Media Mining Digest 199 – Sep 3, 2015: Agricultural Gasses, Asperger’s Story, Automation Paradox, Betting Industry, Big Data at School, British Scandals, Broadband Agenda, Chinese Food in America, Civil Rights, Digital Television History, End of Life Care, FBI Terrorists, Financial Bubbles, Food Production, Food Supply, Geoscience, Heart Care, Heart Rhythms, Immigration Integration EU, Katrina and New Orleans, Lebanon Diplomacy, Louisiana Disaster, Market Timing, Mental Illness Treatment, Methanol, Mining Pollution, Muslims in Europe Debate, New Orleans Recovery, Premed Mom, Raisin Industry, Sneaker Culture, Tularemia, Voting Rights Act

The following audio files come from a larger group of 228 for the week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts.  A zip file of all 38 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

African Economy 47 mins – “The debate “Europe is failing its Muslims” took place on February 23rd at Cadogan Hall in London, in association with BBC World News and the British Council. Arguing in favour of the motion were Tariq Ramadan and Petra Stienen; against the motion were Douglas Murray and Flemming Rose.” At the link click “Download”to download the file.

Agricultural Gasses 24 mins – “When it comes to reducing greenhouses gases, every little bit helps, and that includes managing the greenhouse gases produced by how we grow our food.  Raising livestock and growing crops both generate greenhouse gases, and to gauge their impact, a new study takes the long range view.  The results were published in a paper: “Measuring and mitigating agricultural greenhouse gas production in the U.S. Great Plains, 1870-2000″ in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  It analyzes 100 years of agricultural production, and it takes this look at farming close to home – it focuses on the bread basket of the United States – the Great Plains, which includes eastern Colorado.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asperger’s Story 10 mins ­ “Alix Generous is a young woman with a million and one ideas — she’s done award-winning science, helped develop new technology and tells a darn good joke (you’ll see). She has Asperger’s, a form of autistic spectrum disorder that can impair the basic social skills required for communication, and she’s worked hard for years to learn how to share her thoughts with the world. In this funny, personal talk, she shares her story — and her vision for tools to help more people communicate their big ideas.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Automation Paradox 31mins – “On the evening of May 31, 2009, 216 passengers, three pilots, and nine flight attendants boarded an Airbus 330 in Rio de Janeiro. This flight, Air France 447, was headed across the Atlantic to Paris. The take-off was unremarkable. The plane reached a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. The passengers read and watched movies and slept. Everything proceeded normally for several hours. Then, with no communication to the ground or air traffic control, flight 447 suddenly disappeared….” This story is the first of a two-part series on the automation paradox. In Part 2 (24 mins).”…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 (Part 1) right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2.

Betting Industry 19 mins – “In Las Vegas you can bet on all kinds of stuff. One thing you can’t bet on: elections. But why? Not long ago, no election was too sacred to wager on, not even the pope’s.” At the link find the title, “#646: Why Can’t We Bet On Elections?” right-click “Media files 20150821 blog pmoney2.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data at School 65 mins – “Universities are drowning in data, not only data produced by their researchers and students, but also data they collect about their communities. Research data are subject to sharing and retention requirements by funding agencies and journals. Data from course management systems, faculty personnel records, security cameras, and social media are being used as indicators for decision making. In this talk Christine L. Borgman — author of the new book “Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World” and Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA — identifies challenges faced by universities in managing and governing these complex categories of data.” At th3 link right-click “MP3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

British Scandals 39 mins – “This week’s podcast puts the Guardian’s former editor Alan Rusbridger across the table from one of Britain’s most eminent lawyers, the Queen’s Counsel Jeremy Hutchinson, at a Guardian Live event. They discuss how the second half of the 20th century was shaped by confrontations in the high court. Hutchinson recalls the moment Christine Keeler walked into his chambers and conjures up the atmosphere of early 1960s Britain. He remembers how DH Lawrence’s prose made the case against the censor in the Lady Chatterley’s Lover trial, and pays tribute to Edward Snowden in a post-privacy age.” AT the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Agenda 21 mins – “…Next Century Cities released a short report, Connecting 21st Century Communities: A Policy Agenda for Broadband Stakeholders, exploring various policies and approaches that will improve Internet access. The brief is organized into sections on local government, state government, federal government, philanthropy, and community. For this week on Community Broadband Bits, Lisa Gonzalez takes the mic to interview Deb Socia, Executive Director of Next Century Cities, and me, the Policy Director for Next Century Cities (which I do within my capacity at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance). We talk about the report, why we picked the policies we did, why we stuffed it full of examples, and as a bonus, Deb gives us an update of Next Century Cities and upcoming events.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Food in America 43 min – “Wander into any town in the U.S., no matter how small and remote, and you’re likely to find at least one Chinese restaurant. In fact, there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, KFC, and Burger King combined. And the food they serve is completely unlike anything you’ll find in China. In this episode of Gastropod, we ask one crucial question: why?” 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.

