Media Mining Digest 193 – July 24, 2015: Abortions, Abuse of Women, Alcohol Effect, Bad Research, Big Science, Blogging for Profit, Broadband in Massachusetts, Calculus Wars, Cargo Ships, Cell Phone Radiation, Chemistry Elements, Civil War Women, Conspiracy Skeptic, Contagion and Commerce, Dark Matter, Driverless Cars, Drugs of Abuse, Economic Decline of the U.S., Educational Tech Startups, Energy Systems, Entrepreneurship, Exercise and Fitness, Fecal Transplants, Food Science, Forest Fires, Globalization of Terror, Habits, Health Controversies, Human Resources, Hyaluronic Acid, India’s Parsis, Innovation, Leadership Character, Market Disrupters, Mathematics, Medical Device Innovation, Mental Hospital, Networking and Trust, Newton, Nobel Prize Women, Nuclear power, Palliative Care, Personalized Medicine Innovation, Population Growth, Pyramid Schemes, Rabies, Salt History, Singapore, Skeptical Thinking, Skeptical Women, Social Media Disadvantages, Software, Speech Recognition, Waste Management, Water Contaminants, Water History, Water in Jamestown, World War One

The following audio files come from a larger group of 267 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 63 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months. Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Abortions 11 mins – “Abortion is extremely common. In America, for example, one in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime, yet the strong emotions sparked by the topic — and the highly politicized rhetoric around it — leave little room for thoughtful, open debate. In this personal, thoughtful talk, Aspen Baker makes the case for being neither “pro-life” nor “pro-choice” but rather “pro-voice” — and for the roles that listening and storytelling can play when it comes to discussing difficult topics.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Abuse of Women 17 mins – “With his signature resolve, former US President Jimmy Carter dives into three unexpected reasons why the mistreatment of women and girls continues in so many manifestations in so many parts of the world, both developed and developing. The final reason he gives? “In general, men don’t give a damn.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcohol Effect 60 mins – “In honor of your possible New Year’s over-indulgence, we discussed alcohol with Dr. Rob Tarzwell and Dr. Ken Mukamal. How does intoxication work? When is alcohol actually good for you, and how much is too much? And of course… how to get rid of a hangover.” At the link find the title, “#40 Alcohol,” right-click “Media files Skeptically_Speaking_040_Alcohol.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bad Research 60 mins – “Cognitive psychologist Barbara Drescher joins us to discuss the common mistakes scientists make, and what happens to the science when their research goes wrong. And on Speaking Up, journalist David Dobbs explains the case against Marc Hauser, a prominent Harvard evolutionary biologist who was recently found guilty of scientific misconduct.” At the link find the title, “#77 Bad Research,” right-click “Media files Skeptically Speaking 077, Bad Research.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Science 55 mins -”On the show this week we talk to Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Michael Hiltzik about his new book Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blogging for Profit 45 mins – “When you think about professional blogging, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Mommy bloggers of course! The term “mommy blog” has become part of our common lexicon due to the insane success of so many mothers turned bloggers. And this week we are fortunate to interview the queen of mommy blogs, Deedra Determan. Deedra created a blog initially targeted towards moms in her local community and quickly turned it into a 7-figure business with national reach. In this episode Deedra teaches us how to start small, find your niche, create a profitable business, market on a zero dollar budget, and much more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Massachusetts 10 mins – “Why are over 450 towns in the US building their own high speed Internet networks? Let’s look at the example of the small town of Holyoke, Massachusetts. A few years back the town’s mayor asked if the local cable or telephone companies wanted to build a fiber network to serve local schools and municipal buildings. The companies declined. The project was turned over to the local gas and electric utility, HG&E. Eighteen years later, HG&E have expanded this network to serve local businesses, and even other towns in the area. And it turns out this investment has more than paid for itself. On this week’s episode we talk about what happens when municipal utilities and companies compete to provide local Internet services.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Calculus Wars 60 mins – “We talk to Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. We’ll find out how much advanced math figures into our daily lives, and how even the mathematically challenged can learn to love the language of numbers. And hip-hop science advocate Baba Brinkman returns to discuss his new project, The Rap Guide to Human Nature. Find out more about Baba’s crowdfunding drive for the Rap Guide to Evolution DVD!” At the link find the title, “#87 The Calculus Diaries,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cargo Ships 50 mins – “In our globalized world, it only takes a click to buy something from China and have it delivered right to your doorstep. But that product sailed across the ocean on a cargo ship before it got to you. Over 90 percent of global trade travels across the ocean by ship. In this episode, we’ll step on board some of these ships and meet the sailors who work there. What’s it