Media Mining Digest 216 – Jan 1, 2016: Addiction Fixes, Birth Control Pill, Brazilian African Descrimination, Broadband in Nebraska, Climate Conference Results, Climate Cure Tactics, Cold War Dancers, Data Mining, Dental Training, Ebola Lessons, Economic Evolution, Electronics Manufacturing, Fair Food Program, Global Justice, ICANN, Indian Shopping Online, Insider Trading, Job Relocating, Judy Collins, Li-Fi Uses, Mapp v Ohio, Marijuana and Driving, Michael Faraday, Military Base Expansion, Native American Law, Oil Prices, Personal Statements, Philanthropy Economics, Pioneer Food in Texas, Radio Lab Stories, Russian Bootleg Music, SPARC Technology and Biology, String Theory, Styrofoam Eating Worms, Tornadoes, Video Games, Water Infrastructure, WWII at Moscow

The best 40 podcasts from a larger group of 300 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.

Addiction Fixes 41 mins – “This episode we take a sober look at the throbbing, aching, craving desire states that return people (again and again) to the object of their addiction … and the pills that just might set them free. Reporter Amy O’Leary was fed up with her ex-boyfriend’s hard-drinking, when she discovered a French doctor’s memoir titled The End of My Addiction.  The fix that he proposed seemed too good to be true. But her phone call with the doctor left her, and us, even more intrigued. Could this malady – so often seen as moral and spiritual – really be beaten back with a pill? We talk to addiction researcher Dr. Anna Rose Childress, addiction psychologist Dr. Mark Willenbring, journalist Gabrielle Glaser, The National Institute of Health’s Dr. Nora Volkow, and scores of people dealing with substance abuse as we try to figure out whether we’re in the midst of a sea change in how we think about addiction.

Birth Control Pill 48 mins – “If a woman wants to obtain hormonal birth control like the pill or the patch, they have to first go to their doctor for a prescription. Now two western states – California and Oregon – have passed laws allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control. Public health advocates see it as a way to expand access to the pill, and many doctors say it’s safe. But others argue these measures don’t go far enough. They want to see birth control pills offered over the counter and bills have been introduced in congress to do just that. Diane and her guests discuss why some say women don’t need doctors to access contraception.” (Four Guests.) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Brazilian African Discrimination 52 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, with support from the Boston University Center for the Humanities, and the Latin American Studies Program. Our speaker is Dr. Kia Caldwell, Associate Professor of African, African American, and Diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Caldwell’s lecture is titled “The Alyne Case: An Intersectional Analysis of Gender, Race, and the Human Right to Health in Brazil.‘” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Nebraska 29 mins – “As we noted in a preliminary story last week, the city of Lincoln has crafted a collection of conduits allowing greater competition for advanced telecommunications services. As we discuss this week in episode 182 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, they have also crafted a smart policy to continue expanding the conduit system. To better understand their impressive approach, we interviewed David Young, Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager; Mike Lang, Economic Development Aide; and Steve Huggenberger, Assistant City Attorney. We think this policy is one that many communities will want to consider and copy. Lincoln is already seeing the benefits from the conduit system, with multiple providers using it and at least one investing in an FTTH network. Nebraska prohibits local governments and public power systems from building their own networks to connect local businesses and residents, but this approach allows the community to ensure they have a brighter, more fiber-lit future.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 file….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Conference Results 29 mins – “Victor Hugo said of Paris that nothing was more fantastic, more tragic, or more sublime. Will the same ever be said of the COP 21 climate agreement brokered this month in the iconic city?  This week on Sea Change Radio, we re-cap the Climate Summit with prominent freelance journalist Vivienne Walt. Walt and host Alex Wise discuss the impact of the Paris Agreement on the world’s largest polluters, explore how big banks and deep-pocketed interests are reacting to the pact, and examine efforts to accelerate the transition to clean energy in developing nations. Walt also talks about how the world views U.S. climate skepticism and what effect the November terrorist attacks and climate protests had on the summit.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Cure Tactics 60 mins “SUMMARY: First net-zero city fights off giant fracking leak in California.; Vancouver aims fossil free; 1st Nations vs. pipelines. Mayors & activists report. Scientist Paul Beckwith & RAN Exec Dir Lindsey Allen wrap up Paris climate talks. Carolyn Baker’s seminar on how to cope…. Reactions to the Paris climate agreement are all over the map. Unexpectedly, our correspondent Paul Beckwith suggests this may be a tipping point in human affairs, after extreme weather all over the planet. Lindsey Allen from RAN isn’t so sure. Before we talk with them, I want you to hear an extraordinary teleconference hosted by former Earthbeat radio host Daphne Wysham. We hear how West Coast cities are leading us out of the fossil age, even as they struggle with constant demand for more pipelines and ports. Oh by the way, one California mayor reports thousands are living under a toxic cloud, while fracking has poisoned the water system used for one quarter of North America’s produce.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cold War Dancers 27 mins – “How dance during the Cold War was designed to challenge America’s military image with The Martha Graham Dance Company’s US State Department tour of South East Asia, 1974.” At the link find the title, “A Cold War Dance,” right-click “Media files p03cy79m.