Civil Rights 52 mins – “…Brian, Ed and Peter wade into America’s long history of struggles over rights. How have Americans claimed, framed and changed their rights over time? Where do we think “rights” come from anyway… is it God, nature, the government, the founding documents? Join the Guys as they explore moments from the past that reveal how Americans have asserted their rights and — sometimes in the same breath — denied them to others. We have stories about freedom suits, religious liberty, labor law and… smoking rights?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound strip and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Damage 11 mins – “…The New York Times Magazine, author Steven Johnson pointedly asked, “How is today’s creative class faring?” His own analysis of available data drew Johnson to conclude that the much-threatened “creative apocalypse” hadn’t materialized. That contrarian conclusion might be expected from a writer who has also argued that pop culture fosters complex thinking and not intellectual sloth as many suppose. Not surprisingly, many in the creative communities have struck back at the Johnson piece. They see a world of hurt in the wake of the Internet Age for all media. Rob Levine, a former Billboard executive editor and author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back is among those best qualified to make a rejoinder. Levine has written often about the destructive impact of digital technology on culture and media, particularly as it affects writers and artists.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Television History 55 mins (2 parts) – “Author Marc Tayer joins us to discuss his book, Televisionaries, which chronicles the story of the growth of digital television and the people who made it happen.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Marc Tayer,” right-click “Media files program.405261.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2.

End of Life Care 36 mins – “We spend billions on end-of-life healthcare that doesn’t do much good. So what if a patient could forego the standard treatment and get a cash rebate instead?” At the link find the title, “Are You Ready for a Glorious Sunset?” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast082615.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FBI Terrorists 9 mins – “There’s an organization responsible for more terrorism plots in the United States than al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab and ISIS combined: The FBI. How? Why? In an eye-opening talk, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson reveals a disturbing FBI practice that breeds terrorist plots by exploiting Muslim-Americans with mental health problems.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Bubbles 16 mins – “We ask three economists: Is there some falling anvil that’s about to crush the economy?” At the link find the title, “#634: Worst Case Scenario,” right-click “Media files 20150619_blog_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Production 63 mins – “Thousands of bears in New Jersey. Humpback whales near New York City. Acres devoted to farming stable or declining even as food production soars. Jesse Ausubel of the Rockefeller University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the return of nature. Ausubel shows how technology has reduced many of the dimensions of the human footprint even as population rises and why this trend is likely to continue into the future. The conversation concludes with Ausubel’s cautious optimism about the impact of climate change.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Supply 58 mins – ““This is the story of the race to feed the world without wrecking it,” writes Joel K. Bourne, Jr. in his new book, The End of Plenty. “Producing food for more than 9 billion people without destroying the soil, water, oceans, and climate will be by far the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.” Today we’ll talk with Bourne about a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next green revolution. Joel Bourne is an award-winning journalist and former Senior Editor for the Environment at National Geographic. He’s covered major environmental issues for the magazine, including the global food crisis of 2008, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and California’s recurrent water woes. With a degree in agronomy, he is uniquely qualified to report on not just what experts tell him, but also on the efficacy of their expertise. @joel_bourne “ At the link right-click “Download MP3 and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geoscience 29 mins – “In a rebroadcast from May 1, 2011, Keith talks geoscience with Melanie Barnes, Senior Research Associate, Igneous Petrology & Geochemistry, Texas Tech University.  She talks about the reddish granite ryolite that makes up the Thunderbird formation in the Franklin Mountains which dates back 1.4 billion years.   She also talks about studying rock samples with instruments that don’t destroy the samples.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Care 88 mins – “How do lifestyle changes in terms of exercise, stress, smoking cessation and cholesterol levels affect my chances of getting heart disease? These UCSF doctors explain that physical activity lowers risk of heart attack.” Three speakers. At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Rhythms 28 mins – “Dr. Melvin Scheinman explores what makes for normal heart rhythm, what causes rapid palpitations and how to treat them.” The video version presents excellent animations of the nerve signals that cause heart beats. At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Integration EU 3:31 mins (3 parts) – “UPSTREAM: Developing Effective Strategies for the Mainstreaming of Integration Governance – This project explores how the governance and effectiveness of integration measures is affected by mainstreaming at the EU, national and local level. Mainstreaming means embedding integration into generic policies for the entire population. Besides an EU case, five country cases are selected: the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, France and Poland. These are countries with different governance structures in the domain of integration, ranging from the highly centralized in France, to moderately decentralized in the Netherlands and strongly devolved in the UK. In addition, Spain and Poland as new immigration countries are developing migrant integration policies against a very different background, with many local (and regional) initiatives.” Part one deals with public service changes. Part two deals with urban spaces and Part three with future policies. At the link (Part 1) right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2 and Part 3.

