Media Mining Digest 183 – May 15, 2015: Aggression and Violence, Airway Decisions, American Terrorist, Australia Inequality, Baltimore, Battery Progress, Bruce Jenner, Careers in sustainability, Chernoble Forest Fires, Cholesterol,CitizenScientists, Clinton Controversy, Cold War Ending, Collaborative Graphs, Comptuer Gener Gap, Corporate Justness, Disposable People, Drone Killings, Flying Skills, Free Press Threats, Gambling, Gay Marriage – Supreme Court, Genetic Engineered Food, Hacking Cars, Human Embryo Editing, Jellyfish Burgers, Jerusalem, Job Interviews, Joke Writer, Katmandu Quake, Leeuwenhoek, Luddite History, Malls, Microbiome – Antibiotics- Obesity, Military Bureaucracy, Millennial Workers, NAFTA Impact, Neuroscience History, Open Access Panel, Orishas in South America, Pests in the City, Plains Indians, Plastics, Podcasters, Population Growth, Reform in Australia, Rings of Saturn, Same Sex Marriage – Supreme Court, Sports Science, Startups, Stem Cells, Synthetic Biology, Syrian Refugees, Toxicology Cases, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trash History, Vaccine Optimization, Vietnam Exodus, Violence and the Poor, Volcanoes, Waste Incinerators, WikiLeaks Controversy, Winchester Mystery House, Women in Combat

The following audio files come from a larger group of 203 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 66 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Aggression and Violence 57 mins – “In the last few decades, new sources of evidence have continued to indicate that male violence has played an important role in shaping behavior in the human lineage. The frequency and nature of such violence varies widely among populations and over time raises questions about the factors responsible for the variation. This symposium takes a fresh look at the causes and consequences of variation in aggression, both between and within species. Carol Ember (Yale Univ) begins with a discussion about Resource Unpredictability, Socialization, and War, followed by Polly Wiessner on Violence: What’s Culture Got to Do with It?, and Robert Kelly (Univ of Wyoming) who asks Do Hunter-Gatherers Tell Us About Human Nature? Recorded on 05/16/2014.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Airway Decisions 27 mins – This is a critique of critical comments about a previous podcast about the use of an emergency procedure to access the airway of a patient whose jaw was wired shut. It’s of interest to non-medical listeners, as well as professionals, because of the view it provides of the types of discussion that occurs amongst professionals about situations affecting life and death. The techniques and technology are impressive. The variety of professionalism is also instructive. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Terrorist 87 mins – “ FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate American-born terrorist David Coleman Headley.” At the link find the title, “American Terrorist ,” right-click “Download File – 85.3 MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australia Inequality 58 mins – “Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Dave Oliver addresses the National Press Club in Canberra.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Dave Oliver,” right-click “NPCc_DaveOliver_0605_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Baltimore Crisis 48 mins – “Second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, assault and more. We’ll look at the charges announced for six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore’s curfew was lifted yesterday, after a trying week of anger, protests, and violence. It comes after charges were announced Friday against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray – the 25 year-old who died mysteriously after his arrest last month. Now ruled a homicide. The officers charged for crimes including murder and manslaughter. A sigh of relief from much of Baltimore. Now, a call for calm. A return to normalcy. But is this enough in a city shaken by unrest? What is it going to take to create lasting change? This hour, On Point: What’s next for Baltimore, and the country.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Baltimore Violence 51 mins – “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called in the National Guard to restore order Monday night in west Baltimore. Protests had turned violent just hours after a funeral service was held for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from a spinal cord injury while in police custody. Fifteen police officers were injured, and there were at least 25 arrests. Some say yesterday’s chaos reflects longstanding issues between police and the communities they serve, a relationship that has been strained in some cases by bystander cellphone videos that seem to contradict official police accounts. We look at the latest from Baltimore.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Battery Progress 16 mins – “While most technology is getting smaller and cheaper, batteries still suck. Today on the show, we learn exactly why, and meet some of the people trying to make batteries better.” At the link find the title, “#620: Why Batteries Suck,” right-click “Media files 20150501_blog_pmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bruce Jenner 47 mins – “Bruce Jenner And Transgender Issues In America – Bruce Jenner opens up about his gender journey. We’ll look at the big picture of transgender life in America now.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Careers in Sustainability 26 mins – “Explore opportunities in the field of sustainability and discover what skills are needed to launch or further your career. Learn more about the Sustainable Business Practices professional certificate program and how it can help you reach your professional goals.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Chernoble Forest Fires 60 mins – “ Some interviews drive by, others stay for the deep record. This week I have two heavy-hitters for you. Right out of the international news, forest fires near the Chernobyl nuclear wreck in Ukraine have raised dangerous radioactive particles into the atmosphere – again. We have Dr. Timothy Mousseau, the world’s foremost expert on the impacts of Chernobyl, and Fukushima radiation on living things. Then Utah scientist Tim Garrett updates his work showing only a collapse of civilization could prevent terrible climate change. There are new discoveries, about our utter dependence on fossil energy, and where that leads.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cholesterol 89 mins – “Dr. Robert Baron, UCSF Professor of Medicine, explores guidelines for treating cholesterol and reducing cardiovascular disease.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link A” from the pop-up menu.

