Media Mining Digest 198 – Aug 28, 2015: Amazon Work Practices, Amerasians, Asylums or Not, Brando Tapes, Caregiver Care, Carter Cancer, Cascadia Abduction Zone, Child Raising, Climate Warming Fight, College Mentors, Criminal Injustice, Design Thinking, Elon Musk, End of Life Care, Farm Life, Food History, Forensic Microbiology, Gambling Addiction, Good Science Rejection, Immigration Reporting, Internet Impact, Iran Nuclear Deal Problems, Jonas Salk, Louisiana Recuperation, Methane Regulation, Microphone Selection, Misconceptions, Nutrition, Open Access, Ostopathic Medicine, Panama Canal, Police Use of Force Training, Pricing Products, Racial Politics, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sex Workers, Skill building, Small business Rules, Social Security Maximization, Stem Cells, Student Debt, Technology Conrol, Trans Pacific Partnership, War Zone Journalism, Wildfires

The following audio files come from a larger group of 225 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 54 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Amazon Work Practices 47 mins – “Move over Wal-Mart. Amazon – as in – is now the world’s biggest retailer. But this week, Amazon is dealing with maybe the world’s biggest headache. A huge article, expose, in the New York Times has painted the work life Amazon’s of employees as a kind of living hell. A “Hunger Games” of brutal hours and assessments. Heartless and backstabbing. Everyone crying at their desks. Amazon says give us a break. It’s not that bad. But the company is striving and winning and makes no apologies for either. This hour On Point: the Amazon way, and the future of work.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazon Work Practices 52 mins – “The New York Times ran a story this weekend that threw back the curtain on workplace culture at tech giant Amazon. Nationwide reaction was swift. Some were shocked at accounts of cutthroat managers, gender bias and little flexibility for family or personal matters. But many others could relate to the demanding environment, which extends far beyond the tech world. Meanwhile, other major U.S. companies like Netflix and Microsoft are implementing some of the more generous paid leave and family-friendly policies in the corporate world. But policies on the books often don’t reflect realities in the office. We look at changing demands on employees in the modern workplace.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Amerasians 27 mins – “Trista Goldberg looks at the story of Vietnamese Amerasians – children fathered by American servicemen during the Vietnam War.” At the link find the title, “Amerasians – Children of the Dust,” right-click “Media files p0301wtz.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asylums or Not 69 mins – “A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums? Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from serious mental illness. Over the past 60 years, various social, political and economic forces have resulted in the closing of publicly funded psychiatric institutions in favor of community treatment, in which outpatient options and the ability to live independently seemed promising and in many cases less expensive than inpatient care. Should severely mentally ill people be integrated within the community? Or should asylums be revisited? How would individuals come to be placed in such asylums? What civil rights issues come into play? How would such institutions be funded? Who would staff them and how would training and management ensure humane care? How could modern psychopharmacology and neuromedicine be applied? How could such institutions be structured to perhaps have different levels of institutionalization, from semi-independent living to more comprehensive care? How could they be made into places where people want to be, because their lives would be better than on their own? Critics such as Dr. Dominic Sisti, principal author of a new report from The University of Pennsylvania, argue that comprehensive, accessible and fully integrated community-based mental health care continues to be an unmet promise… Dr. Sisti says that new models of fully integrated, patient-centered long-term psychiatric care now exist in the United States and that such facilities are needed to provide 21st-century care to patients with chronic, serious mental illness. Advocates for community treatment, such as Dr. Renee Binder, president of the American Psychiatric Association, argue that the answer to better treatment lies not in the fact that asylums have been closed but that they have not been replaced with adequate funding. Join an important discussion about one of the most pressing issues impacting society at large.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brando Tapes 53 mins – “Marlon Brando wasn’t just one of the most acclaimed and influential actors of all time, he was also one of the most elusive and enigmatic. In the new documentary Listen to Me Marlon, filmmaker Stevan Riley charts Brando’s career on camera and the life he lived away from it. He tells the story using no talking heads or interviewees. Brando kept an extensive archive of personal audio recordings, and it’s his words that tell his story. Riley joins us Wednesday to talk about Brando’s life and legacy.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caregiver Care 58 mins – “Nearly 44 million adults in the US are providing care for family, partners or friends with disabilities or other needs. Dr. Michael Rabow explores the burdens experienced by the caregivers and resources to help navigate this difficult journey.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” then “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carter Cancer 39 mins – “Former President Jimmy Carter speaks about his recent cancer diagnosis in a news conference at the Carter Center in Atlanta. He also talks about his time as president, the work of the Carter Center, and his hope for peace in the Middle East.” At the link find the title, “Former President Jimmy Carter News Conference on Cancer Diagnosis,” right-click “Media files program.411271.