The best 88 podcasts from a larger group of 235 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 piecemeal 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 300 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.
Addiction Perspective 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 you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archhive.
African Language 27 mins – “BBC presenter Nkem Ifejika cannot speak Igbo the language of his forefathers. He wants to know why he was never taught Igbo as a child and travels to the Igbo heartland in the south-east of Nigeria to explore the demise of a once proud language. He discovers that recent history has had profound effects on Igbo culture and identity. He discovers too that some Igbos are seeking to reassert their language and culture.” At the link find the title, “Forgetting Igbo, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03s8wpk.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Agro Tourism 57 mins – “From petting zoos to pick-your-own, farmers across New Hampshire are diversifying in new ways to stay afloat. But that’s raising tensions in some towns, where neighbors say large-scale events like weddings can be a nuisance. We look at the impact of a recent state Supreme Court ruling on the issue and how lawmakers are exploring solutions.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alzheimer’s Gene 28 mins – “If you knew you had a 50/50 chance of developing Alzheimer’s, would you take a test to find out in advance? It’s a real life dilemma for families living with a rare variation of Alzheimer’s known as Autosomal-Dominant Alzheimer’s Disease – or A.D.A.D.” At the link find the title, “Family places hope in drug trial for hereditary Alzheimer’s gene mutation – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160426_29805.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Animal Thought 37 mins – “Primatologist Frans de Waal discusses his latest book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016).” At the link find the title, “Different Minds: The Wide World of Animal Smarts, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Apple Engineer P2 93 mins – “The continuation of Leo Laporte’s interview with the legendary Bill Atkinson, writer of the original QuickDraw, MacPaint, and HyperCard.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aquaponics 74 mins – This multi-topic presentation segment lasts ten minutes and starts at the forty minute mark. “Leo shows a kindergarten teacher how to build a Minecraft server, a School Grown Aquaponics project, the best new tech from the NAB conference, and Scott Jung with the latest Med Tech.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select ‘Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.
Astronomy Research 14 mins – “Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, a colleague suggested something unusual: Could it be an alien-built megastructure? Such an extraordinary idea would require extraordinary evidence. In this talk, Boyajian gives us a look at how scientists search for and test hypotheses when faced with the unknown.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Australia Asylum Seekers 25 mins – “For years, successive Australian governments diverted boatloads of refugees to camps on two remote islands, to hold them in indefinite detention. No information is allowed out but filmmaker Eva Orner found a way to document the devastating conditions.” At the link find the title, “Documentary reveals remote island camps where Australia sends asylum seekers – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160427_99242.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade‘ 25 mins – “Millions watched Beyoncé’s new “visual album” Lemonade when she released it last Saturday. And for many black women, they saw something in the music and film they seldom see in popular culture. They saw their own lives reflected back at them.” At the link find the title, “Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ gives black women in Canada a lot to savour – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160429_34601.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Beyond Binary 50 mins – “In communities around the globe, non-binary people are rejecting the categories of ‘male’ and ‘female’, and attempting to redefine gender identity. Linda Pressly hears stories from activists who are part of this contemporary movement, and from those trying to live free from the constraints of the expectations of gender.” At the link find the title, “Beyond Binary, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03s4mkj.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Biotech Startup Story 58 mins – “DJ Kleinbaum, co-founder of Emerald Therapeutics, shares how his company balances growth to drive biotechnology breakthroughs, while supporting a culture that honors fresh-eyes thinking and the sharing of contrarian truths. Kleinbaum also discusses defining what makes your company different, and why “Eroom’s Law” looms large for the future of drug development.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brazil Politics 56 mins – “CFR’s Shannon K. O’Neil analyzes of the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and the implications for Brazil’s economy and its ability to govern in the coming months.”
