Media Mining Digest 241 – Jun 24, 2016: Africa Modernization, Alexander McCall Smith, Archive Value, Arctic Issues, Barbara Boxer, Bay of Fundy Power, Bhopal Disaster, Biofuel, Bird and Bees of Life, Body Part Fabrication, Bracero Program Lecture, Bronze Age Collapse, Bruce Bochy, Bullying Effects, Chronic Pain Management, Coroner History Lecture, Creative Paradigms, Drug Overdoses, Economic Competitiveness, Electric Rail History, European Disunion, Extinction Process, Facial Identification Database, Family Violence in Australia, Farm Equipment Auction, Fat and Sugar, Finance Industry Impact, Genetic Engineering, Gilded Age Lecture, Ginseng, GMO Trees, Gun Control Status, Hardware Hacker, Heart Overview, Higher Education, Historical Perspective, Information Overload, Intersex Issues, Investment Newsletters, Iran Sexual Issues, ISIS Kill Lists, Judicial Bias, Ketogenic Diets, Kids and Money, Life Extension Diet, Lithium Kidney Damage, Lynchings in the South, Male Empathy Training, Mass Incarcerations of 60s-70s, Mass Migrations of 1900s, Migration to Sweden, National Security Efforts, Nixon White House Recording System, Ocean Mapping, Performance Enhancing Drugs, Peter Bogdanovich, Police Reform History, Power Defined, Power Grid Defense, Power Trends-Australia, Productivity Mentor, Psych Ward Insights, Rat Control, Refugee Policy History, Relief Efforts by U.S., Sexual Health of Women, Sharing Economy, Stanford Sex Case, Startup Drug Business, Suicide Ethics, Supreme Court Role, Syria Murders, Syrian Hostages, Team Rubicon, Technology Trends, Terrorist Recruitment, Tiger Tracking, Torpedo Music, Wartime Families, Welfare Benefits, Welfare State, Women in the Workplace, World War One Myths

The best 83 podcasts from a larger group of 250 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all of them as a zip file here for the next four months.  A collection of over 9000 similar podcasts grouped by topic can be downloaded 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 325 sources so even the discarded podcasts can be downloaded.

Africa Modernization 62 mins – “Jake Bright, Writer; Author; Strategic Advisor Join us for a discussion of business, investment, technology and turnaround in Africa with Jake Bright, co-author of The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse. The book won an Axiom Best Business Book award and was recently featured at TEDx. Bright, who also contributes on Africa for TechCrunch, will focus in particular on Sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging technology sector and its growing ties to Silicon Valley. Joining Bright for discussion and Q&A will be CEO Chris Folayan, Uber’s Global Lead for International Relations Matt Devlin, and Toro Orero, managing partner for DraperDarkFlow, a Silicon Valley-based Africa focused venture capital firm.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alexander McCall Smith 51 mins – “Today on Word of Mouth it’s Writers on a New England Stage with Alexander McCall Smith, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Best known as the author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, McCall Smith made his living for many years as an esteemed lawyer, medical law professor, and international authority on medical ethics and bioethics. He was born in what is now Zimbabwe, and helped found a law school in neighboring Botswana. It is there that he set his first novel about Precious Ramotswe, who brought the innate curiosity and traditional wisdom honed as a child in the Kalahari desert to bear as Botswana’s first ever lady detective. Alexander McCall Smith joined us shortly after publication of The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine, the 16th novel in a series that’s sold more than 20 million books worldwide and been translated into 40 languages.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Archive Value 62 mins – “How will our memories be experienced by future generations? How much of our cultural memory is “owed” to them? And why on earth would the Library of Congress be interested in preserving years worth of tweets??? These were among the topics of conversations in this week’s episode in which EconTalk host Russ Roberts talked with archivist and historian Abby Smith Rumsey about how we experience memories of the past, and how we might preserve them for the future. This episode got me thinking a lot about what my grandchildren might make of EconTalk, among other memories and experiences I hold dear. Can I ensure that they will experience them? How do I know they will find any value in them? As always, we’d like to hear whay you took away from this week’s conversation. Let us know; we love to hear from you!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Issues 56 mins – “Thank you for coming to the Council’s meeting on the Arctic. It’s really terrific, and a great honor, to have three of the country’s—our nation’s most important leaders on this subject: Admiral Papp, Ambassador Brzezinski, and Senator Murkowski. Their full bios are in your program, so I won’t repeat them for you here. Our plan, like most Council meetings, is to have a 30-minute conversation, and then we’ll open it up to the floor for members to ask questions….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Barbara Boxer 48 mins – “What’s at stake in the coming presidential election? “Everything,” says Senator Barbara Boxer. The lifelong democrat is retiring from the Senate after 34 years in Congress, but insists she won’t stop fighting for the causes she believes in, like environmental protection, women’s rights and healthcare. In a new memoir, Boxer chronicles her political career spanning four decades, and talks about honing what she calls “the art of tough.” She’ll share her views on the 2016 presidential race, give us a look inside her life as a senator and tell us what she thinks it takes to truly stand up for change at a critical time for our country.