googlization of Books 69 mins – “Learn about the legal, cultural and economic implications of Google moving into the center of the publishing ecosystem. Will Google’s presence cheapen the value of “book culture,” or will the power of the service to connect people to information generate a boost to the hopes of those who wish to preserve “long-form” writing and reading? The panel will answer these questions and raise new concerns about our heavy dependence on Google to navigate the world. Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies and Law, University of Virginia; Author, The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry); Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder, Internet Archive and the Open Content Alliance” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grace Hopper 56 mins – “The Woman Who Invented the Information Age – When we think of the pioneers responsible for the information age, our thoughts often turn to Thomas Watson, Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs. But Beyer will share with us the amazing story of Grace Hopper, the woman whose achievements as a business executive, inventor and visionary created the technical foundation upon which the modern computer industry has been built. Beyer will also discuss the roots of the computer revolution, the role of government in the process of large-scale technical transformation, and the process of invention. Kurt W. Beyer, Author, Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Graphic Novels 65 mins – “The popularity of graphic novels is exploding. For many years, these comics were not taken seriously by readers or critics; however, with the recognition and success of works like Ghost World, Persepolis and American Born Chinese, graphic novels have surged to a widely respected status in the literary and art landscape. How did this happen? Are we as a society simply tired of reading huge, verbose novels? Or does this shift illustrate a new appreciation of the synthesis between visual art and literature? Leaders of the form talk about these issues and more. Gene Yang, Creator, American Born Chinese; Andy Hartzell, Creator, Fox Bunny Funny; ; ark Pien, Creator, Long Tail Kitty; Colorist, American Born Chinese ; Dash Shaw, Creator, Body World and Bottomless Belly Button; Summerlea Kashar, Acting Director, Cartoon Art Museum” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grasslands Importance 63 mins – “Forests are often at the center of conversations about using natural systems to capture and store carbon pollution, but research shows grasslands and prairies are similarly important. How they are managed can potentially have a big impact on storing greenhouse gases so they don’t enter the atmosphere. Nudged by researchers and environmentalists, ranchers are learning new ways to handle livestock and the forage they graze on. Conservationists are also having to rethink their strategies as the changing climate pushes species up mountains, while others move toward the poles. How is climate affecting land conservation in the United States and other parts of the world? What is California doing to turn rangelands and cows grazing on them from part of the problem to part of the solution? Join conservationists and a researcher for a discussion about protecting ecosystems in the era of climate disruption.” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Growing Food 69 mins – “A young farmer and an older one will speak about the joys and frustrations of food production in the wilds of Oakland and in a Hudson River village. From chard and soybeans to chicken and hogs; death lessons, life lessons, and growing lessons from the authors of Farm City and Growing, Older. Joan Gussow, Author, Growing, Older; Novella Carpenter, Author, Farm City

Guardians of Science 62 mins – Host Vincent Racaniello and guests Maria Julia Marinissen, Edward H. You, and David R. Howell at the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Infections Research meeting talk about alternative careers for scientists. At the link right-click “TWIM#99” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guatemala Forensic Anthropology 9 mins – “In Guatemala’s 36-year conflict, 200,000 civilians were killed — and more than 40,000 were never identified. At the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala, Fredy Peccerelli and his team use DNA, archeology and storytelling to help families find the bodies of their loved ones. It’s a sobering task, but it can bring peace of mind — and sometimes, justice.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Laws Talk 66 mins – “Come hear a wide range of views and expert voices tackle one of the most polarizing issues vexing our nation. A spate of recent high-profile massacres, including the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, has sparked a vigorous national conversation about designing new laws – at the state and federal level – that protect all citizens, including the rights of responsible gun owners. More than 30,000 people die in American annually from gun violence, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our panel will discuss the national issues and California’s role in the dialogue regarding proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, to pass stricter laws to buy and license guns and ammunition, to require gun vendors to do background checks on potential owners, and report sales so law enforcement can track guns and their owners. Nancy Skinner, Member, California State Assembly; Benjamin Van Houten, Managing Attorney, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; Sgt. Kelly Dunn, SFPD Special Victims and Psychiatric Liaison Units; Gene Hoffman, Chairman, The Calguns Foundation; Member, Board of Trustees, Second Amendment Foundation; John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harvard Digital Issues 53 mins – “The Digital Problem-Solving Initiative (DPSI, or “dip-see”) at Harvard University, is an innovative and collaborative project, hosted through the Berkman Center. DPSI brings together a diverse group of learners (students, faculty, fellows, and staff) to work on projects to address challenges and opportunities across the university. In this talk DPSI participants showcase: a smartphone app to reduce campus assault; a method statisticians can use to protect the anonymity of their subjects; and an innovative, immersive documentary project.” At the link right-click “MP3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Costs 61 mins – “Monday Night Philosophy explores the ideas underlying the American health-care system, whose costs, compared to all other countries’, are out of control. Many people argue that our quality and safety of care and clinical outcomes do not justify these costs. Lundberg will describe the whats, the whys and the what-to-dos, followed by a Socratic dialogue with Hammond and an open discussion with the audience. George Lundberg, Editor-at-Large, MedPage Today; Editor-in-Chief, Cancer Commons” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Horse Whips 21 mins – “Race horses are bred to race, but does the whip really make them run faster, or is it just an unnecessary tool that inflicts pain? Dr Jonica Newby reveals some surprising new science about horse tissue and their nervous systems, and even takes a strike herself.” At the link right-click “MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. It’s a video file, but the blog version is audio.