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Mining 32 mins – “How targeted ads for a pair of men’s sandals broke up one relationship, the researchers trying to keep data tracking honest, and the casualties of ad blockers. Listen, decode, and decide: Is data tracking evil?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dental Training 32 mins – “New simulators are allowing students of professions such as dentistry to get hands-on experience of dental procedures. Generic Robotics – a UK company based in Reading – is one of the companies leading this change. Nicola Davis is joined in the studio by its director, Dr. Alastair Barrow, and also by Dr. Barry Quinn, senior specialist clinical teacher at King’s College London. Meanwhile at Queen Mary, University of London, Dr Andrew McPherson of the Centre for Digital Music demonstrates the magnetic resonator piano to Iain Chambers, and discusses their work with augmented musical instruments.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Lessons 47 mins – “The Ebola outbreak that roiled the world in 2014 appears to be finally wrapping up as the world – and West Africa in particular – come to the end of 2015. Quarantines ending for last patients. Questions lingering about how Ebola may linger, subtly invisible. And lessons learned – globally and locally. For health workers in Africa, some of those lessons were cruel. Ostracized for doing the necessary in handling dead bodies. Risking their own lives. And then, for some, never paid for their critical labor. This hour On Point, lessons for next time in the latest great Ebola scare.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Evolution 71 mins – “THE 3rd WAY is a very big idea. In the information age, you simply cannot get ahead on wages alone. In addition to your labor, you must acquire capital (stock, real estate, technology, etc.). Now the middle class is in crisis. Median wages adjusted for inflation have decreased steadily for decades. The middle class is simply not sharing in the nation’s capital centered economic growth. Widespread current discontent is destined to lead to serious unrest unless we promptly put the correct solutions in place… Exponential advances in technology relentlessly exacerbate the ever widening chasm between the productive power of capital vs. labor. An innovative system to re-link these fundamental forces must be expeditiously ordained to equitably share the capitalist blessings of wealth and avert a looming social calamity…This week we speak with Veny Musum and Upendra Chivukula, co-authors of the brand new book, The 3rd Way: Economic Reform or Social Revolution. In this book, and in this episode, Veny and Upendra present a big, bold idea on how we can close the gap between the rich and the poor and how companies can benefit in the process.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronics Manufacturing 88 mins – “Jeff Keyzer once again visits the show to talk about high volume manufacturing in China and creating a consumer product.” At the link right-click “Download”for episode 279 and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fair Food Program 18 mins – “About one-third of the fresh tomatoes sold in the U.S. come from Florida. Mainly migrant workers from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean hand-pick the tomatoes in or near the town of Immokalee, just north of the Everglades. For decades, Florida tomato pickers endured some of the worst working conditions in America. Beatings, rape and sexual harassment were common problems. Often, there were no toilets, shade or clean drinking water. Work hours were unpredictable and wages were extremely low. There were even cases of slavery. In 1993, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers began to organize. At first, it focused on ending slavery in the fields, then expanded its work to deal with wage theft and abuse. In 2001, it launched the Fair Food Program. The group brought about change by pressuring large retailers to use their market muscle to demand higher standards from suppliers….” At the link find the title, “When working conditions are ripe for change,” right-click “Media files When-working-conditions-are-ripe-for-change.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Justice 1 55 mins – “Global Justice is rooted in the aspiration to make the world a better place. It seeks to help us understand how human beings – no matter who they are or where they live – can be treated fairly. But who decides what justice really is?” At the link find the title, “Global Justice, Part 1: Justice Across Borders,” right-click “Media files ideas 20151221_80463.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Justice 2 54 mins – “Global Justice is rooted in the aspiration to make the world a better place. It seeks to help us understand how human beings – no matter who they are or where they live – can be treated fairly. But who decides what justice really is?” At the link find the title, “Global Justice, Part 2: Protecting Human Rights in a World of Conflict,” right-click “Media files ideas 20151222_79228.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ICANN 28 mins -”Fadi Chehade, President & CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, explains ICANN’s role in assigning new internet domain names, how people apply for new top level domains, & how disputes are resolved in the naming protocols.” At the link find the title, “The Communicators: Fadi Chehade,” right-click “Media files 317453-1-MP3-STD_01.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Shopping Online 45 mins – “Shopping in India is traditionally an intensely hands-on experience, but many are now embracing the online shopping revolution. From motorbike delivery couriers to Amazon India, and bringing online shopping to rural towns, Mukti Jain Campion discovers how Indian businesses are innovating to meet the new challenges.” At the link find the title, “Online Shopping, Indian Style,” right-click “Media files p03crlmz.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Insider Trading 19 mins- “Today on the show: A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why. Though he’s still struggling with that last one.” At the find “#671: An Insider Trader Tells All,” right-click “Media files 20151223 pmoney_pmoneypod.mp3” and select “Save Link As”from the pop-up menu.

