The best 84 podcasts from a larger group of 250 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.
3D Printer Plastic Concern 3 mins – “3D printer parts potentially could harm fish and other aquatic life.” (Some plastics used in creating things are more likely to contaminate the environment.) At the link find the title, “Episode 597 – January 27 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Jan27_2016.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Agriculture in Kenya 60 mins – “Florence Muringi Wambugu talks about the contribution of bio-technology, including GM crops, for improving the sustainable livelihoods of resource poor families in Africa.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
AIDS and HIV Updated 60 mins – “This week, we’ve brought together a panel of experts to talk about the history of HIV/AIDS, and get an update on the current science, ongoing research, and medical treatments. Joining us on the panel are Salim Abdool Karim, clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist, Jonathan Engel, author of “The Epidemic: A History of AIDS”, Dázon Dixon Diallo, founder of SisterLove, Inc, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Justice organization in the southeastern United States, and Terry McGovern, founder of the HIV Law Project.” At the link find the title, “#354 HIV and AIDS: Updated and Revisited,” right-click “Media files Science for the People 354, HIV and AIDS Updated and Revisited.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Apple Company History 99 mins – “Leo Laporte and Mike Elgan sit down to speak with Bill Fernandez, who is the Chief Executive Officer at Omnibotics Inc. as well as Apple Employee #4!” At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Artificial Intelligence 49 mins – “In Episode #111, Jesse speaks with futurist and author Calum Chase about his book Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence , and the increasing impacts of artificial intelligence on the world’s business and society — and the future of humanity itself. The prospect of creating a true “AGI” (Artificial General Intelligence) capable of matching human-level thinking is probably the most transformative tech possibility in the coming decades. Nothing would be unaffected. Just imagine being able to mass-produce competent adult-level minds without needing to wait for the decades-long process of physical growth and education… But that’s ignoring the more exciting/terrifying piece of the AI speculation game: If we can figure out how to manufacture human-level cognitive performance, there’s no reason to suspect that at that point, the sky is not the limit. (Jesse writes at length about that topic here.)…. ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Assisted Living Research 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.
Bernie Sanders 27 mins -”Presidential Candidate, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders was a guest on Radio Curious in 1991, early in his first term in Congress. Over the course of his 25 years as an Independent member of the House of Representatives and the Senate he has consistently advocated for economic reform and social justice. When Bernie Sanders and I visited in 1991, we discussed what he would do if he were President. This interview, recorded by phone from his office in Washington, D.C., in 1991, began when I asked him to describe his experience in government.” At the link right-click “Click here…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Biofluorescent Fish 14 mins – “Just a few meters below the waves, marine biologist and explorer-photographer David Gruber discovered something amazing — a surprising new range of sea creatures that glow in many colors in the ocean’s dim blue light. Join his journey in search of biofluorescent sharks, seahorses, sea turtles and more, and learn how these light-up creatures could illuminate a new understanding of our own brains.” At the link click “Download” and right-click “Download Audio,” then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Biomarkers 7 mins – “This is Ileana Piña, Associate Chief of Cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine here in New York. I have often talked about biomarkers. What are biomarkers? Biomarkers are blood tests that help us define or direct our care, and very often will help us with both diagnosis and prognosis. Creatinine and troponin are biomarkers. We use so many biomarkers that we don’t even recognize what they are. The natriuretic peptides have become the most popular of the biomarkers — either brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) or NT-proBNP [N-terminal fragment BNP]. The values of these differ; BNP usually runs in lower numbers and NT-proBNP in higher numbers, and we have some sense of cut-off values. These biomarkers differ with age, renal function, sex, and obesity. These things must be taken into consideration.” At the link find the title, “Biomarkers in Heart Failure: A Call to Arms,” right-click “Media files 828842.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blacks in Tech 60 mins – “After an extended absence (blame Thanksgiving and Eric’s near-death experience with the flu), FCN is back and talking Fast Company’s recent Tristan Walker profile. Also: Brittany gives away a free business idea.” At the link click “Download” and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Blindness and Depression 20 mins – “The charity, Guide Dogs, says that depression is not being screened for in the newly blind, leaving some people feeling desperate and hopeless. We explore their findings and their solutions. As more foreign content appears on the TV we hear about developments in audio description. And how can we help others in their time of need, when being blind sometimes makes it hard to be useful?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bobcats 4 mins “Bobcats have been all over the news lately. It’s kind of amazing to think that 30 years ago wildlife biologists estimated there were only 150 bobcats in New Hampshire. That’s not the case anymore – their numbers are now estimated to be around 1400! How did these cats make such an impressive recovery?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select”Save link As” from the pop- up menu.
