Media Mining Digest 191 – July 10, 2015: Aarhaus Model, American-chinese Food History, Americas Energy Future, Anonymous Group, Antibiotic Resistance, Archiving the Internet, Autism History, Automation Paradox, Bitcoin in Argentina, Broadband in Kansas City, China Jukou Reform, China of the 20s, Chinese Civil War, Chinese in Mexico, Chronic Pain, Climate Skeptic, Coco Chanel, Cuba Devleopment, Cultural Revolution, Dave Itzkoff, Dick Cavett, Displacement After Crisis, Duvall, Ecological Efforts, Economy by Merkel, Energy Futures, Feminism, Greek Bailout, Han Dynasty, Helen Hunt, Helpfulness in Business, High Tech Billionaires, Hong Kong, Information Policy Research, Internal Displacement, Internet Access Growth, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kublai Khan, Lasers, Liberal Viewpoint, Libraries Matter, Medical Scribes, Michael Keaton, Migration Crisis in Europe, Ming Dynasty, Opium History in China, Pain Pioneer, President Obama, Radiation Disasters, Reality Question, Roger Corman, School Rehab Solution, Seafood Sources, Shanghai Massacre – 1927, Silk Road, Social Media Concerns, Somalia Counterterrorism, Stroke Rehab, Tang Dynasty, Trade Negotiations, Web and AI Tech, Wes Anderson

The following audio files come from a larger group of 204 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 52 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Aarhus Model  24 mins – “Denmark’s second city has been attracting attention for its project to prevent its young people from going to Syria to fight for Islamic State. Is the Aarhus Model working?” At the link find the title, “Returning Jihadis: a Danish solution?” right-click “Media files p02w1w2r.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Chinese Food 46 mins – After a record-breaking pause in the action Laszlo is back with one last episode to finish of 2013.  This time we look at the interesting and amusing history of Chinese cuisine in America, an oft requested topic here at the China History Podcast.  This is a history that goes hand in hand with the earliest Chinese immigration to the US.  If you’re interested to learn more on the subject check out Andrew Coe and Jennifer 8 Lee’s books: Andrew Coe – “Chop Suey;” Jennifer 8. Lee – “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles”  At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Americas Energy Future 17 mins – “Robbie Diamond, Founder, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy, talks with T. Boone Pickens about how we can bring alternative energy solutions into the market so the United States isn’t totally dependent on oil” At the link find the title, “Episode 6: Robbie Diamond, Securing America’s Future Energy,” right-click “Media files 3266057-episode-6-robbie-diamond-securing-america-s-future-energy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anonymous Group 59 mins – “…Prof. Gabriella Coleman of McGill University, author of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. Biella has written a remarkable anthropological study of Anonymous, the ubiquitous collection of technology activists who were born out of the “lulz” (i.e., pranksterism plus). Over many months, Biella got to know an assortment of individuals involved in Anonymous, and through that interaction paints a complex and surprising picture of their operations. In our discussion, we talked about both her research methods and the insights that she developed through her work. In an era of networked interactions that exist on the spectrum from public to secret, Biella’s work is both groundbreaking and essential….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 63 mins – “In 2011, the NIH Clinical Center had a cluster of infections of a pathogen that tops the CDC’s list of urgent threats: antibiotic-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae. This bacteria, which can cause bloodstream and other infections, has recently developed resistance to the class of antibiotics known as carbapenems. The outbreak at NIH started with a single infected patient who was discharged weeks before any other cases were detected. This story of antibiotic-resistant infections is becoming more common around the world, and is especially dangerous in hospitals. Dr. Julie Segre, a senior investigator at the National Human Genome Research Institute, discuses how the outbreak was traced using state-of-the-art DNA sequencing.” At the link find the title, “MWV96 – Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria,” right-click “Media files MWV96_-_Antibiotic_Resistant_Bacteria_iDevice.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Archiving the Internet 101 mins – “The Internet Archive is a treasure trove of digitized culture — films, software, audio, websites and more. How it it being collected, and how might the Internet Archive be our best hope for preserving the history of this era, as we invent the web? Jason Scott joins Jen Simmons to talk about the challenges of archiving in the digital age.” At the link right-click MP3 Audio beside “Download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autism History 14 mins – “Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of psychologists with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test. But to really understand, we have to go back further to an Austrian doctor by the name of Hans Asperger, who published a pioneering paper in 1944. Because it was buried in time, autism has been shrouded in misunderstanding ever since.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Automation Paradox 20 mins – “…For nearly as long as there’s been an auto industry, there have been dreams of a car that drives on its own. In 1956, the year that “Key to the Future” was shown at Motorama, there were nearly 38,000 vehicle-related deaths in the United States. Since then, there hasn’t been year with fewer than 30,000 people killed in car accidents. And because more than 90% of all automobile accidents are all attributable to human error, for some industry people, a fully-automated car is a kind of holy grail. However, as automation makes our lives easier and safer, it also creates more complex systems, and fewer humans who understand those systems. Which means when problems do arise—people can be left unable to deal with them. Human factors engineers call this “the automation paradox.” Last week, in our story about automation in aviation, we heard about various ways the industry is people trying to deal with this paradox. …Google has a very different approach. Their plan for solving the paradox is to take human drivers out of the equation entirely.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bitcoin in Argentina 21 mins – “Users, entrepreneurs, and investors are harnessing bitcoin’s “workaday utility” in Argentina, a place where bitcoin is arguably more widespread among everyday people than anywhere else. What conditions led to this? Is it indicative of what may happen someplace else? Or is it just an isolated case or even a stopgap? In this episode of the a16z Podcast, NYT journalist Nathaniel Popper, author of the new book Digital Gold on the “inside story of the misfits and millionaires trying to reinvent money”, shares his insights on the phenomenon taking place in Argentina; what lessons other countries should (or shouldn’t) take away from it; and why email is the best analogy for email. And why the people behind bitcoin really do matter … especially because — not in spite of! — bitcoin being a “blank slate” to build on top of.” 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.

