Media Mining Digest 205 – Oct 16, 2015: Ad Blocking, Afghani Teacher, African-American Problems, Animator’s Work, Annual Physicals, Anti-Aging Market, Artificial Intelligence Panel, Astronaut Training, Bernanke Memoir, Cancer Stories, Canoes, Climate Change and Agriculture, Columbia Peace Agreement, Comptel Role, Cyber Security, Direct Current Stimulation, Doctors with Tatoos, Drug Costs in Canada, Ed Technology Failure, Eleanor Roosevelt, Exercise Six Minutes, Flight Nurse, Food Nonsense, Fossil Fuel Liability, Gays in Government, Gender Equality, Gun Control, Guns and the Media, Hate Speech Online, Health Cost Control, Human Fossil Discovery, Ideas at 50, Immigrant Tuition, Inheritances, Innovation Science, Medieval Antibiotic, Oil in Alberta, Open Access Panel, O’Reilly on Tech, Pan Am 103 Bomb, Paul Ehrlich, Pine Bark Beetle Legacy, Presidential Transitions, Reframing, Right-to-Die in California, Robert Reich on Capitalism, Science Politics in Canada, Stalin, Sugar Politics, Supreme Court, Syria and Russia, Taliban Woman, Tax Havens, Terry Gilliam, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Debate, US-China History, Water Scarcity

The best 62 podcasts from a larger group of 207 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 7300 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here, but those files total over 45GB and take awhile to transfer.  The first entry of that collection is a text file listing all the titles for quick searches and researching.  All these abstracts have also been assembled alphabetically in two large free volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 256 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.

Ad Blocking 47 mins – “Lots of people have been skipping the ads on TV for a long time. Now, ad blockers have a new boost on the Internet. Apple’s latest mobile operating system invites Internet users on iPads and phones to skip the ads. Block them. Less wait for what you want. Less data consumption. Quicker loading. But also another blow to the economics of a whole lot of big players on the web. For many, it’s no ads, no money. News sites in particular. And don’t get them started on bots! It’s a rough world out there. This hour On Point, rising challenges to the economic underpinnings of a big chunk of the Internet.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Afghani Teacher 17 mins – “When the Taliban closed all the girls’ schools in Afghanistan, Sakena Yacoobi set up new schools, in secret, educating thousands of women and men. In this fierce, funny talk, she tells the jaw-dropping story of two times when she was threatened to stop teaching — and shares her vision for rebuilding her beloved country.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African American roblems 42 mins – “Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates grew up in West Baltimore during the crack epidemic of the 1980s. As a young man, Coates faced the constant risk of violence on a daily basis. He later enrolled at Howard University, where he began to pursue a passion for history and writing. Coates, now a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, argues in his latest piece that mass incarceration of African-Americans exacts a devastating financial and psychological cost on black families. Diane talks with recent MacArthur fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates on mass incarceration, his memoir and America’s long struggle with issues of race.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Animator’s Work 57 mins – “…Today I’m talking with Alan Becker, who is a professional animator and the creator of something you might have seen before: Animator vs. AnimationIf you haven’t, I recommend checking it out before listening to this episode” At the link right-click download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Annual Physicals 19 mins – Do we need annual physical exams, the pros and cons. At the link right-click “Download” under the speaker photographs and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anti Aging Market 29 mins – About the 7 min mark Dr Casimir MacGregor talks about the sociology of anti-ageing and stem cell tourism. At the link right-click “download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence Panel 50 mins – “Two pioneers in AI discuss their work and describe the way in which machine led intelligence is set to remake our world. Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research and Cynthia Breazeal, chief scientist of the Robotics firm Jibo join the BBC’s Rory Cellan Jones to discuss the rewards and challenges of AI with an audience in Silicon Valley.” At the link find the title, “Revolutionaries: Artificial Intelligence,” right-click “Media files p034t03m.