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Bay of Fundy Power 28 mins – “At the end point of Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy, in the Minas Basin, the tides can rise as high as 15 metres. Those hoping to harness that energy want to put giant turbines on the seabed but one very vocal lobster fisherman is already delaying the plan.” At the link find the title, “Bay of Fundy tidal turbines on hold over environmental concerns, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160615_61135.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bhopal Disaster 8 mins – “One December morning over thirty years ago, residents of the Indian city of Bhopal found themselves in the grip of what was to become the world’s worst industrial disaster, exposed to a cloud of toxic methyl isocyanate….” At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Methyl_isocyanate.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofuel 28 mins – “Is the biofuel craze of a few years ago really dead? This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Pat Gruber, thinks not. While plummeting oil prices may have flattened the appeal of biofuel in the auto industry, the air travel industry’s interest appears to be just taking off. Gruber’s company, Gevo, provided the fuel for the first corn-powered commercial passenger flight in U.S. history this month. We discuss his company’s technology, the competitive bio jetfuel landscape, and what feedstocks are likely to be used to power future flights. Then we dig into the Sea Change Radio archives to hear from longtime airline industry analyst Bob McAdoo. He breaks down airline pricing models that often leave travelers flummoxed.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bird and Bees of Life 62 mins – “Some information is so big and so complicated that it seems impossible to talk to kids about. This week, stories about the vague and not-so-vague ways to teach children about race, death and sex – including a story about colleges responding to sexual assault by trying to teach students how to ask for consent. Also, a story about how and when to teach kids about the horrors of slavery and oppression in America.” At the link you can listen online, but a download costs $.99; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Body Part Fabrication 7 mins – “TED Fellow Andrew Pelling is a biohacker, and nature is his hardware. His favorite materials are the simplest ones (and oftentimes he finds them in the garbage). Building on the cellulose structure that gives an apple its shape, he “grows” lifelike human ears, pioneering a process that might someday be used to repair body parts safely and cheaply. And he has some even wilder ideas to share … “What I’m really curious about is if one day it will be possible to repair, rebuild and augment our own bodies with stuff we make in the kitchen,” he says.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bracero Program Lecture 72 mins – “Mar, 2016,” University of Illinois professor Mireya Loza talks about Latino labor movements during the mid-20th century. She discusses the “bracero” program which brought thousands of Mexicans to the U.S. as guest workers.” At the link find the title, “Latino Labor Movements, Mar 2016,” right-click “Media files program.422471.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bronze Age Collapse 47 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss The Bronze Age Collapse, the name given by many historians to what appears to have been a sudden, uncontrolled destruction of dominant civilizations around 1200 BC in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia. Among other areas, there were great changes in Minoan Crete, Egypt, the Hittite Empire, Mycenaean Greece and Syria. The reasons for the changes, and the extent of those changes, are open to debate and include droughts, rebellions, the breakdown of trade as copper became less desirable, earthquakes, invasions, volcanoes and the mysterious Sea Peoples….” At the link find the title, “The Bronze Age Collapse, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03yhrs7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bruce Bochy 64 mins – “San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer has stated that hiring Bruce Bochy was “probably the best move [Giants management] ever made.” Here’s a chance to get Bruce Bochy’s take on the Giants 2016 season and on his personal side as well. As a Major League manager, Bochy has one of the more stressful jobs imaginable. What does he do to relax? He goes for long walks as a way to clear his head, calm his soul and give his body a workout, all of which is the subject of his new book, A Book of Walks. Here’s a rare chance to meet Bruce Bochy off the field. Bring your questions.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bullying Effects 26 mins – “The Current has looked into bullying in schools and communities, even the effects of bullying on siblings. Now new research suggests the impact of bullying follows many into adulthood and creates what is being called Adult Post Bullying Syndrome.” At the link find the title, “Researcher says bullying ‘scars’ into adulthood should be classified as syndrome, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160613_19250.