Media Mining Digest 229 – Apr 1, 2016: Airbnb Creator, Albumin, AM and FM Modulation, Antifreeze for Animals, Arctic Camels, Australian Detention Centers, Authoritarianism, Back Pain Treatment, Banana Diseases, Bhutan Is Carbon Negative, Brave vs Perfect Women, Bt Toxin, Bulesque and Vaudeville Stories, Caffeine,Cancer, Carl Zimmer, Chemsex, Chicago Sewer System, Commodities Trading, Communicating Well, Corruption in Malawi, Desomorphine, Down Syndrome Immigrants, Drinking Water, Drought in California, Drug Interaction Research, E-Book Status, Energy Use in New Hampshire, Food Shoots, Gender Neutral Bathroom, Gender Violence, Human Interface Research, Infectious Disease Comments, Internet Future, Islamic Future, Linux on Thinkpad T420, Medical Late Bloomer, Microbiology Conference, Mindfulness and Habits, Mosul Dam Hazard, Music Selection by Algorithm, Muslims of Value, Obesity Epidemic, Open Web Issue, P Values in Research, Pain Control, Physical Activity Needs, Physician Assisted Death, Planet Building, Political Women, Rainforest Action Network, Refugee Children Integration, Refugees in Sweden, Roadkill Research, Roger Corman, Romanian Sheep, Sleep Impact, Social Media and Poltiics, South Korea, Sphero Product, Squalene, Stalin, Stethescope Replacement, Supreme Court Operation, Suzuki on Science, TATP Explosive, Thought Experiments, Turkey Human Rights, UN Peace Keeper Sex Crime, Waste to Fuel, Work Focus, World War One, WWII in Crete, WWII in Greece

The best 75 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 9000 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.

Airbnb Creator 16 mins – “Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb, bet his whole company on the belief that people can trust each other enough to stay in one another’s homes. How did he overcome the stranger-danger bias? Through good design. Now, 123 million hosted nights (and counting) later, Gebbia sets out his dream for a culture of sharing in which design helps foster community and connection instead of isolation and separation.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Albumin 5 mins – “Albumin – the protein with an i – should not be confused with albumen with an e. Historically albumen with an e referred to any water soluble protein and is still used to refer to things like egg white. Albumin with an i refers to a specific protein found in blood plasma. Let’s clear up some of this confusion. In the 17th century it was recognised that blood consisted of two things: something that clotted to stop wounds from bleeding, and serum: the watery substance left behind after a blood clot forms. Within this ‘serum’, scientists of the day found protein – or albumen (that’s with the e again, sorry). By the 19th century scientists had recognised that these water soluble proteins – these albumen – must be vital for life as they were found everywhere….” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Albumin.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AM and FM Modulation 60 mins – “Pragmatic returns to talk about a recent melding of traditional radio technology and software that are now dominating the telecommunications world.” At the link right-click “Download it” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Antifreeze for Animals 6 mins – “Icy waters that surround Antarctica are inhabited by fish that don’t freeze. That’s despite the fact that the water is usually around minus 1.8°C, cold enough to turn most fish into a solid block of ice. So, what stops the Antarctic fish from freezing? That was the question scientists began investigating in the 1950s. The hunt was on for some sort of antifreeze that would explain the fishes’ ability to thrive in subzero conditions. And it wasn’t until the 1960s that a molecule was found that fit the bill. It came from the blood of an Antarctic icefish, a common denizen of the Southern Ocean, and became known as antifreeze glycoprotein or AFGP….” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_AFGP.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Camels 12 mins – “Camels are so well adapted to the desert that it’s hard to imagine them living anywhere else. But what if we have them pegged all wrong? What if those big humps, feet and eyes were evolved for a different climate and a different time? In this talk, join Radiolab’s Latif Nasser as he tells the surprising story of how a very tiny, very strange fossil upended the way he sees camels, and the world.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australia Detention Centers 16 mins – “However well intentioned, working in detention centres amounts to complicity in torture, says David Berger, a district medical officer in emergency medicine at Broome Hospital in Australia. However, Steven Miles, chair in bioethics at the University of Minnesota thinks that they play an important role in telling the world about conditions in these camps.” At the link find the title, “Should doctors boycott working in Australia’s immigration detention centres?” right-click “Media files 254833948-bmjgroup-should-doctors-boycott-working-in-australias-immigration-detention-centres.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Authoritarianism 53 mins – “The media has struggled for months to explain how Donald Trump has become so wildly popular so quickly with the country’s electorate. In a new article, the journalist Amanda Taub proposes a rather frightening answer. The rise of Trump, she says, parallels the rise of American authoritarianism, the belief in radical policies and the desire for a strongman leader to implement them. Taub joins guest host Terry Gildea on Wednesday to explain how authoritarianism is transforming the GOP and the dynamics of national politics.