Immune System Affects Brain 57 mins – “This week, how rogue antibodies turned one woman’s existence into a living nightmare of delusions, hallucinations and paranoia, we examine the evidence that ME – or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – might be an autoimmune disease, and why the blues might be down to a hostile immune response. Plus, how tracking eye movements can be used to influence decisions, why remembering causes you to forget, a new 3d-printer inspired by Hollywood’s Terminator, and the genetic map of the UK: apparently the Romans didn’t fancy breeding with us very much… “ At the link right-click “Download as mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Mechanics 171 mins – “John tackles how the internet works – the most requested topic as voted by Pragmatic listeners in this, the penultimate episode of the show.” At the link and way down at the bottom of the page right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Joan of Arc Film 66 mins – “Composer Richard Einhorn, and CTO of MTI Film Kevin Manbeck talk about restoring the 1928 silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” finding the long lost film print in a janitor’s closet, and correcting the film maker’s mistakes, such as anachronisms.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Journalist Rescue Effort 58 mins – “Australian journalist Peter Greste addresses the National Press Club after his release from an Egyptian prison.” (“On 29 December 2013, he and two other Al Jazeera English journalists, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohammad, were arrested by Egyptian authorities. On 23 June 2014, Greste was found guilty by the court, and sentenced to seven years of incarceration. On 1 February 2015, a month after a retrial of Greste, Fahmy and Mohammad was announced, Greste was deported and flown to Cyprus. His colleagues were released on bail on 12 February 2015.”- Wikipedia) At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Peter Greste,” right-click “NPCc_PeterGreste_2603_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrating Families 60 mins – “The number of Central American unaccompanied children and family units arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has surged in recent years, reaching a peak of 137,000 in 2014. In this Migration Policy Institute webinar, experts from MPI discuss the shifting pattern of Central American migration and expectations for 2015; why inflows present a particularly acute policy challenge; and how states, localities, the federal government, and other countries in the region are responding. Speakers Marc Rosenblum, Margie McHugh, and Doris Meissner provide recommendations on policies that advance both critical protection and enforcement goals in situations of complex, mixed-status flows as well as means to address impacts in communities where child migrants have settled.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mobile Money 50 mins – “When your smart phone is your wallet.  Swipe the phone.  Pay the bill.  We’ll look at life and cash in the age of mobile payment.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MS Diet 46 mins – “Dr. Terry Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, where she teaches internal medicine residents, sees patients in a traumatic brain injury clinic, and conducts clinical trials. She is also a patient with a chronic progressive neurological disorder – secondary progressive multiple sclerosis – which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. But thanks to the Wahls Protocol™, based on her research into functional medicine and the Paleo diet, Dr. Wahls made a major recovery and now pedals her bike five miles to work each day.  She is the author of Minding My Mitochondria: How I Overcame Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and Got Out of My Wheelchair, and teaches the public and medical community about the healing power of intensive nutrition.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New Yorker History 28 mins – “The first issue of The New Yorker was published in February of 1925, ninety years ago this month. In celebration of our anniversary, David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, hosts a special episode of Out Loud in which writers and editors revisit New Yorker history, share memories, and discuss how the tone and direction of the magazine have evolved since its founding editor, Harold Ross, first envisioned a publication of “gaiety, wit, and satire.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NYC Data 12 mins – “City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don’t know what to do with it. He shows how a combination of unexpected questions and smart data crunching can produce strangely useful insights, and shares tips on how to release large sets of data so that anyone can use them.” t the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pedestrian Deaths NYC 30 mins – “Stephen J. DUBNER: Hey podcast listeners. This week we’re replaying an episode from last year called “The Perfect Crime.” Here are a few things that have happened since we ran the episode. In 2014, 132 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in New York City, the fewest in a century; this was after 180 pedestrian deaths a year earlier, which was the highest number in a decade. The 2014 decline coincided with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s embrace of a traffic-safety plan called Vision Zero, an import from Sweden, which is meant to eliminate pedestrian deaths entirely within 10 years. Some of the elements of New York’s Vision Zero: a lower default citywide speed limit, 25 mph, down from 30; the aggressive reengineering of problematic intersections; and tougher enforcement of traffic laws, including some of the ones you’ll hear about in this episode. Unless you’re in favor of reckless driving and dead pedestrians, you will probably all of this is a good idea.” At the link find the title, “The Perfect Crime (Rebroadcast),” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Playing Outside 46 mins – “ Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already – American kids today spend only four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors. We hear a new call to raise the “wild child.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Youth 11 mins – “As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to New York’s Rikers Island jail, where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement — all before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as a prison reform advocate he works to change the culture of American jails and prisons, where young people are frequently subjected to violence beyond imagination. Nazario tells his chilling story and suggests ways to help, rather than harm, teens in jail.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up value.

