Media Mining Digest 215 – Dec 25, 2015: Adrenalin Hits, Adulthood, Africa Corps, African Philosophy, Agricultural Chemicals, Angular Resolution, Antibiotic Resistance, Artificial Intelligence, Assisted Suicide, Biochemistry Classes, Black Girls Code, Blind Technology, Books International, Broadband in Ohio, California Farming, Cambodia Doctors, Chemistry Lobbyist, Circadian Rhythms, Climate Agreement, Climate Conference, Climate Tactics, Dementia Hackathon and Binnersproject, Democracy and Knowledge, Diversity, DNA Evidence, El Nino, Extremism Intervention, First Nations Speaker, First Responder PTSD, Fish Management, Food and Flavor, Gaming Benefits, Genetic Code Discovery, Greenhouse Gases, Gun Violence, Gym Membership, Home Brewing, Immigrant Training, ISIS Propaganda, Land Warfare Future, Making Choices, MCR-1 Gene, Medical Innovation, Mexican Immigrants, Middle Class Decline, Mockingbird, Mohave Captive Story, Music for Studying, Muslim Women, Natural Language Processing, New Yorker Cartoons, North Koreans, Nursing Profession, Open Borders or Not, Patient Checklists, Philosophy in Africa, Pluto and Comets, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Religious Violence, School Threats, Science Philosophy, Shopify Platform, Sinatra, Shaker Heads, Solar City, Space Medicine, Space Station History, Star Wars, States of Freedom, Suicides, Technology Future, Tesla Cars, Therapy Online, Too Big to Fail, Transgender Story, Transparency, Trump, Ukraine Crisis, Viral Videos, Weather Extremes, Working Mother Problems, WWII at Moscow

The best 84 podcasts from a larger group of 191 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 8000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded here,  but are limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so twelve of those will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and will take  awhile.  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 three  free large volumes at this link and are updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 270 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.

Adrenalin Hits 23 mins – “Inspired by my friend Mike Mallin, today I discuss the post-resuscitation. This squarely fits into the Mind of the Resuscitationist (MotR) series. Parasympathetic Backlash Follows the adrenaline dump. You are basically performing at a much lower level than normal. The moment of greatest vulnerability is the instant immediately after victory. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte We briefly touched on this concept in the On Combat bookclub. …It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that a soldier must pay a heavy physiological price for an enervating process this intense. The price that the body pays is an equally powerful backlash when the neglected demands of the parasympathetic system become ascendant. This parasympathetic backlash occurs as soon as the danger and the excitement are over, and it takes the form of an incredibly powerful weariness and sleepiness on the part of the soldier. “Grossman, On Combat” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Adulthood 52 mins – “For centuries, people thought of their lives as passing through distinct stages. A child became an adult and then an elder. Thatmiddle stage, adulthood, was regarded as the prime of life. But historian Steven Mintz says that way of thinking is “profoundly misleading.” Human development, he says, is an ongoing process, one with peaks and troughs rather than simply steps up and down life’s stairway. Mintz joins us to explore how what it means to grow up has fundamentally changed” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Africa Corps 61 mins – “CorpsAfrica was started by former Peace Corps volunteers to provide educated young Africans the chance to serve in their own countries, along the lines of the Peace Corps model. Young Africans are living in faraway regions of their own country, developing the kind of understanding of poverty that only comes from living it, and benefitting personally and professionally from the transformative experience of achieving successful development efforts. CorpsAfrica volunteers ask local people what they want, connect them to the resources of local, regional and international NGOs, and build the villagers’ capacity to help themselves.” at the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Philosophy 27 mins- “In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Katrin Flikschuh addresses the question ‘What sort of philosophy is going on in Africa?’” At the link right click “Direct download: Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Chemicals 13 mins – “Strawberries used to be a delicacy. The fruit is fragile, prone to disease and requires a very particular climate to grow.But these days, you can buy strawberries almost anywhere at any time – including in Barrow, Alaska, a polar community with an average annual temperature of -9 degrees Fahrenheit.So how did strawberries become so ubiquitous, and what are the consequences for farmworkers? The answer takes us on a meandering tour back to World War I, the Hawaiian pineapple fields of the 1930s and a savvy marketing campaign in the 1970s and ’80s.” At the link find the title, “From the battlefields to the strawberry fields,” right-click “Media files From-the-battlefields-to-the-strawberry-fields.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Angular Resolution 73 mins – ”Radio telescopes have really crummy resolution but if we line them up and hook them together, using a technique called “radio interferometry” we can see the head of a screw 300 km away.This episode, our guest is Ben Acker, one of the authors of “the thrilling adventure hour”. Amazing! Our Physicists are Rupinder Brar and Sabrina Stierwalt!” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep 60, Meters Of Interference.mp3 ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 5 mins – “Awareness about antimicrobial resistance got a boost through recent campaigns such as Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” At the link find the title, “The Biggest Infectious Disease Threats,” right-click “Media files 855382.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence 60 mins – “This week, we’re talking about artificial intelligence, and how thinking machines are fitting into – and changing – our lives and cultures. Should we be concerned or excited about the future of artificial intelligence? To try and find out, we’re joined by a panel of four: Kerstin Dautenhahn, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Hertfordshire; Raymond Mooney, Director of the University of Texas Artificial Intelligence Lab; Despina Kakoudaki, Director of the Humanities Lab at American University; and Rose Eveleth, science writer and host of Gizmodo’s “Meanwhile In The Future” podcast. Read the companion post on Skepchick.” At the link find the title, “#348 Artificial Intelligence,” right-click “Media files Science for the People 348, Artificial Intelligence.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Suicide 28 mins – “Beyond the debate. Quebec’s step-by-step march to allow doctors to help terminally ill patients to die…and what that means for the rest of the country.” At the link find the title, WCBA – Death’s Door ,right-click “Download WCBA – Death’s Door” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biochemistry Classes 39 mins – “In this episode, Ryan is joined by Dr. Adele Wolfson, a biochemistry professor at Wellesley College. They discuss the liberal arts degree and how it can actually be a better or even the best choice for premed. Adele wrote an essay talking about the big swing in the admissions process away from strictly science-based students and having students that can crush the MCAT to having students with people skills. She further talks about the importance of not discounting the study of science as an academic discipline while studying social sciences. It’s all about balance.” At th link right-click the down-pointing arrow near the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Girls Code in Kampala 27 mins – “Akwasi Sarpong visits Uganda’s thriving coding scene, to find out if home-grown, technology-based solutions can help tackle some of the country’s big development challenges.” At the link find the title, “Young, Geeky and Black: Kampala,” right-click “Media files p03b0mgv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Technology 9 mins – “How can technology help improve our quality of life? How can we navigate the world without using the sense of vision? Inventor and IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa, who’s been blind since the age of fourteen, is working on answering these questions. In a charming demo, she shows off some new technology that’s helping blind people explore the world ever more independently … because, she suggests, when we design for greater accessibility, everyone benefits.