Media Mining Digest 179 – Apr 17, 2015: 3D Roundtable, Australian Afghani Camelmen, Billie Holiday, Biomimicry, Book Trends, Brain Plasticity, Cancer Film, Cassava in Columbia, Chemical Pollutants, Children and Nature, China’s Hukou Reform, Drones for Conservation, Duxford War Museum, Economics Q and A, Environmentalist Hawken, Female Genital Mutilation, Financial Crisis Causes, Forensic Linguistics, Fridgenomics, Healthcare Randomized Evaluations, Heart Diet, Hispanics in America, Hollywood Blacklist, HPV Vaccine, Human Trafficking, Humor Helps, Ig Noble Awards, Immigration in America, India, Inside Job, Intelligence Testing, Internet Worm, Intuition Pumps, Islamic Religious Education, Islamic Women, Israel and Palestine, Japanese Internment, Job Search Skills, Kurds, Language Learning Quickly, Large Cap Value Funds, Larry Wilmore, Latin American Upgrade, Learning Tactics, Lee Kuan Yew, Less Traveled Road, Lethal Injections, Liberal Arts Education, Liberia Upswing, London Undocumented, Loneliness Hazard, Looted Antiquities, Louis Gossett Jr, Makers, Marijuana Future, Mark Twain On Truth, Martian Book, Math Education, Medicare Primer, Mental Enhancement, Merchants of Doubt, Metabolic Wellness, Mexico, Microchip Future, Mobile Device Dark Side, Morocco Evolution, Ms Pat, News Trends, Oil Price Impact, Oil Prices and Food, Parasitism Case Study, Permaculture, Podcasting Discussion, Premed Case Study, Prison Gangs, Public Shaming, Ravensbruck Camp, REITs, Ritalin, Shadow Banking System, Space Exploration, Supplements Quality, Trans Pacific Partnership, Violence Technology, Water History – America, Wealth Creation, Wondrous Women, Yellowstone Job

The following audio files come from a larger group of 248 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 97 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

3D Roundtable 96 mins – Mostly surveying related: photogrammetry, lidar. Autodesk, UAV use and reference to Catch 3d software that turns 2D photo series into 3D images. At the link find the title, “Taking 3D to the Next Level Roundtable Podcast,” right-click “Media files 2015-04-02, taking 3d to the next level septembers roundtable podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australian Afghani Camelmen 27 mins – “Dawood Azami focuses on the life and legacy of the Afghan cameleers, who first arrived in Australia in the 1860s. They played a crucial role in the development of railway lines, overland Telegraph line and provided supplies to remote mission stations and farms. They became part of the pioneering legend of inland Australia by opening up the Australian deserts, exploring it and enabling the early white settlers to survive.” That’s Part 1. In part two Dawood Azami talks to some of the descendants of the thousands of Afghan pioneers in Australia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, who, with their camels, first arrived in Australia in the 1860s and criss-crossed the harsh interior of Australia for several decades. He explores the adventurist nature and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Afghans and discusses their ancient and unwritten code of life called – Pashtoonwali. “At the link find the titles, “DocArchive: Australia’s Afghan Cameleers – Part One,” (and Part Two) right-click “Media files docarchive_20150331-0300a.mp3” for Part One and “Media files docarchive_20150407-0232a.mp3” for Part Two, then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Billie Holiday 49 mins – “When Billie Holiday sang, it was like a soul opening up. Cautiously, enigmatically, powerfully. Her personal story – burnished and mythologized – had poverty and prostitution, racism, addiction, abuse, heartache. But in her music – says my guest today, jazz musician and scholar John Szwed – Billie Holiday was no victim.  She was a self-taught artist bringing a unique intimacy and emotion to song.  Breaking through to new terrain. This hour On Point: a meditation on the great Billie Holiday.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biomimicry 22 mins – “Today’s special edition of How on Earth, brought to you in conjunction with this week’s Conference on World Affairs is a conversation on Biomimicy as a new lens to view science and technology with Margo Farnsworth. Margo has coached two Top Twelve graduate teams for the International Student Biomimicry Challenge and currently serves as a Biomimicry Institute education fellow. She is also on the board of both the Missouri Prairie Foundation and South Carolina’s Experience Green. She has worked as a park ranger, science teacher, and mammalogist. With degrees in science education and parks administration, her professional accomplishments include research in environmental education, qualitative mammal studies, and involvement in numerous local and state environmental boards and committees. Farnsworth has written pieces for the Center for Humans and Nature as well as Treehugger, and has two biomimicry book projects pending.  She joins us live for an in-depth talk about how Biomimicry has the potential for changing scientific culture.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Trends 12 mins “…This week, the book world began poring over the findings, covering everything from shares of print and digital sales, to preferences for digital platforms. The two most intriguing findings confirm suspicions that the drive to digital is slowing. “First, the e-books share of new book sales increased only slightly in 2014 over 2013” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer.  “And the share of sales through online retailers and bookstore chains actually dipped.” Recently, publishing pundits have trumpeted that the death of print is greatly exaggerated. Perhaps so, says Albanese, but the prognosis is mixed. “Print accounted for 70% of new book spending in 2014, and that is in fact a drop of seven percentage points from 2013. Reports that print sales are in fact on the rise are generally due only to authors named John Green, or Veronica Roth. Format-wise, the survey shows that the biggest print declines came in trade paperback and hardcover, while mass market paperbacks actually had a slight increase in their share of spending….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Plasticity 58 mins – “Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, researcher, author, essayist and poet. He is on faculty at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, and Research Faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, in New York. On the show this week we talk to Doidge about neuroplasticity—once you reach adulthood, is your brain in a kind of fixed state, or does it keep changing? And can you do things to make it change?” At the link find the title, “80 Norman Doidge – How Plastic Is Your Brain?” right-click “Media files “19030762-inquiringminds-80 norman-doidge how-plastic-is-your-brain.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Film 52 mins – “Cancer was first mentioned in an ancient Egyptian scroll and through the modern era, its history is marked by the epic battles we’ve waged against it. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician, and in trying to understand what his patients must endure, he turned a historical and literary eye on cancer. His Pulitzer-prize winning book is now a PBS documentary premiering Monday. So, we’re rebroadcasting our conversation with Mukherjee about the disease he calls “The Emperor of All Maladies.’” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer P1 52 mins -“For years, cancer was a shameful secret. Now, a huge number of us are “living cancer” – whether we’re being treated ourselves, or helping a family member or friend. Over the last 2,500 years, cancer has shifted from a disease in the shadows to one at the center of scientific research and public discussion. In the first of two special episodes, On the Media dives deep into the way we talk about cancer: in the news, in the hospital, and in our private lives.” At the link find the title, “The Cancer Show Part One,” right-click “Ply Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Part Two: “Today, the impact of cancer is not limited to patients and loved ones, not confined to hospital wards and research labs. It’s a powerful symbol appropriated by Hollywood, the news media, and every realm of expression to signify what we most fear. In the second hour of “The Cancer Show,” the stories we tell about cancer: on stage, on the big screen, and online.” Click the link, find “The Cancer Show Part Two,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cassava in Columbia 7 mins – “ASM traveled to Colombia to speak with and film the researchers behind an innovative biotechnology project that is producing exciting results. The international Swiss – Colombian collaborative research team from the University of Lausanne – Switzerland, the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and the Universidad de la Salle – Utopia campus has been working to create and test novel strains of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) to improve cassava production. AMF forms symbiotic relationships with the majority of the world’s plant species, including cassava and other major food security crops. By colonizing internal structures within the plant and extending its root system, AMF transports nutrients such as phosphate to the plants from inaccessible areas and sources in the soil. In exchange, the plant provides carbon to AMF species that have colonized the plant.” At the link you can watch, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.

Chemical Pollutants 29 mins – “Plastics will play as large a role in peace as they do in war. The 20th century gave rise to the chemical industry. It has revolutionised our world and transformed the way we live. After the Second World War, there was a sudden burst of activity in the chemicals industry and the environment has become flooded with new chemicals. Over 80,000 chemicals are used in everyday products. We handle them, they’re in our water, our food and in the air we breathe. It’s impossible to escape them. But now there’s growing concern that these chemicals are not safe. There’s no requirement to show that these chemicals are actually safe before people are exposed to them….: At the link find the title, “Catalyst – Episode 09,” right-click “Media files catalyst_15_16_09.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Children and Nature 52 mins – “Scott Sampson grew up outdoors: family camping trips … exploring the forest near his home. He says it’s part of the reason he’s a paleontologist and science educator today. Sampson cites studies that show how nature can combat obesity, reduce bullying, and boost grades for kids. So, here’s the question at the heart of his new book: why are American children staring at screens and not getting out into nature? Wednesday Scott Sampson joins Doug to talk about How to Raise a Wild Child.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China’s Hukou Reform 134 mins – “…At the March meeting of the National People’s Congress, Premier Li Keqiang announced that controls over China’s household registration system—or hukou—will be relaxed to ensure that migrant workers can become urban citizens. To facilitate this, he hopes to enhance the carrying capacities of smaller cities and counties while controlling the population sizes of mega cities. The success of these urbanization efforts will not only determine whether China can maintain robust economic growth, but also will have strong implications for sociopolitical stability and environmental sustainability.” At the link right-click “China’s urbanization and hukou reform” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones for Conservation 27 mins – “Drones are being used to track rhino poachers in South Africa; Exploring the use of drones for conservation; What happened when ants were sent to the International Space Station?” At the link find the title, “SciA: Drones for conservation,” right-click “Media files scia_20150402-2030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Duxford War Museum 36 mins – “Join me, Pilot Pip, for this special Bonus Easter episode as I talk about some of the great aircraft at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, UK.  No Squawks, no topic of the week, no news, just awesome aircraft from one of Europe’s biggest aviation museum.” At the link right-click “  Direct download: duxforda.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economics Q and A 81 mins – “Peter Thiel and Tyler Cowen, both New York Times bestselling authors, are among today’s top global thought leaders and influential innovators. Listen as these two engage in a serious dialogue on the ideas and policies that will shape the future of innovation and progress in the coming years and decades. Peter Thiel is among the most impressive innovators of the past two decades. As co-founder of Paypal and seed-funder for Facebook, Thiel has been instrumental in the conception and growth of some of today’s most entrepreneurial and innovative companies. In his latest best-selling book, Zero to One, Thiel explains how to build a better future by capitalizing on innovation. A staunch optimist, he maintains that progress can be achieved anywhere the human mind is able to think creatively. Thiel describes how entrepreneurial thinking leads to innovation, which builds something new and moves the mark from zero to one. Note: Due to a technical malfunction, the audio quality briefly drops from 11:15 – 13:30.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmentalist Hawken 30 mins – “Paul Hawken on corporate social responsibility and the evolution of the open-source and sharing economy movements.” At the link find the title, “Paul Hawken: Cultivating Progress,” right-click “Media files SC-2015-03-31.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Genital Mutilation 27 mins – “The story of a Tanzanian safe house, a place where girls find refuge from female genital mutilation – a bloody and life-threatening rite of passage.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Escaping Tanzania’s ‘cutting season’ – 2 Apr 2015,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20150402-0245b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Crisis Causes 59 mins – “Peter Wallison, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, talks about his book [Hidden in Plain Sight], in which he argues that government housing policies caused the 2008 financial crisis.” At the link find the title, “After Words: Peter Wallison,” right-click “Media files” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Linguistics 51 mins – “Emails, texts and tweets may be changing how we solve crimes: Word choice, spelling and punctuation can all serve as virtual fingerprints. A look at how technology is changing criminal linguistic evidence in court.” At the link find the title, “How Technology Is Changing Criminal Linguistic Evidence In Court, right-click “Media files r2150401.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fridgenomics 50 mins – “What’s in your fridge? That’s the question former BBC Africa Service editor Elizabeth Ohene has been asking as she opens fridge doors on three continents to find out how the fridge has changed – and continues to change – millions of lives around the world.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Fridgeonomics 29 Mar 2015,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20150329-2115a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Healthcare Randomized Evaluations 42 mins – “A lot of the conventional wisdom in medicine is nothing more than hunch or wishful thinking. A new breed of data detectives is hoping to change that….As we’ve regularly noted in the past, economists and other academic researchers have increasingly been using RCTs to study all sorts of things, including how to best fight poverty. At the forefront of this movement is J-PAL, or the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, at MIT. The award-winning economist Esther Duflo, one of J-PAL’s founders, has helped run many RCTs in India, Kenya, and elsewhere, trying to learn how best to prevent teen pregnancy and anemia, and drunk driving; and how to better incentivize nurses, small-business growth, and modern farming techniques.” At the link find the title, “How Do We Know What Really Works in Healthcare?,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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

