The 102 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 266 for the week. 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.
Abu Ghraib Interrogator 60 mins – “Eric Fair talks about his experiences serving as an interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He is interviewed by Raha Wala, director of National Security Advocacy for Human Rights First.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Eric Fair, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.438889.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Adopted Child 21 mins – “Phyllis Whitsell’s birth mother was incapable of giving her answers so Whitsell embarked on a journey where only one of them knew the other’s identity.” At the link find the title,”ENCORE: Nurse tracks down birth mother, cares for her without revealing identity. Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160802_78881.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Afghanistan Refugee 20 mins – “Gulwali Passarlay’s mother paid traffickers to get him out of Afghanistan in what became a journey of suffering, abuse and occasional kindness.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: A 12-year-old refugee’s harrowing escape from Afghanistan, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160809_71063.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aging Population 46 mins – “In an aging nation, what makes an age-friendly community? We look at what U.S. cities can do to help seniors live better.” At the link find the title, “Designing Communities For An Aging America, Aug, 2016”right-click “Media files npr_488393616.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI for Therapy 28 mins – “Now that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes post-traumatic stress disorder as a significant issue among veterans, they’ve uncovered another problem—there aren’t enough therapists to go around. Virtual reality experts at the University of Southern California have a solution: robots. Reporter Anna Stitt explains how advocates see these “therapy bots” as enhancing the field of therapy; they don’t tire out, they don’t need a salary, and patients are often more honest with them than human therapists. The only problem? Some people are worried that these therapy bots will one day replace humans. Fears of artificial intelligence aren’t new, but they do seem increasingly common. Elon Musk declared that creating artificial intelligence is akin to “summoning the demon.” And Hollywood has done a solid job of convincing us that we’re approaching an age of artificial superintelligence—when machines’ capabilities will greatly exceed those of humans. We turned to philosopher and University of California, Berkeley professor John Searle to get his take on how realistic these concerns are. He says he takes the threat just as seriously as if someone said “shoes have been walked on for centuries. Any day now, they might come out of the closet and walk all over us.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Ancient Latin 24 mins – “A classics scholar is the the first to investigate centuries-old manuals on how to learn Latin, what she reveals about life in the ancient world may surprise you.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: Translations of ancient Latin give unique insights into Roman culture, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160803_96492.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Animal Welfare Program 54 mins- “For those who eat animal products, there is a growing demand for assurances that the animals are treated humanely. Packaging for products like eggs, milk, cheese and meat are replete with phrases like, ‘free range,’ ‘cage free,’ and ‘pasture fed.’ But consumers who do their homework soon learn that those phrases may not mean what we envision, and may not ensure that the animals producing our food are well cared for. Today we’ll be joined by Andrew Gunther of the Animal Welfare Approved -AWA- certification program, whose food labeling standards have been named by Consumer Reports as the only ‘highly meaningful’ food label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability. AWA is an independent, nonprofit farm certification program–and one of the nation’s Top 5 fastest growing food label claims. We will also be joined by Sarah Hoffman, founder of Green Dirt Farm, MO who will give us the farmer’s perspective on what it means to enact and maintain the standards of AWA.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Artificial Sweeteners 29 mins – “Proponents say they are safe and prevent diseases like diabetes, while critics say they may cause a variety of health problems. With so much conflicting information online, GP and guest reporter, Dr Zeeshan Arain unpacks the science on artificial sweeteners and how they impact or benefit our health….” At the link right-click “download video mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Athletic Stress 25 mins – “Between 1977 and 1987, Edwin Moses won 122 consecutive races in the men’s 400-meter hurdles—including his second Olympic gold—in a streak as fantastic and improbable as Joe DiMaggio’s fifty-six-game hitting streak. In his 1987 interview with Moses, Mark Kram, known for writing penetrating and lyrical boxing profiles, probes the champ’s cool, implacable exterior to discover what kind of person can sustain such excellence—and to measure the toll it took. With the Summer Olympics now under way in Rio, Sports Illustrated veteran Tim Layden joins host David Brancaccio to shed further insight on Moses, an enigmatic star who helped usher in the professionalization of what was previously an amateur sport, and who left a record that remains peerless.” At the link find the title, “Edwin Moses, by Mark Kram, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Enclosure: http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/13153/4122992/Edwin-Moses-by-Mark-Kram.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.