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Books International 12 mins – “Ann Morgan considered herself well read — until she discovered the “massive blindspot” on her bookshelf. Amid a multitude of English and American authors, there were very few books from beyond the English-speaking world. So she set an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Now she’s urging other Anglophiles to read translated works so that publishers will work harder to bring foreign literary gems back to their shores.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Ohio 22 mins – “When Hudson, Ohio, businesses couldn’t get the connectivity they needed from the incumbent cable and telephone companies, the local government stepped up to provide what it calls a “service” rather than a “utility.” Hudson City Manager Jane Howington joins me this week to explain their approach in Episode 181 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast.Hudson has a municipal electric utility already and is now investing in a fiber optic network to connect local businesses. Branded “Velocity,” and launched earlier this year, the network is exceeding expectations thus far in terms of local business interest. City Manager Howington and I discuss how they decided to build a network, their incremental approach, and how they will know if they are successful in coming years.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 file …” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Farming 6 mins – “…Caspi moved to California from Israel eight years ago to run a vineyard. Now, he grows produce in a community supported agricultural operation. And while the presence of pigs might be shocking to some, he too has been shocked when it comes to some local farming practices. For instance, he can’t believe that some California farmers still flood their fields to irrigate their crops. “You know, first time I came to this country I said, ‘What is that? Something went wrong here. They blew up a pipe or something.’” That was back before the state’s record drought, now in its fourth year….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cambodia Doctors – “A recent health scandal in Cambodia has prompted the government to clamp down on unlicensed doctors. But these ‘doctors’ are often the preferred option for many in the countryside.” At the link find the title, “Cambodia: Trust Me I’m Not a Doctor,” right-click “Media files p03c97wf.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chemistry Lobbyist 27 mins – “Ryan Davison is the Manager of Advocacy at the American Chemical Society (ACS). In certain circles, he could be considered a lobbyist. Davison advocates in Washington, D.C., for more basic, fundamental scientific research. The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society, and much of the research done by many scientists can take years…often too long a period of time for many members of Congress to consider worth investing in.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Circadian Rhythms 48 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the evolution and role of Circadian Rhythms, the so-called body clock that influences an organism’s daily cycle of physical, behavioural and mental changes. The rhythms are generated within organisms and also in response to external stimuli, mainly light and darkness. They are found throughout the living world, from bacteria to plants, fungi to animals and, in humans, are noticed most clearly in sleep patterns. With Russell Foster Professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford Debra Skene Professor of Neuroendocrinology at the University of Surrey And Steve Jones Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London.” At the link find the title, “Circadian Rhythms,” right-click “Media files p03cc8kr.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Agreement 48 mins – “Nearly 200 nations approved a landmark climate accord over the weekend. They agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt other measures to limit the increase of the average global temperature. The deal hammered out over two weeks in Paris states that climate change represents “an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet.” And it calls on all nations to take action to combat it. President Obama declared the Paris accord a victory for the planet, but warned against becoming complacent. Environmentalists agreed much more needs to be done. Join Diane in a discussion of the UN summit on climate change” (Three guests.). At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Climate Conference Progress 27 mins – Details of the progress made in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in comparison with a lack of progress in past conferences. At the link find the title, “A Cold War Dance,” right-click “Media files p03c7dy9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Conference Review 57 mins – “On December 17, the Brookings Group on Energy and Climate, an institution-wide initiative that generates policy recommendations to address climate change and related issues, hosted Todd Stern, U.S. Department of State’s special envoy for climate change, for a conversation on the outcomes of the Paris negotiations and the next steps in terms of implementation of the agreement. Brookings Vice President Bruce Jones, director of the Foreign Policy program and chair of the Brookings Group on Energy and Climate, lead the discussion with Stern, who addressed the future of international cooperation in combating climate change.” At the link right-click “Unpacking the Paris climate conference: A conversation with Todd Stern” just over “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Tactics 28 mins – “As the Paris climate change conference takes place, author Tim Flannery talks to Ian Sample about the prospects for preventing irreversible climate change Professor Tim Flannery, author of Atmosphere of Hope, gives his assessment of new technology designed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and the importance of the Paris summit.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Hackathon and Binnersproject 54 mins – “…Spark goes to DementiaHack, a hacakthon with a goal to come up with tools and technologies that can be of practical benefit to people with dementia and their caregivers. Organizers Shaharris Beh (HackerNest) and Jordan Banks (Facebook Canada) talk about the importance of this hackathon…[10 mins] [The next one for 2016 is in NYC.]. [then] Many urban centres have binners — people who collect recyclable material from garbage bins. They help divert a lot of waste in our cities, but remain marginalized and stigmatized. Michael Leland has been binning for over 10 years. He’s now a member of the Binners Core Group for The Binners’ Project, a Vancouver initiative dedicated to improving opportunities for binners.” [13 mins] [Two more segments follow.] At the link find the title, “302: Dementia, dumpster diving, driverless cars and more,” right-click “Download 302: Dementia, dumpster diving, driverless cars and moreand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy and Knowledge 55 mins – “How can democracies encourage and utilize the kinds of knowledge necessary to make them sustainable? Is it really possible to speak truth to power? A Royal Society of Canada symposium considers such questions, with a keynote address from Sheila Jasanoff.Democracy and Knowledge “ At the link find the title, “Democracy and Knowledge, Dec 2015,” right-clcik “Media files ideas_20151217_74936.