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3D Printer Impact 1 32 mins – “In this episode of the podcast I interview Andrew Bowyer of the Reprap Machine Project. Reprap is a self-replicating prototyper with profound implications for the Open Source Appropriate Technology Movement.” At the link find the title, “Episode #39: Reprap with Adrian Bowyer Part I, Jan 05, 2009,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
3D Printer Impact 2 28 mins – “Part II of my interview with Adrian Bowyer deals with two aspects of the reprap project: the global economic implications of distributed fabrication and practical tips for getting Reprap out there in as many hands as possible. Other issues, like economic collapse and Peak Oil are also addressed.” At the link find the title, “Episode #40: Reprap with Adrian Bowyer Part II, Jan 12, 2009,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
911 System 49 mins – “In the late 1950s, the National Association of Fire Chiefs recommended creating a single number for reporting fires. That was the catalyst for what is now the most recognized telephone number in the country: 911. A decade later the first 911 was call was made. Today, an estimated 96 percent of the population is covered by the emergency service. But the system was created for the landline, so as the country migrates quickly to mobile devices, government officials say the system is “dangerously out of date.” Diane and her  guests discuss what can be done to upgrade 911.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Bloomberg at City Lab 24 mins – “The philanthropist and former mayor of New York City is offering $125 million to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries in low- and middle-income cities and countries.” At the link find the title, “Michael Bloomberg on safer cities, new urban thinking,” right-click “Media files CITYCAST, Bloomberg bounce_v1, cc-0d0f22eb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bullshit Detection 46 mins – “How strong is your bullshit detector? And what exactly IS the scientific definition of bullshit? In this episode we explore what makes a person susceptible to bullshit, how to identify and defend against it, and what kind of people are the most and least likely to be bowled over by bullshit artists and other merchants of pseudo-profound, feel-good woo.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chemical Pollutants 30 mins – “Thousands of chemicals are used in everyday products – in our water, our food and in the air we breathe. It’s the chemical soup of modern life and it’s virtually impossible to escape them. In this special edition of Catalyst, Dr Maryanne Demasi investigates the safety of these chemicals, and compares the level of chemicals in her own body with clean living convert and media personality Sarah Wilson. Is there adequate regulation and testing, or are we in the midst of an uncontrolled, human experiment?” At the link right-click “Download video: MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Christmas Humor 61 mis – “No Christmas can ever be as good as the ones you had as a kid. But this week we go all in and bring the joy, the spontaneity, the sense that anything can happen back to Christmas. We’ve got a live Christmas performance from some of the best improvisors in the country including Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard, and SNL’s Aidy Bryant and Sasheer Zamata. Also holiday meals – on fire.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Church and State 49 mins – ““Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These sixteen words from the first amendment of the Constitution have guided the career of Reverend Barry Lynn. As head of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, he has spent the last 25 years helping define what this phrase means in our everyday lives. From prayer in public schools, to abortion, to same-sex marriage, he’s debated in courts of law and the court of public opinion. Now, Lynn reflects on the issues that have defined his career and those that continue to concern him.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Cilantro 32 mins – “On the surface, it’s just a leafy green herb. Its feathery fronds add a decorative note and a distinctive flavor to dishes across Latin America and Asia, from guacamole to phở. And yet cilantro is the most divisive herb in the kitchen, inspiring both deep dislike and equally deep devotion. What’s the history and science behind these strong reactions—and can cilantro disgust ever be overcome?” At the link find the title, “The post The Good, The Bad, The Cilantro,” right-click “Media files The Good The Bad The Cilantro.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Warming Weather 28 mins – “Gregg Garfin is an associate professor in climate, natural resources and policy in the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He joins us to tell us about the projections for a significantly warmer climate in the Southwestern United States in the next century. He also explains why a monsoon doesn’t necessarily have to do with precipitation, and how an especially strong El Niño weather system can actually affect the Earth’s rotation.