Media Mining Digest 223 – Feb 19, 2016: Abortions, Agricultural Professionals, Amateur Radio, Animal Justice, Ants and Cockroaches, Anxiety Discussion, Archeology, Artificial Intelligence, Bassem Youssef, Batteries, Black America, Book Stores, Bosnia Conflict, Brain Dysfunctions, Broadband in North Carolina, CAPTCHA, Cassava, CIA Dir of Operations, Clean Air Act Issues, Clean Energy Revolution, Climate Warming Solutions, Concussion Research, Conservatives, Critic Concept, Diet Physiology, Disabled Care, Diseases from Produce, Doctor-Patient Communications, Drafting Women, Drug Abuse and Race, Drug Shortages, Electronic Design Engineer, EndNote Lawsuit, Environmental Destruction, Fallacies, Farm Zero, Food Hazards, Medical School Interviews, Middle East Tribal History, Mindfulness and RAIN, Mortgage Scandal, North Korea Teacher, Office Management, Offshore Tax Havens, One Child Policy Impact, Open Commons Proposal, Oxytocin, Pakistani Girl Documentary, Pathways to Education, Podcast Startup, Pollution Control Problems, Power of Presence, Prison Demographics, Profession Automation, Puerto Rico Economy, Reading Issues, Rental Cost Trend, Retirement Gamble, Robert Smalls Slave, Schools in DC, Science Communications, Sex Assault Trials, Six Sigma, Slavery Today, Somali Hostages, Stanford President, Startup Culture Value, Syria Aleppo Siege, Terrorism Recruits, Textbooks Online, Touch Sense, Traumatic Brain Injury, Tudor Life in 1600s, U.S. Growth, Urban Agriculture, Violent Crime trends, Wearable Tech for Lawyers, Weight Loss Discussion, Women at Work, Work for Yourself, Zika Virus

The best 92 podcasts from a larger group of 314 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.

Abortions 22 mins – “ …Parker is a obstetrician gynecologist who specializes in providing safe abortions in the Deep South. He travels between states and clinics amid protests and threats, and treats the same demographic of women who might have gone to his church. Parker credits his change of heart to a sermon he heard by Martin Luther King Jr., where he alludes to the biblical story of the Good Samaritan — a man who acts out of kindness for the greater good… Women in this region of the United States have few options, Parker says, if they aren’t ready to be mothers. The last abortion clinic in Mississippi was attacked last year, and the state moved to block doctors from being able to admitting patients to hospitals after they received an abortion. Parker says the trend of unsafe, secretive abortions are too dangerous to deny women access to care. “Being born in the South, and being reared in abject poverty…if I couldn’t make those women a priority, who will?” he says. That perspective has fueled his work and helped shape his faith. It’s also the reason he doesn’t shy away from being recorded on film or speaking in public, despite the pressure he gets from the pro-life movements that thrive in the Bible Belt. And while Parker has lost some friends, and severed relationships, he is at peace with his decision….” At the link find the title, “One Doctor’s Mission: Make Abortion Safe in the South, Feb 2016,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman020216_cms571181_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agricultural Professionals 47 mins – “Ag professionals know their businesses and on-farm practices better than anyone. However, they don’t tend to share their story in public space, allowing others (including unscrupulous hucksters and activists) to warp their reality. How do we get the real experts excited about communicating about new technology, and how it is used on the farm?  New innovations in crops and animals stand to improve productivity and quality of farm products, with benefits to farmers, the consumer and the environment. This is the topic of Dr. Kevin Folta’s presentation to the Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Symposium in Naples, FL, July 18, 2015. An accompanying slide show is available at http://www.slideshare.net/kevinfolta . Please use it to talk to others, especially family, concerned friends, and people that need to understand the value of biotech innovations. Innovation goes to application with communication.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amateur Radio 67 mins – “Ham College is a show for those new to the hobby and those wishing to get into Amateur Radio. But us old guys should find it a good review and probably learn some things we missed (or forgot) the first time around. We’ll help you study for your Amateur license exam and cover topics to get you up to speed and having fun….” At the link find the title, “Ham College ‘The Pilot’ Episode,” right-click “Media files hamcollege_pilot.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Justice 25 mins – “A dog was found bound in tape and abandoned for dead. His human tormentor has been sentenced to a federal penitentiary but animal rights activists point to this case as an example of why animal rights issues in this country need to be strengthened.” At the link find the title, “Activist calls for animal Charter of Rights as protection from cruelty, Feb. 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160208_78283.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ants and Cockroaches 60 mins – “This week we’re looking at two types of insects that have made their homes among us in our cities, and are almost always found in large groups and colonies. We’ll speak with Dr. Corrie Moreau, an Associate Professor/Curate at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, about the colony behaviors of ants. And we’ll talk with Richard Schweid, a journalist and documentary reporter, about his book The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore”. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anxiety Discussion 26 mins – “This installment explores the deep, dark, intimate world of anxiety—one of the most common mental health conditions in the U.S. First, we get personal, with a close-up look at one woman’s fear of flying and how she (sort of) overcame it; then an intriguing hormone-based hypothesis based on research by Harvard Medical School’s Mohammed Milad that might explain why so many more women suffer from fear and anxiety disorders than men; finally parental anxiety and how you can better manage your relentless worrying, featuring a new book on the topic by Sue Orsillo…. At the link find the title, ”The Checkup: High Anxiety,” right-click “Media files checkup 15072001 ep3greatest.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Archeology 30 mins – “Freelance journalist Kevin Begos talks with archaeologist Aren Maeir, from Bar Ilan University in Israel, at his dig site in Gath, thought to be Goliath’s hometown and a major city of the Philistine civilization. At the link find the title, “The Big Gath Dig: Goliath’s Hometown,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence 118 mins – “Featuring pragmatic solutions combining economics, emerging technology, and positive psychology, HEARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE provides a human-centric roadmap to help readers embrace their present to better define the future. Leo sits down with author John C. Havens to discuss his newest book.” At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Artificial Intelligence Prospects 26 mins – “What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? Nick Bostrom says we better think long and hard about that now, before a new era of super intelligent machines rise up.” At the link find the title, “Technologist warns ‘super artificial intelligence’ needs ethical parameters – Feb. 1, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160201_56179.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bassem Youssef 49 mins – “Known as the “Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem Youssef created what became the most popular TV show in Egypt’s history — but the government had the show cancelled, and Youssef fled. He talks about leaving a career in medicine for comedy, being detained and life after the Arab Spring. Also, Milo Miles reviews ‘Big Grrrl Small World’ from alt-rapper Lizzo.” At the link find the title, “Political Satirist Bassem Youssef, Feb 2016” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Batteries 29 mins – There’s a power revolution heading for our homes – a device that allows you to take power into your own hands. Its batteries, home batteries, and they’ve been called the holy grail of renewables – the key to the transition away from fossil fuels. Australia is at the vanguard of this revolution – we will be one of the first countries in the world to experience the transition to the battery powered home. Find out how you can be part of it.” At the link right-click “MP4” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu. It downloads as a video and can be viewed as such or converted to an audio file for listening.