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diversity 53 mins – “If you were to walk into Gimlet HQ, there are a few things you’d probably notice right off the bat. First, it’s crowded – like a grungy dorm room. Second, the lighting… it’s not great. Not many windows. Third, it’s white. Really white. 24 of Gimlet’s 27 employees are white. In this episode, we look at diversity (or lack thereof) at Gimlet. And we try to figure out what diversity should mean for the company going forward. The Facts: Our theme song was written and performed by Mark Phillips. John Kimbrough composed music for this episode. More music written and performed by John Delore along with his band mates, Jordan Scanella, Sam Merrick and Isamu McGregor. Our Sponsors: PC Does What?! Audible.comAt the link find the title, “#19 Diversity Report ,” right-click “Play Now” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNA Evidence 48 mins – “Forensic DNA testing has been used to exonerate more than 300 innocent people, including 22 on death row. It’s helped capture dangerous repeat offenders and led to convictions in seemingly unsolvable cases. Yet, some warn it’s not the silver bullet it’s perceived to be. A recent study in Texas found DNA evidence was misanalyzed in cases dating back to 1999. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice announced policy changes to address concerns over the quality of crime labs that process forensic evidence, including DNA. Today, understanding the strengths and limitations of one of crime fighting’s most powerful tools.” (Four guests.) At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

El Nino 56 mins – “El Niño produces extreme consequences for weather around the globe. The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecast a strong El Niño for the winter of 2015-16. As a result, the NOAA Winter Outlook shows probabilities for above normal precipitation over much of CA, AZ, and southern NV, bringing substantial risk for levee failures, landslides, and flooding. The FEMA Region 9 office, in Oakland, CA has established an El Niño task force, consisting of subject matter experts from federal, state, local, tribal and community partners, who recently participated in a Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) exercise to practice the newly released Disaster Response Plan for California, Arizona, Nevada and its flood decision support tools. Today these experts will join us to discuss practical ways families and businesses can be ready for the hazards that a strong El Nino will produce.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Extremism Intervention 89 mins – “The Islamic State’s recruitment of foreign fighters has thrust the debate over how to counter violent extremism (CVE) onto the center of domestic and international security agendas. How might nonconventional methods of early intervention such as counseling, education, and community building better prepare governments and communities for the CVE challenge? On November 9, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, in conjunction with the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, hosted a panel of experts to discuss the causes and possible solutions to violent extremism.” At the link right-click “Countering violent extremism through early interventions” just above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Speaker 55 mins – “Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo delivers the inaugural Indigenous Speakers Series lecture at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.” At the link find the title, “Rumbling and Reckoning – Shawn Atleo,” right-click “Media files ideas_20151214_31025.mp3” and sselect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Responder PTSD 28 mins – “How a unique art project mounted by a Calgary-based EMT is helping first responders heal from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” At the link find the title, “Sock Drawer Stories,” right-click “Download Sock Drawer Stories “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fish Management 14 mins – “The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food and Flavor 45 mins – “On the show this week we talk to Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, “a lively and important argument from an award-winning journalist proving that the key to reversing America’s health crisis lies in the overlooked link between nutrition and flavor.” At the link find the title, “114 Mark Schatzker – The Dorito Effect,” right-click “Media files 5b2e3116-7ee9-4fc6-8ea8-c7ac23f30984.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gaming Benefits 97 mins – “Jane McGonigal (@avantgame), PhD, is a senior researcher at the Institute for the Future and the author of The New York Times bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wired, and The New York Times. She has been called one of the “top ten innovators to watch” by BusinessWeek and one of the “100 most creative people in business” by Fast Company. Her TED talks on games have been viewed more than ten million times. In this conversation, we dig into everything from recovering from head trauma to how you can use Candy Crush Saga to lose weight. Not enough? How about using Tetris to prevent PTSD, or using Call of Duty to increase empathy? Her latest book is SuperBetter, which offers a revolutionary (science-based) approach for getting stronger, happier, and more resilient. I’ve been testing it, and it works. Not only am I feeling better, but I’m having more fun.As adults, we often lose track of play. My hope is that this episode will help you to reclaim it. It’s not frivolous; it can help you get a lot more done with less stress.” At the link right-click “Donwload as an MP3…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Code Discovery 65 mins – “Episode 60 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Matthew Cobb, author of Life’s Greatest Secret: The Race to Crack the Genetic Code. We focus on some of the unsung scientists who made essential discoveries.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 60-BI-cobb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Greenhouse Gases 25 mins – “Beth interviews Craig Hover, author of A World to Come Home To: Ending Global Warming in Our Lifetime. Craig is a licensed professional engineer with more than 30 years of engineering, project and facilities management, financial services and consulting. In his book he lays out a comprehensive vision of implementing sustainable strategies for reducing carbon emissions and reversing the current trends in climate change. What you can do about global warming.” At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Violence 46 mins – “Three years ago today, Adam Lanza, stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and fatally shot 20 children and six adults. There were candlelight vigils and an anguished push to change gun laws. Then, nothing. More shootings. On streets all over. In Charleston. Roseburg, Oregon. Colorado Springs. San Bernardino. More than 30,000 Americans die every year from gun violence. No other developed country comes close to that level. How do they avoid it? This hour On Point, the global picture on gun violence, and the huge American exception.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gym Memberships 16 mins – “Today on the show: The mind games that gyms play with you. From design to pricing to free bagels, gyms want to be a product that everyone buys, but no one actually uses.” At the link find the title, “#590: The Planet Money Workout,” right-click “Media files 20151216_pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save LInk As” from the pop-up menu.