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Complex Diseases 28 mins – “Six smart, strong women – mothers of children with complex diseases – are on a mission to make the system better. Not just for them but for you.” At the link find the title, “One More Thing,” right-click “Download One More Thing” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Condoms 30 mins – “Regardless of the ever present risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, condoms are still a hard sell. But what if one could be made from a material that mimics human skin and is imperceptible to wear? Dr Jonica Newby puts them to the test.” At the link right-click “Download video: MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Constitutional Law 39 mins – “John Yoo, former deputy assistant attorney general for President George Bush and now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, and Hugh Hewitt, former Reagan administration official and now a talk radio host, discuss the Constitution and current events in America. Topics range from Obamacare to the Middle East, the future of the United States, and how the Constitution applies to today’s problems.” At the link find the title, “The Constitution,” right-click “Media files 20150904.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cosmology Story 18 mins – “When Adam Becker realizes a visiting film crew is made up of geocentrists, he has to prevent them from exploiting his adviser’s work. Adam Becker is a cosmologist, a journalist, a programmer, and a science publishing troublemaker. He hails from a tiny town in northern New Jersey, and he has a PhD in physics from the University of Michigan. He strongly believes that scientific research should be open, that the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics is nonsense, and that David Tennant was the best Doctor.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Credit for US Poor 57 mins – “Author Mehrsa Baradaran discusses her book, [How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy], in which she argues there are two banking systems in the U.S. – one for the poor and one for everyone else.” At the link find the title, “Washington Journal: Mehrsa Baradaran on Inequality in the U.S. Banking System,” right-click “Media files program.425016.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drew Pearson 60 mins – “Tyler Abell, editor of [The Drew Pearson Diaries: Vol. II], discusses the second volume of his stepfather’s diaries, which provide an insider’s view of Washington, D.C. from 1960-1969.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Tyler Abell,” right-click “Media files program.423557.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drones 22mins – “Drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, have been put to use by various military bodies around the world as silent harbingers of death and destruction. But they might also be put to use for good causes: deployed in rescue operations, for example, or accurately dropping seeds to aid reforestation. Realistically, will they ever be used to deliver your mail? And can the danger from drones that fail and drop out of the sky ever be nullified? Click assembles a panel of experts to discuss the future of drones. Joining Gareth Mitchell and Bill Thompson in the BBC Radio Theatre will be Dr Mirko Kovac, Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London, Lauren Fletcher, CEO of BioCarbon Engineering, Mya Padget, a licensed commercial drone pilot, Liam Young, one of the key people behind the Barbican’s Drones Orchestra. Click also hears from Adrien Briod, Head of Technology at Flyability.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Economic Anomalies 43 mins – “Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses poverty around the world and in the United States. Poverty in America, he says, compared to the rest of the world, is not severe. Many poor people in poverty in the United States have one or two cars, central heating, and cell phones. The real problem for the poor is the destruction of the family, which Sowell argues dramatically increased once welfare policies were introduced in the 1960s.” At the link find the title, “Wealth, Poverty, and Politics,” right-click “Media files 20151208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Engineered Networks 4 mins – “Today, let’s talk about engineered social networks. The University of Houston Mathematics Department presents this program about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. The chain of acquaintances between two typical people in the world is not very long. So why do contagious diseases not always spread across the globe? The reason is that not all acquaintances are equal: A person with the flu is much more likely to infect people they interact with daily than a former high school friend. How we interact, not only who we interact with determines how epidemics spread. Ideas and behaviors also spread through social networks. Suppose a friend recommends a movie to you. Will you go see it? This depends on how much you trust her opinion. The number of friends that recommend the movie is also important. To know how a movie recommendation spreads through social interactions, it is important to understand the dynamics and structure of social networks.