Media Mining Digest 237 – May 27, 2016: Abortion Laws, Adaptive Learning, Air Pollution from Farming, Animals Think, Benedict Arnold, Beyonce’s Lemonade, Bitcoin in China, Brown People, Cancer Patient, Carbon Footprint Controversies, Changing Minds, Chinese Food Safety, Citrus Concerns, Climate Activists, Climate Education, Climate Equity, Computers with People, Constitution Reconstruction, Corruption Control, Crowdsourcing Solutions, Cuban Internet, Cyber Threats, D. Watkins Author, Disabilities, Disaster Response Lessons, Distracted Driving, Drone Kills American, Drones in Medicine, Drug Prices, Experiment Quality, Fargo Stash Death, Food Security Dangers, Founding Fathers Concepts, Gap Year Trend, Ghana Gold Mining, GMO Science Panel, Hands and Fists, Human Genome, Immigrant Stories, Income Inequality, International Cooperation Benchmark, Investment Introduction, Irrational Behavior, Israel and Palestine, Journalists at the Front, Labels Impact, Learned Helplessness, LGBT, Life Expectations, Linux for Blind People, Lyme Disease, Making Money, Mentors, Monte Carlo Simulation, Motivation Explained, MtBE Additive Lawsuit, Native American Health, Night Vale Things Fall Apart, North Korea, Nuclear Power, Oil Curse, Oil Exploration, Orson Bean, Pit Bulls, Placebo Effect, Play Station VR, Police Shootings, Police Work, Political Demographics, Political Dissent, Racial Inequality, Recycling in Taiwan, Refugee Stories, Satellites, Science Communication, SEAL Team Work, Secret Service Agent, Sex Worker Laws, Shrimp Noise, Sleep, Social Justice, Solar Energy Opposition, STEMed, Supreme Court Discussion, Surveillance Impact, Sustainability Organization, Syria Higher Education, Teaching with Games, TED Founder, The Envoy Book, Trevor Noah, Uber Pricing, Unconscious Thinking, Voting Rights for Felons, Wildlife Photographer, WOOP Method, Work Rules, Writing Process

The best 104 podcasts from a larger group of 312 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.

Abortion Laws 52 mins – “Abortion may be legal in America, but conservative legislatures have been working for years to pass laws that restrict women’s access to it. Hundreds of those laws have been enacted this decade, and they’ve forced many abortion clinics to close their doors. In a new documentary, filmmaker Dawn Porter tells the stories of clinic workers and lawyers fighting the restrictions designed to regulate abortion out of existence. Porter’s film is called Trapped, and she joins us Tuesday to talk about it.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Adaptive Learning 49 mins – “Can new computer programs rid us of the cognitive errors that lead to learned helplessness in the classroom? In this episode Ulrik Christensen, senior fellow of digital learning at McGraw-Hill Education, explains how adaptive learning tools are changing the way teachers approach students, empowering educators to provide the kind of attention required to pass along mastery in areas where traditional approaches don’t seem to work.” At the link find the title, “053-Adaptive Learning – Ulrik Christensen,” right-click “Media files 053-Adaptive_Learning-Ulrik_Christensen.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Air Pollution from Farming 27 mins – “In some parts of the world, the worst types of particulate air pollution, the sort of thing that causes around 7 million deaths a year, are due not just to belching engines and factories, but to agriculture. And in certain parts of the world, agriculture causes more pollution than all other anthropogenic sources. This is suggested by a Susanne Bauer from the Earth Institute of Columbia University New York and colleagues in a paper this week published in Geophysical Research letters….” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animals Think 50 mins – “We humans have long thought of ourselves as superior to animals. We design tools. We have a sense of self. We understand past and future. It turns out, so do other species. A crow in England bent a straight wire to create a hook to extract food from a tube. A study of Asian elephants showed they can recognize themselves in a mirror. And chimps at a Dutch zoo correctly inferred from an empty box that a grapefruit treat was in their future. A new book by the prominent primatologist Frans de Waal challenges our notions of animal intelligence. Join guest host Susan Page for a discussion on how animals are much smarter than we think.” At the link you can listen, but not download however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Benedict Arnold 42 mins – “One of the most well-known stories in the American Revolution is the tale of Benedict Arnold and his infamous treason. Less well-known, however, is the close relationship he had with George Washington, and his heroism as an American general, leading the troops to victory at Saratoga. In a new book, historian Nathaniel Philbrick delves deep into the American Revolution, beginning just after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He explores the motives of Benedict Arnold, his tragic relationship with George Washington and how America’s most famous traitor actually helped unite a young nation.” At the link you can listen but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Benedict Arnold 52 mins – “…writer Nathaniel Philbrick joins us to talk about George Washington and his buddy Benedict Arnold. Arnold has long been regarded as the archetypal American traitor. But before he betrayed his country, he was actually one of Washington’s favorite and most trusted generals. In a new book, Philbrick examines the complicated relationship between the two men. Ultimately, he says, it’s about their different reactions to a dysfunctional Congress that was driven by self-righteous opportunism. Nathaniel Philbrick is the author numerous books, including In the Heart of the Sea, Why Read Moby Dick? and Mayflower. His new book is called Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beyonce’s Lemonade 18 mins – “Feminism, infidelity, alt rock, country music, and the gliteratti rumor mill all peek from the corners of Beyoncé’s new visual album, “Lemonade.” Host Dr. James Peterson discusses the music and imagery with film critic Miriam Bale. Bale wrote about the album for the Hollywood Reporter.” At the link find the title, “Beyoncé’s visual album ‘Lemonade’ proves that sisterhood is powerful, May, 2016, right-click “Media files lemonade-web.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bitcoin in China 58 mins – “Bobby Lee, the co-founder and CEO of leading Bitcoin financial platform BTCC, answers some of the most common questions about the cryptocurrency, explains how its value is set and why it is the perfect monetary system for the digital age. Lee also shares familiar lessons for entrepreneurs that he learned launching his first startup in China.” At the link find the title, “Why Bitcoin Makes Sense – Bobby Lee (BTCC), May, 2016,” right-click “Media files lee160511.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brown People 25 mins – “Author Kamal Al-Solaylee travelled to 10 countries to capture the experience of being brown. He concluded that a brown racial identity has been shaped by the cheap labour movement. His new book explores what being brown in today’s world means to everyone.” At the link find the title, “Author Kamal Al-Solaylee on how cheap labour shapes brown racial identity, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160517_52199.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Patient 40mins – “Dr Liz O’Riordan is a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in the UK. In 2015 she was diagnosed with the very illness she has spent her life treating and has chosen to chronicle her experiences in her truly wonderful blog liz.oriordan.co.uk . This episode is a truly special one as it touches on so many of the issues that we fear as physicians; seeing yourself as a patient with the disease you know so much about to the challenges of choosing your own doctor, when almost all of them are your friends of colleagues.