Black America 57 mins – “Professor Eddie Glaude discusses the state of black America and the way for America to move forward in his book, [Democracy in Black]. He is interviewed by Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Eddie Glaude,” right-click “Media files program.425136.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Stores 36 mins – “In 2015, Kristen Gilligan and Len Vlahos agreed to purchase the Tattered Cover Bookstore from longtime owner Joyce Meskis. The deal was front page news in Denver, but the move left the couple wondering, “What do we now?” For the opening keynote of this weekend’s PubWest Conference in Santa Fe, Gilligan and Vlahos held an informal yet informative conversation about the role of independent bookstores in the larger publishing ecosystem. They drew on their experience of moving cross-country with two young children and settling into life in Colorado and at the Tattered Cover—as well as on their long careers in the book industry (both worked over many years for the American Booksellers Association and Len, most recently, was executive director of the Book Industry Study Group) —to set out their visions for bookselling and publishing today and in the future.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bosnian Conflict 48 mins – “The wars accompanying the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s included the kind of brutality Europe vowed never to allow again – mass killings, the creation of concentration camps and systematic “ethnic cleansing.” After the Dayton Accords brought peace to the region, the question of how to mete out justice became key to maintaining stability. The UN created an international criminal tribunal, the first truly global court set up to pursue war criminals. It began with a list of 161 suspects. Fourteen years later, the court had accounted for every single one. The story of one of the world’s most successful manhunts.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Brain Dysfunctions 18 mins – “…This installment explores the human brain with conversations about brain-implant research, dyslexia, and language development aided by music. Your hosts are Carey Goldberg and Rachel Zimmerman, former newspaper reporters and co-producers of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog….” At the link find the title, “The Checkup: On the Brain,” right-click “Media files checkup150316_e8_On_The_Brain.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in North Carolina 26 mins – “North Carolina is increasingly split between those in urban areas, where some private sector providers are investing in next-generation gigabit networks, and rural areas where the big providers have no plans to invest in modern networks. But coming out of Wilkes County, a cooperative ISP called Wilkes Communications and River Street Networks is taking fiber where the big companies won’t. This week, Wilkes Communications and River Street Networks President & CEO Eric Cramer joins us for Community Broadband Bits episode 188 to discuss their approach, history, and plans for keeping rural communities well connected. They offer gigabit fiber, telephone, and cable television services.” At the link right-click “…download this Mp3 file….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CAPTCHA 4mins – “…Bots that prowl the web impersonating humans are more than a nuisance; they can gum up the operation of legitimate businesses. Imagine going to purchase tickets for a basketball game the moment they’re released for sale, only to find they’re all gone – purchased by fast-acting bots. To counter such activity, many websites make use of CAPTCHA – those often frustrating boxes with blurred letters we’re required to decipher. While annoying, their story’s a telling tale about humans and artificial intelligence….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cassava P1 45 mins – “Cassava (Manihot esculentum) is a critical world food crop, the third most consumed staple outside of rice and maize. It is even more critical because it is a vigorous plant that grows well in challenging areas. The crop feeds close to 800,000 people worldwide, mostly in Africa, South America and Asia. Production is challenged by a number of biotic and abiotic factors. Viral diseases move quickly through growing regions, vectored by whiteflies. The starchy tuber also lacks key nutrients. This Talking Biotech episode features Prof. Herve Vanderschuren from the University of Leige. He is part of a team that has engineered key enzymes into cassava to enable the production of Vitamin B6, a key nutrient. The second part speaks to Dr. Laura Boykin, a scientist using bioinformatics tools to characterize the whitefly pest that spreads the devastating viral diseases. She also speaks passionately about the people of eastern Africa, and presents a palpable mission to bring them the technical tools and computational know-how to address their continent’s pressing food problems.” At the link right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cassava P2 40 mins – “Biotech innovation in cassava is necessary to speeding genetic improvement of this food staple. Together with breeding efforts, the new resources derived define new crops that primarily serve the developing world. Yet the Western world knows so little about cassava. This episode of Talking Biotech is part two of the series on cassava genetic improvement. Dr. Barbara Schaal speaks about its genetic origins, migration and domestication. Dr. Nigel Taylor describes the extensive work ongoing at the Danforth Center on cassava, and focuses on installation of virus resistance.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA Director of Operations – “Barry Eisler, Former CIA Directorate of Operations; Author, The God’s Eye View; Twitter @barryeisler Mike Masnick, Founder and CEO, Techdirt—Moderator This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation Within an elaborate game of political blackmail, terrorist provocations, and White House scheming, a global war is being fought—a war between those desperate to keep the state’s darkest secrets and those intent on revealing them. In Eisler’s new novel, NSA director Theodore Anders has a simple goal to keep America safe: collect every phone call, email, and keystroke tapped on the Internet. Evelyn Gallagher just wants to keep her head down and manage the NSA’s camera network and facial recognition program so she can afford private school for her deaf son, Dash. But when Evelyn discovers the existence of an NSA program code-named God’s Eye and connects it with the mysterious deaths of a string of journalists and whistle-blowers, her doubts put her and Dash in the crosshairs of a pair of government assassins. This Program Contains Explicit Language.