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cascadia Abduction Zone 52 mins – “Most people know the San Andreas fault line that runs the length of California. But geologists studying the Pacific Northwest say the lesser-known Cascadia fault line is much more dangerous. New research using land deposits found at the bottom of the ocean points to a one in three chance of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest in the next 50 years. Worst case scenarios have 13,000 people dying and more than a million displaced; the tsunami that would likely follow would further devastate the region in a similar way to Japan’s 2011 tsunami. We look at the risk of a super earthquake on the Pacific Coast and what cities are doing to prepare for it” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Child Raising 52 mins – “Educator, writer, and parent Jessica Lahey understands the impulse to step in and try to make things easier for our kids. We want to protect them and provide for them, but when we smooth out every uncomfortable bump and obstacle, she says we also take away their chance to successfully navigate life’s “pointy bits” for themselves. Lahey has written a new book called The Gift of Failure and Thursday, she joins Doug to discuss how parents can learn to let go so their children can succeed.”   At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Child Raising 69 mins – “Julie Lythcott-Haims, Former Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising, Stanford University; Author, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success and Joe Tuman, Professor of Legal and Political Communications, San Francisco State University – In her new book, Lythcott-Haims has delivered a provocative manifesto that exposes the detrimental effects of helicopter parenting and puts forth an alternative philosophy for raising self-sufficient young adults. She draws on research, conversations with educators and employers, and her own insights as a mother and student dean to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms children and their stressed-out parents. While empathizing with parents’ universal worries, she offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success. Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings, come hear a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Fight 60 mins – “From the University of Oregon, Kathleen Dean Moore delivers an artful talk about our attack on Nature, and hope of reviving love instead. Recorded in Vancouver. With readings from her work & original songs by Libby Roderick (“The Lifeboats Are Burning” and Tempting Eve (“We Are”).” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi”beside”Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Mentors 62 mins – “It can be hard to know if you’re on the right path. You go to class, study, join clubs, and network, but how do you really know if you’re taking the right steps to achieve your goals? One of the best ways is to find a mentor, and in this episode, recent Tufts University graduates John and Michael Kenny share their strategies for finding a mentor while in college. They explain how a mentor can help you, how to find a mentor through alumni connections, and how to find an upperclassmen mentor at your own school. John and Michael are so passionate about mentorship that they even put on a conference about it at their school, and in this episode they share the clever marketing strategies they used to make it a success. If you’re interested in putting on a conference at your school, be sure to check out their guest post for My College Advice…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Criminal Injustice 64 mins – “A child is gunned down by a police officer; an investigator ignores critical clues in a case; an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit; a jury acquits a killer. Law professor Benforado says the evidence is all around us that our system of justice is fundamentally broken. But he argues that it’s not for the reasons many people think. Even if the system operated exactly as it was designed to, we might still end up with wrongful convictions, trampled rights, and unequal treatment. He says this is because the roots of injustice lie not inside the dark hearts of racist police officers or dishonest prosecutors, but within the minds of each and every one of us. Benforado shines a light on this troubling new field of research, looking at evidence suggesting that people with certain facial features receive longer sentences and that judges are far more likely to grant parole first thing in the morning. He lays out the scope of the legal system’s dysfunction and proposes practical reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Criminal Justice Reform 52 mins – “ Some 2.2 million people — nearly 1 in 100 adults — are in U.S. prisons, the highest incarceration rate of any Western nation. President Barack Obama has made the issue a priority. Last month, he granted clemency to 46 men and women facing decades of prison time for nonviolent drug offenses. The recent push for criminal justice reform has proven to be a rare point of bipartisan cooperation: Leaders on both sides of the aisle have agreed it’s time to tackle America’s bloated prison system in the U.S. and to amend sentencing laws. But the way forward is less clear; many people say new proposals don’t go far enough. We look at different plans for criminal justice reform..” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Design Thinking 62mins – “How can you apply the power of design thinking to achieve your goals that you never imagined possible? Bernard Roth, co-founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the at Stanford University, will discuss how design thinking, previously used to solve large-scale projects, can bring out our ability to create positive change in our everyday lives. Join us with Professor Bernie Roth in conversation with Executive Director Sarah Stein Greenberg for an evening of creative engagement as he shares valuable tips on how to tackle tough situations with imagination and the power of design thinking to find fulfillment in your life and work.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elon Musk 29 mins – “Technology reporter Ashlee Vance discusses his book [Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future]. Elon Musk, one of Silicon Valley’s most inventive leaders, is founder of SpaceX and co-founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Ashlee Vance,” right-click “Media files program.406205.MP3-STD.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life Care 58 mins – “Thirty percent of Americans die in ICUs hooked up to machines, despite their preferences to the contrary. Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter practices the seemingly contradictory specialties of critical care and palliative care. She sees a medical system geared toward treating individual organ systems rather than caring for whole patients. Dr. Zitter’s New York Times columns illustrate the challenges patients and their families face and provide specific steps individuals can take for better end-of-life experiences. She will be interviewed by Mark Zitter, who co-founded a telephone counseling service for patients with life-limiting illnesses.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm Life 40 mins – “In this episode we return to the coopcast to discuss the future of our farm and all the different enterprises we have in play.” At the link find the title, “0151 A Return to the Farm and a discussion about the future,” right-click “Media files CoopCast_151.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food History 67 mins- Rachel Laudan, visiting scholar at the University of Texas and author of Cuisine and Empire, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the history of food. Topics covered include the importance of grain, the spread of various styles of cooking, why French cooking has elite status, and the reach of McDonald’s. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the appeal of local food and other recent food passions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Microbiology P1 19 mins – “In part one, we’re exploring the microbes of death and decay – and how they can be used by forensic scientists to work out when and how someone has died. We spoke to writer Mo Costandi about his recent experiences visiting body farms in Texas, where scientists study the process of decomposition. Mo wrote an article for the Wellcome Trust’s Mosaic on the subject (which is well worth reading), so we asked him to the Society’s offices to find out more about what happens to our bodies after we die. We also hear from forensic scientist Dr Gulnaz Javan, who is conducting research into the “thanatomicrobiome”, or microbes of death, at one of these facilities. Gulnaz and her team take samples from cadavers and the surrounding soil in order to study the microbial communities present at different stages of decomposition. She talked to us about a recent paper from her group that discusses their early findings. This episode contains descriptions of decomposing human corpses.” At the link right-click the cloud with down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Microbiology P2 15 mins – “Could the mud and soil a person walks through be used to identify where they’ve been? In part two of our forensic microbiology special, we look at the ways that soil from crime scenes can help pinpoint the whereabouts of people and objects in police investigations. We spoke to Professor Lorna Dawson from the James Hutton Institute about her work on criminal cases, and how microbiology is being used to enhance the field of soil forensics.” At the link right-click the cloud with down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gambling Addiction 58 mins – “The third show for today’s salvo of new shows is Show # 242, July 24, my interview with Prof. Natasha Schüll of MIT, author of Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas. Natasha’s ground-breaking book is an eye-opening study of the ways that technology can and is used to stoke the human predilection for addiction. Focusing on Las Vegas, Natasha’s deep dive into the world of addicted gamblers exposes the capabilities (and some limitations) of an industry’s efforts to reap profits. Moreover, the ease with which programmers can alter games in order to increase gambling (and the resulting losses) is startling. As Natasha points out, people are in the game not just for money; we discussed that dynamic as well as the future of gaming and addiction in our fascinating interview.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Good Science Rejection 64 mins – “Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what they consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and public opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence. Eugenie Scott, Physical Anthropologist; Former Executive Director, National Center for Science Education; Author, Evolution vs. Creationism; Co-editor, Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schoolshas received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups and humanist groups.