British History Podcast 46 mins – “To celebrate the 200th episode, I took questions from the community which gave me a good excuse to complain about bad GI Joe villains, Rome, Lack of Sources, Rome, and a dearth of available female historical figures to crush on…. and Rome. (It was bad, you guys.) Guest spots from… Jamie Redfern of A History of the United States Podcast, Joe Steckert of Interesting Times Podcast, and Lucy Koger of Great Battles of History Podcast.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband Fiber Failure 60 mins – “The U.S. still lags behind much of the developed world in terms of the speed and density of its internet infrastructure. In the 21st Century this disparity in access to high speed internet could stand as a critical challenge to competitiveness in many areas, from industry and commerce, to healthcare and education, to civic life and culture. In this conversation, Susan Crawford — John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and a co-director of the Berkman Center — discusses the potential futures we face as we consider how to invest in the wires that bring us our internet.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Indiana 25 mins – “Broadband in Indiana “When Valparaiso, Indiana looked into solutions for a business that needed better Internet connectivity than incumbent providers were willing to reasonably provide, it quickly found that many businesses were lacking the access they needed. The market was broken; this wasn’t an isolated incident. Valparaiso General Counsel & Economic Development Director Patrick Lyp joins us to discuss what Valparaiso is doing to ensure its businesses have the access they need in episode 199 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We discuss the need from local businesses and the dark fiber approach Valparaiso has started to encourage better choices in the ISP market. We also discuss the funding mechanism, which is tax-increment financing – a tool increasingly common in building dark fiber networks in Indiana.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Burglar’s Guide to the City 60 mins – “The relationship between burglary and architecture is far from abstract. While it is easy to focus merely on questions of how burglars use or abuse the built environment — looking for opportunities of illicit entrance — burglary, in fact, requires architecture. It is an explicitly spatial crime, one that cannot exist without a threshold to cross, without “the magic of four walls,” as at least one legal theorist has written. In this talk Geoff Manaugh — author of the new book A Burglar’s Guide to the City, — discusses more than 2000 years’ worth of heists and break-ins, shedding light on everything from the complicated legal definition of an interior space, to the everyday tools burglars use to gain entry.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Burglary Book 24 mins – “Every city that boasts beautiful buildings and breathtaking skyscapes is also a tease for burglars who love a puzzle. Where we see soaring architecture, they see nefarious opportunity. The Current takes a guided tour of a burglar’s city.” At the link find the title, “How burglars use city architecture as opportunity for heists and escapes – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160426_43052.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cadmium Telluride 7 mins – “Neither the metal cadmium nor the metalloid tellurium are everyday elements, though a small amount of cadmium was used in the now largely obsolete nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries, and tellurium may be lurking in re-writable CDs and DVDs. But together, in cadmium telluride, they provide a material that can increasingly be seen in arrays of panels, catching the rays of the sun. Because cadmium telluride is one of the leading semiconductors used to convert sunlight to electricity in photovoltaic cells. The idea of using a semiconductor to produce electricity from light goes back a surprisingly long way, decades before Einstein would explain the photoelectric effect in the paper that won him the Nobel prize. For example, the American engineer Charles Fritts described a working ‘selenium photocell’ in the American Journal of Science in 1883. But realistic devices making use of the way that electrons could be boosted free of a molecular structure by the energy in photons of light only started to become practical, rather than interesting demonstrations, in the 1950s. The driver initially for the development of solar cells was the need to provide electricity to satellites. Conventional batteries alone were heavy and short lasting. Over 60 per cent of the mass of the very first orbiting artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, was in its batteries, which gave out after just 22 days of use. But if the power for a satellite could be derived from sunlight, the probe could operate far longer. What’s more, outside the inconvenient disruption of weather in the atmosphere, solar cells in space could be far more effective….” At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Cadmium_telluride.mp3 ,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
California El Nino Impact 69 mins – “Join Michael Carlin, COO of San Francisco PUC Water and Power, Patrick Koepele and Peter Drekmeier, executive director and policy director respectively of the Tuolumne River Trust, for an end-of-April 2016 report on what has happened with El Nino, the weather and the snow pack, as well as the continuing effects of the Yosemite Rim Fire to ease drought problems and bring water and growth cycles much needed in California at large and the Bay Area and the Central Valley specifically. Our speakers have extensive experience in the history and currency of California land, rivers, coastal areas and mountains as well as our urban areas, rivers and agriculture. What do we know from science, projected demands and expectations and forecasts for California water now and in the future?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cancer Moon Shot 16 mins – “By leading an unprecedented group of companies, institutions, and scientists in Cancer Moonshot 2020, Patrick Soon-Shiong has set out to change cancer care forever. Here’s how he plans to do it.” At the link find the title, “A Biotech Billionaire’s Cancer ‘Moonshot’, April, 2016,” right-click “Media files 861845.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Career Breaks 12 mins – “If you’ve taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen thinks you should. In this talk, hear about Cohen’s own experience returning to work after a career break, her work championing the success of “relaunchers” and how employers are changing how they engage with return-to-work talent.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Catching the Sun 57 mins – “Can we build a green economy and fight pollution at the same time? Is energy policy also social policy? Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, “Catching the Sun” explores the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry. With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Tune in as we talk with the film’s director, Shalini Kantayya.