Broadband in Kansas 17 mins – “Every now and then, we stumble across something, read it twice, and then decide we need to verify it. In North Kansas City, a municipal fiber network operating in partnership with KC Fiber, is delivering a gig to residents at no ongoing charge after a reasonable one-time fee. To get the story, our interview this week for Community Broadband Bits is with Brooks Brown, Managing Partner of KC Fiber. KC Fiber is now running the North Kansas City municipal fiber network, liNKCity. The network delivers a free gigabit to the schools and after a one-time fee of $50-$300 (depending on desired connection capacity) residents can get a high quality fiber Internet connection with no additional charges for 10 years….” At the link right-click “…can download this Mp3 …” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Hukou Reform 134 mins – “With five of the world’s 10 most populous cities, China is renowned for its urban landscape. The country today is hardly recognizable to those who visited at the beginning of the reform period in 1980 when more than 80 percent of the population lived in rural areas. Now, with more than half of its population living in cities, China’s urbanization process has been the most rapid in human history and has served as a key engine of China’s economic growth. At the March meeting of the National People’s Congress, Premier Li Keqiang announced that controls over China’s household registration system—or hukou—will be relaxed to ensure that migrant workers can become urban citizens. To facilitate this, he hopes to enhance the carrying capacities of smaller cities and counties while controlling the population sizes of mega cities. The success of these urbanization efforts will not only determine whether China can maintain robust economic growth, but also will have strong implications for sociopolitical stability and environmental sustainability.” At the link right-click the titl just above “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China of the 1920s 18 mins –The 1920’s in Republican era China was anything but quiet and uneventful.  In this episode we focus in on the general situation in China during the period of the early 1920’s.  This was a time when the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) and KMT (Kuomintang) were in the same bed dreaming their different dreams.  It was a period where China was divided with warlords Zhang Zuolin, Wu Peifu and Sun Chuanfang controlling China from the Yangzi north.  The south was the domain of the KMT-CCP alliance where revolution was always in the air.  In 1927 Chiang Kai-shek will turn on the CCP and this sets a chain of events in motion that will lead to the Communists victory in 1949.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Civil War 177 mins – (4 parts) “…a multi-part series covering the Chinese Civil War from 1945 to 1949.  In China this is known as the War of Liberation involving Mao’s Communists and the Nationalists led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.“ At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Chinese in Mexico 52 mins –The story of the Chinese Mexicans is typical in some respects.  They came to Mexico either because they wanted to and saw it as a land of opportunity or they came because it was the next best thing to emigrating to the United States.  Many stayed in Mexico despite great hardships and the usual racism directed against them.  But most either moved on to try their luck in the US or they were forced out by racist and nationalistic anti-Chinese immigration policies. …more about this subject: The Chinese In Mexico 1882-1940, Robert Chao Romero, University of Arizona Press; Making the Chinese Mexican – Global Migration, Localism and Exclusion in the US-Mexico Borderlands, Grace Peña Delgado, Stanford University Press and Chinese Mexicans; Transpacific Migration and the Search for a Homeland 1910-1960, Julia María Schiavone Camacho, University of North Carolina Press.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chronic Pain 44 mins (2 parts) – “…a two part series on caring for patients with chronic pain. Pearls: With few exceptions, opiate therapy should be reserved for the short-term treatment of acute somatic pain due to tissue injury. Patients with acute pain should be informed early on that once tissue healing starts, opiates will be discontinued and the goal of therapy will be to improve function.  The goal is not a painless life. Opiates are an unfavorable option for those with chronic pain.   Patients who cannot tolerate chronic pain may choose maladaptive substances, such as alcohol or tobacco, as a means of “chemical coping.”…Set realistic expectations when treating patients with chronic pain. For the vast majority of patients, antidepressants are the first-line pharmacologic choice for the treatment of chronic pain. Patients who present after the acute phase of a painful condition, whether it’s 1 week or 2 years from the injury, are treated the same.“ At the link right-click “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu; the same here for Part 2.