Job Relocating 65 mins- “Mechanical engineer Jim Heilman returns to The Engineering Commons to cover questions engineers should ask before relocating to advance their careers.Adam moved for his current job, but had to abandon the high-speed internet connection he enjoyed at his previous residence. Our guest for this episode is Jim Heilman, a mechanical engineer who spent two decades in industry before becoming a plastics industry recruiter for Discovery Personnel. Although many relocations take place for the sake of career advancement, Jim notes an increasing trend toward changing residences to be closer to family members. With increasing pressure on businesses to deliver profits, and with individuals needing to cover medical, educational, and household expenses, everyone is taking a closer look at the details in relocation packages. While some employers will increase their salary offer to induce a reluctant candidate to relocate, many employers are loath to “buy” an employee’s loyalty. No matter how attractive a job offer might seem, it’s important to gather familial consensus before agreeing to a cross-country move. While more senior engineers may be offered substantial relocation packages, younger engineers are more likely to be offered smaller, one-time cash payments to cover relocation expenses. Very few employers are willing to buy homes to help with relocation, even though this was once a common practice. During the height of the Great Recession, Jim says candidates “dug their heels in” and absolutely refused to relocate. Many employers require relocated employees to pay back a pro-rated portion of their company-paid moving expenses if they don’t remain with the firm for at least a year (or two). Whereas companies at one time were quite rigid in what they would offer for relocation, most firms are now open to negotiating relocation terms. Since housing is the largest expense for most families, one should investigate housing costs before getting too deep into negotiating a job move. Our guest notes that most employers are not keen on employees who fly or drive “home” to a different residence on the weekends. Engineers who repeatedly change jobs every year or two may eventually find it difficult to find employment, regardless of their skill level. It’s not unusual, says Jim, for an engineer to be fired when their employer discovers they are looking for a new job. Brian suggests young engineers always accept calls from recruiters, as the recruiter may be able to help secure new employment when it’s needed. Jim once dealt with a candidate who waited until very late in the relocation process to request help moving his snake collection. It’s crucial to talk with one’s family before initiating a job change that will require the family to relocate.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judy Collins 48 mins – “Singer-songwriter Judy Collins grew up in Colorado in a musical family. She was a piano prodigy but as a teenager joined the folk music movement and began performing at clubs. In 1968, Collins released “Both Sides, Now,” written by Joni Mitchell. The song became a major hit, making Billboard’s top 10. Since then, Judy Collins’ musical career has spanned five decades and includes several top-ten hits and gold-and platinum-selling albums. Today, Collins continues to play more than a hundred live concert dates every year. Her newest album is a collection of duets titled, “Strangers Again.” Diane talks with Grammy Award-winning singer Judy Collins about her life in music and the secret to her enduring success. “ At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Li-Fi Uses 7 mins – “What if we could use existing technologies to provide Internet access to the more than 4 billion people living in places where the infrastructure can’t support it? Using off-the-shelf LEDs and solar cells, Harald Haas and his team have pioneered a new technology that transmits data using light, and it may just be the key to bridging the digital divide. Take a look at what the future of the Internet could look like.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download video” (the only option) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mapp v Ohio 93 mins – “Professors Carolyn Long and Renee Hutchins talk about the 1961 Supreme Court case [Mapp v. Ohio], in which the Court applied Fourth Amendment protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures” to state criminal cases.” At the link find the title, “Supreme Court Landmark Case [Mapp v. Ohio],” right-click “Media files program.411318.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana and Driving 52 mins – “In this episode we talk to Brett Marlin, Tom Nappe, & Chris Hoyte about NACCT 2015[North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology]. Later we talk to Rebecca Hartman about her research on how marijuana affects driving skills. Checkout the article here. Hosted by Matthew Zuckerman.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Michael Faraday 46 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the eminent 19th-century scientist Michael Faraday. Born into a poor working-class family, he received little formal schooling but became interested in science while working as a bookbinder’s apprentice. He is celebrated today for carrying out pioneering research into the relationship between electricity and magnetism. Faraday showed that if a wire was turned in the presence of a magnet or a magnet was turned in relation to a wire, an electric current was generated. This ground-breaking discovery led to the development of the electric generator and ultimately to modern power stations. During his life he became the most famous scientist in Britain and he played a key role in founding the Royal Institution’s Christmas lectures which continue today. With: Geoffrey Cantor Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Leeds Laura Herz Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford Frank James Professor of the History of Science at the Royal Institution Producer: Victoria Brignell.” At the link find the title, “Michael Faraday, Dec, 2015 ,” right-click “Media files p03cnh58.