Brain Tumor Treatments 28 mins – “Demetri Kofinas had a benign brain tumour that was too tricky to remove, so he left it. But then it grew, and threw him into dementia. Today we bring you the story of one man’s journey toward profound loss and the turnaround that brought everything back.” At the link find the title, “How a man with a brain tumour rebooted his memory – Jan. 25, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “ Media files current_20160125_74795.mp3 (MP3 – File, 25.2 KB)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Caisson Work 14 mins – “This is a story I’ve been wanting to do forever. In fact, falling in love with the story of the Brooklyn Bridge was one of the things that sent me on a path to doing The Memory Palace at all. So, most of this stuff I just kind of already knew. But it was a particular pleasure to go back and read David McCullough’s masterful, lovely The Great Bridge. And to read a ton of contemporary accounts of its construction, particularly the New York Time’s piece where the reporter heads down into the Brooklyn Caisson.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Campus Assault Solutions 15 mins – “After Aspen Matis was raped on her second day of college, she reported it to her school. A college mediator ruled the findings inconclusive. She felt strongly that the school was in her words, “systematically obscuring justice” in an effort to protect the college’s brand. The CBC News investigative unit recently did a survey of 87 post-secondary schools in Canada, It found that 16 of them reported zero cases of sexual assault over a 6-year period. Diana Swain is the CBC’s Senior Investigative correspondent, She was the lead reporter into the investigation. She dropped by the Campus studio to elaborate on the numbers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Campus Newcomers 19 mins – “Our first episode looks at the first few days at campus: the struggle to overcome anxieties of leaving home, finding friends, fitting in and feeling lost. For Jessica, it was all compounded by an unforeseen change just weeks before school started.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Car Trends 46 mins – “Detroit is feeling the heat all over again. This time, the threat isn’t Japan. It’s Silicon Valley. The automobile is undergoing a revolution more profound than airbags or a rear view camera. When cars become smarter –and they will—they will become a smartphone on wheels. And Silicon Valley has big plans to elbow Detroit aside. But this time, Detroit says it’s ready. This hour On Point, the Detroit –- and the car — of the future.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Carbon Control in Sweden 30 mins – “Given its northern latitude, Sweden is warming more rapidly than many other places in the world. Johan Rockström, one of Sweden’s leading environmental scholars, joins us this week on Sea Change Radio to discuss his latest book, Big World, Small Planet, in which he details some of the approaches Sweden has taken to reduce carbon emissions and slow the progress of climate change.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chromatography 47 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins, development and uses of chromatography. In its basic form, it is familiar to generations of schoolchildren who put a spot of ink at the bottom of a strip of paper, dip it in water and then watch the pigments spread upwards, revealing their separate colours. Chemists in the 19th Century started to find new ways to separate mixtures and their work was taken further by Mikhail Tsvet, a Russian-Italian scientist who is often credited with inventing chromatography in 1900. The technique has become so widely used, it is now an integral part of testing the quality of air and water, the levels of drugs in athletes, in forensics and in the preparation of pharmaceuticals. With Andrea Sella Professor of Chemistry at University College London Apryll Stalcup Professor of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University And Leon Barron Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at King’s College London.” At the link find the title, “Chromatography,” click “Media files p03hhldg.mp3” and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Activists 4 mins – “Every Monday evening for more than a year, demonstrators have stood in protest at an intersection in Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood. Holding signs and singing protest songs at the cars passing by, they’ve stood in rain, sleet and snow to oppose a planned new natural gas pipeline near their homes. The new pipeline would bring more natural gas to Boston from Pennsylvania and points west…“Everyone knows that we have to end our dependence on fossil fuels, everyone knows this, and this commitment to the build-out of infrastructure that we don’t need and we don’t want flies in the face of logic at a critical inflection point for our climate future and our state’s future,” Wilson said. …Protesting against these new projects are just one way activists who have returned home from the UN summit in Paris are trying to keep the momentum toward a greener future going at home….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change 46 mins – “Reverend Professor Ian James questions whether climate change is a challenge or a swindle and presents some of the certainties, complexities and controversies from the science of climate change.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Climate Warming Worsens 60 mins – “We have three interviews this week, including 2 climate scientists. Andy Pitman: new science on how climate really hits us. Plus Johan Rockstrom, the Swedish leader of planetary boundaries, followed by Lynn Benander on community power in New England.” At the link right-click “Download…lo-fi…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Concussion Scandal 118 mins – “The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players claim the league has covered up football’s connection to long-term brain injuries. In a special two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE and prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries, drawn from their forthcoming book League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth (Crown Archetype, October 2013). What did the NFL know and when did it know it? What’s the truth about the risks to players? What can be done? The FRONTLINE investigation details how, for years, the league denied and worked to refute scientific evidence that the violent collisions at the heart of the game are linked to an alarming incidence of early onset dementia, catastrophic brain damage, and other devastating consequences for some of football’s all-time greats.” At the link find the title, “League of Denial,” right-click “Media files 114985669-frontlinepbs league of denial.