Media Mining Digest 181 – May 1, 2015: Autistic Adults, Blind New Gadgets, Bootstrap World, Caddilac Tax, Chinese Comedy, Civil WAr Aftermath, Cryptozoology, Death and Self, Deception in War, Dementia, Education, Elevator History, Eyes-Free Fitness, Fake Meat, Flor de Toloaches, Geothite, GM Food Debate, Hostage Situations, iPad for Lawyers, Iran’s View, Irrational Obedience, Job Passion, Lock Picking, Louis Armstrong, Meat Patents, Middle Class History, Migrant Integration, Movement Exercise, Pharmaceutical Disposal, PhD Propects-Australia, Political Challenges, Productivity, Puerto Rican Scam, Raccoons in Toronto, Resilient Cities, Resilient Cities, Robot Warriors, Russian Theater, Same Sex in Supreme Court, Sex Statistics, Sexual Reality Check, Smart Grid, SOCAP, Social Media in Science, Social Networking, Software Alchemy, Solar Car Race, Solar Flares, Solar on Homes, Square Deal Company, Startup Mechanics, STEM Jobs Decline, Steve Jobs, Stress Harms Us, Structural Biology, Stuffed and Starved, Subversives, Sugar Addiction, Sullenberger, Survive and Thrive, Symbiosis Background, Synthetic Biology, Tar Sands Impact, Tavis Smiley, Taxation Solutions, Tech Guru, Technology Trends, Teen Pregnancy, Text Mining, Thirty Year Plan, Thought Traps, Toxins Amongst Us, Tracy Morgan, Urban Farming, Urban Transport, Vietnam Evacuation, Vitamania, War-on-Terror Damage, Wine Appreciation, Workplace Mr Rodgers, World War One – Australia, Worst Case Scenarios, Wrestling, WWII Internment Camp, Wyatt Cenac, Y Combinator Grads, Zero Waste

The following audio files come from a larger group of 254 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 88 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Autistic Adulthood 47 mins – “As long as they’re in school, young Americans on the Autism spectrum – and there are more and more of those – have a fair amount of support. Programs. Special education. People engaged with them, and for them to engage with in return. But when school ends, that support ends. And these young adult autistic Americans, and their families, are pretty much on their own. Some, of course, can work and build fairly independent lives. Others cannot. For them, and their families, it can be an overwhelming moment. This hour On Point: a new report looks at “aging out” of America’s autism support system, and into a very challenging adulthood.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind New Gadgets 67 mins – The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) produced a series of seven videos lasting about 60 minutes: “In this video series, Dr. Ana Juricic discusses and demonstrates some exciting, cutting-edge technologies and gadgets for people who are blind or partially sighted. Some of these products are developed specifically for this market, whereas others were created to be inclusive for everyone.” At the link you can watch the videos, but not download them, however, an audio file copy is included in the blog archive. A similar series of ten videos comparing two $800 and one free screen readers, and lasting about 60 minutes, is available at this link.

Bootstrap World 63 mins – “Host Leo Laporte interviews Emmanuel Schanzer who talks about Bootstrap, a curricular module for students ages 12-16 which teaches algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow beside “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cadillac Tax 47 mins – “Big employers, cutting back on full-coverage health care as Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ begins to bite.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Comedy 27 mins – “Comedian Des Bishop finds out what makes the chinese laugh. He has learnt Mandarin to take his jokes to China. He finds that there is a long tradition of comedy in China called Xiangsheng, or Crosstalk, often in the form of two comedians playing off each other. Join him in a comedy club in Beijing to find out what goes down well – and what doesn’t!” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Stand Up for China,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150414-0300a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War Aftermath 52 mins – “A lot happened in April 1865: Richmond fell to the Yankees, Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Lincoln’s funeral train set out on a long and meandering route for Springfield, Ill., and four years of brutal conflict came to an end. But at the close of the Civil War — 150 years ago this month­ — no one knew how things would turn out for the United States and the defeated Confederacy. This time on BackStory, the Guys dwell on that moment and explore the uncertainty of 1865. Would the rebellion resurge? Would Southern leaders be hung for treason? Would freed men and women enjoy full citizenship? … How would a nation torn asunder ever rebuild?” 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.

