The best 72 podcasts from a larger group of 254 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 you will be 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 280 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded and you can make your own selected list.
Academics in Government 44 mins – “Professor Dame Janet Finch talks about how academia and government can work together.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Age Friendly Homes 58 mins – “Our homes are a resource for us as we age. Though age-friendly design is often about grab bars and ramps for supporting mobility and preventing accidents, it is most of all about living well in our homes. Architect and social entrepreneur Susi Stadler will help the audience discover the potential of our homes to adapt to our changing needs. She will teach us how, by demanding practical, creative and elegant solutions, to arrive at a different way of living in our homes by seeing age-friendly design as a way to enhance overall quality of life.” At the link right-click Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alcoholism Movie 25 mins – “Can a pill cure alcoholism? It’s one of the questions explored in Wasted, a new documentary that follows Mike Pond, a psychotherapist and alcoholic, who seeks out the latest, science-based addiction treatments.” At the link find the title, “Wasted’ documentary looks at how prescription drugs can fight addiction – Jan 20, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Download ‘Wasted’ documentary looks at how prescription drugs can fight addiction – Jan 20, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Anxiety 71 mins – “Professor Paul Salkovskis talks about understanding and treating anxiety.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Aquaponics 44 mins – “ In the second part of my interview with Doug Burdette we talk about aquaculture as a community development strategy, the mechanics of aquaponics, and I read a listener’s comments.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Assisted Dying 76 mins – “Lord Joel Joffe believes that there is an ‘urgent need’ to change the law on assisted dying and will argue in his lecture that assisted dying and palliative care are essential and complementary aspects of care for people suffering from painful incurable diseases.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Astronomy History 47 mins – “Michael Lemonick, a freelance science journalist from Princeton University, looks at the discoveries of William and Caroline Herschel.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bee Decline 41 mins – “Stuart Roberts, research fellow at the University of Reading, discusses the decline of bees and its effect on the environment. Evidence is presented on the state and trends of bees, the likely drivers of change and the possible long term effects.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Black Politician 54 mins – “Civic leader Michael Tubbs shares his story of growing up in the California Central Valley, attending Stanford and going on to become one of the youngest elected officials in U.S. history. The Stockton City Councilman calls on entrepreneurs behind today’s biggest tech innovations to also focus on solving society’s biggest problems, like poverty, illiteracy and inequality.
Brain Diseases 89 mins – “A look at the causes and treatments of progressive dementia with UCSF’s Dr. Michael Geschwind and Dr. Jeff Gelfand. Recorded on 10/14/2015. (#30137) “ At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brown v. Board of Education 94 mins – “Jeffrey Rosen and Tomiko Brown-Nagin talk about the 1954 Supreme Court case [Brown v. Board of Education], in which the Court unanimously ruled that separate public schools were not equal, reversing previous court decisions.” At the link find the title, “Supreme Court Landmark Case [Brown v. Board of Education],” right-click “Media files program.411314.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Building Materials 46 mins – “Professor Peter Walker discusses research into new ways of using traditional building materials such as earth, hemp and straw as a greener choice for modern construction. Professor Walker is Director of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials at the University.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Cat Trapping 51 mins – “We live in a country of cat lovers. About 80 million cats live in our homes today, but what about the other 80 million living outside of the house? In this episode of Reveal, we take a look at two cats whose fates diverged – one, an invasive predator, is encouraged to thrive and hunt; the other, a native wildcat, is being hunted and trapped.” At the link find the title, “Cat Fight, Jan 2016,” right-click “Media files Cat-Fight_PCAST.mp3” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chernobyl P2 18 mins – “Alla Kravchuk, the daughter of two former employees at the power station, returns to the nearby town of Pripyat. Now a world famous ghost town with trees growing through the once neat concrete squares and streets, it used to be her hometown. As well as an emotional journey back, Alla also talks to other people dealing with the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster.Burying “ At the link find thte title, “Chernobyl – Part Two,” right-click “Media files p03fz0ln.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Common Rights 48 mins – “In this lecture, Dr Susan Oosthuizen, historic landscape specialist from the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, will explore the archaeological evidence for the management of prehistoric pasture.