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Copyright at MIT 23 mins – “The latest in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright is an interview with Hal Abelson, Class of 1922 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Professor Abelson has played key roles in fostering educational technology initiatives such MIT’s OpenCourseWare and DSpace. He has a broad interest in information technology and policy, and developed and teaches the course “Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier.” He was a founding director of Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and the Free Software Foundation, organizations that are devoted to strengthening our intellectual commons. In the podcast, Professor Abelson reflects on the origins and impacts of these efforts, his reasons for remaining committed to more open access to research, and the concerns he has about the future.” At the link right-click “Download the audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corporate Impact on Society 51 mins – “In his inaugural lecture, titled ‘Disembedded elites? Policy communications and the transformation of elite networks’, Professor David Miller reviewed the main writing on ‘power elites’ in the tradition of power structure research and asked what’s changed with the advent of neoliberalism?” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Cosby 50 mins – “Himself: Kelefa Sanneh’s New Yorker profile on Bill Cosby gets FCN to revisit Cosby’s seminal work of stand-up performance, “Himself”. Also discussed: Chris Rock’s “Never Scared” and what happens when bad people make good art. Trigger warning for sexual abuse/ sexual assault around the 33 minute mark.” At the link click “Download” and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Credit Card History 15 mins – “In September 1958, Bank of America began an experiment – one that would have far reaching effects on our lives and on the economy. They decided after careful consideration to conduct this experiment in Fresno, California. The presumption was that no one was paying much attention to Fresno, so if the plan failed, it wouldn’t get a lot of media attention. Bank of America sent out 60,000 pieces of mail to people in Fresno. Inside was a little plastic object that has become in equal parts emblematic of opportunity, convenience, and debt, a card featuring a $500 line of credit.” At the link find the title, “The Fresno Drop196- The Fresno Drop,” right-click “Media files 196-The-Fresno-Drop.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
CRISPR Cas9 Editing 31 mins – “Over the last three years, a new genetic engineering technology has exploded on the scene in biology. CRISPR/Cas9 ene editing has been called revolutionary, game-changing and transformative, due to the fact that it is easier, faster and more powerful, precise, and efficient than any tool we’ve had for making changes to the genome. CRISPR seems poised to revolutionize the way we study and treat a whole range of genetic diseases. It also will have profound impact on genetic engineering of agricultural crops and animals, and on the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. And the fact that it could allow us to make permanent changes in the human genome means we might influence human evolution itself. The power and potential of CRISPR means it raises as many ethical issues as scientific ones, as society will have to deal with new questions about whether we’re wise enough to use the power over the genome that CRISPR provides.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
CRISPR Regulation 4 mins – “Regulators in the UK today approved research on human embryos using CRISPR-Cas9, a controversial form of gene editing that has been exciting scientists and alarming bioethicists around the world. In a groundbreaking move, the Human Fertilisation and Embryonic Authority has granted approval to a group of researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London. The UK is the first country to grant such authority. The UK has been on the forefront of regulatory policy in this area, having recently approved the use of “three-parent embryos” through mitochondrial donation, and has previously been a haven for embryonic stem cell and other kinds of controversial research that faced roadblocks in the US. Here’s what you need to know about CRISPR and gene editing.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
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” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dan Carlin Interview 91 mins – “Dan Carlin is the host of my favorite podcast, Hardcore History. But… what?! History?! I know. I thought the same thing. How could a history podcast have a cult following? And yet it did. During research for launching The Tim Ferriss Show, I asked many of the top dogs on the iTunes charts: what is your favorite podcast? Almost without exception, the answer came back: Hardcore History. Since then, I’ve become friends with Dan (and more obsessed with his show), and this episode explores all the questions I’ve been dying to ask him, including: His early experiments ; What has worked and what hasn’t; His habits, rituals, and routines; How podcasting became his full-time job; His “radio” voice and how to find your own; Creativity.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Data Collection by Smartphone 36 mins – “We love collecting data. That’s why we are happy to welcome Chrystian and Rebecca Vieyra to the show. Working as an app developer and high school physics teacher, this husband and wife team developed Physics Toolbox – a suite of apps that use the built-in sensors inside smartphones to complement the current probeware used in classrooms. Listen to the show to hear more about Physics Toolbox and how it can be used to easily collect data in your classroom.” At the link right-click “Download” above the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
DDT 16 mins – “Americans have had a long, complicated relationship with the pesticide DDT, or dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, if you want to get fancy. First we loved it, then we hated it, then we realized it might not be as bad as we thought. But we’ll never restore it to its former glory. And couldn’t you say the same about America’s once-favorite pop star? We had a hunch that the usual narrative about DDT’s rise and fall left a few things out, so we talked to historian and CHF fellow Elena Conis. She has been discovering little-known pieces of this story one dusty letter at a time.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop- up menu.