Cryptozoology 52 mins – “Monsters don’t exist. Except when they do. And extinction is forever, except when it isn’t. So, which animals are mythical and which are in hiding? Bigfoot sightings are plentiful, but real evidence for the hirsute creature is a big zilch. Yet, the coelacanth, a predatory fish thought extinct, actually lives. Today, its genome is offering clues as to how and when our fishy ancestors first flopped onto land. Meanwhile, the ivory-billed woodpecker assumes mythic status as it flutters between existence and extinction. And, from passenger pigeons to the wooly mammoth, hi-tech genetics may imitate Jurassic Park, and bring back vanished animals.” At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Death and Self 15 mins – “How does your view of the self affect your attitude to your own death? Shaun Nichols discusses this question in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click beside “Direct Download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deception in War 22 mins – “During World War II, a massive recruitment effort targeted students from the top art schools across the country. These young designers, artists, and makers were being asked to help execute a wild idea that came out of one the nation’s most conservative organizations: the United States Army. The crazy idea was this: The United States Army would design a “deception unit”: a unit that would appear to the enemy as a large armored division with tanks, trucks, artillery, and thousands of soldiers. But this unit would actually be equipped only with fake tanks, fake trucks, fake artillery and manned by just a handful of soldiers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia P1 35 mins – “The first episode of our new five-part Dementia Decoded podcast series looks at what Alzheimer’s is, how it differs from other forms of Dementia, and whether is it an inevitable part of aging.” At the link find the title, “Dementia Decoded: A Special Illness,” right-click “Media files 150400_dementia_decoded_ep1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Cost 47 mins – “In the golden age of America’s middle class, American universities were a big part of the conveyor belt to opportunity. That’s still our vision. But stroll around many top college campuses these days and you can feel how affluence rules. Dominates. Colleges get racial and religious and geographic diversity. But spending the money to bring in low-income and middle class students can slip to a second-tier priority. And with that slips the goal of mixing economic classes, giving all a shot. This hour On Point: American colleges leaning toward the affluent, and the push to turn that around.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Roundtable – Clinton 65 mins – “Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton participates in a roundtable discussion with students and educators at the Jones County Regional Center of Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, Iowa.” At the link find the title, “Hillary Clinton Education Roundtable in Iowa,” right-click “Media files program.396592.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elevator History 7 mins – “There’s an invention that’s made the modern metropolis possible. No, it’s not the automobile or steel. It’s the elevator. Tom Sybert, host of the Elevator Radio Show, explains how the elevator completely transformed how we live.” At the link find the title, “Your Daily Pick-Me-Up,” right-click “Media files 0425-SybertWEB.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eyes-Free Fitness 20 mins – “Welcome to the first podcast for BlindAlive.com! In this first episode we talk about who Blind Alive is and what are goals are as well as get to know each other a bit.” At the link find the title, “Enjoy!Eyes-Free Fitness™ Podcast Episode 1 | Let’s Get Started,” right-click “Media files Blind+Alive+Podcast+Episode+1.mp3” and select L”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake Meat 48 mins – “Whatever you personally think of it, humans love meat. We brought mastodons down to get it. And vegetarians aside, we eat enormous quantities of it today. But here’s the problem: environmentally, meat is a killer. Industrial-scale meat production for a crowded planet guzzles water and land and gives off more greenhouse gases than transportation – cars and trucks and the rest. Yet we love it. There’s a big push on for fake meat. Vegetable-based. That would bring the protein, satisfy the craving, and spare the planet. This hour On Point: fake meat. We’ll taste it and ask how far it goes.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flor de Toloache 48 mins – “When you hear the mariachi music, the visuals are right there too in our mind’s eye. The guys in their elaborate, silver-spangled outfits. The boots. The big sombreros. The machismo, Mexican-style. But when Flor de Toloache is playing, it’s a different picture. Mariachi, yes. But all women. Those great outfits, yes. But flowers in their hair. And Mexican is just the beginning. They’re from all over Latin America, beyond – and New York City. This hour On Point: the women of Flor de Toloache.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geothite 5 mins – “Goethite: Chemistry in its element – It’s the strongest known biological material and one of the earliest pigments – Helen Scales discovers goethite.” At the link find “Goethite,” right-click “CIIE_Geothite_NEW.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GM Foods Debate 51 mins – “Many plants we eat today are a result of genetic modifications that would never occur in nature. Scientists have long been altering the genes of food crops, to boost food production and to make crops more pest-, drought- and cold-resistant. Proponents of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, say that farmers who grow these crops are able to use fewer environmentally damaging pesticides… Critics, however, say the claims of those benefits are overblown…Four scientists recently took on those questions in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, facing off two against two on the motion, “Genetically Modify Food.” In these Oxford-style debates, the team that sways the most people to its side by the end is the winner.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hostage Situations 88 mins – “Deborah Tice, the mother of missing journalist Austin Tice, and former FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit Chief Gary Noesner join Peter Bergen and Barak Barfi to examine the nation’s hostage policy at a discussion held by the New America Foundation.” At the link find the title, “Discussion on U.S. Policy Toward Hostages Held Overseas,” right-click “Media files program.395681.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ipad for Lawyers 26 mins – “Most lawyers who listen to The Digital Edge are already aware of many benefits of tablet use in the courtroom. There are apps for note taking, document review, legal research, and, of course, trial presentation. But this is just the beginning! Having a tablet opens up many avenues of convenience for litigators, trial prep and during trial. Why is the iPad preferable to a Windows Surface or Android tablet?” 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.

