The best 60 podcasts from a larger group of 164 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 7500 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.
3D Fabrication History 101 mins – “In this special 2-year anniversary episode of ‘All Things 3D’ Chris and I are going to look at the history and growth of personal 3D with some of the leading voices in the 3D realm.” At the link find the title, “Special 2-Year Anniversary Roundtable Discussion,” right-click “Media files 2015-10-16_special_2-year_anniversary_roundtable_discussion.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Advertising Effects 38 mins – “Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?” At the link find the title, “How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying,” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast102115.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Agricultural Science 54 mins – “From the farm to the table – the future of consuming and producing food.” At the link find the title, “296: The future of food, farming and more,” right-click “Download 296: The future of food, farming and more” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Audio Expert 84mins – “Mark Waldrep, the head of the Audio Recording area of the Division of Performing and Digital Media Arts Division at CSU Dominguez Hills, founded and directs AIX Media Group, AIX Records and iTrax.com, the world’s first high definition, surround music download site. He has over thirty years of business and production experience in the world of digital multimedia and has been a visionary in the application of technology to the entertainment, recording and corporate industries.” At the link click “Download Options,” then right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
BF Skinner Pros and Cons 27 mins – “Claudia Hammond explores the legacy of BF Skinner and Behaviourism. One of the most famous psychologists of the 20th century, he became one of the most controversial, by applying the theory he developed through animal studies to human learning. Claudia is shown round his study by his daughter, Julie Vargas. Remaining much as it was when he died in 1990, it reveals another side to the man famous for his operant conditioning experiments with rats and pigeons, and infamous for his template for what some have described as a totalitarian state, in his book ‘Beyond Freedom and Dignity’. Claudia also meets his younger daughter, Deborah Buzan, and explodes the myth that she was raised in one of Skinner’s experimental ‘boxes’. She hears more about the man and his work from Richard McNally at Harvard, and Gordon Bower and Lee Ross of Stanford University. Producer: Marya Burgess” At the link find the title, “B F Skinner and Superstition in the Pigeon,” right-click “Media files p035tnzy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband Open Access 26 mins – “Ammon, Idaho, continues to quietly build a future-looking open access fiber network. Though the City won’t be providing services directly to subscribers, the network it is building and the model it has created could revolutionize public safety. I just spent several days with them shooting our next video on community fiber networks (look for that in January). In episode 173 of our Community Broadband Bits podcast, we talk with City Technology Director Bruce Patterson and Systems Network Administrator Ty Ashcraft. Bruce explains how they plan to finance the network as it moves from the current residential pilot phase to being available broadly to any residents that want to connect, likely using a local improvement district model. Then Ty tells us about the portal that subscribers will be able to use to instantaneously pick and change service providers offering various services.Additionally, we talk about the public safety implications of their technological and collaborative approach, specifically around the horrifying prospect of an armed shooter in a public space like a school or mall.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3…” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Car Hacking 30 mins -”[WIRED] reporter Andrew Greenberg discusses the vulnerability of cars connected to the Internet. His story in July on hacking was followed by Chrysler’s recall of 1.4 million vehicles to address possible vulnerabilities.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Andrew Greenberg,” right-click “Media files program.414231.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Career Selection 23 mins – Peter Cappelli, Professor of Management & Director of Human Resources Center, The Wharton School talks about the problems with young people finding a productive career. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Central Casting 24 mins – “The phrase ‘from Central Casting’ has become a kind of cultural shorthand for a stereotype or archetype, a subject so visually suited to its part it appears to have been designed for that role. Search the news for ‘straight out of Central Casting’ and you will find examples referring to athletes, executives, politicians and philanthropists. Not everyone who uses the reference realizes that there is an actual Central Casting, located in Burbank, California (with additional offices in New York and New Orleans). Nor do most people realize that this company is the single biggest source of extras for Hollywood productions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Charcoal Market 7 mins – “It’s something Kazeuka knows well. He’s a charcoal producer himself, in central Tanzania’s Kilosa district, and in the past he says he never paid attention to things like wildlife or watersheds. He just went into the forest and cut every tree he could find, no matter the size. 35-year-old Rashidy Kazeuka used to produce charcoal illegally, cutting every tree he could with no concern for things like wildlife or watersheds. Under Tanzania’s new pilot program he’s now producing more sustainable charcoal on designated land, and paying fees that support local services. Kazeuka says he’s also making more money and his family respects him because his children will now be able to carry on the tradition. These days, Kazeuka still produces charcoal in a traditional kiln — piling chunks of earth around a stick frame covering the wood. But everything else about what he does is different. He is part of a new sustainable charcoal pilot project aimed at helping rural producers make and sell charcoal in a way that doesn’t decimate Tanzania’s forests. Deforestation is rampant here, and the charcoal market is a big reason why. About 95 percent of urban households in this rapidly urbanizing country use it as their primary fuel.” 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.