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Computers Replace Lawyers 40 mins – “After years of writing and thinking about the future of the legal profession, Richard Susskind began to run into legal professionals whose careers are being affected by technology. In addition to lawyers, those in the medical, architecture, financial, and other fields have begun to notice a shift in the provision of professional services. Richard got together with his son, Daniel Susskind, at the time working in justice policy, education policy, and health policy for the British Prime Minister, to examine how technology is increasingly playing a fundamental role in how all service-based professions work. They recently published a book on the subject called “The Future of the Professions.” In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview Richard and Daniel Susskind about their new book and key topics within that might interest lawyers who wish to prepare for the future. They discuss a “grand bargain” concept of exclusivity, the capability of machines to replace cognitive, physical/manual, and emotional skills currently provided by human professionals, and the right questions to ask about the future of legal services. Are there any tasks that computers won’t be able to do?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Con Artists 26 mins – “Why is it that people who are otherwise smart and rational keep getting sucked-in by the con artist’s magic? From snake oil… to email scams, New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova gets inside the con artist’s head in her book, The Confidence Game.” At the link find the title, “Hooked on a feeling: inside the con artist’s confidence game – Jan 19, 2016 (3/3)” right-click “Download Hooked on a feeling: inside the con artist’s confidence game – Jan 19, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corruption in China 28 mins – “To make way for growth, China’s government is seizing land from farmers and villagers. The seeds of unrest have been planted and property owners seem to be the biggest losers in the country’s urban boom.” At the link find the title, “China’s government land grab fuels unrest with farmers, villagers – Jan 20, 2016 (3/3)”,” right-click “Download China’s government land grab fuels unrest with farmers, villagers – Jan 20, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Creative Problem Solving 16 mins – “Challenges and problems can derail your creative process … or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess. “ At the link right-click “Download,” then right=click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
CRSPR Technology 27 mins – “Science Magazine recently reported on the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015, and on this episode of Science Studio, we’ll learn about two of them: CRISPR Gene Editing Technology, and Reproducibility in Psychology.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Crusades 39 mins – “Ms Lambert, of Goldsmiths University, has worked as a history lecturer for 20 years. Her talk will look at the repeated failures to recover ‘holy land’ territories after 1147.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
CSI Unmasked 43 mins – “Forensic anthropologist Kathleen Conabree discusses issues surrounding what really goes on at a crime scene and what the term forensic actually means.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Dead Body Disposal 53 mins – “Why is it that we care for the dead? The philosopher Diogenes suggested that his corpse simply be tossed over the city wall, but it’s an idea that seems unthinkable. Historian Thomas Laqueur says bodies matter because we’ve decided they do – from prehistoric times, regardless of faith or creed. Laqueur’s new book explores the ways we’ve ritualized and remembered the dead throughout history. Wednesday, he joins Doug to explain how our relationship to the dead has helped shape the modern world. Thomas Laqueur is is the Helen Fawcett Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. His book is called The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains. “ At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Death and Dying 57 mins – “Professor Allan Kellehear, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath’s Centre for Death & Society, gives an overview of the changing attitudes and behaviour of human beings and other hominids in their response to death, dying and loss over the last two million years.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Disaster Stories 34 mins – “In this week’s episode hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley got the chance to interview EMS author B.J. Schneider over Skype to find out more about his book, “Welcome to New Orleans: How Many Shots Did You Hear?” In this return episode, B.J. continues to discuss his experiences in New Orleans. This week he talks specifically about his response with New Orleans EMS to Hurricane Katrina. This is a rare look at Katrina response from the inside. We have had federal and NGO responders on the show before, but we’ve never taken a hard look at the local responders and what they went through during the devastation following that storm. Check out this amazing episode with B.J. and check out his book via the links below.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drug Research Costs 48 mins – “Mobile technology is emerging as a powerful tool for transforming the way clinical research is conducted now and in the future.” At the link find the title, “Improving Clinical Trials through Mobile Technology,” right-click “Media files 160119_mobiletech.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Elderly Aids from Technology 63 mins – “Professor Gail Mountain, Professor of Health Services Research (Assisted Living Research) at University of Sheffield; Director of EPSRC-funded SMART Consortium & Principle Director of KT-EQUAL Consortium will describe how technology can be used to meet the needs of an ageing population.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Emotional Robots 50 mins – “Dr Joanna Bryson, an expert in machines that have their own artificial intelligence, explores the issues associated with the concept.