Attorney Fees 54 mins – “Big Solutions to Big Problems, the 2016 August Forum series at the Club, investigates whether excessive legal fees in class action lawsuits can be reined in without eliminating the incentives needed to prosecute such actions. Schonbrun’s talk will discuss the recent California Supreme Court case, Laffitte v. Robert Half Int’l., Inc., which establishes the rules that courts must follow in awarding reasonable attorneys’ fees from class action settlements.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ballot Box Laws 22 mins – “On Ep. 4 of Amicus, a pre-election special. Dahlia sits down with UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, founder of Election Law Blog, to survey the landscape of state voter ID laws. They consider the effect of recent headlines on voters’ confidence in elections, as well as the enduring curiosity of judicial elections in America.” At the link find the title, “Amicus: Ballot-Box Special, Nov 2014,” right-click “Media files SM8544863048.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blindness Onset 50 mins – “Joyce welcomes Janice L. Lehrer-Stein, Member of the National Council on Disability -NCD- to the show. NCD is an independent federal agency that advices the President, Congress and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices and procedures that affect people with disabilities. Ms. Lehrer-Stein will discuss her role as a member of NCD and share how her personal journey with disability led her to become an advocate for all Americans with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Stimulating Drugs 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” [first half of program]. Plus, a portrait of bias: in the aftermath of the great depression, the WPA commissioned hundreds of interviews with former slaves and descendants of slaves and recorded their stories as part of the Federal Writer’s Project. However, the circumstances under which the interviews were collected have given researchers pause.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Surgery in Tanzania 43 mins – “From Dr. Dilan Ellegala’s mission to bring life-saving surgery within reach of rural Africans, to a panel about the realities of living trans today… This is The Current with Connie Walker.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for August 11, 2016 – The Current, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160811_80509.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Swelling for Research 13 mins – “Neuroengineer Ed Boyden wants to know how the tiny biomolecules in our brains generate emotions, thoughts and feelings — and he wants to find the molecular changes that lead to disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. Rather than magnify these invisible structures with a microscope, he wondered: What if we physically enlarge them and make them easier to see? Learn how the same polymers used to make baby diapers swell could be a key to better understanding our brains.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brazilian Wealth 21 mins – “With the games underway, journalist Alex Cuadros explains why Brazil’s ultrarich, or “Brazillionaires,” will be the real winners of this Olympiad.” At the link find the title, “How Brazil’s wealthy benefit from the Rio Olympics, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160808_88274.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brexit Britain 45 mins – “This panel session was part of Brexit Britain, an afternoon of debate and discussion produced by BBC Newsnight in partnership with Intelligence Squared at the Royal Geographical Society in London. In this, the second session of the day, Guardian columnist Owen Jones, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, former Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers, and former advisor to the Chancellor Catherine Macleod, discussed the political fallout of the Brexit vote. The discussion was chaired by Newsnight’s political editor Nick Watt.” At the link find the title, “Brexit Britain – Political Fallout, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files 276169445-intelligence2-brexit-britain-political-fallout.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Canadian Nationalist 57 mins – “For almost fifty years, Mel Hurtig was a prominent voice in any discussion about the country that he loved. Kathleen Flaherty traced Mel Hurtig’s lifelong quest to shape a Canada that he passionately believed in.” At the link find the title, “Citizen Mel, Part 1 (Encore June 22, 2011), Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160805_80257.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cancer Pioneer 139 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler Guest: Harold Varmus – The TWiV team is together in New York City for a conversation with Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus about his remarkable career in science.” At the link right-click “Download TWIV400” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Class in America 20 mins- “Author Nancy Isenberg on her book “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America” and the roles of race and class in this year’s presidential election.” At the link find the title, “Modern American politics and the Untold History of Class in America, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160802_57626.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cloud Storage Failure 51 mins – “Rachel was a faithful user of a photo storage website called Picturelife, until one day all of her photos disappeared. As she investigated, she realized that every Picturelife user was having the same problem. Alex tries to find out if there’s any hope of getting her photos back.” At the link find the title, “#71 The Picture Taker, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT5679995980.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Darien Gap 47 mins – “The Darién Gap, the lawless jungle between Colombia and Panama. Migrants from around the world risk crossing it to get to the U.S.” At the link find the title, “Stories From The Dangerous Darién Gap, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_488547903.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