Iran’s View 47 mins – “The US Congress is all over the Iran nuclear deal now, looking for leverage, looking for a voice, talking with John Kerry and the White House about how and whether it will all come down. Sanctions relief. The deal. Or maybe war if there is no deal, backers warn. What about on the other side of the looking glass? In Iran?  e saw cheering in the streets of Tehran when their negotiators came home. Hope for sanctions lifted. But there is long hostility too. Suspicion. Iranian strategic goals. This hour On Point: we turn to Tehran for the Iranian view of the big nuclear deal and what it may foretell.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Irrational Obedience 55 mins – “Serbulent Turan, an emerging political scientist at the University of British Columbia, asks why people willingly put up with oppression and — on the flip side — what’s needed to spark a revolution.” At the link find the title, “Ideas from the Trenches – Why We Obey,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150414_55552.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Job Passion 63 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.” India Business Growth “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 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.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lock Picking 18 mins – “The pursuit of lock picking is as old as the lock, which is itself as old as civilization. But in the entire history of the world, there was only one brief moment, lasting about 70 years, where you could put something under lock and key—a chest, a safe, your home—and have complete, unwavering certainty that no intruder could get to it. This is a feeling that security experts call “perfect security.” Sam Greenspan has the story.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Louis Armstrong 19 mins – “Terry Teachout reads from POPS: A Life of Louis Armstrong” Find that title at the link right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meat Patents 19 mins – “We visit the workshop of the meat inventor who came up with Steak-Umm and KFC’s popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation. (Today’s show originally ran in August 2012.)” At the link find the title, “#399: Can You Patent A Steak?” right-click “Media files 20150422_specials_planetmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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

Migrant Integration 73 mins – “On April 14, in a historic first, the recently convened White House Task Force on New Americans unveiled a report to the President that aims to improve and better coordinate federal strategies that support the successful integration of immigrants into U.S. communities. At this Migration Policy Institute event, Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Co-Chair of the Task Force on New Americans, Cecilia Muñoz, discusses the plan’s promise and implementation goals. The conversation also includes remarks by Director of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, Margie McHugh, and President Michael Fix, along with Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Eva Millona, and Special Assistant to the President for Immigration Policy, Felicia Escobar.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Movement Exercise 46 mins – “In an online video, biomechanist Katy Bowman guides a tour of her home. It’s a lot of the usual stuff, but what’s missing is all the furniture. Katy and her family don’t have a couch or recliners or even chairs at the kitchen table. That’s so they have every possible opportunity for physical movement, which is a central idea of Bowman’s philosophy. She wants people to improve their health and their well being by exercising less and moving more and better. She joins us Monday to explain how and why.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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

PhD Prospects – Australia 54 mins – “The education industry in Australia has been prodigious according to Peter Osborne. Many more masters and PhD graduates are produced per head of population than Japan, a country five times the size of Australia. So where do the new graduates go? Is the economy structured to offer enough jobs? No says Peter Osborne who cites a low base of high tech industries in Australia, fewer tenured positions in universities, and even technology that is taking the place of some laboratory positions. Peter Osborne compares the situation for new science graduates in Australia and Japan.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Challenges 55 mins – “Drawing on his book, Disposable Youth, scholar Henry Giroux speaks at the SPUR lecture in Toronto about how America is abandoning its youth.” At the link find the title, “Disposable Youth – Henry Giroux,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150417_97275.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Productivity 76 mins – “What if, upon graduating college, you decided to turn down the great job offers you had on the table? What if you instead decided to spend an entire year dedicated to learning all you could about one specific topic? That’s what Chris Bailey did – with productivity as his chosen topic, he took 365 days after graduating to dive into a project he called A Year of Productivity. For an entire year, he read and practiced all he could around productivity, habit-building, mindfulness, time management, focus and concentration, and more. He also built a blog around the project in order to share what he learned. After the year ended, Chris decided to go full-time with the project, suitably re-dubbing it A Life of Productivity – which is now one of my favorite blogs. He’s also hard at work on a book about the project, which is due to drop in 2016. In this episode, I pick Chris’ brain about many of things he learned during the project (and in the days since), and we also discuss why beards are so great. Enjoy!” At the link select episode 60, right-click the down-pointing arrow in the episode description window and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Puerto Rican Scam 63 mins – “Stories of people, cities, and commonwealths touching their noses and proclaiming “not it!” Including the story of how one city used a rocking chair to take retribution against a late night TV show host, and an island that takes people it doesn’t want to deal with and ships them away.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Racoons in Toronto 4 mins – “Raccoons love to root around for food in the city’s garbage bins, using their finger-like front paws to open the lids and the weight of their big butts to tip the bins over…It’s a particularly tough battle in Toronto, which has been called the raccoon capital of the world. There are no predators in the area, and the city is built on a ravine system that provides plenty of access to fresh water. The estimated raccoon population in Toronto is about 200 per square mile, and they’re a force to be reckoned with. “They are huge,” Mills says. “These raccoons that we see are sometimes like the size of a medium-size dog.‘” At the link find the title, “Will new garbage bins bring Toronto victory in its war on raccoons?” Right-click “Media files 04232015_03.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resilient Cities 7 mins – “Floods, drought, crime waves, terrorism, and superstorms. The modern city faces myriad catastrophes and crises. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, tells us how cities can cope with these challenges, and what they can do to bounce back.” At the link find the title, “How Crises Strengthen Cities,” right-click “Media files 0425-RodinWEB.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Warriors 48 mins – “It sounds like science fiction. Unfortunately, it’s not. Lethal autonomous weapons systems. Robot killers. They’re on the drawing board now. Their prototypes and early forms are beyond the drawing board. This week in Geneva, a big UN meeting is trying to keep the genie in the bottle. Human Rights Watch has launched its Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.  But technology and strategic competition are ratcheting up. Pushing toward weapons that target and kill on their own. If it sounds like a Terminator movie, it is. This hour On Point:  the rise and pushback.  Killer robots.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Theater 27 mins – “Teatr Doc is widely praised for its hard-hitting plays about contemporary Russia. Lucy Ash finds that for the country’s most controversial theatre company, the show must go on.” At the link find the title, “DocArchive: Who’s Afraid of Teatr Doc? 16 Apr 2015,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150416-0230a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Same Sex in Supreme Court 28 mins – “In anticipation of big decisions on marriage equality and Obamacare, many are talking about the balance of political power on the Supreme Court. Dahlia Lithwick speaks with two court watchers about the extent to which the Justices are political actors.” At the link find the title, “The Politics of Law,” right-click “Media files amicus150418_amicus.mp3,” and seelect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Statistics 46 mins – “What are we all up to in the bedroom? How often? Do men really think about sex every seven seconds? Does any of this matter? And most crucially, can we believe any of these statistics in the first place? The Guardian’s Hannah Devlin and Ian Sample are joined by Professor David Spiegelhalter, Professor of Risk at the University of Cambridge and author of new book ‘Sex by Numbers’, and Professor Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London, who produced landmark 1990s sex survey the NATSAL report, to talk about one-night stands, the seven-year itch and everything in between.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Reality Check  22 mins – “Sexual Reality Check – On this podcast about sexual myths, penis size, and sex after 70, The Checkup sticks to the facts.” 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.