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Back Pain Treatment 28 mins – “Back pain – almost all of us has either had it or will experience it in our life time. In fact, four million Australians may be suffering from low back pain right now, and for around 40% of people that pain will persist and become chronic with devastating effects. But what if you could end the agony? Catalyst investigates recent advances in science and medical engineering that are transforming our understanding of chronic back pain and opening the door to new treatments in the hope of bringing relief to so many people.” At the link right-click “MP4” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Banana Diseases 42 mins – “Dr. Leena Tripathi is a leader in banana biotechnology, working at IITA in Nairobi, Kenya. He has been publishing prolifically on a number of solutions for banana disease resistance using genetic engineering. In this episode of Talking Biotech she discusses the disease threats to banana production in Africa, and the solutions she has identified. She also touches on the social climate, farm structure, and attitudes toward the technology. You’ll hear many thoughts that will surprise you!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bhutan Is Carbon Negative 19 mins “Deep in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India, lies the Kingdom of Bhutan, which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time. In this illuminating talk, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country’s mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brave vs Perfect Women 13 mins – “We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.” At the link click “Download,” right-click Download audio” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bt Toxin 59 mins – “If you tell a stranger that something called “delta endotoxin” is as close as it gets to a miracle, they’d likely respond in one of two ways. They’d either want you to seek counseling, or find out if they can get it injected into their faces. Humans have love-hate relationships with toxic compounds, and delta endotoxin, or “Bt toxin” is no exception. This natural protein is toxic to a specific suite of pests, namely caterpillars that consume ag crops. It has been understood for decades and is widely used in organic farming. It also is the protein used to protect corn and cotton from insect damage, and now is being used in eggplant in Bangladesh. The use of this natural insecticide has massively cut the use of broad-spectrum insecticides. Today on the podcast it is a pleasure to talk to Dr. Fred Perlak. Dr. Perlak worked with Bt from the beginning. From understanding its role in insect physiology to identifying the gene, to helping introduce it to plants, he knows this topic as well as anyone. We discuss history and applications.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burlesque and Vaudeville Stories 90 mins – “Best-selling author and pop culture historian Kliph Nesteroff joins Gilbert and Frank (along with former guest Drew Friedman) for an informative (and frequently hilarious) analysis of topics covering ten decades of popular entertainment, including: the dark secrets of vaudeville, the tragic childhood of Eddie Cantor, the phenomenon of Martin & Lewis and the strange death of “Parkyakarkus.” Also, Bob Hope dons blackface, Jack Benny swipes his stage name, Don Knotts sends up Hugh Hefner and the mob releases a comedy album. PLUS: Batman & Rubin! “The Baileys of Balboa”! Rodney Dangerfield vs. the feds! Aunt Esther goes electric! And the angriest man in showbiz history!” At the link find the title, “#95: Kliph Nesteroff,” right-click beside “Enclosure:…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caffeine 43 mins – “A tablespoon of it will kill you, but most of us feel like death without it: we’re talking about caffeine this episode. Inspired by a listener question — does green tea have more or less caffeine than black? and what about yerba mate? — Cynthia and Nicky explore the history and science of the world’s most popular drug. Listen in as we discover the curious effect of birth control pills on how our bodies process it, calculate how much of an edge it gives athletes, and learn what dolphin dissection and the American Constitution have to do with each other, and with caffeine….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer 73 mins – “Cancer is the number two cause of death in the US and can affect anyone at any age. Federico Viticci joins John to talk about the history of the disease, what it is, how we fight it and Federicos first-hand experience with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.” At the link right-click “Download it” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carl Zimmer 79 mins – Carl Zimmer joins the TWiV team to talk about his career in science writing, the real meaning of copy-paste, science publishing, the value of Twitter, preprint servers, his thoughts on science outreach, and much more.” At the link right-click “Download TWIV 381” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chemsex 50 mins – “In recent years a new, extreme sub-culture of sex and drugs has become a way of life for a growing minority of gay men. The so-called chemsex scene involves an unholy trinity of drugs – Mephedrone, GHB/GBL and Crystal Meth – and together they can keep men awake for days. These relatively new drugs are taken to enhance one thing in particular – sex. Mobeen Azar travels to San Francisco – one of the first cities to see the ‘party and play’ scene emerge – and London, where chemsex is a relatively new phenomenon and speaks frankly to men involved in the lifestyle.” At the link find the title, “Chemsex, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03n27yg.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chicago Sewer System 20 mins – “Chicago’s biggest design achievement probably isn’t one of its amazing skyscrapers, but the Chicago River, a waterway disguised as a remnant of the natural landscape. But it isn’t natural, not really. It’s hard to tell when you see the river, but it’s going the wrong way. It should flow into Lake Michigan, but instead fresh water from Lake Michigan flows backwards, into the city. The Chicago River is, in large part, a carefully-designed extension of the city’s sewer system. Reporter Dan Weissmann talked with Richard Cahan (author of “The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed its River and the Land Beyond”) about the amazing lengths the city went to, over the course of several decades, to carry away the sewage that threatened to drown.” At the link find the title, “Chicago.86- Reversal of Fortune,” right-click “Media files 86-Reversal-of-Fortune.