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chronic Pain Management 59 mins – “Dr. Lawrence Poree looks at alternatives to opioid pain medication. Might technology hold the key to reducing opioid use? Recorded on 02/25/2016. (#30798) (Presents some advanced and proven approaches that are not well known.) At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coroner History Lecture 71 mins – “University of Georgia professor Stephen Berry teaches a class about coroners in the 19th century South. He discusses the role of a coroner as an agent of the state and talks about the records created from their inquests.” At the link find the title, “Coroners in the 19th Century South, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.440930.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative Paradigms 37 mins – “Why do ideas discarded for centuries, like electric cars, return to the cutting edge of science and technology? Steven Poole’s new book Rethink shows what we can learn by considering obsolete ideas from a new perspective, drawing on examples from military strategy and psychotherapy to chess and morphic resonance. Ideas given a second chance include electric cars, panpsychism, and teleology.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Overdoses 32 mins – “Synthetic Opioids causing overdoses nationwide[5 – 15 min mark], and we’ll look at two high impact nurse leadership programs affecting patient outcomes for critical care patients. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it. It’s the Nursing Show.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Competitiveness 60 mins – “In conversation with Mira Patel, Senior Advisor at U.S. Global Development Lab, U.S. Agency for International Development, John Engler, President of Business Roundtable, Steven L. Rattner, Chairman of Willett Advisors, LLC, and Jay C. Shambaugh, Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, discuss the role of the U.S. government in fortifying economic competitiveness in international markets. The experts consider the competitive challenges confronting U.S. manufacturing businesses, how trade policies influence global competitiveness, the need for change in federal spending priorities, and the potential impacts of corporate tax reform.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Rail History 49 mins – “Clemson University professor Roger Grant talks about the history of American transportation and the rise of interurban electric rail at the end of the 19th and early 20th century.” At the link find the title, “Interurban Electric Rail, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.443546.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

European Disunion 47 mins – “Recorded on January 25, 2016 Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul and John O’Sullivan discuss the many problems Europe is facing including an aggressive Russia, Brexit, NATO and the asylum crisis in Germany. McFaul and O’Sullivan give their analysis of these problems and what it means for the future of Europe.” At the link find the title, “European Disunion, Jan, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160613-mcfaul.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Extinction Process 26 mins – “The Bramble Cay melomys lived on a small island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, but their extinction is being looked at as a ‘canary in the coal mine’ moment.” At the link find the title, “First mammal extinction due to human-caused climate change, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160617_68473.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facial Identification Database 6 mins – “Audio interview by GAO staff with Diana Maurer, Director, Homeland Security and Justice” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Family Violence in Australia 56 mins – “Rosie Batty and Danny Blay speak at a family violence election forum at the National Press Club,Rosie Batty and Danny Blay speak at the National Press Club, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files NPCc_BattyBlay_1506_512k.mp4” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm Equipment Auction 50 mins – “Each month in a flat piece of English Fenland, a site the size of 40 football pitches, hosts the biggest second hand farm machinery auction in the world. It is both uniquely British and international – buyers from four continents arrive by truck, taxi, or hire car with their tractor shopping lists and hopes.” At the link find the title, “Follow That Tractor, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03y71yk.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat and Sugar P1 54 mins – “Jill Eisen explores the complex, and sometimes contradictory, science of nutrition — and tries to find clarity amidst the thicket of studies and ambiguous research.” At the link find the title, “Fat and Sugar, Part 1, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160615_27588.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Finance Industry Impact 61 mins – “In conversation with Peter R. Fisher, Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Tuck Business School, Dartmouth College, Rana A. Foroohaar, Managing Editor of Time Magazine, John P. Lipsky, Senior Fellow at Foreign Policy Institute, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Professor at Columbia Business School, discuss the effects of the finance industry’s continued growth and assess whether it is helpful or hurtful to the U.S. economy overall. They consider how finance’s growth impacts business development, its effects on income inequality, and whether the financial regulations implemented after the Great Recession have been effective. The panel further reflects on the best ways to regulate and manage risk in the financial industry going forward.