China Leader Selection 59 mins – “ As Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the UK for a four-day state visit and David Cameron hails a “golden era” in the relationship between the two countries, we revisit the Intelligence Squared Asia debate “China picks better leaders than the West”, which urgently explored the issues around global leadership today. The debate took place in Hong Kong in October 2012. Arguing in favour of the motion were Tsinghua University Confucian philosopher and scholar Daniel A Bell and China-US relations specialist, senior counsel and former Hong Kong Solicitor General Daniel Fung.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Coal Mine Trial 30 mins – “The former CEO of Massey Energy, Don Blankenship, is currently on trial for conspiracy to violate mandatory mine safety and health standards, making false statements to the SEC, and securities fraud. Blankenship is being held personally responsible for aspects of the Upper Big Branch disaster of 2010 and the ensuing cover-up. Here to discuss the trial is Mother Jones reporter, Tim Murphy. Murphy and host Alex Wise talk about Blankenship’s history with Massey, the current legal proceedings, and whether this prosecution is a harbinger for the demise of the coal industry in general. Would the case have unfolded this way 15 years ago, when coal was still king? Or is Blankenship basically a canary in the coal mine, signaling to the industry that the fumes are getting toxic?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conversation Declines 48 mins – “It’s a common phenomenon: you’re at the dinner table, and the person across from you reaches for their phone to check a text or an email, gazing downward mid-conversation. It’s likely you’ve done this, too. More and more of our daily interactions occur in the digital realm, and according to psychologist Sherry Turkle that’s not strictly a positive thing…and can be dangerous. She says technology is giving us too many ways around face-to-face conversation, leading to what she calls a “crisis of empathy that has diminished us at home, at work, and in public life”. Sherry Turkle on how we’ve lost conversation, how we can reclaim it…and why doing so is critical for us all.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
CPR Research 23 mins – “Sam talked to our own Doctor Joe Holley who was spending his time at EMS World Expo 2015 with a unique educational offering. Paragon Medical Education Group, his business with Jim Logan and the sponsor of the Disaster Podcast, is breaking new ground with CPR and Cadaver Research. The gang at Paragon are known for bringing cadaver research labs to EMS World Expo and EMS Today and with it the opportunity for EMSers to practice techniques on human tissue. Joe discussed how they also provide some of the most up-to-date new patient care products that the participants can experiment with.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Desalinization in California 56 mins – “For California, 2013 was the driest calendar year ever recorded across virtually the entire state. On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed the drought to be a State of Emergency, directed state officials to take all necessary actions to assist the hardest hit communities, and called for all Californians to pitch in to reduce water use by 20 percent. While CA agencies and experts have clearly identified those actions best suited to provide relief, some observers wonder whether the long-term answer to California’s drought lies in the ocean through the promotion of seawater desalination. On today’s episode, we’ll explore an overview of the science and policy related to seawater desalination and demonstrates why this option is generally the least promising option for drought relief.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Diabetes Control 25 mins – “Given the number of effective treatments for type II diabetes, which have good evidence about safety and efficacy, should any new drugs for the condition be subject to a higher regulatory bar? In this podcast, Huseyin Naci from the London School of Economics, John Yudkin from Univerity College London, and Ben Goldacre from the University of Oxford, explain why they believe the current process is inadequate, and suggest some ways in which it could be improved.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Drone Regulation 48 mins – “Suddenly, Washington is putting pedal to the metal on regulating drones in the sky. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx this week announcing that in the space of a few weeks, he wants unmanned aerial vehicles – drones – registered. Not just whopping big ones, but the pizza-box-sized ones that are expected to fly off the shelves in the hundreds of thousands, maybe more, by this Christmas. They’re buzzing airports, airplanes, the White House. Crashing into the U.S. Open. This hour On Point, the sudden rush to get a handle on America’s drones. Plus, a big whistle blown on US military drone strikes abroad.” (Three guests.) At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drone Regulation 48 mins – “Three years ago, Congress passed a law that made it illegal for the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate civilian drones. The law was intended to encourage business opportunities for unmanned aircraft. In the years since, sales of recreational drones have exploded. This holiday season, as many as one million could be sold. But airline pilots say near misses with drones are becoming too common. And earlier this year, a drone crash landed on the White House lawn. Under pressure to respond, the FAA announced this week it will require recreational drone operators to register their aircraft with the federal government. Diane and guests discuss new regulation of civilian drones and what it means for the safety of our national airspace and individual privacy rights.