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Commodities Trading 26 mins -”Note: Today’s show is a rerun. It originally ran on July 2013. On today’s show, we talk to commodities traders to answer one of the most important questions in finance: What actually happens at the end of Trading Places? We know something crazy happens on the trading floor. We know that Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd get rich and the Duke brothers lose everything. But how does it all happen? And could it happen in the real world? Also on the show: The “Eddie Murphy Rule” that wound up in the the big financial overhaul law Congress passed in 2010. Today’s special guest co-host is Roman Mars, host of 99% Invisible. (Check out their episode on the design of U.S. currency.)” At the link find the title, “#471: The Eddie Murphy Rule, July, 2014,” right-click “Media files npr_328469303.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communicating Well 12 mins – “When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations — and that most of us don’t converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. In this insightful talk, she shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations. “Go out, talk to people, listen to people,” she says. “And, most importantly, be prepared to be amazed.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corruption in Malawi 47 mins – “You know those Planet Aid clothing donation boxes you see on the side of the road? Those clothes and over $100 million in U.S. grant money are supposed to help people in southern Africa. But when Reveal went to Malawi to find out what actually happened, people told us that some of the projects didn’t pan out. Our investigation finds that the U.S. government knew an international fugitive was linked to the projects, but kept the money flowing. Reveal goes behind the bin and across an ocean to find out what’s going on.” At the link find the title, “Alleged cult leader plays shell game with US foreign aid,Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files Alleged cult leader plays shell game with US foreign aid_PODCAST_master.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Desomorphine 5 mins – “Desomorphine or dihydrodesoxymorphine is an opioid, like morphine or heroin. That means it is a powerful painkiller, but like morphine and heroin it is also highly addictive. It was originally synthesized in 1932 and patented in 1934 by American chemist Lyndon Frederick Small. …Clinical studies of desomorphine showed that the drug was eight to 10 times more potent than morphine, requiring lower doses for pain relief, muscle-relaxation, sedation and euphoria, as well as decreasing the nausea and respiratory depression associated with the use of morphine. Although these were positive outcomes from the research, use of the drug also quickly leads to addiction – in fact it showed an increased potential for dependence compared with morphine. Desomorphine was briefly commercially produced by Roche in the 1940s under the trade name Permonid and was used for post-operative pain relief due to its quick onset and decreased respiratory depression, but was found to have a short shelf life and was removed from the market in 1952. That might have been it for desomorphine, as these problems left little reason to invest and market such a product. But the story doesn’t end there. In recent years, desomorphine has emerged as a substitute for heroin in Russia….” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Desomorphine.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Down Syndrome Immigrants 25 mins – “Felipe Montoya and his family have been denied permanent residency in Canada because his 13-year-old son has Down syndrome. The Current shatters misconceptions with a reality check on the misunderstanding of the abilities of those with Down syndrome.” At the link find the title, “Down syndrome discrimination based on misinformation, prejudice – March 22, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160322_48125.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drinking Water 26 mins – “Susan Richardson is the Arthur Sease Williams Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. Richardson studies drinking water quality. The water that we drink is treated with agents that kill harmful pathogens, but those agents will often oxidize with organic matter to transform into equally-harmful Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs). Richardson will discuss the research that goes into controlling these DBPs in our drinking water.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drought in California 66 mins – “Dr. Brian Green, Assistant Director of Campus Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics; Assistant Director of Engineering, Santa Clara University Jim Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer of Water Utility, Santa Clara Valley Water District Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator In Parzybok’s eco-fiction novel Sherwood Nation, he speculates about what an American city would be like if an extended drought limited water rations to one gallon of water per person a day. Hoarding, riots, neighborhoods filled with abandoned homes and businesses, fires left to burn themselves out, power outages—residents quickly devolve into survival mode of doing whatever they think is necessary to stay alive. How far-fetched is this disturbing “what if” story? Would the infrastructure, water policies and human kindness of Silicon Valley be up to the challenge of losing unlimited access to the precious resource we take for granted: water?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Interaction Research 14 mins – “If you take two different medications for two different reasons, here’s a sobering thought: your doctor may not fully understand what happens when they’re combined, because drug interactions are incredibly hard to study. In this fascinating and accessible talk, Russ Altman shows how doctors are studying unexpected drug interactions using a surprising resource: search engine queries.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