Smart Grid 64 mins – Electric Transmission: Enabling a Smart Grid – As America continues to develop clean, non-carbon-based electricity, our century-old electric grid is emerging as a major bottleneck. Meanwhile, public-policy oversight of electric power is a hodgepodge of 50 different states’ approaches to regulation. Willrich illustrates the problem, with special insight into California’s situation, and lays out a program for developing a 21st-century system. Mason Willrich, Board Chair, California Independent System Operator; Director, California Clean Energy Fund; Senior Advisor, MIT Energy Innovation Project” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

SOCAP P2 66 mins – “Social Capital: The Intersection of Money and Meaning, Part Two SOCAP is a multi-platform organization dedicated to the flow of capital toward social good. Four sold-out conferences have connected innovators worldwide – investors, foundations, institutions and social entrepreneurs – to build a market where everyone wins. This year SOCAP returns to San Francisco. Join us for an exciting and informative preview of the ideas and issues of SOCAP 2011 in conversation with the team leading the upcoming conference. Gary Bolles, Founder and CEO, xigi; Consulting Producer, Google Zeitgeist; Sarah Brooks, Director of Social Innovation, Hot Studio; Fiona Hovenden, Ph.D., Vice President, Collective Invention; Co-author, The Gendered Cyborg; Kevin Jones, Founder, Good Capital; Convener, SOCAP; Kevin O’Malley, President, TechTalk / Studio – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media in Science 25 mins – “NSTA 2015: Talking Science: Join the hosts of the Lab Out Loud podcast to explore the benefits of using digital media in science education—helping to engage students and improve teaching practice. Have you wanted to reach out to other science teachers with your questions about NGSS?  Our guests this week can help.  Using Twitter, Fred Ende and Tricia Shelton moderate #NGSSchat – an online forum to learn and share around the Next Generation Science Standards and great science teaching.  Listen to the show to find out how you can “lurk”, learn and contribute to #NGSSchat. To listen to this episode right-click “Download” at the link and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. You have to scroll past many links and notes to find the “download” link.

Social Networking 65 mins –More than a billion people around the world are engaged in a massive and unprecedented experiment in how social media technologies are changing society, commerce, politics, health, innovation, love, work, the arts and more. But what is this new tech literally doing to our brains? How is it impacting who we are as humans, and how is it making us different from previous generations in how we interact with information, our environment and each other? This provocative panel will feature a neuroscientist who studies the impact of multitasking on our gray matter and those who believe new social networking may be leading us to a more connected and even better world, as well as those who are wary of the physiological and societal impact that social media has on humanity. Come participate in a mind-bending special event, check out clips from the film Connected and be social in the real world. Adam Gazzaley, Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry and Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF; Josh McHugh, CEO, Attention Span Media; Tiffany Shlain, Founder, Webby Awards; Filmmaker, Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death and Technology; David Ewing Duncan, Author, Experimental Man; Co-host, Tech Talk Radio – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Software Alchemy 74 mins An outspoken pioneer in the modern computing era and best known as the “Father of Visual Basic” and inventor of “personas,” Cooper will share rare insights into the evolution of software and interaction design based on human goals and needs – and a new vision for meeting the personal and business needs of the upcoming era. Alan Cooper, President and Founder, Cooper; Author, The Inmates Are Running the Asylum and About Face; In conversation with Chris Shipley, CEO, Guidewire Group; Former Executive Producer, DEMO Conference” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Car Race 31 mins – “(Starts at 6:00)Rob Ireland talks about the Sunswift solar racing car, ready for commuters?” In Australia. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Flares 66 mins –Through all the growing pains and political attacks, the U.S. solar industry is still moving ahead. Costs are down, new financing models are removing capital barriers for residential and commercial buyers, and sun energy is no longer just for hippies. What is the solar forecast for 2013? How will the trade spat with China impact the sector? The glut of cheap natural gas promises to undercut renewable energy, yet at the same time it can be a ready complement for when the sun is not shining and the wind isn’t blowing. Join us for a spin around the sun. Edward Fenster, Co-founder and co-CEO, Sunrun; Danny Kennedy, President and Founder, Sungevity; Marco Krapels, Executive Vice President, Rabobank; Lyndon Rive, Co-founder and CEO, SolarCity” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar on Homes 16 mins – “Just a few years ago, solar power was an expensive luxury for the environmentally conscious. Now it’s a good deal for lots of people. How did solar power get so cheap, so fast?” At the link find the title, “#616: How Solar Got Cheap,” right-click “Media files 20150410_blog_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Square Deal Company 15 mins – “In the early 1900s, the president of the largest shoe company in the world tried to create a Utopia for his workers. He called his big experiment in welfare capitalism: The Square Deal.” At the link find the title, “#618: The Square Deal,” right-click “Media files 20150417 blog pmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Startup Mechanics 57 mins – “Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of digital-health startup HealthTap, dares entrepreneurs to enjoy, not just endure, the journey by doing something that matters deeply to many people. A serial entrepreneur, inventor and big believer in the power of positivity, Gutman also describes how the heart of success is understanding human need at a granular level.” At the link hover over “Download,” right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