David Attenborough 22 mins – “David Attenborough has become a household name. His BBC nature documentaries have taken viewers to every part of the globe, sharing the intimate workings of the natural world. It began in 1979 with Life on Earth, and continued with The Living Planet, The Private Life of Plants, The Life of Birds, The Life of Animals and more. Many will remember his close encounter with mountain gorillas who, had they chosen, could have pulled David apart. Luckily for him and us, they didn’t. Gretchen Miller met David Attenborough in his home in London, as he celebrated his 90th birthday. She was joined by her twelve-year-old son Keir who shares his birthday with David. They reflect on David’s life on Earth, the changes he has observed, and the challenges that confront a world full of people.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Death Fraud 43 mins – “Today on the show, a writer explores the greatest escape plan: pseudocide… We’ll hear about the global disappearance industry that plots, facilitates and forges documents for fake deaths – and the investigators who track them down. And from Team Refugee to Superfan Mavis, a rundown of Olympic tweets, memes, and illegal gifs… Including a very photogenic Tongan flagbearer.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Decision Making 53 mins – “Today, I am joined by my friend, Mike Lauria, to interview Gary Klein, PhD. Dr. Klein is a masterful cognitive psychologist. He is known for many groundbreaking works, including: the Recognition-Primed Decision (RPD) model to describe how people actually make decisions in natural settings; a Data/Frame model of sensemaking; a Management by Discovery model of planning to handle wicked problems; and a Triple-Path model of insight. He has also developed several research and application methods: The Critical Decision method and Knowledge Audit for doing cognitive task analysis; the PreMortem method of risk assessment; the ShadowBox method for training cognitive skills. He was instrumental in founding the field of Naturalistic Decision Making.” At the link right-click “Download” under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 60 mins – “August marks the fourth anniversary of implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since its launch in 2012, DACA has provided a reprieve from deportation and temporary eligibility to work legally in the United States to more than 700,000 young unauthorized immigrants. And in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to allow a more expansive deferred-action initiative for parents to go forward, DACA remains the only large-scale initiative that offers relief from deportation to unauthorized immigrants. This webinar marked the release of a new Migration Policy Institute issue brief that includes the most current estimates of potential DACA beneficiaries, which were generated using data from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) and MPI’s unique assignments of unauthorized status to noncitizens in the data….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Diamond Auction Failure 21 mins – “The Lesedi La Rona diamond is the size of a tennis ball that some believed would fetch a record breaking multi-million dollar price at auction, but it didn’t — the story behind its failure to sell.” At the link find the title, “Intrigue and greed: the failed auction of a 1,109 carat diamond, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160805_22202.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disabled Doctor 34 mins – “Jeff Gazzara wasn’t going to let his vision stop him from becoming a physician. Learn how he overcame obstacles and some possible biases on his journey.” At the link right-click “Direct download: PMY194.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Down Syndrome Test 29 mins – “At 81, Lee, a professor of genetics, is still running the lab she and her husband founded more than 50 years ago. Len died in 2013. The lab is a quirky place, even by Stanford standards. … the science that’s done here has changed the course of medicine. …Now, at just 10 weeks into a pregnancy, a whole range of things can be revealed with this test. Not just Down syndrome, but a host of other chromosomal abnormalities as well as the sex of the child to be. Until this test, doctors had to rely on amniocentesis, an invasive procedure that involves– inserting a needle in the womb to sample amniotic fluid, or biopsying the placenta — to tell them with any reliability whether a fetus had a chromosomal abnormality. These tests aren’t just uncomfortable, they come with a risk of miscarriage. By some estimates, in the last five years the number of these procedures performed in this country have plummeted by more than 50 percent….” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drought in California 59 mins –California storms and droughts are getting more extreme, according to new research from Stanford examining recent rainfall patterns. The result is a new normal, with fewer average years and more dry times and also more wet times. Other forecasters warn that California might be entering an extended period of drought known as a megadrought. Uncertainty about changing rainfall is a challenge for the state’s water system built on the predictable arrival of snow and rain. What is California doing to prepare for bigger storms and droughts? How can an average person use water more efficiently and think about the water embedded in their food? Join us for a conversation about California’s water future in strangely wet and dry times driven in part by the high-pressure system hanging off the coast called the “ridiculously resilient ridge.