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Research 52 mins – “Prostate Cancer (PC) is the most common male-specific form of cancer and the third most common form of cancer in the UK. Although cancer treatments are initially effective they become less effective and have significant disadvantages. Against this, there is an urgent need for better treatments. In this lecture, Dr Matthew Lloyd describes a number of different strategies to identify small molecules (‘drugs’) that can be used to stop the protein AMACR from working and therefore potentially be used to treat prostate cancer.” At the link find the title, “How new cancer treatments are developed, October, 2015”right-click “Media files 264387146-uniofbath-how-new-cancer-treatments-are-developed.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Footprint Controversies 59 mins – “Kip Andersen, Filmmaker, Cowspiracy and What the Health Nicolette Hahn Niman, Author, Defending Beef Jonathan Kaplan, Director, Food and Agriculture Program, National Resources Defense Council Are environmentalists afraid of stepping in cow dung? The documentary film Cowspiracy contends that large environmental groups are turning a blind eye to the harmful effects cattle have on ecosystems and human health. Environmentalists bristle at the charge and point to work promoting vegan and vegetarian diets and campaigns against factory farms and other aspects of the animal agriculture industry. The film, which was backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, presents “a sensationalist conspiracy where none exists,” according to Greenpeace executive Robin Oakley. However a growing number of environmentalists are praising cows and claim they can be climate healers rather than the villains they are often made out to be. They contend that a cow’s methane-rich burps can be offset if cattle grazing patterns are carefully managed. The result, they say, can be pretty landscapes and healthy soil that stores both carbon and water. Is that just spin from cattle ranchers? Does Cowspiracy use green groups as a foil to make a sensational film to generate buzz? A conversation about the future of an American icon in the age of climate disruption.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Changing Minds 71 mins – “Can you change a person’s mind on a divisive social issue? The latest science says…yes. But it will require two things: contact and disclosure. In this episode you’ll travel to Mississippi to see how professional mind changers are working to shift attitudes on LGBT rights, and you’ll learn how a man in Los Angeles conducted 12,000 conversations until he was able to perfect the most powerful version of contact possible. In one 22-minute chat, Dave Fleischer can change people’s minds on issues they’ve felt strongly about for decades, and change them forever.” At the link find the title, “048 – Contact, April, 2015 6:41,” right-click “Media files 048_Contact.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Food Safety 117 mins – “China’s food safety challenges are well known. Exposés of unsafe foods have become all too common, especially after the 2008 scandal over melamine-tainted milk. From gutter oil to fake eggs to contaminated strawberries, the long list of food safety incidents in China has alarmed domestic and international consumers alike. In October 2015, China enacted its revised Food Safety Law, which aims to strengthen the regulation of food companies and enhance oversight along the supply chain. As with other issues, the key challenge rests not in setting regulations, but rather in enforcing them. Addressing China’s food safety woes is essential for maintaining the health and confidence of a steadily urbanizing population, increasing the competitiveness of the country’s agricultural sector, and meeting the needs of all food companies doing business in or with China….” At the link right-click “Download(Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Citrus Concerns 48 mins – “’Citrus is a term applied to a variety of popular and nutritious fruits, including oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes. Citrus breeders are tasked with improving the varieties, which takes decades. Still, great progress has been made in fruit improvement. However, over the last twenty years a disease called Huanglongbing, or “HLB” (also known as “citrus greening”) has emerged in the USA and threatens the citrus industry. Today the focus is how to grow improved citrus varieties that can survive this insidious disease. Dr. Fred Gmitter is a seasoned citrus breeder that has produced improved fruit varieties, but also is working to identify new varieties to combat HLB.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Activists 59 mins – “Radical protesters Tim DeChristopher and Georgia Hirsty put the “active” in “activism.” But is civil disobedience the best way to effect real change?” (3 guests) At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change in California 59 mins – “Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San Jose Libby Schaaf, Mayor, Oakland Phil Ting, California State Assemblymember (D-19) Three political heavyweights from the Bay Area will discuss what needs to be done to protect the region from rising tides and temperatures. The June ballot in all nine counties includes Measure AA, which would charge property owners $12 apiece to restore wetlands safeguarding Silicon Valley and beyond. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association says the measure is unnecessary. The Silicon Valley Leadership Group and elected officials say it is insurance against rising tides that threaten tech campuses near the Bay. What else are cities and counties doing to prepare for floods, droughts and other severe weather happening in the Bay Area with increasing intensity and frequency? Be part of the conversation with a chance to ask your own questions of these Bay Area leaders.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Issues 73 mins – Panel discussion with three guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “CLIMATE SERIES:Theories & Myths of Climate Change” At the link find and right-click the number 2466 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Education 59 mins – “Increasingly, we understand how the issue of climate change is actually a youth issue. It is they who will inherit the changed planet, and it is they will be tasked with cleaning it up. On the weekend of Earth Day, Climate One will host an exciting, multi-part event exploring how this is changing the landscape for young adults. At “Learning Green and Earning Green,” we will discuss careers available to young professionals looking to have an impact and how education is changing to support that….Part I: Learning Green Giana Amador, Research Analyst, Center for Carbon Removal Minda Berbeco, Programs and Policy Director, National Center for Science Education Ryan Condesa, Action Fellow, Alliance for Climate Education Luis Martinez, Student Activist, TEEM Alex Zwissler, Principal, Einstellung Labs; Board Member, Cool the Earth In our first conversation, we will discuss how doctors, teachers and parents are framing climate change as a children’s issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying children’s health will be disproportionately affected by climate. The California Parent-Teacher Association is raising its voice about carbon risk and the Boy Scouts are teaching kids about sustainability. We’ll explore how educators and students are increasingly making climate a youth issue. Students on Ice Climate Scholarship…..” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Equity 59 mins – “Communities of color are most affected by pollution, yet they’ve been overlooked by the green movement. How can we ensure environmental justice for all?” (3 guests) At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Impact 59 mins – “Rachel Morello, Professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley School of Public Health Linda Rudolph, Director, Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute The reframing of cigarette smoke as a public health issue was a turning point in the tobacco wars. Can the same happen with climate change? Rising temperatures are implicated in recent health risks from the Zika virus to the algae blooms creating toxic soup in the Great Lakes and Pacific Ocean. Outdoor workers and poor people are especially at risk from severe heat, mosquitoes and illnesses that thrive in warmer conditions. Already, the atmosphere has warmed about one degree celsius from pre-industrial times. That doesn’t sound like much, but one degree can have a big impact on the planet and people. And we are on a path to temperature increases of at least two degrees. A study on the Climate Gap co-authored by Rachel Morello found that climate disruption is already hurting the health of Californians living in low-income communities. What is the outlook for public health in a warming world? Is California and the Bay Area prepared to deal with the medical impacts of a hot and crowded world? Join us for a conversation about how burning fossil fuels could impact your personal well-being and what you can do to protect yourself.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computers with People 46 mins – “Frankly, the answer is probably. Nearly half of all working Americans could risk losing their jobs because of technology. It’s not only blue-collar jobs at stake. Millions of educated knowledge workers—writers, paralegals, assistants, medical technicians—are threatened by accelerating advances in artificial intelligence. mart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans. Brilliant technologies can now decide, learn, predict, and even comprehend much faster and more accurately than the human brain, and their progress is accelerating. Where will this leave lawyers, nurses, teachers, and editors? This week we speak with Tom Davenport as we discuss these issues and his new book, Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines. You will hearvhow Tom actually reframes vthe conversation about automation, arguing that the future of increased productivity and business success isn’t either human or machine. It’s both. The key is augmentation, utilizing technology to help humans work better, smarter, and faster. Instead of viewing these machines as competitive interlopers, we can see them as partners and collaborators in creative problem solving as we move into the next era. The choice is ours.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Constitution Reconstruction 42 mins – “Each branch of the federal government has strayed from its original purpose and no candidate for president will be able to fix the underlying issues that plague it. Governor Abbott makes his case for proposing a Convention of States to make amendments to restore constitutional order.” At the link find the title, “The Texas Plan with Governor Greg Abbott, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files UK-Abbott-20160502.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corruption Control 20 mins – “Government corruption costs the global economy a staggering $1 trillion. Given the number of corrupt governments stealing from their own people, should there be an international anti-corruption court?” At the link find the title, “Can an international court stamp out government corruption? May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160516_62844.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crowdsourcing Solutions 4 mins – “In 2006, Netflix had both a solution and a problem. At issue was the question of video ratings. Based on a person’s ratings of past videos, what would be her rating for, say, The Sound of Music or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? The better the predictions, the better the recommendations Netflix could make. The solution came in the form of Cinematch, an algorithm developed by a team at Netflix. The problem was that they weren’t sure if there was a better algorithm. After all, there were limitless ways to predict rankings. Had the team chosen the best? So Netflix took an innovative step. The company posted an online challenge asking the world if someone could better the Cinematch predictions by ten percent. A prize of one million dollars would go to the first team, if any, that could achieve this goal. The company posted historical data online and waited for responses. Netflix had struck a chord. The idea of posting a challenge was so creative it quickly caught on, with other companies posting their own challenges. Soon, websites emerged for the sole purpose of hosting these challenges….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuban Internet 65 mins – “What is it like to use the Internet in fits and starts? How do communities with limited access to the global Internet use digital tools? Beyond sensational media narratives about Havana’s WiFi hotspots and the paquete semanal, there is a complex landscape of Internet access, digital media use and open source software development in Cuba. In this talk Ellery Biddle — Advocacy Director for Global Voices and Berkman Fellow — offers a primer on Cuba’s digital culture and critique of Western political narratives surrounding technology, freedom and empowerment as they apply in the Cuban context.” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Threats 74 minsPanel discussion with two guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Foreign Hackers Will pwnour Country”” At the link find and right-click the number 2468 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

D. Watkins, Author 47 mins – “Baltimore Author On ‘Living (And Dying) While Black’ – Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood, and he explains how the real day-to-day of selling drugs is nothing like the movies. David Edelstein reviews ‘Love & Friendship,’ adapted from a Jane Austen novel. We remember poet Michael S. Harper.” At the link click the circle with there dots, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabilities 80 mins – Panel discussion with three guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Disability or Ability?” At the link find and right-click the number 2768 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Response Lessons 79 mins – Panel discussion with three guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,International Disaster Response” At the link find and right-click the number 2318 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Distracted Driving 47 mins – “Distracted driving is a huge, dangerous, and growing problem. We text, we eat, we crash. We look for new solutions to get drivers to keep their eyes on the road.Look around on the road these days and sometimes you’re the only one with your head up. Everybody’s nose buried in a smartphone. Texting. Dialing. We get it. Humans love to communicate. But distracted driving is becoming an epidemic problem. Vehicle fatalities have seen their largest spike in 50 years. What’s to be done while we wait for self-driving cars and even automakers embrace connectivity? Screens on board. This hour On Point: We text, we crash. What do we do about it?” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Kills American 48 mins – “Paul Kennedy in conversation with author and New York Times journalist Scott Shane about his Gelber Prize winning book “Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, and the Rise of the Drone” At the link find the title, “Objective Troy – Scott Shane, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160511_61250.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones in Medicine 25 mins – “Can drones save lives? That’s the latest question as innovators design flying robots to deliver medicine to remote parts of Canada and the world. But new technology brings with it new risks and new ethical questions.” At the link find the title, “Drones deliver possibility of better health care to remote parts of Canada, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160520_47553.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Prices 57 mins – “As health care costs overall have continued to rise, medicines are driving a good share of that trend. We’ll look at some of the factors at play, including advertising, patents, and government programs and regulations — also, plans underway on Capitol Hill to address the issue.