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Energy from Microbes 73 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Elio Schaechter.The microbophiles investigate the ratio of bacterial to human cells in our bodies, and how placing solar panels on a bacterium enables it to carry out photosynthesis.” At the link right-click “download TWiM#119” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Every Student Succeeds 62mins – “”The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recently signed into law updates the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and provides a stronger focus on closing the achievement gap between English learners and other students. The law maintains accountability for subgroups of students, including English learners. Most importantly, it builds on that requirement by elevating English proficiency outcomes to be a key element of statewide accountability systems. Despite these changes and other improvements for English learners, the law moves many critical accountability decisions from the federal to the state level, meaning that new strategies and efforts will be needed to ensure quality education services for these children. The creation of state plans and accountability measures to implement the new law’s provisions will provide immigrant groups and other English learner stakeholders with numerous opportunities to safeguard English learners’ rights to an equitable education and ensure they can excel along with other students. Join us January 21 to learn more about ESSA’s provisions and particular areas of concern for stakeholders who seek to maintain and build policies and practices that support immigrant and English-learner students’ success.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Eye Witness Identification 43 mins – “Dr Adrian Scott, from the University’s Department of Psychology, considers the fallibility of human memory and how past experience and knowledge of the world influence recollection.” At the link click ‘Download” to get the file.
Fear 60 mins – “This week we’re talking about fear: how it works, what it does to our bodies and brains, and why we sometimes seek it out. We’ll spend the hour with Margee Kerr – a sociologist, fear researcher, and diehard haunted house fan – talking about her new book “Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear”.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Financial Strategies 30 mins – “Paul responds to the many questions he has received regarding what to do during this highly volatile market. Should investors respond by rebalancing or changing their choice of assert classes or asset allocation? Paul discusses several internet resources he believes give investors a better understanding of how difficult it is to predict the future. The first is a link to a portion of a chapter of Larry Swedroe’s book, “The Successful Investor Today: 14 Simple Truths You Must Know When You Invest.” While the book was published in 2003 it totally valid today. The second is a link to the most powerful graphic lessons for investors trying to understand how difficult predicting the future can be. “The Callan Periodic Table of Investment Returns” allows you to quickly see the returns of the last 20 years and how each of 10 asset classes performed each year. If you believe a picture is worth 1000 words this one may be worth 10,000 words.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Flint Water Crisis 49 mins – “In April 2014, the water supply in Flint, Michigan, was switched from Lake Huron to the Flint River to save money. Almost immediately, residents reported problems with its smell, taste and appearance. Even a local GM plant stopped using it. Officials insisted the water was safe but then, last fall, a Flint pediatrician found dangerous levels of lead in children had risen since the water switch. Fast forward to today – a state of emergency has been declared and there are growing calls to hold government officials accountable. Guest host Susan Page discusses the latest on the Flint water crisis.” [4 guests] At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Flint Water Crisis 28 mins – “For over a year, Flint, Michigan’s water has been unfit to drink. Many say it points to a continuing neglect of a poor, and largely black community, in the former industrial heart of America. We discuss the water woes in Flint and its correlation to race.” At the link find the title, “Flint’s water crisis reflects history linking lead levels to race and poverty – Jan 22, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “Download Flint’s water crisis reflects history linking lead levels to race and poverty – Jan 22, 2016 (3/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genius Defined 49 mins – “Athens. Vienna. Silicon Valley. Calcutta. Hangzhou, China. Edinburgh. Florence. All of them are cities that, at different moments in history, have seen genius thrive. With artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, philosophers like Aristotle and Plato, and with our modern tech innovators, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. This hour On Point, the geography of genius and creativity around the globe.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gravity and Light 56 mins – “Professor Mark Birkinshaw talks about the effect of gravity on light as part of the 2008 Herschel lecture, named in remembrance of the Bath astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus in 1781.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Greenland Glaciers 16 mins tot – “In Greenland, a climate change mystery with clues written in water and stone The effects of climate change are starting to make themselves clear just about everywhere, but nowhere more dramatically than Greenland. The giant island holds the world’s second largest ice sheet, and it’s melting fast—an average of 287 billion metric tons of ice a year. Global warming is the big culprit, but scientists aren’t so sure about a lot of the details. And they need to be, to help figure what might be ahead for the rest of us as melting ice leads to sea level rise and big changes in the oceans. Recently The World’s Ari Daniel traveled to Greenland, with a group of researchers who are trying to unlock parts of the mystery. Here’s the first of his reports from the edge of the ice sheet.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu. Do the same here for Part 2.