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drought in New Hampshire 56 mins – “The Granite State is experiencing its worst drought in years, with southeastern New Hampshire most affected. And despite a little rain lately, dry conditions are expected to continue, affecting farms, fish, private wells, plus increasing fire danger. We’ll get the latest, including response from the state’s drought task force.” (5 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Economic Problems for Families 60 mins – “In an increasingly insecure economy, it’s easy to get bogged down with statistics and lose sight of the human costs of the recession. Stanford sociologist and lead researcher for the book Lean In, Marianne Cooper wants to change that. In her new book, Cut Adrift, Cooper weaves together deep data analysis of our frightening economic condition with real-world stories of families struggling to adjust. Hearing from everyone from suburban soccer moms to those struggling to feed their children, we’re given an intimate look at the challenges facing modern families, and how financial anxiety penetrates the daily lives of those at every socioeconomic level. Whether it’s the wealthy seeking even stronger security or the poor trying to avoid further instability, Cut Adrift gives us a glimpse of changing gender dynamics and how families are coping in a go-it-alone economy. Hear Cooper in conversation with LeanIn.org Founder Sheryl Sandberg, as they unpack the worries all American families face and brainstorm what can be done about it.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Editorial Cartoonist 59 mins – “Editorial cartoonist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez talks about his career and his book, [Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Michael Ramirez, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.424573.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Electronics Repairman 96 mins – “Louis Rossmann talks to Dave about repair, legislation about repair, the best tools for the repair job and philosophy around business and life.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Epilepsy 56 mins – “Joyce welcomes Sam Estes, Co-chair of the Athletes vs. Epilepsy Initiative, a nationwide program for athletes, coaches, volunteers, and fans to raise awareness and funds for the Epilepsy Foundation’s mission to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The program will also include Jerry Kill, Associate Athletic Director Kansas State University, Jeff Klauk, Professional Golfer, and Chanda Gunn, Ice Hockey Olympian.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Evilness 69 mins – “The dichotomy between good and evil was popular long before Zoroaster was born, and it will probably continue to be long after Manichaeism’s last influences subside. But is evil a useful concept? Or an obfuscating one? The big solution to this big problem in understanding reality comes from comparing the concepts of good and evil to the less emotionally fraught concepts of hot and cold. They appear to be opposites at first, but are actually relative labels we apply to our experiences that depend both on an objective reality and on the relative perspective of the perceiver. Understanding evil this way vastly reduces the fears that have scared us silly for centuries, and provides a tremendous boost to the effectiveness of our pursuit of happiness—a big solution indeed.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Hazards 55 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.
Fracking 43 – “We often hear stories about fracking that go like this: a gas company comes to a small town, starts drilling wells, and then terrible things start to happen. People get sick. Water burns from taps. Earthquakes ruin houses. And the climate will soon be destroyed. But, is fracking really a disaster unfolding? To find out, Science Vs speaks to Prof. Robert Jackson, Asst. Prof. Peter Rabinowitz and Prof. Bob Howarth. We’re also joined by Pennsylvanian resident James Hughes and Seneca Resources’ Rob Boulware and Doug Kepler.” At the link find the title, “Fracking, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT2425248954.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fungal Network 34 mins – “A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city at rush hour. In this story, a dog introduces us to a strange creature that burrows beneath forests, building an underground network where deals are made and lives are saved (and lost) in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and business relations. It’s a network that scientists are only just beginning to untangle and map, and it’s not only turning our understanding of forests upside down, it’s leading some researchers to rethink what it means to be intelligent.…Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified naturalist David Attenborough as his late brother, actor Richard Attenborough. In addition, it dated the earliest scientific studies of fungi to the late 19th century, whereas naturalists have studied fungi since the 17th century. Lastly, we mistakenly stated that the oxygen that a plant respires comes from CO2, when in reality it comes from water. The audio has been adjusted to correct these facts.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ghrelin 6 mins – “…the chemistry that controls that most basic human desire – hunger, isn’t well understood. One peptide hormone that seems to be involved is Ghrelin, and Martha Henriques investigates….” At the link right-click “Download: CiiE_Ghrelin.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Green Party 12 mins – When Green Party candidate Jill Stein ran for president in 2012, she walked away with .36 percent of the vote. In this election season, she’s found renewed support from voters dissatisfied with both major political parties and Washington as a whole – especially from disillusioned Bernie Sanders supporters. Since June, she’s risen from 2.5 to 3.5 percent in the presidential polls, according to RealClear Politics. The doctor-turned-activist and politician talks with guest host Susan Page about the 2016 presidential race and running as a third-party candidate.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Guns P1 Guns 40 mins – “We find out how many times a year guns are used in self-defense, how many times they’re used to murder someone, and what impact guns have on the crime rate. In this episode we speak with Prof. David Hemenway, Prof. Helen Christensen, Prof. Gary Kleck and New Jersey gun-range owner Anthony Colandro.” At the link find the title, “Gun Control (Pt 2), Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT3321712890.