Media Mining Digest 188 – June 19, 2015: Abortion Legislation, App for Parking, Autistic Adults, Bitcoins, Bond Funds, Carbon Bubble, Changing Minds rev, Corporate Responsibility, Dollar Democracy, Elon Musk Book, Faith Based Medicine, Habit Building, Hybrid Authors, Inequality in America, Infrastructure, Job Growth, Jobs and Robots, Lawmaggeddon, Legal Services, Liberia, Looted Antiquities, Monsanto Issues, North Korean Teacher, Putin’s Way, SEAL Team, Sexual Freedom, Solar Women, Spectrum Management, Superbugs, Torture and CIA, Viagra for Women, Virtual Reality, Work Improvement

The following audio files come from a larger group of 187 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 34 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Abortion Legislation 52 mins – “Two years ago, Texas passed a law requiring all clinics that offer abortions to meet the same standards as hospital surgical centers. On Tuesday, a federal court upheld the Texas law, saying it did not place an “undue burden” on women seeking abortions. And in Wisconsin this week, a bill that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks passed the state senate. Fourteen states now have a similar ban on the books. Supporters of these laws say they are needed to protect the health and safety of women. But critics say they are unconstitutional and simply make it harder for women to obtain abortions. Diane and guests discuss new state laws restricting abortion and how courts are responding.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

App for Parking 17 mins – “The story of a 24-year-old kid and the idea he thought would reduce congestion, cut greenhouse gasses and make urban life easier for everyone. Instead, it brought him nothing but trouble.” At the link find the title, “#630: Free Parking,” right-click “Media files 20150605_blog_pmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Austic Adults 52 mins – “Over the last few weeks, high school seniors around the country have lined up to receive their diplomas. It’s an exciting time, but this transition into adulthood can also be challenging. It is especially difficult for those with an autism spectrum disorder. Members of the autism community refer to leaving high school as “falling off a cliff,” as it marks the end of most government support services. Unemployment for these young adults is high, as are rates of social isolation, even when compared to people with other disabilities. Now, as 50,000 individuals on the autism spectrum enter adulthood each year, calls to address their needs are growing louder. We look at new efforts to support adults with autism.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Bitcoins 68 mins – “Nathaniel Popper of the New York Times and the author of Digital Gold talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Bitcoin. Can Bitcoin make it? What went wrong with Mt. Gox? Why did Ross Ulbricht, the creator of Silk Road, just get sentenced to life in prison? Why are venture capital firms pouring millions of dollars into companies promising easier ways to use Bitcoin? Popper discusses these questions along with the technical side of Bitcoin to help listeners understand why so many investors are excited about the potential of Bitcoin.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bond Funds 46 mins – “What Do You Want To Know About Bond Funds? Paul [Merriman] answers the 14 most common questions about bond funds. He references the following article about bond risk:” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Bubble 60 mins – “With the Tar Sands and the crash in oil prices, Canada went from being a world petro-state to an economy in trouble. Our next guest says the carbon bubble is bursting in Canada, and that may not be a bad thing. Jeff Rubin is no ordinary critic of fossil fuels. He was the Chief Economist for CIBC World Markets, the investment arm of a Canadian mega-bank. Since then he’s written the books “The End of Growth” and “Your World is About to Get A Whole Lot Smaller”. Now Rubin has a new work out: “The Carbon Bubble: What Happens to Us When it Bursts.” The obvious question, which everyone asks: what is a carbon bubble?” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” above the playback image and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Changing Minds rev. 45 mins – (Begins for nine minutes talking about faulty data concerning the topic, “Changing Minds” and then discusses the topic of money in life.) “It’s peculiar, your inability to predict what will make you happy, and that inability leads you to do stupid things with your money. Once you get a decent job that allows you to buy new shoes on a whim, you start accumulating stuff, and the psychological research into happiness says that stuff is a crappy source of lasting joy. In this rebroadcast, listen as psychologist Elizabeth Dunn explains how to get more happiness out of your money…with science!” At the link find the title, “Media files 050_Happy_Money, Elizabeth_Dunn_rebroadcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corporate Responsibility 25 mins – “How responsible should companies be about their impact on the world? Christine Bader, author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil, and Arvind Ganesan, director of the business and human rights division at Human Rights Watch, discuss corporate social responsibility. Hosted by Sarah Childress.” At the link find the title, “Frontline Roundtable: Corporate Social Responsibility,” right-click “Media files 177665035-frontlinepbs-frontline roundtable corporate social responsibility.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dollar Democracy 56 mins – “ Dan has talked in the past about funding drives to get reformers elected, but this show explores a more “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach to achieving public policy goals in a money-dominated system.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elon Musk Book 58 mins – “Ashlee Vance is the author of ‘Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,’ which provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley’s most audacious entrepreneur, and he is the feature writer for Businessweek.” At the link right-click “Audio” beside the down-pointing blue arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Faith Based Medicine 58 mins – “…our guest is Dr. Paul Offit, whose new book examines the uneasy relationship between religion and medicine in America. Offit tells the stories of children who have died from treatable ailments because their parents put their faith in scripture over medical intervention. He says his message isn’t anti-religious, but that medical neglect is itself un-Christian. We’ll talk about the choices some parents make and why he says the legal system is failing our most vulnerable.”At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Habit Building 40 mins – “Part of the reason for this is that different people have different personalities and traits. For example, some people are wired to want to uphold all expectations – both external (set by others) and internal (set by themselves). Others are rebels – they don’t want to be told what to do at all. Gretchen Rubin, an author of multiple best-selling books, outlines many of these personality types and traits – and how you can use the knowledge of yours to build habits – in her new book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. In this episode, she and I talk about this subject; if you’re interesting in improving your habits, check it out!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hybrid Authors 41 mins – “The first wave of independent publishing in the digital age promised a golden age of reading and writing. Many caught up in the excitement were swift to proclaim the demise of traditional publishing models. What we see in 2015 is a world that has found room for both the upstarts and the established players. Authors frequently migrate from “indie” status to traditional houses and back again. Authors are making choices based on personal and professional “ROI” assessments – and not only about revenue potential but also considering their long-term career goals. Depending on the book and the trajectory of an author’s career, independent publishing is the right choice now, or a year from now. For the keynote panel opening this year’s uPublishU at BookExpo America, CCC’s Chris Kenneally spoke with a panel whose direct experience working in today’s “hybrid” environment covers editing, publishing and representing authors.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Inequality in America 58 mins – “Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz talks about his book, [The Great Divide]. He is interviewed by Heather McGhee, president of Demos.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Joseph Stiglitz,” right-click “Media files program.400404.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save ink As” from the pop-up menu.

