Media Mining Digest 187 – June 12, 2015: Al Shabaab, Anger, Animal Rights, Artificial Intelligence Impact, Asa Carter, Baratunde Thurston, Bee Health, Black Ad Man, Brain Injury Treatment, Broadband in Seattle, Cancer Immunotherapy, Child Sexual Abuse, Climate Change Mobilization, Climate Shock, Comedy, Dataclysm, David Brooks, Dementia Prevention, Deportee Story, Diet and Nutrition, DIY Diagnosis, Dr Ruth, Draught in Australia, Einstein, Electric Cars, Food and Hunger, Future of College, Global Positioning Satellites, Hate Speech, Ideas, Intelligence Quotients, Internet Service Trends, ISIS Insights, John Boggle, Lynching Story, Mali Weapons, Math Education Question, Methane Releases, Movement Affects Mind, Native School Conditions, Parasitism Research, Phosgene, Physical Therapy Games, Pigeonroost Hollow War, Poaching Weapons, Podcasting Business, Police Violence, Publication Trends, Reslience, Saiga Antelope Dieoff, Science Under Siege, Sex Scandals, Shepherd’s Life, Singe Teenage Mom, Sirius Radio Founder, Soil Preservation, Sound Bites, South Sudan, Street Violence Fix, Temple Grandin, Thorium Reactors, Turkey Politics, Visual Effects, War Aftermaths, Warfare Roundtable, Water Knife, Women and Health, Working – by Turkel, Wrongful Execution

The following audio files come from a larger group of 260 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 71 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Al Shabaab 26 mins ­ “Al Shabaab make an unexpected appearance and lecture a congregation in a mosque in Kenya.” At the link find the title, “Thu 21 May 2015,” right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anger 51 mins – “Spats, tantrums and explosions from the archive. American satirist Joe Queenan presents.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Rights 14 mins – “Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals’ status from “things” to “persons.” It’s not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the way we treat them — legally — is no less than a moral duty.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence Impact 60mins – “Artificial intelligence is already well on its way to making “good jobs” obsolete: many paralegals, physicians and even – ironically – computer programmers are poised to be replaced by robots. As technology continues to develop, more and more traditional jobs will be shed. Unless we radically reassess our economic and political systems, some fear that this transition to extreme automation could result in massive unemployment, stark inequality and the implosion of the economy itself.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asa Carter 17 mins –Asa Carter was a speechwriter for Alabama Governor George Wallace. He penned one of the most infamous speeches of the era… Wallace’s Segregation Now, Segregation Forever address. Forrest Carter was a Cherokee writer who grew up in Tennessee. His autobiography, The Education of Little Tree, is a beloved classic that has sold millions of copies around the world. But these two men shared a secret.” At the link find the title, “#14: The Long Shadow of Forrest Carter,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Baratunde Thurston 62 mins –Comedian, author, and self-described vigilante pundit, Baratunde Thurston is the former Digital Director for The Onion and the creator of Cultivated Wit, a startup that blends comedy with new digital platforms. A regular contributor to Fast Company and named by The Root as one of the 100 most influential African Americans, he is the cofounder of the political blog Jack and Jill Politics. Honored by the ACLU of Michigan “for changing the political and social landscape one laugh at a time,” he speaks globally on satire, democracy, storytelling, the digital future, race, and politics. Taking razor-sharp comedic shots at cultural stereotypes in this insightful memoir cum satiric guidebook, Thurston unpacks the complexities of racial politics and personal identity in the New York Times bestselling book How to Be Black.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bee Health 52 mins – “Bees are responsible for pollinating a third of the food that appears on Americans’ plates. Yet a recent study found the health of the bee population continues to decline. Last year, beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives, up from an average of 30 percent during the last eight years. Most scientists agree the problem is a combination of pests, disease, poor nutrition and toxins from pesticides, yet how big a role each of those plays is up for debate – as are the solutions. Now, President Barack Obama has weighed in with a plan to save the bees and other pollinators. But some say it doesn’t go far enough. We learn more about new efforts to support the ailing bee population.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Black Ad Man 23 mins – “In the early 1960s, Tom Burrell became the first black man in Chicago advertising. Today on the show, the story of how he changed the way people think about ads and how advertising thinks about us.” At the link find the title, “#628: This Ad’s For You,” right-click “Media files 20150529 blog pmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Injury Treatment 51 mins – “Clark Elliott’s world collapsed after his car was rear-ended 16 years ago. He suffered a concussion and often had severe cognitive problems, from seizures to short-term memory loss that sometimes left him unable to even name his children. Dozens of doctors told him there was nothing they could do. Then, the DePaul University professor began working with specialists who were using new treatments based on recent brain research. He worked on brain teasers and puzzles and was given special eye glasses. Within months, his symptoms were gone. We look at new treatments for concussions and what they could mean for patients.