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Guns P2 41 mins – “In last week’s episode, we learned that around 30,000 Americans die each year from guns. This week, we examine possible solutions. Do better background checks, buybacks, and gun registration lead to fewer shooting deaths? What happened in Australia after they got rid of all the guns? To find out, we talk to gun shop owner Bob Kostaras, former ATF special agent Mark Jones, Prof. Philip Alpers, and Prof. Peter Squires.” At the link find the title, “Gun Control (Pt 2), Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT7885207373.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Harambe Meme 33 mins – “This week, a Yes Yes No about gorillas, conspiracy theories, and glitter.” At the link find the title, “#72 Dead is Paul, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT8540693922.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hurricane Threats 52 mins – “As the country enters the peak of storm season this summer, we want to return to an issue we first talked about earlier this year. What would happen if a major hurricane hit Texas? The state is home to the Houston Ship Channel, one of the world’s busiest maritime waterways. And along the Ship Channel are refineries and chemical plants that make up the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex. It’s a pretty major economic hub. In this hour of Reveal, we revisit a story with The Texas Tribune and ProPublica that takes a look at what would happen if a worst-case storm hit the region in the not-so-distant future – a storm that scientists have dubbed “Mighty Ike.” At the link find the title, “[Update] Mighty Ike, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files UpdateMighty-Ike-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Intelligence Operations 24 mins – “The former chief spymaster — a leader in America’s intelligence through 9/11, the Iraq war and criticism over torture methods — on “Playing to the Edge.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: Inside America’s intelligence with former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160804_85043.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jello 4 mins – “If you’ve ever boiled meat bones to make stock, you know that what you find in the refrigerator the next morning looks like a giant bowl of jello. That’s because it is. Bones, tendons, cartilage, and other connective tissues are largely made up of a protein called collagen which, when boiled, produces gelatin.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Judy Blume on Puberty 49 mins – “Today on Word of Mouth, a conversation with Judy Blume, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth for Writers on a New England Stage, a partnership between NHPR, and The Music Hall. Judy Blume was one of the first authors to write frankly about the confusing, and often humiliating transition from childhood to adolescence. Her best known books were published in the 1970s. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Deenie, Blubber, and Forever offered young readers plain language and shame-free stories about periods, bullying, sexual urges and, even “doing it” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Justice System Improvement 66 mins – “Paulette Brown is the first woman of color to become president of the ABA and has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the “50 most influential minority lawyers in America.” She has been a municipal court judge, in addition to focusing on all facets of labor and employment litigation. Brown has devoted her presidency to “rebuilding the nation’s confidence in our justice system” by “working to eliminate bias and enhance diversity and inclusion” and offer “tangible, sustainable solutions that will have a positive impact on the perception of our justice system.” Join an important discussion of what’s being done to ensure that the legal system can better represent the under-represented across the United States. At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. ”
Kombucha Culture 44 mins – “If you haven’t tasted kombucha yet, you probably will soon. The sour-sweet, fizzy, fermented tea is becoming ubiquitous in trendy cafes, workplaces, and health food stores across America. Where did it come from, and how did it get so popular? And what in the world is the slimy, beige blob that produces it? From German POWs to Lindsey Lohan to a kombucha zoo at Tufts University, this episode explores the history and science of summer’s hottest drink.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Koramatsu WW II Case 66 mins – “The vulnerability of minority communities has always been a big problem, but it is particularly so when fear exacerbates ignorance. Not long ago, it was Japanese Americans; now it is Muslims. Professor Bannai illuminates this theme through the story of Fred Korematsu, a 22-year-old Oakland welder who refused to comply with orders that led to the incarceration of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. In Korematsu v. United States, the wartime Supreme Court rejected his challenge to the government in one of its most infamous cases. More than 40 years later, Professor Bannai was part of the legal team that successfully challenged Korematsu’s conviction based on proof that the government had falsified the record. For Korematsu’s courage and for his work warning of the dangers of prejudice, President Clinton awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Losing Aftermath 22 mins – “While everyone is focused on the Olympic winners in Rio, we’re zooming in on loss. We have the story of how a world-champion judo player reacted to a devastating defeat, plus a Stopwatch Science on how losing affects us all.” At the link find the title, “Episode 41: Defeated, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160808 hiddenbrain_losing.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Machine Learning 5 mins – “Machine learning isn’t just for simple tasks like assessing credit risk and sorting mail anymore — today, it’s capable of far more complex applications, like grading essays and diagnosing diseases. With these advances comes an uneasy question: Will a robot do your job in the future?” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Malawi’s Big Charity 27 mins – “Inside the secretive world of one of Malawi’s biggest charities – DAPP (Development Aid from People to People). For decades, governments including the US, UK and other European nations have donated many millions of dollars to DAPP for projects ranging from sanitation to teaching. But DAPP has a big secret – it is under the control of a Danish cult-like organisation called the Teachers Group. Simon Cox investigates. *Since uploading this programme the UK’s Department for International Development has suspended payments to DAPP and launched its own investigation*” At the link find the title, “Malawi’s Big Charity Secret, Aug, 2016” right-click “Media files p043bjh4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Melatonin 40 mins – “…Among other indignities that occur as you age, your pineal gland is calcifying, meaning it’s producing less melatonin at night. This is why older adults have a hard time staying asleep — they produce enough melatonin to fall asleep, but not enough to stay asleep throughout the night….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mennonites 36 mins – “A 98-year-old minister takes on his church over the subject of gay marriage—and teaches the rest of us what it means to stand up in protest.” At the link find the title, “Generous Orthodoxy, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files PP6772350337.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Moral Monday 27 mins – “The Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution declares that anyone born on US soil “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” is an American citizen. It was intended to give freed slaves guaranteed citizenship in the wake of the 1861-65 Civil War. But today, it also means the children of illegal immigrants to the US automatically become American citizens. This places it right at the heart of the huge controversy over immigration. Adam Smith, historian of 19th Century America, travels to Washington DC and North Carolina to find out.” At the link find the title, “The Battle for the US Constitution, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files p043d1r9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mug Shot Scam 45 mins – “Mugshots are considered to be public record by the American justice system. They’re also a multi-million dollar source of revenue for internet scammers. Today on the show, an investigation of extortionist websites that hold people’s images, and reputations for ransom. Plus, the chancellor of a very unusual school talks about the growing business of cannabis, and a troupe of Muslim women form a B-Girl dance group and show the western world that just because you wear a hijab, doesn’t mean you can’t bust a move.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obamacare and Same Sex Marriage 30 mins – “With the ink barely dry on two momentous Supreme Court decisions affecting marriage equality and health care, Dahlia discusses the history, high points, and likely impact of those decisions with Walter Dellinger, professor of law at Duke University, a Slate contributor, and the former head of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1993 to 1996. First, Dahlia and Walter reflect on Friday’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. Next, they talk about Thursday’s 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, which supported the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies for poor and middle class people….” At the link find the title, “Amicus: The Storm Arrives, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM9532358639.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obamacare in Court 42 mins – “As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act — King v. Burwell — Dahlia Lithwick hears from experts on both sides of what could be the most important case in the Court’s entire term. First, she speaks with Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University and a one of the lawsuit’s chief architects. Then she hears from Abbe Gluck, a professor at Yale Law School and a co-author of an amicus brief submitted in the case.” At the link find the title, “The Letter of the Law, Feb, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM3721518129.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Oil Business P1 18 mins – “First of five episodes. We’re getting into the oil business. We go to Kansas, and negotiate with a preacher to buy 100 barrels of crude.” At the link find the title, “Oil #1: We Buy Oil, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160810_pmoney_podcast081016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Olympic Champions P1 27 mins – “As the Rio 2016 Olympic Games play out, Claudia Hammond begins a series of three programmes examining the sporting mind. What does it take to become a world champion? Why does it sometimes all go wrong at the peak of an athlete’s career? And what happens to elite sportspeople when it’s all over and retirement looms? The physical abilities of gold medalists are visible for all to see, but we want to know what goes on inside the head of an Olympian. We start at the beginning, with young sportswomen and men, asking how lifetime psychological foundations can best be laid. Today we focus on tennis, a sport requiring considerable mental strength. Claudia travels to the Academia Sánchez-Casal in Spain, where three-time Grand Slam winner, Olympic and Davis Cup champion Andy Murray trained. Here, they offer psychological training to their young players to help them develop the mental strength not only to win, but to lose, or deal with the myriad other challenges involved in taking on a sporting career. Olympic men’s doubles silver medalist and academy founder Sergio Casal takes us on a tour of life as an elite young tennis player, along with sports psychologist Andrea Crosas and players hoping to become champions of the future. Dr Mustafa Sarkar, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, UK, has studied Olympic champions to find out what they attribute their success to. Is developing psychological resilience – along with a good dose of perspective – the key to success?” At the link find the title, “Olympic Minds: Tennis, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files p0444v0h.