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Engineering 37 mins – “We talk to cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee about his latest book The Gene: An Intimate History.” At the link find the title, “136 Siddhartha Mukherjee – An Intimate History of the Gene,” right-click “Media files 93a65456-668a-4f87-a476-69a87c042b59.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gilded Age Lecture, 52 mins – “May, 2016 Robert Chiles of the University of Maryland talks about labor and social unrest during the Gilded Age, as well as the reforms that tried to combat this discontent.” At the link find the title, “Unrest and Reform in the Gilded Age, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.440170.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ginseng 37 mins – “Modern science is proving many traditional herbal medicines to be effective. In Episode 133, Dr. Andrew Scholey of the Swinburne Centre for Human Psychopharmacology is back to talk about the benefits of Ginseng (see our episode on Bacopa for another example of a traditional herb backed by science). Mood, Memory, and Mental Fatigue – Numerous studies have confirmed that Ginseng has cognition-enhancing properties, particularly when it comes to memory, mood, and mental fatigue…And Ginseng has benefits comparable to pharmaceutical heavy-hitters like Modafinil. In a study comparing the effects of Ginseng and Modafinil, the largest effect size (a measure of how much of an effect a compound has) for Modafinil was 0.77, while the largest for Ginseng was 0.86, meaning that Ginseng had more noticeable effects on certain measures of cognition than Modafinil. In the case of mental fatigue, Ginseng had double the effect of Modafinil!…”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GMO Trees 40 mins – “Dr. Steve Strauss is a Distinguished Professor of Forestry at Oregon State University. He has been at the forefront of forest biology and genetic engineering of trees, contributing greatly to the understanding of fundamental tree biology, as well as the development of techniques and tools to perform genetic engineering in tree species. We discuss the many opportunities in tree breeding, as well as the limitations and other challenges.” At the link find the title, “

Gun Control Status 20 mins – “As the U.S. once again debates gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre, gun advocates are challenging the accepted wisdom the NRA is politically invincible. New research suggests the NRA is losing its grip to changing demographics.” At the link find the title, “NRA’s political influence on the wane, says gun control advocate, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160615_64931.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hardware Hacker 82 mins – “Dmitry Nedospasov is a full time hardware hacker and security researcher. He tells us about how to get into the silicon and learn all about what’s going on under the hood of devices….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Overview 64 mins – “This programme comes to you from the British Cardiovascular Society Conference in Manchester, where leaders in the field have been presenting their latest research on preventing heart disease: one of the leading causes of death. We explore the radioactive toothpaste that can help you predict heart attacks, listen in to a genuine heart transplant and ask whether running really keeps your heart healthy.” At the link right-click “Download as MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Higher Education 27 mins – “Dr. Bruce Johnstone is Professor Emeritus at the University of Buffalo and was named SUNY Chancellor Emeritus in 2014.  In this 2011 interview, we’ll hear Johnstone talk about the challenges facing higher education, including the increasing costs of a higher education and the job shortages facing college graduates. How can universities survive the current economy and state budget cuts?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Historical Perspective 60 mins – “…We are living in a time of transition. Migration, religious fundamentalism and climate change leave many of us anxious about the future. So too does the rise of China, the re-emergence of Iran, the actions and posturing of Russia and a Middle East that seems fragile and volatile, where the dreams of the Arab Spring have turned to despair, as conflict rages across north Africa and the Middle East… how do we prepare for the new world that is emerging? [Peter Frankopan, the Oxford historian and author of the bestseller, ‘The Silk Roads’]…came to the Intelligence Squared stage to put these questions into an historical perspective. He was joined by the politician Kwasi Kwarteng, a rising star in Westminster, whose books on the history of empire and on finance have given him a rare perspective on global change and on the ways the West has engaged with other parts of the world, sometimes as he sees it with disastrous effect…. The globe has rotated towards the West for the last five hundred years. Now, as Frankopan will explain, it is turning east, towards the new Silk Roads, largely funded by China, that fan out in all directions across Asia. Is it closing time in the gardens of the west, as our old comfortable democratic assumptions – and our comfort – fall prey to a world order that is changing at terrifyingly quick pace?