Clean Air Act Issues 47 mins – “The historic Paris agreement on fighting climate change nine weeks ago was based on the premise that everybody was in on the fight. One-hundred and ninety-five countries. The US, right up front with a very public commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has thrown the brakes on the heart of the American promise to the world – cleaning up US power plants. They haven’t killed the plan yet, but they’re signaling they could. This hour On Point, climate change, the constitution, and the U.S. Supreme Court.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clean Energy Revolutio 62 mins – “Daniel Kammen, Ph.D., Professor of Energy, Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Department of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley; Founding Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory Rebekah Shirley, Ph.D., Researcher, Sustainable Communities Rainforests of Borneo Trinidad, Tobago and Islands World Wide; Opportunities for Women of Color in Science Britt Shaw, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley; Formerly with the United States Energy Association; Worked on USAID and Department of Energy Projects, Power Africa Initiative 2016 is pivotal year for action accelerating clean energy revolutions throughout the world. Join our distinguished panel from the University of California, Berkeley, in a discussion of expansion, technology and new generations of clean energy innovations and solutions that are critical and essential for healthy and safe world wide environments. With clean energy pervasive and effective throughout our planet—land, sea and air—imagine what 2050 will be.

Climate Warming Solutions 60 mins – “’Reality 101 with Nate Hagens, our minds, our world, the fossil trap. Scientists Alexander “Sandy” MacDonald of NOAA and Chris Clack of CIRES: yes we can power America with solar and wind power. This week on Radio Ecoshock we’ll see how hard it is, and how possible it is, to get out of the matrix. Resilience expert Dr. Nate Hagens talks about his college course “Reality 101”. Then we visit with two top American scientists whose recent study was published by the government-funded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A detailed study of sun and wind says yes we can replace fossil and nuclear power with renewable energy, and it won’t cost any more than what we are doing now. Thanks for joining us this week as we explore where we really are, and what we could do about it.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” near”Download” buried deep in the description, and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Concussion Research 19 mins – “A new study suggests the effects of mild concussions are greater than first thought and include higher risks of suicide. We meet two women whose concussions have affected them for years and the doctor urging medical professionals to reconsider the risks.” At the link find the title, “‘Mild’ concussion could triple risk of suicide, study suggests, Feb 2016” right-click “Media files current_20160210_18738.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservatives History 59 mins – “Columnist Matt Lewis discusses his book [Too Dumb to Fail], in which he looks at the origin of the conservative movement and argues that the Republican Party needs to return to its intellectual roots. He is interviewed by S.E. Cupp.” At the link find the titel,”After Words with Matt Lewis,” right-click “Media files program.430014.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservatives Problems 62 mins – “E.J. Dionne Jr., Columnist, The Washington Post; Author, Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond; Twitter: @EJDionne Barbara Marshman, Editorial Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator From one of our most engaging political reporters and the author of Why Americans Hate Politics comes the story of conservatism from the Goldwater 1960s to the present-day tea party that he says has resulted in broken promises and an ideological purity that drives moderate Republicans away. Dionne argues that American conservatism and the Republican Party took a wrong turn when they adopted Barry Goldwater’s worldview during and after the 1964 campaign. The radicalism of today’s conservatism is not the product of the Tea Party; Dionne says tea partiers are the true heirs to Goldwater ideology, and the purity movement did more than drive moderates out of the Republican Party—it beat back alternative definitions of conservatism.