Home Brewing 172 mins – “…Today I am doing a follow up to Episode-1684- Making Dead Simple Ciders, Meads and Fruit Wines because I have been blown away by how many went out and gave it a shot. I have also gotten a lot of questions about it. I put out requests for questions on that episode and efforts so far and got a huge response, today I will attempt to answer most of those questions. I do want to lead off with something to put everything here into context though. These quick simple small batches… this means is that making ciders and meads like this can either lead to full on bad ass to the bone home vinting, mead and cider making. Or a path to really easy and fast daily drinkers, either bottled or kegged. Or just be a fun way to make and enjoy a few batches a year. It is all up to you. Just understand that is the angle my answers come from today. I have been brewing beers, ciders, fruit wines, meads and blends there of since 1994, so that is 21 years. I have even produced a few award winning beers in my time.I rank my experience as a brewer at a 8 of 10, mainly only because I have never done full mash. Cider I would rank as a 8 as well, mainly because I have never worked up to proper blending or real cider apples, something very hard to even get today. I would also give myself an 8 as a mead maker, only because I have seen what a 10 is and that isn’t it. ….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Training 65 mins – “Timed to coincide with the release of a series of new fact sheets that provide in-depth data profiles of immigrant and refugee adult learners and workers, this webinar explores the relationship of key Census data findings to current state and local efforts to devise plans for implementation of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In recent decades roughly 1 million foreign-born individuals have settled in the United States per year, many with needs for adult education and workforce training services. WIOA’s implementation could play a critical role in supporting the upward mobility of these immigrants and refugees in the workforce and their successful integration into the civic life of the cities and states where they have settled. However, the law’s narrow accountability measures are expected by many to make it more difficult for local providers to serve immigrants and refugees seeking to learn English or improve their basic skills, especially those who are not on track to earn postsecondary credentials or who do not have this as a goal.” At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Propaganda Networks 88 mins – “The Islamic State (or ISIS) uses social media in unprecedented ways to enlist new members to its ranks. ISIS’s propaganda networks pose a real challenge to the international community as it tries to counter ISIS’s ability to recruit members and share its extremist ideology. On October 21, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World hosted Ambassador Alberto Fernandez for the launch of his new Brookings paper, “Here to stay and growing: Combating ISIS propaganda networks.” Ambassador Fernandez explored the propaganda history of al-Qaida and ISIS, as well as the various approaches that different regional and international actors have taken to counter ISIS messaging. Ambassador Richard LeBaron, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, joined Ambassador Fernandez on the panel, which was moderated by Brookings Fellow Will McCants.” At the link right-click “Combating ISIS propaganda networksjust above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Land Warfare Future 94 mins – “In today’s U.S. defense policy debates, big land wars are out. Drones, cyber weapons, special forces, and space weapons are in. But what happens if we bet too heavily on these battlefield changes? Both historical and present day concerns argue that it’s not so easy to declare an end to large and messy land wars and other operations. In his new book, “The Future of Land Warfare” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), Michael O’Hanlon offers an analysis of the future of the world’s ground forces. O’Hanlon considers a number of illustrative scenarios in which large conventional forces may be necessary and he asks hard questions about which situations might require significant numbers of American boots in the future.” At the link right-click “The future of land warfare” just over “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Making Choices 16 mins – “Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices — and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCR-1 Gene 47 mins – “Antibiotics make so much possible that we just take for granted. Knocking out infections before they kill. All kinds of medical procedures, therapies that would be too risky if bacteria could move in. But superbugs are growing. Antibiotic-resistant and hard to handle. The latest, in China and Denmark, looks practically impossible to handle. A gene called MCR-1 creeping into bacteria and making those bacteria immune to our very most aggressive drugs. So pay attention. This hour On Point. fear that the ultimate antibiotic-resistant superbug has arrived. And is spreading.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Innovation 54 mins – “Dr David Albert is a Cardiologist, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur who holds over 40 patents and has been the founder of multiple successful medtech startups. Currently he is the founder AliveCor, a personalized EKG device that is compatible with your smartphone which went viral after a famous 4 minute self made Youtube video. The medtech world is increasingly appealing to physicians but is fraught with challenges and pitfalls. Dr Albert has managed to navigate this world to immense success and shares his journey here. For anyone interested in the mechanics of Digital Medicine entrepreneurship, this episode is a must listen.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexican Immigrants 60 mins – “MPI Leadership Visions held a discussion with the Foreign Minister of Mexico, Claudia Ruiz-Massieu, for the first public appearance during her first visit to Washington, DC in her current capacity. With the growing importance of migration matters tying the United States and Mexico together, this Leadership Visions program moderated by MPI Senior Fellow Doris Meissner offers a special opportunity to hear from and engage with a critical figure in the U.S.-Mexico relationship. Minister Ruiz-Massieu was appointed to her post by President Enrique Peña Nieto on August 27, 2015, having previously served as Minister of Tourism since 2012. Prior to joining the Peña Nieto administration, she served two terms as an elected member of Mexico’s House of Representatives. Minister Ruiz-Massieu has also had a distinguished academic career.” At the link find the title, “Leadership Visions: A Discussion with Mexican Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz-Massieu,” right-click “Media files 20151214MexicanMinisterEvent.