Dessicant Tolerant Seeds 14 mins – “As the world’s population grows and the effects of climate change come into sharper relief, we’ll have to feed more people using less arable land. Molecular biologist Jill Farrant studies a rare phenomenon that may help: “resurrection plants” — super-resilient plants that seemingly come back from the dead. Could they hold promise for growing food in our coming hotter, drier world?” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Eating Disorders 23 mins- “An important conversation about why eating disorders are being forgotten in the medical world, despite the fact that they cause the most deaths among all mental illnesses. In our last episode, we met Meredith Healey, a young woman who battled with anorexia and anxiety in her first year of university. But there’s one part of Meredith’s story that really stands out for us. While she was gripped by her first panic attack, she went to the hospital thinking she was having a heart attack. An ER doctor helped by asking her to breathe into a paper bag. When Meredith eventually calmed down, the doctor simply sent her home. At this point, Meredith was 100 pounds. She was skinny and frail, yet the ER doctor didn’t pick up on any physical signs pointing to a mental illness. Where is the disconnect when it comes to recognition by healthcare professionals? For more insight we asked Dr. Brian Goldman, an ER doctor and host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art, to join us for a chat.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ebola Test 2 mins – “Can sixteen-year-olds be science superheros? Of course!… Meet Olivia Hallisey, a teenager in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2014 Olivia read about the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. She was shocked by how fast it spread. She learned Ebola tests take hours, even days, for results. This means infected people can unwittingly transmit the disease while waiting for a diagnosis. What’s more, test solutions must stay refrigerated to work. That’s tricky in many areas of Africa. Olivia read studies on a protein in silk called fibroin. Fibroin’s unique structure is why silk is so strong. That structure also makes fibroin insoluble: it won’t dissolve! It keeps stuff stored in it stable, too—even at room temperature. Olivia dipped paper strips into fibroin, then added antibodies for Ebola. This made a stable diagnosis card. When you add a patient’s blood and a little water? If Ebola is present, the card turns blue! And in only thirty minutes! Her project earned Olivia Grand Prize at Google’s National Science Fair.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Emotional Stimuli 47 mins – “Dr Momna Hejmadi, from the University of Bath, explores some of the non-conventional patterns of behaviour and links them to how the brain works.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Future Industries 63 mins – “Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what’s next for the world, mapping out the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next ten years for businesses, governments, and the global community – and how we can navigate them.” At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gentrification 71 mins – “On Being Black Gentrifiers: Both Brooklyn transplants, Brittany and Eric parse their roles as black gentrifiers in their borough’s rapidly changing landscape.” At the link click “Download” and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Graphene 56 mins – “Dr David Horsell of the University of Exeter explores graphene, nature’s thinnest material.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Haiti’s Iguanas 5 mins – “The Ricord’s Iguana lives only on Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but even here you’re not likely to see one. It’s critically endangered on the whole island, and it was thought to be extinct here in Haiti, until a nest was found right here eight years ago, on a hilly stretch of sand and rock in the town of Anse-a-Pitres, running along a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The small population of Ricord’s iguanas on this isolated stretch of scrubland in Anse-a-Pitres, Haiti, is one of only three remnant populations of the species on the entire island of Hispaniola. Since the population was discovered, volunteer conservation workers have tried to improve the reptiles’ habitat by planting shrubby trees and cacti bearing fruit they call “iguana candy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Trends 49 mins- “‘Internet of Things’ technologies have emerged over recent years as enabling technologies for life-long healthcare. Increasingly these technologies are seen as moving health from the hospital to the home, whilst at the same time shifting responsibility for health from the clinician to Computer Scientists and Engineers. The 27th Designability Annual Lecture, ‘Data Scientist – heal thyself’, explored the possible scenarios with this vision for data-led personalised medicine.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Homeless Youth 8 mins – ““Homelessness doesn’t have a face, it doesn’t have a gender, it doesn’t have a sexuality. It can be anybody.” Here’s an eye-popping stat for you — 50% of homeless youth come from middle to upper income families. That’s according to Covenant House, the largest youth homeless organization in North America. We called a case worker with Covenant House to get some context. Have a listen. It might make you question your own views of homelessness.