Critic Concept 48 mins – “Everybody’s a critic, they say. And it’s not usually meant as a compliment. But we need good, deep critics in the arts and beyond, says A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times. He’s taken his blowback from Samuel L. Jackson and more. But he’s standing up for the role of the professional critic, even in a time when anyone can be on Yelp. This hour On Point, A.O. Scott on the critic’s role – and we’ll hear a critic on last night’s Super bowl halftime show with Beyoncé and more.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diet Physiology 20 mins – “Calories are sneaky. For those who have tried counting them to lose weight, you know quite well that they slip through your fingers during that latte and biscotti snack break. But it turns out that regulating our diets strictly through calories, technically just a unit of energy, has recently proved less reliable than we thought. Take nuts, for example. Nuts are generally regarded as a calorie-dense, energy-dense food group. But David Baer, a researcher at the United States Department of Agriculture, found that our bodies only absorb about 70 percent of the calories in almonds. Same with walnuts and pistachios. And then there’s the question of what happens when food is changed from its natural state. Richard Wrangam, a Harvard anthropologist, was studying chimpanzees and decided to try and mimic their diet of raw, unprocessed foods. He quickly found this had a much different impact on his body: “I discovered that it left me incredibly hungry.” His research found that our bodies absorb up to 40 percent more calories from meat, starches and fat when they are cooked. I mean, have you ever seen a chubby chimpanzee? …it’s hard to make a conclusion when there are so many variables – from the bacteria living in your stomach to how accurate our food labels are.” At the link find the title, “Don’t Count on the Calorie,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman020916 cms573329_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled Care 28 mins – “Today we bring you the story of Helen who became her brother’s caregiver after their parents died. Paul has Downs Syndrome and Helen says it’s time for Ontario to step offer more supports for non-traditional caregivers.” At the link find the title, “Sister-turned-caregiver highlights lack of support for brother with Down Syndrome – Feb. 1, 2016 (3/3)” right-click “Media files current_20160201_12620.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diseases from Produce 26 mins – “Close to half of all food-borne illnesses come from fresh produce and leafy greens are at the top of the list. While many of the recalls begin the U.S., critics here say Canada’s response to such outbreaks lags behind.” At the link find the title, “Listeriosis outbreak in packaged salad highlights risk of lettuce, Feb 2016,” right-click “Media files checkup15062201_ghit.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor-Patient Communications 49 mins – “Communication between a doctor and patient is ripe for misunderstanding – time constraints, medical jargon, and emotion are all in the mix. Some surveys say a majority of patients misunderstand their directions after a visit to the doctor, or even leave the hospital without knowing their diagnosis. But today, healthcare providers are giving patients new ways of reaching doctors for questions or concerns – including email, texting, and even video chatting. Some say this is the inevitable future of medicine, and will improve the patient experience. But many urge caution, pointing to drawbacks for physicians and patients both. A conversation about how our digital world is changing doctor-patient relationships.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Drafting Women 36 mins – “The role of women in the military is changing. After the recent decision to open all combat roles to female service members, this week two top military officers say women should register for future military drafts.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Drug Abuse and Race 4 mins – “Many years ago, when I was in graduate school, a professor asked me why Americans feared some drugs more than others. Timidly, I mumbled something about the dangers of addiction. My professor smiled, in the knowing but slightly patronizing way that teachers correct their students. “It’s not about the drug,” he said. “It’s about who uses it.”…. At the link find the title, “How race colors our view of drugs ,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Shortages 48 mins – “American doctors and hospitals have been dealing with drug shortages for the past decade. Shortages of chemotherapy and other cancer-fighting agents have been particularly frequent. And when the cancer patients are children, it’s especially difficult for their doctors. They have to make tough decisions about who gets potentially life-saving drugs and who does not. A group of pediatric cancer specialists just released guidelines on allocating scarce medications. We discuss what’s behind the drug shortfalls and what government regulators, the pharmaceutical industry and hospitals say needs to be done.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Electronic Design Engineer 78 mins – “Saar Drimer of Boldport stops by to talk about the EDA (electronic design automation) industry, artistic circuit boards, Chip and Pin security, a new kit subscription service and more!…The Boldport Club is a monthly subscription program where you get a different board every month (purchased in 3 month increments). The first 3 will likely be: Cordwood puzzle; Pease board; Emergency kit

EndNote Lawsuit 9 mins – “The latest in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright is an interview with MacKenzie Smith, Associate Director for Technology in the MIT Libraries. MacKenzie discusses the lawsuit that Thomson Reuters, owner of the proprietary bibliographic management software EndNote, has pursued against George Mason University and the Commonwealth of Virginia in relation to their open-source tool, Zotero. She provides an overview of the details of the claims in the case, and shares her views on the implications of the lawsuit for universities and scholars.” At the link right-click “Download the audio file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Destruction 10 mins – “Though separated by thousands of miles, the United States and Australia have much in common. Geographically both countries are expansive—the United States is the fourth largest in land mass and Australia the sixth—and both possess a vast amount of natural biodiversity. At the same time, both nations are on a crash course toward environmental destruction. As renowned ecologists Corey J. A. Bradshaw and Paul R. Ehrlich make clear in Killing the Koala and Poisoning the Prairie, both countries must confront the urgent question of how to stem this devastation and turn back from the brink (Uni of Chicago Press). Botanist Peter Bernhardt presents his review for The Science Show.” At the link right-click”Download audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fallacy of Black and White 30 mins – “Obviously, the world isn’t black and white, so why do we try to drain it of color when backed into a rhetorical corner? Why do we have such a hard time realizing that we’ve suggested the world is devoid of nuance when we are in the heat of an argument? In this episode we explore the black and white fallacy and the false dichotomies it generates. You’ll learn how to spot this fallacy, what to do when someone uses it against you, and how to avoid committing it yourself.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download: 069, The Black and White Fallacy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fallacy of Strawmen 29 mins – “When confronted with dogma-threatening, worldview-menacing ideas, your knee-jerk response is usually to lash out and try to bat them away, but thanks to a nearly unavoidable mistake in reasoning, you often end up doing battle with arguments of your own creation… This is the essence of the straw man fallacy, probably the most common of all logical fallacies. Setting up and knocking down straw men is so easy to do while arguing that you might not even notice that you are doing it. In this episode, you’ll learn from three experts in logic and arguing why human brains tend not to realize they are constructing artificial versions of the arguments they wish to defeat. Once you’ve wrapped your mind around that idea, you’ll then learn how to spot the straw man fallacy, how to avoid committing it, and how to defend against it.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download: 068, The Strawman Fallacy, .mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm Zero 30 mins – “Farm Zero is a five year-old startup company that’s a concept for sustainable agricultural systems that use sea water rather than fresh water as the core for growing fruits and vegetables. This concept could someday be a life-saver in places dealing with water scarcity and other resource poverty. This week on Sea Change Radio we talk to the founder of Farm Zero, Mike Fawcett, as he tells us about the company’s technology and efforts in places like Oman and Grenada. Then we hear from writer Lauren Markham about the new generation of American hipster farmers, or ‘farmsters.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Food Hazards 19 mins – “Carey and Rachel are back just in time for summer with The Checkup Greatest Hits Edition! Enjoy this health news podcast, a collaboration between Slate and WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station. You can find more episodes in The Checkup’s individual feed. From WBUR and Slate, the solidly reported and also somewhat opinionated take on health news for you and your family. This installment explores the pleasures and perils of sugar, the viral vegetable kale, and whether kale devotees can have too much of a good thing. With a bonus yarn about a chia seed-induced emergency room visit.” At the link find the title, “Checkup: Scary Food Stories,” right-click “Media files current 20160209_85075.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical School Interviews 34 mins – “In this episode, Ryan talks with Jessica, a pioneering Academy member who is a nontraditional student whose path was filled with hard work. She applied to 35 MD and DO schools, got more than 11 interview invites, and to this point, she has been on 11 interviews (with more than 11 interview invites) with 10 acceptances, while awaiting to hear back from the 11th interview. Today, she shares with us her experiences along her journey to medical school, talking about her stats, taking a DIY postbac program, factors in choosing which school to go to, and the keys to her success….” At the link right-click beside “Direct download: PMY168.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mindfulness and RAIN 49 mins – “Meditation: RAIN of Compassion (retreat) (2015-12-29) – This new version of the acronym RAIN is a powerful way of bringing compassion to the life within you, and to attuning and deepening compassion for others. (from the 2015 New Year’s retreat – a guided heart meditation)” At the link right-click “Direct download: 2015-12-29-Meditation-RAIN-of-Compassion-TaraBrach.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle East Tribal History 214 mins – “In “Hardcore History” journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his “Martian”, unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn’t academic history (and Carlin isn’t a historian) but the podcast’s unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners… Show 56 – Kings of Kings: Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta’s spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king they created the greatest empire the world had ever seen.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MIT Education Resources 21 mins – “The latest in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright is an interview with Professor JoAnne Yates, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management and Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management. She speaks about the new MIT Sloan website that offers case studies, teaching videos, and other innovative instructional resources openly to anyone with access to the internet. Professor Yates explains why MIT Sloan Teaching Innovation Resources (MSTIR) is an open access site, what is innovative about its approach and content, and why it matters for business education. She reflects on the decision-making that went into offering the content openly, commenting that “the notion of giving it away to the world seemed to us the right notion,” even though some people at other business schools “wanted to know whether we were crazy” for giving this content away when other schools charge for it. She addresses this in the context of Sloan’s mission to develop “principled leaders who make a positive difference in the world,” noting that Sloan’s focus is unusual among business schools in that it includes “bettering the planet.” At the link right-click “Download the audio file.” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Morality of Warfare 56 mins – “Peter Dale Scott, Author, The American Deep State George Hammond, Author, Rational Idealism Additional panelist TBA Monday Night Philosophy makes an assumption tonight: Warfare is an ineradicable aspect of human (and other simian) life caused by our conflicting desires. If war is here to stay, though, can we still tame it the way other social problems have been institutionalized or hemmed in by written and unwritten rules that almost everyone would be ashamed to violate? Can our daily life moral or ethical schemes be extended to restrain this most violent and destructive part of our lives? Our panel will discuss that in the 21st century context of drone wars, non-state actors, collateral damage, heightened security and an ever more level playing field for inflicting violence due to technology

