Media Mining Digest 248 – Aug 12, 2016: Adoptions, Amputations, Anger Discussion, Attachment Parenting, Blind Author, Blindness Treatment, Bluberry Value, Bone and Joint Injuries, Brazil During the Olympics, Carbon Foam Bread, Chemical Engineer Interview, Chocolate History, Class in America, Clean Economy Agreement, College Life, Comic Book business, Consciousness, Cooperating People, Creativity, Democracy Debate, Dental Anesthesia, Diabetes Control, Diarrhea in Combat, Digital Addiction, Disaster Equipment, Drones for Inspection Work, Drug Access, Eating Habits, Ebola Voices, Education Curricula, Eleanor Amplified, Election Reform, Electric Car Discussion, Emotional Incest, Extinction Reversal, Farm to Table, Female President, First Nations Doctor, fMRIs of Brains, Food Politics, Genes Explained, Genetic Operations, Genetic Wizardry, Government Transformation, Graffiti, Graph Theory, Great Bear Rainforest, Handicapped Journey, Helping Children Succeed, High Voltage Engineer, Hip Hop for Clean Energy, Hiring for Top Firms, Homeland Security History, Homeless in New Hampshire, India Classics, Indian Farmer Suicides, Internet History and Security, Investing in Value Stocks, ISIS Impact, Junipero Serra, Knowledge Structure, Machiavelli Advice, Mariachi Women, Marijuana, Martial Arts, MCAT Course, Memphis Sound, Michael K Williams, Minimalist life, Nootropic Drugs, People Stories, Physics Professor, Pig Farming, Play Doh Invention, Pokemon Go, Protectionism in the US, Refugee Camps in Greece, Richard Dawkins, Roger Ailes, Rogue Justice, Science Value, Segregational Custody, Sewing Robot, Sound Engineer, Sports Business, Stings and Stingers, Stress Concepts, Supreme Court Role, Syrian Library, Taurine, Toyota Accelerator Scandal, Universe Intro, Ursula Franklin Tribute, Voting Rights Act, Walking in Cities, Welfare Reform, Wildfire Control Lessons, WW II Science, Yoga for Bones

The 161 podcasts where you can hear the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 332 for the week are shown below. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 1o,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 10,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s 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 found and downloaded.

Adoptions 56 mins – “It was decades ago that adoption became a more open arrangement. Rather than no contact whatsoever and a secretive approach, birth and adoptive parents began communicating both before and after the adoption. Now there are all sorts of variations — from exchanging occasional letters and pictures to more frequent contact. Still, it can be a difficult decision that raises boundary issues, among others. In New Hampshire, the tendency has been toward more minimal involvement. We’ll look at this and other recent trends in adoption, including the rise of single parenting.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amputations 83 mins – “There are over 185,000 limb amputations per year and over 1.9 million people living with limb loss. Dr. Lisa Pascual looks at preventing limb loss and at pre and post surgery care in the case of amputation. Then, Certified Prosthetist Orthotists Aarti Deshpande and Hanna Dollard look at modern prosthetics and new advancements. Recorded on 06/07/2016. (#30991)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anger Discussion P1 50 mins – “On Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice (2016). What role should we allow anger to play in our public life? Should systems of punishment be strictly impartial, or should they be retributive, i.e., expressive of public anger? Nussbaum thinks that anger necessarily involves the desire for payback, and that this is nearly always unhelpful. We should instead use anger (or rather, change it into “transition anger”) to look toward the future and prevent future harm. Whether in personal relationships, dealings with acquaintances, or in setting policy, anger as desire for payback tends only to further exacerbate bad situations. And “transactional forgiveness,” i.e., debasing someone and making them jump through hoops before you accept an apology, is a historical relic that also just expresses hostility. But what about social justice—can anger help us focus on achieving that? Doesn’t punishment need to express our collective anger against undesirable behaviors and those who perform them? Nussbaum is an engaging and provocative speaker, and Mark, Wes, and Dylan were happy to get to talk with her. Here’s the Huffington Post article she wrote on sexual assault that she mentions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Attachment Parenting 27 mins – “[Starts at 10 mins] Alex Blumberg interviews Wendy Zukerman, host of Gimlet Media’s newest show, Science Vs. Hear how Wendy found her way to Gimlet and enjoy the first half of the latest episode: Science Vs Attachment Parenting.” At the link find the title, “BONUS – Introducing Science Vs, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT6849433183.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Author 52 mins – “Laurie Rubin has been blind since birth, and she says people imagine her world to be a dark place. But the accomplished mezzo-soprano and lyricist experiences color all around her. She says yellow is an afternoon when birds are singing; green is her backyard; blue is an early morning or the key of G. Rubin is performing in Park City this weekend, and Thursday, she joins Doug to talk about growing up blind, learning to navigate the world, and dreaming in color. Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano and has sung on stages around the world from Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center to Rome’s Parcol Auditorium della Musica and London’s Wigmore Hall. She’s Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the performing arts program Ohana Arts in Hawaii. Her memoir is called Do You Dream in Color?” At the link right-click the play button beside “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blindness Treatment 2 mins – “Gene therapy could help prevent blindness.” At the link find the title, “Episode 673 – August 04 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Aug4_2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blueberry Value 42 mins – “ Are you what you eat? When it comes to your brain, the answer is a resounding yes. One brain-friendly food to add to your shopping list: blueberries. In episode 139, Dr. Robert Krikorian, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, talks to Jesse about why you should eat blueberries to improve memory. The Benefits of Blueberries – There’s been plenty of talk in the media about how blueberries are the new superfood. We’re always hesitant to buy into this kind of hype (remember how margarine used to be “healthy” and eggs were horrible for you?). But in the case of blueberries, the science backs up the hype. Blueberries improve long-term memory (retention of information over time), access to words and concepts (crucial for dementia or Alzheimer’s sufferers), and short-term memory (aka working memory). They reverse loss of balance and coordination in older rats. The benefits aren’t confined to older people, though. One study found that blueberry juice improved memory and concentration in children. And if you’re worried about consuming too much sugar from fruit, blueberries even lower blood glucose levels. For more, check out Dr. Krikorian’s latest research on blueberries.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bone and Joint Injuries 59 mins – “Trauma injuries affect millions in the the global community every year. Hear from orthopoaedic surgeons who lead surgical missions and use the power of surgical education to save limbs and save lives in the developing world. Recorded on 06/14/2016. (#30992)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil During the Olympics 58 mins – “Laurie Garrett, CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health, Shannon K. O’Neil, CFR Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, and Neil Shearing, Chief Emerging Markets Economist, Capital Economic Ltd, discuss the issues facing Brazil as the country prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The experts examine the implications of Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment trial and Brazil’s deepening economic recession for the country’s future.  They also discuss the health concerns, including the Zika virus and widespread water pollution, that confront Brazil as the Olympic Games begin.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Foam Bread 2 mins – “Super-toasted bread used to create eco-friendly carbon foam.” At the link find the title, “Episode 671 – August 01 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Aug1_2016.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chemical Engineer Interview 64 mins – “Chris Welch joins Adam, Brian, Carmen, and Jeff to talk about the field of chemical engineering.Jeff believes in unicorns, even though he’s never seen one! From his childhood, Jeff recalls watching a DuPont film about “Better Living Through Chemistry.” Our guest for this episode is Chris Welch, a chemical engineer from New Brunswick, Canada, who works in the water treatment industry. Branches of chemistry include (but are not limited to): physical chemistry, organic chemistry, and analytic chemistry.