Habits and Happiness 58 mins – “We repeat about 40 percent of our behaviors every day. Whether they are good or bad, Rubin believes that when we change our habits, we change our lives. So how do we change? Through research and experimentation, Rubin offers a framework of different strategies to fit our individual personalities. Rubin is the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, with more than two million copies sold worldwide.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hounds for Heroes 43 mins – “June Ward talks about the charity Hounds for Heroes.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Information Architecture 47 mins – “Jeffrey Zeldman’s guest is Abby Covert, Information Architect; curator of IA Summit; co-founder of World IA Day; president of IA Institute; teacher in the Products of Design MFA program at New York’s School of Visual Arts; and author of How To Make Sense of Any Mess, a “brilliant introduction to information architecture” (Peter Morville) that is frequently purchased at Amazon with Don’t Make Me Think and The Design of Everyday Things, the two classics of usable design. Discussed: why IA matters now more than ever, the difference between IA and content strategy (IA is building the vehicle, CS is putting fueling it and making sure it won’t run out of gas), writing and designing a book, building agreement among stakeholders, “not having opinions, not having ideas of one’s own,” IA’s origins in language and structure, the fun of the IA Summit, the creation and growth of World IA Day, the joy of teaching, and more.
International Security Policy 51 mins – “Professor Adrian Hyde-Price from the University’s Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies examines the nature and causes of contemporary war and conflict, and considers the prospect of peace in the 21st Century.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Kew Gardens 74 mins – “Professor Angela McFarlane explores how The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is using digital media to engage new, global audiences in its science and conservation work.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Koch Brothers Activities 49 mins – “Jane Mayer investigates the Koch family and how ‘Dark Money’ enters and influences our political system. [then] Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘The Past’ by Tessa Hadley.” At the link find the title, “January 19, 2016, The ‘Hidden History’ Of The Koch Brothers,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Logical Fallacies 41 mins – “If you have ever been in an argument, you’ve likely committed a logical fallacy, and if you know how logical fallacies work, you’ve likely committed the fallacy fallacy. Listen as three experts in logic and arguing explain just what a formal argument really is, and how to spot, avoid, and defend against the one logical fallacy that is most likely to turn you into an internet blowhard.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marijuana in Canada 22 mins – “The Liberal government will introduce legislation that will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. And there are already competing interests making their voices heard over who will get to grow and sell legalized recreational marijuana.” At the link find the title, “How Canada can ensure legalized pot trumps the black market – Jan 20, 2016 (1/3),” right-click “Download How Canada can ensure legalized pot trumps the black market – Jan 20, 2016 (1/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Money and Power 38 mins – “Entrepreneur and journalist Margaret Heffernan takes a fresh look at money and power.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Nanotechnology 48 mins – “Richard Jones, professor of Physics at the University of Sheffield, looks at how we can manipulate matter at the level of individual atoms and molecules and the possible impact this will have on advances of medicine, energy and information technology.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
National Health System History 89 mins – “Delivered by Professor Allyson Pollock, public health research and policy specialist at Queen Mary, University of London, this IPR lecture explored major changes and challenges to the NHS through government reform, what this means for patient access and what needs to be done about it.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Nuclear West Tests 52 mins – “…we’re talking about the effects of nuclear weapons on people who lived near uranium mines and downwind from testing sites during and after the Cold War. Historian Sarah Alisabeth Fox says that all wars happen where people live, grow their food and raise their children. So to understand what happened, she talked to ranchers, farmers, and housewives who suffered from cancer and economic ruin. Fox joins Doug to talk about “A People’s History of the Nuclear West.