STEM Jobs Decline 18 mins – “If you’ve got an engineering degree, you’re pretty much set for life, right? Well, that might not be the whole picture, according to Rutgers Professor Hal Salzman, who argues that there’s entirely too many STEM graduates. And we get a peek at what the STEM job market is truly like, from a roundtable of students and recent grads.” At the link find the title, “The Reality Behind STEM Jobs,” right-click “Media files 0425-SalzmanSTEM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steve Jobs 67 mins –Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a visionary and an inspiration to both tech geeks and luddites worldwide, with his products fusing technology and design in unprecedented ways. But much of the fiercely private businessman’s life was obfuscated by rumor and legend, and a full picture of the man and his astounding legacy has not emerged. Drawing on more than 40 interviews with Jobs himself, critically acclaimed and bestselling Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein biographer Isaacson presents a remarkable new account of Jobs himself. After two years of research, speaking with family members, friends, competitors and colleagues, Isaacson has compiled the story and life of one the most influential people of the modern era.” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stress Harms Us 61 mins –Groundbreaking science by Nobel Prize Winner Elizabeth Blackburn and health psychologist Elissa Epel links psychological stress not only with disease but directly with aging, all the way down to our cells – in particular, our “telomeres,” the caps on the ends of our chromosomes that protect our DNA and a marker of biological aging. Indeed, the subjects in those studies who perceived themselves as being under the most stress had telomeres that were the equivalent of 10 years older than the telomeres of those who perceived themselves as being under the least stress. Stress Less, science/health writer Singer’s new book, springs from Blackburn and Epel’s remarkable discovery; it enlists a veritable Who’s Who of stress and telomere researchers to explore this new science as well as the cutting-edge research that shows how we can slow, or even turn back, that ticking clock. Join a discussion of the implications of this ongoing revolutionary research with the scientists at the center of the research.Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Health Psychologist, UCSF; Calvin Harley, Ph.D., pioneer in telomere biology; Jue Lin, Ph.D., Telomere/telomerase assay specialist in Elizabeth Blackburn’s lab, UCSF;Thea Singer, Author, Stress Less” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Structural Biology 29 mins – “Keith & Russ talk with P. Shing Ho, Professor & Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Colorado State University.  Shing is a structural biologist, and he explains how the function ofDNA or protein molecules can be altered if there’s a slight change in the molecular structure.  He also talks about discovering in 1979 how halogens inserted into DNA caused the DNA strands to split into a 4-stranded helical pattern.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stuffed and Starved 63 mins –Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese. Why is there such a large discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots for what we all need: food? Patel conducts a global investigation to make sense of the world food crisis and charges that “the food system is filled with choices made by a handful of powerful people, in smoke-filled rooms, over the objections of the majority.” Hear a story of nefarious false choices and of international resistance movements that takes you from seed to store to plate. Raj Patel: Stuffed and Starved, Still. Activist; Academic; Author, Stuffed and Starved, The Value of Nothing; In conversation with Rose Aguilar, Host, “Your Call” on KALW 91.7 FM” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Subversives 62 mins – “Monday Night Philosophy explores some until-now secret details about the history of Berkeley in the 1960s : How the FBI disrupted and infiltrated student groups, the faculty and the UC administration; how that influenced California state politics; and how Governor Reagan worked with the FBI to develop one leg of his national political power base. Seth Rosenfeld, Author, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Addiction 60 mins – Sugar Addiction: Recovery from the Greatest Dietary Crisis of All Time – We have recently become aware of the appalling costs, to both adults and children, of our current intake of refined sugars. Sugar addiction, the dynamic that propels this dietary disaster, has been one of Ross’ primary areas of focus since 1983. While exposing the surprising contribution of low-calorie dieting to the overeating epidemic, Ross, a celebrated integrative pioneer and educator in the fields of addiction and eating disorders treatment, focuses primarily on how we can correct the faulty appetite chemistry that drives it. Her approach, based on neuronutrient research from the chemical dependency field, is widely known for its unique effectiveness. According to Ross, “The self-care and feeding of brain neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphin is the key to regaining control of our diet, our weight, and our health.” Julia Ross, MA, MFT, NNTS, CEO, Recovery Systems; Author, The Diet Cure and The Mood Cure” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Addiction 15 mins – “From WBUR and Slate, the solidly reported and also somewhat opinionated take on health news for you and your family. Hosted by two veteran health reporters, this installment explores the pleasures and perils of sugar, the viral vegetable kale, and whether kale devotees can have too much of a good thing. With a bonus yarn about a chia-seed induced emergency room visit.” At the link find the title, “The Checkup: Scary Food Stories,” right-click “Media files 150225 theCHECKUP 07_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sullenberger 61 mins –The hero who landed the plane on the Hudson discusses the qualities that make for great leadership.  He reveals his own advice as well as the details of recent conversations with notables that include legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa, Costco founder Jim Sinegal, and Educator Michelle Rhee, among others.Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, Retired Airline Pilot; CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert; Author, Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America’s Leaders. In Conversation With Dan Ashley, News Anchor, ABC 7 TV; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Survive and Thrive 65 mins –The Secrets and Science of the World’s Most Effective Survivors and Thrivers How do we bounce back from extreme adversity? Best-selling author and journalist Sherwood has the answer. From a scientific perspective, he explores the differences between those who overcome difficulties and those who do not; those who beat a life-threatening illness and those who succumb; and those who triumph despite economic hardship and those who falter. Sherwood is the founder and CEO of thesurvivorsclub.org, a resource web site for those struggling with everything from eating disorders to foreclosures. Sherwood is also the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels, including The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, now a major feature film starring Zac Efron. Sherwood was also executive producer of ABC’s “Good Morning America,” as well as senior producer for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.” Ben Sherwood, Journalist; Author, The Survivors Club; Gil Gross, Host, KGO Radio – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Symbiosis Background 10 mins – “Why do cells of the malaria parasite, Plasmodium, contain a chloroplasts, the plant organelle which allows plants to photosynthesise?  Why do most animals contain more harmless bacterial cells than cells of their own body? And how has it become that corals contain and animal and an algae living together? Sometimes the relationships can be understood as a benefit to both organisms. But not always.  How did such relationships emerge? These are the questions being studied by scientists in the Keeling Lab at the University of British Columbia. Lab leader Patrick Keeling describes a new theory which is being developed to describe the origin of these often strange and curious relationships.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Synthetic Biology 64 mins – “We eat genetically engineered foods, take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars using fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. The rise of synthetic biology marks a fundamental transformation in the relationship between biology and nature. When humans can control the genetic makeup of organisms to the extent foreseen by synthetic biologists, renowned molecular geneticist Church believes, nature will no longer be the exclusive arbiter of life, death and evolution. Church will discuss where these technologies came from and where they’re going.” Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Lipper Center for Computational Genetics; Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired – Moderator“ At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tar Sands Impact 66 mins-In a world still largely dependent on fossil fuels, calls for a transition from the fossil fuel economy have been met with considerable resistance. The Keystone XL pipeline and the Canadian tar sands have become symbols of the dissension over America’s energy future. In his book, The Pipeline and the Paradigm, Samuel Avery writes that the project has inspired the largest expression of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Sam Avery, Author, The Pipeline and the Paradigm; Greg Croft, Lecturer, St. Mary’s College of California; Cassie Doyle, Consul General of Canada in San Francisco; Dan Miller, Managing Director, Roda Group” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tavis Smiley 59 mins –Award-winning television and radio broadcaster Smiley gives a peek behind the curtain of success to share personal stories of his missteps, misdeeds and miscalculations. Smiley recounts 20 instances of perceived “failures” that were, in fact, “lessons” that shaped the principles and practices he steadfastly employs in his business and personal life today. Come learn how to turn your perceived failures into stepping stones for success from this legendary broadcast journalist.” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taxation Solutions 61 mins – “Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, talks about his book [End the IRS Before It Ends Us], in which he argues that Americans have reached a tipping point in their tolerance for the IRS and the tax system.” At the link find the title, “After Words: Grover Norquist,” right-click “Media files program.395920.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tech Guru 66 mins –Reporter; Television Host The lively and playful Worley comes to us for a discussion about how to make technology more accessible to the masses by eliminating the stresses associated with complicated new gadgets. A contributing reporter on “Good Morning America” and ABC and host of “Upgrade Your Life,” “The Next Frontier” and the Travel Channel’s “Cash and Treasures,” Worley aims to enlighten even the novice digital immigrant.In conversation with Quentin Hardy, Deputy Technology Editor, The New York Times; Technology and Business Expert” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Trends 32 mins – “Next week on Innovation Hub, we embrace nerdiness. It begins with Weird Al Yankovic: he just won a Grammy for his recent album — but he’s also been innovating for decades. We have a roundtable with Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times and investor Roger McNamee who talk about the big picture in today’s tech world, and whether the nerds of Silicon Valley are staying true to their roots. Author Annie Murphy Paul tells us how to define brilliance and how to continue getting smarter. Plus, drones, drones, and more drones!” At the link find the title, “2.21.15 Geeking Out,” right-click “Media files IHUB-022115-FullShow.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teen Pregnancy 67 mins –Teen pregnancy and young motherhood is an issue that spans education, politics, health, family life and more. It has received great attention recently with the federal decision to block over-the-counter sales of an after-sex contraceptive pill to girls under age 17. Given this ruling, as well as the creation of other new health-care legislation, what is the reality of teen pregnancy and teen reproductive care? How are our communities addressing this issue? Are there new barriers to birth control access and if so, what are they? To discuss this issue, we’re bringing together experts from the fields of health care, psychology, politics and more. Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Lynn Ponton, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, UCSF; Lupe Rodriguez, Director of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte; Dr. Sophia Yen, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Adolescent Medicine, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford School of Medicine; Lisa Aliferis, Health Editor, KQED News – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Text Mining 45 mins – “How quickly do you read?  