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ice Trade 18 mins – “In the mid-19th century, decades before home refrigeration became the norm, you could find ice clinking in glasses from India to the Caribbean, thanks to a global commodities industry that has since melted into obscurity: the frozen water trade. In the cold Northeast of the United States, workers would cut ice from frozen ponds, haul it to port, put it on a ship and send it around the world on voyages that could last for months.” At th link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Indigenous People Murders 23 mins – “It was in 2014 when Rinelle Harper called for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, after she was brutally attacked and left for dead. Now increasingly there’s a call to include men and boys in the official quest for answers.” At the link find the title, “Cheam First Nation chief calls for murdered men to be included in inquiry – Jan. 26, 2016 (1/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160126_99565.mp3 (MP3 – File, 20.1 KB)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet History 32 mins – “Craig Timberg, author of the [Washington Post] series “Net of Insecurity,” talks about the creation of the Internet, the founders’ objectives, why security played such a small role for them, and what cybersecurity issues face Internet users today.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Craig Timberg,” right-click “Media files program.421511.MP3-STD.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Porn 51 mins – “…In episode #113, I speak with Gary Wilson, author of Your Brain on Porn about Internet Porn Addiction and its shocking effects on the brain and its dopamine systems. (I hate using words like “shocking” because most things claimed to be shocking just aren’t. But I think this qualifies.) If you haven’t heard of Wilson’s work before, get ready to fall out of your chair. This stuff is not child’s play….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Investment Strategies 24 mins – “Paul discusses 10 ways to make more with your Vanguard investments. He chooses his favorite dividend-based fund, best balanced funds, plus a non-Vanguard ETF that will improve your Vanguard ETF portfolio. Of course he will cover ways to get lower fees and make sure you don’t overlook the funds that are built for higher returns. In each case, he presents how an additional return can be squeezed out of your portfolio. As Paul has stressed in the past, a half a percent can change your retirement.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kurdish People 27 mins – “In this 1997 edition of Radio Curious, we visited with Bob Blincoe, a Presbyterian minister, who lived and worked among the Kurds in the Zagros Mountains from 1990 to 1996. The Kurdish people have long been aptly referred to as a “millet.” This is a Turkish term that originated in the Ottoman Empire when it ruled parts of central Europe to the near east from 1430 to 1921. It means “any ethnic group.” Until the 20th century millets, were able to control their way of life and effectively rule themselves. Now approximately 25 million Kurdish people live in the Zagros Mountains, where the borders of eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran converge. These Kurdish people live stateless and many homeless in their ancestral homeland. Currently they have been able to successfully defend themselves from brutal ISIS attacks. When Bob Blincoe lived among the Kurds and worked as a community organizer in their ancestral homeland he first spoke Arabic, so he wouldn’t stand out. He quickly learned Kurdish which he spoke only with great discretion. His stories of the Kurdish people are important to consider now in light of terrorism and other dangers inflicted against them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Leonardo Da Vinci 30 mins – “On the eve of a major new Science Museum exhibition, we look at Leonardo’s designs, and consider his influence on modern robotics and aeronautics Leonardo Da Vinci was an incredible polymath: one of the most diversely talented people ever known. The Science Museum’s new exhibition takes the machines that Leonardo drew and exquisitely reinterprets them in three-dimensional form, alongside games and multimedia installations. Nicola Davis is joined by Claudio Giorgione, curator at the Leonardo Da Vinci National Science and Technology museum in Milan, and by Professor Jim Bennett, Keeper Emeritus for the Science Museum.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lobbyists 65 mins – “What they don’t teach you in business school – and what you need to know. Powerful corporate interests use their lobbyists to wield influence. They impact our daily lives, but who are they and how do they operate? In this episode, George Franklin, previously the head lobbyist for Kellogg Company, gives us an inside look at what it’s really like to represent one of the largest food companies in the world. He gives us a no nonsense look at what it’s like to try to influence government policy for the good of a company. George is a lawyer and former Vice President of Worldwide Government Relations for Kellogg Company. He is currently President of Franklin Public Affairs LLC in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is the author of the incredible book, Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars: 30 Years of Lobbying for the Most Famous Tiger in the World.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Loneliness Impact 13 mins – “What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marijuana Laws 6 mins – In this GAO – Watchdog Report state marijuana laws are discussed in an “Audio interview by GAO staff with Jennifer Grover, Director, Homeland Security and Justice” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up report.