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Information Overload 39 mins – “This week we’re dredging the seas of memory, examining how identity is constructed out of what we choose to remember and what happens when we cannot use this faculty. According to the cultural historian Abby Smith Rumsey, the 21st century isn’t the first time human beings have found themselves drowning in data. She explains why it’s too easy to blame information overload on IT, how brains are designed to look for meaning instead of facts and where to build a library in a networked world. The artist Simon Bill joins us in the studio to tell us why he found himself putting down his brushes to write a novel, Artist in Residence. He explores how neuroscience challenges our basic preconceptions about originality and why artists struggle with the stuff of creation.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intersex Issues 24 mins – “What to do if your child is born with sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit the norm? For years, the answer has been gender assignment surgery, but The Current speaks to two intersex guests who want this to invasive practice to stop.” At the link find the title, “Stop medical intervention on the bodies of intersex children, says advocate, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160615_11079.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Newsletters 52 mins – “The Hulbert Financial Digest has been closed. HFD was to financial newsletters what Morningstar is to the mutual fund industry. HFD tracked the performance and risk of over 200 newsletter portfolios. Paul shares what he learned from subscribing to HFD for over 30 years. He discusses newsletters that recommend low-risk to very-high-risk PORTFOLIOS using individual stocks, mutual funds, market timing and buy and hold.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iran Sexual Issues 27 mins – “In Iran, It is not just Ahmadinejad who slams homosexuals, many people also deny homosexuality or know very little about it. So how does one family cope when they realise their daughter is gay? This is the story of the collective struggle of a supportive and close-knit family, who are trying to find a solution for this “crisis”, each in their own way.” At the link find the title, “My Iranian Daughter, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03y72zv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Kill List 20 mins – “Across the country, over a hundred Canadians are learning from police that they are on the ISIS ‘kill list’ — and most of them are women.” At the link find the title, “ISIS kill list targeting civilians is a game changer in terrorism, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160617_62060.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judicial Bias 52 mins – “Dahlia sits down with Stanford Law School’s Deborah Rhode to discuss Donald Trump’s attack on the judge in the Trump University fraud lawsuits. And she talks with legal scholar Jeffrey Rosen about the astonishing legal mind of Justice Louis Brandeis.” At the link find the title, “What Would Brandeis Do? Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM9271746723.mp3” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketogenic Diets 73 mins – “On this episode we have guest Luis Villasenor of KetoGains. We talk all about ketosis, ketogenic diets, building muscle, fueling in ketosis, weight and fat loss, electrolytes, and more.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kids and Money 28 mins – “In this episode, we handed the mic over to kids from 5 to 9 years old to discuss the role of money in their lives, and in their imaginations.” At the link find the title, “Get Schooled: Kids and Money, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files PNC5571652013.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Life Extension Diet 28 mins – “(Starts at 10 min mark) Solar panels reach world record high efficiency, but funding will be cut, Universe expanding faster than predicted by Ian Woolf, David LeCouteur talks about healthier ageing through a high carbohydrate diet.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lithium Kidney Damage 24 mins – “This week we’re revisiting the story of a woman making a very difficult decision. Jaime Lowe started taking lithium when she was 17, after a manic episode landed her in a psychiatric ward. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder,and for more than 20 years, the drug has been her near-constant companion. She’s taken it for so long that she can’t say for sure where she ends and lithium begins. “It’s hard to know if lithium is actually — like, if it dampens my personality, or if it normalizes my personality, or if it allows me to just sort of be who I am,” she says. Jaime tried to go off of lithium only once, in her mid-20s, and the result was not good. She developed grand delusions. She would start an organization to defend the First Amendment. She would marry a friend she only recently met. She would change the world. She sent wild emails to would-be employers, adorned herself with glitter and stacks of necklaces, and barely slept. When she finally pulled herself back together again, Jaime made a resolution. She’d stick with lithium. And that worked — until she learned last year that her long-term lithium use has taken a physical toll. It’s damaged her kidneys. Now, she faces a choice that’s not much of choice at all: an eventual kidney transplant, or going off the drug that has kept her sane all these years.” At the link find the title, “Your Sanity or Your Kidneys, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman030116_cms579631_pod.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lynchings in the South 72 mins – “ University of Texas at Dallas professor Natalie Ring talks about the common practice of lynching black men as punishment for perceived crimes in the Jim Crow era South.” At the link find the title, “Punishment in the Jim Crow South, Mar, 2016,”right-click “Media files program.430202.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt ehpop-up menu.