like to live for months at sea, isolated with only your co-workers? And when a ship stops in the USA, how do sailors spend the few precious hours they have on shore? Tune in to this hour with guest producer Allison Swaim to find out.” At the link find the title, “Truckers of the High Seas,” right-click “Media files Truckers_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cell Phone Radiation 60 mins – Researcher and Scientopia blogger Scicurious returns to discuss the fact and fiction of mobile phones. What effect do they have on brain cells? What about sperm cells? And do they have anything to do with declining populations of bees? And we’re joined by medical physicist Dr. Marc MacKenzie, to discuss the science of microwave radiation.” At the link find the title, “#115 Cell Phone Science,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chemistry Elements 60 mins – “Guest host Rachelle Saunders talks to science writer Sam Kean, about his book The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements. And we’ll learn about cutting edge research into light-bending metamaterials, with Dr. Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Professor, of Chemical Physics and Associate Director of the Liquid Crystal Institute & Chemical Physics Program at Kent State University. At the link find the title, #128 Elemental Intrigue,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War Women 40 mins – “Cokie Roberts talks about her new book “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.” The book profiles the wives, sisters and female friends of the men leading America into, and through, this unprecedented conflict.” At the link find the title, “Cokie Roberts,” right-click “Media files IM_20150711.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conspiracy Skeptic 60 mins – “We talk to Karl Mamer, host of The Conspiracy Skeptic, a podcast that examines the breathless claims and the actual evidence behind today’s most tenacious conspiracy theories. On Speaking Up, we speak with geneticist Josh Witten on what irrational beliefs can teach us about evolutionary theory, and Skeptic North Blogger Kim Hebert examines 21 studies claimed to support homeopathy. You can read the blog post that inspired Josh Witten’s Speaking Up on The Finch & Pea. You can also read Kim Hebert’s examination of all 21 of these studies at Skeptic North.” At the link find the title, “#74 The Conspiracy Skeptic” right-click “Media files Skeptically Speaking 074, The_Conspiracy_Skeptic.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Contagion and Commerce 60 mins – “This week, we’re looking at some of the less savory effects of global trade and market economies. We’ll speak to Mark Harrison, Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Medicine at Oxford University, about his book Contagion: How Commerce Has Spread Disease. And we speak to Nora Szech, Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Bamberg, about her research into the ways that markets influence moral decision making.” At the link find the title, “#217 Money Matters,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dark Matter 60 mins – “What do you get when all the stuff in the universe can’t account for the mass we observe? You get Dark Matter, that mysterious source of gravity that might be the only thing keeping galaxies from flying apart. This week, guest host Rachelle Saunders talk to Carsten Krauss, assistant professor at the physics department of the University of Alberta, about what Dark Matter is, how we discovered it, and how we know it’s there if we can’t actually observe it. And Desiree Schell talks to David Grelli from the Edmonton New Technology Society.“ At the link find the title, “#165 Dark Matter,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Decentralized Disruption 57 mins – “In this podcast, innovative thinkers Frank Diana, TCS and Timo Elliott, SAP  along with a renowned futurist discuss the exciting disruption that will occur when de-centralization accelerates. In the i” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. ndustrial age, businesses grew by utilizing centralized services. Railroads and electric power companies are two examples of industries where companies expanded to improve the services they delivered. The bigger they became, the better they could service their markets. In the paradigm shift that is emerging in 2015-2020, technology is enabling de-centralization.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Driverless Cars 15 mins – “Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is … the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google’s driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver’s seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drugs of Abuse 60 mins – “…and drugs are a hell of a science. Researcher and blogger Scicurious returns to examine the various substances that we use to alter consciousness. How do they affect us, how do we study them, and do they have any uses beyond their recreational properties? And we’ll speak to Dr. David Kroll, Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at North Carolina Central University, about cannabimimetics, synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana.” At the link find the title, “#142 Science is a Hell of a Drug,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Decline of the U.S. 57 mins – “Lee Ohanian, Arnold Kling, and John Cochrane talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the future of freedom, democracy, and prosperity. Recorded in front of a live audience at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution as part of a conference on Magna Carta, the three guests give their perspective on the future of the American economy and the interaction between politics and economics. Each guest makes a brief presentation at the start followed by a moderated conversation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educational Tech Startups 57 mins – “Jennifer Carolan, managing director of the NewSchools Seed Fund, talks about the opportunities for technology companies interested in contributing to the changing landscape of education. In conversation with Stanford Engineering Consulting Associate Professor Steve Blank, Carolan discusses common mistakes of ed-tech founders and the need for engineers and consumer technologists in creating innovation in education.