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Oscar Awards Controversy 25 mins – “The lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominees has led American stars to call for an Oscars boycott. We convene a panel of Canadian industry movers-and-shakers for an overdue conversation and ask for their thoughts on diversity in the Canadian scene.” At the link find the title, “Why Oscar nominee diversity matters beyond Hollywood – Jan 22, 2016 (2/3) ,” right-click “Download Why Oscar nominee diversity matters beyond Hollywood – Jan 22, 2016 (2/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Particle Physics 61 mins – “Dr Glen Patrick. of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford, talks about how it’s possible to probe the hidden universe and what particle physics can tell us about its secrets.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Police Shootings in Canada 25 mins – “In Canada, almost 40 per cent of civilians killed by police were dealing with a mental health crisis. As a jury deliberates in the police shooting of Sammy Yatim, we look at a documentary exploring lethal encounters between police and the mentally ill.” At the link find the title, “Close to 40 per cent of civilians killed by police are in mental crisis – Jan 21, 2016 (2/3) ,” right-click “Download Close to 40 per cent of civilians killed by police are in mental crisis – Jan 21, 2016 (2/3)”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Political Decline 49 mins – “ Former Senate leaders Republican Trent Lott and Democrat Tom Daschle say the partisan gridlock in Washington has become a national crisis. While they disagree on many issues, they agree that congressional dysfunction has had a crippling effect on democracy. In their new book, “Crisis Point: Why We Must — And How We Can — Overcome Our Broken Politics In Washington And Across America,” they propose a number of reforms, including limiting filibusters, shortening the campaign season and having all state primaries on one day. But more important than reforms, they say is changing Washington’s political culture. Guest host Susan Page talks with the senators about how politicians from both parties can work together.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Political Stagnation 48 mins – “The level of political partisanship has surged in recent years. Some point to the election of Barack Obama as the cause. But Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne argues the roots of today’s politics go back to Barry Goldwater’s failed campaign for the presidency in 1964. Dionne argues it was “Goldwaterism,” with its promises to abolish large parts of the federal government that created what he calls a cycle of disappointment and betrayal among Republican voters. He says the result was a steady march rightward within the GOP. Guest host Susan Page and guests discuss the history and evolution of contemporary American conservatism.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Probability 55 mins – “Professor Andreas Kyprianou from the Department of Mathematical Sciences gives a gentle introduction to probability theory and its pivotal role in current mathematics research.” At the link click “Download” to download the file.
Radio Astronomy 58 mins – “Professor Phil Diamond, Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, talks about the research activities at the observatory, home to one of the world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescopes.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Rage Causes 66 mins – “[5 min mark on] On the show this week we talk to neurobiologist Douglas Fields about his new book Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain.” At the link find the title, “117 Douglas Fields – The Science of Rage and Why We Snap,” right-click “Media files 2cfad8e6-41e4-45cf-ba6b-847d5e284f1c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rosenwald and Racism 58 mins – “Filmmaker Aviva Kempner discusses her documentary [Rosenwald], about the life of American businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Aviva Kempner,” right-click “Media files program.424002.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Siege of Moscow 21 mins – “This episode, narrated Tim Martin, of the newly launched Valiant: Stories of Heroes Podcast, covers Guderian’s dash to Tula. Ray will be back next time, with full vocal ability in tow.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode152, 11816_8.30_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Soil Rehabilitation 30 mins – “Author Courtney White believes he has a quick fix for what ails the planet: build topsoil, fix creeks and eat meat from pasture-raised animals. He outlines this strategy in his latest book Grass, Soil, Hope: A Journey Through Carbon Country. White and Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise discuss the profound impact that could result from some simple changes in ranching and farming practices, and why this might appeal to both liberals and conservatives. Then, we hear from British-based sustainability consultant, Michael Townsend who explains why we need to re-frame how we view the economy to better incorporate well-being.