Megaliths of Avebury 61 mins – “Freelance and professional writer Roger Vlitos examines the theories and myths about Avebury [megaliths]” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Mosquito Control 57 mins – “Zika virus, a pathogen transmitted by mosquitoes, has seemingly established itself in South America and the Caribbean and is now threatening the U.S. Cases have been reported in Florida, Illinois, Texas and Hawaii in patients having traveled to Central and South America, where they acquired the virus through mosquito bites. Our guest today, Joseph Conlon, technical advisor for the American Mosquito Control Association, will discuss how the virus could spread and what we can do to minimize our risks. We’ll also discuss what effect, if any, climate change has on mosquito-borne illnesses.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Newspaper Consolidations 26 mins – “The cuts in news media jobs and circulation are dominating the news this week. If a business model isn’t working anymore, should we use public subsidies to save papers? We convene a panel to discuss how traditional journalism can survive.” At the link find the title, “After massive layoffs, how can Canadian journalism survive? – Jan. 28, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160128_98352.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nuclear Energy 50 mins – “Lecturer, writer and editor, Rick Marshall talks about how explosives are made and what to do if they’re detonated.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Obesity Control 34 mins – “We explore research methodologies for building an evidence base for nutrition and obesity policy that are emerging across disciplines. Well-informed nutrition policy decisions that consider scientific evidence should strive to improve health outcomes on a large scale. But it’s not always easy to find the right evidence to back up those policies. At our October 2015 conference, “Towards Evidence-based Nutrition and Obesity Policy,” speakers discussed emerging research methodologies, ways to interpret research outcomes, and how these outcomes can be used to inform policy. Listen in to this podcast to learn more about the important relationship between research and policy.” At the link find the title, “Building an Evidence Base for Effective Obesity Policy,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Oil Supply and Demand 49 mins – “This week, Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O’Leary looks at how oil plays a big role throughout our economy. We break down the history of America’s reliance on oil, check in with an oil worker who travels throughout the world to work on rigs and learn why a gallon of gas costs what it does.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Orthotic Nerve Impact 42 mins – “Back in Episode #104, Dr. Vince Clark made reference to a couple of dentists who were using dental orthotics — that is, orthodontics devices worn in the mouth — to affect brain systems in people suffering from conditions as varied as Tourette’s Syndrome to Sleep Apnea to untreatable Migraine Headaches. It took a few weeks to chase down the dentists in question, but the seed of curiosity was too well planted not to turn this into an episode. ow, we get to hear from Dr. Anthony Sims and Dr. Gary Demerjian, who are probably the two leading practitioners nationwide of this counterintuitive treatment approach — based on soothing irritated nerves in the jaw to alleviate symptoms often misdiagnosed as purely neurological.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Peru 27 mins – “Peru is a county about which I’ve been curious for over 60 years, beginning when I first learned of the Inca Empire. Ten years later the Peace Corps sent me to Peru as volunteer for two years in 1964.Peru’s current societies are windows into a world in which many Andean people live in the three adjoining countries of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia… The complex societies which flourished in this region, centuries before the Inca Empire was destroyed by the Spanish invaders in the 16th century are still very much a part of the lives of people whose homes and communities are located high in the Andes between 10,000 and 14,000 feet above sea level… When Radio Curious visited Peru and Bolivia in the fall of 2015 we engaged in several conversations about ancient and current times in Peru. Edith Zapata, an independent licensed Peruvian tour guide, based in Cusco, Peru, is our guest… We began our conversation with her description of the geological history of the Cusco valley, and moved forward in time to how some of the current leaders of the Catholic Church and some of the people of the greater Cusco area related to each other… You may contact her by email at email@example.com….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Peter Thiel of PayPal 24 mins – “Peter is a serial company founder (PayPal, Palantir), billionaire investor (first outside investor in Facebook, 100+ others), and author of the new book Zero to One. Whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, or simply a free thinker aspiring to do great things, I highly recommend you grab a copy. His teachings on differentiation, value creation, and competition alone have helped me make some of the best investment decisions of my life (e.g. Twitter, Uber, Alibaba, etc.).” At the link right-click beside download at “Here it is” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Physician Burnout 41 mins – “Dr Dike Drummond is a Mayo trained Family Practice Physician who now specializes in physician burnout. The founder of TheHappyMD.com and author ‘Stop Physician Burnout’ he has come face to face with the realities of burnout as a physician on two separate occasions himself. He understands the complexities of physician burnout and how the one suffering burnout is often the last to know. Dr Drummond has coached thousands of physicians through the challenging times of burnout and speaks regularly across the globe to healthcare institutions in need of guidance on addressing this ever growing problem. This episode is part 1 of a two part series. On this episode we deep dive into what burnout is, what its causes are and how it manifests. This episode will be followed up by Part 2 which will focus on the strategies to target burnout at an individual and organizational level.