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chocolate History 4 mins – “For many people, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as biting into good quality chocolate. The sweetness. The subtle smoothness as it melts on the tongue. But that’s not the way we find it in nature. A lot of processing takes place first. And one of the most important breakthroughs in making chocolate occurred in 1879 in Bern, Switzerland….” At the link right-click Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Class in America’s 52 mins – “We like to think of America as a class-free society where anyone who works hard can achieve economic success. Historian Nancy Isenberg says it’s a promise as old as our nation, and that it’s always been a myth. She argues that landowners and the elite have only valued the poor for their labor – while describing them as vagrants, crackers, squatters, and rednecks. Isenberg joins us Tuesday to trace what she calls the 400-year untold history of class in America. Her book is called White Trash. Nancy Isenberg is the T. Harry Williams Professor in American History at Louisiana State University. Among her books are Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr and her latest White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America At the link right-click the play button beside “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clean Economy Agreement 30 mins – “What would it take for North America to really reduce pollution? At a minimum, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico would have to jointly commit to increasing renewable energy sources and eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. Fortunately, these three nations just signed onto the North American Clean Economy Agreement, which includes these commitments and many others aimed at improving the environment. Author and sustainability consultant Andrew Winston joins us today on Sea Change Radio to explain the ins and outs of the agreement. Winston and host Alex Wise discuss its importance, dissect the specific pledges made by the three countries, and look at what steps must be taken to achieve the goals listed in this unprecedented agreement.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Life Q and A 68 mins – “It’s high… time we answered some of your questions again! (And, technically, it’s also high noon somewhere.) In today’s 5 Questions episode, we’ll be analyzing several different perplexing conundrums, including challenging ourselves to use more than five 3-syllable words in a row. Just kidding – though, if you’re keeping score, I just got seven.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comic Book Business 13 mins – “Comic books – and graphic novels, their book trade cousins – are no laughing matter. The characters between these covers are usually troubled souls, and the situations they confront range from disturbing to dire. The scenario for the comic book business is anything but dire, however. According to a recently published report on the North American market, sales in 2015 topped $1 billion for the first time. What makes comics sales pop? It’s a convergence of factors that have reshaped the marketplace in recent years, says Calvin Reid, Publishers Weekly senior news editor and PW Comics World co-editor. “We’ve seen the mainstreaming of comics publishing and comics reading,” he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. At the same time, “the market has expanded beyond the superhero genre. It’s also owing to the power of librarians. And at the end of the day, we’re seeing the evolution and the development of comics industry as part of the book trade.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consciousness 40 mins – “Ever since Descartes famously split the world into “mind” and “‘matter”, the debate amongst philosophers and thinkers about conscious experience has raged. And with recent advances in brain imaging technologies, scientists now offer a new and exciting viewpoint on this quintessential human phenomenon. But are we any closer to revealing the mechanisms behind it? And can science offer anything other than objective measures? Under the watchful gaze of the cognitive neuroscientist Professor Anil Seth, Ian and Nicola delve into the murky world of consciousness in an attempt to unravel its mysteries. Along the way we meet UCL’s Dr Steve Fleming and Professor Christof Koch from the Allen Institute for Brain Science, to hear how experimental practice and theory are tackling this problem head on.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cooperating People 46 mins – “Humans – homo sapiens – rule the world.  For better or worse, some might say. My guest today looks at how that happened – why – and where we’re headed next.  It’s us and not others, he says, because of our affinity for myth-making and stories. We buy into big ideas that bind us together and have given us power. Religion. Money. Nation states. Now that power may threaten the planet. But evolution isn’t over. Homo sapiens may be in their last few hundred years, he says. Ready to merge with machines. This hour On Point, historian Yuval Noah Harari on the rise and maybe end of us, homo sapiens.“ At the link right-click the small cloud with down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creativity 15 mins – “What comes to mind when you hear the word “creativity”? A painter toiling away at a canvas into the wee hours of the morning? A composer spending hours on a new piece until it’s perfect? Or maybe an actor bringing an audience to tears with the right word said at just the right time? What about that final project you have due for your Intro to Anthropology class? I don’t know about you, but if you’d asked me a couple years ago if creativity had anything to do with course work, I probably would have said something like, “Well, sure, but only if you have a creative major like art, creative writing, music, drama, or dance.” What I’ve realized lately, however, is that my assumptions were all wrong. Creativity absolutely has a place in your studies, no matter what your major is. To excel at college-level work, you have to think creatively. That’s why in today’s post I’m going to break down what exactly creativity is, how you can practice it, and how you can apply it to your studies.” At the link find the title,”Cultivate Creativity to Study Better and Dominate Assignments (Narration), Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 43624.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Debate 46 mins – “Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. So said Winston Churchill and who would disagree? One man, one vote, the rule of law, equality and a free press. These are the principles which tens of thousands have been imprisoned or lost their lives for in despotic regimes from South America to Burma. But is the assumption that democracy always leads to a freer and more tolerant society correct? Many would argue that it can lead to quite illiberal outcomes especially where there is profound ethnic division. What if democracy were installed in Syria? It’s not hard to imagine what would happen to the minority groups who have enjoyed the protection of Assad’s regime. There have been successful transitions to democracy in post- war Germany and Japan, but free elections in countries such as Iraq and Egypt have not brought peace and prosperity. In this debate, from March 2014, Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Studies at City University, and Martin Jacques, academic and acclaimed author of ‘When China Rules the World’, proposed the motion. Opposing them were American political scientist Ian Bremmer and eminent Ukrainian MP Andriy Shevchenko.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dental Anesthesia 60 mins – “One of the best ways to build your practice is to become known by your patients and by people in your community as the ‘Painless, On Time Dentist’. In this Thriving Dentist Show interview Gary interviews Dr. Dan Davidian on specific tips that will help you deliver painless injections that will also improve your office efficiency. In this Show, Gary and Dan discuss; what motivated Dan to develop the Anutra Local Anesthetic Delivery System, The family connection and how his Dad inspired the development of this system, the history of local anesthetic from whiskey to cocaine to lidocaine, the science of buffering, what buffering is doing and the benefits provided by buffering, how he gained FDA approval for the one handed feedback aspiration syringe and how buffered anesthetic has changed Dan’s practice. You will enjoy learning the science of buffered anesthetic and Dan’s passion for helping patients enjoy a comfortable injection. “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diabetes Control 57 mins – “On this important episode we have guest Dr. Mark Cucuzzella. Dr. Cucuzzella is a Professor of medicine at West Virginia University medical school, Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), family physician for over 20 years, Lt Col in the US Air Force Reserves, and an avid runner and running coach. Listen in as we discuss Dr. Cucuzzella’s experience in treating diabetes. Link to The Skinny on Obesity video mentioned in the podcast At the link right-click “Download Episode Here” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diarrhea in Combat 37 mins – “Best-selling science writer Mary Roach talks about her latest book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Soldiering: Mary Roach’s Grunt, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Addiction 48 mins – “The obsessive use of digital technology is a real problem for many teens and children, say parents and therapists. A recent study by Common Sense Media, a parent advocacy group, found that 59 percent of parents think their teens are “addicted” to mobile devices. A growing number of psychologists specialize in treating young people who use digital technology obsessively— some even to the point of not eating or sleeping. Yet the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a mental disorder. Guest host Derek McGinty and a panel of guests discuss therapies designed to treat compulsive web use among young people—and what parents and teens should know.