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Base Expansion 47 mins – “The U.S. military has bases in a lot of places around the world. It wants more. It wants to build up a new string of bases in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa. In part to go after ISIS. Americans know well that U.S. troops are in Germany, Japan, South Korea. They are well-beyond too, in Bulgaria, Djibouti, Kenya, Qatar. Now the Pentagon is proposing new light-footprint bases in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kurdistan, Ethiopia and more. This hour On Point, we’ll look at the Pentagon’s new challenges and new dreams of more American military bases around the world.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native American Law 32 mins – “An alleged sexual assault on the Choctaw reservation has the Supreme Court asking whether non-Indians should face justice in the Indian court system.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Network Councils 31 mins – “This episode is not about Star Wars. Instead, it’s about something most people call “mastermind groups” – though I’m really not a fan of that term. So I’m living up to this site’s namesake and christening it Jedi Councils instead. Whatever you’d like to call them, I think Jedi Councils are incredibly valuable. I’m part of five – two of which are regular group calls with 3-4 people, and three of which are just less frequent calls with me and one other person. In each council meeting, we go over our goals, give each other advice, and hold each other accountable. Each person I talk with in these council meetings is simultaneously a friend, business contact, mentor, and mentee. Each brings unique experience and expertise to the table. I probably first mentioned my Jedi Council meetings in the “What I’m Struggling With” video …and since then, I’ve gotten a lot of emails from students who all have the same questions: “How do I create my own Jedi Councils? How do I find people who would be up for that kind of thing?” That’s exactly what I hope to answer in this episode. Now, while I’ve got some general advice, most of the show simply consists of the origin stories for each council I’m in….Things mentioned in this episode: Stefano Ganddini – Collegetopia…Zach Sexton – Asian Efficiency; Tom Miller – WTF Professor; …Caleb Wojcik – DIY Video Guy; Kalid Azad – Better Explained; James Ashenhurst – Mastering Organic Chemistry;…How to Adult; Fizzle; World Domination Summit” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow in the description frame and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Prices 49 mins – “Oil prices have fallen to an 11-year low, and last week’s repeal of the oil export ban allows U.S. producers to ship overseas. Join us for a discussion on the economic and geopolitical implications of the global oil surplus.” At the link you can listen, but not download the file; however, a copy is include in the blog archive.

Personal Statements 26 mins – “Ryan discusses the 5 most common mistakes he sees when reviewing personal statements. One of the most common is not giving yourself enough time. Take a listen!” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philanthropy Economics 42 mins – “A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.’s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.” At the link find the title, “Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition,” right-click “Media files freakonomics podcast122315.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pioneer Food in Texas 4 mins – “… Today we typically eat 3000 calories a day. Historian Matilda Houston tells us that early Texans frontiersmen ate more like 4500 calories. No one seemed aware that there’s more to food than its energy content. Pork and corn dominated diets of people hacking out a living in the Texas wilderness. It was too hard to protect chickens from predators, and Texas longhorns were still running wild. They wouldn’t be harnessed for food and commerce ’til later. For now, cattle were too valuable to eat. They gave milk and served as beasts of burden. They were even a medium of exchange in a land with no reliable currency. So pork dominated the Texas diet. Outsiders began calling Texas “The Republic of Porkdom.”….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 1080.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radio Lab Stories 72 mins – “Radiolab wraps 2015 with a series of special episodes. First, Jad and Robert walk us through some particularly compelling moments from Radiolab’s most-listened-to episodes. Then, the producers take center stage and pull back the curtain some more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Bootleg Music 19 mins – “In 1950s Soviet Russia, citizens craved Western popular music—everything from jazz to rock & roll. But smuggling vinyl was dangerous, and acquiring the scarce material to make copies of those records that did make it into the country was expensive… Musical records posed a particularly complex challenge, largely due to the need for vinyl. Some were printed on special coated paper, but these only lasted for a few plays. Ruslan Bogoslowski changed the game when he encoded music onto exposed X-Rays from medical archives and hospital trash bins. Bogoslowski would eventually spend five years imprisoned in Siberia for this innovation. The records themselves were low-tech affairs, cut from their rectilinear forms into rough circles with scissors, then burned out in the center with a cigarette so they could be seated on turntables. …even today there are fans and collectors of these precious vinyl prints, even though today the music can be exchanged more openly in free markets.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