Mortgage Scandal 56 mins – “An audio version of FRONTLINE’s documentary “The Untouchables” airing January 22 2013 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE producer and correspondent Martin Smith investigates why the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has failed to act on credible evidence that Wall Street knowingly packaged and sold toxic mortgage loans to investors, loans that brought the U.S. and world economies to the brink of collapse. Through interviews with prosecutors, government officials and industry whistleblowers, the film raises questions over whether senior bankers either ignored or contributed to fraud while inflating the bubble through the purchase and securitization of loans.” At the link find the title, “The Untouchables,” right-click “Media files 78798019-frontlinepbs-the-untouchables.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Teacher 18 mins – “The 38th parallel dividing the Korean peninsula is not the only line Suki Kim has ever crossed. An award-winning novelist and a journalist, Kim emigrated with her family from Seoul to New York City when she was 13. Over a number of officially sanctioned visits to North Korea, she reported for the New York Review of Books and Harper’s Magazine on that country’s bewildering, even byzantine self-absorption and its obsessions with the Great Leader, Kim Jong-il, and the Great Enemy, the United States. Then in 2011, she crossed another line, returning to Pyongyang undercover….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Offshore Tax Havens 47 mins – “A few years back, the US threw a fit about overseas tax havens hiding American fortunes away from chipping in their fair share. Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and more took a lot of heat, and signed on to more transparent protocols. Guess who didn’t? Bahrain, Nauru, Vanuatu and the United States. The U.S. is now being called the biggest tax haven in the world. Wyoming, South Dakota wooing hidden money away from Zurich. This hour On Point, dark banker to the world -– the U.S.A.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Office Management 14 mins – “Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview John Iezzi, author of “Results-Oriented Financial Management: A Step-by-Step Guide to Law Firm Profitability,” which is a book about compensation issues in small and mid-sized firms, what successful financial management looks like, and changes small firm lawyers need to make.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