Citizen Scientists 52 mins – “Scientists make up only a tiny percentage of the U.S. labor force. And they’re continually in need of funding for their research projects. But the Internet has created opportunities for non-scientists to participate in and contribute to scientific research. This is happening in many fields, most prominently in astronomy, ornithology and ecology. These volunteer researchers are called citizen scientists. And they’re helping real scientists achieve things they could not do on their own. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, we look at the growing importance of citizen scientists.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Clinton Controversy 47 mins – “‘Clinton Cash’ Controversy Hits The Campaign. The author of the new book “Clinton Cash” on Clinton Foundation money and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cold War Ending 54 mins – “This week we have a panel-discussion titled “Lost in Unification: Post-Cold War Europe East and West – Remembering the Berlin Wall.” The discussion is presented by the Boston University Arts Initiative, the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, and the Goethe-Institut Boston. Our speakers are: German filmmaker, Marten Persiel; Boston University Professor of International “ At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Collaborative Graphs 38 mins – “Inspired by a session at the NSTA 2015 Conference in Chicago, we talk with founder and COO Matt Sundquist.  As a relatively young graphing program, makes it easy to collaboratively analyze and visualize data.  Matt talks to us about, how it can be used in the science classroom, and how you can even import real data into this powerful online tool.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Gender Gap 54 mins – “Host Leo Laporte and guest Robin Hauser Reynolds talk about “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” a documentary which exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corporate Justness 10 mins – “Paul Tudor Jones II loves capitalism. It’s a system that has done him very well over the last few decades. Nonetheless, the hedge fund manager and philanthropist is concerned that a laser focus on profits is, as he puts it, “threatening the very underpinnings of society.” In this thoughtful, passionate talk, he outlines his planned counter-offensive, which centers on the concept of “justness.‘” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Audio Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disposable People 52 mins – “Joyce welcomes back, Kevin Bales, world renowned author, expert on modern slavery, and co-founder of Free the Slaves.” At the link find the title, “Eradicating Modern Slavery,” right-click “Media files bender050515.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Killings 47 mins – “American drone policy and consequences. We’ll look at secret strikes and the evolution of drone war. The drones are always out there, and we know it. Their strikes are usually invisible to most Americans. They make headlines in the US when something goes wrong. Last week, the President told the world that an American and an Italian aid worker – captives of al Qaeda – were killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan in January. And for a moment, the curtain was pulled back again on lethal US power projection, via drone, from the sky.  s this the right way to fight? And how? And for how long? This hour On Point: inside the drone war. US drone warfare, under scrutiny again.” At the link right-click “Download this sotry” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flying Skills 183 mins – The first hour of this podcast covers the apparent loss of flying skills that result in air crashes when automated systems fail and pilots can’t cope with situation that autopilots also couldn’t handle.” At the link find the title, “ APG 163 – Preaching to the Choir,” right-click “Media files APG163.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Free Press Threats 48 mins – “Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Priest moderates a panel that includes Kevin Kallaugher, a political cartoonist at The Economist and winner of the 2015 Herblock Prize for political cartooning; Thanassis Cambanis, a Middle East correspondent and author of “Once Upon a Revolution”; and Vanessa Tucker, vice president for analysis at Freedom House, an independent organization that promotes freedom around the world.” At the link find the title, “State of World Press Freedom,” right-click “Media files IM_20150429.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gambling 4 mins – “Today, luck and Las Vegas. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. Las Vegas is the very definition of audacious. Its buildings are too posh; its shows too extravagant; its signs too large and too bright — clouds of neon hovering over the desert. Love it or hate it, it’s uniquely Las Vegas. And it’s paid for with money from gambling.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save ink As” from the pop-up menu.