E-Book Status 10 mins – “What lies behind the decline in e-book sales is hardly mysterious – one of the big 5 publishers has flatly pointed to “new retail sales terms” – yet sharp fall in children’s e-book sales goes far beyond price. “Clearly price is certainly playing a role here. With the new contracts publishers have struck with Amazon and other distributors, e-book prices have indeed risen,” notes Andrew Albanese, senior writer for Publishers Weekly. “With regard to children’s books, the format has just not taken off—and as a parent to two kids, I think I understand why,” he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “Kids e-books are apps. They are games, essentially. And they fall under screen time, rather than reading.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Use in New Hampshire 57 mins – “Granite State businesses have long bemoaned New Hampshire’s high energy costs, complaining they discourage expansion here and even tempt some firms to leave the state.  Last fall, the Business and Industry Association launched a new campaign called Energize NH to focus attention on what it calls a crisis: the high price of energy and the need for more infrastructure and supply to lower those costs. The Energize NH campaign comes at a key time, when the Granite State seems engaged in a huge discussion about energy over pipelines and powerlines, and whether other approaches and other ways of thinking are in order, including better efficiency, a smarter grid, and an emphasis on those power sources that don’t contribute to climate change.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Shoots 18 mins – “The last hundred years or so of food advertising have been shaped by this one simple fact: real food usually looks pretty unappetizing on camera. It’s static and boring to look at, and it tends to wilt under the glare of hot studio lights. So advertisers have had to walk a fine line between enhancement and fakery, trying all kinds of tricks to get food to look good. Then, in the 1970s, food advertising took a radical turn. Food started moving, which opened the door to all the fancy tricks we see in advertising today: shrimp executing acrobatic flips, lobster claws cracking open in slow-motion, french fries bouncing across a table. An ad director named Elbert Budin developed this new aesthetic Flying Food.” At the link find the title, “205- Flying Food, March, 2016,” right-click “Media files 205-Flying-Food.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Neutral Bathroom 12 mins – “There are a few things that we all need: fresh air, water, food, shelter, love … and a safe place to pee. For trans people who don’t fit neatly into the gender binary, public restrooms are a major source of anxiety and the place where they are most likely to be questioned or harassed. In this poetically rhythmic talk, Ivan Coyote grapples with complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity and highlights the need for gender-neutral bathrooms in all public places.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Violence 20 mins – “The judge has ruled Jian Ghomeshi is not guilty of all charges claiming inconsistencies in complainants’ stories that prompted reasonable doubt. Judge Horkins did add that does not mean the events did not occur. Our panelists react to the judgement.” At the link find the title, “Jian Ghomeshi not guilty on all charges due to ‘reasonable doubt’ – March 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160324_71165.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Interface Research 9 mins – “What will the world look like when we move beyond the keyboard and mouse? Interaction designer Sean Follmer is building a future with machines that bring information to life under your fingers as you work with it. In this talk, check out prototypes for a 3D shape-shifting table, a phone that turns into a wristband, a deformable game controller and more that may change the way we live and work.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infectious Disease Comments 31 mins – “A review of the Infectious Disease literature with commentary.” At the link find the title, “Puscast: March 1 to 15, 2016,” right-click “Media files mara16.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Future 65 mins – “We’ve created a world where information technology permeates our economies, social interactions, and intimate selves. The combination of mobile, cloud computing, the Internet Things, persistent computing, and autonomy are resulting in something different. This World-Sized Web promises great benefits, but is also vulnerable to a host of new threats. Threats from users, criminals, corporations, and governments. Threats that can now result in physical damage and even death. In this talk Bruce Schneier — author and internationally renowned security technologist — looks back at what we’ve learned from past attempts to secure these systems, and forward at what technologies, laws, regulations, economic incentives, and social norms we need to secure them in the future.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamic Future 52 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Institute for Philosophy and Religion, and the Boston University Center for the Humanities. Our speaker is Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Professor Kimball’s lecture is titled Faith, Doubt, and the Future of Islam.‘” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linux on Thinkpad T420 32 mins- “In this episode, Larry speaks with Charles Tendell about Linux on ThinkPad computers. Charles is an ethical hacker and has successfully adopted the 5 year old ThinkPad T420 as an economical substitute for a new Macbook Pro for his business — without sacrificing performance or capabilities!” At the link right-click “Downloamp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Late Bloomer 39 mins – “In this episode, Ryan talks with Kain who is not your average nontrad, being academically disqualified from college, taking his undergrad at 38 years old, taking the MCAT late, having less than stellar GPA, and yet, he got interviews to medical schools and has now been accepted to University of Central Florida where he will begin his medical school journey at 42 years old. Listen in as Kain shares with us his interesting journey, going to college with his son and taking the same classes, leaving his engineering career over medical school, and finally getting the acceptance that he wanted to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor.” At the link find the title, “Session 174,” right-click “ Media files PMY174.