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronaut Training 55 mins – “Destination Mars: this month we’re launching a series of programmes to probe what it’s going to take to send people to the Red Planet. We’ll be looking at rocket technology, how to keep people fed and watered away from Earth and whether we really can hope to exist sustainably on Mars. This week we’re focusing on the space pioneers who will take the first steps towards getting us there. Plus, in the news, four intestinal bacteria that can prevent asthma, a new magnetic material to protect you in car crashes, and a magic bullet to stop bleeding…” At th link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bernanke Memoir 42 mins – “When Ben Bernanke took over as Federal Reserve chair in 2006, the U.S. economy was going strong. But signs of trouble lurked beneath the surface. Just one year later, the housing bubble burst and big banks’ investments in subprime mortgages brought down Wall Street fixtures like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. The U.S. economy entered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. During that time, the Federal Reserve went to unprecedented lengths to rescue the economy from the brink of disaster. Inside the U.S. financial crisis with former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, and why he says bailing out Wall Street saved Main Street.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Cancer Stories P1 45 mins – “Over the last 2,500 years, cancer has shifted from a disease in the shadows to one at the center of scientific research and public discussion. On the Media dives deep into the way we talk about cancer: in the news, in the hospital, and in our private lives. This episode is the first of a two-part series.” At the link right-click “stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Stories P2 45 mins – “For years, cancer was a shameful secret. Now, a huge number of us are “living cancer” – whether we’re being treated ourselves, or helping a family member or friend. Today, the impact of cancer is not limited to patients and loved ones, not confined to hospital wards and research labs. It’s a powerful symbol appropriated by Hollywood, the news media, and every realm of expression to signify what we most fear. In the second hour of “The Cancer Show,” the stories we tell about cancer: on stage, on the big screen, and online.” At the link right-click “stream m3u” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canoes 23 mins – “The canoe, quintessentially Canadian, is credited for the very development and evolution of this country. Author Roy MacGregor joins us to talk about the ageless mode of transportation, how it helped shape Canada and how it ended up adrift on the Nile.” At the link find the title, “‘No Canoe, No Canada’: Roy MacGregor on their vital relationship – Sept 24, 2015,” right-click “Download ‘No Canoe, No Canada’: Roy MacGregor on their vital relationship” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change and Agriculture 60 mins – “This week on Radio Ecoshock we thunder into another place humans don’t like to go. The nasty truth is we are killing off “the only known living companions we have in the universe”, as our first guest says. The venerable biologist and head of the Stanford Center for Biodiversity Paul Ehrlich joins us. He’s followed by Will Tuttle, author of “The World Peace Diet”. Will says you can’t care about climate change and still eat meat, because about half of all global emissions are driven by the industrial slaughter of our fellow species. That hidden holocaust of animals is also eating into our minds, twisting itself back out as illness and violence.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Columbia Peace Agreement 28 mins – “The Colombian Government and the country’s biggest rebel group, FARC say they have a final agreement to not only bring an end to fifty years of brutal conflict, but to bring the perpetrators of a half-century’s worth of atrocities to some kind of justice.” At the link find the title, “Colombia on the verge of peace agreement after 50 years of war – Oct 2, 2015 ,” right-click “Download Colombia on the verge of peace agreement after 50 years of war” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comptel Role 28 mins – “Comptel CEO Chip Pickering discusses the FCC’s net neutrality ruling, open internet, the “Internet of things,” the future of broadband and wireless services, and his experiences representing Mississippi’s 3rd congressional district in Congress.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators with Chip Pickering,” right-click “Media files program.412468.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Security 63 mins – “More than 30 leading cybersecurity experts from a wide variety of backgrounds – including academia, civil liberties, government and military, security, and technology – participated in the study, which tackles the following questions: what is the role of policy in cybersecurity? How consensual is the definition of cybersecurity? What are the current priorities for cybersecurity policy? Which issues get too little or too much attention? What are measures that a diverse set of cybersecurity actors can agree on as being both feasible and desirable?” At the link right-click “MP3” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Direct Current Stimulation 29 mins – “Electrical stimulation of the brain is nothing new – think Electro Convulsive Therapy in the forties. But now there’s a range of non-invasive brain stimulation therapies that may help to treat depression. Dr Maryanne Demasi explores magnetic transcranial stimulation or TMS