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class Decline 46 mins – “A big report shows the US is no longer a majority middle class country. We’ll look at the implications, and how that could be turned around. In the 20th Century, the thing that defined the United States to much of the world was its amazing middle class. Lots of countries had rich and poor. America had a majority middle income population that dazzled. It wasn’t just the biggest slice of the pie, it defined American culture, American politics. You can still hear that on the campaign trail. But a big new report says America is no longer majority middle class. Rich, growing. Poor, growing. Middle class, shrinking. Majority lost. This hour, On Point — what it means when America’s great middle goes down.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mockingbird 61 mins – “Charles Shields discusses his book, [Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee], about the life of author Harper Lee, as well as the discovery and publication of her manuscript, [Go Set a Watchman], which was written before [To Kill a Mockingbird].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Charles Shields, Jul 2015” right-click “Media files program.405772.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mohave Captive Story 53 mins – “Olive Oatman was a 13-year-old Mormon pioneer when Yavapai Indians killed her family and enslaved her. She was traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. After being ransomed and returned to white society, Oatman found herself caught between conflicting cultures. Her tattoo clashed with her pale complexion, marking her as both Mohave and European. Margot Mifflin has written a book about Oatman, and she joins us Wednesday to discuss Oatman’s life as a cultural hybrid. Margot Mifflin writes about women, art, and contemporary culture. She’s the author of the book The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman, as well as Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music for Studying 59 mins – “Should you study with music or not? I get this question a lot, and I’ve seen plenty of answers that range from a simple, “No,” to, “Only listen to classical,” to people excitedly trying to link me to their epic female vocal trance playlist I’m not even mad about this). What does science have to say about it, though? Well, to find out, today I’m talking with Junaid Kalmadi and Adam Hewett – two of the people behind a web app called Brain.fm. Brain.fm is an app that uses artificial intelligence to generate ultra-precise music designed to improve your brain’s performance. They have “sessions” designed for several purposes, including: Focus and creativity; Relaxation; Sleep” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslim Women 68 mins – “Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Cornell University Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, San Francisco State University Barazangi will discuss her work in Muslim and Arab women’s education, identity development and belief studies as well as feminist and gender issues. She will sign her newest book, Woman’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith. She describes this book as a first step in a comprehensive attempt to contrast Hadith with the Qur’an to uncover unjust practices concerning women and gender issues.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Natural Language Processing 17 min – “Artificial Intelligence 60 mins – ““Natural language processing,” “machine-based metadata” – these aren’t phrases that we’re thrown around in editorial meetings or at publishers’ sales conferences until very recently. Behind the IT world jargon, though, is a fairly basic drive to improve “discoverability” in a book world of millions of available titles. Rather than recommend a book based on what others have bought, as Amazon does, the Trajectory algorithm claims to recommend titles based on which books a reader has previously read. This new focus of attention represents a fundamental breakthrough, according to Trajectory co-founder and CEO Jim Bryant.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New Yorker Cartoons 24 mins – “This is Bob Mankoff’s time. The cartoon editor of the New Yorker has just published a memoir: “How About Never. Is Never Good for You?” He’s a regular on WNYC’s The New Yorker Radio Hour. And he was featured in the documentary “Very Semi-Serious,” which debuted on HBO last week. Recently our Bob sat down with their Bob to talk about art, life, cartoons, and much, much more.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Koreans 83 mins – “In light of North Korea’s repeated provocations, it is easy to overlook the lives of ordinary North Korean citizens. Meanwhile, it would be almost impossible to resolve the pressing issues so often linked to North Korea without full knowledge of the domestic situation of North Koreans, including their values and ideology. In the second edition of their book, “The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh provide an updated and comprehensive overview of the everyday lives of North Koreans under the Kim Jong-un regime. On September 28, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted Kongdan Oh to examine the current struggles of North Koreans under the failed state-controlled economy and restrictive political class and legal systems. Katharine H.S. Moon, the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.” At the link right-click “Hidden people of North Korea: New economy, old politicsjust above “Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nursing Profession 54 mins – “Nurse and [New York Times] columnist Theresa Brown discusses her book [The Shift], in which she talks about health care and her experiences in patient care and patient safety. She is interviewed by Debra Hatmaker of the American Nurses Association.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Theresa Brown,” right-click “Media files program.415965.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Borders or Not 62 mins – “The argument for open borders is compelling — and deeply problematic.” At the link find the title, “Is Migration a Basic Human Right?” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast121615.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patient Checklists 21 mins – “Does a more humane hospital make a safer hospital? That’s a question Johns Hopkins is grappling with — and Dr. Peter Pronovost believes the answer is yes. Dr. Pronovost is a critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He’s known best for innovating an approach to patient safety a decade ago with something really simple: checklists. Preventable death rates at hospitals are high. Infections from central lines, the catheters inserted into major veins to let doctors administer drugs and draw blood more easily, are estimated to account for more than 60,000 deaths per year — about as many as breast and prostate cancer deaths combined. Dr. Pronovost created a checklist of five simple precautions to follow — such as washing hands, draping the patient in a sterile sheet — and brought the infections rate down to almost zero. Now, Dr. Pronovost wants to tackle all preventable risks in the hospital, such as ventilator-related infections, blood clots, and delirium. Johns Hopkins is calling this experiment Project Emerge. For the past year and a half, doctors and nurses in an intensive care unit at the hospital have been using a tablet app that automatically runs a patient’s medical records through different electronic checklists — and then flags any risk. The goal is to make it impossible to miss a dangerous mistake. Project Emerge does something else too — it makes humane care a top priority. The system flags “disrespect of a patient” or a “mismatch of goals” for a patient’s care. Johns Hopkins is testing the theory that safety and empathy go hand in hand — and whether they can engineer more humane care in the hospital” At the link find the title, “Putting Care Back in the ICU,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman121515_cms558819_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philosophy in Africa 17 mins – “In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Katrin Flikschuh addresses the question ‘What sort of philosophy is going on in Africa?’” At the link find the title, “Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa,”Media files,” right-click “Katrin Flikschuh on Philosophy in Africa.