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiology Conference 29 mins – “In the modern world, the spread of diseases like MERS, SARS, avian flu, Ebola, and Zika virus seems almost unavoidable. But to stop outbreaks spiralling out of control into global disasters, researchers, doctors and public health professionals need to know what’s happening and where in real time. That’s where ProMED comes in. PROMED is an online early warning system for emerging diseases that can be used by anyone in the world. People in the field report on disease outbreaks that are happening close to them, so that information about new threats can be rapidly disseminated online, and people at all levels can start to take the steps that could ultimately save lives. Ben spoke to the editor of ProMed, Dr Larry Madoff, about how the system is used, why disease outbreaks seem to be happening more frequently, and what we can do to stop them.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mindfulness and Habits 9 mins – “Can we break bad habits by being more curious about them? Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction — from smoking to overeating to all those other things we do even though we know they’re bad for us. Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and discover a simple but profound tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mosul Dam Hazard 27 mins – “The largest dam in Iraq, the Mosul Dam, is in danger of collapsing according to a number of reports. It has been plagued with problems from the start as the dam was built on layers of limestone and gypsum – not only are these soluble but cavities form between the layers. The dam therefore needs constant grouting – the filling in of these cavities with a mixture of cement, clay and silicon – to stop it from collapsing. When ISIS took control of the dam they destroyed much of this grouting equipment and many staff did not return once local forces had regained control of the dam. . Professor Nadhir al-Ansari from the Lulea Technical University in Sweden explains what could happen if the dam collapses. ” At the link find the title, “Mosul Dam warning,” right-click “Media files p03n58ql.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Selection by Algorithm 24 mins – “They said it couldn’t be done: Teaching robots good taste. “Actuality” visits Spotify, where algorithms tell 75 million users what to listen to. Then, Tim and Sabri talk with a world-touring musician and a critic to see if this trend will save the arts — or doom them.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and seelct “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslims of Value 16 mins – “When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this personal, powerful talk, Mogahed asks us, in this polarizing time, to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — and to choose empathy over prejudice.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obesity Epidemic 58 mins – “…Recent studies show that one in every three Californians currently has diabetes or pre-diabetes, thus creating a need for a new generation of doctors with knowledge to treat the obese patient. Osteopathic physicians and educators from Touro University California will address this need at in this program. Traditional treatments for obesity have been ineffective in addressing this epidemic. For this reason, the university’s highly knowledgeable team will address issues with obesity, including altering diet, incorporating exercise, addressing associated metabolic abnormalities, and even environmental factors such as air pollution and climate change and how they all relate to resolution. The approach taken by researchers at Touro’s new Translational Research Clinic is focused on overall health as opposed to weight and incorporates patient demographics, communication skills and lessons from public health into the training of new physicians.” At the link right-click Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Web Issue 71 mins – “We’re on the cusp of the next wave of the web, where information will come to people, versus people seeking it out. This “big reverse” of the web poses all sorts of issues: ranging from policy, to personal privacy, to standardization across devices. In this talk Dries Buytaert — open Source developer, and founder and project lead of Drupal — discusses what it will take to navigate a web that doesn’t look or feel anything like what we know today.” At the link right-click “Download the audio MP3 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

P Values in Research 26 mins – “Misused statistics, the latest gossip on Google’s Go-playing AI, and watching mathematicians win prizes.” At the link find the title, “Nature Extra: Backchat March 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pain Control 31 mins – “What do we know about the way we experience pain? What purpose does it serve, and could we be close to dealing with the kind of chronic pain not yet treatable with medicine? Scientists at University College London have made a discovery which makes mice pain-free, and have reversed painlessness in a woman with a rare condition. Nicola Davis is joined by Dr Natasha Curran, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at University College London Hospitals, and by Professor John Wood, lead author of the study and a neuroscientist at UCL.” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physical Activity Needs 55 mins – “In his inaugural lecture, Professor Dylan Thompson, highlights why physical activity today is more important than ever. The podcast covers some of the new approaches that are being used to determine the amount of exercise required for good health and points towards some practical recommendations that can help you today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link find the title, “Professor Dylan Thompson inaugural lecture: Why do we need physical activity and how much is enough?” right-click “Media files 254546561-uniofbath-professor-dylan-thompson-inaugural-lecture-why-do-we-need-physical-activity-and-how-much-is-enough.