Gay Marriage – Supreme Court 48 mins – “Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage Hits Supreme Court – The Supreme Court hears the case for and against legalizing gay marriage across the nation, and we look at the law at a time of breakneck social change.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Engineered Food 18 mins – “Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to isolate a gene that allows rice to survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1990s — and makes the case that modern genetics is sometimes the most effective method to advance sustainable agriculture and enhance food security for our planet’s growing population. “ At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Audio Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hacking Cars 95 mins – “Steve Gibson with Leo Laporte discuss the week’s tamer-than-usual news, then we host a terrific interview of the team (recently featured on Sunday’s 60 Minutes) who have been working with DARPA to address the challenge of hardening high-tech networked vehicles — autos and UAVs — against malicious hacking attacks.” That interview starts at the 60 minute mark and lasts 30 minutes. At the link right-click ‘Audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Embryo Editing 47 mins – “New report out of China, with potential implications for the rest of human history. Human nature. Chinese scientists have used a new technique to “edit” the genes of human embryos. To snip and change the code. The recipe for human life itself. What gets inherited. They’re not perfect editors yet. But if and when they get it down, those edits will re-engineer human life. Maybe against disease. And for all kinds of traits. They’re searching for “genius genes.” Stronger. Faster. This hour on On Point: re-engineering human embryo genes. The implications, and the global moral debate. “ At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jellyfish Burgers 56 mins – “Marine biologist Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia, warns that modern fishing practices, left unmanaged, will leave little but jellyfish and plankton in the sea for future generations to eat – a frightening vision of our oceans and our lives “ At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jerusalem 60 mins – “Jerusalem. How did this small, remote town became the Holy City, the desire of every empire, and the key to Middle East peace? In this dazzling talk from February 2011, Simon Sebag Montefiore revealed the ever-changing city through its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem’s biography was told through the wars, adventures, love-affairs and messianic revelations of the men and women – kings, empresses, saints, conquerors, prophets and whores – who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in the Holy City. Its cast varies from Solomon and Saladin to Churchill, Cleopatra and Caligula, from Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad to Jezebel, Nero, Napoleon, Rasputin, Herod and Nebuchadnezzar, from the Kaiser, Disraeli and Lloyd George, to Yasser Arafat, King Hussein and Moshe Dayan.” 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.

Job Interviews 26 mins – “One of the hardest parts about getting a new job is not always finding the job, but getting through the interview. It can be scary, nerve racking, and you often only get one chance to make a good impression. Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone out there that could help you with this process, to give you tips on what to do and what not to do?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Joke Writer 43 mins – “Paul Begala, a political analyst and CNN commentator, interviews comedy writer Jon Macks about his new book “Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed.” Macks was the top writer for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for 22 years.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-upmenu.

Kathmandu Quake  48 mins – “Nepal and Kathmandu after the devastating earthquake. We’ll look at the geology, geo-politics, rescue and the hard way ahead. Nepal is magical and Nepal is poor and this week Nepal has been shaken to its mountainous core. Literally shaken. The first images out of Kathmandu showed lovely, fragile temples lying in heaps of stone and shattered eaves. And Nepalis fleeing for their lives from earthquake and aftershock and the terrible sense that no place was safe. Not Kathmandu, not the flanks of Mt. Everest where climbers died in the shaking, not the Nepali villages where help is slow and hard in coming. This hour On Point: more than 6,000 dead, a unique culture battered, and the epic challenges now in Nepal.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leeuwenhoek 34 mins – “n 1677, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek had a letter published in the Royal Society’s journal ‘Philosophical Transactions’, which was the first paper to describe microbes, opening up the world of microbiology we know today. This year is the 350th anniversary of ‘Philosophical Transactions’, so the Royal Society commissioned a special issue containing commentaries about some of the most important papers to appear in the journal. I spoke to Dr Nick Lane, from University College London, who’s written about Leeuwenhoek’s letter and its importance. Speaking of Royal Society journals, I also spoke to Dr Paul Parham from the University of Liverpool in this podcast. Paul has recently co-edited a themed edition of the ‘Philosophical Transactions B’, which concentrates on the effect that climate change is having on vector-borne diseases, such as those transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks. I asked Paul about how changes in climate are altering the behaviour and habit of these vectors, and what this might mean for diseases.” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Luddite History 20 mins – “Today on the show, the true story of the Luddites.” At the link find the title, “#621: When Luddites Attack” right-click “Media files 20150506_blog_pmoney.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malls 18 mins – “Retail spaces are designed for impulse shopping. When you go to a store looking for socks and come out with a new shirt, it’s only partly your fault.  Shops are trying to look so beautiful, so welcoming, the items so enticingly displayed and in such vast quantity, that the consumer will start buying compulsively. This is the Gruen Effect.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiome – Antibiotics – Obesity 13 mins – “Martin Blaser talks with Eric Topol about how the microbiome influences health and disease, as well as what role the overuse of antibiotics may have played in the obesity epidemic.” At the link find the title, “Connecting the Microbiome and Antibiotics to Obesity,” right-click “842586.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Bureaucracy 62 mins – “Leonard Wong of the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about honesty in the military. Based on a recent co-authored paper, Wong argues that the paperwork and training burden on U.S. military officers requires dishonesty–it is simply impossible to comply with all the requirements. This creates a tension for an institution that prides itself on honesty, trust, and integrity. The conversation closes with suggestions for how the military might reform the compliance and requirement process.