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download mp3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Systems 60 mins – “This week, we’re  joined by Maggie-Koerth Baker, Science Editor at Boing-Boing, to talk about her new book Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us. Maggie will discuss the economics and social incentives that spurred the growth of our existing energy system, and what we can do to prepare for a new energy future.” At the link find the title, “#160 Before the Lights Go Out,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Entrepreneurship 53 mins – “People, passion, perseverance. Former AOL CEO and Chairman Steve Case describes these words as the bedrock of successful entrepreneurship. Heading into what may be a “golden era of entrepreneurship,” he says that he relies on the “three p’s” as assessment tools to help guide his direction and goals. When all of the three parts are in balance, an entrepreneur can achieve success like that of AOL; when they aren’t, you get the failure of the AOL-Time Warner merger.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download mp3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Entrepreneurship Successes 55 mins – “Alon Cohen, co-founder and president of Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design, shares insights on being an immigrant entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and how the drive to work hard and persevere are more essential than mere talent. Cohen explains that success rests on building products that are both useful and simplify complicated tasks.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download mp3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Exercise and Fitness 60 mins – “This week, we’re looking at what the evidence has to say about common claims about diet, exercise, weight loss and other hot health topics. We’re joined by health law professor Timothy Caulfield, to talk about his book The Cure for Everything! Untangling the Twisted Messages About Health, Fitness and Happiness. And researcher and science blogger Scicurious looks at a new study of coffee consumption, and the effect it may – or may not – have on life expectancy.” At the link find the title, “#166 The Cure for Everything,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fecal Transplants 60 mins – “This week, we’re skipping to the tail end of the digestive tract, to learn some fascinating facts about feces. Rachelle Saunders welcomes science journalist Maryn McKenna back to the show to discuss human gut bacteria, and the biome-boosting power of fecal transplants. Desiree Schell speaks to anthropologist Cecil Lewis about what studying ancient poo can tell us about the evolution of the human microbiome. And Rachelle speaks to zoologist Eric Warrant about how some species of dung beetles can navigate by the light of the night sky.” At the link find the title, “#233 Poop,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Science 60 mins – “This week, we’re exploring the everyday experiments that take place in our very own kitchens. Desiree Schell speaks to Guy Crosby, Science Editor for America’s Test Kitchen, about his book “The Science of Good Cooking.” And geneticist and science writer Torah Kachur returns to the show, to take a scientifically informed look at the future of food.” At the link find the title, “#232 Food Science,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forest Fires 60 mins – “Three key interviews on new role of fire during global warming. John Betts on super fires and what we can do. Tom Gower on science of burning north lands. Marc-Andre Parisien on mega-fires in Canadian North. As forest fires rage across the Western half of North America, I’ve prepared a special show for your summer listening…This week I’ve pulled three of our best Radio Ecoshock interviews on the new age of super fires. And there’s a super fire raging right now in the Canadian prairie province of Saskatchewan. In the north is a fire burning over 100,000 hectares, about 250,000 acres of boreal forest. Our guest John Betts tells us about the new age of super fires, their causes and what communities and individuals can do to reduce the risk of unstoppable fires in the age of global warming.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” in the download area and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Globalization of Terror 79 mins – Panel discussion about terrorism types, locations, causes and implications. At the link find the title, “1111 The Globilization of Terror,” right-click it then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Habits 27 mins – “ …Our guest is Charles Duhigg. He’s the author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and it’s basically a summation of all the research that’s been going on in recent years about the science of habit formation. What goes on in our brain in every form to have it? And Charles Duhigg has basically laid out this process that we go through in order to form our habits called the habit loop. And he talks about how you can use the habit loop and hack it to transform bad habits into good habits and how to make new habits.” 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.