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Reporting 11 mins – “The challenges of covering immigration from the southern borders of the U.S. and the EU are the focus of the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club’s podcast.NPC member Giovanna Dell’Orto, a journalism professor and former Associated Press immigration reporter, talks with International Correspondents Committee chair Molly McCluskey about how media coverage of immigration challenges is often too narrowly focused, and fails to take into account the cultural, political, and economic factors behind mass migration.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Impact 19 mins – “In 1968, Andy Warhol prophesied that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” The era of Pop Art and pop music saw the erosion of boundaries between high and low art, as well as the collapse of hierarchy in general. Warhol cannily recognized that technology and mass media would work together as the great levelers. Democratization came to books and journals decisively in the 1980s, when desktop publishing began to replace physical plants and industrial machinery. Digital media master Richard Nash says the digital revolution took many by surprise in the book world because it was a change in disguise. At first blush, nothing seemed to have changed at all. Today, though, we see change in every direction. An open network has replaced a closed supply chain of warehouses and bookstores; the bond that writers share with their readers is now the paramount relationship; and everyone is a creator. As Nash tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally, printed books may have given birth to industrialism, yet digital publishing is returning society to a pre-modern phase.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iranian Nuclear Deal Problems 80 mins – “A former international nuclear inspector, Iranian opposition figure, and the former Commander of the USS Cole will discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal and its impact on regional security, nuclear weapons verification challenges and its impact inside Iran ….” At the link find the title, “Iranian Nuclear Deal Verification problems,” right-click “Click here for Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jonas Salk 65mins – “Sixty years ago, physician-researcher Jonas Salk changed human history by inventing the polio vaccine. His work has saved countless lives and helped shaped the medical field as we know it today. Recently, Dr. Charlotte Jacobs has published the first comprehensive biography, Jonas Salk: A Life. She and Janet Napolitano will sit down and discuss her book that explores Jonas Salk’s life and legacy. The first in a limited series of interviews, Napolitano talks with Jacobs and uses the biography as the centerpiece for discussion about the best practices of vaccinations, preventing pandemics and saving lives.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Louisiana Recuperation 29 mins – “As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, we thought it would be an appropriate time to head back down to the bayou. This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from the Executive Director of Audubon Louisiana, Dr. Douglas Meffert. We get an update on the coastal restoration efforts in the region, get a sense of how the cleanup from the BP Oil Spill is progressing and talk about the ongoing struggles and challenges of the Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu. a

Methane Regulation 47 mins – “Cows make a lot of it, when they make cow pies. The oil and gas industry makes more. Methane  It’s the gas that escapes and bleeds off of oil and gas drilling sites, wellheads, processing plants, distribution lines. It’s a super global-warmer when it hits the atmosphere – 25 times more potent there than the big global culprit carbon dioxide, CO2. Now the Obama administration, through the EPA, wants to start to rein in that methane leakage from oil and gas production. It’s a big deal at the drilling site, and for the climate. This hour On Point:  putting the plug in methane.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microphone Selection 11 mins – “Far and away the most important piece of equipment for any broadcast journalist is the microphone. Join us for the latest NPC podcast to learn why the omnidirectional has been the field mic of choice for reporters since the 1930s. Microphone expert John Holt joins radio reporter and NPC member Jennifer Strong in New York City to demonstrate a variety of the most used mics in the business under some tough recording conditions, including the main hall of Grand Central Station and the windy New York Harbor.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Misconceptions 11 mins – “From popular diets that encourage us to eat like our ancestors to the idea that a man who cheats can blame his behavior on his DNA, misconceptions about evolution abound, argues evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk on the latest edition of Update-1, the National Press Club podcast. In reality, she says, evolution is not synonymous with progress; it has no goal and no endpoint. Efforts to emulate our ancestors, then, are often misguided, says Zuk, a professor of ecology, evolution and behavior at the University of Minnesota who was in Washington for the American Psychological Association’s annual convention. Zuk is also a writer who has been published in various newspapers and magazines. Her most recent book is “Paleofantasy: What evolution really tells us about Sex, Diet and How We Live.‘” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nutrition 65 mins – “Nutrition: The Forgotten, Maligned Science by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Cornell University; Director, The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies; Author, The China Study – Nutrition is a misunderstood concept for most people. But newer evidence shows that nutrition intervention – when done right – may resolve a broader spectrum of health problems more effectively than any other medical intervention. Application of this view could prove essential to resolving societal problems like the cost of health care (aka, disease care), environmental degradation, personal health and even incivility.