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pluto and Comets 62 mins – “Guardian science correspondent was joined by an expert panel of scientists, including Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Andrew Coates, Kevin Fong and Monica Grady, to discuss the latest findings from the Rosetta mission and to ask what’s next for New Horizons and other groundbreaking missions planned for the coming decade. And as Major Tim Peake, the first official British astronaut, prepares for his five-month mission to the International Space Station, the panel will discuss the future of human spaceflight.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polymerase Chain Reaction 5 mins – “…The man who challenged the idea that life couldn’t take the heat was biologist Thomas Brock. In the 1960s, he set up a scientific research station in Yellowstone, and set about sampling bacteria in the park’s lakes, springs and geysers. To his surprise, he discovered thin pink threads of bacteria thriving in one of the park’s hot springs at temperatures above 80 degrees – the first organism ever found to be able to withstand such extreme conditions. He named it Thermus aquaticus Taq for short – as a nod to the hot water he’d found it in, and started to investigate its unusual properties, finding that it can tolerate being heated right up to boiling point – over 95 degrees – without any ill-effects. But at the time there was little interest in such extreme bugs, and he closed the research station in 1975, depositing a sample of the bacteria in a national bug bank. Taq‘s time came in the early 1980s, thanks to researcher Kary Mullis, who played a key role in a revolution in molecular biology. He’d had a brilliant idea for a new way to amplify a few small pieces of DNA into millions in the lab, so that researchers could study them in more detail or even cut and paste them together to make new molecules. It’s a bit like inventing a photocopying machine for DNA. The new method, known as the polymerase chain reaction or PCR, works by using an enzyme called DNA polymerase to copy out a DNA template. The reaction is then heated up to 95 degrees to separate the DNA template from the new copy, so everything can begin again and more copies can be made. Because each new copy can also act as a template, the number of pieces of DNA expands exponentially, so it’s a quick way to generate thousands or millions of new pieces of DNA in just a few reaction cycles….” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Taq.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Religious Violence 93 mins – “In his new book, “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence,” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks examines the recent phenomenon of violent extremism by exploring the origins of violence and its relationship to religion. Rabbi Sacks challenges the assertion that religion is an intrinsic source of violence and describes how theology can be central to combating religious violence and extremism. Through analysis of biblical texts tied to the three Abrahamic faiths, Rabbi Sacks illustrates how religiously-inspired violence stems from a critical misreading of these texts. On November 12, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a discussion addressing Rabbi Sacks’ book and other important issues related to the roots of religious violence. This event is part of the long-running Governing Ideas book series, which is hosted by William A. Galston..” At the link right-click “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence,” just above (Download (Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

School Threats 48 mins – “This week, the nation’s two largest school systems received threats of a terrorist attack. Los Angeles closed all its schools, affecting nearly 700,000 children and their families. But New York dismissed the same threat as a hoax. The incident highlights the difficult choices facing schools in these situations — they must consider not just student safety, but financial consequences, and the message a decision sends to parents and the community. One recent report says violent threats to schools are on the rise. But some worry we are at risk of going overboard, cancelling school and disrupting learning too often. Managing threats against our schools.” (Four guests.) At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Science Philosophy 51 mins – “What kind of knowledge is required to sustain a healthy democracy? How can we guarantee a solid foundation for sound policies and social practices? A Royal Society of Canada symposium considers such questions, with a keynote address from Harry Collins.” At the link find the title, “Knowledge and Democracy,” right-click “Media files ideas 20151216_73699.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shopify Platform 49 mins – “In this episode of The Voice, host Tina Barton is joined by Shopify’s Brennan Loh, Head of Business Development, and Courtney Symons, Partner Marketing Manager. Many companies pursue the hi-tech dream, but few see the success that Shopify has. Only a decade ago, the company was a modest e-commerce platform run by three guys selling snowboarding equipment. The company is now a major commerce player that serves more than 175,000 businesses in about 150 countries, employs over 800 people, and has produced $10 billion in total sales. They’ve scored big partner deals with Facebook, Twitter, Uber and most recently Amazon. And they have support and endorsements from major business players such as Richard Branson and Tim Ferris too. This episode is not just about breakout startup success, but how to create an environment where innovation can let loose, how to build successful partnerships from the ground up – even when starting from scratch – and how strategic content development provides the basis for everything. Joined by Brennan Loh, Head of Business Development, and Courtney Symons, Partner Marketing Manager, we cover Shopify’s path to stretching “up market”, and hear a preview of what’s next.” At the link right click “Direct download: ep94_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sinatra 48 mins – “Long before the late Frank Sinatra – Old Blue Eyes, with his scotch on the rocks and cigarettes – there was the young Sinatra. He was the teen idol — the mama’s boy out of Hoboken with the chip on his shoulder and screaming mobs of girls on his trail – all before World War II. Old Blue Eyes was smooth, maybe surly, and tough. Young Blue Eyes was trying to figure it all out, over Bing Crosby and Tommy Dorsey, mob bosses and Ava Gardner. A new biography tells that story.” At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Sinatra’s 100th Birthday 60 mins – “For Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday: stories, tributes, and attempts to understand the Chairman of the Board.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men. \