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Extreme Giving 19 mins – “For many the holiday season is a time for acts of charity, but some people are wary of selflessness because it may harm people you are close to. Larissa MacFarquhar examines what motivates people to become extreme do-gooders and the backlash against them.” At the link find the title, “Sacrificing everything for others: a look at people who are “extreme do-gooders” – December 24, 2015 (1/3)” right-click “Download Sacrificing everything for others: a look at people who are “extreme do-gooders”” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farming in Texas 31 mins – “In this interview I speak with Eric Herm, who blogs at Sonofafarmer.com. Eric is a fourth generation farmer in West Texas who shares his personal story and his perspectives on soil health, Peak Oil, sustainability, and economic collapse. If you want to hear the perspective of farmers who are in the trenches and on the frontlines of the fight for sustainable food production, then listen to this episode.” At the link find the title, “Episode #44: Son of a Farmer,” right-click the image above it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Financial Commandants 60 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and author Harold Pollack discuss:Harold’s simple financial guide, The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated; The current state of the Affordable Care Act; The economics behind neglected diseases” At the link find the title, “The Stay Healthy Edition,” right-click “Media files SM6290852802.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Football Schools 52 mins – “The highest paid public employee in Utah—not to mention 31 other states—is a college football coach. For the journalist Gilbert Gaul, that fact is perfect evidence of the financial powerhouse that is college pigskin. In a new book, Gaul investigates how college football programs became “giant entertainment businesses that happen to do a little education on the side.” He joins us Thursday. We’ll also talk to the sports economist David Berri about how student athletes are affected by all of this.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Ice Ages 42 mins – “Jane Francis, Richard Corfield and Carrie Lear join Melvyn Bragg to discuss ice ages, periods when a reduction in the surface temperature of the Earth has resulted in ice sheets at the Poles. Although the term ‘ice age’ is commonly associated with prehistoric eras when much of northern Europe was covered in ice, we are in fact currently in an ice age which began up to 40 million years ago. Geological evidence indicates that there have been several in the Earth’s history, although their precise cause is not known. Ice ages have had profound effects on the geography and biology of our planet. With: Jane Francis Professor of Paleoclimatology at the University of Leeds Richard Corfield Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University Carrie Lear Senior Lecturer in Palaeoceanography at Cardiff University. Producer: Thomas Morris.” At the link find the title, “Ice Ages, Mar 2013,” right-click “Media files p02q5b5c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Intelligent Design in Court 32 mins – “Evolutionary biologist Nicholas Matzke talks about the Kitzmiller v. Dover evolution trial on the 10th anniversary of the decision. He advised the plaintiffs while working for the National Center for Science Education. He also discusses the continuing post-Dover attempts to get creationist narratives taught in public school science classrooms “ At the link find the title, “Evolution Still on Trial 10 Years after Dover,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Iron Age History 42 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the dawn of the European Iron Age.In around 3000 BC European metalworkers started to make tools and weapons out of bronze. A complex trading network evolved to convey this valuable metal and other goods around the continent. But two millennia later, a new skill arrived from the Middle East: iron smelting. This harder, more versatile metal represented a huge technological breakthrough.The arrival of the European Iron Age, in around 1000 BC, was a time of huge social as well as technological change. New civilisations arose, the landscape was transformed, and societies developed new cultures and lifestyles. Whether this was the direct result of the arrival of iron is one of the most intriguing questions in archaeology. With:Sir Barry Cunliffe Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford; Sue Hamilton Professor of Prehistory at University College London; Timothy Champion Professor of Archaeology at the University of Southampton; Producer: Thomas Morris” At the line find the title, “The Iron Age, Mar 2011,” right-click “Media files p02q5d5z.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jim Crow Continues 11 mins – “When it was released in 2010, Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow” became a sensation and redefined the way many look at the incarceration of black men in the United States. The book led to many public and private discussions of the role that race plays in prison statistics and the legacy of racism in the legal treatment of blacks. While many praised the book, there were also critics. Adolph Reed, professor of political science at The University of Pennsylvania says that the analogy between mass incarceration and “Jim Crow” doesn’t hold up, because they are not identical systems. “I think that a lot of younger scholars find it [the comparison] powerful because they don’t understand the old Jim Crow,” says Reed.” At the link find the title, “What ‘The New Jim Crow’ gets wrong about the old Jim Crow,” right-click “ Media files reed-crow-edit.