Habits and Addiction 32 mins – “According to recent studies, 45 percent of your life is beyond your control… not in a metaphorical way, but quite literally: much of your day is spent moving through the learned behavioral patterns we often call habits. Habits include everything from your daily exercise routine (or lack thereof) to how you put one foot in front of the other, and how you use a fork or spoon. These are things we do “mindlessly,” out of habit. Charles Duhigg, a reporter for the New York Times, has been researching the scientific and social history of habits for his new book, The Power of Habit. In it, he discusses the unique ways that habits shape our lives, both neurologically and practically. He learned that habits are powerfully hardwired into your brain — and stored separately from your memories — making them rather easy to develop and very difficult to change. Essentially, habits clear up space for the brain to tackle harder task. According to Duhigg, “Habits are a cornerstone of higher cognition.’” At the link right-click Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Controversies 60 mins – “We’ll talk to medical physicist Dr. Marc MacKenzie about the new scanning equipment that’s causing a stir at U.S. airports. How do the machines actually work, and is their radiation dangerous? And Dr. Brian Goldman, the host of CBC’s “White Coat, Black Art” shares his expert opinion on Dr. Paolo Zamboni’s Liberation Therapy, a treatment that claims to drastically reduce the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. We also spoke briefly to Kim Hebert about the 2010 Skeptic North Awards.” At the link find the title, “#89 Health Controversies,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Resources 60 mins – “This week, we’re taking a break from live recording. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan spends the hour looking at the infrastructure that makes our modern, increasingly urbanized lives possible. She’s joined by journalist Scott Huler, author of the book On the Grid: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make our World Work. And she’ll speak to environmental journalist and urban design critic Tim De Chant, about his population density blog Per Square Mile.” At the link find the title, “#170 Infrastructure and You,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hyaluronic Acid 6 mins – “…Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is one of a group of naturally occurring complex organic compounds called glycosaminoglycans, that form long polysaccharide chains with a repeating formula of C14H21NO11. It was first found in the vitreous humour – the clear gel that fills the eye – which is where its name, combining ‘hyalos’, the Greek for ‘vitreous’, with ‘uronic acid’, originates. But hyaluronic acid also occurs widely in connective tissues, forming a major component of the matrix that supports cells in an organism. Its properties were first investigated by the German biochemist Karl Meyer at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1930s. The compound is also a significant component of skin, where it has a role in tissue repair, hence the enthusiasm of the cosmetic manufacturers….” At the link right-click “Download:…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian’s Parsis 18 mins – “India’s Parsi population is in steep decline. Now the government’s funding fertility treatment and advocacy to encourage the community to make more Parsi babies.” At the link find the title, “Saving India’s Parsis,” right-click “Media files p02wzdfj.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation 17 mins – “What’s the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of “Collective Genius,” has studied some of the world’s most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing — from everyone in the company, not just the designated “creatives.’” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leadership Character 45 mins – “We’ve all been taught the golden rule – “treat others as you want to be treated”. Our parents raise us with the best intentions – they tell us to be nice to one another, and not to step on others to get ahead. But is that actually good advice? Is it better to have high moral character and put others first, or is it a dog eat dog world where nice guys finish last? This week we speak with Fred Kiel, co-founder of KRW International, leadership researcher, and author of the new book, Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win. In this book (and episode), Fred summarizes seven years of research on the connection between the character of the CEO and return on assets.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Market Disrupters 80 mins – Panel discussion about forces that disrupt for good and those that pose obstacles in need of disruption, such as communications problems during the 9/11 attacks. At the link find the title, “3811 Market Disrupters: Makers, Shakers and Sharers,”right-click it and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mathematics 60 mins – “This week, guest host Rachelle Saunders is back for part two of our two-part series on the fun and fascinating world of math. Rachelle spends the whole hour with Ian Stewart, mathematician, professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, and author of over two dozen books, on topics from chaos theory to symmetry, and the history of math itself.” At the link find the title, “#154 Mathtastic! Part Two,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Device Innovation 60 mins – “Josh Makower, CEO of ExploraMed, speaks briefly about his experience working in medicine and technology. Dr. Makower also discusses at length the numerous political, financial, and regulatory hurdles against future medical innovation, and calls for audience involvement in the tangled web of healthcare, patents, and insurance reimbursement.