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Censorship Awards 27 mins – “Each year Index on Censorship honours activists who have been at the forefront of tackling censorship globally. The awards for digital advocacy are presented at a ceremony in London on 13 April. Click hears from Jodie Ginsberg from Index on Censorship. Bolo Bhi is one of the nominees of the Freedom of Expression Awards. Bolo Bhi, from Pakistan, is a women-lead digital rights campaign group who have orchestrated an impressive effort to turn back the Pakistan government’s draconian attempt to censor the internet. Colin Grant talks to Farieha Aziz from Bolo Bhi. The Tribeca Film Festival is at the cutting edge of virtual reality film making. This year’s festival includes Storyscapes, a number of innovative projects using tech and VR to tell stories. They include the Argus Project – the story behind a wearable exo-suit with dozens of surveillance cameras embedded in it so that it acts as a citizens’ version of the police body camera. Lauren Hutchinson reports from the Tribeca Film Festival in New York….” At the link right-click “Download MP3” nd select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Charter Schools 180 mins – “Charter schools, introduced to the U.S. in the 1980s, were conceived as laboratories of experimentation in instruction, integration, and school leadership. Over time, they have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional public schools. As of this year, charters account for approximately six percent of all public school students, and President Obama’s proposed budget includes $375 million for charter schools—a 48 percent increase from the previous year. What does the future hold for this model in American schooling? What are charter schools doing well and where do they need to do better? On April 26, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a forum to examine charter schools in America. This event, the seventh in the A. Alfred Taubman Forum on Public Policy series, convened leaders from various perspectives to explore the role, effectiveness, and future of charter schools in the U.S. education system. At the link right-click “Download (Help)” at the audio tab and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu
Chernobyl 9 mins – “On April 26, 1986, a routine test on reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant went horribly wrong. The reactor in Ukraine, in the old Soviet Union, went into meltdown. It became the world’s worst peacetime nuclear disaster. This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview. A power surge during the test led to a rupture and a series of steam explosions. There was a massive leak of radiation, leading to fallout eventually landing all across Europe….” t the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change by Bill Nye 41 mins – “[10m intro] We talk to Bill Nye about climate change denial and what we can do to fight it.” At the link find the title, “130 Bill Nye – Fighting Climate Denial, Apr, 2016, Right-click “Media files dcdd4546-735b-4bfb-85c2-326e6498feee.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conservative’s Plea 14 mins – “Conservatives and liberals both believe that they alone are motivated by love while their opponents are motivated by hate. How can we solve problems with so much polarization? In this talk, social scientist Arthur Brooks shares ideas for what we can each do as individuals to break the gridlock. “We might just be able to take the ghastly holy war of ideology that we’re suffering under and turn it into a competition of ideas,” he says.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Crime Lab Director Story 13 mins – “As a young chemist working for the state crime lab, Bill Harwood is unexpectedly called to a crime scene. Lt. Bill Harwood is the director of the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory. He has over 26 years of experience in forensics and law enforcement. Lt. Harwood began his career as a forensic chemist at the Crime Laboratory in 1989 after graduating from the University of Maine at Orono with degrees in Medical Technology and Zoology. He examined physical evidence and testified as an expert witness over the next 5 years….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Demographics 37 mins – “The Future History Festival Edition, Slate Money live with Rose Eveleth and Gideon Lichfield.” At the link find the title, “The Future History Festival Edition,” right-click “Media files SM8711453388.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Detroit Recovery 87 mins – “Having emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, Detroit is now on surer financial footing and experiencing an economic resurgence. Due much in part to an unprecedented collaboration among philanthropy, business, and government, Detroit is benefiting from private and public sector investments downtown and across its neighborhoods. Today, there are revived neighborhoods, new businesses, a downtown innovation district, the M-1 RAIL transit corridor, and a spirit of creativity and entrepreneurialism. On Tuesday, April 26, the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution hosted an event about Detroit’s rebound.” At the link right-click “Download (Help)” at the audio tab and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doctors Strike 11 mins – “Junior doctors are on strike in England. Why? Niall Boyce reports from the picket line at University College London Hospital, interviewing junior doctors Danny Bhagawati and Sophie Candfield, and BMA representative Yannis Gourtsoyannis.” At the link find the title, “Junior doctors’ strike: The Lancet: April 26, 2016,” right-click “Media files lancet_160426.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ecigarette Use 15 mins – “Nicholas Hopkinson, reader in respiratory medicine at Imperial College London, joins us to explain why a new report from the Royal College of Physicians supports the role of electronic cigarettes as part of a comprehensive tobacco control strategy.” At the link find the title, “Ecigarettes; “…the risk is 5% of that caused by smoking”Friday, April 29, 2016,” right-click “Media files 261508394-bmjgroup-ecigarettes-the-risk-is-5-of-that-caused-by-smoking.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Educating Millions 283 mins – “In 2015, 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new global agenda that is more ambitious than the preceding Millennium Development Goals and aims to make progress on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Goal 4, “To ensure inclusive and quality education for all, with relevant and effective learning outcomes,” challenges the international education community to meet universal access plus learning by 2030. We know that access to primary schooling has scaled up rapidly over previous decades, but what can be learned from places where transformational changes in learning have occurred? What can governments, civil society, and the private sector do to more actively scale up quality learning? On April 18-19, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings launched “Millions Learning: Scaling Up Quality Education in Developing Countries,” a comprehensive study that examines where learning has improved around the world and what factors have contributed to that process. This two-day event included two sessions. Monday, April 18 focused on the role of global actors in accelerating progress to meeting the SDGs. The second session on Tuesday, April 19 included a presentation of the Millions Learning report followed by panel discussions on the role of financing and technology in scaling education in developing countries.” At the link right-click “Download (Help)” at the audio tab and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu
Electric Bicycles 4 mins – “In the search for energy efficient transportation we tend to overlook one of the simplest most cost effective means of getting from point A to point B: walking. A person can walk a mile on the energy contained in a single egg. On the other hand, a car that gets thirty miles to the gallon would require the energy found in a dozen eggs. Walking wins hands down. Of course, walking is slower, which is why we’re so quick to hop in the car. But there’s an alternative to walking that’s both faster and more energy efficient. That, of course, is bicycling, which cuts the walking fuel in half and makes bicycling one of the most energy efficient means of human transportation….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Electric Grid Attacks 30 mins – “Ted Koppel talks about his book, [Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath], which examines the possibility of a cyberattack on the U.S. electrical grid.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Ted Koppel, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.433324.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Euclid’s Elements 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Euclid’s Elements, a mathematical text book attributed to Euclid and in use from its appearance in Alexandria, Egypt around 300 BC until modern times, dealing with geometry and number theory. It has been described as the most influential text book ever written. Einstein had a copy as a child, which he treasured, later saying “If Euclid failed to kindle your youthful enthusiasm, then you were not born to be a scientific thinker.” With Marcus du Sautoy – Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford; Serafina Cuomo – Reader in Roman History at Birkbeck University of London, And June Barrow-Green Professor of the History of Mathematics at the Open University” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Exercise and Brain Functions 43 mins – “…One of the world’s foremost researchers on the subject of exercise and the brain is Dr. John Ratey, who is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He’s also my guest on the show today. In this episode, Dr. Ratey goes into detail about how exercise makes your brain stronger and more capable. My hope is that, after listening to this episode, you’ll be equipped with a more technical understanding of exercise’s pivotal role in brain health – which, in turn, should give you more ammunition for fighting your brain’s lazy excuses and getting your daily exercise in :)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Favela Life 25 mins – “All eyes will be on Rio de Janeiro this summer, as Brazil hosts the Olympic games. The country has been hard at work burnishing its image in advance. The Current looks at a new documentary about the costs of cleaning up Rio’s favelas – a timely film.” At the link find the title, “Documentary exposes human cost of cleaning up Brazil’s favelas before Olympics – Apr, 2016,” “Media files current_20160429_46350.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fiscal Austerity 63 mins – “Alberto Alesina of Harvard University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his research on fiscal policy and austerity. Alesina’s research shows that spending cuts to reduce budget deficits are less harmful than tax increases. Alesina discusses the intuition behind this empirical finding and discusses other issues such as Greece’s financial situation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Floating Bridges 12 mins – “There are many floating bridges in use around the world, but the Seattle region has three large bridges of this design. The State Route 520 Bridge over Lake Washington, the Gov. Albert D. Rosellini Bridge, is the longest in the world. Heavily used and assaulted by wind and waves for more than five decades, this bridge has been replaced by a new facility. Here to tell us about this large and complex project is Julie Meredith, Washington State DOT Administrator of the SR 520 replacement program.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Grocery Smuggling 38 mins – “A look inside a small, grassroots, international smuggling operation.” At the link find the title, “Pirate Needs Pirate (Season 3, Episode 3), Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT4772408185.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gun Control 14 mins – “It doesn’t matter whether you love or hate guns; it’s obvious that the US would be a safer place if there weren’t thousands of them sold every day without background checks. Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, makes a passionate, personal appeal for something that more than 90 percent of Americans want: background checks for all gun sales. “For every great movement around the world, there’s a moment where you can look back and say, ‘That’s when things really started to change,'” Gross says. “For the movement to end gun violence in America, that moment is here.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gut Worm Benefits 15 mins – “In 2010, a medical case report was published about a man with inflammatory bowel disease. The man had a serious case of a condition called ulcerative colitis, and was facing the prospect of having a section of his intestine completely removed. But remarkably, the man was able to cure himself and achieve almost complete remission – by infecting himself with parasitic worms. This month’s episode is about new research which may shed light on how a parasite can end up curing disease, rather than causing it.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Biomarkers 79 mins – “Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD, Founder, PERQUE Integrative Health; Faculty Member, Metabolic Medical Institute; Pioneer, Integrative Medicine Laboratory testing today is overly focused on statistics—health professionals tend to compare their patients’ results to statistical norms, which are skewed to a generally unhealthy population. This presentation highlights eight functional tests that are predictive of outcome, focus on goal values rather than normal values and clinically more useful in therapy. These functional, predictive tests assess individual needs that, when met, can minimize risk and enhance outcomes—critical for sustained health. When results are not at their “best outcome, least risk” goal value, it provides us opportunities to improve upon what we eat and drink, think and do, and to nudge the biomarkers back to their goal values.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Holograph Future 19 mins – “Explore a speculative digital world without screens in this fanciful demo, a mix of near reality and far-future possibility. Wearing the HoloLens headset, Alex Kipman demos his vision for bringing 3D holograms into the real world, enhancing our perceptions so that we can touch and feel digital content. Featuring Q&A with TED’s Helen Walters.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