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Broadband in Seattle 24 mins – “We were excited to begin writing about the Upgrade Seattle campaign back in January and this week we are presenting a discussion with several people behind the campaign for episode 153 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We are joined by Sabrina Roach, Devin Glaser, and Karen Toering to discuss what motivates the Upgrade Seattle campaign and the impact it hopes to have on the community. We discuss their strategy for improving Internet access, how people are reacting, and how Upgrade Seattle is already working with, learning from, and sharing lessons to, people organizing in other communities for similar goals.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Immunotherapy 51 mins – “The battle against cancer includes familiar tools such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. But for some, a new treatment may be worth considering: Immunotherapy. It’s a strategy that involves activating a patient’s own immune system to beat back and even eliminate the cancer. Recent research demonstrates positive results with several kinds of cancers such as brain, bladder and skin. The treatment has proven effective in some cases when no other therapy has worked, but much more research is needed to determine in advance which patients are most likely to see results. A look at new research on using our own immune systems to treat cancer.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Child Sexual Abuse 48 mins _”Child sex abuse in the headlines recently. First with Josh Duggar, the family values reality TV star confessing to teenage abuse of young girls. Then with former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert over alleged hush money and misconduct when he was a high school wrestling coach. Reportedly with boys. And in the tragic story of Beau Biden’s early death, a reminder that young Biden had successfully prosecuted one of the worst pedophiles in American history. A pediatrician! This hour On Point: we look at the reality of child sex abuse – behind the headlines.” At the right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Mobilization 60 mins – “Psychologist Margaret Klein Salamon on movement to mobilize to save the climate – a total shift in society. The transformative power of climate truth. Plus scientist Paul Beckwith on chemtrails and geoengineering. She’s an American clinical psychologist and host of Now Margaret Klein Salamon is calling the United States to an emergency mobilization – to stave off a disastrous shift in our climate. Why it might work. Why it has to. Then we’re back with climate scientist Paul Beckwith to talk over chemtrails or covert climate geoengineering. Maybe it hasn’t started, but Beckwith thinks it should.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” in the download section and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Shock 68 mins – “Is climate change the ultimate Black Swan? Martin Weitzman of Harvard University and co-author of Climate Shock talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the risks of climate change. Weitzman argues that climate change is a fat-tailed phenomenon–there is a non-trivial risk of a catastrophe. Though Weitzman concedes that our knowledge of the climate is quite incomplete, he suggests that it is prudent to take serious measures, including possibly geo-engineering, to reduce the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comedy 55 mins – “Michael Enright revisits interviews with two of the funniest people in show business: Monty Python’s John Cleese and legendary talk show host Dick Cavett.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files – John Cleese/Dick Cavett,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150601_49573.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dataclysm 60 mins – “This week we’re looking at how powerful computers and massive data sets are changing the we study each other, scientifically and socially. We’re joined by machine learning researcher Hanna Wallach, to talk about the definition of “big data,” and social science research techniques that use data about individual people to model patterns in human behavior. And we’ll speak to Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid and author of the OkTrends blog, about his book “Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking).” At the link find the title, “#320 Dataclysm,” right-click “Media files Science for the People 320 Dataclysm.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

David Brooks 60 mins – “On May 26th 2015, New York Times columnist David Brooks came to the Intelligence Squared stage to share the insights of his latest book, The Road to Character. Brooks argued that today’s ‘Big Me’ culture is making us increasingly self-preoccupied: we live in a world where we’re taught to be assertive, to master skills, to broadcast our brand, to get likes, to get followers. But amidst all the noise of self-promotion, Brooks claimed that we’ve lost sight of an important and counterintuitive truth: that in order to fulfil ourselves we need to learn how to forget ourselves. Brooks was joined on stage by writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts Andrew Solomon.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Prevention 38 mins – “A recent conference held at the Academy asked a downright outrageous question: Can dementia be prevented by making changes to your diet? In this podcast we look at what the answers might be.” At the link find the title,“Can We Prevent Dementia Through Our Diet?” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deportee Story 32 mins – “Jose William Huezo Soriano – aka Weasel – is a 26-year-old Los Angeles resident who gets deported to his parents’ home country of El Salvador, which he has not seen since the age of five. In this episode, you’ll hear Weasel’s original audio diary, as well as an update from Weasel in which he talks about his life over the past 15 years.” At the link find the title, “#22: Weasel’s Diary, Revisited,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diet and Nutrition 108 mins – “Dr.. Robert Baron explores why we should care about what we eat – from calories to fiber – and general principles of a healthy diet and lifestyle. He also looks at dietary supplements and they role they play in preventing illness. Recorded on 03/18/2015. (#29284)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Heroes 26 mins – “We look at a new book, “Disaster Heroes”, that tells the stories of the anonymous, ordinary people that help out in times of catastrophe.” At the link find the title, “Disaster Heroes’ tells story of everyday people who step up in crisis – June 5, 2015,” right-click “Download ‘Disaster Heroes’ tells story of everyday people who step up in crisis – June 5, 2015” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DIY Diagnoses 16 mins –Forget pregnancy tests – in the near future, you could diagnose dozens of diseases, from AIDS to cancer, in the comfort of your home. Dr. Eugene Chan and Professor Andrew Ellington discuss what that means for doctors, patients, and healthcare costs.” At the link find the title, “DIY Diagnoses,” right-click “Media files 0523-BFIX2REAL-WEB.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr Ruth 52 mins – “As a 10-year-old girl, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was put on a train to Switzerland from Germany. Her father had already been taken away by the Nazis. While in an orphanage in Switzerland, she would lose her entire family in the Holocaust. Following the war, she had no real home, no close family and no proper education. What she did have, she says, was a zest for life. Bouncing from Israel to France and eventually the U.S., Dr. Ruth found her true calling in a career she never would have imagined: Sex therapy. And more remarkably, when she reached her 50s, it made her a celebrity. She opens up on love, life and joie de vivre.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Drought in Australia 48 mins – “Farmers say Australia urgently needs a new national plan for drought, because concessional loans are ‘missing the mark’. Agriculture Department figures show that less than half the money allocated for concessional loans in the past two years, has actually made its way to farmers. Around the globe, depending on whether you are in a developed, or developing country, food security takes on a very different definition. Former chair of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne Professor Lindsay Falvey has a very clear view of secure food. Lindsay Falvey told Sally Dakis that larger and larger farms are not the universal answer to global food security.” At the link find the title, “Country Hour for Tuesday 2nd June 2015,” right-click “Media files rural-tas-podcast-020615.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E.L.Doctorow E. L. Doctorow concocts “a ferocious re-imagining of the past that returns it to us as something powerful and strange” (Time) in novels such as The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, World’s Fair, Billy Bathgate, City of God, March, and Homer & Langley…. Doctorow once again shows his ability to meld “the personal and the mythic into a thrilling and poignant story” (New York Times) in Andrew’s Brain, a radical, lyrical trip through the mind that raises probing questions about what we know about our memories and each other. In conversation with Jim Holt, bestselling author of Why Does The World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story.At the link right-click “Listen to MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Einstein 60 mins – “Walter Isaacson | Einstein: His Life and Universe – Walter Isaacson has been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of Time Magazine. He is the author of the best-selling biography Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and he has won several awards for his reporting, including the Overseas Press Club Award for foreign news interpretation. Einstein is a new biography of the German-born, Nobel Prize-winning physicist.” At the link right-click “Listen toMP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Vehicles 17mins –Electric vehicles have long been touted as the answer to many environmental problems from the potential to make a serious dent in emissions which harm human health and warm the planet – to reducing the demand on diminishing oil supplies. But after years of being talked up as a great alternative to the combustion engine, so far electric vehicles have yet to take hold in any market in the world, even as prices become more comparable with those of other new vehicles. So when might there be a tipping point for electric vehicles and what kind of infrastructure do countries need to make that happen? Chris Binns is the City of Sydney’s manager of strategy and assets who, in 2009 made a plan to cut the city’s vehicle fleet emissions by 20 percent in five years. That target’s been exceeded by introducing electric cars and hybrid-diesel trucks and Chris Binns is in our Auckland studio. And there with him is the chief executive of Mighty River Power, Fraser Whineray who is leading the corporate charge for adoption of electric vehicles and charging stations.” At the link right-click “MP3” beside the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food and Hunger 47 mins – “ Good news on world hunger recently. Not great. Not solved. But good. While the world’s population zoomed up in the last 25 years, hunger fell. A new UN report shows that while the global population jumped up by two billion, the number of hungry people – without sufficient food supplies – fell by about 200 million. There’s still plenty of hunger. But the percent of those going hungry in the developing word has fallen by nearly half. That’s worth exploring. Understanding. Improving on. This hour On Point:  with population up, what’s driven world hunger down?