Hispanics in America 12 mins – Impact and trends of Hispanics in America. At the link find the title, “America’s Hispanics,” right-click “Media files 20150311 david_sr.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hollywood Blacklist 57 mins – “Allan Ryskind, son of Marx Brothers screenwriter Morris Ryskind, talked about his book, Hollywood Traitors: Blacklisted Screenwriters – Agents of Stalin, Allies of Hitler, about the Communist party in Hollywood in the 1930s. He spoke with Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller.” At the link find the title, “After Words: Allan Ryskind,” right-click “Media files program.384674.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HPV Vaccine 64 mins -“The HPV Vaccine: Helpful or Harmful? – HPV can be deadly, and many studies have suggested that the new vaccine Gardasil can be effective in preventing most types of HPV. But controversies still surround the vaccine. Many women can’t get their hands on it because of its high cost and age requirements. Others worry about being forced to give the shot to their daughters when the long-term effectiveness is still unknown. Come hear a panel of experts discuss the health and socio-political issues surrounding Gardasil and the future of HPV prevention and treatment. Joel Palefsky, M.D., UCSF-Infectious Disease Specialist; Dean Blumberg, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Infectious Disease, UC Davis Medical Center; Unpaid Speaker for Merck (maker of Gardasil);
Alina Salganicoff, Vice President and Director, Women’s Health Policy and, Kaiser Family Foundation; Ph.D. in Health Policy, The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; Sarah Varney, Health Reporter, KQED’s “The California Report” – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking 62 mins – “The distinguished panel of activists and experts will discuss the tragedy of human trafficking and efforts to combat what has been described as the fastest growing criminal industry, second only to drug trafficking in profitability, in the world. Human trafficking, considered a modern form of slavery, has historical roots in the Middle East, where it still thrives.” David Batstone, Founder & CEO, Not For Sale; Professor of Business, USF; Mimi Chakarova, Photo Journalist, Filmmaker, Price of Sex 2011; Correspondent, Center for Investigative Reporting; Dr. Dolores Donovan, Professor & Director of International Programming, USF School of Law; Author, Law Review & Journal Articles on Human Rights, Developing Law Systems and Criminal Justice Systems;
Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism, Stanford University; Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist. Author, Cambodia’s Curse – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Humor Helps 59 “Monday Night Philosophy laughs along with the enlightening philosophy of humor elucidated by Bhaerman (the man behind Swami Beyondananda). His hilarious and insightful talk will inspire you to use the magic of humor to gain wisdom, perspective and of course, joy. You’ll laugh while you learn and learn while you laugh! Steve Bhaerman, Author; Performer (as Swami Beyondananda) At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ig Noble Awards 13 mins – “As founder of the Ig Nobel awards, Marc Abrahams explores the world’s most improbable research. In this thought-provoking (and occasionally side-splitting) talk, he tells stories of truly weird science — and makes the case that silliness is critical to boosting public interest in science.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration in America 66 mins – “At The Commonwealth Club in 1984, Cesar Chavez said “The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.” The U.S. Committee of Refugees and Immigrants celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, and the Club is taking the opportunity to find out more about those at the center of the immigration debate, which dates back to the founding of the United States. In the Bay Area, the immigration conversation often centers around limited H1-B visas for techies, while most of the country broods over access to education, employment, social services and integration into the broader community. What does a “typical” immigrant really look like in the U.S. in 2012? How do immigration policies actually impact the lives of documented and undocumented immigrants? Our diverse panel dives deep into the issues. Come hear the true stories shared by more than 10 million individuals.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Biodesign 86 mins – “The emerging health-care needs of the rapidly expanding Indian population require the development of novel, cost-effective medical technologies that are relevant for the needs of the Indian people. However, the medical technology industry in India is still in its infancy, and there have been relatively few successful examples of medical technology innovation in that country’s history. Stanford University’s program in biodesign has been working closely with the government of India to promote medical technology innovation within industry and academia, with the goal of creating scalable medical technology innovation for the masses. Doshi and Mairal will share their experiences in medical technology innovation for India and discuss the opportunities and challenges for medical technology innovation in the future. Rajiv Doshi, M.D., Executive Director (U.S.), Stanford-India Biodesign; Consulting Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford University; Anurag Mairal, Ph.D., Director, Global Biodesign Exchange Programs, Stanford University” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Business Growth 66 mins – “How could a nation become the world’s second fastest growing economy despite a weak, flailing state? Its recent economic slowdown is a sign that India may have begun to experience the limits of growing at “night” – private growth outside the scope of government involvement. What India needs, Das says, is a strong liberal state. Such a state would have the authority to take quick, decisive action; it would have the rule of law to ensure those actions are legitimate; and finally, it would be accountable to the people. But achieving this will not be easy, says Das, because India has historically had a weak state and a strong society. Gurcharan Das, Columnist, The Times of India; Contributor, The New York Times; Author, India Grows at Night In conversation with Lata Krishnan, Chair, American India Foundation” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India’s Girls 60 mins – “Caputi describes how the