Infrastructure History 52 mins – “ As crash experts sort out why an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia last month, killing eight passengers, Congress is still haggling over how to replenish the nation’s Highway Trust Fund before it goes dry. All the while, the safety of America’s roads and rails hangs in the balance. So on this show, Brian, Ed and Peter uncover the stuff of modern life that’s hidden in plain sight. How have Americans decided what infrastructure to invest in, how to maintain it, and who ultimately has to pay for it? Our stories take a look behind the scenes at the electric grid, the shipping industry and the origins of oil pipelines.” 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 Growth 20 mins – “If you’re worried that a robot might take your job, well, you’ve come to the right place. Economist James Bessen explores why technology may NOT displace workers – and why 19th-Century textile workers have a lot in common with techies in Silicon Valley.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jobs and Robots 24 mins – “If you aren’t already worried about being replaced by a robot, maybe you should be. Today on the show, three races pit humans against machines.” At the link find the title, “#622: Humans vs. Robots,” right-click “Media files 20150508_blog_pmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lawmageddon 31 mins – “In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview Nathaniel Russell about his definition of Lawmageddon, what the legal profession needs to embrace these changes, and the consequences lawyers face if they fail the tests of Lawmageddon. In the second half of the podcast, Russell discusses what can happen if lawyers ignore the presence of social media as evidence and the ethical responsibility all lawyers have to their clients with regard to social media and due diligence.” At the link find the titel, “Lawmageddon and How to Prepare for Social Media in the Courtroom,” right-click “lawmaggeddon-social-media-courtroom.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Legal Services 29 mins – “In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview Judy Perry Martinez, chair of the ABA Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services. Martinez discusses specific actions the commission is taking to find solutions, including grassroots meetings across the country, a national summit, public hearings, and lawyer education. She explains how discussions with lawyers, judges, technology innovators, law students, academics, and law librarians bring awareness to issues in the changing legal landscape and encourages solution ideas. These changes present challenges and opportunities for lawyers today, but those who do not jump on board will likely be left behind.” At the link find the title, “The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services,” right-click “Media files aba-commission-future-legal-services.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Liberia 87 mins – “FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate the secret history of Firestone in Liberia.” At the link find the title, “Firestone and the Warlord,” right-click “Media files 209423642 frontlinepbs firestone and the warlord.mp3 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Looted Antiquities P1 55 mins – “When the Taliban and ISIS destroy ancient artifacts, the world responds with outrage. But where should that outrage lead: taking ancient art out of the country of origin? Or would that amount to cultural genocide? Just who owns ancient art?” At the link find the title, “Who Owns Ancient Art? Part 1,” right-click “Media files ideas_20150612_96342.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monsanto Issues 51 mins – “The world’s largest seed company, Monsanto, is hoping to expand its business in insecticides and other herbicides by acquiring Syngenta, a major player in the chemicals business based in Switzerland. So far, Syngenta has said no, but Monsanto is likely to raise its offer. If Syngenta ultimately agrees to the deal, some fear the possible takeover could mean higher seed and food prices. In addition, anti-trust regulators will be looking closely at Monsanto’s expanded power in global seed and pesticide markets.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