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Olympic Issues 29 mins – “If you’ve been tuning into the Olympics in Rio this week, you’ve probably watched your fair share of inspirational profiles of athletes. You may also have been following some of the stories emerging out of Brazil about the corruption, poor environmental stewardship, and social justice transgressions surrounding the Olympics. It’s enough to make the most ardent sports fan a little ambivalent. In Rio, athletes will be swimming or sailing in water that is literally crappy — some athletes may be taking home gold, silver, bronze, or just hepatitis. It may turn out that the more emotional story is not an athlete profile, but one of environmental malfeasance and social injustice — it tugs at the heartstrings, alright, but not in the way that NBC had hoped. This week on Sea Change Radio, we take a deep dive into some of the issues surrounding the thirty-first Olympiad as we are joined by Kate Zerrenner of the Environmental Defense Fund.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Paleo Doctor 43 mins – “On this episode of the podcast we have guest Dr. Marc Bubbs ND, CISSN, CSCS. Dr. Bubbs is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor, Strength Coach, Speaker, Blogger, and Sports Nutrition Lead for the Canadian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team. Join us as we talk nutrition for elite and professional athletes, health, carb tolerance and blood sugar, and more.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Patty Hearst 47 mins – “Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, “responded rationally to the circumstances.” At the link find the title, “Aug, 2016 The Wild Saga Of The Kidnapping, Crimes And Trial Of Patty Hearst,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Performance Coach 98 mins – “I’m very pleased to welcome Tony Robbins (@tonyrobbins) back to the show. (You can check out our previous in-depth conversations here: Part 1 and Part 2). For those of you that aren’t familiar, Tony Robbins is the world’s most famous performance coach. He’s advised everyone from Bill Clinton to Mikhail Gorbachev to Serena Williams, and Leonardo DiCaprio to Oprah (who calls him “superhuman”). This time around, we discussed a number of topics we didn’t get to cover in our previous interviews. I also hit him with some new rapid-fire questions. Some of the highlights of our conversation include: Tony’s best investment ever; Quotes he lives by (and how he puts them into action); The worst advice he regularly hears; Why he changed his diet for the first time since age 17” At the link right-click “Media files Tim Ferriss Show, Tony Robbins.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Police Incidents Discussion 56 mins – “We pick up our recent conversation on race, policing and guns. Deadly encounters this summer between police and African Americans and the targeting of law enforcement by lone attackers have set many communities on edge. We get a Granite State perspective on this turmoil, as well as on efforts to repair a rift that many say has been long in the making.” (4 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Policing the Police 99 mins – “From Minnesota to Baton Rouge, Ferguson, New York and even here in San Francisco, the nation is struggling with an increasing number of incidents where images are captured depicting controversial uses of force by police on predominantly black and brown members of the community. The culture within law enforcement departments from coast to coast is under fire, with seemingly no end in sight. In San Francisco, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transparency, Accountability, and Fairness in Law Enforcement was established by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón as an advisory body in May 2015 following revelations that 14 San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers had exchanged numerous racist and homophobic text messages. Since then, the fatal officer-involved shootings of Mario Woods, Almicar Lopez, Luis Gongora and Jessica Williams have prompted outrage from the community. The Blue Ribbon Panel is comprised of three distinguished jurists, eight top-tier law firms and five law schools that investigated the SFPD’s use of force, stops, searches and arrests, personnel practices, culture, internal discipline, crime clearance and data, and external oversight. They recently released an extensive report detailing their findings and corresponding recommendations. The Commonwealth Club and GLIDE Center for Social Justice invite you to this important and timely discussion about the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Panel, as well as what it will take to achieve true justice and reform in police department culture both here and across the country.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Political Polarization 21 mins – “The recent Republican and Democratic conventions highlighted the deep divide in America today, but is this political polarization fact or perception?” At the link find the title, “America grapples with deep polarization ahead of election, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20160801_97688.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Productivity 56 mins – “Want to know how my productivity system works? This is the episode for you. I get questions from you guys every week about what task manager I use, how I keep track of multiple projects, how I organize my schedule, etc. So I thought it’d be fun to do an episode that dives into all of that. Today you’ll learn all the ins and outs of how we use our task manager of choice – Asana – here at College Info Geek. I’ll also explain all of the other systems that work alongside it. As usual, Martin joins me in this conversation, so you’ll also get to hear about how he handles his own personal productivity – there are definitely some key differences, which underlines one of my central beliefs about productivity: Productivity is highly personal. What works for me might not work for Martin, and it might not work for you. However, listening to this exposé on all my systems might give you some new ideas and inspiration to make changes to your own.” At the link right-click “download” at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