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Disaster Equipment 46 mins -”This is part two of a special double episode on wilderness EMS is full of great tips and discussion on what austere wilderness medicine has to teach every responder. Make sure you catch part one of this episode in last week’s show at Host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and his co-host Sam Bradley are joined by a group of wilderness EMS experts to talk about this topic. This week on part two of the special wilderness EMS epsidoe, we have a group of excellent panelists on the subject of wilderness EMS as it relates to what the Urban medic can take from it. We have Kevin Reiter from, Dr. Seth Hawkins from Hawk Ventures which supports a wide range of Wilderness EMS programs, including the flagship Carolina Wilderness EMS Externship program. also joining us is Dr. Ben Abo, DO, MPH an ER Doc and Wilderness EMS specialist, and paramedic David Fifer, NRP who is a wilderness search and rescue specialist with RedSTAR Wilderness Response Team, which lives online at We also have the regular Disaster podcast guest USAR doc, Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones for Inspection Work 12 mins – “Unmanned aerial cameras – drones – are becoming a standard part of the infrastructure management toolkit. They are particularly useful for inspecting widely dispersed facilities in areas than can be difficult to navigate on the ground. Although there are important flight restrictions that preclude operations over populated areas, there is a growing set of applications in surveillance and inspection for large-scale infrastructure systems. In this discussion, Kevin Lewis of the Denver Department of Public Works describes the merits of using an off-the-shelf quadcopter drone to inspect critical flood control structures.” At the link right-clickListen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Access 50 mins – “The Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine and the Academy bring together patients, regulators, manufacturers, journalists, and experts to debate the difficult ethical issues surrounding “compassionate use” of pre-approved medicines.” At the link find the title, “Bioethics Meets R&D: The Ethics of Pre-approval Access, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files 160602_bioethics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eating Habits P1 27 mins – “Back by popular demand, this two-part Catalyst special investigates whether food could actually be our medicine? Unbeknownst to most of us, we each carry about 1.5 kg of bacteria – that’s trillions of tiny microbes that contribute 100 times as many genes as our genomes do. Scientists are now beginning to discover just how crucial these microscopic creatures are to our overall health … and what they’re learning is shaking the very foundations of medicine and nutrition.“ At the ink right-click “download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eating Habits P2 27 mins – “Could our food be making us sick – very sick? In the second episode of this two-part special, Dr Graham Phillips reveals new research about the interplay between food and the bacteria deep within our guts. This program was originally broadcast in 2014 but is back by popular demand.” At the ink right-click “download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Voices 49 mins – “Radio producer Penny Boreham and Sierra Leonean storyteller, Usifu Jalloh, travel from the UK to Kailahun district, the remote eastern area of Sierra Leone bordering Guinea and Liberia, to meet the children they have been working with remotely in a radio project.” At the link find the title, “Ebola Voices, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files p0428qkm.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Curricula 44 mins – “Increasing numbers of internationally branded schools serving local [rather than predominantly expatriate] populations and Ministries of Education engaged in educational reform, are adopting what they perceive as international best practice. This raises a number of questions and issues explored in this lecture. Is there such a thing as international best practice? Does globalization imply the need for a common curriculum and pedagogy in order to prepare students for the modern world? Should curriculum be about cultural transmission or transformation? A few principles and practices that might be helpful in building a curriculum that respects local and global realities are considered. Change, which is both desirable and inevitable, needs to be evolutionary and grounded in an understanding of local context and culture if it is to lead to beneficial outcomes. One curriculum prescription does not suit all.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eleanor Amplified 6 12 mins – “Our nation’s capital: come for the museums, stay for the intrigue… “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Election Reform 44 mins – “We Americans may love our democracy — at least in theory — but at the moment our feelings toward the federal government lie somewhere between disdain and hatred. Which electoral and political ideas should be killed off to make way for a saner system?” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Car Discussion 77 mins – “…One of the currently available electric hybrids is the Cheverolt Volt. Adam notes the Volt’s drive arrangement is similar to that of a diesel electric locomotive. Electric vehicles were first invented back in the mid-19th century. Although gas vehicles were less popular than either steam or electric vehicles in 1900, the gas engine was clearly established as the market leader by the 1930s. At one point, Ford suggested it might build a nuclear-powered passenger vehicle, the Ford Nucleon. General Motor’s entry in the electric vehicle field, the EV1, was made famous by the 2006 documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? Although not a “pure” electric vehicle, the Toyota Prius has been a popular electric hybrid. The first highway-capable electric vehicle mass produced for sale in the United States was the Tesla Roadster. Smaller gas pump nozzle diameters were introduced as automobiles transitioned from leaded to unleaded gas. Differing interfaces exist for charging electric vehicles. A common connector for charging electrical vehicles in North America is defined by the SAE 1772 standard. Tesla is building its Gigafactory 1 to produce lithium-ion batteries in high volume. A recent death in an auto-piloted Tesla will challenge the emerging self-driving vehicle industry. Some states are levying “green car” taxes to make up for lost gas tax revenues. Tesla has recently purchased solar power provider SolarCity. The U.S. Department of Energy provides a webpage that estimates emissions, on a state-by-state basis, for the electrical power used to operate electric and hybrid vehicles….” At the link find the title, “Episode 114 — Driven Electrons, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files TheEngineeringCommons-0114-DrivenElectrons.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Incest 24 mins – “Neil Strauss was a music journalist when he turned an assignment on pickup artists into a book. The Game was wildly popular, even considered a bible for how to pick-up-women-for-sex. But after living the game, he eventually realized it was game over.” At the link find the title, “Emotional Incest ENCORE: Neil Strauss rethinks his pickup artist past, confesses ‘The Truth’ about relationships, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160727_71416.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Extinction Reversal 54 mins “From passenger pigeons to woolly mammoths, Britt Wray delves into the science, the ethics, and the implications of de-extinction for all animals, including us humans.” At the link find the title, “Undoing Forever, Jul, 2016” right-click “Media files ideas 20160727_75117.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm to Table 56 mins – “This week, Reveal revisits an hour of stories dedicated to food. We take a look at the complicated networks of labor, trade and regulation that carry meat, produce and other products to our tables.” At the link find the title, “[Update] Farm to fork: Uncovering hazards in our food systems, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files Update-Farm-to-fork_Uncovering-hazards-in-our-food-systems_podcast-rev2.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female President 47 mins – “It was a real contest in the Democratic Party this season. Two tough political fighters, battling all the way through the primaries. Last night, one clinched the formal nomination. And that one was a woman. Hillary Clinton. And with that, history was made. It’s never happened before. In November, she could be elected president. Bigger history. We’re weighing the moment, and how gender may play. This hour On Point, we talk with women about Hillary Clinton, gender, the issues, and the White House.” (4 guests) At the link right-click the small cloud with down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Doctor 22 mins – “As the first female Indigenous woman to graduate from UBC’s medical school, Dr. Nadine Caron says there’s so much to be done to ensure Canada’s Aboriginal people get the health care they need. And she knows how hard it can be from her own experience.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: Meet Dr. Nadine Caron, Canada’s first female First Nations surgeon, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160726_58330.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