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stabilizing Peace 71 mins – “Lord Paddy Ashdown – former High Representative in the successful reconstruction of Bosnia and a former leader of the Liberal Democrats – severely criticises the reconstruction of Iraq, calling it a ‘catastrophic failure’ in which ‘daily carnage’ is taking place. This lecture was organised by the University of Bath and the Royal Society of the Arts.” At the link click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stock Market Trends 50 mins – “The report Friday as Wall Street closed for a long weekend: US markets have never had a worse start to a new year than this one, 2016. From Shanghai to New York and way beyond, the opening weeks of the year were down, down, down. There’s room to bounce. Asian markets did at the opening bell today. But big fears still, too. On China. On oil On troubles all over, and what’s being called the “crisis economy.” This hour On Point, 2016’s rough start in the markets and what it means.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tea History 56 mins – “Garden historian Russell Bowes talks about the horticultural history of the tea bag, from its origins in the foothills of the Himalayas right through to the modern tea bag.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Time of Death Bacteria 25mins – “This week on How on Earth, we speak with Jessica Metcalf, an evolutionary biologist, who studies bacteria, specifically the microbiome. One of her research interests is using molecular biology to address basic hypotheses about the role of microbes in corpse decomposition. The time since death, or postmortem interval, also known as (PMI), is important for criminal investigations because it can lead to the identification of the deceased and validate alibis. PMI is critical to both forensic science and pop culture (e.g. TV shows Bones, CSI). Recently she co-authored a paper published in Science, describing how various species of the microbiome can be used to accurately and repeatedly determine the post-mortem interval” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
United Nations History 69 mins – “Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and co-ordinator of the UN Intellectual History Project draws on the 17-volume official history of the UN” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Wildlife Preservation 56 mins – “In this lecture, Mr Simon Garrett, Head of Learning at Bristol Zoo, asks the controversial question of how much wildlife we actually need, or even like in this thought provoking insight into the future.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Wildlife Smuggling 18 mins – “This week, Actuality visits a lab at the front line of the fight against a peculiar crime — animal trafficking. The global black market for snakes, sea cucumbers, ivory and the like is hot, but the world is starting to crack down. Plus, whale euthanasia.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zika Virus 50 mins – “More Zika virus news in the US yesterday. Three women recently back from South America found infected in Miami, Tampa. Another in Hawaii, back from Brazil. Her baby born with the birth defect. The small head. The CDC is advising pregnant women not to travel to areas of Zika transmission. But that area may soon stretch into the US. It’s mosquito-born. It is spreading fast. This hour On Point, all about the Zika virus. Plus, Joe Biden’s “moonshot” push to find a cure for cancer.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zika Virus 9 mins – “There’s an increase in microcephaly, a condition when babies are born with unusually small heads. And the increase is being linked to a surge in cases of Zika. But what exactly is Zika? “It’s related, quite distantly, to yellow fever virus,” says virus researcher Derek Gatherer at Lancaster University in England. “Zika was also discovered in Uganda in 1947 in the great lakes region. But there we no reports of any serious illness associated with it.” He says the interest in Zika was so low that no case studies had appeared in the tropical medicine literature from 1947 onward to 2008. Mosquitos spread Zika. And the classic symptoms are a relatively mild fever and muscle aches. “But in all of the classic cases, until the turn of the millennium, it always resolves successfully and no patients had ever died.” That’s not the case in Brazil, where at least five people have died from Zika. Gatherer says it’s serious, but still not that deadly when you consider there are 1.3 million case of Zika. “It might represent an indication that Zika is becoming more virulent,” he says. But what’s caused real concern — and a CDC travel warning — is the disease’s possible connection to the birth defect of microcephaly….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 41 mins – “
Zika Virus 22 mins – “A mosquito carrying the Zika virus is believed to be responsible for rare birth defects, triggering travel warnings for pregnant women. The rise in mosquito-borne viruses in Brazil has experts concerned South America is losing the war on the mosquito.” At the link find the title, “New mosquito-borne virus in Brazil linked to thousands of birth defects – Jan 19, 2016 (1/3),” right-click “Download New mosquito-borne virus in Brazil linked to thousands of birth defects – Jan 19, 2016 (1/3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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