and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation or tDCS. While the results are promising in the clinical setting, tDCS has also taken off in the DIY market as some people believe a quick brain zap may make them smarter. Experts warn there may be unknown, harmful consequences to uncontrolled auto-zapping.” At the link right-click “MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctors with Tatoos 27 mins – “Dr. Brian Goldman looks at first impressions and the disconnect between you and the medical world on how we view tattoos and body piercings” At the link find the title, “White Coat Black Art – Tattoos,” right-click (here or there) “Download White Coat Black Art – Tattoosand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Costs in Canada 55 mins – “CBC election town hall recorded at Glenn Gould Studio Tues Sept. 29 hosted by Dr. Brian Goldman. Politics & Prescriptions: Should Canada have a national drug plan?” At the link find the title, “Politics & Prescriptions town hall long cut,” right-click “Download Politics & Prescriptions town hall long cut” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ed Technology Failure 19 mins – “Not every relationship is destined to last forever: For every  Aladdin and Jasmine there’s a Kim and Kris out there for balance. And so it is with edtech too. This week on the podcast, we dive into those edtech breakups. We talk with three educators about why they have chosen to split with edtech tools, what they’ve learned from the experience, and what advice they would give to fellow educators – and edtech companies.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Eleanor Roosevelt 27 mins – “The story of how Eleanor Roosevelt transformed the place of women in American politics. Naomi Grimley looks at how life’s disappointments shaped Mrs. Roosevelt and how she learnt to cope with the scrutiny and fascination of the mass media.” At the link find the title, “Eleanor Roosevelt,” right-click “Media files p034fqfr.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Exercise Six Minutes 29 mins “Why do we lose energy as we grow older? Why are some of us prone to disease? Why do our bodies deteriorate with age? The answers to some of the most intriguing questions about life may be found in parts of our body a billion times smaller than a grain of sand. Mitochondria… Mitochondria are critical for health. The more mitochondria you have, the lower your risk for developing many chronic diseases…Firing up your mitochondria can transform your health and fitness, and the evidence is mounting you can do it incredibly fast.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flight Nurse 70 mins – “Today I have with me a flight nurse who is no stranger to this podcast Paul Grieco, RN. Paul has been a nurse for 13 years and a flight nurse for 10 years and is an advocate for those who wish to enter the field. As you know from past episodes Paul has taken a new direction in his life with an airline career. Paul is able to successfully combine both his passion for nursing and passion for flying. He is one of the hardest working people I know.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Nonsense 78 mins – “The market for health and wellness products is exploding. Every day there is a new cure, miracle berry, diet, homeopathic remedy, etc., and it’s easier than ever to throw together a webpage and reach a global audience. And this is all fine and well… except for the small fact that the vast majority of these products don’t work and can actually be flat out dangerous (and also expensive). Knowing who to trust is harder than ever, so let’s just trust science. Welcome to the podcast Yvette d’Entremont, aka “SciBabe”. Yvette has always looked at the alternative medicine and pseudoscience movements with a skeptical eye. So when Vani Hari, a.k.a. the Food Babe, took a swipe at her Pumpkin Spice Lattes, (Vani basically said they cause cancer…they don’t) it was time to use her science chops to call out the frauds and give us the truth. Yvette launched her website “SciBabe” to use actual science to get to the bottom of all the erroneous claims being made throughout the health and wellness industry. Her site has since exploded, bringing her hundreds of thousands of loyal fans, a book deal, and more. Yvette holds a B.A. in theatre, a B.S. in chemistry, and an MSc in forensic science with a concentration in biological criminalistics.” At the link find the title, “Episode 211 – Yvette d’Entremont – The Truth About Gluten, MSG, Organic, and More…Using Science,” right-click “Media files Episode_211_-_Yvette_dEntremont.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fossil Fuel Liability 30 mins – “Author Richard Heinberg talks about a future beyond what he has dubbed “The Great Burning” – our chronic habit of fossil-fuel binging.” At the link find the title, “Richard Heinberg: After the Burn,” right-click “Media files SC-2015-10-06.