fMRIs of Brains 39 mins – “fMRIs sound pretty scientific, right? But what if it turns out that some scientific results, backed by fMRI data, may be unreliable? That’s what Dr. Thomas Nichols, Professor and Head of Neuroimaging Statistics at the University of Warwick, has discovered in his recently published research: about 10% of the scientific literature that relies on fMRI data is contaminated with false positives. But how significant is that number, really? Keep reading (or listening) to find out.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Politics 30 mins – “Today we have the pleasure to begin with the broadcast of a series of shows that will be ongoing over the course of the summer. A group of dedicated citizens has gotten together to create a set of three seminars about food, and we were asked to participate by turning the series into a podcast. So here is the first installment in a three-part series, featuring Phil Pohl of Sandia National Labs and Greg Gould, self-described foodologist. To learn more about the speakers, have a look at their websites. Phil Pohl runs Sandia’s Food, Water and Energy program, and Greg has recently been host of the Foodology Show. Also, special thanks to Kathy Isaacson of Strategic Engagement LLC for organizing these seminars.”[Ep 21, Carbon Footprint of Food, is the last part of this series] AT the link righrt-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genes Explained 51 mins – “Monday, the writer and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee is our guest. He’s written a new book that tells the epic tale of our quest to unravel the human genome. It’s the story of a long lineage of scientists—from Mendel, to Darwin, Watson, Crick, and countless others—and their efforts to understand the workings of the very threads of our existence. But how, Mukherjee wonders, can we best apply that knowledge? And what does it mean to be human when we can read and write our own genetic information? Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine,The New York Times, and Cell. His new book is called The Gene: An Intimate History At the link right-click the play button beside “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Operations 30 mins – “In Ernest Hemingway’s house in Florida there is a family six-toed cats. Their appearance is caused by a mutation in the molecular switch that controls the Sonic hedgehog gene. These cats provided Kat Arney with the impetus to write a book that explaines how genes work and dispels some of the misconceptions created by the media’s misrepresentation of the subject.” At the link right-click “Download: Chemistry World Book Club – Herding Hemingways cats.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Wizardry 60 mins – “Today we mashup the science of genetics with the world of Harry Potter to get a better handle on how genetics works, and to find out what the odds are when it comes to getting a Hogwarts invite. (We can dream, right?) Dr. Tina Saey, who covers the molecular biology beat at Science News, helps us understand how to make a wizard with a little genetics 101. And Dr. Julian Knight, Professor of genomic medicine at the Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, talks about his paper that looks to genetics for the origins of…” At the link find the title, “#380 Yer A Wizard Harry,” right-click “Media files Science for the People 380, Yer A Wizard Harry.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Government Transformation 64 mins – “How can government transform its capabilities by capitalizing on today’s new digital tools? Best-selling author William D. Eggers coined the term “government 2.0” more than a decade ago and now envisions an even more revolutionary era in government, enabled by cloud computing, mobile devices and analytics. Eggers chronicles the new generation of digital innovators who are “hacking bureaucracy” to reform and modernize long-standing bureaucratic processes and reimagine virtually every facet of what government does using digital tools—inspiring us to “think digital” when it comes to citizens, products and process.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Graffiti in Brazil 27 mins – “Thousands of angry young Brazilians could not care less about the 2016 Olympics; they would rather paint Rio and São Paulo’s walls with their views about political turmoil, poverty and inequality. Steve Uruqhart meets graffiti writers and street artists in Brazil. Why do they choose to risk their lives, their limbs, their freedom, to highlight their social concerns?” At the link find the title, “Graffiti: Paint and Protest in Brazil, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files p0438cxx.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Graffiti in Europe 27 mins – “Graffiti’s modern role is evolving rapidly. From Europe to Brazil, street artists are displaying their anger about inequality, invisibility, corruption and control. Artists including Blek Le Rat (the “father of stencil graffiti”), Roc Blackblock, Suriani and Vegan Bunnies defend their actions, and discuss whether such “freedom of expressiaon” on walls should have any limits.” At the link find the title, “Graffiti: Paint and Protest in Europe, Jul, 2016,”Media files p042khk9.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Graph Theory 4 mins – “I first encountered the problem in elementary school. I was on a field trip to the Seattle Science Center. One of the instructors there showed us a picture. On it were four islands. Some were connected by bridges — seven in all. And she gave us a challenge. “Pick any island,” she said, “and see if you can find a walk that goes over every bridge exactly once and brings you back to the island where you started.” I tried one walk, then another. No luck. I always had to retrace at least one bridge. I drew the picture on a piece of paper and took it home to show my parents. The instructor had succeeded. She’d made me think. I ran into the problem many years later in a college course on graph theory. To mathematicians, a graph is a collection of islands connected by bridges or, more precisely, points connected by lines. Get a sheet of paper. Draw some points. Connect some of them with lines. You’ve got what mathematicians call a graph. Pretty simple. But graphs turn out to be remarkably interesting….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Great Bear Rainforest P1 8 mins – “In the summer of 1993, everyone I knew was chaining themselves to something. And where I grew up, on the west coast of Canada, the fight was over trees. Environmentalists and aboriginal communities united to stop a company from logging in a remote place called Clayoquot Sound, on the far western edge of Canada. More than 12,000 people blockaded a logging road into Clayoquot. Some chained themselves to bulldozers, others to trees. Almost 1,000 people were arrested in the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Great Bear Rainforest P2 7 mins – “It’s a cloudless morning and just beyond the bow there’s rustling of trees and the sound of branches snapping. I’m holding my microphone as far out as I can — so that I can record the sound of a male grizzly, on the shore about 15 yards away. My guide here is Tom Rivest. “That is the sound that is called either chuffing or huffing. It sounds a little bit like bellows expelling air,” says Rivest. “The bears do that when they’re stressed — or excited, or a little both — which they probably are.” The reason this bear is excited is that it’s mating season and he’s following a female and her two cubs….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Handicapped Journey 24 mins – “When Robert Hoge was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1973, his mother immediately knew there was something wrong. Instead of asking the doctors, “Is it a boy or a girl?” she asked, “Is my baby okay?” He wasn’t. He had a tumor the size of his newborn fist smack in the middle of his face. His legs were very short; his feet were missing toes and twisted out of shape.