Male Empathy Training 62 mins – “You probably don’t even notice them, but social norms determine so much of your behavior – how you dress, talk, eat and even what you allow yourself to feel. These norms are so entrenched we never imagine they can shift. But Alix Spiegel and new co-host, Hanna Rosin, examine two grand social experiments that attempt to do just that: teach McDonald’s employees in Russia to smile, and workers on an oil rig how to cry.” At the link find the title, “June 17, 2016, The New Norm,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mass Incarcerations of 60s–70s Lecture 72 mins – ”University of Washington, Bothell, history professor Dan Berger examines the rise of mass incarceration in the United States and the politics behind it.” At the link find the title, “Incarceration in the Late 20th Century, MY 2016,” right-click “Media files program.430012.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mass Migrations of 1900s Lecture 72 mins – ”Georgetown University professor Adam Rothman teaches a class on the impact of the advent of the Industrial Revolution on the flow of migrants from Europe to the Americas in the 19th century.” At the link find the title, “Mass Migration in the Industrial Atlantic, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.436309.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migration to Sweden 82 mins – “More people than ever before are on the move, crossing international borders in search of safety, livelihoods, opportunity, or the chance to reunite their families. States are ill-prepared to deal with these mixed flows of refugees and other migrants, especially those who move without prior authorization from the countries they seek to enter. Much of the focus is on how best to address the immediate and urgent needs of refugees—and for good reason. But much less attention has been paid to protecting the human rights of other migrants, or to creating orderly processes and expanding opportunities for legal migration. Increased mobility is a fact of life in the 21st century, and cannot be continually dealt with as a crisis….” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Security Efforts 55 mins – “Amy Pope, U.S. deputy homeland security advisor and deputy assistant to the president at the White House National Security Council, joined CFR for a discussion on how the networks, talents, and perspectives of diverse populations help the United States to ensure the safety and security of its homeland against 21st century threats. Pope reflected on how women and civil society help to strengthen community resilience and combat radicalization, and what policies, strategies, and tactics the U.S. government can employ to best partner with them and address the risks that they face.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nixon White House Recording System and the White House Tapes, May, 2016,” 67 mins – “John Dean, former White House counsel to President Nixon and now Barry Goldwater Chair of American Institutions at Arizona State University, teaches a class on Watergate and the discovery of the Nixon White House taping system.”At the link find the title, “John Dean on Watergate and the White House Tapes, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.431129.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Mapping 26 mins – “We still know less than 95% of what the sea floor looks like. Even shallow coastal waters are poorly mapped… The weather system that creates the Indian monsoon is notoriously difficult to model, which leads to inaccurate forecasts of the start date and intensity that can lead to devastation for local residents and farmers. A team of oceanographers and scientists from the University of East Anglia are going to be out at sea during the monsoon and using underwater robots to map current flows and measure sea temperatures…- Gravitational Wave Detected Again The team at LIGO (The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) have done it again with a Christmas day detection of two black holes colliding…- Green Mining Wales in the UK has 1300 rivers with illegal levels of heavy metals. Toxic metals like lead, zinc and copper are a legacy left over from when the area was heavily mined. Natural Resources Wales and Innovate UK set a competition to look for technology that would clean up these rivers. One of the winners was Steve Skill from Swansea University, who has come up with some biotechnology that uses algae to suck the poison out of the rivers….” At the link find the title, “Mapping the Ocean Floor, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03yjjqs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Performance Enhancing Drugs P1 42mins – “In this episode we talk to Chris Hoyte from RMPDC [Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center]about steroids, hormones, and other performance enhancing drugs. This is the first part of of a two part interview.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Peter Bogdanovich 89 mins –Legendary director, critic and film historian Peter Bogdanovich joins Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating, in-depth conversation about “Citizen Kane,” John Ford, the influence of Howard Hawks, the B-movies of Roger Corman and the decline of the Hollywood studio system. Also, Peter befriends Cary Grant, Gilbert meets Richard Pryor, Jimmy Stewart recites a poem and Alfred Hitchcock orders a steak. PLUS: Samuel Fuller! Kenneth Mars! Orson Welles’ lost film! Peter remembers John Ritter! And the strange death of Thomas Ince!” At the link find the title, “#107: Peter Bogdanovich,” right-click “Enclosure:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Reform Historic 24 mins – “In 1968, the police department in Menlo Park, California hired a new police chief. His name was Victor Cizanckas and his main goal was to reform the department, which had a strained relationship with the community at the time. The 1960s had been a turbulent decade in Menlo Park, a small city with wide suburban streets and manicured lawns just south of San Francisco. There were big student-led, anti-war demonstrations at nearby Stanford University. Leaders in the African-American communities of Belle Haven and East Palo Alto were organizing to demand better treatment and services. After years of clashing with protesters, the police department didn’t have the best reputation. Cizanckas wanted to rebuild trust with the community — and he made a number of changes to improve the department’s image. One of the most ground-breaking and controversial was the new blazer-style uniform he implemented….