Millennials Workforce 51 mins – “Millennials – people ages 18 to 34 – today make up the largest share of the U.S. workforce. They have the education and tech savvy companies want, but demand more of their jobs and employers than previous generations. New research shows flexibility is a top concern for millennials in choosing where to take a job – and whether to stay. To attract and retain young talent, many companies are trying to adapt to the needs of this group. That can mean relaxed dress codes, offering the option to work from home, more opportunities for travel and including millennials in business decisions. But as millions of high school and college students prepare to graduate this spring, today’s job market may not give them the freedom they’d like to find meaningful, flexible work. A look at the millennial-majority workforce, and prospects for new graduates.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

NAFTA Impact 21 mins – “Deborah Riner, the chief economist at the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico wraps up the Mexico Moving Forward 2014 with an assessment of how the North American Free Trade Agreement has impacted the economies on both sides of the border.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroscience History 44 mins – “The early days of neuroscience relied on tragedy to strike—a rabies infection, a botched lobotomy—before doctors could peek inside the brains of humans. Today advanced technology, such as the functional MRI, helps scientists study brains (and healthy ones at that) far more easily. The revelations they’re making call into question conventional ideas of maturity and our capacity for free will. The story begins at a unique laboratory at Michigan Technological University, called the Mind Music Machine, where reporter Allison Mills talks to a cognitive scientist who’s trying to develop technology that can interpret our emotions.  Then we talk about the history of neuroscience with Sam Kean, a regular contributor to Distillations magazine and author of the recent book The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. Frances Jensen, a neuroscientist and author of The Teenage Brain, brings us into the present and explains the science behind why teenagers drive their parents crazy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Access Panel 49 mins – “Open Access publishing models are a business reality in 2015 for an ever-growing number of scientific and scholarly publishers. Article Processing Charges (APCs) are making OA possible, but the revolutionary changes propelled by Open Access business models touch every aspect of publishing. New customers. New operations. New compliance requirements. New problems. The OA Challenge in 2015 is to identify end-to-end solutions that manage the change, minimize the business burden, and maximize the publishing results. Recorded at the 2015 London Book Fair, thought leaders and executives from across the scholarly publishing world addressed these issues in a lively, interactive discussion with CCC’s Chris Kenneally.” At the link right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orisha in South America 54 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African Studies Center, titled “Traveling the Road of the Orishas.” Our speaker is Cheryl Sterling, Liberal Studies Program Master Teacher at New York University.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pests in the City 60 mins – “This week, we’re exploring the ways human-made environments support – and shape – the lives of many species we think of as vermin. We’ll talk to Geography and Environmental Studies Professor Dawn Day Biehler about her book “Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats.” And we’ll speak to postdoctoral researcher Clint Penick about his research on the junk food diets of urban ants.” At the link find the title, “#315 Pests in the City,” right-click “Media files Science_for_the_People_315_Pests_in_the_City.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plains Indians 47 mins – “The Plains Indians of North America – Pawnee, Cheyenne, Comanche, Arapaho, Lakota Sioux and more – are vivid in the popular imagination for their horse-mounted mastery of the wide-open middle of the continent. A big new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has gathered a spectacular collection of the Plains Indians’ art. “Art of Earth and Sky,” they’re calling it. Ravishing artifacts – painted hides, sculpted pipes, astonishing headdress and horseback regalia – that open another view of life itself. This hour on On Point: Earth and sky and the astonishing art of the Plains Indians.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the tpop-up menu.