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Fantasy Sports 47 mins – “Betting on sports teams is illegal but not so if the team you’re betting on is an imaginary one: Daily fantasy sports is an industry largely dominated by two companies, Draft kings and FanDuel. The two companies are expected to draw in more nearly 60 million of players – each hoping to snag some of the more than $3 billion in cash prizes. A 2006 law which made online poker and sports betting illegal specifically excluded fantasy sports teams, but now many are questioning the logic of that exemption. Join us to discuss the booming business of fantasy sports and why some say it’s an industry that needs more oversight.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Federal Reserve History 40 mins – “In this episode we speak with Roger Lowenstein about the tumultuous era and remarkable personalities that spurred the unlikely birth of America’s modern central bank, the Federal Reserve. Today, the Fed is the bedrock of the financial landscape, yet the fight to create it was so protracted and divisive that it seems a small miracle that it was ever established. In his most recent book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve, Roger shows how our current distrust of big government is exactly the same as when Americans did not want a central bank. Americans’ mistrust of big government and of big banks was so widespread that modernizing reform was deemed impossible. Each bank was left to stand on its own, with no central reserve or lender of last resort. The real-world consequences of this chaotic and provincial system were frequent financial panics, bank runs, money shortages, and depressions. Roger Lowenstein—acclaimed financial journalist and bestselling author of When Genius Failed and The End of Wall Street—tells the drama-laden story of how America created the Federal Reserve, thereby taking its first steps onto the world stage as a global financial power.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae 54 mins – “Bethany McLean, author of [Shaky Ground], talks about the stability of the U.S. mortgage finance system.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Bethany McLean,” right-click “Media files program.414188.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
George Takei 17 mins – “The new musical, Allegiance, starring George Takei is in previews now and will open on Broadway early next month. The show is set during the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and is inspired by true life events in Takei’s life. We thought we’d revisit a conversation Bob had last year with Takei, in which the two discuss Allegiance, Takei’s activist work, and of course, Star Trek.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Holbein at the Tudor Court 47 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) during his two extended stays in England, when he worked at the Tudor Court and became the King’s painter. Holbein created some of the most significant portraits of his age, including an image of Henry VIII, looking straight at the viewer, hands on hips, that has dominated perceptions of him since. The original at Whitehall Palace was said to make visitors tremble at its majesty. Holbein was later sent to Europe to paint the women who might be Henry’s fourth wife; his depiction of Anne of Cleves was enough to encourage Henry to marry her, a decision Henry quickly regretted and for which Thomas Cromwell, her supporter, was executed. His paintings still shape the way we see those in and around the Tudor Court, including Cromwell, Thomas More, the infant Prince Edward (of which there is a detail, above), The Ambassadors and, of course, Henry the Eighth himself. With Susan Foister Curator of Early Netherlandish, German and British Painting at the National Gallery John Guy A fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge And Maria Hayward Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Southampton Producer: Simon Tillotson.” At the link find the title, “Holbein at the Tudor Court,” right-click “Media files p035901x.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Human Cooperation 63 mins – “Yuval Harari of Hebrew University and author of Sapiens talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the history of humanity. Topics discussed include the move from hunting and gathering to agriculture, the role of fiction in sustaining imagination, the nature of money, the impact of empires and the synergies between empires and science.” At the link find the title, “Yuval Harari on Sapiens,” right-click “Media files Hararisapiens.