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow just under the title, right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Defined 77 mins – “Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Co-Director, Greater Good Science Center; Author, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence Monday Night Philosophy investigates a revolutionary reconsideration of power. It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But enduring power only comes from empathy and giving, because power is given to us by other people. This is the crux of the power paradox: by fundamentally misunderstanding the behaviors that helped us to gain power in the first place, we set ourselves up to fall from power. We can’t retain it because we’ve never understood it correctly. Dr. Keltner lays out exactly—in 20 original “Power Principles”—how to retain power, why power can be a demonstrably good thing, and the terrible consequences of letting those around us languish in powerlessness” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Grid Defense 57 mins – “Ted Koppel’s new book, “Lights Out,” he asserts that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. Koppel warns that a well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure, and the federal government, while well prepared for natural disasters, has no plan for the aftermath of an attack on the power grid. On today’s episode of Go Green Radio, we’ll talk with Scott Aaronson, the Managing Director for Cyber and Physical Security for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and discuss what the electric power industry is doing to protect the nation’s power grid.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Trends – Australia 54 mins – “There are big changes happening in the way we generate, buy and sell electricity. We’re seeing batteries, microgrids, and the possibility of self-sufficiency based on renewable energy, both for individual households, and in some cases, whole towns. In many places, the new options presented by technology and innovation are marching ahead of regulations, meaning some initiatives are being restrained by laws drafted for a different world. This discussion, recorded at WOMAD in March 2016 considers some of the new possibilities.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Productivity Mentor 12 min – “We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psych Ward Insights 25 mins – “Kay Parley was a psychiatric patient turned psychiatric nurse. Now at the age of 93, she shares her reflections from both sides of the gurney from the then-called Weyburn Mental Institution and speaks to her experience with the therapeutic use of LSD.” At the link find the title, “93-year-old former psychiatric patient and nurse on lessons from LSD, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160614_43079.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rat Control 24 mins – “As a growing number of Canadian cities report increases in rat populations, The Current turns to a researcher and a rodentologist for their insight into the potential health risks to humans and how to get rid of rats. Yes, that’s right – a rodentologist.” At the link find the title, “Rising urban rat population pose health risks to humans, says researcher, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160614_40410.mp3 Rising urban rat population pose health risks to humans, says researcher” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Policy History 59 mins –” Cornell University professor Maria Cristina Garcia talks about the United States’ refugee policy since World War II.” At the link find the title, “U.S. Refugee Policy Since World War II, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.422219.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Relief Efforts by U.S. 59 mins – “Anne C. Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration at the U.S. Department of State, discusses the scope of the global migration and refugee crisis, the humanitarian response, and policy options moving forward in this CFR National Program and Outreach Conference Call.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Health of Women 83 mins – “Dr. Tami Rowen discusses women’s sexual health as they age. Recorded on 03/23/2016. (#30692)” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sharing Economy 54 mins – “Drawing on extensive research and numerous real-world examples — including Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, Etsy, TaskRabbit, France’s BlaBlaCar, China’s Didi Kuaidi, and India’s Ola, Arun explains the basics of what he’s coined “crowd-based capitalism” — a new way of organizing economic activity that will replace the traditional corporate-centered model. As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism shows us how the economy, government regulation, employment, and our social fabric will change. Arun describes the intriguing mix of “gift” and “market” in its transactions, demystifies emerging blockchain technologies, and clearly defines the array of emerging on-demand platforms. Equally important, he puts forth policy choices and proposes possible new directions for self-regulatory organizations, labor law, and funding our social safety net.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stanford Sex Case 49 mins – “A California judge last week sentenced former Stanford university athlete Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious young woman on campus. The lenient sentence sparked widespread public outrage and efforts to recall the judge. Letters to the court by Turner and his father painting Turner as a victim of campus party culture fueled the outrage. The case has also called into question how colleges are addressing the growing number of allegations of sexual assault. We discuss the Brock Turner case, sexual assault on American campuses and the role of law enforcement and college administrators.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Startup Drug Business P2 42 mins – “A different kind of boom and bust.” Busted but very successful drug dealer starts a legitimate career after prison. At the link find the title, “From the Cell to the Sell (Season 3, Episode 8), Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT2039766347.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suicide Ethics 52 mins – “Questions surrounding suicide have been with us for at least as long as we’ve had written record, and the answers are as varied as the times and places where they were discussed. Friday, Doug sits down with philosophy scholar Margaret Battin. She’s spent her career collecting the works of religious and secular thinkers regarding suicide. It has been considered noble, immoral, heroic and cowardly, and we’ll talk about what all of those views teach us about end-of-life issues today. Margaret Battin is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and an Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah. Her books include Ending Life: Ethics and the Way We Die and The Ethics of Suicide: Historical Sources At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Role 49 mins – “….the Court has shied away from the kinds of blockbuster decisions that marked the last term. Some celebrate this as newfound judicial restraint. Others say it is a sign of dysfunction. We take the long view with two Supreme Court scholars. Both have just released books that explain the historic role of the Court in society — and how that has changed over the years.