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Job Per State 41 mins – “His email went something like this: “My friend Heath just finished working an hourly job in all 50 states while living in an RV and paying off $15,000 in student debt. You should meet him.” …and of course I was interested. And here we are. To be a bit more specific, Heath graduated college and initially got a job like most people. After doing that for a while (and being very nonchalant about paying off his student loans), he and his wife Alyssa decided to do something crazy for their honeymoon – buy an RV and take a trip to every U.S. state. Of course, the idea had to get crazier – so Heath decided to attempt working an hourly job in all 50 states and make a documentary out of it. Along the way, he and Alyssa learned that living in an RV can be really, really cheap – and pretty awesome as well….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Landing Approaches 56 mins – “In the second episode of Plane Safety Podcast we’re discussing the Stable Approach concept.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Landing Distances 73 mins – “In this episode we’re looking at landing distances, news and feedback.” At the right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Libyan Reconstruction 27 mins – “Twenty three of Libya’s finest technology graduates plan to rebuild their country.” At the link find the title, “Young, Clever and Libyan,” right-click “Media files p03c52vb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Life Coach 38 mins – “By popular demand, this is a follow-up with the amazing Derek Sivers (@sivers)! This episode can be listened to independently of our first popular conversation, and he answers some of my (and your) favorite questions. Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek created CD Baby in 1998. It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100 million in sales for 150,000 musicians. If you only listen to one answer from this episode, don’t miss his response to “What do you believe that other people think is insane?” It gets progressively weirder and weirder and starts around 34:09…save as an MP3 by right-clicking here):” Or listen at the link and read more.
London Fogs 24 mins – “The fog rolls in and we are enveloped in the history and lore of the mysterious mist – from foggy London Town, to foggy Nova Scotia. Today we go into the fog to understand its place in poetry, and reality.” At the link find the title, “Into the fog: ominous, deadly and persistent in English literature – Dec 28, 2015,” right-click “Download Into the fog: ominous, deadly and persistent in English literature” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Los Angeles Renovation 20 mins – “The new mayor says he governs like he is “the city’s CEO,” requiring department heads to reapply for their jobs and undergo data-driven performance reviews. Here, he’s interviewed by Walter Isaacson, president of The Aspen Institute.” At the ink find the title, “LA Mayor Eric Garcetti on ‘reinventing city hall,’” right-click “Media files CITYCAST, Garcetti_bounce v1_cc-07c6de93.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Los Angeles Transportation 9 mins – “The former Transportation Commissioner of New York transformed Times Square from a cab-choked bottleneck into an airy pedestrian mall. Now, she’s working on walking, biking and commuting in Southern California.” At the link find the title, “Janette Sadik-Khan on LA, NYC and the future of transportation,” right-click “Media files FY15_CityCast, JSK_bounce-a2b36c58.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lusitania 60 mins – “Author Erik Larson discusses his book, [Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania], about the world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania at the hands of German U-Boat submarines during its voyage from New York to England.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Erik Larson,” right-click “Media files program.393251.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marissa Mayer 28 mins – “Nicholas Carlson talked by video from New York City about how Silicon Valley companies operate. The author of Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!, he focused on Ms. Mayer’s career in Google and becoming the chief executive officer of Yahoo!” At the link you can listen and look, but an audio file download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Med School HQ Founder 46 mins – “Dr Ryan Gray is a Flight Surgeon and Aerospace Medicine Physician who has also founded MedicalSchoolHQ.net, which guides applicants through the often arduous process of applying to medical school. In this interview we deep dive into some of the ingredients to an excellent medical school application, what a Flight Surgeon really does and how to deal with adversity when unexpected things come your way.