Helping Children Succeed 51 mins – “A few years ago, Paul Tough wrote a book about new research showing that character traits like grit, self-control, and optimism are critical to a child’s success. Tough’s latest book builds on that research by explaining how to put it into practice. He argues that a child’s home and school environments are the principle barriers to his or her success. Improve the environment, Tough says, and you can improve the child. He joins us Wednesday to explain his theory of helping children succeed. Paul Tough is the author of the books How Children Succeed and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to This American Life. His latest book is called Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why At the link right-click the play button beside “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

High Voltage Engineer 96 mins – “Stefan stops by to talk with Chris about High Voltage power supplies, conductive paint sensors, field testing solar chargers and working on HUGE art installations.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hip Hop for Clean Energy 54 mins – “Today we’ll be joined by Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. to discuss his work for climate justice and a new partnership with the 100 percent Campaign to support access to clean, affordable energy for all. Rev. Yearwood is known as one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life. He works tirelessly to encourage the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice. A national leader and pacemaker within the green movement, Rev. Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental issue advocacy for the past four years. With a diverse set of celebrity allies, Rev Yearwood raises awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hiring for Top Firms 47 mins – “Lauren Rivera wants to understand how and why American elites keep reproducing themselves. Social and economic mobility in the US anow trail much of Europe’s. Concentration of wealth at the top is up. We have no titled aristocracy. No formal entitlement. We love our up-by-the-bootstraps, Horatio Alger stories. But American elites keep reproducing themselves from the same pool. Rivera has gone deep on hiring at top firms. Looking at how and why elites hire elites with such consistency. She’s with us. This hour On Point: “Pedigree.” Who gets the top jobs in America, and why. “ (3 Guests) At the link right-click the small cloud with down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeland Security History 49 mins – “In the years following 9/11, conversations about the threat of terrorism, and debates over the role of government in keeping us safe have been constant. Political scientist Matthew Dallek says there’s many parallels to the late 1930s and ’40s when fears of a Nazi attack in the U.S. were high. In a new book, “Defenseless Under the Night,” Dallek explores the history of the Office of Civil Defense, a precursor to the Department of Homeland Security. It was led by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, whose competing visions set the stage for the debates we are still having today about security and democracy. Guest host Derek McGinty is joined by author Matthew Dallek to discuss the origins of homeland security.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Homeless in New Hampshire P1 56 mins – “It’s a question Granite State communities are grappling with, as progress appears to have stalled on finding housing for homeless people. Advocates agree a dearth of affordable housing exacerbates the problem. But there’s debate over whether providing temporary shelter can forestall lasting solutions on such challenges as unemployment and substance abuse….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in New Hampshire P2 8 mins – “Communities in New Hampshire are grappling with this question: where are homeless people supposed to go? Cities tend to answer that question by spelling out where homeless people can’t be, imposing bans on panhandling and camping. That’s often called criminalizing homelessness. We hear now about one city that recently came together to strike down one of those bans—Lebanon, N.H. Tim McNamara is on the city council there and was at the public hearing where over 100 people turned out. He joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to talk about these issues….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in New Hampshire P3 6 mins – “Ten years ago policy makers in New Hampshire made an ambitious promise: to end homelessness by 2016. We haven’t gotten there yet. As part of our special series on homelessness called ‘No Place To Go,’ NHPR’s Jack Rodolico and Natasha Haverty reported the story of one homeless man, Gene Parker, who lived on the streets of Concord for five years before being struck and killed by a car this winter. Cathy Kuhn directs New Hampshire’s Coalition to End Homelessness and joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to discuss where the issue stands today.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Classics 46 mins – “Talk of the classics, classical literature, and minds quickly go to ancient Greece and Rome. To Greek and Latin. Homer and Virgil. But there are other, giant classical traditions, of course. One of the greatest, out of India. Essentially unknown in the West until 200 years ago Its surface still barely scratched in English translation. A huge new project aims to change that, with 500 new volumes. The first five are out. It’s a different setting: elephants, blood rice, moonbirds. And a different way of seeing human life. This hour On Point: we’re dipping into the new Murty Classical Library of India.” (2 guests) At the link right-click the small cloud with down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Farmer Suicides 2 64 mins – “ Talking Biotech Podcast #44 continues Kavin Senapathy’s interview with Dr. Ronald Herring. Dr. Herring is a Professor of Government and International Professor of Agriculture and Rural Development at Cornell University. Dr. Herring is a social scientist that has carefully studied the situation in India. This is the second part of the interview discussing the myths and facts surrounding Indian farmer suicides, a popular narrative in anti-genetic-engineering circles. Professor Herring provides first-hand illumination of the topic, from his experience in India, and scholarly examination of the facts around the topic.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet History 35 mins – “We originally planned this episode of the Community Broadband Bits podcast to answer the question of “What is the Internet?” But as we started talking to our guest, Principal of Interisle Consulting Group Fred Goldstein, we quickly realized we first had to dig into a little bit of history. This is not the story of how the Department of Defense and university researchers created the ArpaNet. We are focused on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and telephone companies and how the FCC’s Computer Inquiries allowed the Internet to thrive. Fred lived it and offers a passionate retelling of key events, motivations, and more. This conversation is setting the stage for a future show – later this month – focused on answering the original question: “Just what, exactly, is the Internet?” And we’ll also talk about network neutrality and other hot topics in answering it. But for now, we hope you enjoy this show. We went a bit long and it is a bit technical in places, but we think the history is important and a reminder of how good government policy can lead to great outcomes….” At the link right-click “download this mp3 file directly from here”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Privacy 15 mins – “The computer or phone that you use knows a lot about you. It knows your secrets — and it might be giving them away.” At the link right-click “#548: Project Eavesdrop, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160729_pmoney_xxxx_eavesdrop_rerun_12.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Security 94 mins – “Nathan Freitas, Executive Director of the Guardian Project and Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, talks to Leo about Tor, privacy, securing mobile devices, and the Internet of Things.” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investing in Value Stocks 29 mins – “Paul explains the importance of adding value to your portfolio. The higher long-term returns of value stocks is not in question, but it is confusing to many investors as to why troubled and out-of-favor companies are expected to make more than great companies. To clarify this, Paul reads sections from both “Financial Fitness Forever” and “Live It Up Without Outliving Your Money.” And for those who aren’t interested in all these details, it’s important to know that almost every famous professional investor became famous using value stocks (e.g., Warren Buffet, Peter Lynch, John Templeton, and Michael Price).” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investing Q and A 54 mins – “For 10 years, Paul had a weekly “Outrage of the Week” on his Seattle radio show. He says it was never a problem finding something that made him hopping mad. In this podcast, Paul explains his recent outrage about one of America’s most trusted insurance companies giving their employees the shaft. He also answers questions from his listeners and readers at (Note to listeners: there are 12 Q&A’s mentioned on the podcast, but one was removed in order to better address it in a future Q&A).” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Impact 21 mins – “A young Yazidi woman’s life in Iraq took a horrific turn when her town was taken over by ISIS. She was captured, enslaved, and endured weeks of rape and torture. Now, she is calling on Canada to take in more refugees like her.” At the link find the title, “‘I wished I was killed’: Yazidi ISIS slave shares her harrowing story, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160725_92511.