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physician Assisted Death 25 mins – “As Canada moves closer to permit physician-assisted death, those doctors willing to take part are educating themselves on everything from procedures, to drug protocols, to learning which other health professionals will be legally able to assist them.” At the link find the title, “Assisted dying: Doctors struggle with how to help patients end their lives – March 22, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160322_23339.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Planet Building 60 mins -”Patrick Mchale makes his triumphant return to the show! Astrophysicists Catherine Neish and Brian Jackson explain how planets form around stars, and why the planets we see around other stars are so weird.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep_63_Worldbuilding.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Women 69 mins – “Ellen R. Malcolm, Founder, EMILY’s List; Author, When Women Win: EMILY’s List and the Rise of Women in American Politics [and] Christine Bronstein, Founder, Nothing But the Truth Publishing; Author; Mother—Moderator In 1985 Ellen R. Malcolm launched EMILY’s List, which has grown into a powerhouse political organization over three million members strong, focused on creating change by electing pro-choice women to office. When EMILY’s List began, there were only 12 Democratic women in the House and none in the Senate; today, EMILY’s List has played a vital role in helping to elect 19 female senators, 11 governors and 110 Democratic women to the House. Malcolm’s new book, When Women Win: EMILY’s List and the Rise of Women in American Politics, includes interviews with some of today’s most celebrated Democratic female politicians, including Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Tammy Baldwin and others. The book also recounts some of the most daunting political challenges for Democratic female candidates over the past three decades, including the historic election of Barbara Mikulski as the first female Democratic U.S. senator elected in her own right, the defeat of Todd Akin by Claire McCaskill, and Elizabeth Warren’s hard-fought victory over Scott Brown. Join us for a lively discussion with Ellen R. Malcolm about the evolution of EMILY’s List, the brave women who have successfully navigated our nation’s tough political landscape and what the future holds for women in politics.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rainforest Action Network 60 mins – “On March 3, activists led by Rainforest Action Network (RAN) held simultaneous protests in front of Citigroup’s New York City and San Francisco offices on to demand the company stop funding coal mining. According to RAN, Citigroup is looking to finance the purchase of coal mines in New Mexico and Colorado, despite having a policy on its books to sunset these harmful investments. On today’s episode, we’ll be joined by Ben Collins, Senior Research and Policy Campaigner for RAN, to discuss the outcome of the protests and why this issue is so critical.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Children Integration 67 mins -”On this webinar, MPI analysts and experts in the field discuss the results of an analysis comparing young children of refugees to other U.S. children on several key indicators of well-being. This analysis is based on U.S. Census Bureau data with MPI’s unique assignments of refugee status to the foreign-born population, as well as administrative data on refugee arrivals from the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Refugee Resettlement. Key indicators to be discussed include geographic resettlement patterns, languages spoken, English proficiency, family structure, parental education and employment, poverty rates, use of public benefits, […]” At the link find the title, “How Well Are Young Children of Refugees Integrating into the United States?” right-click “Media files 2016 3 23 Young Children of Refugees webinar.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugees in Sweden 27 mins – “Sweden received more asylum seekers per capita than any other country last year. But an open borders policy was slowly rowed back as accommodation started to run out and the authorities struggled to cope with the arrival of so many newcomers. In the Swedish town of Ange, 1,000 asylum seekers are starting new lives within a community of 9,000 locals. Keith Moore finds out how locals and asylum seekers are getting on.” At the link find the title, “A Swedish Tale, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03nkl3c.mp3 (MP3 – File)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roadkill Research 60 mins – “This week we’re looking at the surprisingly robust science research that can be done with animals that have died along our highways. We’ll speak with Sarah Perkins, an ecologist at Cardiff University in Wales, about the Project Splatter, a citizen science project tracking roadkill on UK roads. And we’ll speak with Kyle Elliott, an ecologist at McGill University in Montréal about his work studying the toxicology of birds of prey in urban environments. This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science News. You can also read her article on roadkill at Student Science.” At the link find the title, “#362 Roadkill, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files Science for the People 362_Roadkill.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roger Corman 65 mins – “Legendary B-movie king ROGER CORMAN has produced and directed over 400 films, giving early career breaks to actors like Robert De Niro, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Charles Bronson and Dennis Hopper and helping to launch the directing careers of Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich (among others). Gilbert and Frank phoned Roger in his Hollywood home to learn more about his life and fabled career, including where/how he first met longtime friend and collaborator Jack Nicholson, why the Hell’s Angels threatened to murder him AND take him to court, and why “a monster should always be bigger than a leading lady.” Plus: “The Beast with (not quite) a Million Eyes”! Roger experiments with LSD! Peter Lorre messes with Boris Karloff’s head! The “acceptable level of insanity”! And the enduring mystery of “The Terror”!” At the link find the title, “#24: Roger Corman, Nov, 2014, right-click beside “Enclosure:…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Romanian Sheep 27 mins – “Lucy Ash meets the sheep farmers who took on the government because of what they claim is a threat to their traditional way of life.” At the link find the title, “Romania: The Shepherds’ Revolt, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03ntwv4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep Impact P1 45 mins – “Could a lack of sleep help explain why some people get much sicker than others?” At the link click the icon with dots beside “listen,” right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the the pop-up menu.