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Experiment Quality 74 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Irreproducible Scientific Results” At the link find and right-click the number 2616 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fargo Stash Death 19 mins – “Documentarian Paul Berczeller examines the case of Takako Konishi, who died in a frozen forest on the North Dakota/Minnesota border looking for the fictional treasure from the Coen Brother’s film Fargo. Be sure to check out Paul’s documentary about Takako’s journey, This is A True Story. Also, be sure to check out the new feature film by the David and Nathan Zellner inspired by Takako’s story, Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter.At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Security Dangers 76 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,Food Security & the Transformation of Rural America” At the link find and right-click the number 2313 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Founding Fathers Concepts 62 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,What Would the Founding Fathers Do?” At the link find and right-click the number 2463 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gap Year Trend 46 mins – “Malia Obama will take a gap year before college. Did you? Should you? What it takes to have a good gap year. Plus, why millennials aren’t giving up dorm livin`tg after graduation.So, Malia Obama is taking a gap year before she heads off to college in 2017. Good for her. After all those years in the White House, she may need to get out and about. A lot of American high school grads and their families apparently now feel the same. The numbers taking a gap year are headed up and up. Time to see, explore, work, mature. Is it just a treat for the well-off? Is it the experience that makes everything else better? This hour On Point: What makes a good gap year? At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ghana Gold Mining 27 mins – “Illegal miners have invaded three Ghanaian gold mines in recent months. We visit the largest where some locals are claiming that the land is rightfully theirs. The multinational owners disagree, and are demanding the military force them off their concession. For its part, the government has remained largely silent, until now. Ed Butler visits the mine and speaks to all sides in a dispute that could have big implications for Ghana’s economy and security.” At the link find the title, “Ghana: The Obuasi Stand-Off, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03vjvlv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GMO Science Panel 77 mins – Panel discussion at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “What Science Says About GMOs” At the link find and right-click the number 2762 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hands and Fists 52 mins – “For biologist David Carrier, the study of human evolution is both a question of science and of philosophy. For centuries, thinkers have debated whether humans are innately good or if their good behavior can be chalked up to good governance. Carrier’s research suggests the latter is true. Evolution, he says, has armed us with tools of extreme violence. It’s also provided us the capacity for profound empathy and cooperation. Carrier joins us Wednesday to discuss his work and its implications. David Carrier is a professor of biology at the University of Utah, where his research is focused on better understanding how biomechanics has influenced the vertebrate evolution.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Stories 74 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,Door Open/Door Closed: The Immigrant Experience in America” At the link find and right-click the number 2315 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Income Inequality 58 mins – “Don Watkins discusses income inequality and argues that a minimum wage is harmful to the individuals it proposes to help. He is interviewed by Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Don Watkins, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.436925.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

International Cooperation Benchmark 65 mins – “Experts discuss the mounting challenges to international cooperation today, and the launch of the Council of Councils (CoC) Report Card on International Cooperation, which evaluates multilateral efforts to address pressing global dilemmas, including nuclear proliferation, transnational terrorism, climate change, pandemic disease, mass migration, financial volatility, and cybercrime. This Report Card surveyed the Council of Councils, a CFR initiative connecting leading foreign policy institutes from twenty-six countries around the world, to provide a benchmark measure of international cooperation year after year, and to help policymakers prioritize among today’s critical issues. The event will present the findings of the 2016 Report Card and discuss implications for global cooperation.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Introduction 41 mins – “Learn what you can do to increase your investment returns and peace of mind, as Paul presents, “Habits and Attitudes of Successful Investors,” from the 2016 RetireMeet Conference in Bellevue, WA. Also available as video on homepage.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Irrational Behavior 70 mins – “How far back can we trace our irrational behaviors and cognitive biases? Evolutionarily speaking, why do we even do these things? Can we blame our faulty logic on our cultures and institutions, or should we blame it on our biology and our genetic inheritance? Our guest on this episode is psychologist Laurie Santos who has created a novel approach to solving these questions – a marketplace where monkeys learn how to use money just like humans, and where they also tend to make the same kind of mistakes we do.” At the link find the title, “040 – Monkey Marketplace – Laurie Santos, January, 2015,” right-click “Media files 040 – Monkey Marketplace – Laurie Santos” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Israel and Palestine 74 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,” Our Relationships with Israel & Palestine” At the link find and right-click the number 2614 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Journalists at the Front 52 mins – “It has been five years since civil war erupted in Syria. Hundreds of thousands have been killed. More than four million refugees have fled into neighboring countries — creating a crisis that has engulfed Europe. Janine di Giovanni, the Middle East editor for Newsweek, was embedded with the Syrian army. She says reporting on the war in Syria is unlike any other conflict she’s ever covered. And she has reported from dozens of war zones, including Bosnia, Iraq, and Somalia. Guest host Susan Page talks with di Giovanni about the brutal reality of the daily lives of Syrians.” At the link you can listen, but not download however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Labels Impact 48 mins – “What are the subconscious, invisible, involuntary ways that labels affect the way we think, feel, and behave? Listen as Adam Alter, author of Drunk Tank Pink, explains how labels affect every way in which we interact as human beings.” At the link find the title, “029 – Labels – Adam Alter,” right-click “Media files 029-Labels-Adam_Alter_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Learned Helplessness 48 mins – “Stuck in a bad situation, even when the prison doors are left wide open, we sometimes refuse to attempt escape. Why is that? In this episode learn all about the strange phenomenon of learned helplessness and how it keeps people in bad jobs, poor health, terrible relationships, and awful circumstances despite how easy it might be to escape any one of those scenarios with just one more effort. In the episode, you’ll learn how to defeat this psychological trap with advice from psychologists Jennifer Welbourne, who studies attributional styles in the workplace, and Kym Bennett who studies the effects of pessimism on health.” At the link find the title, “052 – Learned Helplessness,” right-click “Media files 052-Learned_Helplessness.