Sneaker Heads 12 mins – “Josh Luber is a “sneakerhead,” a collector of rare or limited sneakers. With their insatiable appetite for exclusive sneakers, these tastemakers drive marketing and create hype for the brands they love, specifically Nike, which absolutely dominates the multi-billion dollar secondary market for sneakers. Luber’s company, Campless, collects data about this market and analyzes it for collectors and investors. In this talk, he takes us on a journey into this complicated, unregulated market and imagines how it could be a model for a stock market for commerce.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar City 62 mins – “Lyndon Rive, Co-Founder and CEO of SolarCity, and Tim Draper, founding parter of the venture capital firm DFJ, discuss the clean-energy company’s mission to save the planet while exploring the many aspects of its business, from the science of solar power to the need for better government incentives and policies.” At the link hover over “Podcast,” right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space Medicine 27 mins – “In September the European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen became the first Dane in space when he went to the International Space Station (ISS). He was also the first to test a new skin suit developed by scientists at King’s College in London. The skin suit aims to protect astronauts from the harmful effects of microgravity, such as back problems experienced by some as a result of the body elongating by as much as seven centimetres in space. Tracey Logan meets Dr David A. Green, one of the developers of the suit, and Claudia talks to Andreas Mogensen about what it was like to wear it on the ISS. Planet Concordia One way of working out how people might cope both physically and psychologically on a trip to Mars is to study humans who are isolated on earth. Dr Alexander Kumar did just that for the European Space Agency, when he spent nine months at the Antarctic station Concordia conducting various physiological and psychological experiments on his team mates. They endured temperatures as low as minus 80 degrees, very low oxygen levels and spent four long, dark months in winter with no daylight. No-one could leave and the team of 12 were completely reliant on each other. As well as on Dr Kumar, who was also the station doctor. Overview Effect Anyone who has been to space never forgets their first experience of looking back at the earth from space. It is something that fewer than 600 people in the world have ever had the privilege to do, but psychological research shows that it can have a huge impact on the way astronauts view life and their place in it….” At the link find the title,”Space Week: A Space Medicine Special,” right-click “Media files p03c8vbm.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space Station History 50 mins – “European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is back on Earth after 200 days in space. She tells the full story of the International Space Station, in orbit 400 km above our planet.A Home in Space Media files p03bvvqk.mp3

Star Wars 52 mins – “Thursday, we’re geeking out about the new Star Wars movie. BYU professor Darl Larsen will be our guest. He actually wrote a graduate thesis about George Lucas, and he says the original 1977 Star Wars film was and remains massively popular because it presents the classic hero’s quest in a pastiche of genre styles meant to appeal to a broad audience. Of course, not all the films in Lucas’ saga fared as well. Larsen will help us puzzle out where the series is headed without the influence of its creator. Darl Larsen is a professor of Theatre & Media Arts and the Center for Animation at BYU, with emphases in film genres and history, animation, and screenwriting. His 1993 PhD thesis was titled “Raider of the Lost Art: George Lucas and Auteurism in THX 1138, American Graffiti, and Star Wars.” His most recent book is about the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It’s called A Book About the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail: All the References, from African Swallows to Zoot” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

States of Freedom 77 mins – “Yep this show is about active anarchy, didn’t put that in the title so it would not immediately shut down people that do not know what real anarchy is. Anarchy is not spoiled young adult children living in the parents basements, listening thrash music and playing games while wearing a black shirt with an A on it. Anarchy is not burning down buildings, demonstrating in the streets or being a non conformist by getting the same tattoo 5,000 other people have.  It isn’t hating everyone who is a cop or works for “the system” while you yourself take advantage of the same “system” every day. It to be blunt isn’t even dominantly a political view, it is more an ethics based view that drives a political philosophy. The ethics I am talking about are things like the firm belief, that cohesion, theft and force outside of defensive force are wrong, all the time, period the end. We accept that society is currently a bunch of spoiled children not ready to step up and be moral. We also accept that our way won’t be the dominant way in our own lifetimes. Yet for us, living against our ethics is simply not an option….”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicides 48 mins – “Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. And the suicide rate has grown slightly over the past decade. But a group of psychiatrists and health care professionals is working to change this trend. They’ve launched an initiative that aims to reduce the number of suicides to zero. It sounds impossible, but a health system in Michigan is reporting impressive results. After overhauling the way it screens and treats patients, it reduced the number of suicides by 80 percent. And one year, no suicides were reported. Now others are trying to replicate this success. Diane and a panel of [4] guests discuss the “Zero Suicide” initiative.” At the link you can listen, but not download” however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Technology Future 53 mins – “A special panel of highly scientific minds discusses what the future holds for tech innovation, education and entrepreneurship. Panelists include Google’s “captain of moonshots,” Astro Teller, Stanford bioengineer Christina Smolke, an associate professor at the university’s medical school, and DFJ General Partner Steve Jurvetson. Persis Drell, dean of the