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Human Evolution 69 mins – “An update: we revisit our episode about normalcy. Evolution results from the ability of organisms to change. But how do you tell the difference between a sea change and a ripple in the water? Is a peacenik baboon, a man in a dress, or a cuddly fox a sign of things to come? Or just a flukey outlier from the norm? And is there ever really a norm? This episode we return to two stories where choice has challenged destiny to see what’s changed and what has become deeply normal.” At the link find the title, “Update: New Normal?,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Ideas at 50 P3 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 part has stories about language, poetry, death and genocide. At the link find the title, “Ideas at 50, Part 3,” right-click “Media files ideas_20151023_19655.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Israel – Palestine Conflict 48 mins – “A wave of stabbings in Jerusalem has sparked fears of a new Palestinian uprising. We’ll look at the roots of the violence, and the Israeli response.Nobody should have to live this way. Not Israelis, facing murderous attacks, random knife attacks and more, in Jerusalem and now well beyond. Not Palestinians, up against years of frustration, failed negotiation, roadblocks, crackdowns. What started in Palestinian attacks out of East Jerusalem – knives flashing suddenly in the streets, Israeli Jews dying, assailants, suspects, shot down – now threatens to rage wider. Secretary of State John Kerry, now heading to meet with Mideast leaders. This hour On Point, the bloodshed this time. Palestinian stabbings, Israeli response, and what now.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Juvenile Death Sentences 30 mins – “Dahlia speaks with law professor Robert J. Smith about Montgomery v. Louisiana, a Supreme Court case that focuses on a man who has served 53 years in prison for a murder he committed as a juvenile.’ At the link find the title, “No Second Chances,” right-click “Media files amicus151017_amicus.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Linux Security 21 mins – “We have often talked about the Linux operating system being more secure, and better supported than the operating systems preinstalled on most home computer hardware today. At a high level, Linux is more secure, and we detail four reasons for that.? At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Magna Carta 48 mins – “In the 13th century a group of Englishmen met with their king in a meadow called Runnymede to negotiate the terms of an agreement. It was essentially a peace treaty between King John and rebellious barons who wanted an end to high taxes, arbitrary justice and perpetual foreign wars. The result was the Magna Carta. Today, 800 years later, the Magna Carta and the principles it contains are revered for giving birth to Western democracy. In a new book, historian Dan Jones brings the turbulent era alive and explains how this medieval document became legendary.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Medical Plants 28 mins – “Steven Foster is an author, photographer, consultant, and herbalist who has over 4 decades worth of experience in the herbal field. Foster’s books include A Desk Reference to Nature’s Medicine, A Field Guide to Western Medicinal Plants & Herbs, and 101 Medicinal Herbs. Foster joins us on Science Studio to talk about his early interest in medicinal plants, dietary supplements, and about the uncertainty of the effectiveness of such supplements.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Michael Jackson Biography 48 mins – “There is no doubting Michael Jackson’s talent and the impact he had on music, dance and pop culture. In a career spanning five decades, Jackson became a global icon, selling more than 400 million albums and earing 13 Grammy awards. In a new biography of Jackson, veteran music journalist Steve Knopper goes beyond the gossip and scandal that plagued the star’s life. The Rolling Stone magazine contributing editor takes a close look at his unique vision to appeal to a broad audience, and he explores the forces that fueled Jackson’s success and enabled him to become the ‘King of Pop.‘” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Microbiology Technology 54mins – “Host: Vincent Racaniello; Special guests: Romney Humphries and Duncan MacCannell: Vincent meets up with Romney and Duncan at the 79th annual meeting of the Southern California branch of the American Society for Microbiology, where they talk about emerging technologies for antimicrobial susceptibility testing, and next generation sequencing and advanced molecular diagnostics.” At the link right-click “Download TWIM #113” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mindfulness Intro 84 mins – “You have the power to wield neuroplasticity to your advantage. Just as you can change your body at the atomic level by lifting weights, you can willfully alter your brain by…thinking in a certain way. In this episode we explore using your brain to change your brain at the level of neurons and synapses beyond what is possible through other methods like learning a new language or earning a degree in chemistry. With mindfulness meditation, the evidence seems to suggest that one can achieve a level of change that would be impossible otherwise. The more you attempt to focus, the better you get at focusing on command, and so a real change begins taking place – you slowly become able to think differently, to hold thoughts differently and to dismiss thoughts that before led to attention difficulties or what feels like unwanted thoughts or clutter – and that’s not magical or the result of shaking hands with a deity, it’s biological. Listen as author and meditation teacher Michael Taft explains the benefits of secular, scientific practice of modern mindfulness meditation.