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LGBT 75 mins – Panel discussion with three guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “ABCs of LGBTQ” At the link find and right-click the number 2769 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Life Expectations 47 mins- “How long are you likely to live in America? And why? We’ll look at race, gender, money- and American lifespans now. If time on Earth matters, life span matters. And American life expectancy is in motion. Overall, an American newborn’s life expectancy is 79.7 years. But there is a lot of variation. Rich now living much longer than poor. Blacks narrowing the life expectancy gap with whites. Middle class whites in trouble. This hour On Point: We’re looking at who lives how long, and why.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linux for Blind People 90 mins – “Ever wonder what it’s like to work on a Linux distribution? We discuss that, and much, much more in our interview with Kendell Clark, one of the three developers of Sonar/GNU Linux. Sonar is a Linux distribution focused on assistive technology trying to give the best experience for everyone that depends on accessible software….” At the link find the title, “Going Linux 299 · Assistive Technology,” right-click “Media files glp299.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lyme Disease 57 mins – “With the lilacs every spring comes an unwelcome harbinger of the season: black-legged ticks. And with New Hampshire near the top of the list of states with the highest incidence of Lyme disease, Granite Staters take this tiny arachnid seriously. We’ll find out what’s new this season in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention when it comes to this tick-borne illness. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tickborne disease, with over 1,000 cases reported each year in N.H. The annual incidence of Lyme disease is highest among the 5-14 year age group.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Making Money 34 mins – “…It’s okay to talk about money. At least it is on this show. SuChin Pak searches for answers about why money is so universally thrilling, confusing, powerful, and stressful — no matter how much, or how little, you have. Created in partnership with Umpqua Bank, the West Coast’s largest, and most unconventional, community bank. – SuChin Pak talks with Lena Waithe & Ravi Patel about first paychecks, the art of negotiating, personal branding and what matters way more than money.” At the link find the title, “Will Work For Work : Ravi Patel & Lena Waithe, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files PNC4024470635.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Facilities Abuse 53 mins – “Find out what’s happened since we first told you about 40 years of alleged abuse and neglect of people with disabilities at specialty rehab centers across the U.S. We teamed up with New Hampshire Public Radio health and science reporter Jack Rodolico to unveil how these for-profit facilities thrived on public dollars with little oversight.” At the link find the title, “Update: A mountain of misconduct, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files Update-A-mountain-of-misconduct_podcast-master.mp3” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mentors 76 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,”Corporations have Mentors, Startups have Heroes At the link find and right-click the number 2166 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monte Carlo Simulation 56 mins – “In this inaugural lecture, Professor Nigel Wilding explores the computer simulation of changes of state in models for atoms and complex molecules. Predicting the phase behaviour of a material is a central goal of condensed matter science, and a pre-requisite for designing new materials with tailored or novel phase behaviour. Professor Wilding’s lecture outlined how computer simulation of phase behaviour now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with traditional approaches of experimental and analytical theory. He talk focuses on one particularly powerful and flexible computational technique called ‘Monte Carlo simulation’.” At the link find the title, “Professor Nigel Wilding inaugural lecture: Monte Carlo or bust: smart simulation for serious science, May, 2016” right-click “Media files 264392138-uniofbath-professor-nigel-wilding-inaugural-lecture-monte-carlo-or-bust-smart-simulation-for-serious-science.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Motivation Explained 73 mins – “What motivates you to keep going, to reach for your dreams, to persist and endure? Psychology has, over the last 40 years, learned a great deal about human motivation and drive. In this episode we ask Daniel Pink, author of Drive, how we can better put that knowledge to use in our lives and in our workplaces and institutions.” At the link find the title, “037 – Motivation – Daniel Pink,” right-click “Media files 037-Motivation_-_Daniel_Pink.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MtBE Additive Lawsuit 5 mins – “The United States Supreme Court has rejected ExxonMobil’s appeal of a $236 million verdict in a case brought against the oil company by the state of New Hampshire. The legal battle began more than a decade ago when the state Attorney General sued 22 oil companies for using a chemical called MtBE, which can contaminate soil and drinking water….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native American Health Care 25 mins – “Native Americans have some of the highest rates of suicide, alcoholism, diabetes and maternal mortality in the country. And while the federal government passed the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act back in 1976 to make their care a priority, it spends just $3,000 a year caring for each Native patient. (We spend twice that on health care for every prisoner.) Dr. Adrienne Laverdure and Dr. Ken Bernard, two Native American doctors, know this first hand. The mother and son are both Chippewa Indians from North Dakota, and they’re part of the Indian Health Service (IHS), the federal agency that provides health care to all Native people in the U.S….” At the link click the three dots in a circle, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Night Vale 27 mins – “Things fall apart. Weather: “Palestine” by Sam Baker, featuring Carrie Elkin (sambakermusic.com) The voices of the automated phone tree were Erica Livingston & Christopher Loar. The voice of Carlos was Dylan Marron. The voice of Sheriff Sam was Emma Frankland. The voice of Michelle Nguyen was Kate Jones. The voice of Intern Maureen was Maureen Johnson. New Books: Night Vale Podcast Episodes, Volumes 1 & 2 now available for pre-order Plus…Welcome to Night Vale: The Novel. welcometonightvale.com… Written by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. More Info: welcometonightvale.com, and follow @NightValeRadio on Twitter or Facebook.” At the link find the title, “88 – Things Fall Apart, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files 8820-20Things20Fall20Apart.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Arrest 25 mins – “American pastor speaks about his experience of 735 days in captivity.” At the link find the title, “Kenneth Bae on life in North Korean labour camp, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160519_80343.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Politics 47 mins – “For the first time in 36 years, North Korea’s ruling political elite gather in Pyongyang for the Workers’ Party Congress. We’ll take you there. North Korea does not open its doors often. And when it does, it does not open them very far. But right now, there is a big crew of foreign reporters in North Korea for a big, rare Communist Party congress. More reporting power focused on the country than we’ve seen in a long time. What do they see? We’ll get the latest from Pyongyang this hour. On the secretive, bellicose, nuclear-armed country that keeps firing its missiles further and further.” At the link right-click “Donwload this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power 59 mins – “With many of America’s first nuclear power plants nearing the end of their expected lifespan, should they be shut down or given a new lease on life? In recent years the licenses have been extended on many nuclear plants while a few have shut down. There is a lively debate over whether California should shutter the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. If it does close, would its electricity be replaced by clean or fossil fuels? A new generation of nuclear entrepreneurs are striving to write a new atomic chapter. Startups in the Bay Area and elsewhere aim to address the three vulnerabilities of nuclear power: high costs, radioactive waste and nuclear proliferation. One concept getting a lot of attention is small nuclear reactors that would be manufactured like other industrial equipment rather than custom-built. Oklo aims to build nuclear batteries about the size of a cargo container for use in remote locations. Can these young companies bring innovation to an industry known more for cost overruns and lumbering giants? Are investors crazy for betting against the power and falling costs of the sun?