age-old preference for sons in India, fueled by technological advances and a growing materialism, is leading to increased incidents of discrimination, violence and the eradication of millions of girls in that country. In regions where the sex ratios are skewed, female trafficking and bride buying run rampant. Caputi will address the reasons behind this phenomenon, the implications for India’s population and possible solutions. Nyna Pais Caputi, Producer and Director, Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Entrepreneurs 54 mins – “India’s pervasive resource and capital scarcity combined with massive diversity and growing connectivity are turning the country into a large-scale, living laboratory where grassroots entrepreneurs and corporations are coming up with frugal inventions that are both affordable and sustainable. Radjou explains how “indovations” have relevance not only within India but worldwide.Navi Radjou, Independent Consultant and Fellow, Cambridge Judge Business School; Former Executive Director, Centre for India & Global Business, University of Cambridg” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Immigrants 52 mins – “The story of India’s 30-million-and-growing worldwide diaspora is reshaping trade, identity and culture all around the globe. Hajratwala will speak on what she says Americans need to know today about the rapidly changing country to which nearly 2 million Americans trace their roots. Hajratwala will draw from the seven years of research that led to her nonfiction book, Leaving India, winner of a California Book Award (Silver) and other literary awards.M inal Hajratwala, Author.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Wealth and Power 64 mins – “Raghavan crisscrosses the globe to uncover the story of Rajat Gupta’s meteoric rise from Delhi’s hyper-competitive Indian Institute of Technology to the inner sanctum of corporate America as head of McKinsey & Co., and his tragic fall in 2012, when he was convicted on insider trading charges connected with an investigation of one of the world’s largest hedge funds, The Galleon Group. Raghavan peels back the curtain on the recent rise of Indian emigres (and children of emigres) up through the ranks of the United States’ most influential companies. Anita Raghavan, Former Reporter, Wall Street Journal; Winner, Overseas Press Club Award and the New York Press Club Award; Former London Bureau Chief, Forbes; Contributor, New York Times Dealbook and Forbes” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Inside Job 66 mins – “Come hear from the filmmaker of this year’s Academy Award-winning best documentary feature film. Could the global economic meltdown of the last few years have been prevented? Ferguson believes that the crisis was no accident. His latest documentary, Inside Job, makes the powerful case that an out-of-control finance industry took advantage of a deregulated atmosphere and purposely sought to get rich at the expense of others. Through extensive interviews with financial insiders and government officials, Ferguson crossed the globe to find proof that the financial industry intentionally engaged in unethical behavior. His gripping account of the global recession is sure to evoke feelings of disgust, anger, and concern that this all may happen again unless our regulatory system is changed. Ferguson’s previous film, No End in Sight, was nominated for an Oscar, and Inside Job brought home the grand prize at this year’s awards ceremony. Charles Ferguson, Documentary Filmmaker, Inside Job and No End in Sight; Adam Lashinsky, Senior Editor at Large, Fortune magazine – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence Testing 60 mins – “This week we’re learning about how scientists and society measure intelligence, and the relationship between smartness and success. We’re joined by cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, to talk about his book “Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined.” And we’ll talk to Nathaniel Barr, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, about research into the relationship between smartphone use and cognitive skills. Guests: Scott Barry Kaufman and Nathaniel Barr” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Worm 65 mins – “When the Conficker computer “worm” was unleashed in 2008, security experts were dumbfounded. Through a Windows security flaw, the worm infected 12 million computers, including machines vital to air traffic and banking systems. The worm then linked them together to form a network that could be controlled externally. Bowden explores the struggle between brilliant hackers bent on defeating the worm and those who exploit the Internet, whose origins and intentions remain unknown today. Mark Bowden: The First Digital War, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; Author, Black Hawk Down and Worm: The First Digital World War; Brian Hackney, Correspondent, “Eye on the Bay,” CBS 5 Television – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intuition Pumps, etc 63 mins – “Dennett will share the “imagination extenders and focus-holders” that he and others have developed for addressing life’s most fundamental questions, cognitive tools purpose-built for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, mind and free will. Daniel Dennett, Co-director, Center for Cognitive Studies; Professor of Philosophy, Tufts University; Author, Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking; Roy Eisenhardt – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamic Religious Education 58 mins – “Islamic religious education in Europe and the United States has become a subject of intense debate after Muslims raised in the West carried out attacks against their fellow citizens. People worry their states are doing too little or too much to shape the spiritual beliefs of private citizens. In her upcoming Brookings paper, Jenny Berglund explains the differences in publicly-funded Islamic education in Europe and the United States. Her report details existing religious education programs, teacher training, and ongoing political debates, grounded in the historical and religious norms of the countries. Berglund also recommends good practices for governments to further their citizens’ knowledge about Islam and promote inclusive citizenship and respect.” At the link right-click “Islamic religious education in Europe and the United States” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamic Women 51 mins – “A Somali-born author and activist says a reformation of Islam is needed to address extremism and mistreatment of women. Diane and guests discuss the ongoing debate over the roots of Islamic extremism and the role of women in the Muslim world.” At the link find the title, “Islam, Extremism And The Role of Women,” right-click “Media files r2150331.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Israel and Palestine 60 mins – “Come hear firsthand experiences from seasoned Middle East reporters. Zacharia was the Washington Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief and has reported widely on the Middle East for Bloomberg, Reuters and Washington Week in Review. She will discuss her experiences in the region, especially in Israel and the Palestinian territories, with her Pulitzer Prize-winning colleague Brinkley, author and former New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief.” Janine Zacharia, Journalist; News Analyst; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University; Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism, Stanford University; Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Japanese Internment 74 mins – “70 Years On: The Japanese-American Curfew, Exclusion and Detention Orders and Civil Rights Today – In 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, and as a result, 120,000 Japanese Americans, more than half of whom were U.S.