Plastics 83 mins – “Our conversation with mechanical engineer Jim Heilman delves into exciting advances being made with plastic materials, the types of molding equipment used to manufacture high-volume plastic parts, and whether or not the movie industry can be trusted to provide good career advice.” At the link find right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcasters 63 mins – “Host Tonya Hall talks about podcasting and how to create good content, get more subscribers, and what it means to sell the ‘sizzle,’ not the steak with guests Lynett Young, Cliff Ravenscraft, and Paul Colligan. At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Population Growth 56 mins – “Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) crystallizes the ecological and social tragedies of humanity’s ballooning numbers and consumption. It’s time to make millions of people acutely, immediately, and viscerally aware of the dangers and deprivations facing people and the planet. Our guest today is Bill Ryerson, founder and president of Population Media Center; he also serves as Chair and CEO of The Population Institute in Washington, DC. We will discuss ways to proceed into a sustainable, collaborative, and hopeful future using global communication systems.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reform in Australia 56 mins – “Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone addresses the National Press Club on ‘Leading Australia through the Age of Disruption’.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Catherine Livingstone,” right-click “NPCc_CatLivingstone_2904” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rings of Saturn 58 mins _ “Delivered by Professor Carl Murray, Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London, this year’s William Herschel Society lecture focused on the mission of the Cassini spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004. In his lecture, Professor Murray who in 1990 was selected as a member of the Cassini imaging team at the project inception, reviewed some of the results obtained over the last decade and looked ahead to some of the science that is planned for the final orbits before the Cassini mission ends in 2017.” At the link find the title, “The rings of Saturn and the Cassini mission,” right-click “Download MP3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Same Sex Marriage 52 mins – “The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could determine if the Constitution guarantees same-sex partners the right to marry. Supporters consider it to be one of the great civil rights issues of the century. Many on both sides believe it should be decided by the states, not the Supreme Court. At the moment, 36 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court is also considering whether all states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal. We look at a divided court, the Constitution and the right of gays and lesbians to marry.” At the link you can listen, but not download; hwoever, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Sports Science 60 mins – “This week we’re exploring the ways that science and technology are changing sports, on and off the playing field. We’ll speak to journalist Mark McClusky about his book “Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes – and What We Can Learn from Them.” And we’ll get the scientific perspective on sports supplements with Dr. Bryan Chung, founder of Evidence Based Fitness.” At the link find the title, “#316 Sports Science,” right-click “Media files Science_for_the_People_316_Sports_Science.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Startup Publicity 31 mins – “For most of us, we don’t need to know about how to get media coverage…until we need to get media coverage. You could come up with the most brilliant business idea, or write the next best seller – but if no one talks about it, it’s just another particle out there in an atmosphere full of noise. But how do you get coverage? How do you convince a powerful media outlet to cover your story? It turns out, there are very specific tricks that you can use to give yourself the best shot of becoming the next new headline. Listen up this week and learn how to become a media darling (or at the very least how not to waste money on PR firms).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Startup School P2 31 mins – “Welcome to fundraising.” At the link find the title, “Another Side Of The Story (Season 2, #3),” right-click “Media files 204451712-hearstartup-another-side-of-the-story-season-2-3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stem Cells 89 mins – “Stem cells have the potential to transform the way scientists study human diseases, the way drug companies discover and test new drugs, and the way physicians treat their patients. Join Dr. Arnold Kriegstein, professor of neurology and director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF as he dispels the hype and explains the science that is at work.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Synthetic Biology 31 mins – “Genetically engineered humans by Ian Woolf; Michael Molitor talks about innovating with synthetic biology; De-extinction of Thylacines, Mammoths and Neanderthals by Ian Woolf” At the link find the title, “Synthetic De-extinction,” right-click “Media files diffusion2015-04-27.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria Refugees85 mins – “To date, almost 4 million refugees have fled the Syrian civil war, the vast majority seeking shelter in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon, but with growing numbers also moving to Egypt and Northern Iraq. At this Migration Policy Institute briefing, Erol Kekic from Refugee Council USA and Anastasia Brown from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who recently visited the region, report on their findings on the space for humanitarian protection. Also joining the panel is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Simon Henshaw, whose portfolio in the Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration includes Syrian refugees. He discusses recent developments in the region and in the U.S. humanitarian response. The discussion is moderated by Kathleen Newland, director of MPI’s Refugee Protection and Humanitarian Response Program.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download” again and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toxicology Cases 82 mins – “Alan Wu looks at toxicology testing that solved forensic cases. Wu is Chief of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Laboratory Medicine, UCSF.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trans-Pacific Partnership 52 mins – “Negotiators from 12 countries have been meeting for more than a decade on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As the meetings draw to a close, a bill in the Senate aims to give the president “fast-track” authority that would allow an up or down vote on trade deals that Congress can’t amend. Critics say that would be undemocratic and lets negotiators insert provisions favorable to big business. Supporters of trade promotion authority say countries won’t sign onto the TPP without it. Diane and guests discuss debate over granting fast-track authority to the president, and what the Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean for the U.S. economy and American workers.” At the link you can listen, but not download; hwoever, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Trash History 52 mins – “This week on the show we’re picking through history’s waste basket. What does America’s garbage tell us about its past? How have ideas about what is disposable and what isn’t changed over time? And have Americans always generated so much junk? To get to the bottom of things, the Guys are salvaging all kinds of trashy stories… about filth-eating pigs that once ran amok in New York City… about Americans’ legal rights to their own garbage… and about how Big Soda promoted recycling to boost the industry’s own bottom line. Plus, find out what an anthropologist sees in the decades-old debris now washing ashore at a place called Dead Horse Bay….” 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.