Social Media and Politics 7 mins – “ At the link find the title, “ The signal and the noise, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160323_sp_final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Korea P1 27 mins – “From movies and TV to K-Pop, South Korean culture manages to punch far above its weight – across East Asia, and beyond. But how did this happen, and why is it so important to Koreans? Rana Mitter investigates.” At the link find the title, “South Korea: The Silent Cultural Superpower – Part One,” right-click “Media files p03nq3k9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sphero Product 67 mins – “Leo Laporte talks with Ian Bernstein, founder and CTO of Sphero, about robotics, software, smartphones, BB-8, and the origins of his company.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Squalene 5 mins – “…Squalene is used as what’s known as an adjuvant, an effect originally discovered in the 1920s by French researcher Gaston Ramon. He found that adding certain substances to vaccines produced a stronger immune response and he called them adjuvants after the Latin verb adjuvare, to help. Ramon developed adjuvants based on aluminium salts, mainly aluminium hydroxide, which is still used for all sorts of vaccines from meningitis to rabies.In the 1990s researchers at Novartis developed a new vaccine adjuvant, MF59 which incorporates squalene, and it’s used in various flu vaccines including against swine flu. It’s not exactly clear how adjuvants work, but they have the effect of attracting immune cells to the site where the vaccine is injected and promotes the uptake of vaccine antigens into immune cells, boosting the immune response. And by doing that, it means that a lower dose of the antigen can still be effective. A controversy flared up over the alleged use of MF59 in anthrax vaccines given to military personnel fighting the Persian Gulf War in the nineties. There were claims that squalene in the vaccine was linked to so-called Gulf War syndrome reported by combat veterans who suffered from a range of unexplained chronic symptoms; a study found more antibodies against squalene in veterans reporting these symptoms compared to those who were in good health. But, it was later uncovered that the anthrax vaccines hadn’t in fact been used with squalene….” At the link right-click “Download: CIIE_Squalene.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stalin P4 31 mins – “Ioseph Jughashvili, AKA Stalin, leaves the seminary under mysterious circumstances. Following the path of his mentor Lado Ketskhoveli, Soso becomes a revolutionary and learns the joy of mentoring the people but also to fear the police. Seeking refuge for himself, Stalin goes underground, after serving his first long prison sentence.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode159_31916_11.12_PM.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stethoscope Replacement 11 mins – “Eric Topol discusses the use of hand-held ultrasound devices – could they one day usurp the stethoscope?” At the link find the title, “To truly look inside: The Lancet: March 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files 24march.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Operation 60 mins – “Virtually Speaking Sundays is a counterpoint to the weekly gasbags who air on Sundays. This week we talk about SCOTUS and the Real Donald Trump. Dave Johnson — Senior Fellow with Campaign for America’s Future. Read Dave at Seeing the Forest, Campaign for America’s Future, Huffington Post and other outlets. With more than 20 years of technology industry experience, Dave’s earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic. He was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers. He helped co-found a company developing desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US. Follow @DCJohnson Cliff Schecter — A public relations, political and digital strategist , Cliff is President of Libertas, LLC and a columnist at The Daily Beast and Contributor to The Huffington Post and semi-regularly to the Cincinnati Enquirer op-ed page. Cliff sits on the Boards of We Act Radio, the Ohio Innocence Project and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio. the link find the title, “Dave Johnson and Cliff Schecter Virtually Speaking Sundays, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files dave-johnson-and-cliff-schecter-virtually-speaking-sundays.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suzuki on Science 25 mins – “David Suzuki has been passionate about the planet for decades. Now he is 80, an age where in his words you enter the death zone and are compelled to speak from the heart. David Suzuki joins Anna Maria to talk science, celebrity, family and mortality.” At the link find the title, “David Suzuki, 80, reflects on eco-morality and personal mortality – March 23, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160323_69248.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

TATP Explosive 9 mins – “A substance known as TATP, used in this week’s Brussels attacks, has become the Islamic State’s signature explosive. Chemist Jimmie Oxley says TATP bombs are volatile and easy to assemble which makes them an attractive option to suicide bombers.” At the link find the title, “ISIS’ signature bombs are unstable, easy to make, says chemist – March 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160324_68958.mp3” and select “Save Link Aas” from the pop-up menu.