Climate Skeptic 67 mins – “Science writer and author Matt Ridley discusses climate change with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Based on his reading of the scientific evidence, Ridley describes himself as a “lukewarmer.” While Ridley agrees that humans have made the climate warmer, he argues that the impact is small or positive over some temperature ranges and regions. He rejects the catastrophic scenarios that some say are sufficiently likely to justify dramatic policy responses, and he reflects on the challenges of staking out an unpopular position on a contentious policy issue.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coco Chanel 12 mins – “Mistresses, Nazis, and lost love — the story behind Chanel No. 5 isn’t just about perfume. Tilar Mazzeo, author of “The Secret of Chanel No. 5,” explains how Coco Chanel invented modern glamour.” At the link find the title, “The Genius and Tragedy of Coco Chanel,” right-click “Media files IHUB-0704-Chanel-Webmix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuba Development 270 mins (2 parts) – “In light of the significant shifts underway in the U.S.-Cuba relationship, new questions arise about Cuba’s development model, and its economic relations with the region and the world. …the Latin America Initiative at Brookings hosted a series of panel discussions with various experts including economists, lawyers, academics, and practitioners to examine opportunities and challenges facing Cuba in this new context. Panels examined macroeconomic changes underway in Cuba, how to finance Cuba’s growth, the emerging private sector, and themes related to much-needed foreign investment.” At the link right-click the titles for the two parts, just above “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cultural Revolution P1 23mins – By popular demand Laszlo begins to trace the history of the Cultural Revolution.  This week’s episode looks at the events leading up to the moment in 1966 when Mao called for the people to Bombard the Headquarters and to tear down the government.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cultural Revolution P2 27 mins –This week Laszlo takes us up to August 1966 with this Cultural Revolution overview.  After a nine month hiatus down in the Hangzhou, Shanghai and Wuhan, Mao is now back in Beijing and ready to mount his attack on the party leadership and unleash the Cultural Revolution on the entire country.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cultural Revolution P4 36 mins – The second half of 1966 and into 1967 saw some of the worst excesses of the Cultural Revolution.  In this episode the violence spreads throughout China and anyone with something to hide about their class background is tracked down and forced to endure the most horrible of fates. Mao is liking what he sees and keeps fanning the flames using all the tools at his disposal.  Opportunists from the CCRG down to the meanest individuals with petty grievances all grab hold of this chance that the Cultural Revolution has given them to get back at their enemies.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cultural Revolution P5 47 mins –In the fifth installment of our China History Podcast overview of the Cultural Revolution we look at the milestone events of 1967: The February Countercurrent, 8 Point Program, 10 Point Program and the Wuhan Incident.  Lots of blood and violence during this difficult year in China.  Added to this was no small amount of political, military and social upheaval.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cultural Revolution P6 36 mins – In this episode we finish off 1969, a year that not only saw internal revolt and anarchy but also saw armed border confrontation with the Soviet Union in the freezing northeast.  Chairman Mao Zedong pulls out all the stops to quell the violence and rebellion that he himself called for at the outset of the Cultural Revolution.  Mao’s chosen successor, Lin Biao loses favor with The Great Helmsman. As China enters the 1970’s the Cultural Revolution, though tarnished, still has plenty of life left in it.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cultural Revolution P7 42 mins –In this week’s episode we get all the way up to the end of 1975.  With Zhou Enlai ailing and Mao Zedong also not long for the world, there is a sudden urgency to find a successor to the chairman.  Now more than ever the two opposing camps take every measure to defeat the other.  To the victor will go the leadership of the Chinese nation.  To the loser there is certain loss of power and perhaps of freedom.  Everything is building up to the fateful year of 1976.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dave Itzkoff 29 mins – “Dave Itzkoff: Mad as Hell – New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff discusses Paddy Chayefsky’s ‘wandering in the desert,’ and the making of his 1976 classic, “Network.‘” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dick Cavett 62 mins – “Comedian, author and talk show icon Dick Cavett drops by Gilbert’s New York City apartment to sip Merlot and share personal memories of Groucho Marx, Johnny Carson and John Lennon, among others. Dick also talks about the time a guest dropped dead on his set (yes, it actually happened) AND favors Gilbert with some dead-on impersonations of his favorite obscure character actors!” At the link find his name, right-click (there or here) “Enclosure: select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Displacement After Crisis 86 mins – “When Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the Philippines in November 2013, it was one of the strongest storms ever recorded and resulted in a massive displacement crisis with more than four million people forced from their homes. One and a half years later, the reconstruction process is well under way, but major challenges remain as survivors struggle to rebuild their homes and regain their livelihoods. As new disasters and displacement crises are unfolding in countries such as Nepal, experiences in the Philippines represent an important source of insight for governments, international organizations, NGOs, and disaster-affected communities alike.” At the link right-click the title just above “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Duvall, Dobkin, Downey 32 mins – “Robert