Vaccine Optimization 88 mins – “Dr. Katherine Julian, UCSF Professor of Clinical Medicine, looks at vaccines for adults. She looks at who should get vaccinated for measles, flu, whooping cough, pneumococcus, and shingles. She also discusses vaccines for young adults and teens: human papillomavirus and meningococcus.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vietnam Exodus 47 mins – “How The Vietnam War Resonates 40 Years After The Fall Of Saigon – On the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, we’ll look back on the end and long resonance of the Vietnam War.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violence and the Poor 22 mins – “Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world’s aid money, there’s a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Audio Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Volcanoes 59 mins – “Celebrating two hundred years since the devastating eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora, this week we explore the science of volcanoes. We find out what causes volcanoes, we ask whether eruptions can be predicted, how we can keep people safe, and we re-create the physics of an eruption in the laboratory…

Waste Incinerators 51 mins – “As garbage landfills fall out of favor and recycling programs struggle to handle all of the trash, some cities and counties are beginning to rethink incineration. An emerging solution: Waste-to-energy facilities, incinerators that convert garbage into energy. While newer to the U.S., they are common in Europe. Proponents of these plants argue that these incinerators have state-of-the-art pollution controls and emit less greenhouse gases than landfills. But these facilities are expensive, often costing more than $1 billion. And some environmentalists warn these facilities still emit mercury, lead and other pollution.” At the link you can listen, but not download; hwoever, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

WikiLeaks Controversy 47 mins – “WikiLeaks was instrumental on NSA spying and Iraq War scandal. Has it now gone to gossip? WikiLeaks is at it again. This time publishing all of the documents hacked from Sony last November. Thirty thousand documents. Two hundred thousand private emails. And it’s not all business. Personal stuff like Amazon purchases, medical records, salaries are out there online.  For everyone’s eyes. WikiLeaks famously blew the whistle on big government and a snooping NSA. Now is it a gossip rag? In this technology age, can we assume any privacy when we post, tweet, buy, share? This hour On Point: WikiLeaks, and what’s at stake for privacy, security, and journalism.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Winchester Mystery House 20 mins – “According to legend, Sarah Winchester’s friends advised the grieving widow to seek the services of a Boston spiritual medium named Adam Koombs. The story goes, Koombs put Mrs. Winchester in touch with her deceased husband—but William had bad news. He told Sarah Winchester that she would always be haunted by the spirits who had been killed by Winchester rifles. Speaking through Koombs, William Winchester instructed Sarah to placate the spirits by building a structure that would perpetually grow to shelter the ever-increasing number of Winchester rifle victims. And if she did this, Sarah Winchester would gain immortality.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Combat 51 mins – “Five years ago, the Pentagon launched a pilot program to put women alongside U.S. Special Forces fighting in Afghanistan. So-called “Cultural Support Teams” were designed to overcome male–female cultural barriers and achieve counter-terrorism goals. Of the more than 100 women chosen for training, only half would make the final cut. One of those soldiers was First Lieutenant Ashley White from Alliance, Ohio. White was serving alongside Rangers forces when an improvised explosive device (IED) claimed her life. She was 24 years old. We hear the story of the pilot program, its first casualty, and how it paved the way for women in combat positions.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.



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 40+ 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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