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Junipero Serra 47 mins – “Every California school child knows the story of Father Junípero Serra, the Franciscan priest who brought the mission system, New Spain and the Church north from Mexico and up the western shore of the New World. If you know San Diego, Santa Barbara and Santa Clara, San Francisco, you know his design. Build the missions, gather the natives, teach the Gospel, change the world. He is venerated for what he built, and – like Christopher Columbus these days – criticized for what he crushed. This hour On Point, a new history of California’s founding father and imperialist priest, Junípero Serra.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the small cloud with down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Knowledge Structure 51 mins – “The way that knowledge is structured has implications for the way we teach. Where the information that is presented in lectures fails to represent the knowledge structure of the discipline, then students have to resort to rote learning of materials. Where the curriculum structure aligns with the structure of the discipline, then students will be learning in more authentic ways and will have access to powerful knowledge. To get to this point, teachers first need to consider the structure of their own discipline and the values that underpin their teaching so they may reflect on the appropriateness of their professional practice. “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Machiavelli Advice 52 mins – “Niccolò Machiavelli lived hundreds of years ago, and though he was a gifted political strategist, he knew nothing about democratic republics. So the scholar Maurizio Viroli recognizes that it’s a bit extravagant to consult a 15th-century Florentine for electoral advice in 21st-century America. But Machiavelli, Viroli says, remains the most competent, honest and disinterested political counselor we could ask for. Viroli joins us Friday to examine what Machiavelli can teach us about choosing leaders. Maurizio Viroli is professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University, professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin, and professor of political communication at the University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. His many books include Niccolò’s Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli and Redeeming “The Prince”: The Meaning of Machiavelli’s Masterpiece. His new book is called How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens At the link right-click the play button beside “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mariachi Women 48 mins – “When you hear the mariachi music, the visuals are right there too in our mind’s eye. The guys in their elaborate, silver-spangled outfits. The boots. The big sombreros. The machismo, Mexican-style. But when Flor de Toloache is playing, it’s a different picture. Mariachi, yes. But all women. Those great outfits, yes. But flowers in their hair. And Mexican is just the beginning. They’re from all over Latin America, beyond – and New York City. This hour On Point, the women of Flor de Toloache.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the small cloud with down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Conference 29 mins – “California, the nation’s most populous state, votes again this Fall on the legalization of marijuana. It’s yet another sign that the century-long prohibition may finally be lifting, one state at a time. This week on Sea Change Radio, we bring you four interviews from the National Cannabis Industry Association conference held recently in Oakland, CA. Host Alex Wise talks with “ganjapreneurs” Matthew Huron, Nancy Whiteman, Kevin Dolan and Shelly Peterson, about the horticulture, distribution, extraction, and marketing of the nation’s fastest growing crop, and learns what legalization would mean for their respective businesses.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Legalization 59 mins – “Scott Greaten, Executive Director, Friends of the Eel River Michael Sutton, Former President, California Fish and Game Commission Growing pot indoors consumes large amounts of water and energy. Growing illegal weed outdoors often involves trespassing on national or state parks. Runoff from cannabis farms pollutes streams and ecosystems. Could legalizing marijuana in California result in more efficient harvesting that uses less water and results in less environmental destruction? California voters will have a chance to weigh in on legalizing marijuana on the November ballot. Join us for a conversation about the climate, energy and water impacts of changing the way one of the state’s biggest crops is produced.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Martial Arts 68 mins – “Join us on this episode as I talk with my good friend Roy Dean (Black Belt in Bjj, Aikido, and Judo) about Jiu Jitsu, Martial Arts, running a business, and much more.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Martial Arts Path 69 mins – “Richard Ryan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on martial arts, combative weaponry and self-defense. Recognized as a pioneer of the art and science of Reality Martial Arts, Ryan has taught his systems to countless civilians, law enforcement and military special ops in over 30 countries. Holding Black Belt level or above in more than 12 different martial arts, Ryan was also a U.S. Protective Service Agent and Master Firearms and Edged Weapons Instructor for the U.S. Marksmanship Academy and the world famous Gunsite Training Center where he created groundbreaking integrated force programs. …He is the founder of the Dynamic Combat martial art system regarded as one of the most sophisticated and effective fighting arts in the world today. …Richard’s programs and presentations are brutally honest, direct and highly enlightening and the success of his systems can be attributed to his no- nonsense approach to the martial arts and personal protection.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCAT Course 22 mins – “Today’s session gives way to the inaugural episode of The MCAT Podcast, the newest member of the MedEd Media. The MCAT Podcast has been in the works for about eight months now. Being one of the biggest hurdles in getting into medical school, Ryan is motivated to giving students sufficient information they need to know to successfully crush the MCAT. The Medical School Headquarters has collaborated with Next Step Test Prep to create a whole new podcast called The MCAT Podcast, which is going to be its own separate weekly podcast that you can subscribe to on iTunes, Google Play, etc. Go to and sign up to be notified when it’s going to be on iTunes….” At the link right-click “Direct download: PMY193.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Memphis Sound 47 mins – “So much American history is the story of power, race and money. And that story runs extra deep and vivid in the old Tennessee river city of Memphis. On the Chickasaw Bluffs, above the Mississippi, Memphis moved after the Civil War, says my guest today, from slaves and cotton to sex and song. There was a furious battle for power. For a time, blacks won a notable share. It built Beale Street. The blues. The roots of the Memphis sound. This hour On Point: we’re walking in Memphis, and an amazing chapter in American history.” (2 guests) At the link right-click the small cloud with down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Michael K. Williams 37 mins – “Actor Michael K. Williams is known for playing morally ambiguous, sometimes violent characters. As Omar Little on The Wire, Williams was a fearless stick-up man who stole money from drug dealers. In Boardwalk Empire, he played Chalky White, a bootlegger in Prohibition-era Atlantic City. Now, in the new HBO series The Night Of, he’s a powerful inmate in New York’s notorious Rikers Island Prison. Williams tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross that playing such intense characters sometimes takes a psychic toll. “When I wear these characters to the extent that I wear them to, that [energy’s] gotta go somewhere,” he says. The dark energy of Omar Little, for example,was a little too close to home.” Williams struggled with addiction while he worked on The Wire and eventually sought help at a church in New Jersey. Now the actor practices prayer and meditation, which help him separate from his work. “One of the main things that’s changed from when I was first on The Wire and to now — in, particularly, The Night Of — is I know how to differentiate myself from the character. … I still go in just as deep, but now I have the tools … to pull myself out of that.” Williams is also the host of the new Viceland series Black Market, which explores underground economies in America and around the world.” At the link “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minimalist Life 47 mins – “A battle is being waged across the nation this summer – in closets, garages, attics, even drawers. It’s a struggle against…stuff. For some, the goal is to declutter, for others it’s much more – a desire to pare down on material objects and prioritize experiences instead. In a messy and complex world, many of us are seeking simplicity, but try as we may, getting it isn’t simple. Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has sold nearly 6 million copies, while the duo known as “The Minimalists” attract 4 million visitors annually to their website and have just released a new film that tries to get us to focus on “the important things.” The appeal of minimalism…and why it’s so difficult to achieve.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Nootropic Drugs etc 44 mins – “If you could take a pill that would enhance your concentration, increase your productivity, and reduce your stress levels, would you do it? Or is that cheating? On today’s show, the science and ethics behind a growing class of so-called “smart-drugs”.