ISIS Questions 46 mins – “More American forces are headed out in the fight against the Islamic State. Last week, 200 more plus Apache helicopter gunships to Iraq to help retake Mosul. This week, yesterday, President Obama announced 250 more Special Operations forces headed into Syria to help take on ISIS. We know how these things can go. So, where exactly are the troops going? To do what? With what strategy? What endgame? This hour On Point: more U.S. troops in the fight against ISIS.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Journalist Hazards 57 mins – “The tragic killing of Charlie Sennott’s colleague, New Hampshire native James Foley, was the first exposure for most Americans to ISIS, and a turning point for news organizations who send journalists to the front lines. We speak with Sennott about his latest initiative to train a new generation of international correspondents in the digital age.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lesley Stahl Grandparenting 64 mins – “Lesley Stahl stands as an icon in the field of broadcast journalism. In 25 years as a “60 Minutes” correspondent, and prior to that as CBS News White House correspondent, she has interviewed the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat, and virtually every top U.S. official. Here’s a rare chance to hear Lesley Stahl unedited—on politics, media, the challenges facing women, and her own personal rise to success. She’ll also discuss what she says is her most transformative life experience: becoming a grandmother. Ms. Stahl says the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on grandparents and families in general are eye-opening. In her professional life, Lesley Stahl covered Watergate, the assassination attempt on President Reagan, and the 1991 Gulf War. Her “60 Minutes” pieces have encompassed terrorist capabilities to hack the U.S. infrastructure, a profile of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, an inside look at Guantamo Bay Prison, and China’s huge real estate bubble.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Library Survival 20 mins – “The closing of half of Newfoundland and Labrador’s libraries has The Current asking what role do libraries play in the community? Is there a future for the institution in our communities and in our knowledge economy?” At the link find the title, “Can public libraries survive as an institution in the digital age? – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160429_74579.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Linux 22 mins – “Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice — first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. “I am not a visionary, I’m an engineer,” Torvalds says. “I’m perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds … but I’m looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that’s right in front of me before I fall in.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
LittleBits for School 31 mins – “At SXSWedu, we were fortunate to see littleBits founder and CEO Ayah Bdeir unveil the new littleBits STEAM set (watch here). In fact, we were quite impressed to hear about their gender neutral design and see examples of students using the sets to solve real problems. We immediately knew that we had to find out more about this invention-based learning tool, so we are proud to welcome littleBits’ Education Product Strategy Lead Erin Mulcahy and Product Designer Dave Sharp to Lab Out Loud. Listen now to learn how you might use the littleBits STEAM set to engage students in problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration through invention-based learning.
Malaria Initiative 17 mins – “Sir Richard Feachem discusses a review of the progress made globally in the eradication and elimination of malaria.” At the link find the title, “World Malaria Day: The Lancet: Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 25april.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marijuana Legalization Debate 90 mins – “In case you haven’t noticed, America is in the midst of a marijuana revolution. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, and others may soon follow. Under federal law, however, marijuana remains classified as a highly dangerous Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Along with heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, drugs in this category are deemed to have “high potential for abuse” and “no currently accepted medical use,” two definitions that are argued about passionately by advocates on both sides of the issue….What are the potential pros and cons and costs and benefits of the federal government reclassifying marijuana as a less dangerous drug? And how should the federal government respond to states passing laws at odds with its own? At the link right-click “Download (Help)” at the audio tab and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Insights 27 mins – “The Wellcome Book Prize for 2016 was won this week by neurologist Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan. Her book, It’s All in Your Head, tells the story of the third of patients who go to neurology clinics with symptoms such as paralysis, seizures or serious headaches, and yet unlike with other patients, doctors can’t find a physical cause for what they’re experiencing. Dr O’Sullivan told Claudia Hammond that although these conditions are described as psychosomatic these symptoms do exist. Psychological Support After Earthquakes People affected by the earthquakes in Ecuador and Nepal are still trying to rebuild their lives and to cope with the psychological impact of what’s happened to them. Sitting on the convergence of two tectonic plates, Taiwan is a country that experiences numerous earthquakes. Our Taipei correspondent Cindy Sui has been looking at what Taiwan has learnt over the past two decades about dealing with the psychological consequences of an earthquake. Spot Squeezing Videos There seems to be an online trend for watching online videos of huge spots being squeezed. Sites such as Dr Pimple Popper attract hundreds of thousands of viewers. Claudia discussed this fascination with Daniel Kelly from the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University, who is the author of a book on disgust called Yuck! and Dr Nisith Sheth, Consultant Dermatologist for the British Skin Foundation.” At the link find the title, “It’s In Your Head, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03sdx9r.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.