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Access 22 mins – “Fast and furious: That describes the change underway in scholarly publishing. Keeping up with the pace – and preparing for what lies around the corner – are critical challenges. Across a wide range of journals and houses, Open Access business models have grown common in recent years. Heated debate on the merits of OA has cooled, while publishers have accepted the inevitability of choosing “green” or “gold” roads for the journey ahead. In April, Outsell – a well-regarded research and advisory firm focused on media, information, and technology – released Open Access 2015: Market Size, Share, Forecast, and TrendsAuthor of the report, Deni Auclair estimates that OA titles represent just under five percent of the $6.8B STM journals marketplace – yet they clearly punch well above their weight in attracting media attention and generating industry conversation….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Osteopathic Medicine 68 mins – “There are two degrees that physicians in the U.S. earn, the M.D. (allopathic medicine) or D.O. (osteopathic medicine) degree. While doctors with the two degrees carry the same rights and privileges compared to one degree, there are differences in their education and training, considering that one in five students currently enrolled in medical school is in an osteopathic program. Join three local osteopathic physician educators on what the field can offer, a comparison of allopathic versus osteopathic medicine, and what to expect in relation to the Affordable Care Act.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Panama Canal 124 mins “As part of the Club’s celebration of the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, our panel [Gene Bigler, International Consultant; Former U.S. Diplomat; Michael Conniff, Professor of History, San José State University, and Herman Boschken, Professor Emeritus, College of Business, San José State University] will focus on the role the Panama Canal played in shifting California’s fortunes and opportunities for Pacific Rim trade, will review its tremendous geopolitical impact on California’s economy, and will imagine its continuing effects for the next century as trade across the Pacific reassumes its customary prominence in the world economy. Although the U.S. Administration of the canal always emphasized its military-strategic concerns, the new all-water transportation that it provided also helped integrate the U.S. economy and transform global commerce. In more business-oriented Panamanian hands since 2000, with plans to double its capacity by the end of 2016, the canal could become the global logistics hub for the Western Hemisphere, raising expectations and concerns about the impact the canal will have during the Pacific Century.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Panama Canal Upgrade P3 14 mins – “Breaking the Freight Bottlenecks for the Expanded Panama Canal The effectiveness and efficiency of a marine port is closely tied to the performance and capacity of the landside transportation network that moves goods to and from ships. The expanded Panama Canal, designed to handle significantly larger ships, will challenge U.S. Atlantic and Gulf ports with those larger ships and the resulting higher rate of flow of products in and out of ports. Assuring sufficient landside capacity is a task shared by the private sector (both railroad companies and intermodal terminal operators) and governments responsible for the highway network. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has formed a stakeholder group to identify and address the needs of shippers, carriers, and ports along the Texas Gulf Coast. TxDOT has been investing in expanded roadway infrastructure to ease key bottlenecks, particularly those affecting the major port of Houston. In this discussion, Professor Schofer explores some key activities of TxDOT with Caroline Mays, Freight Systems Branch Manager for TxDOT.” At the link find the title, “What Panama Canal Expansion Means to the U.S. – Part III,” right-click “Media files Dept-Of-Transportation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Use-of-Force Training 12 mins – “Incidents of lethal use of force by law enforcement have dominated domestic news in recent months. NPC broadcast committee member Adam Konowe talks with Gary Harris of Meggitt Training Systems, a Georgia-based supplier of weapons training systems for military, law enforcement, federal and commercial applications. Harris, a retired law enforcement officer and current industry expert, explains how police training is created, funded and utilized, as well as the impact of mainstream and citizen journalists on police departments and individual officers.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pricing Products 17 mins – “The price tag is a fairly recent invention. And it’s already on its way out.” At the link find the title, “#633: The Birth And Death Of The Price Tag,” right-click “Media files 20150617_blog_pmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racial Politics 47 mins – “For decades, black Americans and the Democratic Party have gone hand-in-hand. Loyal supporters of one another. But the Black Lives Matter movement has been publicly confronting Democratic presidential candidates over their attitudes on race and racial inequality. Not even ultra-progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been spared. Protesters say they want to hear specific policy plans, not vague promises. And they’re putting the Democratic candidates on the spot. Is this clash creating a rift between blacks and the Democrats that could benefit the GOP? Or is it making their relationship stronger? This hour, On Point: African-Americans challenge the Democratic Party.