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gays in Government 46 mins – “In a new documentary short, investigative journalist Michael Isikoff explores a dark and little-known chapter in America’s recent political history. For decades, the federal government ran what was known as its “sex deviates program.” The program targeted gays and lesbians and collected intelligence in order to purge them from the federal ranks. This went on for decades, and its painful legacy lives on to this day. Isikoff joins us Wednesday to discuss the U.S. government’s war on gays. Watch Michael Isikoff’s 30-minute documentary Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays. LINK Michael Isikoff is chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News. He previously worked as an investigative journalist for Newsweek and NBC News.” At the link right-clic the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Equality 16mins – “Yes, we all know it’s the right thing to do. But Michael Kimmel makes the surprising, funny, practical case for treating men and women equally in the workplace and at home. It’s not a zero-sum game, but a win-win that will result in more opportunity and more happiness for everybody. At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guns and the Media 20 mins -”Searching for answers after a tragedy like the shooting at Umpqua Community College can be difficult. But some laws have made searching for even the most basic answers – such as how many concealed weapons owners live in a state – just as difficult to find. In 2011, Michael Luo of The New York Times was writing a series of articles about gun laws across the country. He requested data from Oregon officials about the state’s gun license holders, but when pro-gun rights groups learned he was trying to get the information they lobbied the state legislature to shield the data. Within months a new law had passed: all of the records, formerly in the public domain, were now private. Bob talks with Luo about why the data is important and why shielding it can making searching for answers after a tragedy so difficult.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hate Speech Online 38 mins – “A new report by the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos, supported by Facebook, maps the alarming scale of hate speech in populist, right-wing social media groups in Europe – and explores the potential for counter-speech to diffuse their messages from within. Click talks to Alex Krasodomski-Jones co-author of this report. Fighting IS Online
Islamic State group is an Internet phenomenon as much as a military one. Counteracting it will require better tactics on the battlefield of social media. The Institute for Strategic Dialogue organisations has pioneered peer-to-peer online engagement. Click hears from Zahed Amanullah, senior programme manager, Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Cost Control 17 mins – “We shop around when we get a plane ticket or buy a couch. But we spend thousands of dollars on health care without shopping around. What happens if we pay patients when they choose the cheaper option?” At the link find the title, “#655: Pay Patients, Save Money,” right-click “Media files 20151002_blog_pmpod.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Fossil Discovery 9 mins – “Two years after the initial discovery, results have been published revealing details of one of the biggest fossils sites of ancient human remains every found. Fifteen skeletons have been excavated from the cave with the likelihood of many more to be found in other layers of the cave. How old are the bones, and how did they get there? Were the bones washed down there by a flood? Did the individuals get into the chamber whilst fleeing from a predator, or fleeing from other human groups? Were they forced to go in there? Castes of the skeletons will be on display at London’s Natural History Museum from November 2015.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ideas at 50 P1 54 mins – “To help us celebrate this milestone anniversary, we invited those listeners to tell us about programs that inspired them to make major life changes, altered their world-views or simply piqued their intellectual curiosity.” This episode include Greenpeace anti-whaling efforts and HIV orphans in Africa. At the link find the title, “Ideas at 50, Part 1,” right-click “Media files ideas_20151009_51919.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Tuition 65 mins – “In this webinar, the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy and other national experts discussed patchwork tuition policies, their implications for unauthorized immigrant youth seeking two- and four-year college degrees, and the progress of major new proposals being considered by states this year. The webinar will also mark the release of updated information on the college access, tuition, and financial aid policies in the top 15 states for youth potentially eligible to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In addition, hear about the new round of scholarships available from TheDream.US, the largest provider of scholarships for youth with DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who cannot afford to pay for college.” At the link find the title, “Variations in In-State Tuition, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Policies for Unauthorized Youth,” in Oct 2015, then right-click “Media files 2015108DREAMtuitionwebinar.