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Future of College 12 mins – “ We talked last week with Kevin Carey, author of “The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere,” a book that’s stirring up hot debate in higher ed circles. This week on the podcast a response Carey’s book by Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Goldrick-Rab recently wrote a critique of the book with journalist Audrey Watters for Inside Higher Ed.” At the link click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “OK” for “Save File” option in the pop-up box.

Global Positioning Satellites 15 mins – “Using a physical map to find your way around? That’s so, like, ten years ago. Tech writer Hiawatha Bray examines the science and history that gave us GPS — and how we owe some of that to Einstein.” At the link find the title, “How Einstein Gave Us GPS,” right-click “Media files BrayWebMix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hate Speech 20mins – “Few sectors of the networked environment get a worse reputation for hate speech than online gaming. Competitive games with chat functions have always involved some level of trash talking. Slurs, shaming, and casual threats are part of the players’ toolkit for riling up their opponent. But the toxicity levels of video game forums have reached a dangerous point. Unregulated and unchecked, many gaming networks have become zones where cyberbullying, misogyny, racism, and homophobic language are the norm. At least one gaming company has decided that this behavior should NOT be the norm. In 2012, Riot Games – makers of the insanely popular League of Legends (over 60 million players around the world) – hired a cognitive neuroscientist named Jeffrey “Lyte” Lin to “game” the game. Jeffrey is in charge of building social systems that de-incentivize bad behavior and bring about a more sportsman-like culture…” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ideas 26 mins – “Bride Rosney, Tom Garvin and Noel Dorr discuss on ‘Governing the World: The History of an Idea’ by Mark Mazower (Allen Lane)” At the link find the date, “ Saturday 20th April,” right-click the down-pointing blue arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence Quotients 5 mins – “ We might put Albert Einstein up on a pedestal as the quintessential genius. But author David Shenk and psychologist Elaine Castles argue that the way we’ve defined intelligence is all wrong.” At the link find the title, “Busting Up IQ Myths,” right-click “Media files Castles-ShenkWebMix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Service Trends 47 mins – “Once upon a time there were businesses that did things. You went to them, or they sent their employees to you. Then came Uber. The transportation company with no cars and no employees out on the road. Hit the app on your smartphone and the service shows up, freelanced and on-demand. Now everybody wants to launch an Uber for everything. To wash your clothes, park your car, take your temperature, rub your shoulders, make you a drink. And they’re launching. Delivering.  Disrupting. This hour On Point: the “on-demand” economy, and the Uber-fication of everything.” At the right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Insights 69 mins – “The Middle East seems to be imploding. Dan[Carlin]thinks this is likely all part of a natural process of redrawing articifical borders and re-balancing power relationships. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be fun to live through.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Bogle 73mins – “John Bogle | Common Sense on Mutual FundsRecorded 3/9/2000 – The author and mutual fund pioneer helps investors navigate the industry. John Bogle is founder of the Vanguard Group and creator of the retail index fund.”  At the link right-click “Download MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lynching Story 16 mins –The images coming out of Ferguson, MO this summer have reminded us of another upsetting image of race in America. It’s a photograph that was taken just a few hours from Ferguson, but eight decades ago…and it inspired the Billie Holiday song, Strange Fruit. Listen to our story (and be advised that it is disturbing.)” At the link find the title, “#18: Strange Fruit – Voices of a Lynching,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mali Weapons 8 mins – “In the second installment of this two-episode podcast on ‘Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World’, Yearbook Coordinator Glenn McDonald and Researcher Claudia Seymour introduce the four case studies discussing armed actors, focusing on their procurement and use of small arms, and their stockpile management practices.” At the link find the title, “Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World – Part 2,” right-click “Media files SAS-Podcast-32-Small-Arms-Survey-2015-Weapons-and-the-environment-Part-2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Math Education Question 52 mins – “ENCORE Imagine a world without algebra. We can hear the sound of school children applauding. What practical use are parametric equations and polynomials, anyway? Even some scholars argue that algebra is the Latin of today, and should be dropped from the mandatory curriculum. But why stop there? Maybe we should do away with math classes altogether. An astronomer says he’d be out of work: we can all forget about understanding the origins of the universe, the cycles of the moon and how to communicate with alien life. Also, no math = no cybersecurity + hackers (who have taken math) will have the upper hand. Also, without mathematics, you’ll laugh < you do now. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has peppered his animated show with hidden math jokes. And why mathematics = love.” At the link right-click “Download link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Methane Releases 29 mins – “When we think of the potential dangers of fracking for natural gas, what may come to mind is the dramatic image of flaming tap-water. But the prospect of methane released in the hydraulic fracturing process goes beyond contaminated ground water to include poor air quality and accelerated climate change. Researchers have struggled to accurately measure how much methane is released through fracking, and studies vary widely in their findings. This week on Sea Change Radio, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Lisa Song, of Inside Climate News joins us to make some sense of the various studies, and help us understand the impact of fracking on the air we breathe. We also delve into the political divide among environmental groups, as nonprofits like the Environmental Defense Fund break with longstanding allies on the subject.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Movement Affects Thoughts 14 mins – “Scientists have long thought of the brain as a “control center” for the body – a kind of computer that dictates how we move through space. But what if how we walk and stand and gesture could actually change how we think? That’s what Sian Beilock asks in her new book, “How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel.” Beilock is a psychology professor at the University of Chicago. She looked how our physical movement affects our thoughts and emotions in different settings – from school, to work, to human relationships.” At the link click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “OK” for “Save File” option in the pop-up box.

Native School Conditions 13 mins – “There are 183 federally-run Bureau of Indian Education schools in the nation, and about a third of these are in poor condition. Some students at BIE schools deal with poorly-insulated classrooms, holes in the roof, rodents, and other issues on a daily basis. Last year the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ran a series of editorials about conditions in schools run BIE.  Editorial writer Jill Burcum led the Star Tribune’s investigation into the schools in Northern Minnesota and North Dakota. Since the editorial series was published, Burcum was asked to testify at a Congressional hearing that looked at challenges facing Native American schools, and she was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer prize in Editorial Writing.At the link click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “OK” for “Save File” option in the pop-up menu.

Parasitism Research 121 mins – “Host Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin discuss identification of an erythrocyte protein essential for invasion of Plasmodium falciparum, and introduce a new case study.” It’s cutting edge malaria research, with asides about why we have different blood groups, parasite migration, magnets to separate liver cells and the problem with red cells having no nuclei. At the link right clip “TWIP#190” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phosgene 6 mins – “Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone was still yelling out and stumbling,
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime…
The searing words of Wilfred Owen rang out in anguish during the first world war. Through Owen’s haunting stanzas, and those of his contemporaries including Siegfried Sassoon, the British public gained a true insight into the nature of war – not through the distorting lens of pomp and patriotism, but by being exposed to the abject horrors experienced by those on the frontline.” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Phosgene.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physical Therapy Games 6 mins – “You’ve just been injured, and you’re on the way home from an hour of physical therapy. The last thing you want to do on your own is confusing exercises that take too long to show results. TED Fellow Cosmin Mihaiu demos a fun, cheap solution that turns boring physical therapy exercises into a video game with crystal-clear instructions.