-born citizens, were uprooted from their homes, businesses and friends and held in camps. A few, including Fred Korematsu, brought legal challenges against the imprisonment, and the Supreme Court ruled against them. Decades later, their convictions were overturned based on serious governmental misconduct. Join us to hear the daughter of Fred Korematsu, who is carrying on her father’s civil rights work, and the lawyers on the “pro bono” team that succeeded in overturning his conviction and others for defying the incarceration order, discuss the curfew, exclusion and detention, the legal challenges and their reflections on how the Japanese American experience informs the debate today about national security and civil liberties in the United States. Karen Korematsu, Co-founder, The Korematsu Institute, Civil Rights Activist; Dale Minami, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP; Don Tamaki, Partner, Minami Tamaki LLP” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Job Search Skills 62 mins – “Today’s job market is anything but traditional. Job seekers have to go beyond the paper resume, leveraging social media tools and maintaining an online persona that highlights not only IQ but also EQ (emotional intelligence). How can you, as an applicant, use these new indicators of talent to better showcase your skills and convey competency, let alone find a job that you’ll love? Some say that cultural fit can be as important as title and salary, so how do you persuade an employer that you can not only do the job, but that you’re one of the team? Our panel of career coaches and modern job experts will help you craft your most-hirable self and conquer the evolving job market.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kurds 59 mins – “Educator, researcher and activist Faraj will discuss the history of the Kurdish people, who number more than 30 million and yet do not have their own country. Faraj received his masters degree in Laws in Kurdistan, Iraq, where he taught law. He has researched and led workshops on several subjects including human rights and has investigated violations such as honor killings.” Karaman Mamand Faraj, Student of International Legal Systems, Golden Gate University; Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism, Stanford University; Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Language Learning Quickly 64 mins – “When Benny Lewis graduated college, he spoke just one language: English. 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. […]” At the link find the title, “How To Actually Learn A New Language With Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 Months (Ep. 19),” right-click “Media files 1707.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Large Cap Value Funds 58 mins – “Paul discusses 10 of the most important things you should know about value investing. Using stories about three of the most famous value investors, he explains why your long-term performance should be amongst the best in the industry. He compares two value funds so that you can understand why one made 3.5% more for 15 years. As Paul did in his podcast on the S&P 500, he also reviews the 1, 15 and 40-year track records and compares them to the S&P 500. It is recommended you listen first to the S&P podcast and read this article.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Larry Wilmore 7 mins – “Larry Wilmore is the co-creator of “The Bernie Mac Show” and “The PJs.” He was also a writer for “The Office,” the Senior Black Corresponent for “The Daily Show,” and has a new special on Showtime. He sits down with the Champs to dicuss all of it. Funny, interesting guy.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Latin American Upgrade 36 mins – “Hinckley Forums: The Post Hemispheric Americans – Beyond Bridges and Borders in the 21st Century By Hinckley Institute of Politics • Mar 9, 2015; Evan Ward, Visiting Fellow, The Wheatley Institute, BYU” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Learning Tactics 76 mins – “A New Culture of Learning – Gaming, mentorship, increasing connection and design thinking converge in a world of constant change, and invite us to imagine a future of learning that is as powerful as it is optimistic. By exploring play, innovation and the cultivation of the imagination as cornerstones of learning, our panelists will show you how to create a vision that is achievable, scalable and grows along with the technology that fosters it and the people who engage with it. John Seely Brown, Co-chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge; Author, The Power of Pull; Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp.; Director, Palo Alto Research Center; Douglas Thomas, Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication; Author, Hacker Culture; Scott Stropkay, Co-founder and Partner, Essential;Kevin O’Malley, CEO, TechTalk / Studio – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lee Kuan Yew 27 mins – “Edward Stourton looks back at the remarkable life of Lee Kuan Yew, who transformed Singapore from a backwater into one of the world’s richest nations. He talks to critics and admirers as he assesses the record of the man who laid down the blueprint for the modernisation of the island nation.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Lee Kuan Yew: The Man who Made Singapore,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150329-1000a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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

Lethal Injections 59 mins – “Hinckley Forum: Outstanding Professor Series By Hinckley Institute of Politics; Mar 6, 2015; Professor Jim Ruble,  Associate Professor (Clinical), Department of Pharmacotherapy; College of Pharmacy Distinguished Teaching Award 2010-2011 and  2013-2014” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Liberal Arts Education 47 mins – “A liberal arts education was, for a long time, the proud and distinctive hallmark of an American university education. Old Europe had a burnished few and a lot of trade apprentices. We, the young and vibrant United States, had citizens with a handle on the humanities. Philosophy, history, literature, arts. That served us pretty well. Lately, the humanities are in trouble at a lot of colleges. Politicians talking them down. Students fleeing for the sciences. History major, public thinker, Fareed Zakaria says don’t let them go. This hour On Point:  Fareed Zakaria, in defense of the liberal arts.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Liberia Upswing 67 mins – “The Carter Center: Partnering in the New Liberia – After enduring 14 years of civil war and economic collapse, Liberia is on the upswing. Led by the continent’s first female president and supported by the international community, Liberia is held up as an example of development-work success. Learn how the Carter Center is waging peace and building hope through partnerships with local government officials, tribal leaders and civil society organizations. Hear from a group of Bay Area women philanthropists who recently traveled to this unique nation in Africa. Cate Biggs, Writer; Consultant; Founder, Writing for Global Engagement; Emilie Ogden, Community Activist; Trustee, World Learning; Kate Ridgway, Educator; Community Activist; Nancy Hitz, World Traveler; Winemaker; Trustee, the Worldwatch Institute and the Hitz Foundation” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