Medical Literature Growth 6 mins – Dr Mark Crislip describes the amount of literature he processes each week and describes a case in which only a tiny part of that amount was critical. At the link find the title, “A Gobbet o’ Pus 840: In Medicine You Can Never Know Enough, Apr 206” right-click “Media files gop840.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Meditation Introduction 118 mins- “Lama Tsomo, Studied More than 20 years under Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, World Holder of the Namchak Lineage of Tibet Buddhism; Ordained in Nepal in 2005; Master’s in Counseling Psychology, Antioch University Lama Tsomo, one of the first American lamas ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and author of Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?, comes to the Club to introduce meditation in an accessible, non-religious way for people living and working in contemporary society. Originally trained as a counseling psychologist, Lama Tsomo started studying Buddhism in 1992, speaks fluent Tibetan, and was ordained in the Nyingma path in 2005. Scientific research now shows that meditation improves health, productivity, and happiness. In this two-hour workshop, Lama Tsomo will briefly introduce the benefits of meditation in her signature style, which is playful, rich in stories, and brings depth, and then focus on teaching a beginner-level meditation. She will also share ways to sustain a meditation practice over time and will discuss how practicing and studying with others in a learning circle can be tremendously beneficial for personal and spiritual development. There will also be a lively question and answer opportunity.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Metal Detector Treasure 5 mins – “For some, the end of winter conjures thoughts of swimming at the lake or working in the garden. For others, the warm weather means it’s time to put fresh batteries in the metal detector. Retired firefighter Mike Cogan from Long Island hoists a metal detector over his shoulder and heads down the dirt road with 40 other metal detecting enthusiasts from around the country….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mexican Students Abduction 7 mins – “A report released by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights investigating the disappearance of 43 Mexican students has sparked questions into how officials handled the case. The Current speaks with a member of the panel that issued the report.” At the link find the title, “Why 43 students disappeared in Mexico may never be known – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160428_80280.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Middle Class Crisis 46 mins – “My guest, famed writer Neal Gabler, puts his own finances on the table to show just how bad it can be for the middle class now. Forty-seven percent of Americans say they couldn’t come up with $400 in an emergency. He’s one of them. This hour, On Point: the depth of financial insecurity in America’s middle class now.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Migrant Workers in Canada 25 mins – “People from Indonesia to Jamaica come to Canada to work in greenhouses that dominate the landscape around Leamington, Ont. Filmmaker Min Sook Lee follows migrant workers indebted to their recruiters and unable to claim labour rights from their employers.” At the link find the title, “’Migrant Dreams’ broken as workers face exploitation on Ontario farms – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160428_43866.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Moonshot Factory Lessons 16 mins – ““Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called, where his team seeks to solve the world’s biggest problems through experimental projects like balloon-powered Internet and wind turbines that sail through the air. Find out X’s secret to creating an organization where people feel comfortable working on big, risky projects and exploring audacious ideas.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Myopia 18 mins – “Short sightedness in children may have a bright and simple solution. As our urban kids spend less time outside, their eyes are growing abnormally from a lack of bright light. In this episode of Catalyst we look into the rise of myopia, and how scientists are finding a way to turn the tide on the epidemic.” At the link right-click “mp4” beside ”download video:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
National Parks 46 mins – “You know summer’s coming. You know you want to get out, maybe way out into the mountains and surf and splendor of the National Parks. The National Parks Service turns 100 this year. We’ve let a lot of maintenance go out in these beauties. And we’ve sometimes overwhelmed them. But they are still astounding beauties. This hour On Point: the pros from Outside Magazine tell us where to go, what to see, feel, smell, hear to get the most out of the National Parks now.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Neurobiology Future 19 mins – “While the mega-banks were toppling in early 2009, Juan Enriquez took the stage to say: The really big reboot is yet to come. But don’t look for it on the stock exchange or the political ballot. It’ll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be … different.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Neurodiversity P2 60 mins -”This week we’re exploring our evolving understanding of neurodiversity and the different ways people think. We’ve invited award winning science writer Steve Silberman back to continue the conversation about autism, neurodiversity, and his book “Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nigerian Presidential Candidate 17 mins – “A chance conversation gives Nneze Akwiwu a chance to study in the United States. Nneze Akwiwu is currently a senior Biology major at Spelman College. She thinks of herself as a bubbly, outgoing and very family oriented individual. She has plans of becoming the first female president of Nigeria.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Online News Issues 46 mins – “How we get the news in the digital era is still a question up for grabs. Newspapers have suffered and shrunk. The latest round of worry? That even digital natives in the news business– Mashable, Yahoo, Buzzfeed Salon and more– are stumbling now. Struggling to find a business model for the news as social media, Facebook, Google suck up eyeballs and ad dollars. This hour On Point: Now, online news cuts. And how exactly is journalism supposed to survive?” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Opioid Crisis 9 mins – “Critics have blamed doctors for overprescribing painkillers leading to the public health emergency. Today The Current hears from a doctor who tells us just how limited his options are when trying to treat chronic pain.” At the link find the title, “Opioid crisis: Pain specialist calls on government to fix holes in system – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160428_26456.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pigeon Milk and Ginkgo Seeds 29 mins – “Humans form cities from concrete, metal and glass, designing structures and infrastructure primarily to serve a single bipedal species. Walking down a familiar city street, it is easy to overlook squirrels climbing in trees, weeds growing up through cracks in the concrete, and pigeons pecking along the sidewalk. Those creatures that do manage to live all around us, thriving alongside humans, are rarely celebrated for their ingenuity. In many cases, however, such synanthropes (from the Greek syn [“together with”] + anthro [“man”]) tell fascinating stories of urban fortitude. Author and amateur naturalist Nathanael Johnson began digging into some of these everyday urban species, leading him to write Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness. The book uncovers weeds that are tastier than you imagined and small mammals smarter than you suspected. The author researched various plants and animals, including that most infamous species of urban bird so many people love to hate, sometimes referred to as a “flying rat.”…” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow above the sound bar and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presidential Power 33 mins – “Dahlia previews United States v. Texas – this week’s big immigration case – with Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center. She also hears from Sen. Al Franken about the latest in the standoff over Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland.” At the link find the title, “Contra Obama, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM9236728835.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Purposeful Practice 51 mins – “What if the thing we call “talent” is grotesquely overrated? And what if deliberate practice is the secret to excellence? Those are the claims of the research psychologist Anders Ericsson, who has been studying the science of expertise for decades. He tells us everything he’s learned.” At the link click the circle with three dots, then right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Putin’s Russia 60 mins – “Experts discuss Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and Syria, its relations with Europe and the United States, and what to expect from President Putin next.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.
Refugee Debate 55 mins – “Highlights from The Munk Debate on the global refugee crisis. Louise Arbour and Simon Schama argue in favour of the resolution “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” While Nigel Farage, Mark Steyn argue against.” At the link find the title, “Give Us Your Tired – Give Us Your Tired – The Munk Debate on the Global Refugee Crisis, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160429_10581.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Saudi Arabia Economy 20 mins – “Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 30-year-old who is second in line to the throne in Saudi Arabia, wants to wean the kingdom off oil. He says the country’s oil addiction is dangerous and announced big changes with a “Vision 2030” plan.” At the link find the title, “Saudi Arabia announces plan to end ‘addiction’ to fossil fuels – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160427_51318.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
School Creativity 19 mins – “Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science History in France 34 mins – “Revolutionary! Why was 1700s France such a fertile time for science? Steve Jones on science at the time of the French revolution – and why scientists were among the first to be sent to the guillotine Paris circa. 1789 saw the first lightning conductor, the first flight, the first estimate of the speed of light, and the invention of the tin can and the stethoscope. The metre replaced the yard and the theory of evolution came into being. In his new book No Need For Geniuses, Steve Jones explores the discoveries that were made over 200 years ago and brings them bang up to date.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Seed Stocks 29 mins – “The next time you are putting a slice of tomato on your sandwich, ask yourself where it came from. Not which area of the country, but which seed stock. One of the often overlooked aspects of food insecurity amid climate uncertainty is the push by big agricultural interests to get us to buy their seeds and their seeds only. Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio, Gary Nabhan, has taken the fight to the corporate seed merchants through the local food movement and seed saving community. The Director of the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona, Nabhan believes that a healthy food system is a biodiverse food system. We discuss community-based seed banks, look at the role that Big Ag will continue to play in our food system, and examine how climate change and a lack of biodiverse seed stocks affect people in war zones.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sexually Transmitted Infections 20 mins – “Rates of gonorrhea and chlamydia among middle-aged and older adults are on the rise. And Alberta’s latest figures on STIs show troubling increases among a wider age group. The Current looks at a call for sex education for all ages – young and old.” At the link find the title, “Rising STI rates prompt questions about sex ed for young and old – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160428_30766.