One Child Policy Impact 47 mins – “Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mei Fong says that China’s one-child policy drastically reshaped the country’s demographic make-up. “China has 30 million more men than women,” she says. Her book is ‘One Child.’ John Powers reviews the 10-part FX series ‘The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.’ Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares early recordings from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.” At the link find the title, “The Consequences Of China’s One-Child Policy,Feb 2016” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Commons Proposal 9 mins – “The third episode in a new series of podcasts on various aspects of scholarly publishing & copyright is now available. In the new episode, we hear from Professor Eric von Hippel, T Wilson Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT. He specializes in research related to the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation. Professor von Hippel speaks about his experiment with making two of his books openly available on his website at no cost to the reader, and about the broader issue of how the economics of innovation are increasingly favoring open, unrestricted internet access, including in scholarly publishing.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oxytocin 30 mins – “It turns out oxytocin is responsible for a lot more than just love. New science has found that this amazing molecule also influences how sociable each of us is, allowing us to ‘tune in’ to the social information around us, perceiving it in much higher resolution. Scientists are now applying this new knowledge in the lab, and as reporter Dr Graham Phillips finds out, they’re discovering oxytocin’s great potential to treat social disorders, like drug addiction and alcoholism.At the link right-click “download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pakistani Girl Documentary 26 mins – “Oscar award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has turned her lens on honour killings in Pakistan for her latest film, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness.” At the link find the title, “Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s film A Girl in the River,” right-click “Media files current_20160212_17547.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pathways to Education 29 mins – “Hey, podcast listeners. Last week we brought you an episode from our archives called “Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?” Today we’re bringing you the follow-up episode. It’s called “How to Fix a Broken High-Schooler, in Four Easy Steps.” It focuses on the demand side of the education equation — the students — as opposed to the supply side, the teachers. I hope you find the topic as interesting as we do, whichever side of the equation you’re on….” At the link find the transcript or click the “RSS Feed” link, find the title, “How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps (Rebroadcast)” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast Startup 8 mins – “I’ve gotten this question a lot over the years and after quite a lot of thought, I’ve come up with a few basic pieces of advice. I talked it over with some fellow podcasters and they gave it the thumbs up, so hopefully it will help you out if you’re looking to launch your own show. And if you’re not looking to start a show, it might give you a bit of an insider’s view on what it’s like behind the mic.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pollution Control Problems 53 mins – “Nearly every winter, Utah’s dense metropolitan area suffers from choking air pollution. You may want to blame others like industry or those neighbors who just moved into the state, but it’s a headache we all share, and it will take all of us to help change it. Wednesday, we’re asking how you get people to make personal, sometimes inconvenient changes for the greater good, and we’d like to hear from you. What would it take for you to adjust your own behavior to improve Utah’s air quality?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power of Presence 46 mins – “Social psychologist Amy Cuddy took the TED Talk world by storm with her discourse on how our bodies – the way we sit or stand or present – can draw out our inner strength, our true self, our full presence. Stand like Wonder Woman for two minutes, pose like Usain Bolt, she says, and you can summon powers that otherwise might slink away. It sounds too simple. But in the mind-body realm, simple can be very powerful. Deep. This hour On Point, strike a pose. Amy Cuddy, and the power of presence.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Demographics 28 mins – “Today The Current is taking stock of the ripple effects of a decade of tough-on-crime legislation. We look at the shifting demographics inside Canada’s prison system, including the growing number of prisoners, growing old behind bars.” At the link find the title, “Conservative tough-on-crime policy collides with shifting prison demographics, Feb 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160210_66848.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Professions Automation 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.”

Puerto Rico Economy 49 mins – “Puerto Rico needs help. The U.S. territory owes its creditors more than $70 billion, and without some kind of financial assistance it’s likely to default on its debt payments before June. There are bipartisan Congressional efforts underway to come up with a lifeline. The strategy could involve giving Puerto Rico access to bankruptcy provisions or creating a federal control board or both, but most agree Puerto Rico’s problems won’t go away unless its long term economic slide can be reversed. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s many creditors, including hedge funds and ordinary citizens in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, face steep losses: Join us to discuss what’s next for Puerto Rico and why it matters.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Reading Issues..47 mins – “In the age when everything is digital, quick and dazzling, what’s to engage an American teen in the world of a great book? Of deep reading? New Yorker writer David Denby set out to find out. It’s a real challenge. He worries that without meeting it we face a profound cultural loss. But he also found a way. In classrooms where passionate teachers open great books and young minds. This hour On Point, David Denby, and what it takes to make readers of the hyper-digital young.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rental Cost Trend 46 mins – “…one big issue that’s hardly drawn a peep is the high price of rent in America today. For many people, super-high. Way over the one-third of income they say should be the limit. Sometimes, over half of people’s income, just for rent. That is crisis level. Why is this happening, and what can we do about it? This hour On Point, American rents, over the moon.” At the link right-click “Download the link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Gamble 56 mins – “An audio version of FRONTLINE’s documentary “The Retirement Gamble” airing April 23, 2013 on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. Ten trillion dollars in Americans’ retirement savings are invested in large and small accounts managed by banks, brokerages, mutual funds, and insurance companies. But whether your IRA or 401K will assure a safe retirement is largely a gamble. Building off reporting from the groundbreaking special Money, Power and Wall Street, FRONTLINE raises troubling questions about how America’s financial institutions protect our savings. The Retirement Gamble reveals how fees, self-dealing, and kickbacks bring great profits to Wall Street while imperiling the prospects of a secure future for individuals. The film questions who has the consumer’s best interests in mind, and whether there is a better way to manage our retirements.” At the link find the title, “The Retirement Gamble,” right-click “Media files 90001852-frontlinepbs-the-retirement-gamble.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Living Alternatives – “The speakers will survey the retirement living options available in the Bay Area, from living at home to choosing a communal living option. Learn the key decision points in comparing rental, equity-based options, entry-fee communities, and assisted living. A spreadsheet answering frequently asked questions will be provided. Subsidized housing options are not included in this program.