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Tests 16 mins – “When Mary sat down with Zeke Emanuel, one of the main architects of the Affordable Care Act, she basically wanted to know one thing: if the ACA was supposed to revolutionize healthcare, how come she still can’t understand her medical bills? Even though he’s an oncologist, bioethicist, and healthcare wonk, Dr. Emanuel still struggles to navigate the system. Arcane hospital bills stump him, too. So if patients aren’t to blame for not understanding medical costs, is there anything we can do? Emanuel suggests that we start looking closely at the number of medical tests we sign up for. Take the PSA blood test for prostate cancer: it prevents a very small number of deaths, and often results in overdiagnosis. Some doctors disagree with him, but Emanuel sees it as a totally unnecessary expense that can lead to even more costs. He has never wanted one for himself, yet he’s been given the test twice — without being aware of it. When a doctor called to give him his results, Dr. Emanuel slammed the phone down before hearing them. He believes the PSA leads to unnecessary worry — and, more importantly, unnecessary treatment for men in this country. This week, Dr. Emanuel talks about what you can do to be a smarter consumer of healthcare, and the ways the system might be slowly changing to help all of us — doctors, hospitals, insurers, and patients — understand cost better.” At the link find the title, “Why is Healthcare So Expensive? We Ask an Expert,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman122915_cms560768_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medicating Women 46 mins – “Are American women being prescribed psychiatric drugs – anti-depressants, anti-psychotics — for normal emotions? We’ll hear out one psychiatrist’s bold claim. Americans take a lot of pharmaceuticals to control their moods, their emotions, their state of mind. And women take a lot more than men. One in four American women, now on some kind of psychiatric medication. You know the names from the ads all over TV: Cymbalta, Zoloft, Abilify, more. My guest today, psychiatrist Julie Holland, says that flood of drugs is shutting down natural emotions that women need. Numbing women in a way that’s bad for many of them, and bad for society. This hour On Point: a cry against medicating women’s feelings.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mein Kampf 55 mins – “What should be done with Hitler’s autobiography Mein Kampf? Scholars in Munich have just finished a new, heavily annotated version of the book before the copyright expires on December 31, 2015.” At the link find the title, “The Struggle Over Mein Kampf (Encore June 6, 2014),” right-click “Media files ideas_20151229_16386.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mental Institutes 58 mins – “The Closing of Lakeview: Why it Happened and What’s Next – After months of scrutiny for abuse and neglect, this residential facility for people with brain injuries and developmental disabilities closed. We’re following up on an investigation by NHPR and the radio program Reveal about the history of the center, its connections to similar facilities nationwide – and what this means for a vulnerable population.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Music Business 30 mins – “Allen Bargfrede, Berklee School of Music professor, discusses how the music industry functions, payment systems for new music platforms, and what actions musicians would like Congress to take to bring fairness to those systems.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Allen Bargfrede,” right-click “Media files program.416634.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Neil Gaiman 49 mins – “ ‘There are things in this book, as in life, that might upset you. There is death and pain in here, tears and discomfort, violence of all kinds, cruelty, even abuse.” That is how best-selling author Neil Gaiman introduces his latest collection of short fiction and poems. The book is called “Trigger Warning,” named for the caution now used on images, films and literature that could trigger flashbacks or anxiety. The anthology is filled with what the Newbery Medal-winning author is best known for: ghost stories, science fiction and fairy tales. Join Diane for a conversation with Gaiman on why he says these stories are about the masks we all wear.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Neurologist 12 mins – “ As grad school for neuroscience wears on, Michael Nitabach feels the pull of law school, and goes. But he had another surprise coming. Every week the Story Collider brings you a true, personal story about science. Find more here: storycollider.org/ Mike Nitabach is Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology and of Genetics at Yale School of Medicine, where he directs a research program aimed at understanding how neural circuits process information and control behavior. He received his PhD at Columbia University and post-doctoral training at NYU. He also made a detour between graduate school and post-doctoral training to law school at NYU, and practiced law for five years at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, where he focused on biotech and pharmaceutical patent prosecution and litigation.” At the link find the title, “Mike Nitabach: I was supposed to be a lawyer., Jun 2013,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu.