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Curse 65 mins – “Should the United States allow its citizens to buy oil from countries run by bad men? Is this a case where morality trumps the usual case for free trade? Leif Wenar, professor of philosophy at King’s College, London and author of Blood Oil, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the morality of buying resources from countries that use the resulting revenue to oppress their citizens. Based on the ideas in his book, Wenar argues that in many cases, importing oil is equivalent to buying stolen goods where the low prices cannot justify the purchase. The conversation discusses the possible outcomes from banning foreign oil from tyrannical regimes along with the resource curse and the case for fair trade.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Exploration 27 mins – “Dave Steele spent 30 years as an employee of Shell Oil, having spent many years searching for hydrocarbon sources across the globe. He talks to us about the conventional ways of drilling for oil and the unconventional methods, which include hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Is there an advantage or disadvantage to each method? Plus, he explains why the price of oil is mostly driven by global politics, not by supply & demand.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orson Bean 67 mins – “Actor, comedian and raconteur Orson Bean is perhaps best known as a longtime game show fixture and frequent guest on talk shows, but he also appeared on Broadway and in popular films such as “Anatomy of a Murder” and “Being John Malkovich,” working alongside icons like Boris Karloff, Helen Hayes, Jimmy Stewart, Phil Silvers and Dustin Hoffman. Gilbert and Frank also talk to Orson about his years on the Hollywood blacklist, his friendship with Stan Laurel, his fondness for Ed Sullivan and his personal correspondence with Groucho Marx. PLUS: John McGiver returns! Jack Paar takes a powder! Will Jordan does Sabu! Jack Klugman nails Willy Loman! And Jayne Mansfield upstages Walter Matthau!” At the link find the title, “#103: Orson Bean, May, 2016,” right-click “Enclosure: http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/12243/3346778/e752c087-c08a-40b5-855a-b750ec31c227.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pit Bulls 30 mins – “Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, Dickey says, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Placebo Effect 67 mins – “In this episode we learn about the placebo effect and how research continues to unravel the mysteries behind it and how it affects our behaviors. Our guest is Kristi Erdal whose latest research discovered a new psychological phenomeon now known as placebo sleep. After the interview, I eat a white chocolate Oreo cookie and discuss a new study into how the eccentricity of artists affects our perceptions of their art.” At the link find the title, “019 – The Placebo Effect – Kristi Erdal,” right-click “Media files 019-The_Placebo_Effect-Kristi_Erdal.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Play Station VR 54 mins – “Richard Marks is the senior research engineer at PlayStation. Richard has always worked at Sony specifically on the human interaction and control for the PlayStation. He heads the PlayStation Magic Lab to create new experiences for user. Richard gives Leo a behind the scene in the development of Sony’s latest VR hardware.” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click”audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Shootings 69 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,Police Shootings: When the “Perfect Storm” is the Perfect Police Cop-Out” At the link find and right-click the number 2462 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Work 48 mins – “Former NYC Cop On ‘The Job – Retired New York City police officer Steve Osborne shares stories including chasing a robber into a train tunnel and breaking up a knife fight. “Your heart is pounding; your adrenaline is shooting out of your ears,” he says. “And you got one second to get it right.” Over his 20 years of duty he never fired his gun. His memoir, ‘The Job,’ is now out in paperback. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews ‘Perfection’ from power trio David Murray, Gerri Allen, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Captain America: Civil War.’” At the link click the circle with there dots, then right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Demographics 67 mins – “The U.S. population has fundamentally changed, says Steve Phillips, and a new American voting majority has been created by progressive people of color along with progressive white voters. Philips says these two groups make up 51 percent of all eligible voters in America, and that majority is growing larger every day. By failing to properly appreciate this reality, progressives are at risk of missing this moment in history—and losing. Phillips’ new book is a searing indictment of the Democratic Party’s practice of courting white swing voters and a discussion of how America’s changed demographics have revolutionary implications for U.S. politics in 2016 and beyond. A leader in national politics for 30 years, Steve Phillips has had a front-row seat to these extraordinary political changes. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Stanford University, where he was a leader in the anti-apartheid and multicultural education movements. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Education at age 28, becoming the youngest elected official in the history of San Francisco, and serving on the board for eight years, including one year as its president. He is the founder and chairman of PowerPAC+, a social justice political network that was the first national group to back Senator Cory Booker and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Dissent 46 mins – “The raucous politics at the very beginning of the American Republic, and what we have now. Stephen Solomon, author of the new book Revolutionary Dissent joins us. You look at the campaign in 2016 and sometimes the craziness on the campaign trail seems like it could not be any worse. The taunts, the slurs, the body parts. Big hands, little hands, little whatevers. But look back, says my guest today, historian Stephen Solomon. Back to the origins of the country. To Revolutionary War days and before. American political discourse and dissent in the time of the founders was wicked, rugged, wild. This hour On Point: rough politics at the birth of America.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racial Inequality 79 mins – Panel discussion with three guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, ”Who is Not at the Power Table?” At the link find and right-click the number 2167 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recycling in Taiwan 19 mins – “’Für Elise is one of the world’s most widely-recognized pieces of music. The Beethoven melody has been played by pianists the world over, and its near-universal recognition has been used to attract customers for companies as big as McDonald’s and as small as your local ice-cream truck. But if you hear the song playing on the streets of Taiwan, accompanied by the low grumble of an engine, the only ice-cream you’ll find if you follow the tune will be the soupy remains of a neighbor’s Häagen-Dazs. In Taiwan, “Für Elise” means it is time to take out your trash. Directly out to the truck. Yourself.