Thought Experiments 11 mins – “Philosophers often use elaborate thought experiments in their writing. Are these anything more than rhetorical flourishes? Or do they reveal important aspects of the questions under discussion. Julian Baggini, editor of The Philosophers’ Magazine and author of a book which surveys some of the most interesting and imaginative thought experiments philosophers have used discusses thought experiments with Nigel Warburton for this episode of Philosophy Bites. David Edmonds introduces the interview.” At the link find the title, “Julian Baggini on Thought Experiments, Dec, 2007,“ right-click “Media files BagginiMixSes.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turkey Human Rights 24 mins – “Turkey’s fighting an internal battle against Kurdish separatists, facing international rebuke on human rights violations and struggling to help Syrian refugees within its borders. We speak to the Turkish ambassador on his country’s geopolitical labyrinth.” At the link find the title, “Turkish ambassador defends human rights record – March 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160324_97040.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

UN Peace Keeper Sex Crimes 24 mins – “He was one man investigating 1200 cases of fraud, theft and sexual assault and misconduct. The Current speaks to Canadian Robert Hotston on the frustrations of trying to hold UN peacekeepers accountable.” At the link find the title, “UN peackeepers betrayed trust of the public, says former UN investigator – March 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160324_97292.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Waste to Fuel 30 mins – “You know that sick feeling when you look at a smokestack belching noxious gases into the air? Well, what if you knew that the gas waste coming from that smokestack was getting turned into a usable, liquid fuel? That’s the technology that an MIT professor, Gregory Stephanopoulos, and his colleagues are working on and so far, the results have been quite promising. This week on Sea Change Radio, we learn more about this ground-breaking technology from Prof. Stephanopoulos and the promise that it holds. Then, we hear from entrepreneur Todd Thorner about independent power producers and the potential of home battery storage technology.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Work Focus 43 mins – “…With so many distractions surrounding us, most of spend more time than we’d like giving into their temptations. This results in an unfocused, ineffective style of working which takes far too long to get anything done. The opposite of that is deep work, which is the topic of today’s podcast episode. I’m once again talking with Cal Newport, who is a professor of computer science at Georgetown University, the author of five books, and a massive proponent of doing deep work. Cal defines deep work as the practice of focusing for a long time (well over an hour) on a cognitively demanding task without giving into any distractions whatsoever. One thing that Cal stresses in the episode is that deep work is a skill, and it must be acquired through practice.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One P3 237 mins – “The war of maneuver that was supposed to be over quickly instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One P4 236 mins – “Machine guns, barbed wire and millions upon millions of artillery shells create industrialized meat grinders at Verdun and the Somme. There’s never been a human experience like it and it changes a generation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II in Crete 50 mins – “The Germans begin, Operation Mercury, their attack on the island, to further confuse Russia and keep the British away from Hitler’s oil fields. Yet as the transport planes take off, the number of defenders on the island has be recalculated from 12,000 to 48,000.” At the link find the title, “Episode 120-Crete, Part 1,” right-click “Media files Episode120 21415 11.10 PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Arctic Camels

WW II in Greece 25 mins – “The Germans continue to drive south, the Greeks throw in the towell and the Allies make plans to evacuate. But wanting more Gen. Von List of the German 12th Army uses Airborne troops for a daring raid of Cornith, in trying to cut off some of the Allied troops in retreat.” At the link find the title, “Episode 115-Operation Marita Part III,” right-click “Media files Episode115.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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About virginiajim

Retired knowledge nut.
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