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pigeonroost Hollow War 15 mins –A few years ago, we produced a story about the greatest underdog we’d ever met: Jimmy Weekley. Jimmy was the last remaining resident of Pigeonroost Hollow, West Virginia. Jimmy spent most of the last two decades fighting one of the largest coal companies in the country in an attempt to save his hometown. He said he was born in Pigeonroost Hollow, and he planned to die there. This year, he did. He was 74. Today on the Radio Diaries Podcast, we’re remembering Jimmy Weekley, The Last Man on the Mountain.” At the link find the title, “#24: Last Man on the Mountain – Updated,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poaching Weapons 9 mins – “The Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World explores the theme of weapons and the environment, as well as offering case studies on a range of aspects of small arms and armed violence. In the first of this two-episode podcast, Senior Researcher Khristopher Karlson and Yearbook Coordinator Glenn McDonald discuss five of the book’s chapters, covering weapons and the environment, trade in weapons, and measures to regulate and control small arms.” At the link find the title, “Small Arms Survey 2015: Weapons and the World – Part 1,” right-click “Media files SAS-Podcast-31-Small-Arms-Survey-2015-Weapons-and-the-environment-Part-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcasting Business 28 mins – “A major decision for most entrepreneurs is the one to enter a market that has a reputation of being “saturated.” The cause could be one of many reasons. In this Bonus episode, we look into issues and concerns for the entrepreneur to either enter or continue in a saturated market — and we do so from real-life case studies of small businesses. The first case study examines the risks and the suggested recommendations for looking at the product, service, offering or brand entry into a “saturated market. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Violence 54 mins ­- “The shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August last year sparked a firestorm of popular anger, frustration and a fair degree of hopelessness. Since then the problem seems only to get worse, with more and more reports of similar instances of police brutality towards young African American men. The racial tensions ignited in riots in Baltimore in April – after yet another death due to police brutality. Australia has watched on, horrified at the depth of racial antipathies in the US. But why is this all happening now? And what can the problems in the US tell us about our own record on race and police violence?” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Publication Trends 43 mins – “Across the world of publishing, change is underway. Book publishing and distribution are fundamentally different than even a few years ago – and opportunity at a global scale is available to all sizes of publishers. With a combination of digitally-driven print-on-demand and e-commerce services, as well as innovation in shipping and delivery, publishers are reaching readers on all continents. However, they must remain vigilant to protect their greatest assets – the content itself – from piracy and other illicit dealings. For BookExpo America 2015, CCC’s Chris Kenneally moderated an interactive discussion targeted to publishers ready to expand their business beyond US national borders as well as multinational publishers looking to learn about current trends and breaking news in global licensing, exports, and copyright.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resilience 22 mins – “Resilience and why some people cope with trauma better –This week marked the 4th anniversary of the Christchurch and Canterbury earthquake. New research from the University of Otago in Christchurch with earthquake survivors is shedding some light on the question of what makes some people cope better with trauma than others. A group of psychiatrists and psychologists from the University have been studying a group of more than 100 Cantabrians exposed to high levels of stress during the earthquakes who coped well. They compared this group against a group of patients with post-earthquake trauma, being treated by the Adult Specialist Services Earthquake Treatment Team, or ASSETT, set up by the Canterbury DHB. Dr Gini McIntosh from the Otago University is part of the research team, and one of the psychologists with ASSETT.” At the link right-click “MP3” beside the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saiga Antelop Dieoff 4 mins – “Two weeks ago, the saiga, an endangered type of antelope that roams Central Asia, suddenly began dying en masse.  More than 60,000 animals in Kazakhstan mysteriously fell ill and died within hours of getting sick — decimating over a third of the global population of saigas, according to E.J. Milner-Gulland, professor of Conservation Science at Imperial College London. Their sudden massive death has stumped animal conservationists, Milner-Gulland says.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Under Siege, P1 55 mins (165 mins total) – “Scientists around the world are increasingly restricted in what they can research, publish and say — constrained by belief and ideology from all sides. What happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research?” At the link find the title, “Science Under Siege, Part 1,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150603_33313.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for P2 and P3 for their media files.

Sex Scandals 52 mins – “15 years ago this month, then-President Bill Clinton was impeached by the US House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice. The root of the trouble was, of course, the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Though Clinton was later acquitted by the Senate, the trial sparked questions about the blurry line between private and public misconduct. But Americans have been puzzling over just where to draw that line for centuries. So in this episode, Peter, Ed, and Brian look back over other scandals in American history, exploring the public response and the legacies they’ve left behind….” 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.