According to results of an online speed reading test by Staples, the office supplies company, the average senior executive reads 575 words per minutes, while the average college professor clocks in at 675.  The rest of us manage only less than half that volume, about 300 words per minute. Why […]” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thirty Year Plan 61 mins –The acclaimed Orion Magazine put some of America’s best thinkers to work on the question of what humanity needs to cultivate in order to improve its future. The result is a new book, Thirty-Year Plan: Thirty Writers on What We Need to Build a Better Future. One writer, Richard Louv, responded, “We need a new nature movement, one that includes but goes beyond traditional environmentalism and sustainability, one that paints a portrait of a compelling, inspiring society that is better than the one we presently live in.” Join us to hear from three thinkers who are part of this project, and share with us your own vision of the future. Rubén Martínez, Author, Desert America; Professor of Literature and Writing, Loyola Marymount University; Riane Eisler, Author, The Chalice, The Blade and The Real Worth of Nations; President, Center for Partnership Studies; Craig Childs, Author, Apocalyptic Planet; H. Emerson Blake, Editor-in-Chief, Orion Magazine” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thought Traps 62 mins – “Drawing on the latest research from disciplines ranging from anthropology to neuroscience and her own field experience, Lappé argues that the biggest challenge to human survival isn’t our fossil fuel dependency, melting glaciers or other calamities. Rather, she says, it’s our faulty way of thinking about these environmental crises that robs us of power. Lappé dismantles seven common “thought traps” that belie what we now know about nature, including our own, and offers contrasting “thought leaps” that suggest  our hidden power. Frances Moore Lappé, Author, Diet for a Small Planet” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toxins Amongst Us 59 mins –Inside our homes we’re exposed to hundreds of untested chemicals – from additives in food to endocrine disruptors in soap and shampoo to fumes in household cleaners. These comprise your “body burden” and can exacerbate allergies, asthma, fatigue, cough, headache and more serious health conditions. Greer, best-selling author and lauded by such advocates as Deepak Chopra and Ralph Nader, will share bits of bite-sized wisdom to provide a greater awareness of what goes in you, on you and surrounds you, so that you might be able to radically improve your health and vitality. Leave with simple, affordable ways to make safe, healthy product choices; understand vague and misleading food, personal care and cleaning labels; and detect and eliminate electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, laptops and WiFi. Beth Greer, aka Super Natural Mom, Journalist; Environmental Health Advocate; Holistic Wellness Educator; Healthy Home Specialist; Author, Super Natural Home: Improve Your Health, Home and Planet … One Room at a Time” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tracy Morgan 14 mins – “Tracy Morgan reads from I Am The New Black” At the link find that title, “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Farming 63 mins – “Enterprising city dwellers are bursting from their pre-packaged lives and taking back their choices for consumption. Urban farms foster community and healthy eating beneath towering city blocks, where fast and easy often supersede fresh and home-grown. Like SF’s own Alemany Farm and Hayes Valley Farm, these urban crop spaces allow neighbors to trade their Swingline staplers for pitchforks and break new ground. Fresh, organic veggies are grown and sold, and the locavore food economy is epitomized. What’s the appeal of throwing away the chain grocery store for the neighborhood till? Come hear from local leaders of the movement like Novella Carpenter, founder of Oakland’s Ghost Town Farm, and trailblazing San Franciscans Jason Mark, of Alemany Farm, Christopher Burley, founder of Hayes Valley Farm, and David Gavrich, “goat whisperer” and founder of City Grazing. They’ll discuss the urban farming movement’s place in the world of organic, local-grown culture, and how they’re bringing the farm to the city – goats included! Jason Mark, Co-manager, Alemany Farm; Editor-in-Chief, Earth Island Journal; Novella Carpenter, Founder, Ghost Town Farm; Author, Farm City; Christopher Burley, Founder, Hayes Valley Farm; David Gavrich, Founder, City Grazing; Novella Carpenter, Author, Farm City; Founder, Ghost Town Farm;Sarah Rich, Writer; Editor; Co-founder, The Foodprint Project; Co-author, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Transport 30 mins – “Amanda Eaken of the Natural Resources Defense Council takes us on a tour of the latest innovations in urban transport. The post Getting Around: Urban Transport Solutions appeared first on Sea Change Radio.” At the link find the title, “Getting Around: Urban Transport Solutions,” right-click “Media files SC-2015-03-10.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Vietnam Evacuation 47 mins – “In the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, a skeleton crew of U.S. military operatives was all that stood between the vindictive Viet Cong and South Vietnamese allies who had aided American forces. With the clock ticking, a number of heroic Americans took matters into their own hands. They saved as many South Vietnamese lives as they possibly could. It’s a little-known story of honor and tragedy chronicled in filmmaker Rory Kennedy’s latest documentary. She joins us Wednesday to talk about it.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vitamania 52 mins – “More than half of all Americans report that they take multi-vitamins and other dietary supplements. Vitamin deficiency is still a serious health problem for millions of people here and around the world. But new research indicates many Americans may be ingesting high amounts vitamins through a combination of pills and fortified beverages. And earlier this month, major retailers pulled some supplements off store shelves after tests indicated pills did not contain what was on the label. New concerns about dietary supplements.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is included in the blog archive. 