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Podcast Creation 24 mins – “I was recently asked by a young man named Lane Cooper who is gettin stuff done at only 14. Give a listen he did a great job on this interview. I have included his youtube video of the interview and also run the audio only as a special edition on the podcast feed.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presentation Preparation 56 mins – “Hi my name is Scott Weingart. I am a physician specializing in Resuscitation & Emergency Department Critical Care. My career so far has been devoted to bringing Upstairs Care, Downstairs. That is bringing ICU care down to the ED–where it needs to be. I love my job taking care of the sickest patients, innovating new ways to do it better, and then teaching these concepts to my residents.” This podcast deals with lessons learned about the creation of all types of presentations. At the link right-click “download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Prison Children 26 mins – “The sting of separation and the wearing of an uncomfortable truth is the topic of this edition of Radio Curious. The 2.7 million children of prison inmates in the United States are losing their visitation rights. Sylvia A. Harvey, an investigative journalist, is our guest. Her story about the diminishing opportunities for children to visit their incarcerated parents was published in The Nation magazine on December 14, 2015. Some of Harvey’s most cherished childhood memories are the times she was able to visit her father while he was an inmate at Soledad State Prison, in California when she was between the ages of 5 and 16. When Sylvia Harvey and I visited by phone from her home in New York City, on January 18, 2016, we began with her personal experience and how now absence of not being able visit a parent in prison affects 2.7 million children.” At the link right-click “Click here…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rutherford’s Legacy 73 mins – “Dr Glenn Patrick of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford looks at how particle physics has developed following Rutherford’s discovery and what developments we might expect.” At the link click “Download” to get the file.
Saudi Arabia Economy 16 mins – “For years, Saudi Arabia has been living off one resource and one resource only: Oil. But now, the price of a barrel has plummeted, and the country is scrambling to adapt.” At the link find the title, #681: The Oil Kingdom, Feb 2016,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sleep Science 89 mins – “Do we really need to sleep? Dr. Thomas Neylan looks at intrinsic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia and what to do if they affect you. Dr. Elissaios Karageorgio looks at how aging affects sleep and Dr. Rochelle Zak looks at the neurophysiology of sleep. Recorded on 10/28/2015. (#30139)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Startup Rules 59 mins – “Mike Maples Jr., co-founder of the venture capital firm Floodgate, explains what entrepreneurs can learn from the very few technology startups that achieve hyper-exceptional success and market disruption. The Silicon Valley veteran urges tomorrow’s innovators to “only do things that you think have a chance to be legendary” – because it takes just as much work to do something mediocre.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Suicide Prevention 20 mins – “When you listen to Blake’s story, you realize how lucky he was to have someone in his life who recognized the signs of mental illness early on. His father could see that Blake was battling some of the same personal demons that Blake’s mother had for years. It was that past experience that led to an intervention that may have saved Blake’s life. But many parents don’t have those experiences to draw from — and the signs of mental illness end up going unnoticed, especially when kids are away from home. This is what happened to Lynn Keane. In 2009, she lost her son Daniel to suicide. Today, Lynn is a highly respected voice on youth depression and suicide prevention. In a candid interview, we talk to her about her experience and what can be learned from Blake’s story.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Syrian Aid from Students 23 mins – “Students in Toronto have been mobilizing in huge numbers to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge was created by four Toronto area universities with a goal to help sponsor and resettle ten Syrian refugee families. In the past few months, hundreds of volunteers have responded to the call to action. Now the network of students is committed to helping 75 families. In this special edition of Campus, we speak with some of the students involved in this massive undertaking, and find out why they’ve come together to help.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
System Dynamics 4 mins – “…Most of us have played the game telephone at one time or another. The game’s leader whispers a phrase to the first person in a line of players. Each player in turn whispers the phrase to the next player in line. When the last player hears the phrase, she shares it out loud. Of course, the final phrase is rarely the same as the original. The differences are normally startling – and humorous. Yet while the end result is often funny, there’s also a lesson: a lesson businesses have learned all too well in recent decades….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Terrorism and Technology 27 mins – “Baroness Joanna Shields believes the internet is under siege and under threat and that there needs to be greater international governmental co-operation to see off the threats of groups such as so-called Islamic State. The UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security joins Click to discuss some of her ideas about making the world a safer place online and offline.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Terrorist Concepts 66 mins – “Michael McCaul, U.S. Representative (R-Texas); Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee; Author, Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland—and How to Thwart Them; Twitter: @RepMcCaul Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University—Moderator McCaul details the most pressing threats to our country based on his deep knowledge of our national security readiness, and he advocates for the action needed to protect us from them. In detail, he depicts the truth behind these hazards that are closer than we realize and suggests potential solutions for the government to take to keep Americans safe. As the 2016 presidential election quickly approaches, he believes Americans must turn their attention to these real and present dangers, and demand that the executive branch combat them with the seriousness and urgency they require.