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg 59 mins – “Scott Dodson, Professor of Law, College of Law, UC Hastings; Editor, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Dodson, an expert in civil procedure and federal courts, is the editor of The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which chronicles and evaluates the remarkable achievements Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made over the last half-century. He will discuss how Justice Ginsburg, a legal icon, has greatly influenced law and society through her work on gender equality, racial equality and international law.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Workers 17 mins – “Following on from the clinical review “Caring for sex workers”, we spoke to the team at Open Doors, a sex worker outreach clinic in east London, run from the Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Kim Leveret and Anca Doczi join us to give practical advice on reaching out to sex workers, what barriers exist to them accessing care, and how to take a sex worker sexual history” At the link find the title “Open Doors For Sex Workers,” right-click “Media files 219234411-bmjgroup-open-doors-for-sex-workers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Skill Building 129 mins – “The Modern Professional’s Toolkit: A Night of Skill Building What are the essential skills employees need to thrive in the 21st century? Join Inforum as big data gurus, online community managers and experts from a variety of other fields teach the skills that employees need to succeed in the modern working world. Presentation topics include: “Investing in Your Skills” by Arman Assadi of Why I Left Google; “Don’t Panic! How to Embrace Emerging Social Media” by Lauren Girardin, Lauren Girardin Consulting; “Attention, Please: Practical Tips for Less Boring Presentations” by Jared Bloom and Chris Laughlin, Co-Founders, 4th and King; “Deciphering Data and Using Analytics on the Daily” by Benn Stancil, Mode Analytics; “The Art and Power of Storytelling” by Tom Nguyen, Product Manager at Adobe Online Community Manager; Panelists include Alicia Schmidt of SalesForce Foundation, Susan Tenby of TechSoup Global and Eliza Davidson of Udemy….” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Small Business Rules 47 mins – “15 Mind-Blowing Success Secrets for Small Businesses – Rick Gilbert, Founder, PowerSpeaking, Inc; Author, Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations. – After starting his business from scratch—literally, a rolodex and telephone in the bedroom—Rick Gilbert and his partner, Mary McGlynn, built PowerSpeaking, Inc., into a Silicon Valley legend with 30 employees and a worldwide footprint. Along the way, he found that the standard motivational slogans like “winners never quit” and “have a positive mental attitude” were not helpful. These success tips were learned by screwing up a lot. Be forewarned, this is not advice you will read in The Harvard Business Review. Working for or running a small business? Come and learn the uncommon wisdom of why being a quitter and a pessimist is good for business, why “work/life balance” is nonsense; why you should be more like a jazz musician than a classical musician. And why you should fire the consultants.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Security Maximization 65 mins – “ Paul Solman, Business and Economics Correspondent, “PBS NewsHour”; Co-Author, Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security; Twitter @paulsolman – Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits? You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but Solman explains Social Security benefits in an easy-to-understand and user-friendly style. What you don’t know can seriously hurt you: wrong decisions about which Social Security benefits to apply for cost some individual retirees tens of thousands of dollars in lost income every year. Learn the secrets to maximizing your Social Security benefits and earn up to thousands of dollars more each year with expert advice that you can’t get anywhere else. You’ve paid all your working life for these benefits. Now, get what’s yours.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stem Cell Heart Disease 64 mins – “Welcome SCP fans to Episode 51.  Be sure to visit for current and past episodes and to sign up for our newsletter.  We begin as always with our Science Roundup sponsored by Thermo Fisher. In this episode, we discuss topics ranging from gene drive, liver stem cells, robots making iPS cells, a bacteria that eats nicotine, genetic analysis of people with high intelligence, and much more.  We next move to the interview segment of the show,  sponsored by Stem Cell Technologies.  Our guest today is Thermo Fisher collaborator Dr. Chris Armstrong, CEO of Stem Cell Theranostics to discuss his company and how they are using iPSCs to model cardiovascular disease.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. .

Stem Cell Heart Repair .71 mins – “Welcome everyone to episode 37! Be sure to go to for previous episodes and to enter your name and email to sign up for our newsletter. On this episode we begin with our signature Science Roundup sponsored by Thermo-Fisher Scientific. In this episode of The Stem Cell Podcast, we discuss papers on a range of topics including making hair from stem cells, a new Parkinson’s disease trial, measles on the rise, BPA affects sperm stem cells, too much salt is bad for your brain, and birth controls link to brain cancer. Then we bring on Dr. Christine Mummery to discuss how stem cells are being used for heart disease. We also discuss the new open access journal Stem Cell Reports.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. .