People Stories 51 mins – “When Jeannette Quinn first traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2006 she knew it would be an enriching experience. But then she met a little boy named Opiyo Ivan and her life took the most unexpected turn. Jeannette Quinn has started the Opiyo Ivan Memorial Fund, and proceeds will go to support her organization, AFENDS, which provides services for individuals (and their families) in northern Uganda who suffer from epilepsy or nodding disease/syndrome.” Three different and unusual stories follow this one. At the link click the circle with three dots, then right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physics Professor 29 mins – “Keith talks with Allen Hermann, a physicist who has worked and taught at universities such as the University of Colorado and Tulane University, and at scientific hubs such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Solar Energy Research Institute. Hermann talks about his past groundbreaking research, how he missed a chance at making millions with one of his discoveries, and about his rewarding life as a jazz trombonist.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pig Farming 24 mins – “Not long ago, the biggest moral dilemma would-be meat eaters faced, was whether or not to put meat on their forks. Today, with the proliferation of options like “humanely raised,” “grass fed,” “free range,” and on and on, there’s a lot more to chew on.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: Is ‘ethical meat’ helping pigs or salving consciences? Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160728_69259.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Play Doh Invention 9 mins – “When no one wants your product, don’t change the product, change the name.” At the link find the title, “Episode 28: An Incredible Reinvention, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files Episode_28__An_Incredible_Reinvention.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pokemon Go 22 mins – “This summer’s craze features cartoon characters, smartphones and crowds of people roaming the streets. Pokemon Go is a game and a popular one. But critics say it isn’t just fun and games – it’s discriminatory. The Current looks at race, class and Pokemon.” At the link find the title, “Pokemon Go discriminates based on bias embedded in algorithm, says prof, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160728_68319.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Protectionism in the US 26 mins – “Edward Stourton examines America’s long history of resistance to free trade, and asks why it has again become such a potent political force. Donald Trump’s most consistent policy has been opposition to free trade agreements, which he sees as unfair, particularly with China. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders has been equally opposed, if for different reasons, while Hillary Clinton has had to tack away from her previous support for free trade pacts.” At the link find the title, “Protectionism in the USA, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files p042nqbj.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Camps in Greece 64 mins – “A bunch of us from our show went to refugee camps all over Greece. We found people falling in love, kids mad at their parents for dragging them to Europe, women doing their laundry in a baseball stadium locker room, and hundreds of people living at a gas station—sitting next to the pumps, smoking. Also: wild pigs. 57,000 refugees are stuck in Greece, making homes in some surprising locations. We hear what that’s really like.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Richard Dawkins 60 mins – “ In the 1960s and 70s, a revolution took place in the way we understand human nature. Out went Marx and Freud, and in came a rational, scientific approach to the way we see ourselves. At the vanguard of that revolution was Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist whose book ‘The Selfish Gene’ changed the thinking not just of other scientists but of all of us, and propelled its author to intellectual stardom as the modern heir to Darwin. …It was Dawkins, too, who invented the word ‘meme’ to describe the cultural equivalent of a gene – an idea, belief or practice that replicates itself from person to person and is subject to the same selective pressures as genes – whether it’s an age-old religious practice or a modern fad such as the ice bucket challenge. And on the subject of religion, the publication of ‘The God Delusion’ a decade ago marked the moment when Dawkins became the patron saint of atheism. The book turned him into the world’s leading controversialist – hero-worshipped by atheists, demonised by believers. But throughout the hubbub of being the celebrity scientist and the non-believers’ poster boy, Dawkins continued his scientific studies at New College, Oxford, and in obscure corners across the world – where he honed the art of observing and writing beautifully about nature, conveying his sense of wonder at how organisms developed their complexity over the ages.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roger Ailes 31 mins – “Ailes resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment. Biographer Gabriel Sherman joins Fresh Air to discuss the accusations, as well as Ailes’ influence on political discourse in America.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Rogue Justice 59 mins – “Karen Greenberg, director of Fordham University’s Center on National Security, talks about legal questions arising from policies and laws enacted to fight the U.S. war on terrorism. She’s interviewed by Ali Soufan, author of [The Black Banners].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Karen Greenberg, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.443526.MP3-STD.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Value 54 mins – “British geneticist Sir Paul Maxime Nurse recently discovered some fascinating secrets about his own hereditary background, long after he made the discoveries that won him a Nobel Prize in 2001. On the occasion of being honoured with the 2015 Henry Frie…” At the link find the title, “The Eminent Dr. Nurse, Jul, 2016,” right-click “The Eminent Dr. Nurse (Encore Feb 17, 2016),” right-click “Media files ideas_20160722_70095.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Segregational Custody 22 mins – “After news of more suicides by prisoners serving time in solitary confinement in Canada, there’s renewed debate about ending or changing the practice. But one guard says given the challenges facing those who work inside prison walls, it just won’t work.” At the link find the title, “Deaths of two prisoners in segregated custody renew solitary confinement debate, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160729_91600.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sewing Robot 15 mins – “Building a robot that can sew even simple clothes is surprisingly hard. A retired professor in Atlanta thinks he’s solved the problem. It could bring textile manufacturing back to America.” At the link find the title, “#715: The Sewing Robot,” right-click “Media files 20160803 pmoney podcast080316.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sound Engineer 28 mins – “Inside a Victorian sewer, with fat deposits sliding off the ceiling and disappearing down the back of his shirt, Trevor Cox had an epiphany. Listening to the strange sound of his voice reverberating inside the sewer, he wondered where else in the world he could experience unusual and surprising noises. As an acoustic engineer, Trevor started his career tackling unwanted noises, from clamour in the classroom to poor acoustics in concert halls. But his jaunt inside a sewer sparked a new quest to find and celebrate the ‘sonic wonders of the world’. In this episode he shares these sounds with Jim Al-Khalili and discusses the science behind them.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sports Business 64 mins – “Fifty years ago, many of the best players in the National Football League took jobs in the off-season to augment the salaries they earned playing football. Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal and author of Players talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how much football and so many aspects of sports–from tennis to golf to apparel to broadcasting to Olympics–has become incredibly more lucrative. Futterman shares the insights from his book and how all that money has changed sports, the athletes who compete, and the fans who watch. “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stings and Stingers 52 mins – “Entomologist Justin O. Schmidt is on a mission. Some say it’s a brave exploration, others shake their heads in disbelief. His goal: to catalogue the painful effects of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge. Most people regard stinging insects as horrible pests, but by investigating their lifestyles and adaptations, Schmidt hopes to spread his passion for the inherently interesting story every animal on earth has to tell. Schmidt joins us to explore the world of stinging insects. Justin O. Schmidt is a biologist at Southwestern Biological Institute and is associated with the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona. His new book is called Sting of the Wild” At the link right-click the play button beside “listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stress Concepts 89 mins – “Did you know that broccoli is actually toxic? It’s true; every time you eat one of those delicious little trees, you’re subjecting your body to a small amount of toxicity. Oddly enough, though, that’s a good thing. It’s one of the reasons that broccoli is a “healthy” food. You see, our bodies and minds have adapted to the harsh conditions of this world in such as a way that they actually improve when subjected to stress. That’s right – stress can be a good thing. In the case of our toxic broccoli, the cells in your body experience stress in response to the chemicals it contains. This stress response ends up bolstering the cells – as long as the stress load isn’t too high and there’s time for recovery. Mark Mattson, the chief of the neurosciences lab at the National Institute of Aging, explains this phenomenon in Dr. John Ratey’s book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain: “Many of the beneficial chemicals in plans – vegetables and fruits – have evolved as toxins to dissuade insects and other animals from eating them. What they’re doing is inducing a mild, adaptive stress response in the cells. For example, in broccoli, there’s a chemical called sulforaphane, and it clearly activates stress response pathways in cells that upregulate antioxidant enzymes. Broccoli has antioxidants, but at the level you could get from your diet, they’re not going to function as antioxidants.” Unfortunately, stress usually gets a bad rap in the press – undeservedly so. Stress itself isn’t bad – it’s chronic stress that should be avoided. Stress that persists for a long period of time is what can cause a lot of problems. So in this episode, Martin and I will do our best to break down stress. Specifically, we’ll tackle: The biology of stress; The negative effects of chronic stress; 10 things you can do to mitigate bad stress; How you can use stress to your advantage.