London Undocumented 27 mins – “Ahmed has spent much of the last three and a half years sleeping on London’s night buses. He fled to the UK from India in 2002 during the communal riots in Gujarat, fearing that he was going to be a target. He had his asylum application turned down but, still nervous about the situation at home, he stayed in the UK. Through Ahmed we enter a netherworld where many other failed asylum seekers like him exist.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Sheltering on the Night Bus,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20150401-0300a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loneliness Hazard 17 mins – “We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Looted Antiquities 27 mins – “As evidence grows that major historical sites are being looted in Syria, how much are groups such as Islamic State profiting from the global trade in illicit antiquities?” At the link find the topic, “DocArchive: ISIS: Looting for Terror – 5 Mar 2015,” right-click “docarchive_20150305-0232a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Louis Gossett Jr 63 mins – “Gossett became a Broadway star at 17, starring with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis in “A Raisin in the Sun.” He later won an Emmy for his performance in the “Roots” miniseries and an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role as Sgt. Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman. Drawing on a theatre, film and television career that spans more than 50 years, Gossett will discuss some of his most memorable experiences as well as his personal efforts to end racism, violence and ignorance through the work of his Eracism Foundation. Louis Gossett Jr. Actor; Winner, Academy Award; Activist; Author, An Actor and a Gentleman” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Makers 65 mins – “You know that guy or girl who can make or fix anything? Yes, the same MacGyver wannabe who repairs a flat tire with an empty water bottle and a pen. You can now compete with these handy heroes. Especially now, in times of financial hardship, people want to fix and create useful and awesome gadgets from scratch. Make Magazine leads this “yes I can” attitude with tips for new self-sufficiency. From fixing your cracked iPhone screen to make-shifting an aerial camera rig from Popsicle sticks, a drugstore kite and Play-Doh, Make has it all. Find out where technophile and editor-in-chief Frauenfelder plans to lead this DIY movement. Mark Frauenfelder, Editor, Make Magazine; Dale Dougherty, Publisher, Make Magazine; Co-founder, O’Reilly Media; In conversation with Adam Savage, Host, “Mythbusters’” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Future 73 mins – “Cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive component of marijuana, has extraordinary therapeutic qualities, claims Lee. Discover the various molecular mechanisms through with CBD exerts its effects as an anticonvulsant, antipsychotic and neuro-protective compound. This lecture will also address recent efforts to reintroduce CBD-rich remedies and how the medical marijuana industry has responded to the rediscovery of CBD, which doesn’t make people feel high and can actually counter the psychoactive effects of THC. Beyond THC: Cannabidiol and the Future of Medical Marijuana Martin A. Lee, Author, Smoke Signals” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mark Twain On Truth 60 mins – “Mark Twain wanted to write a completely candid autobiography, without “shirkings of the truth,” so he decided to speak from the grave 100 years after his death. The Mark Twain Papers Project at the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley has fulfilled that desire. Editor Smith will discuss Twain’s numerous observations about the difficulty of speaking the truth, and the strategies he adopted to remove his inhibitions, illustrating her talk with passages he suppressed during his lifetime. Come hear Mark Twain’s “whole, frank mind” highlighted by his characteristic blend of humor and ire.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Martian Book 60 mins – “This week we’re exploring the limits of science exploration in both fictional and fact. We’re joined by “lifelong space nerd” Andy Weir, to talk about his debut novel “The Martian,” that pits human inventiveness and ingenuity against the unforgiving environment of the red planet. And astrophysicist and science blogger Ethan Siegel returns to explore so-called “impossible space engines,” and what news stories about them can teach us about journalism and science literacy.” At the link right-click “Listen Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Math Education 78 mins – “What kinds of math skills will the citizen of tomorrow require? Are we providing our children with the math education that will most benefit them? Join NPR’s math expert as he offers his thoughts on this vital issue.  Keith Devlin, The Math Guy, National Public Radio; Co- Founder and Executive Director, Stanford University’s H-STAR Institute; Angie Coiro, Radio Host, Live from the Left Coast – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicare Primer 59 mins – “2011 marked the year the first Boomers turned 65 and qualified for Medicare benefits. For most, a true understanding of what these benefits are, how to determine what options are best for you, and how to actually sign-up is not clear at all. Learn the realities of what you can expect, and more important, what not to expect. Here’s what every Boomer needs to know before they turn 65!” Esther Koch, Encore Management; Medicare Aging Network Partner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Enhancement 74 mins – “When you think of the word meditation, what come to mind? Hippies? Connecting with your spirit animal? Becoming a badass monk who knows kung-fu? Let’s throw all those associated topics out the window right now, because meditation is not strictly limited to the realm of spiritual/zen practices. Rather, it’s a practice rooted in the idea […]” At the link find the title, “How To Strengthen Your Mind With Tony Stubblebine of (Ep. 31),” right-click “Media files 4760.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Merchants of Doubt 30 mins – “A recent Pew survey found that 48% of Americans are still unconvinced that global warming is happening and that human activity is causing it. How can this high level of doubt persist in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence? Our guest today on Sea Change Radio is Naomi Oreskes, co-author of the book Merchants of Doubt. As the title suggests, Oreskes believes that seeds of doubt have been planted quite intentionally. The same playbook that was used by tobacco companies to hoodwink the public is now being applied to climate change….