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download mp3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Hospital 53mins – “Back in 2004, staff producer Laura Starecheski visited a state mental hospital in Queens, New York, called Creedmoor. She stumbled on to a mystery there that would take almost ten years to unravel. In this special hour, we bring you just this one story: an artist stuck in the catch-22 of a lifetime.” At the link find the title, “The Hospital Always Wins,” right-click “Media files TheHospitalAlwaysWins_Podcast1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Networking and Trust 60 mins – “This week, we’re talking about trust and cooperation, and the implications these social values have for security in the era of global networking. We’re joined by security technologist and author Bruce Schneier, to talk about his book Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive. And anthropologist/blogger Greg Laden returns to discuss speculation about cognitive limits on the use of social networks. For more on the debate between Bruce Schneier and Sam Harris over the effectiveness of profiling in airport security, check out Harris’ essay, Schneier’s response, and the resulting debate.”#167 Liars and Outliers right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Newton 60 mins – “This week, we’re digging into a fascinating and little known chapter in the life of one of the giants of modern science. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan spends the hour with Tom Levenson, Professor of Science Writing at MIT, to talk about his book Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist.” At the link find the title,“#163 Newton and The Counterfeiter,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Noble Prize Women 60 mins – “Author Sharon Bertsch McGrayne returns to tell us about more about the most influential women in the history of modern science. Part 1 of the episode is…[at Episode 51]. And on Speaking up, we talk to our own Ryan Bromsgrove explains everything you need to know about Quantum Misappropriations, and to Nicole Gugliucci with an update on Dark Skies, Bright Kids.” At the link find the title, “#75 Nobel Prize Women in Science Part 2,” right-click “Media files Skeptically Speaking 075, Nobel Prize Women, Part 2.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power 60 mins – “Fascinating discussion on nuclear power with Dr. Jeremy Whitlock, reactor physicist and author of the website The Canadian Nuclear FAQ, and Elena Schacherl, founder and Co-chair of Citizens Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy (CAUSE), which is a member of the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Alberta.” At the link find the title, “#11 Nuclear Power,” right-click “Media files Skeptically_Speaking_011_Nuclear_Power.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power 62 mins – “Robert Stone is a documentary filmmaker. One of his most recent works is ‘Pandora’s Promise,’ which makes the environmental case for nuclear energy. He recently co-founded the non-profit clean energy advocacy group Energy for Humanity based in London, and is a co-author of the Ecomodernist Manifesto.” At the link click on “Download,” then right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palliative Care. 81 mins – “Palliative Care: Who is it For What Does it Do Why Should I Want it and When?” At the link find the title, “Palliative Care: Who…,” right-click “Media files 29714.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Personalized Medicine Innovation 56 mins – “Sean George, president and chief operating officer of genetics-information company Invitae, explains how the rewards of entrepreneurship come from facing the major challenges along the way. In this insightful talk, the serial entrepreneur also underscores the necessity of a team’s focus on mission to see a venture through adversity.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download mp3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Population Growth 60 mins – “The human population of planet Earth is rapidly approaching 7 billion. This week, we’ll look at how fast our numbers are growing, what they mean for things like resources and the environment, and what we can do about it. Maybe. We’re joined by William Ryerson, President and Founder of Population Media Center and President of Population Institute. And on the podcast, we’ll get a lesson in how population projections are created, and how reliable they are, with Dr. Ronald Lee, Director of the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, and professor in the Department of Demography at the University.” At the link find the title, “#125 Global