Duvall, David Dobkin, and Robert Downey, Jr.: The Judge – Director David Dobkin and stars Robert Duvall and Robert Downey, Jr. discuss their new film . CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ecological Efforts 60 mins – “SUMMARY: The coming unstable tropics, seen through an ancient world. From the UK, Dr. Jessica Whiteside. Former NASA scientist James Hansen says 2 degrees warming is unsafe and “crazy” to set that as a goal. Huge Canadian rainforest on cusp of mega-deal to save it. Activist Valerie Langer. Radio Ecoshock 150701.” At the link find the title, “Hot Minds in Motion,” right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “Download…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economy by Merkel 47 mins – “The stakes couldn’t be higher, as Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras seeks a new agreement on a bailout and German chancellor Angela Merkel refuses any talks before this Sunday’s referendum. What will happen is anyone’s guess, but for anyone looking for background information, Intelligence Squared is posting again the podcast of our 2013 debate ‘Angela Merkel is destroying Europe’. Listen to The New Statesman’s Mehdi Hasan and Greek MP Euclid Tsakalotos take on historian Anthony Beevor and Belgian-born veteran journalist Christine Ockrent. The debate was chaired by journalist and broadcaster Nik Gowing.At the link click “Download” to download the file.

Energy Futures P3 42 mins – The waste generated in any big city is immense—unused food, garden waste, commercial and industrial waste. But can it be considered a source of energy? And what of the waste when electricity is generated  in far off places rather than where it is needed. This third episode of Energy Futures explores bioenergy and efficiency. Producer Carl Smith visits a giant hole in the ground to see how one fifth of Sydney’s waste is being transformed back into power. And he investigates Australia’s energy generation network to see which links can be shortened and which can be removed for major boosts to efficiency.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Futures P4 46 mins – In the final episode of Energy Futures, Carl Smith looks to the sun—the source of much of our planet’s energy. Australia is one of the best-resourced countries for solar power. There are wide open spaces, and long hours of sunshine beating down on a continent much of which is desert. So is it best to harness that energy using rooftop systems or giant fields of solar panels? Or perhaps both!” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Feminism 11 mins – “When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a “bad feminist,” she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn’t possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she’s realized that the joke rang hollow. In a thoughtful and provocative talk, she asks us to embrace all flavors of feminism — and make the small choices that, en masse, might lead to actual change.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Greek Bailout 16 mins – “What do you do when your country’s future is put in your hands? On today’s show: The referendum in Greece.” At the link find the title, “#636: Yes Or No,” right-click “Media files 20150701_blog_pmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Han Dynasty P1 22 mins – In this week’s episode we look at only the first few decades of the Western Han Dynasty.  The Western Han lasted from 202BC to 8AD.  We’ll focus in on the fall of the Qin and the rise of Liu Bang who went on to found the Han Dynasty.  Liu Bang would reign as Emperor Gaozu.  Today we will look at his rise to power, his reign, his death and its gruesome aftermath.  Next week we will pick up with the reigns of Emperors Wen, Jing and Wu.  The periods of Wang Mang and the Eastern Han will wait until the 3rd installment of our Han Dynasty overview.  On another day we will return and focus in on many of the amazing stories of this golden  period.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Han Dynasty P2 30 mins –Today we present the second part of the Western Han Dynasty overview where we will look at the great Han emperors Wendi, Jingdi and perhaps the greatest of them all, Han Wudi.  It was a golden age in Chinese history and saw the first indirect contact between the Roman Empire in the west and Han China in the east.  The Silk Road of course was the conduit between these two great empires. Next week we will continue on with the short-lived Xin Dynasty of Wang Mang and the Eastern Han Dynasty.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Helen Hunt 29 mins – “Helen Hunt: Ride – Helen Hunt learns to surf in her second feature, Ride, as writer, director and star.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Helpfulness in Business 16 mins – “Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

High Tech Billionaires 12 mins – “If you’re over 30 and you haven’t sold a tech company worth $10 billion… what are you doing with your life? Randall Lane, editor of Forbes and author of “You Only Have to Be Right Once,” takes a peek behind the hoodie to examine the customs and morays of our new tech royalty.” At the link find the title, “The Pharaohs and Princes of Silicon Valley,” right-click “Media files” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P1 35 mins –Laszlo is back after another long delay.  In this shorter than usual episode, The China History Podcast presents Part 1 of a multi-part series that will explore the history of Hong Kong. In this introductory episode, Laszlo starts at the very beginning and traces Hong Kong from the Devonian Period all the way up the end of the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P10 55 mins –In this episode we will conclude our History of Hong Kong overview.  We’ll look at the years following the 1967 riots and the reforms championed by Governor Murray MacLehose in the 1970’s and 80’s.  We’ll close out this series by looking at the dramatic lead up to and the signing of the Joint Declaration, the Basic Law and the handover on July 1, 1997.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P2 40 mins –In part two of Laszlo’s overview of the history of Hong Kong, we look at the Canton System and the leadup to hostilities that culminated in the Treaty of Nanjing that ceded Hong Kong in perpituity to the British crown.  