Katrina and New Orleans 52 mins – “Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina barreled down on southeast Louisiana, killing nearly 2,000 people in all. New Orleans bore the brunt of the devastation: With 80 percent of the city underwater, its residents faced a failed relief effort. How far New Orleans has come since then depends on who you ask. There are signs of growth, including an influx of young entrepreneurs and a revival in tourism. But for some people, like those still unable to return to their homes, the situation remains grim. And new surveys suggest African Americans have experienced a dramatically different recovery than white residents. A decade after Katrina, we look at the long struggle to rebuild New Orleans.” (Four guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the file is in the blog archive.

Katrina and Nursing Homes 53 mins – “One of the most widely misreported stories of Hurricane Katrina involved the deaths of 35 elderly residents of St. Rita’s nursing home in a suburb of New Orleans. The nursing home owners, Sal and Mabel Mangano, had decided not to evacuate prior to the storm, and they were charged with negligent homicide. James Cobb, their lawyer and author of Flood of Lies: The St. Rita’s Nursing Home Tragedy, tells Brooke about how the Manganos became media scapegoats for the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.” At the link right-click he down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lebanon Diplomacy 27 mins – “Britain’s mould-breaking ambassador to Lebanon, Tom Fletcher. Appointed at only 36 at the height of the Arab uprisings in 2011, Fletcher calls himself the ‘Naked Diplomat’ – a title that suggests a new brand of 21st-century statecraft: flexible, transparent, engaged with the public as much as with political decision-makers.” At the link find the title, “Tom Fletcher – the ‘Naked Diplomat’,” right-click “Media files p030nq3v.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Louisiana Disaster 27 mins – “Coastal erosion is washing away a football field of land every hour. Meet one community facing the reality of losing their past and their future.” At the link find the title, “Losing Louisiana,” right-click “Media files p030t7yt.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Market Timing 43 mins – “Paul compares the returns of buy-and-hold and timing portfolios for the period 2000-2014. You’ll learn about all the advantages and disadvantages of timing. If you are interested in using timing in your portfolio, Paul discusses what he thinks is the best combination of asset classes and market timing systems.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Illness Treatment 48 mins – “Insurance companies are required by law to cover mental health the same as physical health. So, why don’t they? The law says insurance companies must pay for mental health benefits same as they do everything else. Addiction as much as diabetes. Depression as much as cancer. Bipolar as much as bypass. But around the country, consumers are taking their insurance companies to court saying they’re cutting corners and refusing to pay up. The insurance companies say mental health is complicated, and keeping costs down is part of their job. What does this mean for patients? Up next On Point:  The problem of parity in health insurance.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Lin As” from the pop-up menu.