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Inheritances 48 mins – “When one athlete turned pro, his mom asked him for $1 million. Our modern sensibilities tell us she doesn’t have a case. But should she?” At the link find the title, “Should Kids Pay Back Their Parents for Raising Them?” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast100715.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Science 30 mins – “Rosemarie Truman is the founder & CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation.  She shares her amazing story of ambition, including how she talked herself into a job at Goldman Sachs.  Truman’s specialty is growth strategy and transformation, and she explains how the Center for Advancing Innovation is working with the University of Texas at El Paso by helping 30 new startups and get them “hyperaccelerated” into the market.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medieval Antibiotic 2 mins – “Drug companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars to develop a new antibiotic. We seriously need them as bacteria become increasingly drug resistant. So imagine finding a new antibiotic in a centuries old medieval text! The ninth century British tome held an eye salve that not only works but works against one of today’s superbacteria, Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. When translated, the recipe calls for equal parts garlic, onion or leek, minced in a mortar for two minutes and mixed with wine from an historic English vineyard. To this cow bile salts are dissolved and distilled water added. The mixture is aged in a brass vessel for nine days and filtered through a cloth and put into a horn. The salve is applied to the eye with a feather.” At the link right-click “MP3” below the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

O‘Reilly on Tech .63mins – “Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his career in technology and media and the challenges facing low-wage workers as technology advances. Topics include the early days of the Internet, the efficacy of regulation to protect workers, and the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop.” At the link right-click “Play” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil in Alberta 27 mins – “We can’t leave Alberta without taking a closer look at the oil industry. We hear from the CEO of Cenovus Energy on the decision to cut hundreds of workers, to other oil executives on how low prices are forcing a new wave of innovation.” At the link find the title, “Cenovus President says the oil industry is down but not out – Sept 22, 2015,” right-click “Download Cenovus President says the oil industry is down but not out,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Access Panel 56 mins – “Frankfurt is the birthplace of book fairs, and of sturm und drang –  or at least, it is the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born in Frankfurt in 1749. Goethe embodied German Romanticism, which enobled sturm und drang – storm and stress – as the iron-hard forge of human character. In 2014, sturm und drang continues to build character in the men and women of scholarly and scientific publishing around the globe. We live in an age of changing business models and realigning roles. As governments and funders mandate open access to published research, we can feel the ground shift beneath our feet, and we wonder, “Who holds the power?” Around the time Goethe began to write, a revolution began brewing in Boston, the home base of Copyright Clearance Center. To debate and to deliberate, the citizens of New England gathered in town meetings, just as they continue to do today. For this Frankfurt Book Fair Town Meeting, CCC’s panel [of nine] gathered to debate and deliberate this question: Open Access—Who Holds The Power?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pan Am 103 Bomb 114 mins (2 parts) – “A brother’s search for the terrorists who blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.” At the link find the titles “My Brother’s Bomber – Part One…[and] Part 2,” right-click “Media files 227363385-frontlinepbs-my-brothers-bomber-part-two.mp3” and “Media files 227353000-frontlinepbs-my-brothers-bomber-part-one.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paul Ehrlich 47 mins – “In 1968, Paul Ehrlich released his ground-breaking book The Population Bomb, which awoke the national consciousness to the collision-course world population growth is on with our planet’s finite resources. His work was reinforced several years later by the Limits To Growth report issued by the Club of Rome. Fast-forward almost 50 years later, and Ehrlich’s book reads more like a ‘how to’ manual. Nearly all the predictions it made are coming to pass, if they haven’t already. Ehrlich admits that things are even more dire than he originally forecasted; not just from the size of the predicament, but because of the lack of social willingness and political courage to address or even acknowledge the situation….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pine Bark Beetle Legacy 9 mins – “A fungus associated with the Pine Beetle changes soil composition and prevents new seedlings from thriving .” At the link find the title, “The Destructive Pine Beetle Poses A New Threat – 2015/06/27,” right-click “Download The Destructive Pine Beetle Poses A New Threat” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Transitions 62 mins – “Towson University Professor Martha Kumar discusses her book [Before the Oath], in which she looks at presidential transitions. Professor Kumar is interviewed by Mack McLarty, former White House Chief of Staff in the Clinton administration.