Population,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pyramid Schemes 60 mins – “This week, we’re joined by Robert FitzPatrick, founder of Pyramid Scheme Alert, and co-author of False Profits: Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-Level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes. He’ll discuss the promises and pitfalls of schemes, and how to tell legitimate direct selling from multi-level marketing scams. And we speak to Paul Piff, researcher at the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley, about his research on the relationship between social class and unethical behavior.” At the link find the title, “#161 False Profits,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rabies 60 mins – “This week, we’re talking about a viral menace that’s one of the scariest – and deadliest – known to science. We’ll talk to WIRED editor Bill Wasik  and veterinarian Monica Murphy about their book Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus. And on the podcast, we’ll speak to post-doctoral researcher Elisabeth Whyte, about a crowd-funded project to use computer games to help adolescents with autism improve social skills and face processing abilities.” At the link find the title, “#190 Rabid,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salt History 48 mins (2 parts) – “Steph McGovern sets out to explain the role of Salt in our history. She hears how it has taken root in our language, visits a chemistry class to find out about how it is produced and its importance to our physical well being. She talks to history professor Peter Wallenstein about the unexpected importance of salt in military strategy right up until the 20th Century. …turns her attention to salt’s role in our diet. She begins in Wales at the Halen Mon sea salt company, learning how they produce their salt from the waters of the Menai Straits, then moves on to learn more about the wide variety of artisan salts that have become so popular in recent years – from French Fleur du Sel to the beautiful pink Himalayan Rock Salt. She goes on to address the issue of salt and health.” At the link find the title, “Salt and its Diverse History – Part One,” right-click “Media files p02x2v0v.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part Two at “Media files p02xpl0w.mp3”.

Singapore 10 mins – “…Singapore is, to use a word its leaders favour, an “exceptional” place: the world’s only fully functioning city-state; a truly global hub for commerce, finance, shipping and travel; and the only one among the world’s richest countries never to have changed its ruling party. At a May Day rally this year, its prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, asserted that “to survive you have to be exceptional.” This special report will examine different aspects of Singaporean exceptionalism and ask whether its survival really is under threat. It will argue that Singapore is well placed to thrive, but that in its second half-century it will face threats very different from those it confronted at its unplanned, accidental birth 50 years ago. They will require very different responses. The biggest danger Singapore faces may be complacency—the belief that policies that have proved so successful for so long can help it negotiate a new world….” At the link find the title at the bottom of the page, “Special report: Singapore,” right-click “Media files 20150715_sr_singapore.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. (Watch the video here.)

Skeptical Thinking 60 mins – “We spoke to Jonathan Strickland, senior writer and “TechStuff” for, about the importance of critical thinking when examining new technology, and when determining whether the tech we use now does what it claims. And on Speaking Up we talk to Tyson Wozniak on” At the link find the title, “#50 Investigating Technology,”right-click “Media files Skeptically Speaking_050, Investigating_Technology.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Skeptical Women 60 mins – “In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, author Sharon Bertsch McGrayne joined us to discuss the lives, careers and Nobel Prize-winning research of women scientists. And on Speaking Up we talk to Heidi Anderson previews She Thought.” At the link find the title, “#51 Nobel Prize Women in Science,” right-click “Media files Skeptically Speaking, 051_Nobel Prize Women.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Disadvantages 16 mins – “Today, a single email can launch a worldwide movement. But as sociologist Zeynep Tufekci suggests, even though online activism is easy to grow, it often doesn’t last. Why? She compares modern movements — Gezi, Ukraine, Hong Kong — to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and uncovers a surprising benefit of organizing protest movements the way it happened before Twitter.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Innovation 54 mins – “Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State and Co-founder of global non-profit One Economy, discusses in detail innovation policy and how it can change national diplomacy. In addition, Ross offers advice to global innovators, stressing quality time management, effective hiring practices, the mutual benefits of mentoring, and assertive risk practices.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.