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Metabolic Wellness 95 mins – “Learn how you can assess the factors affecting your metabolism and what steps you can take to customize restoring your optimal metabolism. Each person’s metabolism is unique and influenced by lifestyle, diet, stress metabolism, genes, environmental influences and relationships. James LaValle, R.Ph.; C.C.N.; N.M.D.; Cofounder, Living Longer Institute; Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy; Author, Cracking the Metabolic Code” At the link right-click “Play Now” 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 • Mar 9, 2015; Ambassador Alejandro Estivill-Castro, Deputy Head of Mission of the Mexican Embassy to the United States of America” T the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico Future 69 mins – “Jorge G. Castaneda: Mexico’s Future and Its Relationship with the U.S. – Mexico’s future is most certainly dependent on its relationship with the United States. In fact, Mexico ranks third in total trade with the United States behind Canada and China. But in the midst of this positive relationship, there is also a drug cartel war that has claimed the lives of more than 34,000 Mexicans and over 100 Americans in the past four and a half years. Ongoing issues of immigration and border control are also high on the list of mutual concerns. Mexico’s foreign minister under former President Vicente Fox, Castaneda will offer a broad perspective on the future of the Mexican people and on relations between our two countries. Come hear from one of Mexico’s most profound social thinkers. Former Foreign Minister, Mexico; Professor of Politics and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NYU; Author, Manana Forever? ; Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Professor of Law and Political Science, Stanford University – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microchip Future 58 mins – “A single cellphone today has more computing power than all the computers in the world combined had before semiconductor chips were part of the equation. Mounting evidence shows that the rapid movement of integrated circuits’ cost and power will plateau. When and why might it happen and what are technologists doing about it? What does all this mean to consumers and the industry? Hu has been called a “microelectronics visionary” by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers for “achievements critical to producing smaller yet more reliable and higher-performance integrated circuits”. His new transistor, FinFET, is replacing the transistor that the industry has used for the past five decades. Chenming Hu, Distinguished Professor of Microelectronics, UC Berkeley” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mobile Device Dark Side 64 mins – “The Dark Side of Mobile Gadgets – If you thought your privacy was only threatened on the Web, think again. In an age when personal technology devices reign supreme, consumers take gadgets for granted. Award-winning journalist and cybercrimes expert Vamosi contends that the dangers inherent in certain gadgets far surpass their convenience. As technologies continue to develop, people continue to trust them, blindly, sacrificing their privacy and safety in ways they never imagined possible. Robert Vamosi, Author, When Gadgets Betray Us; Contributing Editor, PCWorld; Former Senior Editor, CNET. Chris O’Brien, Business and Technology Columnist, San Jose Mercury News – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Morocco Evolution 60 mins – “Well known in Europe and Africa for his work in business development, Azoulay was a leading architect of the remarkable economic reforms and growth Morocco has experienced over the last three decades. He is also a respected advocate of pluralism and inter-religious dialogue. He will discuss Morocco’s constitutional reforms and election following the Arab Spring and share his views on the future of Morocco and North Africa. André Azoulay, Senior Advisor to King Mohammed VI of Morocco” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ms Pat 63 mins – “Comedian Ms. Pat sits down with the Champs to discuss having her first child at 14, selling crack, and getting shot in the tittie. It’s wild, homey.” At the link find the title, “Ms. Pat, Friday, February 20, 2015,” right-click “Media files Ms._Pat_Output.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

News Trends 51 mins – “We are more exposed to media than ever before but pay less attention to the news. We explore trends in news consumption and what this means for an informed and engaged public.” At the link find the title, “Why Americans Seem To Be Paying Less Attention To The News,” right-click “Media files r1150401.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Price Impact 48 mins – “Oil inventories in the United States are at the highest level in 80 years, piling up as supply runs ahead of demand. An American boom in oil production – extraction – has made the United States now the number one oil producer in the world, ahead of Saudi Arabia. At the same time, oil prices have plummeted from over $100 dollars a barrel to forty-something. The last time oil prices cratered, Americans jumped into SUVs and stayed there. Alternative energy suffered. What about now? This hour On Point:  American energy production in a time of low oil prices, from drilling rigs to wind farms.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Prices and Food 60 mins – “Oil guru Richard Heinberg on life after fossil fuels. Five percent of the world’s oil tanker capacity is waiting to load up near Basra Iraq, where production is way up. The United States has only one month of oil storage capacity left. After that, what comes in must go straight to market, likely for as little as $20 a barrel. Is peak oil dead? And why isn’t the economy responding to cheaper oil? We’ll ask the guru, Richard Heinberg. He’s one of the people who popularized the oil squeeze, with his book “The Party’s Over”. Heinberg has a new book out: “Afterburn, Society Beyond Fossil Fuels”. After that, during this Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, a couple of us hope to persuade you to grow some of your own food. Marjory Wildcraft, from growyourowngroceries joins us. There’s a lot of reasons we need to pay attention to the food supply.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” besides “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parasitism Case Study 123 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin discuss how filarial infection modulates the immune response to mycobacterial infection, and reveal a new case study.” At the link right-click “Download TWiP #86” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Permaculture 50 mins – “Join Jason Hartman as he interviews Paul Wheaton, founder of and, on the benefits of permaculture, which is a different way of gardening without irrigation… Paul’s definition of permaculture is  creating a more symbiotic relationship between himself and nature so that he can be lazier. Permaculture includes how you build your building, the energy used, social interaction, as well as the horticultural aspects…. As a certified master gardener and a certified permaculture designer, Paul Wheaton has written numerous articles ( and founded the permaculture forums (, which have since become the largest permaculture web site on the internet. …has been practicing and preaching this new way of gardening, farming and living for the last nine years….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcasting Discussion 47 mins – “On this week’s episode of Slate Money, host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of, plus special guests Alex Blumberg of Gimlet Media and Will Mayo of Spoken Layer discuss the business of digital audio. This week’s podcast is sponsored by Automatic: a connected car adapter that pairs your car to your smartphone, empowering you to diagnose engine problems, drive more efficiently, remember where you parked, automatically notify emergency services in case of an accident, and more. Go to to get 20% off.” At the link find the title, “The Podcast Podcast,” right-click “Media files SM15032801_money.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Premed Case Study 35 mins – “Matt tells his story of a failed start as a premed undergrad career and how he turned it around. Now he has a med school acceptance. Listen to his whole story!” At the link find and click on episode 123, then right-click the down-pointing arrow above the episode description and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Gangs 76 mins – “David Skarbek of King’s College London and author of The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the written and unwritten rules in America’s prisons for the most violent and dangerous criminals. Skarbek explains how and why prison gangs emerged in the last half of the 20th century, their influence both inside and outside of prisons, and how their governance structure is maintained.