In this episode we’ll get as far as the Convention of Chuenpi of January 20, 1841. Here, Hong Kong was ceded to Britain but neither side was satisfied with this temporary settlement.  In Part 3 we’ll see this Convention repudiated and hostilities will quickly resume which ultimately leads to the first of the despised (on the Chinese side anyways) unequal treaties.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P3 38 mins –TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE – Chuanbi Caoyue: The Convention of Chuen-pi; Nanjing Tiaoyue: The Treaty of Nanjing; Qishan: Manchu official and Elliot’s counterpart in negotiations; Daoguang Emperor: Emperor of China during the Opium Wars; Huangpu: Port of Whampoa; Amoy: City of Xiamen in Fujian, referred to as Amoy in the old days; Fuzhou: City and capital of Fujian province; Zhoushan: Coastal city near Ningbo; Yang Fang  Successor to Qishan as chief negotiator with the British; Yishan: Successor to Yang Fang as negotiator with the British; Gough Hill: Ge Fu Shan – Pricey area on The Peak named after Sir Hugh Gough:; Bai Jia Shan: Mt Parker; Zhenjiang: Zhenjiang, city in Zhejiang known for vinegar; Bu Pingdeng Tiaoyue: Unequal Treaties; Bo Dian Zha: Henry Pottinger” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P4 41 mins –We continue this overview series on the history of Hong Kong.  This time we pick up right after the Treaty of Nanjing and look at the early efforts to get this colony up and running.  The first couple decades of Crown Colony of Hong Kong weren’t easy and many considered throwing in the towel early.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P5 42 mins –In this fifth installent of our Hong Kong history overview we look at the final couple decades of the 19th century.  Hong Kong’s second generation is coming to the fore.  They are a better educated and more sophisticated lot than those Chinese who came before them. This time period saw the governorships of MacDonnell, Kennedy, Hennessy, Bowen, Des Voeux and Robinson (a different Robinson from before). We close this epsidoe during the time of Governor Sir Henry Arthur Blake.  Although the colony would experience a disaster here and a disaster there, progress was being made.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P6 41 mins –In this latest installment of the CHP History of Hong Kong overview we look at the years from Governors Nathan to Peel.  The modern age comes to Kong Kong along with plenty of fallout and spillover from the upheavels going on in China in the 1920’s and 30’s. This was a period when the great pillars of HKL Chinese society rose to fame and fortune: Shouson Chow, Robert Hotung, Kai Ho, Robert Kotewall and others.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P7 41 mins –Jiu yi ba: 9-18, September 18, 1931; Mukden (Shenyang) Incident Wong Nai Chong Gap: Gap on rocky Hong Kong island where one can go from north to south. San nian ling bage yu: The 3 years and 8 months (of Japanese occupation); Kempeitai: The Japanese Military Police; Yingjun Fuwutuan:  The British Army Aid Group; Sham Shui Po District in Kowloon, site of an internment camp during the occupation; Song Meiling: Madam Chiang Kai-shek zhide kan:  Worth reading; Song Jiaoren: great Chinese revolutionary, intellectual, KMT co-founder assassinated March 1913, subject of a great article by Economist writer Gady Epstein.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P8 44 mins –After a bit of a break we pick up after the the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.  The 1950’s was a stressful time for Hong Kong with Britain managing a diplomatic balancing act trying to be a good neighbor to the new PRC and  to their closest ally, the USA.  Thanks to the exodus of Chinese industrialists, from Shanghai mostly, Hong Kong will usher in a manufacturing boom that will transform the economy and the territory’s place in the world.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong P9 38 mins –In this week’s episode we look at the year 1967 in Hong Kong.   The words “riots” and “1967” go hand in hand when talking about Hong Kong history.  Although the events that went down between May and December of 1967 caused death, mayhem and destruction throughout the territory, when it was all over it led to a sea change in labor rights for Hong Kong workers.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Information Policy Research 57 mins – “…interview with Prof. Arvind Narayanan of Princeton University on Bitcoin, cryptography, privacy and web transparency. Arvind does a range of information policy-related research and writing as a professor affiliated with Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). …Through studying the operation of and security challenges surrounding the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, Arvind has been able to assess cryptography as a privacy-enhancing and dis-intermediating technology. To that end, we had a wide-ranging discussion, from the varied roles of cryptography to commercial surveillance and transparency….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internal Displacement 169 mins – “On June 26, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement hosted a culminating event to look back on over 20 years of ground-breaking accomplishments and identify future challenges for working on issues of internal displacement. This is a remarkable story of how international law was made and the humanitarian world changed through the collaboration between an independent U.N. expert and a U.S. think-tank, supported by international lawyers, governments, NGOs, and academics. Speakers included key actors in putting internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the international agenda, including Francis Deng, Walter Kälin, and many others.” At the link right-click on the title just above “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Access Growth 56 mins – “In 2000, only eight million Americans had broadband in their homes; by 2009, that number had grown exponentially to nearly 200 million. As a result of this expansion, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 mandated that the Federal Communications Commission develop a National Broadband Plan, to “ensure that the entire broadband ecosystem—networks, devices, content and applications—is healthy.” Among its long-term goals, the plan aims to bring broadband to another 100 million U.S. homes and position the United States as a world leader in mobile innovation. What progress has been made over the last five years to fulfill these goals?” At the link right-click on the title above “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus 29 mins – “Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Veep – I’m not as nuts as these characters I play, but anxiety is a friend of mine, says actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus of her roles on Seinfeld, Watching Ellie, and now, Veep.