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stress Neurobiologist 29 mins – “Keith & Russ talk to Lawrence Reagan, a stress neurologist with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience. Reagan talks about how stress affects the brain, with an emphasis on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the connections between obesity & depression….” 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 – “Jeffrey Rosen explores how the US Supreme Court, once derided as the third branch of government, has become the busiest and most powerful institution in American politics, and how that makes the court’s current vacancy a particularly valuable prize in this presidential year.” At the link find the title, “Court in the Centre, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files p042zc95.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Library 27 mins – “Away from the sound of bombs and bullets, in the basement of a crumbling house in the besieged Syrian town of Darayya, is a secret library. It’s home to thousands of books rescued from bombed-out buildings by local volunteers, who daily brave snipers and shells to fill it’s shelves. In a town gripped by hunger and death after three years without food aid, Mike Thomson reveals how this literary sanctuary is proving a lifeline to a community shattered by war. Produced by Michael Gallagher and translated by Mariam El Khalaf. *Omar, the FSA soldier who was the last voice heard in this programme has been killed in fighting* (Photo: Omar Abu Anas, a Free Syrian Army soldier reads on the front line)” At the link find the title, “Syria’s Secret Library, Jul, 2016,” right-click ‘Media files p042rlqb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taurine 6 mins – “..Scientific studies suggest that small amounts of taurine are needed for muscles to work properly, and it also seems to be important for keeping the liver healthy, and plays a role in the brain – including a possible role in helping to control body weight. Tests in rats show that it also boosts the heart rate, can cut cholesterol, and may even help to treat people with congestive heart failure – where the heart doesn’t beat strongly enough – by increasing the force of the heart’s muscle contractions, and potentially could help treat other heart conditions too. But what about the levels found in drinks? Luckily for fans of these energy-boosting beverages, there’s no evidence that the high doses of taurine found in these drinks is harmful. However, what is risky is the caffeine they contain – in some cases, up to 300 milligrams, more than three times the amount in a strong cup of coffee. And high doses of caffeine are definitely associated with jitteriness, heart rhythm problems, seizures and even – in extreme circumstances – death, so that’s a better reason to limit your consumption of the stuff….” At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Taurine.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toyota Acceleration Scandal 41 mins – “In the summer and fall of 2009, hundreds of Toyota owners came forward with an alarming allegation: Their cars were suddenly and uncontrollably accelerating. Toyota was forced to recall 10 million vehicles, pay a fine of more than $1 billion, and settle countless lawsuits. The consensus was that there was something badly wrong with the world’s most popular cars. Except that there wasn’t. What happens when hysteria overtakes common sense? If you’re looking to go deeper into the subjects on Revisionist History, visit Malcolm’s collection on iBooks at — iBooks will update the page every week with new recommendations.” At the link find the title, “Blame Game, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files PP3573562692.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Universe Intro 60 mins – “Does time exist? Was our universe born from a Big Bang, or from a Big Bounce triggered by a former universe imploding? Is this the only universe, or are there infinite ones, all expanding in parallel and out of sight of each other? These are just some of the questions that were tackled by world-renowned physicists Carlo Rovelli and Christophe Galfard when they came to the Intelligence Squared stage, in this event chaired by BBC science star Helen Czerski……Rovelli and Galfard have found a way of explaining the mysteries of physics that has made them the most popular science communicators in their countries. In Italy, Rovelli has consistently outsold Fifty Shades of Grey with his book ‘Seven Brief Lessons on Physics’, which last year became a Sunday Times bestseller. Galfard — who gained his PhD as Stephen Hawking’s graduate student — won France’s Science Book of the Year for his book on the cosmos ‘The Universe in Your Hand’. There could hardly be a better moment for Rovelli and Galfard to shed light on the revelations that physics is making about the universe. Technology is allowing us to observe for the first time in reality phenomena that have until now only been suggested in theory. Earlier this year, the LIGO observatory in the US made the first ever detection of gravitational waves — 100 years after Einstein predicted the existence of these ripples in spacetime. Galfard describes the discovery as the beginning of ‘a totally new era for mankind’. He states: ‘We haven’t lived through such a thing since the advent of Galileo’s telescope, which changed the whole face of the universe. This is history in the making. Mankind will probably remember this in 1,000 years.’ Being able to see these waves, Galfard and Rovelli will explain, will let us peer into the very origins of matter and time.” At the link find the title, “Carlo Rovelli and Christophe Galfard on the Architecture of the Universe, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files 275959051-intelligence2-carlo-rovelli-and-christophe-galfard-on-the-architecture-of-the-universe.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ursula Franklin Tribute 54 mins – “To commemorate the recent death, and to celebrate the remarkable life of Ursula Franklin, we turn to the IDEAS archives, and sample over forty years of appearances by the public intellectual who delivered the 1989 CBC Massey Lectures — “The Real World of” At the link find the title, “Peace and Justice – A Celebration of Ursula Franklin, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160725_55125.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights Restrictions 37 mins – “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the enforcement.” At the link “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Walking in Cities 39 mins – “On this week’s podcast, we take a stroll through history with Lauren Elkin, as we talk about her book Flâneuse. The book combines first person and historical accounts to build a history of the women who have explored the world at street level. Elkin talks about iconic wanderers – Martha Gellhorn, Jean Rhys, George Sand – and shares her tips for anyone who wants to wander a city with a true mindset of a flâneuse. Then we are paid a visit by the Bookshop Band: Beth Porter and Ben Please, who write songs inspired by literature. After years of performing, Beth and Ben spent a year recording 10 albums, all to be released between 2016 and 2017. They talk about turning books into songs and perform two songs – Curious and Curiouser, based on The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, and Once Upon a Time, inspired by the first lines of classic books.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Welfare Reform 34 mins – “In 1996, President Bill Clinton and the Congress undertook a reform effort to redesign the welfare system from one that many believed trapped people in a cycle of dependence, to one, that in the President’s words, would give people “a paycheck, not a welfare check …. Today, we are ending welfare as we know it.” Many of the key components implemented by Clinton can be traced back to a bureaucrat named Larry Townsend and a pilot program he operated in California called GAIN (Greater Avenues for Independence). Head of the welfare office in Riverside County, Townsend didn’t have much patience for the education-and-training route of existing welfare programs—the ones which helped welfare recipients gain more skills so they would fare better in the job market. Townsend’s approach was much more straightforward: get people into jobs as fast as possible….” At the link right-click the down-pointing a link and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Welfare Reform 44 mins -”What’s the best path out of poverty–work or education? Twenty years ago, welfare reformers came to this fork in the road and had to ask the question: Is it better to encourage welfare recipients to get a job, any job? Or is it better to support them while they get training and education that will eventually help them get better-paying jobs?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow near the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Control Lessons 21 mins – “They call fire chief Darby Allen a hero. But when wildfire started tearing through Fort McMurray, he didn’t feel like one. He shares what was going through his mind and his fear that many would die in the fire as we look back at the battle of the beast.” At the link find the title, “Fort McMurray Fire: Three men in charge recall the firefight they will never forget, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160727_32001.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II Science 16 mins – “Scientists were put to good use during the Second World War. John Westcott’s secret project was to design radars. His work not only helped the war effort – it also led to new branches of science. Originally aired 19/07/2013.” At the link find the title, “REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast – July 1942, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yoga for Bones 58 mins – “Do you think of yoga as exercise? Many people don’t. Yoga doesn’t seem like exercise that can combat osteoporosis. Yet physiatrist Loren Fishman, MD, has shown that certain yoga poses can improve bone mineral density and reduce fractures. … Find out whether Dr. Fishman’s yoga exercises could help strengthen your bones, counteract osteopenia or combat osteoporosis. His DVD demonstrating the poses is sold at his website, Dr. Fishman also describes how he treats scoliosis, sciatica and rotator cuff injuries with specific yoga poses. This Week’s Guest: Loren Fishman, MD, is medical director of Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New York City. He is the author of ten books, including Healing Yoga and Yoga for Osteoporosis. He is associate editor of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation and on staff at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. His website is He published his report, “Twelve-Minute Daily Yoga Regimen Reverses Osteoporotic Bone Loss,” in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation in April, 2016. …The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99. Buy the CD Download the mp3” At the link find the title, “Show 1043: How to Strengthen Bones and Fix Your Body with Yoga, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files PP-1043YogaBones.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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