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Shaming 52 mins – “Social media has made a judge and jury out of everybody. A poorly worded tweet, post or comment can upend our lives, ruin our careers, and fill us with regret. Journalist Jon Ronson says that we are reducing people to the worst thing they’ve ever done, and losing our own moral compass in the process. He joins Doug Thursday to give voice to the shamed and to explain why we all so easily become the shamers.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ravensbruck Camp 52 mins – “On a scenic lake 50 miles north of Berlin, Hitler opened a compound known as Ravensbrück — his only concentration camp for women. Opened in 1939, the camp initially held a few thousand political prisoners. By the end of World War II, nearly 130,000 women had passed through its gates. The prisoners there were subjected to slave labor and brutal forms of torture. Yet relatively little has been written about the camp. The SS burned all inmate records; the material that did exist lay locked behind the Iron Curtain for years. Now, a new book pieces together historical evidence to tell the stories of the women who lived and died at Ravensbrück.” At the link you can listen, but not download: however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

REITs 19 mins – “This podcast discusses the relatively short history of REIT returns. Paul informs investors about the long-term returns of this asset class, including long periods of mediocre returns. He also highlights what a great fit REITs have been with the S&P 500 due to their unusually high non-correlation. Listeners are encouraged to read both his MarketWatch REIT articles: 10 Things You Need to Know About Reits and Why REITs belong in your retirement portfolio” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ritalin 32 mins – “For Episode #69, we welcome back Dr. Jehangeer Sunderji, of Mind Body Medicine in Santa Monica, California, to speak about a household name among cognitive enhancers: Ritalin.  Dr. Sunderji runs through the benefits – as well as the risks – of this powerful smart drug and stimulant, and advocates the importance of careful diagnosis and responsible dosing.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shadow Banking System 11 mins – “The shadow banking system is a term for the collection of non-bank financial intermediaries that provide services similar to traditional commercial banks. – Wikepedia. At the link find the title, “Special report: Shadow banking,” right-click “Media files 20140506 shadow banking ad.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Space Exploration 61 mins – “Does Space exploration benefit or suffer from the input of volunteers and Citizen Science?” At the find the title, “DigitalP: Space and Citizen Science,” right-click “Media files, right-click “digitalp_20150331-2005a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supplements Quality 47 mins – “Americans love herbal supplements. They spend billions a years on all kinds, hoping for relief, remedy, cure. This week, the New York attorney general reached a deal with the country’s largest supplement retailer, GNC, to guard against selling bottles that contain nothing of the herbs. The attorney general said four out of five tests of herbal supplements from GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart showed none of the product advertised was actually in the bottle. Other stuff was. This hour On Point:  we’re looking at the purity, safety and effectiveness of dietary supplements, in the supplement-crazy USA.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trans Pacific Partnership 50 mins – “The ideas of secrecy, democracy, special interests and international trade deals are interwoven into this episode that uses the negotiations over two upcoming international trade agreements to highlight current trends.” At the link find the title, “Show 290 – The Illusion of Control,” right-click “Media files cswdcc90.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violence Technology 51 mins – “Advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology and robotics mean that more people than ever before have access to potentially dangerous technologies.” At the link find the title, “Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum: “The Future of Violence’” right-click “Media files r2150330.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water History – America 52 mins – “The western United States is in the grip of a punishing drought. Reservoir levels are dropping, and farmers are struggling to ensure their access to water for crops and livestock. Consider California. According to a water scientist at NASA, the state has only a year’s worth of water left in its reservoirs. Some scientists even fear the West has reached “peak water” — the point at which water resources simply can’t keep up with water usage. In this episode, Brian, Ed and Peter look at how Americans have managed access to water across the generations. From early legal struggles over natural waterways to the shared irrigation systems of New Mexico, they’ll consider how Americans have divvied up water rights for private profit and public good. And they’ll dive into the debate over who could and couldn’t use swimming pools in the 1920s.” 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.

Wealth Creation 59 mins – Host Leo Laporte interviews Peter Diamandis. “Peter Diamandis is an engineer and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University, and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think.” His latest book is “BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the blue down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Wondrous Women 60 mins – “Guest host John Lithgow introduces two stories about strong women. The English writer E. Nesbit puts a satirical spin on the Rapunzel story in “Melisande.” The reader is Jane Curtin. In Barbara Kingsolver’s “Fault Lines,” the narrator has lost her husband to an industrial accident, and can’t come to terms with his death until her brilliant son, and an earthquake, realign her with the universe. Jill Eikenberry reads.” At the link find the title, “Wondrous Women,” right-click “Media files 198756653-selectedshorts-wondrous-women.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yellowstone Job 12 mins – “A summer job in Yellowstone National Park isn’t quite what Molly Payne Wynne had been expecting. Molly is the Monitoring Coordinator for the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, an unprecedented collaborative effort to restore 11 species of sea-run fish in New England’s second largest river, the Penobscot. Molly has pursued a variety of research topics in fisheries; most recently, river herring habitat use patterns through otolith chemistry at the University of Southern Maine and otolith growth and microchemistry as a research assistant at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, NY. She loves the water and exploring Maine and awaits her next scientific adventure.” At the link find the title, “Molly Payne Wynne: An Accomplice To Fish Murder,” right-click “Media files 199079043-the-story-collider-molly-payne-wynne-an-accomplice-to-fish-murder.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.




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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