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 061_Mindfulness_-_Michael_Taft.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Munger on Investing 33 mins – “Legendary investor Charlie Munger (Warren Buffett’s financial partner and vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway) invokes a set of interdisciplinary “mental models” involving economics, business, psychology, ethics, and management to keep emotions out of his investments and avoid the common pitfalls of bad judgment. In a new book focused on lessons learned from Munger, Tren Griffin (who works at Microsoft and has long focused on lessons learned from many investors) shares insights on decision making and the psychology of human judgment — especially as it applies to investing and risk. But Griffin believes that these lessons can be applied to all of us in our daily lives, not just by investors. (He also argues that investing may be one of the last liberal arts). So how then do we channel our inner Munger? In this episode of the a16z Podcast, we discuss how to think about thinking; why the best investors and business leaders spend more time on what they DON’T know; and how the best way to be smart is to … not be stupid.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Orson Wells 22 mins – “Orson Welles was born a hundred years ago, in 1915. His movies are among the most acclaimed ever made, and, thirty years after his death, lost and unfinished works by Welles continue to resurface. But has the reputation of his most famous film obscured the greatness of his other works? Alex Ross and Richard Brody join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the particular genius of Orson Welles, and his evolving legacy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Perpetual Motion 46 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise of the idea of perpetual motion and its decline, in the 19th Century, with the Laws of Thermodynamics. For hundreds of years, some of the greatest names in science thought there might be machines that could power themselves endlessly. Leonardo Da Vinci tested the idea of a constantly-spinning wheel and Robert Boyle tried to recirculate water from a draining flask. Gottfried Leibniz supported a friend, Orffyreus, who claimed he had built an ever-rotating wheel. An increasing number of scientists voiced their doubts about perpetual motion, from the time of Galileo, but none could prove it was impossible. For scientists, the designs were a way of exploring the laws of nature. Others claimed their inventions actually worked, and promised a limitless supply of energy. It was not until the 19th Century that the picture became clearer, with the experiments of James Joule and Robert Mayer on the links between heat and work, and the establishment of the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. With Ruth Gregory Professor of Mathematics and Physics at Durham University Frank Close Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Oxford and Steven Bramwell Professor of Physics and former Professor of Chemistry at University College London Producer: Simon Tillotson.” At the link find the title, “Perpetual Motion,” then right-click “Media files p033d65z.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Personal Finance 29 mins – “23 year old pro basketball player Meyers Leonard talks with SuChin Pak about transitioning from a childhood of mutual aid and dire need, to living with a pot of the gold at the end of a professional sports draft pick rainbow — family, marriage, good advice, bad days, best friends, loyalty and what keeps him up at night.” At the link just click “Download” to get the podcast.
Plasma Waste Treatment 38 mins – “There is a way to not only sustainably get rid our household waste, but also produce enough energy from it to power the process and even create electricity for the grid. The future is here!” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Podcast Uses 33 mins – “Podcasts and podcasting have been around a while, but seem to be going through a renaissance of sorts — partly enabled by connected cars and other technologies. But how do we discover podcasts; is the ideal atomic unit the show, or an individual episode/topic? What makes a good podcast? And given their intimacy, how can brands and communities engage with podcasts? We discuss this and more in this oh-so-meta episode of the a16z Podcast-about-podcasts. And to help us do that, we invited longtime podcaster and radio host Roman Mars — of the highly regarded design show 99% Invisible — as well as fans (and now curators) of podcasts, Ryan Hoover and Erik Torenberg of Product Hunt. 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.