Methanol 6 mins – “Ask a random person to tell you what they know about methanol and they’ll probably talk about the perils of homemade liquor, better known as moonshine. Get the process wrong and the methanol will make you go blind. This is unfortunate for a chemical of such huge importance. Around 50 million tonnes of methanol is produced every year, most of which becomes feedstock for the production of other chemicals, notably formaldehyde. Methanol is also used as a fuel, as an anti-freeze and as a solvent. Without it, the world would be a very different place.” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Methanol.mp3”” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mining Pollution 22 mins – “Science and Politics of Mining (start time: 6:49)  On August 5 an inactive mine named Gold King, which had been leaking toxins for years, spewed more than 3 million gallons of toxic sludge into a creek that feeds into the Animus River in southwest Colorado. Its neon orange path of wastewater was shocking. But also shocking is the long history of acid mine drainage pollution and the lax regulations that allow mining companies to basically walk away from their disasters. Dr. Mark Williams, a professor of geography at CU Boulder, and an expert in mountain hydrology and hydrochemistry., has worked on remediation of several mines in the state. He speaks with How On Earth host Susan Moran about the anatomy of mines, how this disaster happened, what it suggests about the many other precarious mines in the state, and what should be done to prevent such disasters from happening.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New Orleans Recovery 49mins – “This weekend, we head to the Crescent City to see how New Orleans has changed in the 10 years since Katrina: a trip to the legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant to meet owner Leah Chase; how rebounding employment numbers don’t tell the whole story; and Big Freedia shows us where she learned to bounce.” At the link find the title, “08/21/15 – Marketplace Weekend – A trip through New Orleans,” right-click “Media files weekend 20150821_pod_64.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Premed Mom 58 mins – “Today, Ryan talks with a premed mom, Ashley.  Listen in to this inspiring conversation. With sparse extra-curricular activities, struggling to find someone who can write her a good letter of recommendation, a weak personal statement, and submitting her application super (VERY SUPER) late, find out how Ashley finally managed to land a seat in medical school.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Quantified Self 25 mins – “The more comfortable we get using digital platforms the more important it becomes to understand our relationships to them. From Facebook, to Fitbit, to Wikipedia, to networked games, and even to our schools and employers, the more we entrust our data to an outside platform, the more we have to ask the question: “How are they accountable to us?” For this week’s podcast we spoke to four PhD candidates who are working with Microsoft Research. First, Ifeoma Ajunwa explains the tricky employers use big data collected from their employees. Then, Aleena Chia describes the unique system of governance that’s formed around the digital gaming world of Eve Online. Next, Berkman fellow Nathan Matias addresses the nuanced relationship between users and platforms where users create the content, like Wikipedia and Reddit. Finally, we speak with Stacey Blasiola about her research topic, “Newsfeed: Created by you?” At the link right-click “MP3” near “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Raisin Industry 19 mins – “A farmer wanted to sell all his raisins, but the federal government said no. So he took it to the Supreme Court” At the link find the title, “#478: The Raisin Outlaw” right-click “Media files 20150624_blog pmoney.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sneaker Culture 53 mins – “Shoe historian Elizabeth Semmelhack says there’s a stereotype that footwear is somehow a woman’s domain. But consider this: in 2014, men’s athletic shoes accounted for nearly twice the sales of women’s dress shoes in U.S. stores. Over the last century, sneakers have symbolized performance and affluence, street style and high-end fashion. Thursday, Semmelhack is our guide for a history of sneakers. We’ll talk about innovations, trends, and what each shoe tells us about a particular moment in time. Elizabeth Semmelhack is Senior Curator at Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada. She’s author of Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tularemia 77 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello , and Michael Schmidt speak with guest: Katy Bosio about her research on pathogenesis, immunity, and vaccines against Franciscella tularensis, the causative agent of tularemia.”[“Colorado health officials have recorded 11 human cases of tularemia since May 2015, putting the state on pace for one of the most widespread years for the disease in more than 2 decades. In 2014, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment [CDPHE] recorded 16 human cases, representing the 2nd highest number of cases since 1983 when there were 20. Before 2014, the previous average was fewer than 4 cases a year. “People can get tularemia if they handle infected animals, such as rabbits, rodents or hares, or are bitten by ticks or deer flies,” CDPHE said in a Wednesday [24 Jun 2014] news release. “They also can be exposed by touching contaminated soil, drinking contaminated water or inhaling bacteria.”] At the link right-click “TWIM#106” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights Act 32 mins – “To mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Dahlia sits down with The Nation’s Ari Berman to discuss the decades-long campaign to roll back the achievements of the landmark 1965 legislation.” At the link find the title, “Sock the Vote,’ right-click “Media files amicus150822 amicus.mp3” 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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