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kublai Khan 18 mins – “Kublai Khan was a great 13th Century Mongol Khan who also went down in history as one of China’s greatest emperors.  He ruled during a great golden age in China.  It was this warrior and emperor who received Marco Polo at his magnificent palace.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lasers 54 mins – “Our guest is Aaron Fischer, who is a really great guy! we talk about all sorts of laser business. how lasing works, stimulated emission, space death rays, blu-ray players, laser fission, laser cooling. laser everything. Physicists: Tia Miceli, Abby Shockley” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Liberal Viewpoint 43 mins – “In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Richard A. Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses inequality, taxes, globalization, free markets, politics, health care, and gay marriage. Epstein states that the central theme of his book The Classical Liberal Constitution is to develop sufficiently stable government structures and individual rights to raise everybody simultaneously when the government has to regulate or tax. The prevailing politics is ÒI win, you lose,Ó and the Supreme Court has done nothing to slow this trend. Epstein notes that a shrinking economic pie is always a losing proposition. He refers to the famous quote concerning his philosophy, ÒMay justice reign even if the heavens fall.Ó Epstein also discusses other Supreme Court decisions, including the constitutionality of gay marriage.” At the link find the title, “Richard Epstein’s Gold Mind Enriches Us with His Ideas on Inequality, Taxes, Politics, and Health Care,” right-click “Media files 20150701.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Libraries Matter 68 mins – “Anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. Libraries play a crucial role in making these skills and information available, and yet are at risk. John Palfrey — Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover and President of the Board of Directors of the Digital Public Library of America — discusses his new book, BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever In An Age of Google, in which he argues that libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online, while continuing to play the vital role as public spaces in our democracy that they have for hundreds of years.” At the link right-click “MP3” beside “Download the…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Scribes 23 mins – “Our guest today is Bailey, a medical scribe recruiter at Elite Medical Scribes. Bailey is in-charge of finding students to feel scribe positions. In this episode, we talk about what a scribe is, what they do, who makes a successful scribe, what this company is looking for, and all that jazz. Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, Elite Medical Scribes is located in 27 states where they focus more regionally. Now perhaps you will find out from this episode why being a scribe is one of the best premed experiences that you can have. Not only will you get paid, but you get exposure to the medical field and some physicians as well as start building relationships and finding mentors….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Michael Keaton 29 mins – “Michael Keaton: Birdman – Michael Keaton on how his intense degree of focus and concentration took him from unknown comedian to Oscar-nominated actor.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migration Crisis in Europe 79 mins – “In recent months, political upheaval and economic deprivation across North Africa and the Middle East have triggered a massive influx of migrants and refugees to Europe. The magnitude of the crisis is staggering. Last year, the European Union received over 625,000 asylum applications, an increase of over 40 percent from the previous year and the highest total since 1992. Beyond the documented migrants, the number of persons arriving illegally by land and sea crossings has increased by five times since 2010. Most grievously, from January to April of this year some 1,800 migrants died crossing the Mediterranean compared to fewer than 100 over the same period last year. The EU recently adopted a plan to tackle migrant smuggling, but is it the right way to respond to the crisis? Beyond addressing the problems on its shores, what can the EU do to help mitigate the dire conditions in the migrants’ home states that are forcing them to flee?” At the link right-click the title just above “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ming Dynasty P1Laszlo is back, finally, after a longer layoff than expected.  This week we look at the end of the Yuan dynasty and the founding of the Ming Dynasty.  We look at the first emperor Ming Taizu, a.k.a. The Hongwu Emperor.  With the establishment of the Ming Dynasty, once again Chinese are in control of the Middle Kingdom.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ming Dynasty P2In this week’s episode we examine the second great emperor of the Ming Dynasty, the Yongle [Yong – Leh] emperor who reigned 1402-1424.  This tireless emperor waged campaigns against the Mongols in the north, the Vietnamese in the south and sent sailing expeditions throughout Asia, the subcontinent and the east coast of Africa to engage the peoples of these faraway lands and bring the splendor of China to them. These legendary voyages of the eunuch Admiral Zheng He were the brainchild of the Yongle emperor.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ming Dynasty P3In today’s  episode we look at Ming Dynasty China from the reigns of Xuande to Jiajing.  