Robert Smalls Slave 18 mins – “Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 – February 23, 1915) was an enslaved African American who, during and after the American Civil War, became a ship’s pilot, sea captain, and politician. He freed himself, his crew and their families from slavery on May 13, 1862, by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, and sailing it from Confederate controlled waters to the U.S. blockade. His example and persuasion helped convince President Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the U.S. Army.” [Wikipedia source] At the link find the title “Episode 82 (The Wheel),” right-click “ “Media files thememorypalace.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Schools in DC 56 mins – “An audio version of FRONTLINE’s documentary “The Education of Michelle Rhee” airing January 8th on PBS and available for viewing online at pbs.org/frontline. FRONTLINE was granted unprecedented access to Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington, DC public schools as she attempted to fix a broken school system.” At the link find the title, “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” right-click “Media files 78797941-frontlinepbs-the-education-of-michelle-rhee.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Communications 11 mins – “In this episode, we hear from Professor Kai von Fintel, Professor of Linguistics at MIT, whose research areas are in semantics, pragmatics, and philosophy of language, and the intersections among them. Professor von Fintel discusses the launch of a new open access journal, Semantics and Pragmatics, with co-editor David Beaver of the University of Texas at Austin. The podcast was recorded at a critical moment in the journal’s history, a few weeks after its website was launched and opened for submissions, and a few months before the first papers are expected to appear there, in early 2008. More information about Professor von Fintel’s open access journal is available at the Semantic and Pragmatics website, which includes a blog by the editors. A previous MIT Libraries’ blog story also contains more information. The other episodes in the podcast series are available on the scholarly publication website.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Assault Trials 26 mins – “”Whacking” is the aggressive cross-examination of an alleged victim of sexual assault in pursuit of inconsistent testimony. Critics say it plays to gender stereotypes and can traumatize a witness. Others say it’s legitimate when the stakes are so high.” At the link find the title, “Ghomeshi trial sparks debate about treatment of sexual assault complainants – Feb. 4, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160204_62938.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Six Sigma 15 mins – “Measurement and analysis: These are fundamental activities in the laboratory. Together, they help to guide researchers toward discoveries and innovation. As elements in the Lean Six Sigma management doctrine, measurement and analysis help identify deficiencies in a given organization and to address business problems. “Lean Six Sigma” and its doctrinal parent “Six Sigma” have seen successful adoption at numerous manufacturers and technology firms including Honeywell, General Electric, Verizon and IBM. At HighWire Press, a leading e-Publishing platform, “Lean Six Sigma” is the CEO’s chosen method for making over scholarly publishing and reinvigorating the scientific media ecosystem….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slavery Today 54 mins – “What do the shrimp on your plate, cell phones, and the rising pollution levels in the developing world have in common? Kevin Bales says, slavery. A conversation with the author of Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide and the Secret to Saving the World.” At the link find the title, “Blood and Earth – Kevin Bales,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160211_80422.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Somali Hostages 28 mins – “Guest host Amanda Lindhout joins three other survivors of captivity, who know what it’s like to start life again after such a harrowing experience.” At the link find the title, “Stories of survival, recovery and backlash from former captives, Feb 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160212_19222.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stanford President 60 mins – “Stanford University President John Hennessy discusses some of the most powerful lessons he’s learned as leader of one of the world’s most complex and dynamic institutions of higher education. In conversation with Tina Seelig, director at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Hennessy also shares insights from his entrepreneurial career in the high-tech industry.” 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.

Startup Culture Value 56 mins – “Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO at the marketing and sales software firm HubSpot, distills his 128-slide presentation on company culture down to its essence, describing it as a business’s “operating system” that lets people do their best work. Shah says entrepreneurs must create a company culture they love, because one will eventually emerge no matter what.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria Aleppo Siege 28 mins – “Rami Jarrah has seen first-hand what the effect of Russian airstrikes is on Aleppo and says the attack on the city will lead moderate, average people to join ISIS against Bashar Assad.” At the link find the title, “Airstikes on Aleppo have devastating consequences for Syrians – Feb. 12, 2016” right-click “Media files current_20160212_98912.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria Negotiations 49 mins – “The Syrian civil war has lasted five years and claimed more than 250,000 lives. More than 12 million Syrians have been forced to leave their homes as opposition forces battle the Assad regime. This week, the conflict has escalated with Russia bombing targets in the city of Aleppo, killing hundreds of people. Tens of thousands of civilians have fled the city. And yesterday Turkey rejected demands to open its borders to refugees. Today, Secretary of State Kerry meets with Russian Minister Lavrov and other world leaders in Munich to discuss a possible cease-fire agreement. Diane and guests discuss the latest on the political and humanitarian crises in Syria and prospects for peace.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Terrorism Recruits 47 mins – “CNN’s Peter Bergen describes how the Internet and social media have been used to radicalize and recruit Americans to jihad — and how some new jihadists then use those same tools to draw in others. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘The Yid.’” At the link find the title, “Who Are America’s ‘Homegrown Terrorists’?, Feb 2016 “ right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Textbooks Online 12 mins – “In the new episode in the series of podcasts on scholarly publication and copyright, we hear from Professor John H. Lienhard V, Professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MIT. Professor Lienhard’s research interests include Heat and Mass Transfer and Fluid Mechanics, among other areas. He is the recipient of several teaching awards at MIT as well as research awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He speaks about making his text book — the 3rd edition of A Heat Transfer Textbook — openly available on the web, with no charge to readers. This text was coauthored with Professor Lienhard’s father, John Lienhard IV, who is a professor at the University of Houston. It was published by Prentice Hall in two print editions in the 1980s, and remained in print until the mid 1990s. In the podcast, Professor Lienhard, whose goal was to “explore the impact that free textbooks could have on higher education,” reflects on how the project came about and what it has meant to those who have downloaded the text, as well as to him.” At the link right-click “Download the audio file” and select”Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Touch Sense 49 mins – “The sensation of touch is vital to nearly every aspect of the human experience. The way our bodies’ touch circuits are organized affects everything we do from making choices about what to buy, using language and how we experience both pleasure and pain. Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist David Linden explains how the biology works and the different brain systems that process this key sensation. He’ll also explain why context is critical when it comes to touch — from skin to nerves to brain — and why touch is crucial to our sense of self and our experience of the world.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Traumatic Brain Injury 45 mins – “Joyce welcomes Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, Ph.D, director of the Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory and Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory; Glenn Wylie, associate director of both the Neuroimaging Center and Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Research; and Denise Krch, Ph.D. research scientist in the Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory at the Kessler Foundation Research Center. Each guest, will discuss the world-class research and services of this rehabilitation facility, and the outreach on the related issues brought up in the film Concussion. Issues like neuroimaging, cognitive rehabilitation; memory retraining will be discussed in relation to the implications of concussions on school sports.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tudor Life in 1600’s 53 mins – “To understand how our forebears lived, of course you’ll read period records, diaries and literature. There would still be things you wouldn’t fully grasp though, like how they smelled. So when historian Ruth Goodman wanted to understand 16th century English life, she “tudored.” She skipped bathing, brushed her teeth with soot, and slept on rushes. The result of her adventure is a new book called How to Be a Tudor, and Thursday, she joins Doug for a dawn-to-dusk guide to Tudor life. Ruth Goodman is an historian of British social and domestic life. She has presented a number of BBC television series, including Tudor Monastery Farm. She’s the author of How to Be a Victorian [Indiebound|Amazon] and her new book How to Be a TudorAt the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Growth 47 mins – “For an amazing century, from 1870 to 1970, says bigfoot economist Robert Gordon, the United States saw technological change on a scale that history seldom offers. Electricity, automobiles, air travel, more. Life was transformed. Economic growth was huge. And the American dream was riding high. The problem? That age is over, says Gordon. And it’s not coming back. We have to adapt. Is he right? This hour On Point, is growth over? With Robert Gordon.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Agriculture 49 mins – “The face of agriculture is dramatically changing in and around cities worldwide. From Anchorage, Alaska to Tokyo, Japan, multi-story indoor farms provide fresh produce, fish and other products to local residents. Some facilities are greenhouses using natural sunlight, others use grow lights. Proponents of these farms argue they use less water and pesticides, while reducing transportation costs and carbon emissions. But critics argue they are not cost effective and consume too much energy. Guest host Maria Hinojosa and a panel of guests discuss the pros and cons of indoor urban farms for this month’s Environmental Outlook.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Violent Crime Trends 49 mins – “For more than 20 years violent crime rates in the U.S. states have been declining, but data from the first six months of 2015 suggest an unwelcome change: The FBI reports that from January and June 2015 overall violent crime was up nearly 2% and homicides jumped more than 6 percent with spikes in both small towns and big cities. The Justice Department cautioned it’s too soon to know whether the latest data signals an upturn in violence in America. Join us to talk about what drove violent crime down so dramatically over the last two decades in the U.S. and what could be ahead.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Wearable Tech for Lawyers 26 mins “…In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview legal technology expert Richard Georges about wearable technology, how smartwatches enhances his ability to be productive, and what lawyers need to consider when adopting this new technology. Having a smartwatch, Georges explains, actually decreases court disruptions and car distractions while making him accessible to clients at all times. Most of the issues concerning data security are due to human error rather than technology. As long as lawyers learn how to properly embrace wearable technology, he says, it can improve any practice from big law to a solo firm. The risks are not greater, they are simply different. Richard Georges practices in real property, corporations, wills, trusts, and estates law in Pinellas County, Florida. A self-proclaimed tech junkie, he is well known for writing the Futurelawyer blog and has taught many seminars on technology and the law.” 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.