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media Control 26 mins – “If the digital revolution has left you distracted, constantly interrupted, and unable to concentrate, you’re not alone. Today The Current speaks to technological pioneers who say our devices should learn to respect our time and attention.” At the link find the title, “How ‘calm technology’ pulls attention from online temptation – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160427_97756.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Steel 69 mins – “This episode of The Engineering Commons finds Adam, Brian and Jeff talking about steel, the most common of engineering metals.” AT the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Suicide 49 mins – “At a time when there’s a call for better mental health care due to suicides in First Nations communities, Graeme Bayliss is asking that suicidal people be given help to end their lives.” At the link find the title, “An open, ‘uncomfortable’ conversation on mental health, suicide and doctor-assisted death – Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160425_95617.mp3”
Synthetic Biology for Space 13 mins – “If we hope to one day leave Earth and explore the universe, our bodies are going to have to get a lot better at surviving the harsh conditions of space. Using synthetic biology, Lisa Nip hopes to harness special powers from microbes on Earth — such as the ability to withstand radiation — to make humans more fit for exploring space. “We’re approaching a time during which we’ll have the capacity to decide our own genetic destiny,” Nip says. “Augmenting the human body with new abilities is no longer a question of how, but of when.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Third Wave 63 mins – “Steve Case, Co-founder, AOL; Author, The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future; Twitter @SteveCase Eric Ries, Entrepreneur; Author, The Lean Startup; Twitter @ericries—Moderator Throughout his career as an entrepreneur and investor, Case has seen rapid change in how people and companies utilize the Internet. First AOL and other companies laid the foundation for consumers to connect to the Internet. Then we saw companies such as Google and Facebook build on top of the Internet to create search and social networking capabilities, while apps like Snapchat and Instagram leveraged the smartphone revolution. According to Case, we are now entering a new paradigm called the “Third Wave,” one where entrepreneurs will have the power to vastly transform “real world” sectors such as health, education, transportation, energy and food, and to change the way we live and work. So who are these third wave leaders? Case shares his vision and offers personal advice for entrepreneurs in this changing digital age.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trech Medics 26 mins – “This week on the show we bring you part two of the two-part episode with Jason Friesen from TrekMedics.org. Trek Medics International is a 501c3-registered nonprofit organization dedicated to improving emergency medical systems in communities without reliable access to emergency care. They make their services available to all communities, regardless of race, religion or creed. Trek Medics started as a loose-knit collection of your every-day responders — paramedics, EMTs, nurses and doctors — who formed a unique bond through disaster deployments and international development programs. Even after thousands of hours working on the street and in emergency departments, what really opened our eyes to the need for an adaptable and inexpensive EMS systems in developing countries was the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Our experiences there forever forged the mission of Trek Medics.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Virtual Reality 50 mins – “Did you ever imagine yourself as an astronaut and dream of boarding a mission to the moon? Forget the spectacularly unaffordable cost or the danger; now all you will need to do is put on a pair of virtual reality goggles. A number of companies are vying to sell you these headsets that offer gateways to whole new worlds. Clunky, expensive and likely to induce nausea just a few years ago, these latest goggles have now benefited from the advances in technology developed for mobile phones. But if you are concerned by the alienating effect of your coach or trainload of fellow commuters plugged in with headphones into their mobile handsets, how uncomfortable are you going to feel when you look up and the whole carriage is full of people wearing virtual reality goggles? Rather than enhancing or augmenting reality, will virtual reality push us ever further from what is real – and break connections rather than forge bonds between human beings?Virtual reality and 360 degree immersive film technology heralds the next revolution visual communication, potentially as dramatic a change into how we view the world as that which came about with the introduction of cinema. But if we have been here before with virtual reality, this time it looks set to stay. In the Radio Theatre, Click is joined by experts, including VR film-makers, performers and philosophers to debate the transformative power of virtual reality – to put you in other people’s shoes; to inform and entertain you with experiences that might even seem out of body.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Water Technology in Las Vegas 45 mins – “Las Vegas is the thirstiest city in the driest state in the nation. You may think of Oceans Eleven, glam swimming pools, magnificent floodlit fountains at the Bellagio. But Las Vegas gets four inches of rainfall a year. It’s part of the dry American West and dry world, where water issues are paramount and the water future can be scary. Now Vegas is positioning itself as an epicenter of water use and technology innovation. This hour On Point: water lessons from dry, dry Las Vegas.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Young Africans Connect 14 mins – “What can a young woman with an idea, an Internet connection and a bit of creativity achieve? That’s all Siyanda Mohutsiwa needed to unite young African voices in a new way. Hear how Mohutsiwa and other young people across the continent are using social media to overcome borders and circumstance, accessing something they have long had to violently take: a voice.“ At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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