This period in Chinese history was witnessing momentous changes.  The dynasty suffers a terrible debacle in 1449.  Portugal was becoming a regular visitor and sets up down in Macao.  This was also a time when evil self-serving eunuchs spread their tentacles throughout the government.  By the close of the Jiajing emperor’s long reign the best days of the Ming were already behind them.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ming Dynasty P4We finish off our overview of the Ming Dynasty in this episode and also trace the rise of the Manchu’s.  The period from the Jiajing emperor to the tragic suicide of the Chongzhen emperor saw a slow and steady decline in the fortunes of  the Ming dynasty.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opium History in China 40 mins – “In this episode Laszlo examines remarks made by distinguished UCLA Professor of Public Policy Mark Kleiman who had commented on Britain’s participation in the Opium War.  The main point was that the cause of the Opium War was due more to protecting imperial tax revenues and the domestic market than trying to stamp out the opium problem. Opium’s history in China began centuries before, at least during the Tang and maybe as far back as the Eastern Jin.  The focus of this episode is on opium’s history in China prior to the Opium War.” At the linkr ight-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pain Pioneer 14 mins – “For the longest time, doctors basically ignored the most basic and frustrating part of being sick — pain. In this lyrical, informative talk, Latif Nasser tells the extraordinary story of wrestler and doctor John J. Bonica, who persuaded the medical profession to take pain seriously — and transformed the lives of millions.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

President Obama Interview 67 mins –Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. And yes, this really happened.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radiation Disasters 59 mins – “On March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake and tsunami led to explosions and meltdowns of multiple reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. These types of radiologic events are rare, but can have serious consequences for the health of individuals and communities. Dr. Brian Savino focuses on the basic terminology, pathophysiology and treatment options regarding radiation exposures to the human body. Recorded on 03/12/2015.” At the link find the title, “Fukushima and Beyond: The Principles of Radiation Disasters,” right-click Download File – 26.6 MB” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reality Question 22 mins – “Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is … or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders how our minds construct reality for us.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click ‘Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roger Corman 64 mins – “Legendary B-movie king ROGER CORMAN has produced and directed over 400 films, giving early career breaks to actors like Robert De Niro, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Charles Bronson and Dennis Hopper and helping to launch the directing careers of Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich (among others). Gilbert and Frank phoned Roger in his Hollywood home to learn more about his life and fabled career, including where/how he first met longtime friend and collaborator Jack Nicholson, why the Hell’s Angels threatened to murder him AND take him to court, and why “a monster should always be bigger than a leading lady.” Plus: “The Beast with (not quite) a Million Eyes”! Roger experiments with LSD! Peter Lorre messes with Boris Karloff’s head! The “acceptable level of insanity”! And the enduring mystery of “The Terror”!” At the link find the title, “Roger Corman,” right-click (there or here) “Enclosure: …”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

School Rehab Solution 17 mins – “On Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s first day as principal at a failing high school in North Philadelphia, she was determined to lay down the law. But she soon realized the job was more complex than she thought. With palpable passion, she shares the three principles that helped her turn around three schools labeled “low-performing and persistently dangerous.” Her fearless determination to lead — and to love the students, no matter what — is a model for leaders in all fields.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seafood Sources 13 mins – “That shrimp you serve at your cocktail party? It might have traveled 9,000 miles to end up on your plate. “Four Fish” author Paul Greenberg talks about the revolution in modern fishing.” At the link find the title, “The Changing Tide of the Fishing Industry,” right-click “Media files IHUB-0704-Seafood-Webmix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shanghai Massacre 1927 22 mins – Today we’re back with more history.  We look at the Shanghai Massacre of April 12, 1927.  This was the defining moment when Chiang Kai-shek and his allies and supporters made a bloody break with the Communists.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silk Road and Marco Polo 31 mins –In this farewell look at the Silk Road, we discuss a few more interesting things and then give the travels and adventures of Marco Polo a once over.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silk Road Early Days 27 mins –CHP-073-The Early Years of the Silk Road” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Concerns 57 mins – “…interview with Jacob Silverman, author of Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection. Jacob has written an insightful critique of the costs associated with information socialization and sharing. …Focusing on the meaning of status, visibility and followers, Jacob runs through a range of concerns surrounding social media, including sentiment analysis, privacy and “dataveillance.” We probed several areas in our discussion, from the meaning of the monicker “Luddite” to whether technology is, in fact, neutral….