Shepherd’s Life 48 mins – “Life is change, we hear a lot these days. For James Rebanks, that is only partly true. Rebanks is a shepherd in the far north of England, on land his family has farmed since ancient days. He went to Oxford, and then came home. To farm. To his sheep. He’s written the story of that life, the shepherd’s life, in a new book that’s getting raves all over. Maybe it’s a sign of others’ longing for that sense of continuity and rootedness, the land. Maybe it’s your longing. But would you want the work? This hour On Point: news from the hills. “The Shepherd’s Life.’” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Single Teenage Mom 40 mins –As an 18-year-old raised in the foster care system, Melissa took NPR listeners along when she gave birth to her son Issaiah. Over the past 16 years Melissa and her son have faced many challenges, from eviction notices to her son’s life-threatening medical diagnosis. In this podcast episode, listen to Melissa’s Teenage Diary and her new ‘grown-up’ diary from Teenage Diaries Revisited. Plus, Joe interviews Melissa about the process of documenting her life over the years.” At the link find the title, “#3: Teenage Diaries Revisited: Melissa,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sirius Radio Founder 21 mins – “The founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt now heads up a drug company that makes life-saving medicines for rare diseases (including one drug that saved her own daughter’s life). Meanwhile she is working to preserve the consciousness of the woman she loves in a digital file … and a companion robot. In an onstage conversation with TED’s Chris Anderson, Rothblatt shares her powerful story of love, identity, creativity, and limitless possibility.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Soil Preservation 18 mins – “It’s time to talk about soil because if we don’t we could face a very serious problem. The world needs to double sustainable food production by 2050 to feed a projected population increase of 9 billion people. This means that food security is one of the world’s most pressing problems. People need access to food, there needs to be enough for everyone and it needs to be nutritional and affordable. Soil is essential for food security so we need look after it so it can remain healthy so we can all be healthy. So how do you make healthy soil?” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sound Bites 40 mins – “The first portable audio recorder was made in 1945 by a man named Tony Schwartz. He moved the VU meter from inside of the unit to the top, so he could see the recording volume. And, he put a strap on it so that he could hang the device over his shoulder. Armed with his recorder (and sometimes a secret microphone attached to his wrist), Schwartz chronicled every sound in his Manhattan neighborhood.  He recorded children singing songs in the park, street festival music, jukeboxes in restaurants, vendors peddling vegetables, and more than 700 conversations with cab drivers, just to name a few examples.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Sudan 30 mins – “South Sudan in Focus is a 30-minute weekday English-language broadcast/internet program covering rapidly changing developments in the new nation of South Sudan and the region.” At the link find the title, “South Sudan in Focus June 05, 2015,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Street Violence Fix 18 mins – “An architect of the “Boston miracle,” Rev. Jeffrey Brown started out as a bewildered young pastor watching his Boston neighborhood fall apart around him, as drugs and gang violence took hold of the kids on the streets. The first step to recovery: Listen to those kids, don’t just preach to them, and help them reduce violence in their own neighborhoods. It’s a powerful talk about listening to make change.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Temple Grandin 64 mins – Time Magazine Top 100 Hero, Temple Grandin has become a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Diagnosed with autism as a child, she studied psychology and earned a Ph.D. in Animal Science. A passionate voice for the humane treatment of animals, her professional and popular writing and research on animal behavior has revolutionized the treatment of farm animals. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards. Her candid autobiographies, Emergence and Thinking in Pictures, shed light on the autistic mind for scientists studying the disorder and provide “a fascinating look at autism from the inside” (Psychology Today). In The Autistic Brain, Grandin weaves her own experience with remarkable new discoveries in the autism revolution.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thorium Reactors 43 mins – “Two years ago, we interviewed Kirk Sorensen about the potential for thorium to offer humanity a safe, cheap and abundant source of energy. He is an active advocate for developing liquid fluoride thorium reactor (LFTR) technology, the details of which were covered in our earlier podcast: A Detailed Exploration of Thorium’s Potential As An Energy Source. That interview concluded with Kirk’s observation that the West could have a fully-operational LFTR reactor up and running at commercial scale within a decade, but it won’t, because it is simply choosing not to prioritize exploring its potential. But that doesn’t mean other countries are ignoring thorium’s promise. Kirk returns this week to relay what has happened in the thorium space since our last conversation. The East, most notably China, is now fully-mobilized around getting its first reactor operational by as soon as 2020. If indeed thorium reactors are as successful as hoped, the US will find itself playing catch up against countries who suddenly hold a tremendous technology advantage:” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turkey Politics 27 mins – “Turkey goes to the polls on Sunday in a critical general election. Many of the voters opposed to the ruling party of President Erdogan are putting their hopes in the HDP, which has its roots in Kurdish nationalism. If it gets the 10% of the vote it needed to enter parliament, it could block Erdogan’s plans to give the presidency more power. Maria Margaronis visited a run-down area of Istanbul – one of the HDP’s strongholds.