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Martha Kumar,” right-click “Media files program.409401.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reframing 70 mins – “Reframing is one of those tools that emerged from psychology that just plain works…it’s practical, simple, and with practice and repetition leads to real change in people with a variety of problems. It works because we rarely question our own interpretations, the meanings we construct when examining a set of facts, or out own introspection of internal emotional states. So much of the things we feel in anticipation are just best guesses and assumptions, models of reality that may or may not be accurate and will likely pan out much differently than we predict. In this episode, we meet Tom Bunn, a former pilot, and Robert Morris, a startup CEO, who are both exploring the power of reframing to change people’s thoughts and behaviors – one to conquer the fear of flying, the other to crowdsource a new social network devoted to mental health.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right to Die in California 43 mins – “California has just become the fifth state to legalize so-called “aid in dying.” Under the law, certain terminally ill California residents can elect to end their lives with the help of a doctor’s prescription. Following an emotionally-charged debate, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Monday, writing, “in the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death.” For many supporters, this represents a pivotal moment for an issue that’s been gaining steam across the U.S. But for critics, California’s decision takes the national conversation about end-of-life options in the wrong direction. We hear both sides, and what the California law could mean for other states.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Robert Reich on Capitalism 25 mins – “Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labour says the only free market is the one governments legislate. The man who had a seat in shaping the economy inside the Clinton Administration, is now trying to save Capitalism … from Itself.” At the link find the title, “Robert Reich is out to save Capitalism from itself – Oct 1, 2015,” right-click “Download Robert Reich is out to save Capitalism from itself” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Politics in Canada 60 mins – “This week, we’re talking about politics, and the prospects for pro-science politicians, parties and voters in Canada. We’ll spend the hour with panelists Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy, science librarian John Dupuis, journalist Mike De Souza, and former Canadian government scientist Steven Campana, for an in-depth discussion about the treatment of science by the current Canadian government, and what’s at stake for science in the upcoming federal election.” At the link find the title, “#338 Science and the Canadian Federal Election,” right-click “Media files Science_for_the_People_338_Science_and_the_Canadian_Federal_Election.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stalin 32 mins (2 parts) – “Part 1: Stalin was born in a small town in Georgia in which he was educated to become a priest. After succeeding in school and becoming a devout follower of the faith, Stalin left the priesthood and became a communist revolutionary. World War I and the revolutions of 1917 set the stage for Stalin and the Communists to take power in Russia. As part 2 begins, Lenin is dead and Stalin is trying to consolidate power. Although various people were vying for the position, Stalin had already effectively taken over Lenin’s job. Lenin’s last will and testament says bad things about all his successors, with Trotsky coming out the best, yet does nothing to dislodge Stalin from power. Stalin continues, through hard work and cunning, to gather power but also because people believed that he stood for the principles of the revolution.” At the link find the title, “Stalin in Power,” right-click “Media files 20151002-part-1.mp3” for Part 1 and “Media files20151002-part-2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stalin 33 mins (2 parts) – “Recorded on July 29, 2015 – As part 2 begins, Lenin is dead and Stalin is trying to consolidate power. Although various people were vying for the position, Stalin had already effectively taken over Lenin’s job. Lenin’s last will and testament says bad things about all his successors, with Trotsky coming out the best, yet does nothing to dislodge Stalin from power. Stalin continues, through hard work and cunning, to gather power but also because people believed that he stood for the principles of the revolution.” At the link find the title, “Stalin’s Rise to Power,” right-click “Media files 20151002-part-1.mp3,” then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for “Stalin in Power,” and “Media files 20151002-part-2.mp3” for Part 2.