String Theory 109 mins – “String Theory is currently one of the most important theories in fundamental physics, with applications to a variety of subfields including black holes and cosmology, nuclear physics others. This episode is an introduction to the core ideas of the field, as well as to some of its applications. Our guest is Alexander Westphal of Germany’s particle physics lab DESY. He does a wonderful job of introducing the very abstract topic in a way that could be understood by non-physicists, at least to some degree.” At the link find the title, “191 – String Theory,” right-click “Media files omegatau-191-stringTheory.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

SPARC Biology & Technology (Day 1) 7:50 hrs – “SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) is a library membership organization that promotes the open sharing of scholarship. SPARC is committed to the faster and wider sharing of outputs of the research process to increase the impact of research, fuel the advancement of knowledge, and increase the return on research investments. SPARC is supported by a global membership of over 800 academic and research libraries worldwide…The Common Fund’s new SPARC program has the central goal of providing a basic understanding of the peripheral nervous system to catalyze development of therapies based on neuromodulation of end-organ system function. The SPARC Biology and Technology Workshop serves as an initial step toward program success by bringing together research communities to assess the following: the current status of functional and anatomical mapping of peripheral innervation in organs; the opportunities for additional knowledge and technologies that would be foundational for mapping neuronal control of organ and organ system function in animal models and humans. Furthermore, this workshop will help communicate technical and biological opportunities within and across communities in a variety of organs and conditions.” At the link find the titles,” SPARC Strategic Planning Workshop: Biology & Technology (Day 2)” and “…(Day 1),” right-click the play button beside “Audio Podcast” for each and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Styrofoam EatingWorms 2 mins – “Worms have a taste for coffee cups? Who knew? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Styrofoam and other plastics can take over hundreds of years to degrade. Yeesh! Is there a way to make them go away faster? Stanford researchers may have a solution – mealworms. These critters are the larval form of the darkling beetle. And would you believe they have microorganisms in their guts that can break down Styrofoam? It’s true! In the Stanford study, one-hundred mealworms ingested a small pill’s worth of Styrofoam per day. Within twenty four hours, they excreted the waste as fragments that looked like rabbit droppings! It may be awhile before mealworms are deployed to plastic waste heaps, though. While the worms degrade half the plastic they ingest, they release the other half as carbon dioxide. That’s a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to global warming. Mealworms would do the same with any food source, but it’s still something to keep in mind.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tornadoes 45 mins – “What do you do when a twisting funnel drops from the sky with tearing winds of up to 500 km an hour? Neal Razzell goes out and about with the storm chasers in Oklahoma City, USA.” At the link find the title, “Tornado: Hide and Seek,” right-click “Media files p02rszgv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Games 47 mins – “We humans love our diversions, our immersions, our escapes and inspirations. We celebrate them in movies and in books, in music. And for many these days, in video games.  We are a long, long way from “Pong” and “Donkey Kong.” Games are deep and vast, with plots and personalities designed to engulf you. Take you away. Maybe solo. More often these days, in a world of players. Teaming up. Throwing down. Journeying. This hour On Point, from “Lovers in a Dangerous Space Time,” to “Halo 5” and “Splatoon,” we’re looking at the best video games of 2015.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Infrastructure 14 mins – “Water infrastructure issues are much in the news in the U.S. — not only in the West, where drought continues to take a high toll, but also in other parts of the country, where the water needs for municipalities, energy production, commercial interests, and agriculture intersect and sometimes conflict. In this interview, one in a series of three exploring some of the nation’s water challenges, we talk with Robert Glennon, Regents’ Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy at the University of Arizona, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It. Prof. Glennon discusses the trade-offs between competing demands for water, the conflicts in allocation, and strategies for both conserving and sharing scarce water more effectively.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WWII at Moscow P2 22 mins – “The Germans smash through the latest Soviet Defensive lines. The 4th Panzer Group, along with Gen. Kluge’s 4th Army now have men just 128 KM or 80 miles from Moscow.” At the link find the title, “Episode 150-Operation Typhoon,” right-click “Media files Episode150, 122115_10.01_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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