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Syria Murders 25 mins – “In 1984, 20-year-old Emad Abdullah left his Beirut home to see friends and disappeared. It was the height of Lebanon’s civil war and Syria was known to be jailing Lebanese. Now many families are hoping those who disappeared might now come home.” At the link find the title, “Decades after Lebanon’s civil war thousands still unaccounted for, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160616_60525.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Hostages 50 mins – “Speaking together for the first time, four European hostages of so-called Islamic State talk to Lyse Doucet about their period of incarceration between March 2013 and June 2014. Aid worker Federico Motka, journalists Didier Francois and Daniel Rye, and blogger Pierre Torres were all held for between 10 and 14 months each.” At the link find the title, “Held Hostage in Syria, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03xy5qx.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Team Rubicon P1 32 mins – “This week on the Disaster Podcast, in part 1 of a two-part episode, we will be looking at one of the premier disaster response NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in the country and probably the world right now, Team Rubicon. Podcast co-hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley are joined by long-time regular Dr. Joe Holley to chat with Dennis Clancy, Deputy Director of Response for Team Rubicon. Dennis is also a U.S. Army veteran. In this two-part episode, Dennis talks about the structure of Team Rubicon and how they work to respond to disasters. We also talk about the origins of the organization and what services they provide. Find out more about Team Rubicon at Check out next week’s episode where we look at how the team training is effected and how deployments are arranged.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Trends 142 mins – “This Week in Tech 566…Hosted by Leo Laporte – Gawker bankruptcy, IoT job market, remote access trojans, cost of convenience, and more.” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Recruitment 27 mins – “In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, we explore how groups such as the Islamic State explicitly try to capitalize on the grievances and individual frustrations of potential ‘recruits.’” At the link find the title “Encore of Episode 13: Terrorism, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160613_hiddenbrain_terrorism.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tiger Tracking 25 mins – “Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Ullas Karanth talks about his July, 2016, Scientific American article on state-of-the-art techniques for tracking tigers and estimating their populations and habitat health.” At the link find the title, “Tiger, Tiger, Being Tracked, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Torpedo Music 9 mins – “Who will sing the praises of the famous warrior who refused to fight.” At the link find the title, “Episode 21: The Coward of the Deep, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files The_Coward_of_the_Deep.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wartime Families 48 mins – “Philippe Sands is one of Britain’s most prominent human rights lawyers. He has been involved in high-profile cases against several dictators, including Chile’s Augusto Pinochet and Liberia’s Charles Taylor. Several years ago, Sands was asked to speak about human rights in Lviv, Ukraine. Sands was excited to go because the city was the birthplace of his Jewish grandfather. Sands had always wanted to know more about him and how he escaped from the Nazis. But when Sands researched his grandfather’s life, he uncovered family secrets and learned how his relatives were killed.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Welfare Benefits 60 mins – “…Right now there are some 4.5m people in the UK living in households where nobody has a job. Behind that figure lies a subsection of society mired in multi-generational unemployment. What was meant to be a safety net has become a poverty trap…. A 2012 survey showed that the unemployed in Britain are 3.6 times more likely than those with jobs to say they are seriously unhappy. If you want to help the poor, don’t just throw money at them. Incentivise and help them into work, and reform the system in which many people are actually better off not working at all than taking a job. Such an environment of worklessness simply makes it harder for the next generation to break out of the cycle. That’s the argument that was made by journalist James Bartholomew and social scientist Dr Adam Perkins, who has made a study of the adverse effect on personality of state benefits. Taking them on was Jess Phillips MP, dubbed Labour’s ‘future red queen’, and Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, who argued that benefits aren’t a handout but a hand-up….” At the link find the title, “The Benefits System Perpetuates Misery, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files 268583003-intelligence2-the-benefits-system-perpetuates-misery.mp3 and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Welfare State 53 mins – “The Welfare State at Risk52:30 Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, and is titled “The Welfare State at Risk.” Our speaker is Patrick Sachweh, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Goethe University in Frankfort, Germany. At the link right-click the tiny cloud with down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Workplace 63 mins – “According to a new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, advancing women’s equality could add $12 trillion to GDP by 2025. This seminal report, entitled “The Power of Parity,” is the product of research from ninety-five countries on the relationship between gender parity and economic growth. Kweilin Ellingrud, a lead researcher on the report, and Christopher Ruhm, whose research examines the economic effects of work/family policies, joined the Women and Foreign Policy program for a discussion about the economic imperative of promoting gender equality. This roundtable was generously sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One Myths, May, 2016, 84 mins –”Chapman University history professor Jennifer Keene looks at myths about America’s involvement in World War I.” At the link find the title, “Myths About America in World War I, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.438563.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.


About virginiajim

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