Weight Loss Discussion 26 mins – “Slate and WBUR’s health podcast looks at dieting myths, eating disorders, and a popular program that aims to change how you approach food. In this episode, “Muffin Top,” we debunk some dieting myths and explore strategies to help nudge your weight loss along, or at least make you feel better about your body. With hosts Carey Goldberg and Rachel Zimmerman of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog.” At the link find the title, “Muffin Top,” right-click “Media files 0817_CGHE_05_Muffin_Top.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women at Work 55 mins – “Lena talks about work with Zadie Smith, Mara Brock Akil, Jenni Konner and many more.” At the link click “Download” and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Work for Yourself 82 mins – “During my sophomore year, I got an offer to work at my school’s web development department. It was a dream come true; I’d been developing websites in my spare time for years, and now I’d have a chance to do it for a steady paycheck in between classes. The only problem was… I already had a job at the campus tech support center. And that meant I had to quit, which meant writing a letter of resignation, handing it to my supervisor, and explaining why I was leaving. It was pretty nerve-wracking….” At the link find the title, “Quitting Your Job to Work for Yourself (Ep. 95)

Zika Virus 12 mins – “Florida declares a health emergency in counties with the Zika virus; a case is sexually-transmitted in Texas. We get an update on the spread and risks of the Zika virus.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Zika Virus by Experts 125 mins – “This Week in Virology is a netcast about viruses – the kind that make you sick. Professors Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler and science writer Alan Dove and guests deconstruct viruses, how they cause illness, and how you can prevent infections.” “The TwiV team discusses the latest data on Zika virus, including ocular defects in infants with microcephaly, and isolation of the entire viral genome from fetal brain tissue.” At the link right-click “TWIV 376” by “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Virus Control 47 mins – “The Zika virus is still on a roll. And getting everybody’s attention. U.S. Olympic soccer star Hope Solo says if she had to choose today she would not attend the Rio Olympics this summer. Too much risk to a baby. In Brazil, they’re sending 200,000 soldiers out this weekend to try to and knock back the mosquitos. In the US, President Obama has asked for almost $2 billion to fight Zika. This hour On Point, what it’s really going to take to tackle the Zika virus, here and abroad.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Virus Impact 26 mins – “Brazil is just one of several countries affected by the Zika virus where abortions are illegal and come with jail time. Activists say this outbreak is not solely about a mosquito, it is about reproductive rights across Latin America.” At the link find the title, “Zika virus could lead to rise in unsafe abortions in Latin America – Feb. 2, 2016 (2/3),” right-click “Media files current_20160202_24461.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu .

Zika Virus Issues 49 mins – “In the days since the WHO declared Zika a global health emergency, parts of the U.S. have been preparing to contend with the virus – and the mosquitos that can carry it. The Obama administration now says it will ask Congress for $1.8 billion to respond to the Zika virus abroad and to prepare for it here at home. While Zika has begun to draw comparisons to Ebola – in potential scope and the ways health organizations should address it – many experts want to get out the message that Zika is a dramatically different public health concern; one that shouldn’t cause panic, but that should be taken seriously. It has raised tough questions about women and reproductive rights, following calls for women to delay childbirth in countries where contraception and abortion are hard to access or even illegal. And with Brazil at the heart of the pandemic, calls for delaying the Olympics, set to be held in Rio de Janeiro this summer, are growing louder. A panel of guests joins guest host Tom Gjelten to explain the risks – and how experts are facing the global challenges – posed by the Zika virus.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

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