War-On-Terror Damage 68 mins –Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans watched as the government implemented numerous pieces of antiterrorist legislation such as the Patriot Act in an effort to fight the war on terror. In recent years, however, many civil rights advocates have increasingly argued that these emergency measures may pry too deeply into the lives of not only suspected terrorists, but of nearly all Americans. ACLU President Herman contends that civil liberties have rapidly eroded in post-9/11 America. She will examine whether laws and policies, like the Patriot Act, are constitutional and effective, or just counterproductive. Susan N. Herman: The War on Terror and the Erosion of Democracy” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Wine Appreciation 65 mins – “Oenophiles and wine novices are being exposed to an ever-expanding universe of wines. Though providing an exciting opportunity for exploration, this staggering array of choices can prompt a feeling of being overwhelmed and make choosing a good wine a stressful experience. Happily, the chief wine critic for The New York Times and author of How to Love Wine is here to help. Join Asimov for an enlightening conversation on how to embrace variety and the quest for a fantastic vintage.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Workplace Mr Rodgers 70 mins –Fred Rogers is one of the great icons of American culture. The values and philosophy for which he is famous have endured for multiple generations. This panel brings those same values and philosophy to the workplace, where they are needed more than ever. Ian and Donna Mitroff have created a work applying carefully curated fables and stories that Mr. Rogers told, and bringing them with a unique application into business and to everyday life. Donna D. Mitroff , Independent Children’s Media Consultant and Critic; Author, Fables and the Art of Leadership: Applying the Wisdom of Mister Rogers to the Workplace; Ian I. Mitroff, Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Swan, Swine and Swindlers; David Newell, Actor, Mr. McFeely on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One – Australia 50 mins – “Australia’s experience of WW1 is like no other country’s. In association with the British Council, BBC presenter Razia Iqbal and an Australian audience debate the role the “legend of Anzac” played in the hundred-year history of Australia since the first Anzac Day.” At the link find the title, “The War that Changed the World: Australia,” right-click “Media files docarchive_20150418-1930b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Worst Case Scenarios 62 mins –Worst Case Scenarios by Borgenicht…:A worst-case scenario is the most severe possible outcome that can be projected to occur in a given situation. Conceiving of worst-case scenarios is a common form of strategic planning to prepare for and minimize contingencies that could result in accidents, quality problems, or other issues.” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wrestling 30 mins – “When you think of professional wrestling, you probably picture cartoonish characters like Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage. But after the Montreal screwjob, the real world lurked just beneath the scripted spectacle of professional wrestling. Simon Adler tells the story of one moment that tore a hole in the fiction of wrestling.” At the link right-clikc ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WWII Internment Camp 60 mins – “Jan Jarboe Russell talked about her book, The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, about the Texas camp, which was home to Japanese, German and Italian detainees.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a chop is included in the blog archive

Wyatt Cenac 89 mins –The former Daily Show correspondant sits down with the Champs to discuss all kinds of stuff.  In short, this is the most psychologically revealing Champs episode ever, guest-wise and host-wise.  Family stuff.  Good episode.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Y Combinator Grads 65 mins –Companies like Social Cam, Heyzap and WePay are all very different, but they have one mighty factor in common: they received their initial green and insider know-how from Y Combinator. Heralded by Wired as the “most prestigious program for budding digital entrepreneurs,” YC utilizes an expert formula of seed funding, peer networking and a three-month do-or-die boot camp to whip its mentees into startup shape. But how do the incubator’s graduates fare when the training comes to an end? What is it about this program that turns out such a wide range of wildly successful companies? Join us as some of Y Combinator’s illustrious graduates share stories of how to succeed and fail in the startup community and the lessons they’ve learned from the most infamous and celebrated incubator in the Valley. Ammon Bartram, Co-founder, Socialcam; Jude Gomila, Co-founder, Heyzap.com; Bill Clerico, Founder and CEO, WePay; Justin Kan, Co-founder, Justin.tv; Peter Delevett, Startups and Venture Capital Writer, San Jose Mercury News – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zero Waste 64 mins –Imagine a world in which nothing goes into a landfill or an incinerator, one where all of our discarded materials become resources for others to use. It may sound impossible, but Zero Waste proponents disagree. Across the nation, policymakers, business leaders and individuals are reinventing their relationship to waste in incredibly innovative ways – from outlawing the use of plastic bags to designing responsible product packaging to wearing water-less denim. Innovators are coming to understand that the pathway to a sustainable future can be paved with more than just recycling bins and compost heaps; they say it requires us to take a close look at the ecosystem that we’ve all played a part in creating. A San Francisco urbanite, an infrastructure expert, a business sustainability director and a political leader show us the 30,000-foot view of a sustainable city and dive into the everyday actions that could move us toward a zero waste future. Jared Blumenfeld, Pacific Southwest Administrator, EPA; ; Bea Johnson, Author, Zero-Waste Home; Shauna Sadowski, Sustainability Director, Annie’s; Mike Sangiacomo, President and CEO, Recology Inc.; Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Inc. – Moderator” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

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