New Hampshire Life 8 mins – “This week, The Bookshelf features Brendan Smith. When you move to northern New England from somewhere else, you join a group of people known as “flatlanders.” Once a pejorative, the word “flatlander” is now a more acceptable term for folks from away and does not refer to the geography of the place those folks came from. Humor columnist Brendan Smith lives in Laconia, but he’s been a “flatlander” since he moved to New Hampshire from Long Island in the mid-1980s. He’s been sharing his observations about life and New Hampshire in columns in The Weirs Times and Cocheco Times for years, and he’s collected some of his best in Best of a F.O.O.L. in New Hampshire—that’s “Flatlander’s Observations On Life.‘” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Oil Decline in Alberta 26 mins – “It’s been one of this year’s biggest reversal-of-fortune stories, as the high-flying economy of Alberta has been laid low by the plunging price of oil. We revisit our show in Calgary for stories of how life has been turned upside down in the province.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: Calgarians re-imagine lives amid Alberta’s economic downturn – Dec 29, 2015 (3/3),” right-click “Download ENCORE: Calgarians re-imagine lives amid Alberta’s economic downturn” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Otis Redding 49 mins – “By the time singer Otis Redding was a teenager, he was already a star in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. But thanks to a recording contract with Memphis-based Stax records, he started to produce R&B chartoppers like “These Arms of Mine” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” But Redding’s biggest hit — “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” — wouldn’t come until after he died: Three days after he recorded it, Redding was killed in a plane crash at just 26 years old. The song, a blend of folk and soul that marked a big departure from his usual sound, was released posthumously and became one of the most popular tunes of the 20th century. Diane and biographer Mark Ribowsky discuss the short life and legendary career of soul superstar Otis Redding.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Pesticides on Food 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. Host Al Letson and producer Jonathan Miller of Homelands Productions travel to the Sunshine State to tell us what happened after the tomato workers organized, pushed for reform and got the public to help.” 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.
Philippine Immigrants 103 mins – “The Philippines has the most sophisticated labor-exporting model in the world. Despite the robust supply of workers in the Philippines, there is a concern that emigration—coupled with limited capacity of local training institutions—has contributed to labor shortages in key industries. The International Organization for Migration and the Migration Policy Institute hosted a breakfast briefing to discuss these critical issues and launch the Issue in Brief, Shortage amid Surplus: Emigration and Human Capital Development in the Philippines, the fifteenth in this joint-publication series offering succinct insights on migration issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region today.” At the link find the title, “Shortage Amid Surplus: Emigration and Human Capital Development in the Philippines,” right-click “Media files 151216_003.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pilot Social Media 79 mins – “Do you have a social media policy for your career? Welcome to the podcast where we inform, motivate, and give you an inside look at the many aviation careers. Some of our favorite co hosts join us. First , Eric Crump, Aerospace Director at Polk State College and a passionate aviation educator. We also have Tom Wachowski, Corporate Pilot and career advocate. Welcome to the show Eric and Tom!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pilot Training Schools 51 mins – “Welcome to Episode 84. The goal of this podcast is to inform, entertain, and motivate you to achieve your career goal. We to bring you the viewpoint of all those involved with careers in aviation and aerospace. Although we primarily focus on the positive aspects of a career in aviation and specifically as an airline pilot we also know that we must represent the challenges of choosing a career in aviation. To help you understand some of the challenges concerning salaries in the piloting career I have with me Ben Mandell author of Don’t Pay Any Flight School More Than $2500 In Advance: The Censored Information The Bad Guys Don’t Want You To Know and Pilots on food stamps: An Inside Look At Why Your Flight Was Cancelled.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
PTSD in the Workplace 25 mins – “Manitoba is breaking new ground when it comes to recognizing PTSD in professions you might not associate with trauma. So who has been falling through the cracks when it comes to treating workplace related PTSD? Should the new approach go nationwide?” At the link find the title, “Manitoba legislation recognizes PTSD as workplace related condition – Dec 30, 2015 (2/3)” right-click “Download Manitoba legislation recognizes PTSD as workplace related condition” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Racism in America 54 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and is titled “All Eyes are Upon Us – Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn.” Our speaker is Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History from the University of New Hampshire.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugee Children Education 24 mins – “Thousands of children entering public schools across this country are there as refugees of war. We revisit our conversation with an expert on the integration of refugee children who says Canadian teachers are ill-prepared for the new arrivals.” At the link find the title, ENCORE: Teachers struggle to meet the needs of Syrian refugee children – Dec 31, 2015 (3/3) ,” right-click “Download ENCORE: Teachers struggle to meet the needs of Syrian refugee children,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugee Story (2 parts) 24 mins “Meet the Dhnie family in Turkey as they prepare to make the journey to Greece, along with thousands of others, from Syria.” At the link find the title, “A New Life 1 – The Dhnie Family,” right-click “Media files p03cy2fk.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. In part two, “The Dhnie family find themselves sleeping rough, getting caught up in riots and being detained as they try to reach Europe after their flight from Syria.” at “Media files p03cy24j.mp3”.