Postpartum Depression 46mins – “Word last week that 26-year-old television actress Hayden Panitierre has checked herself into a treatment center for postpartum depression. It was a sudden blurring of fact and fiction. Panitierre’s character on the ABC drama “Nashville” has had a baby and portrayed postpartum depression. But this was real. Real life. Real mother Real child. And the struggle is real for many new mothers after childbirth. So is the stigma. The difficulty in talking openly, honestly, about a tough reality. This hour On Point, real women, real life, and what we know now about postpartum depression.” (Three guests.) At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Poverty Alleviation 37 mins – “Can digital work fight poverty? Can companies be profitable and also do social good — especially in a society where the proxy for value is capital and much of that value accrues to platforms? And finally, what’s the difference between a mission-driven and ‘social’ entrepreneur? Samasource, a nonprofit that uses technology to connect marginalized people around the world to digital work, is one attempt at answering those questions. In this segment of the a16z Podcast, we talk with founder and CEO Leila Janah about employment of all kinds — from sweatshop work to the gig economy to remote work. Janah also argues what the nonprofit world should borrow from for-profit startups — including attitudes around failure and better measures of success.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Psychedelic Drug Evaluation 54 mins – “Join Jesse and Brad Burge from MAPS [Multidisciplinary Assoc for Psychedelic Studies] for an engaging discussion about the current state of affairs with psychedelics. Are the winds of change blowing?” At the link find the title, “Psychedelics – New Perspective,” right-click “Media files SDS099.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Psychedelic Research 54 mins – “LSD. MDMA. Magic Mushrooms. The demonized drugs of the 1960’s, some of them banned over four decades ago, are back. But now they’re on the front-lines of medicine, as scientists around the world explore their healing properties.” At the link find the title, “High Culture, Part 1,” right-click “Media files ideas_20151022_98020.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Race and Politics 53 mins- “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and is titled “All Eyes are Upon Us – Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn.” Our speaker is Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History from the University of New Hampshire.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Recycling Controversy 47 mins – “Here’s a fact: I like recycling. Won’t deny it. Nothing fancy, just a quick sort of the trash that makes me feel I’m leaving a lighter, better footprint on the earth. A lot of others feel the same. Some American cities – New York, Seattle, San Francisco – are now moving to zero landfill waste. So lately, when we’ve heard an argument that recycling is a net loser, economically and environmentally, it’s unsettling. Confusing. We want to get to the bottom of it. Know the truth, as best we can make it out. This hour On Point, sorting the bottom line – economically and environmentally – on recycling.” (Four guests.) At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugee Student Education 59 mins – “Against the backdrop of the refugee crisis in Europe and the unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied minors entering U.S. schools in the last two years, this webinar considers the particular challenges facing educators and policymakers as they attempt to meet the needs of immigrant and refugee students who arrive during their middle and high school years. Providing these students with instructional, linguistic, and socioemotional supports is especially complex in the secondary grades, due to the rigor of the curriculum and the short time frame available for students to prepare for post secondary education and the workforce.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugees in France 27 mins – “Lucy Ash reports on the controversial mayor in charge of Beziers, the largest French city controlled by the Far-Right. Is Robert Menard a pioneer or a provocateur?” At the link find the title, “The Mayor, the Migrants and France’s Far Right,” right-click “Media files p035vcqd.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Robert Reich on Capitalism 48 mins – “We’ve talked so long about free markets versus government’s role in America that we’ve lost sight of what really going on, says Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor. The world has changed. The rules of our economy – our capitalism – have been rewritten. And the money and wealth is flowing up. The old deal in America is gone. The New Deal of the 1930s and beyond is gone. The middle class and poor are in big trouble. We need, says Reich, to reset the dials. Or we’re all in trouble. It sounds right out of the 2016 campaign. This hour On Point, Robert Reich on saving capitalism.” At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Salary Exposure 19 mins – “What would it be like if everyone at your office knew what everyone else earned? On today’s show, we hear about a company where salaries aren’t secret.” At the link find the title, “#550: When Salaries Aren’t Secret,” right-click “Media files 20151021_specials_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Simone de Beauvior 46 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Simone de Beauvoir. “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman,” she wrote in her best known and most influential work, The Second Sex, her exploration of what it means to be a woman in a world defined by men. Published in 1949, it was an immediate success with the thousands of women who bought it. Many male critics felt men came out of it rather badly. Beauvoir was born in 1908 to a high bourgeois family and it was perhaps her good fortune that her father lost his money when she was a girl. With no dowry, she pursued her education in Paris to get work and in a key exam to allow her to teach philosophy, came second only to Jean Paul Sartre. He was retaking. They became lovers and, for the rest of their lives together, intellectual sparring partners. Sartre concentrated on existentialist philosophy; Beauvoir explored that, and existentialist ethics, plus the novel and, increasingly in the decades up to her death in 1986, the situation of women in the world. With Christina Howells Professor of French and Fellow of Wadham College at the University of Oxford Margaret Atack Professor of French at the University of Leeds And Ursula Tidd Professor of Modern French Literature and Thought at the University of Manchester Producer: Simon Tillotson.” At the link find the title, “Simone de Beauvoir,” right-click “Media files p035x4n7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Smartphone Future 22 mins – “Technology is a progression of new ideas and new platforms gobbling up the one that came before. In the world of computers we went from mainframes to mini computers to PCs. And then came the mobile phone, which, in the form of the smartphone, has dwarfed them all. But what does that to mobile? When you have already gotten to everybody on earth, what comes along that is 10X the size? a16z’s Benedict Evans and Steven Sinofsky offer their thoughts on where technology is today, why the perfection of the current crop of PCs signals the category’s collapse, and what happens after the smartphone.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right side of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Startups in Schools 46 mins – “Getting denied another round of NSF funding in the early days of Mosaic turned out to be a huge catalyst to start a company around the fledgling web browser, says Marc Andreessen. That company was Netscape. Andreessen was still at the University of Illinois at the time, and he wanted the NSF money to help build what amounted to a customer support team. That wasn’t the NSF’s business. Since Andreessen’s Mosaic days, calibrating the interplay between academia, government, and the private sector has gotten, if not easier, less exotic — with schools like UC Berkeley and Stanford setting the standard for providing students and faculty with a clear path forward. From picking the right classes, to picking the right institution from which to turn research into a company, Andreessen and Chris Dixon discuss the role academia plays in the startup world in this segment of the a16z Podcast.” 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.