Stem Cell Overview 70 mins – “The Stem Cell Podcast is proud to bring you our 50th Episode. Be sure to visit for current and past episodes and to sign up for our newsletter.  We begin as always with our Science Roundup sponsored by Thermo Fisher. In this episode, we discuss topics ranging from the US going to Pluto, a fast growing black hole, discovery of taste of fat, planned parenthood selling fetal tissue, stem cell stocks, functional liver cells from stem cells and more. For the interview portion of the show, sponsored by Stem Cell Technologies, we bring on internationally recognized stem cell pioneer Dr. George Daley from Children’s Hospital Boston and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to discuss all things stem cells.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. .

StemCell Sweden P1 180 mins – “In this episode we broadcast live from the ISSCR [International Society for Stem Cell Research] 2015 International Conference from Stockholm, Sweden.  On the show, we randomly pull attendees aside and ask them to us their stem cell story, and detail some of their research topics and accomplishments.  Everyone from graduate students, post-docs, patients who have received stem cell transplants, to big name researchers, we get them all.  This episode will be part one, with part two continuing into Episode 49.” [180 mins] At the 36 – 50m interval a thoracic surgeon recounts his own heart surgery and subsequent successful stem cell treatment. At the links right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menus. .

Student Debt 52 mins – “A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds people who have taken out student loans are increasingly having trouble paying them back. This comes as delinquency rates for other kind of debt like mortgages has improved, according to the same report. Forty-three million borrowers have taken out nearly $1.3 trillion in student loans and that number is expected to double in the next decade. All of this has the 2016 presidential candidates paying attention. We look at ballooning student debt and what the presidential candidates are saying about soaring college costs.” [3 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Technology Control 56 mins – “Let’s begin with Show # 240, July 10, my interview with ethicist Wendell Wallach, author of A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control. Wendell’s primary concern is the haphazard introduction of technology into our everyday lives. While not skeptical about technology, he cautions against the “shoot first, ask questions later” approach to technology and disruption that he sees in areas ranging from drones to the algorithms within them. We had a broad discussion of the challenges and reality of emerging technology and the choices that we face (whether we want to face them or not), as well as the administrative state’s ability to grapple with these complex policy decisions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trans Pacific Partnership 68 mins – “Trans Pacific Partnership: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff by Demetrios Marantis, Head of International Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Square; Former Acting U.S. Trade Representative and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative: The controversial trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which the United States is currently negotiating with 11 other Asia-Pacific countries, will open markets and promote jobs and growth in the United States, according to the Obama administration. However, it is opposed by many Democrats and their traditional allies, including organized labor. Ambassador Marantis will clear up misconceptions about the agreement and uncloak the forces behind the Congressional approval process. He will also comment on whether the TPP will give the California economy a boost as well as how it will affect the global expansion of U.S. technology companies, such as Square Inc., the successful, start-up credit card payment and financial services company based in San Francisco.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Zone Journalism 14 mins – “The Middle East is becoming increasingly dangerous for journalists, and in this edition of Update-1 we hear from a correspondent who risks her life to tell stories from that region. Kathy Gannon has been covering Afghanistan and Pakistan for The Associated Press for nearly 30 years and was severely wounded last year when an Afghan police officer opened fire on her vehicle. Her colleague, AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, was killed in that incident. Gannon describes how threats to journalists in the Middle East are changing, her methods for mitigating danger, and why she plans to return to work even after that deadly attack. National Press Club member Violet Ikonomova hosts.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfires 47 mins – “California is burning again, and the wildfires there are longer, faster and hotter than ever before. And it’s not just the West Coast. North Carolina, Texas, Hawaii and at least a half-dozen other states have active wildfires. Fighting them is costing billions, and our current approach often makes the situation worse. Experts say we need a new strategy. Rethinking where we build homes. Not putting out all fires. More planned burns. More thinning of our woodlands. Ending the attitude that forests are cathedrals that shouldn’t be touched. This hour, On Point: is it time to change the way we fight fires?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.



An alphabetic library of 7300 of these hyperlinked descriptions is here and updated quarterly. A file of the podcasts is here , updated weekly, and can be downloaded as a 40+ GB zipped file, or individually.  Over 250 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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