Refugees in Italy 25 mins – “Young refugees are going it alone. Today we revisit the stories of unaccompanied minors seeking a better life in Italy, and here in Canada. Humanitarian workers in Italy say thousands of migrant children are simply disappearing into Europe. At the link find the title,” ENCORE: Unaccompanied refugee minors learn how to live on their own – Dec 31, 2015 (2/3),” right-click “Download ENCORE: Unaccompanied refugee minors learn how to live on their own” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rescue Death 7 mins – “With winter now here, New Hampshire’s search-and-rescue teams are watching for storms in the Presidential mountains and worrying that once again, a hiker will make a decision that puts lives at risk.That’s what happened last February, when Kate Matrosova, a 32 year-old from New York, who thought she could beat an approaching storm….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sari Description 27 mins – “Shahidha traces the story of the sari, explores how it feels to wear one and asks what it meant for women like her mother. She discovers the unexpected ways in which clothing can be imprinted with feelings of nostalgia, love and loss.” At the link find the title, “My Mother’s Sari,” right-click “Media files p03cy8yq.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Schenck v. U.S. 92 mins- “Beverly Gage and Thomas Goldstein talk about the 1919 Supreme Court case [Schenck v. United States], in which the Court unanimously ruled that the Espionage Act of 1917 was constitutional.” At the link find the title, “Supreme Court Landmark Case [Schenck v. United States],” right-click “Media files program.411306.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science Comedy 54 mins – “Where are the laughs in global warming? Is there a comedy of climate? Three renowned experts in the field offer their considered opinions: Rod Quantock, Hannah Gadsby and Andrew Denton. Recorded at Womadelaide’s 2015 Planet Talks, our guests provide advice on boiling billionaires for dinner, and how to change the minds of sceptics.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Seabed Mining 10 mins – “In this exclusive interview for Oil & Gas IQ, Caitlyn L. Antrim, Executive Director of the Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans gives us a bite-size summary of 140 years of seabed mining, including the stumbling blocks, advances and why this exotic form of mining is beginning to make sense in the 21st century. Caitlyn Antrim researches the future of the oceans, the Arctic, and the environment. Her experience as a diplomat at the Law of the Sea Conferece and the UN Conference on Environment and Development reinforce her capability as an analyst of regimes for the international commons. Her current areas of study are the geopolitics of Arctic governance, and the implementation of the Law of the Sea Convention.” At the link you can sign up for the podcasts and a copy is included in the blog archive.