North Korean Teacher 13 mins – “For six months, Suki Kim worked as an English teacher at an elite school for North Korea’s future leaders — while writing a book on one of the world’s most repressive regimes. As she helped her students grapple with concepts like “truth” and “critical thinking,” she came to wonder: Was teaching these students to seek the truth putting them in peril?” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Putin’s Way 56 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the accusations surrounding Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia.” At the link find the title, “Putin’s Way,” right-click “Media files 209427949 frontlinepbs putins way.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

SEAL Team 6 47 mins – “A huge report out this weekend on SEAL Team 6 – the special operations forces that killed Osama bin Laden. The New York Times spent a year digging in to the most elite, most deadly, most secretive force in the US military. What they found was a lot of killing, and rescue, and intelligence-gathering. An evolution in US force projection from big military to fierce, focused out-of-nowhere attacks that can show up almost anywhere – and do. It’s a gripping story with big questions attached. Their reporting staff is with us. This hour On Point:  Deadly force, global reach, and SEAL Team 6.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Freedom 57 mins – “Rising star historian Faramerz Dabhoiwala came to the Intelligence Squared stage in February 2012 to describe how the permissive society arrived in Western Europe, not in the 1960s as we like to think, but between 1600 and 1800. It began in England and is now shaping and challenging patterns of sexual behaviour all over the world. For most of western history, all sex outside marriage was illegal, and the church, the state, and ordinary people all devoted huge efforts to suppressing and punishing it. This was a central feature of Christian civilization, one that had steadily grown in importance since the early middle ages. Three hundred years ago this entire world view was shattered by revolutionary new ideas – that sex is a private matter; that morality cannot be imposed by force; that men are more lustful than women. Henceforth, the private lives of both sexes were to be endlessly broadcast and debated, in a rapidly expanding universe of public media: newspapers, pamphlets, journals, novels, poems, and prints. In his account of this first sexual revolution, Dabhoiwala will argue that the creation of our modern culture of sex was a central part of the Enlightenment, intertwined with the era’s major social, political and intellectual trends. It helped create a new model of Western civilization, whose principles of privacy, equality, and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.” At the link find the title, “Faramerz Dabhoiwala on the Origins of Sex,” right-click “Media files 209708542-intelligence2-origins-of-sex.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Women 6 mins – “Take a step back from Zanzibar’s white sand beaches and big hotels and you’re in a very different world. One where the island’s dusty, inland villages largely go dark once the sun sets. This is when the differences between people who have electricity and those who don’t are most pronounced….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spectrum Management 30 mins – “Karl Nebbia, who formerly led spectrum management operations for the federal government, talked about the spectrum used for cell phones, the Internet, and streaming content. He discussed issues with the growth of wireless devices in recent years and how the government was addressing regulations.” At the link you can listen, but downloads cost $.99; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Suberbugs at NIH 19 mins – “FRONTLINE’s exclusive interview with the family of a young man who died in a superbug outbreak that swept through a hospital at the National Institutes of Health.” At the link find the title, Outbreak at NIH,” right-click “Media files 209421489 frontlinepbs outbreak at nih.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Superbugs 40 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people.” At the link find the title, “The Trouble with Antibiotics,” right-click “Media files 209419838 frontlinepbs the trouble with antibiotics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Torture and CIA 57 mins – “The secret history of the CIA’s controversial “enhanced interrogation” methods.” At the link find the title, “Secrets, Politics, and Torture,” right-click “Media files 209431399-frontlinepbs secrets politics and torture.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Viagra for Women 48 mins – “A little pink pill called flibanserin got a green light last week from advisers to the FDA. Its purpose: to enhance sexual desire in women. The headline writers could not resist calling it “Viagra for women.” The same pill had been rejected twice before. At hearings it was called a “mediocre aphrodisiac with scary side effects.” But a big lobbying push demanded gender equity on the sex pill front – and finally got the panel’s recommendation. For “Viagra for women.” This hour On Point:  the little pink pill. Women, sex, side-effects and the making of desire.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Reality 54 mins – “On the show this week we talk all things virtual reality with Will Smith and Norman Chan from Did VR fail in the 90s?How many times does it have to fail to succeed? What’s it useful for besides video games and Lawnmower Men? If you’re confused by the recent VR comeback, Will and Norm have answers. (Starts after a 12 minute intro.) At the link find the title, “90 Will Smith & Norman Chan – Understanding Virtual Reality,” right-click “Media files 209977852 inquiringminds 90-Will-Smith-Norman-Chan on understanding virtual reality.mp3

Work Improvement 71 mins ‑ “Work sucks, but it doesn’t have to. In this episode we go inside Google in an interview with Lazlo Bock, head of People Operations. Bock has helped the company conduct experiments and introduce policies and procedures that have applied knowledge gained from psychology and neuroscience concerning biases, fallacies, and other weird human behavior quirks. The result has been a workplace where people are happier, more productive, and better able to pursue that which fulfills their ambitions. Learn all about Google’s approach as Lazlo describes his new book, Work Rules, a collection of insights from Google’s evidence-based, data-driven human relations.” (At the At the link find the title, “051 – Work – Lazlo Bock,” right-click “Media files 051, Work by Lazlo Bock.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.




An alphabetic library of 6500 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 240 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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