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Somalia Counterterrorism 63 mins – “For years, the war-torn and famine-ravaged Somalia has been a haven for international terrorism, as demonstrated again in the recent horrific attack in Garissa, Kenya. International counterterrorism efforts – ranging from air strikes to proxy wars to the deployment of African Union forces – have provided limited results at best. International efforts to build more inclusive and less corrupt state institutions in Somalia have similarly struggled. While Somalia has set goals to reform its government and revise its constitution by 2016, most of these commitments remain in grave doubt. And as Somalia prepares for national elections in the year ahead, insecurity within the country continues to rise.” At the link right-click on the title just above “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stroke Rehabilitation 50 mins – “I have just posted the second half of my recent interview with Dr. Ed Taub the pioneer of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CI Therapy), which is a revolutionary approach to rehabilitation for stroke and other central nervous system injuries. In BSP 119 Dr. Taub explained the principles behind CI Therapy, which is probably the first rehab technique that explicitly harnesses brain plasticity. In BSP 120 we explore the crucial role of learned non-use (lose it or lose it) and how CI Therapy overcomes this obstacle to recovery.” At the link right-click “FREE: audio mp3” and select
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Tang Dynasty P1 25 mins – As the Sui peters out, Li Yuan, the Duke of Tang, seizes power and establishes the Tang Dynasty in 618.  Along with the Song, the Tang Dynasty is considered the pinnacle of China’s long history.  In culture, art, poetry, painting, ceramics, science, navigation, diplomacy this was a golden age.  Buddhism made even greater inroads into Chinese society. And Chang’an was the center of the world where the great and mighty Taizong emperor ruled and people came from as far away as Persia to marvel at China’s greatness and might.  In this week’s episode we look at the founding of the Tang up to the demise of the third emperor Gaozong.  With her husband’s death in 683, the Empress Wu Zetian came to the fore and began ruling in her own name.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tang Dynasty P2 27 mins – Laszlo is back after a holiday illness to continue where we left off in 705 with the passing of Wu Zetian.  After an initial golden age during the Taizong emperor, the Tang will reach new heights of glory under Tang Minghuang a.k.a. the Xuanzong emperor.  The magnificent city of Chang’an is once again the center of the world where the arts flourished like never before and traders, travelers and explorers from around the world came to gather and marvel at the splendor of Tang Dynasty China.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tang Dynasty P3 31 mins – In today’s final installment covering the history of the great Tang Dynasty, we look at its agonizing decline until 907 when it is pushed aside and another period of disunity sets in.  Five Dynasties reign in the north, all short lived and not spectacular by any means.  In the south, after the Tang falls you have a total of ten kingdoms that exist independently.  While not the most interesting period in Chinese history, the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period acted as a kind of buffer between the two greatest dynasties in China’s long history: the Tang and Song.” At the link right-click “Download now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trade Negotiations 24 mins – “Big trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are often negotiated in secret. On today’s show, trade negotiators tell us what happened when they were locked in a hotel for days on end, and told to hash out a deal.” At the link find the title, “#635: Trade Deal Confidential,” right-click “Media files 20150626_blog_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Web and AI Tech 49 mins – “This week’s episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast features two sessions from our recent Digital Summit with Vanity Fair. n the first session, ‘This is For Everyone: The hopes of the pioneers’, we explored the hopes and memories of the internet’s early days – could the internet have developed in any other way than the one we know today? Our panel of experts featured former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger; entrepreneur and co-founder of Martha Lane Fox; journalist, blogger and science fiction author Cory Doctorow; and Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica UK (O2) Ronan Dunne. It was chaired by the UK editor of Vanity Fair Henry Porter. In the second session, ‘Artificial Intelligence: Are we engineering our own obsolescence?’ we looked forward to how we will meet the daunting but thrilling challenge of advanced artificial intelligence. We were joined by leading AI expert Nicholas Bostrom; Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London Murray Shanahan; neuroscientist Daniel Glaser; and transhumanism advocate and tech investment consultant Riva-Melissa Tez. The session was chaired by science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wes Anderson 29 mins – “You might think of Wes Anderson as a filmmaker with a very singular vision. So many of his films, from Rushmore to The Life Aquatic, have a particular elegance and showmanship about them, and a particular aesthetic that makes you say, ‘this must be a Wes Anderson film.’ The truth is, Anderson is one of the most collaborative filmmakers working today. Whether it’s with Owen Wilson, Noah Baumbach, Roman Coppola, or Jason Schwartzman, Anderson has co-written every one of his feature films. He co-wrote the story for his eighth feature as co-writer/director, The Grand Budapest Hotel, with new collaborator Hugo Guinness. He says he needs that collaboration in order to enhance his own vision. These writers are friends, and each partnership results in a product that reflects their particular friendship. “I want to make an experience that people feel things and that’s entertaining and interesting and engaging in whatever way. I need help for that.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow 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 (right-click “Podcast Encyclopedia” there to download the zip).  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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