Professional Wrestling 16 mins – “Five sons enter the wrestling ring, but only one walks out alive.” 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.

Psychedelic Therapy 16 mins – “In the nineteen-fifties and sixties, researchers explored the therapeutic effects of LSD on alcoholism, depression, and a number of other conditions. Then the counterculture came along, LSD became a recreational drug, and the research dried up. In this week’s magazine, Michael Pollan writes about a new wave of researchers who are using hallucinogenic drugs to help terminally ill cancer patients cope with the fear of death. On Out Loud, Pollan joins host Amelia Lester, the executive editor of, to discuss the history of psychedelics research, the difference between a recreational psychedelic journey and a therapeutic one, and why he finds the effects of these drugs so intriguing. Whereas we don’t typically trust the insights we have when we’re drunk or dreaming, Pollan says, patients who take hallucinogens report having “a sturdy, authoritative experience.” “It takes us into an interesting and difficult to navigate intellectual space,” he says. “It’s very exciting territory.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Randomness 65 mins – “Campbell Harvey of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his research evaluating various investment and trading strategies and the challenge of measuring their effectiveness. Topics discussed include skill vs. luck, self-deception, the measures of statistical significance, skewness in investment returns, and the potential of big data.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recycling 14 mins – “One day it’s profitable to recycle a bottle. The next day, some number in the global economy changes and that bottle suddenly becomes trash. The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. For a bunch of reasons, it’s a tough time to be a recycler” At the link find the tile, “#613: Trash!” right-click “Media files npr_395868155.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sandhogs 26 mins – “Eighty years ago, New York City needed another tunnel under the Hudson River. The Holland Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge could no longer handle the mounting traffic between New Jersey and Manhattan. Thus began construction of the Lincoln Tunnel. But this is not a story about the Lincoln Tunnel. This is about the men who made it. The Sandhogs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seafood Consumption 5 mins – “Here’s yet another food dilemma for the 21st century: Ethically speaking, what’s left that you can actually eat from the ocean? Given how hard it is to know the backstory of the fish on your plate, is there any effort being made to draw down demand for seafood in this country? We put these questions to Paul Greenberg, the bestselling author of “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food” and “American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.” [Americans eat] 15 pounds of seafood per person per year. Compare that to Asia [where] you’ve got 35 to 40 pounds of seafood per person per year [or] with the American meat consumption, land food meats. That’s like 200 pounds per person per year. What’s the best fish to buy? The best fish you could buy isn’t a fish, it’s a mollusk. I’m really big these days on mussels, farmed mussels, particularly those grown in the United States — and Canada is not bad either….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right-end of the pop-up menu.

Surveillance Awareness 22 mins – “Yes, all of the usual corporate and government entities know you’re here. Google remembers everything you’ve ever searched, BuzzFeed knows how you’ve scored on all their quizzes, and your cell phone provider knows who you talk to and who you sleep with. Terms of Service agreements are an exercise in futility, encrypted email often takes more trouble than it’s worth, and yeah, sure, go ahead and give Facebook a fake name, but don’t think you’re fooling anyone. Companies are collecting your data from just about everywhere, storing it through time unknown, and using it however they want. Oh, and that’s where the FBI-and-friends find it. But Bruce Schneier, security technologist, cryptographer, and author of a new book called “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World,” says the fact that you’ve taken the time to read this far means you’ve got the one reliable protection available to us in year 2015: awareness….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tech Trends 52 mins – “In Radio Berkman 216 we tackle the web as we know it in 2014-2015. Hate speech online, freedom of speech online, censorship and surveillance online, and, of course, whether our smart machines are out to destroy us….” At the link right-click “ or download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ten Most Wanted Men 38 mins – “FBI Deputy Director Mark Giuliano and FBI historian John Fox talk about the history and significance of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, which marks its 65th anniversary in March.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Universities 12 mins – Their impact, demands and trends, worldwide. At the link find the title, “A special report on universities: Roll up, pay up,” right-click “Media files 20150325 sr universities_ad.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Universities 12 mins – Their impact, demands and trends, worldwide. At the link find the title, “A special report on universities: Roll up, pay up,” right-click “Media files 20150325 sr universities_ad.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wanderu 47 mins – “We talk with Wanderu CEO Polina Raygorodskaya.” Wanderu claims it is the simplest way to book bus and train transportation. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing blue arrow.



An alphabetic encyclopedia of 6000 of these hyperlinked descriptions is here and updated quarterly. A file of the podcasts is here , updated weekly, and can be downloaded as a 35+ GB zipped file, or individually.  Over 230 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.

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