Sugar Politics 48 mins – “Soda companies acknowledge that there is an obesity epidemic. Coca-cola and other beverage companies say they are doing their part to help to help solve the problem by funding research on health. But nutrition experts say these industry-funded researchers are erroneously saying exercise, not diet, is the key to maintaining a healthy weight. Health expert Marion Nestle says this industry funding blurs the line between philanthropy and marketing. In a new book, she argues that sugary-beverage companies are using a number of tactics to deflect criticism and mislead consumers.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Supreme Court Operations 14 mins – “This week’s show is all going to be all about the Supreme Court, and we were excited about a particular segment on transparency… until the Court made it totally obsolete on Monday. In the spirit of transparency we’re putting the segment down our podcast feed and explaining the story behind the story. First, Adam Liptak of The New York Times tells us about the justice’s practice of editing their opinions after they’ve been handed down, and not telling anybody about the changes. Then, David Zvenyach tells us about the Twitterbot @SCOTUS_servo, which he created to make those edits public. And then, OTM producer Alana Casanova-Burgess explains how the Supreme Court changed their policy this week and made our segment useless. Progress!” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Watch 62 mins – “[National Law Journal] Supreme Court Correspondent Tony Mauro discusses the companion book to C-SPAN’s “Landmark Cases” series. He talks about some of the cases featured in the series, as well as the Supreme Court’s new term, which begins October 5.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Tony Mauro,” right-click “Media files program.416440.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria and Russia 43 mins – “Russia’s stepped-up military actions in Syria are complicating an already complex and lethal situation: The U.S. says Russia is sending both combat weapons and troops to western Syria. Russia claims its efforts are aimed at Islamic State militants, but most analysts believe propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad is Russia’s main goal. Tensions are also on the rise following Russia’s recent incursions into Turkish air space. Critics of President Barack Obama charge that Russia is stepping into a power vacuum created by U.S policy, but others hold out hope that coordination with Russia could be positive. We discuss Russia’s military role in Syria.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Taliban Woman 25 mins – “Canadian Beverley Giesbrecht is believed to have died at the hands of the Taliban. A new documentary about her weaves footage she filmed while inside Taliban territory, with the perspective of those who watched her helplessly venture deeper into danger.” At the link find the title, “Beverley Giesbrecht: ‘The Woman Who Joined the Taliban’” right-click “Download Beverley Giesbrecht: ‘The Woman Who Joined the Taliban’” and select“Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tax Havens 47 mins – “ If you’re rich and you don’t want to pay taxes, here’s a way to go. Drop that billion in a secret bank account abroad. It’s illegal, but there are plenty of people who will help you do it. And there are a lot of people who do it. My guest today, Gabriel Zucman, says there are now $7 trillion in personal wealth stashed in tax havens abroad. Seven trillion dollars. That is eight percent of the world’s private financial wealth, not counting yachts and jewels. And who pays the bills that those tax avoiders don’t?  Well, you and me. This hour On Point, the shocking scale of global tax evasion today – on trillions.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Terry Gilliam 60 mins – “Terry Gilliam is one of the most multifaceted, visionary talents alive. He first found fame as a member of Monty Python, the surreal comedy troupe that has had a cult following since its inception in 1969 right up to today. Had Gilliam stopped there, his artistic immortality would have been guaranteed. But over the decades his talent has rampaged across different genres – comedy, opera and above all cinema. He ranks among the tiny handful of film directors the world’s leading actors will drop everything for. Hollywood royalty including Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Robin Williams, Uma Thurman and Johnny Depp have flocked to work on his masterpieces Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas….” At the link find the title, “Inside The Head Of Terry Gilliam,” right-click “Media files 227661648-intelligence2-inside-the-head-of-terry-gilliam.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement Debate 22 mins – “Today Pacific trade ministers have reached a deal. Stephen Harper has made it clear not everyone will benefit from the this new trade deal. The deal will affect everything from drugs to cars… to butter and cheese. We debate the merits of the TPP deal.” At the link find the title, “TPP trade agreement reached but contentious as ever,” right-click “Download TPP trade agreement reached but contentious as ever – Oct 5, 2015” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US – China History 57 mins – “Americans have traded with China since the earliest days of the Republic. During the colonial era and for early Americans, China was a source of luxury goods like tea, porcelain, and silk. For some of their descendants, it was the destination for an illicit and lucrative trade in opium. Later, Chinese immigrants helped to build the American West. But the relationship between the two countries has often been fraught, with each side fearing that the other is seeking the upper hand. In this episode, Brian, Ed and Peter explore the long and often turbulent history between the two countries, now the top economies in the world. How does our past history with China color our present relationship?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Scarcity 43mins – “California is in its fourth year of record-breaking drought. Yet, the Golden State is far from alone in its water woes. Forty of 50 U.S. states will face shortages within the next decade. A fifth of the world’s population already experiences scarcity. Yet, some say solutions do exist to blunt the worst effects of this growing problem. They point to Israel. The desert country struggled with supply since its creation, leading to extreme conservation and controversy with neighbors. A drought last decade pushed Israel to seek more comprehensive water solutions. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: lessons from Israel’s experience moving from water scarcity to abundance.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Thanks for stopping by.

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