Stanford School of Engineering, moderates the discussion, with introductions by Stanford Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt.” At the link hover over “Podcast,” right-click “Download MP3 audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tesla Cars 4 mins – “ I was recently making my way through a shopping mall when I happened upon something that completely caught me off guard: a store that sold cars. Not toy or model cars, but actual cars. Only two were on display, but there were private meeting spaces where a buyer could choose the color, interior trim, and so on. Delivery of a made-to-order car took six to eight weeks. The clean, simple design of the surroundings made me feel as if I’d walked into an Apple store; and the young “product specialist” who helped me reminded me more of a transplant from an Apple Genius Bar than of a car salesman.The store was the creation of Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car maker that’s received so much attention. And from a technological perspective the attention is well deserved. Electric cars are very different from their gas powered, internal combustion cousins… Since explosions are replaced by the movement of electricity, there’s far less to wear out in an electric motor, greatly reducing car maintenance. The tradeoff is that even rechargeable batteries eventually wear out, and they can be expensive to dispose of and replace.” At the link “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Therapy Online 54 mins – “This week, a special look at design. Crafting tools that help people connect and learn.” [A major tool is talkspace.] At the link find the title, “301: Teaching through text message, designing connection and more,” right-click “Download 301: Teaching through text message, designing connection and more” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Too Big To Fail 62 mins – “Did Ben Bernanke and the Fed save the U.S. economy from disaster in 2008 or did the Fed make things worse? Why did the Fed reward banks that kept reserves rather than releasing funds into the economy? George Selgin of the Cato Institute tries to answer these questions and more in this conversation with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Selgin argues that the Fed made critical mistakes both before and after the collapse of Lehman Brothers by lending to insolvent banks as well as by paying interest on reserves held at the Fed by member banks.” At the link find the title, “George Selgin on Monetary Policy and the Great Recession,” right-click “Media files Selginrecession.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Story 22 mins – “Shawn Demmons is a 50-year-old man now, but when he was growing up, he was Shawna Demmons. Lately we’ve heard a lot of stories about people who, after years in the closet, found the courage to come out as transgender. But for Shawn, courage was never the problem. His leap was a four decade journey to realize he was a man. And then he had to decide just what kind of man he wanted to be.” At the link find the title, “Episode 6: My Name Is Shawn and I Prefer He, right-click “Media files LeapEpisode6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transparency 57 min – “I’m pleased to post Show # 245, October 9, my interview with author David Brin, on transparency, reciprocal accountability, cyber-utopianism and the preservation of excitement in an age of cynicism. David was an early guest on Hearsay Culture, having been on show # 30 back in early 2007 discussing his now-classic Transparent Society. In the intervening eight years, our sense of utopianism has continued to wane, even as technology’s ability to positively confront the world’s ills has improved. David’s prolific writings on this and other topics was the subject of our far-ranging discussion, from transparency today to how to teach children to maintain energy and optimism despite life’s seemingly hyper-complex challenges. As in 2007, David was a fascinating and engaging guest, and I greatly enjoyed our talk.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Rally 61 mins – “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.Donald “ At the link find the title, “Trump Campaign Rally in Des Moines, Iowa,” right-click “Media files program.424377.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine Crisis 49 mins – “This week we feature a panel discussion presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, titled “The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for Foreign Policy.” Our speakers are: Harvard University visiting professor, Pawel Karolewski; Brandeis University assistant professor.” At the link find the title, “The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for Foreign Policy, Feb 2015right-click “Media files worldofideas_0301_ukraine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Viral Videos 33 mins – “How people-rating app Peeple drew rage and put its co-founders in danger, how a 16-year-old embraced identity through virality, and the funny video that threatened to put its makers into crushing debt. Listen, decode, and decide: Is going viral evil?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Weather Extremes 60 mins – “Extreme rainfall events are cropping up around the world. In England, once in a thousand year floods have repeated 3 times now, in five years. Records are falling in many countries. In a warmer world, we’ve gained 7 percent more water vapor in the atmosphere. It has to come down somewhere. The short news clips about extreme rainfall events around the world came courtesy of BBC, Reuters, Fox, ABC, CBS, Euronews. A few weeks ago, our guest David Wasdell suggested the outcome of our current path of emissions would eventually be a world at least 8 degrees C hotter on average, maybe more. Some questioned that. It is now the most heavily downloaded interview I’ve posted on soundcloud. If you missed it, listen in here. This week the University of Edinburgh released a paper echoing Wasdell’s climate. Eight degrees is possible, according to Professor Roy Thompson, as published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Find the University press release here.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Working Mother Problems 16 mins – “We need women to work, and we need working women to have babies. So why is America one of the only countries in the world that offers no national paid leave to new working mothers? In this incisive talk, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth. Her idea worth spreading: the time has come for us to recognize the economic, physical and psychological costs of our approach to working mothers and their babies, and to secure our economic future by providing paid leave to all working parents.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II at Moscow 25 mins – “The Germans and Russians clash to the west of Moscow. But within mere days, the Soviet’s three Fronts are either destroyed or encircled. The road to Moscow is left open.” At the link find the title, “Episode 148-The March on Moscow Part 2,” right-click “Media files Episode 148, 121215_9.13PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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