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Stories 48 mins – “As the political atmosphere grows more hostile to the refugees who Angela Merkel famously welcomed in autumn 2015, five families continue with their attempts to settle in Berlin. Presenter Amy Zayed, follows their struggles with German bureaucracy.” At the link find the title,”Die Klassen – Health and Family, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03v22vp.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Satellites 83 mins – “Planet Labs is building small, inexpensive satellites, mostly from consumer-style components, for large-scale, continuous earth observation purposes. As a silicon valley startup, they pride themselves in doing things differently than then “big aerospace companies”. In this episode, I am talking with Ignacio Zuleta and Creon Levit about small satellites, satellite constellations, phones, optics and earth observation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Communication 58 mins – “I recently collaborated with Joe Hanson of the YouTube channel It’s Okay to be Smart and helped him write an episode about pattern recognition. I thought it would be great to bring him on the show and interview him in an episode all about the new science communicators. We learn what it is like to be part of the new wave of science communication, talk about science literacy, and discuss the ramifications of rubbing a beard with an infected chicken before conducting lab work. After the interview, I discuss a study about the difference between dogma and belief superiority, and how it helps explain why some politicians will never compromise.” At the link find the title, “027 – Science Communication – Joe Hanson,” right-click “Media files 027-Science_Communication-Joe_Hanson.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

SEAL Team Work 24 mins – “In March 2013, the man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden came forward to tell his story for the first time in “The Shooter,” by Phil Bronstein. It is a report of the celebrated mission by turns captivating, astonishing, and visceral, but also heart-breaking: The shooter decided to break his silence because, now a civilian, he feared for the safety of his family, was concerned about a life without a safety net, and he wanted to shine a light on a little-known and worrisome aspect of Special Forces service. Bronstein, the executive chair of the Center for Investigative Reporting, joins host David Brancaccio to discuss why the shooter decided to finally emerge and what he’s doing now.” At the link find the title, “The Shooter, by Phil Bronstein, May, 2016,” right-click “Enclosure: http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/13153/3349205/The-Shooter-by-Phil-Bronstein.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Secret Service Agent 58 mins – “Former Secret Service agent Clint Hill talks about his new memoir, “Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford,” which chronicles an eventful career that witnessed history up close.” At the link find the title, “Protecting the President, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files IM_20160507.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Worker Laws 56 mins – “When Amnesty International last year called for the decriminalization of the global sex trade, reaction from all sides was swift and passionate. Those in agreement argued this kind of policy serves to protect sex workers the world over. On the other side: the voices of those who called it a monumental mistake, allowing criminal and exploitative practices against women who may have no way out of the sex trade. As the debate has grown, new reporting is underscoring the deep ideological divide that has emerged between feminists on either side of this issue. We look at the debate over decriminalizing prostitution.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Shrimp Noise 38 mins – “Today’s story is a mystery, shockingly hot, and vanishingly tiny. It starts with a sound, rising like a mist from the marsh, around a dock in South Carolina. But where it goes next – from submarines to superheroes (and yes, Keanu Reeves!); from the surface of the sun to the middle of the brain – is far from expected. Producer Molly Webster brings her family along for the ride. Enjoy the adventure, before it…implodes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep 67 mins – “Why do we sleep and why do we dream? Despite the fact that every human being spends roughly 1/3 of his or her life asleep, science has yet to crack the mystery of the phenomenon. Why do we sleep and dream? The answer for now is…we don’t know. To learn more, we interview psychologist Richard Wiseman who has written a new book on sleep and dreaming that promises to help you get the most out of both based on what science has learned so far.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Sleep.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Justice 26 mins – “Longtime social worker, Deena Mandell says working outside the legal system is necessary for social justice. She argues until oppressive systems change, subversion and extra-legal action may be the only way to help people who are vulnerable.” At the link find the title, “Social workers have a duty to skirt edge of the law, says author, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160518_68989.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Energy Opposition 60 mins – “Who is trying to kill solar power in America? As energy activist Nancy LaPlaca reveals, state-by-state fossil fuels companies are trying to stop competition from safe renewable power. Then we look at developing court evidence in Canada – that fracking for gas and oil IS polluting drinking water. Veteran Canadian investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk fills in this key part of the shadows of fracking. We’ll wind up with part of my on-going conversation with permaculture guru Albert Bates: why is the worst news more popular than the best solutions? Radio “ At the link right-click the down-pointing-arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

STEM Education Future 92 mins – “On May 9, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence (21CSI) at Brookings hosted NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST, for a discussion of the future of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in America. With increasingly complex problems emerging throughout government and with economic competitiveness at the fore of so many public debates, STEM education has the potential to deliver mission success and continued prosperity. But questions remain about how STEM programs should be implemented and which skills should be promoted and where. As leaders in areas of the public and private sectors that rely heavily on STEM-related skills and knowledge, Bolden and Kamen spoke to the state of STEM education across the country, why making it a national priority is critical, and how educators and policymakers can better promote STEM in the nation’s future workforce. John Allen, senior fellow and co-director of 21CSI, moderated discussion.” At the link right-click “Download(Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Discussion 73 mins – Panel discussion with three guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Full Court Press: 2016 Supreme Court Docket” At the link find and right-click the number 2765 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surveillance Impact 12 mins – “The effects of surveillance on human behavior have long been discussed and documented in the real world. That nervous feeling you get when you notice a police officer or a security camera? The one that forces you to straighten up and be on your best behavior, even if you’re doing nothing wrong? It’s quite common. The sense of being monitored can cause you to quit engaging in activities that are perfectly legal, even desirable, too. It’s a kind of “chilling effect.” And it turns out it even happens