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Terrorist Movement Technology 35 mins – “Baroness Joanna Shields believes the internet is under siege and under threat and that there needs to be greater international governmental co-operation to see off the threats of groups such as so-called Islamic State. The UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security joins Click to discuss some of her ideas about making the world a safer place online and offline.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Twitter Harassment Trial 28 mins – “Last week an Ontario judge found Gregory Alan Elliott not guilty of criminal harassment for his interactions with two women on Twitter. His acquittal encouraged the trolls and now vocal women’s rights activists are facing a barrage of offensive tweets.” At the link find the title, “Canada’s first Twitter trial highlights need to curb online harassment – Jan. 27, 2016 (3/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160127_35331.mp3 (MP3 – File, 25.2 KB)” and elect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Unabomber Story 48 mins – “It has been nearly 20 years since the arrest of Ted Kazcynski, the man known as the Unabomber. In the 1980s and 90s, Kazcynski sent a series of mail bombs, killing three and injuring dozens. The attacks might have continued if it weren’t for Ted’s brother, David. After reading the Unabomber’s manifesto in the Washington Post, David Kazcynski grew suspicious. The ideas and writing resembled letters he had received from his mentally ill brother. David’s tip led to Ted’s arrest. Since then David has become an anti-death penalty activist and a mental health advocate. Now he has written a memoir. David Kaczynski and a forensic psychiatrist reflect on the story of the Unabomber and his family.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Water Recyling 14 mins – “As the world’s climate patterns continue to shift unpredictably, places where drinking water was once abundant may soon find reservoirs dry and groundwater aquifers depleted. In this talk, civil and environmental engineer David Sedlak shares four practical solutions to the ongoing urban water crisis. His goal: to shift our water supply towards new, local sources of water and create a system that is capable of withstanding any of the challenges climate change may throw at us in the coming years.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wildlife Corridors 18 mins – “The Iron Curtain was an 8,000-mile border separating East from West during the Cold War. Something unexpected evolved in the “no man’s land” that the massive border created. In the absence of human intervention and disruption, an accidental wildlife refuge formed… Such wildlife corridors can be found around the world at a range of scales, from mountain lion freeway overpasses and crab bridges to squirrel wires and fish ladders. Some corridors help expand territories available to wide-roaming mammals, while others facilitate seasonal migrations for various species of bird or fish. The fish ladder was first patented by a Canadian lumber mill owner in 1837… The design takes advantage of a salmon’s natural ability to swim upstream through rapids and over small waterfalls… The Salmon Cannon, however, aims to change the landscape of possibilities, using differential pressure in an air-filled tube. This unlikely-sounding device actually started out as an apple cannon, created to move fresh-picked fruit from trees to central storage bins on an orchard along the Columbia River in Eastern Washington… While compelling, the cannon is not a perfect solution to landscape fragmentation, particularly in cases where too many dams effectively turn rivers into a series of ponds or lakes. They do help salmon make their way upstream, but some current is still required to carry the young hatchlings back downstream… Technologies like the fish cannon can help animals survive in a landscape increasingly dominated by humans, but sometimes the best thing for wildlife is for us to get out of their way.”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wired Kevin Kelly 115 mins (3 parts) – “Kevin Kelly might be the real-life Most Interesting Man In The World. He is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine, which he co-founded in 1993. He also co-founded the All Species Foundation, a non-profit aimed at cataloging and identifying every living species on earth. In his spare time, he writes bestselling books, co-founded the Rosetta Project, which is building an archive of ALL documented human languages, and serves on the board of the Long Now Foundation. As part of the last, he’s investigating how to revive and restore endangered or extinct species, including the Wooly Mammoth….” At the link right-click “Part 1,” “Part2,” and “Part3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu for each.
Zika Virus Guide 27 mins – “Claudia Hammond finds out how much we know for certain about the mosquito-borne Zika virus and what we need to find out next to be able to assess the scale of the threat and deal with it effectively. In this special Health Check programme, Claudia is joined by Jimmy Whitworth, professor of International Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and regular studio guest James Gallagher, who is editor of the BBC health news website. The BBC’s Julia Carneiro meets some worried expectant mothers and women in Brazil who have to make the difficult decision about whether it is safe to become pregnant. And your questions on Zika are answered by experts in the studio in London and on the ground in Brazil; including virologist Professor Paulo Zanotto, from the University of Sao Paulo, who provides his expertise on the Zika virus.” At the link find the title, “The Essential Guide to Zika,” right-click “Media files p03hg8xx.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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