Sharing Cities 43 mins – “From bike share to Airbnb, the urban landscape now shows new systems of people passing private property around and using resources in new ways. We’ll look at this with April Rinne, Sharing Economy Advisory Board, City of Seoul, South Korea; David Sheard, Council Leader, Kirklees; Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Airbnb; and Arun Sundararajan, Professor and Rosen Faculty Fellow, New York University.” At the link find the title, “What’s mine is yours? The new dynamics of the sharing city,” right-click “Media files FY15 CityCast, The_Sharing_city-8cb8ead6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Solar Cell Windows 28 mins – “Imagine a world where every window-laden skyscraper generates its own solar power, where the skylights in your ceiling are a source of light and electricity, and where your iPhone charges itself through the power of the sun. What could make this imagined world possible? Photovoltaic solar cells that are as transparent as regular glass. Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio is Prof. Richard Lunt, the lead researcher on the MIT team that developed the technology, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, and co-founder of Ubiquitous Energy, the commercial enterprise through which this energy-capturing glassy-film will be distributed. Lunt talks about the science behind transparent luminescent solar concentrators and the opportunities ahead with applications ranging from power-generating car and building windows, to use on every device you can think of, from smart phones to store signs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Song Writer Bill Medley 49 mins – “Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield were the Righteous Brothers. In the 1960s, they brought out some of the biggest pop hits in history. Unchained Melody. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. Some of the most-played songs in the history of recording. And their songs came back. In soundtracks of “Top Gun” and “Ghost.” In “Dirty Dancing.” Year after year, still with a hold on popular culture. Something deep in our minds. This hour On Point, we’ll talk with Bill Medley about those songs, his life, and the Righteous Brothers.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Steam Turbines 4 mins – “…In the 250 years before Cleopatra, the Egyptians created all kinds of steam-driven toys. They all worked on the same principle: they had small water tanks heated by a fire. Steam escaped through jets to drive the toy. But no one could quite figure out how to make steam jets produce useful power. Finally, in the early 1700s, English engineers came up with a completely different scheme for getting power out of steam. They used steam to drive pistons. Soon, the whole world was powered by piston steam-engines, and those Egyptian jets were forgotten….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As”from the pop-up menu.
Strokes 83 mins – “Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the US and can occur at any age. Randall Higashida, MD discusses the symptoms of stroke, the importance of early diagnosis, new treatments and more. Recorded on 11/03/2015. (#30134)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Syrian Life 27 mins – “A fuzzy team photo from the 1980s sends Tim Whewell on a journey to track down football players from a small town in northern Syria who were once the champions of Aleppo province. In the last four years of war their hometown, Mare’a, has become a war zone – bombed by the Assad regime, besieged by Islamic State, subject even to a mustard gas attack. And the civil war has torn through what was once a band of friends – some now pro-rebel, some pro-regime. They’re scattered across Syria and beyond, some fighting near Mare’a, some in refugee camps abroad. What have they gone through since they won that cup? And do they think they can ever be reunited? Shabnam Grewal producing.” At the link find the title, “The Battered Champions of Aleppo,” right-click “Media files p03d9bj1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Syrian Refugees 52 mins – “Caren Bohan, editor in charge of U.S. Politics for Reuters, and Kathleen Newland, senior fellow and co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute, discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and the U.S. response amid national security concerns.” At the link find the title, “The U.S. Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis,” right-click “Media files IM_20151219.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Technology Assisted Review 29 mins – “Technology Assisted Review (TAR), also known as Computer Assisted Review, Predictive Coding, Computer Assisted Coding, and Predictive Ranking, has been around for 50 years, but is now becoming incredibly useful in the legal field. This technology can speed up cases of all kinds and greatly reduce discovery costs for their clients. But how do lawyers learn about TAR? After all, we’re not dummies. In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek interview John Tredennick, the CEO of Catalyst Repository Systems, about his new book “TAR for Smart People,” what exactly TAR includes, and specific ways it has helped companies reduce discovery costs….” At the link find the title, “Technology Assisted Review for Smart People,” right-click “Media files technology-assisted-review.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
Vitamin D 74 mins – “This special episode from 2009 featured a rare off-topic discussion about Steve Gibson’s research into vitamin D.” At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
WWII US POW Camp 60 mins – “Jan Jarboe Russell discusses her book, [The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II], about the Texas camp, which was home to Japanese, German and Italian detainees.” At the link find the title, “Q&A: Jan Jarboe Russell,” right-click “Media files program.389119.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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