online. Researcher Jon Penney wanted to know how the feeling of being watched or judged online might affect Internet users’ behavior. Does knowledge of the NSA’s surveillance programs affect whether people feel comfortable looking at articles on terrorism? Do threats of copyright law retaliation make people less likely to publish blog posts? Penney’s research showed that, yes, the chilling effect has hit the web. On today’s podcast we talk about how he did his research, and why chilling effects are problematic for free speech and civil society.” At the link right-click “…or download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainability Organization 79 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,Rethinking Attitudes toward Sustainability” At the link find and right-click the number 2314 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria Higher Education 84 mins – “The war in Syria has generated the 21st century’s worst humanitarian crisis, with as many as 300,000 Syrians killed and half the population displaced. This violence and insecurity has also had a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the country’s education sector, exemplifying the consequences when scholars are targeted. Before the conflict, Syria boasted one of the Middle East’s largest and most well-established higher education systems. War, however, has decimated the university system inside the country, and amongst the refugees are an estimated 2,000 university professionals and a minimum of 100,000 university-qualified students. On May 17, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings hosted a panel discussion to explore the frequently overlooked impact of the Syrian crisis, and the broader political and security implications on higher education in conflict settings. The panel also highlighted the Institute for International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, which supports visiting appointments for threatened scholars worldwide, as well as perspectives from a Syrian beneficiary of the fund.” At the link right-click “Download(Help)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teaching with Games 80 mins – Panel discussion with three guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled,Gamification & Innovative Teaching” At the link find and right-click the number 2169 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

TED Founder 65 mins – “Chris Anderson, TED Curator; Author, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer, SAP—Moderator What makes a great speech? Anderson shares his unique public speaking philosophy about creating carefully crafted talks. Learn more helpful dos and don’ts from the man who has worked with everyone, including Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, social activists, and Nobel Prize Winners.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

The Envoy Book 60 mins – “Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations, discusses his memoir, [The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Zalmay Khalilzad, May , 2016,” right-click “Media files program.437783.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trevor Noah 46 mins – “The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah is with us talking pointed comedy and the challenges of taking over from Jon Stewart.Seven months ago, multiracial South African comedian Trevor Noah took over the Daily Show. Jon Stewart said his goodbyes, grew a beard and took off. This week, Jon Stewart is back in the news, calling Donald Trump a “man-baby.” And Trevor Noah is with us, talking about moving into one of the biggest seats in American politics. The kid from Soweto, in the thick of it. This hour On Point: a conversation with Daily Show host Trevor Noah.” At the link right-click “Download this story” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Uber Pricing 30 mins – “Uber is built on the scourge of surge. When demand is high, the company charges two, three, even NINE-POINT-NINE times as much as normal for a ride. Riders hate it . . . but not so much that they stop riding. Yep, “dynamic pricing” has helped the company to grow into one of the largest taxi services in the world. What’s the psychology behind it? Shankar sits down with Uber’s Head of Economic Research Keith Chen to talk about when we’re most likely pay for surge, when we hate it the most, and why monkeys would probably act and feel the same way. That’s right. Monkeys.” At the link find the title, “Episode 31: Your Brain on Uber, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160516_hiddenbrain_uber.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Unconscious Thinking 68 mins – “Is it possible to for different parts of your mind to learn how the world works at different rates? Is it possible that the unconscious part of you can know something long before the conscious you realizes it? Learn more about the weirdness of the unconscious mind as we interview Ryan Scott, a cognitive psychologist who has discovered a new phenomenon that suggests you can have unconscious knowledge about something and fail to realize it until it is too late – something he calls blind insight.” At the link find the title, “039 – Blind Insight – Ryan Scott” right-click “Media files 039-Blind_Insight-Ryan_Scott.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights for Felons 50 mins – “Last month the governor of Virginia restored voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-felons. This is a dramatic development in a state whose felony disenfranchisement laws had been among the most restrictive in the nation. But Virginia isn’t the only state rethinking if and when those convicted of a felony should be allowed to vote. The Maryland legislature recently passed a bill automatically restoring voting rights to those who completed their sentence. While last year in Kentucky, one governor eased the state’s lifetime voting ban before his successor quickly reinstated it. Our [4 guest]panel discusses the debate over restoring voting rights to ex-felons.” At the link you can listen but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Wildlife Photographer 24 mins – “John Aitchison, an elite wildlife cinematographer, has made his living watching predators stalk their prey. He joins The Current to talk about the beauty, brutality and inevitability of nature and shares what he’s learned watching for the perfect shot.” At the link find the title, “Filmmaker documents wildlife to win people over to the side of nature, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160518_73239.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from t the pop-up menu.

WOOP Method 21 mins – “Many of us have heard that we should think positive… Visualize ourselves achieving our goals. But researcher Gabriele Oettingen finds, this isn’t actually the best advice. Instead, we should use her strategy — which she calls WOOP.” At the link find the title,”Episode 30: WOOP, There It Is, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160506_hiddenbrain_oettingen.mp3

Work Rules 71 mins – “Work sucks, but it doesn’t have to. In this episode we go inside Google in an interview with Lazlo Bock, head of People Operations. Bock has helped the company conduct experiments and introduce policies and procedures that have applied knowledge gained from psychology and neuroscience concerning biases, fallacies, and other weird human behavior quirks. The result has been a workplace where people are happier, more productive, and better able to pursue that which fulfills their ambitions. Learn all about Google’s approach as Lazlo describes his new book, Work Rules, a collection of insights from Google’s evidence-based, data-driven human relations.” At the link find the title, “51 – Work – Lazlo Bock,” right-click “Media files 051-Work-Lazlo_Bock.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Writing Process 79 mins – Panel discussion with four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs titled, “Tough Love for Aspiring Writers” with four panelists and a moderator. At the link find and right-click the number 2165 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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