Software CEO 46 mins – “Lew Cirne, founder and CEO of New Relic, discusses his experiences as a serial entrepreneur, in conversation with Stanford Engineering Professor Tom Byers. Cirne talks about finding one’s strengths as a leader, the challenge of discovering a company’s second act, and why the best engineers must possess real empathy for the users of their products.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download mp3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Speech Recognition 76 mins – “Bertrand and Gerald of Audeme tell us about speech recognition without the aid of cloud processing and without the requirement of audio training. A private, language model based platform for controlling projects.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Waste Management 24 mins – “The 2013 Edition of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Report Card gave its highest grade – a B minus – to the category of solid waste management, up from a C plus in the 2009 report card. According to the ASCE, while recent figures show that Americans generate about 250 million tons of solid waste annually, about 85 million tons of that – or 34% – is recycled. As well, the generation of waste per person today is less than it was 20 years ago. The hosts discuss what the U.S. is doing right in regard to solid waste – and how we still might improve – with Debra Reinhart, a Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department at the University of Central Florida, who was in charge of the solid waste evaluations for the 2013 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card.” At the link find the title, “Solid waste management – an overview of improvements in the U.S.,” right-click “Media files Solid-Waste-Management.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Contaminants 60 mins – “This week, we take another look at water, and what happens to it after it goes down the drain. Researcher Liz Borkowski joins us for a look at the connection between sewage and civilization, and the struggle to introduce modern sanitation in the developing world. And we’ll talk to Dr. Alistair Boxall, about the sources and effects of pharmaceutical contaminants in the environment. Unfortunately, we had some issues with Dr. Boxall’s recording that we couldn’t overcome in post-production. As a result, his interview is not up to our usual technical standards. We apologize for the inconvenience.” At the link find the title, “#103 Sewer Science,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water History 60 mins – “This week, we’re looking at the science and the history of the water that makes life and society possible. We’ll speak to law and environment professor James Salzman, about his book Drinking Water: A History. And we’re joined by Juewen Liu, chemistry professor at the University of Waterloo, to talk about his work using DNA to detect water-borne impurities that could make water unsafe.” At the link find the title, “#209 Drinking Water,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water in Jamestown 6 mins – “For the English colonists who arrived in Virginia in May 1607, Jamestown Island seemed like the perfect spot to settle down. 60 miles inland from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, it. was situated at a deep channel in the James River that allowed English ships access to the fort. The site seemed easy to defend from both the enemy Spanish and any hostile Native Americans. On top of that, the colonists had access to the James for drinking water. When they arrived in the spring, they noted that the water was “sweet,” the term then used for fresh water. But just a few months after their arrival, the new site didn’t seem nearly as attractive as it once had. Many colonists began to feel sick, and by September, more than half the colonists had died from a disease they called the “bloody flux” —better known today as dysentery. Now, this wasn’t the first time the colonists had seen the disease in action, and they knew what was to blame: the water. What had once had been “sweet” had become, as colonist George Percy put it, “full of slime and filth.’” 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.

World War One 55 mins – “World War I was sometimes called “the war to end all wars.” But a hundred years after the fighting began, it’s become a war that’s often forgotten in American history, or viewed as a prelude to WWII. In this episode, we explore some of the ways the conflict affected Americans far beyond the battlefields of Europe — from debates about the meaning of free speech, to the fight over how the war would be remembered.” 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.



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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