Syria and Russia 56 mins – “An audio playback glitch results in Dan not being able to work on the overdue Hardcore History show. This effort is what got completed instead. Syria, Russia and the Democratic Presidential Primary debates are discussed.” At the link find the title, “Show 297 – The Show That Should Not Be,” right-click “Media files cswdcc97.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Terry Gilliam 48 mins – “Director, screenwriter, animator Terry Gilliam was the one and only American-born member of Britain’s Monty Python comedy team. Gave Monty Python its unforgettable visual stamp – the crazy Victoriana cutouts of zany old photos and stomping feet. Directed “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” then a string of very distinctively Terry Gilliam films: “Time Bandits,” “Brazil,” “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” “The Fisher King,” “Twelve Monkeys,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Now he’s telling his own story. Always fighting the machine. This hour On Point, Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam. At the link right-click “Listen to this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Thiamine 7 mins – “…The B complex comprises eight vitamins with no structural similarities – they are lumped together because they tend to occur in the same foodstuffs – and of these one of the better known is vitamin B1 or thiamine. In fact it’s arguably number one overall, as it was thiamine that brought us the name ‘vitamin’ in the first place. One Casimir Funk, somewhat overexcited at the discovery of a relationship between a disease and diet, described the substance that would become known as thiamine as an amine of life – a ‘vita amine’ a vitamine….” At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Thiamine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vaccination Education 60 mins – “This week, we’re talking about disease prevention, public health, and whether or not some types of vaccinations should be mandatory. We’ll spend the hour in a panel discussion with Barry Bloom, Harvard University’s Distinguished Service Professor of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto public health ethicist Alison Thompson, pediatrician and University of Pennsylvania vaccinology professor Paul Offit, and Nicholas Little, Vice President and General Counsel at the Center for Inquiry.” At the link find the title, “#340 Mandatory Vaccination,” right-click “Media files Science_for_the_People_340_Mandatory_Vaccination.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Water Aquifer Capitalism 11mins – “What happens when your ancient desert springs start drying up? Why, you find another source, of course! Saudi Arabia is almost out of water. For decades, farmers drilled for groundwater to transform their deserts into irrigated fields suitable for crops. Note how the area in the Wadi As-Sirhan Basin changed between 1987 and 2000. Reveal’s Nathan Halverson and Ike Sriskandarajah don’t travel quite that far to get the story. Last year, Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy company, Almarai, bought 9,600 acres of land in a desert in the American Southwest. The company then converted it into hay fields to feed – get this – cows back home.” At the link find the title, “Growing hay a world away,” right-click “Media files Growing-hay-a-world-away.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Water Technology 63 mins – “Seth Siegel, Author, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World Lisa Krieger, Science and Medicine Reporter, San Jose Mercury News —Moderator California faces one of its most severe droughts on record, as water scarcity is also continuing to worsen in the rest of the world. Siegel looks at some of the policies and cutting-edge water technology that have been embraced specifically in Israel, and he examines how a land that is made of 60 percent desert has become a leading world power in water technology. As the imbalance between water supply and demand rapidly increases, the world could soon face a global crisis in energy shortages, surging food prices and economic instability. Siegel offers possible solutions for conservation development to overcome the problem of water scarcity.” At the link right-click “Play Now,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wine Fraud 50 mins – “Wine fraud may be a case of rich con artists tricking wealthy people into parting with money, but it’s still a crime. Learn all about this weird, widespread practice in today’s episode.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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