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visual Effects 77 mins – “Host Leo Laporte interviews Stewart Lew, Bay Area Chairman of the Visual Effects Society, about his extensive production experience in feature films, commercials, and interactive next-gen games development.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the blue down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Aftermaths 52 mins – “At the end of May, President Barack Obama told the graduating class at West Point that “we are winding down our war in Afghanistan,” having committed to withdraw most US troops by the end of the year, and all of them by 2016. Ending the United States’ longest war has been a lengthy and gradual process, but have American wars typically had neat or definitive endings? In this episode, BackStory casts its gaze over prominent conflicts of the last three centuries, and explores what it takes to end a war — both in legal terms, and in the popular imagination. From military and diplomatic maneuvers, to courtroom battles and ongoing cultural conflict, the Guys and their guests explore whether wars ever really end.” 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.

Warfare Roundtable 23 mins – “The basic components of human conflict may never change, but the way we fight certainly will. Peter Singer, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and Missy Cummings, director of Duke’s Humans and Autonomy Lab, explain how developing technologies like robots and hacking are radically transforming the way America goes to war.” At the link find the title, “Technology and the Future of War,” right-click “Media files 0530WarRoundtableWebMix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Knife 53 mins – “In his new novel, the writer Paolo Bacigalupi imagines what would happen if our greatest fears for water in the West came true. He sets his story of speculative fiction in a near future when extreme drought has the poor paying $6 for a gallon of water while the rich live in lush high-rise cities. Western states war with each other for dwindling water shares and hire mercenary “water knives” to claim the few sources left. Bacigalupi is coming to Utah, and he joins us Monday to talk about his novel The Water Knife…Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of six books. His debut novel, The Windup Girl, was awarded Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards in 2010. His new novel is called The Water Knife.At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Health 16 mins – “Ana Langer discusses a new Lancet Commission on Women and Health with Richard Lane.” At the link find the title, “Women and Health: The Lancet: June 5, 2015,” right-click “05june.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Working – by Terkel 12 mins – “In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country, tape recorder in hand, interviewing people about their jobs. Studs collected more than 130 interviews, and the result was a book called “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.” And – something unprecedented for an oral history collection – it became a bestseller. In this episode of The Radio Diaries Podcast, we bring you two of the lost interviews that never made it into the book: Helen Moog, a taxi driver and grandmother of five who happened to drive Studs to the Youngstown, OH airport; and Lovin’ Al Pommier, a “car hiker.‘” At the link find the title, “#19: Working, Then and Now,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wrongful Execution 27 mins – “Bridgette McGee grew up knowing nothing about her grandfather, Willie McGee. Now she is on a quest to unearth everything she can about his life – and his death. In 1945, Willie McGee was accused of raping a white woman. The all-white jury took less than three minutes to find him guilty and McGee was sentenced to death. Over the next six years, the case went through three trials and sparked international protests and appeals from Albert Einstein, William Faulkner, Paul Robeson, and Josephine Baker. McGee was defended by a young Bella Abzug arguing her first major case. But in 1951, McGee was put to death in Mississippi’s traveling electric chair. His execution was broadcast live by a local radio station. Today, a newly discovered recording of that broadcast provides a chilling window into a lost episode of civil rights history. Narrated by Bridgette McGee, this documentary follows a granddaughter’s search for the truth about a case that has been called a real-life To Kill A Mockingbird.” At the link find the title, “#11: The Traveling Electric Chair,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.



An alphabetic library 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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