PTSD 26 mins – “Junger argues it is the experience of returning home, and not the trauma of war, behind PTSD.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: War reporter Sebastian Junger on why peace can be more traumatic for vets than war, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160801_64694.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Quora Founder 66 mins – “Adam D’Angelo, CEO of the question and answer website, Quora, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the history, evolution, and challenges of Quora. Along the way they discuss the aggregation of knowledge and the power of experiments for improving the day-to-day performance of the site.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugee Life 80 min – “We return to Greece with stories of people trying to move on with their lives in whatever way they can. We meet a couple who fell in love even though they weren’t expecting anything like that to happen, and even though her family didn’t approve. We also meet a shopkeeper in a camp who’s running what amounts to a cigarette charity” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Religious Minority Freedom 64 mins – “We are delighted to have Father Thomas Reese to talk about international religious freedom and the persecution of religious minorities around the world. Elizabeth Cassidy, the co-director of policy and research at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, will be joining us as a discussant during the question-and-answer portion of the conversation. Father Reese is a senior analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, and recently became the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Previously he was editor-in-chief of America magazine, and a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. He is also the author of a trilogy on the organization and politics of the Catholic Church….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Residential Canadian Schools 54 mins – “Lorena Fontaine is completing her PhD at the University of Manitoba and is battling to revive aboriginal languages. She argues that Canadian indigenous communities have a legal right to the survival of language.” At the link find the title, “Ideas from the Trenches – Undoing Linguicide, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160719_31973.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rosenwald Schools 59 mins – “Filmmaker Aviva Kempner discusses her documentary [Rosenwald], about the life of American businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Aviva Kempner, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.424002.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Russian Influence 47 mins – “The U.S.-Russia relationship, this time with evidence that Russia meddled in our election, and with assurances from Trump that Russia would not go into Ukraine.” At the link find the title, “A Russian Intrusion In 2016 Politics, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_488393598.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Salton Sea 20 mins – “The largest body of water in California was formed by a mistake. In 1905, the California Development Company accidentally flooded a huge depression in the Sonora Desert, creating an enormous salty lake called the Salton Sea. The water is about twice as salty as the Pacific Ocean. The ground beneath the southern end of the sea is volcanic and water bubbles to the surface in muddy pools. The only fish that can live in Salton Sea are tilapia, but even they struggle to survive.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Seed Science 60 mins – “…we’re exploring the world of seeds: how they’ve become so successful, how they work, how humans depend on them, and what we still don’t understand about them. We spend the hour with Thor Hanson, conservation biologist and award-winning author, about his book “The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History”. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Slavery 64 mins – “Ending slavery was a 19th century obsession that appeared quite successful, as did the attempt to end intemperance. But was slavery, like drunkenness, just pushed underground when it was criminalized? The intense psychological desire for hierarchical status, and the economic desires that reinforce that, explain why slavery is as hard to eliminate as other social ills, as is evidenced by the continuing mass incarceration of African-Americans and the endurance of various forms of female slavery. The big solution to this big problem is an easily understood and almost as easily adopted perspective that effectively undermines the psychological need for hierarchy. There are also legal incentives, and technical half-solutions, which could help minimize the demand for enslaving each other in the meantime.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Statin Pros and Cons 59 mins – “…Two Views on Statins: We speak with two experts on statins and heart disease to get to the heart of the matter. They have different perspectives on the value of statins, but their views on what else we should be doing to protect our hearts are not as divergent as you might imagine. Pros and Cons of Statins: Find out about the pros and cons of statins so you can determine if one of these drugs is appropriate for you. In addition to learning about statins and heart disease, you’ll also learn about other approaches you can take to keep your heart as healthy as possible. You’ll also find out how to judge your risk of heart disease through the Reynolds Risk Score that Dr. Nissen recommends or the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Risk Calculator. He also suggests shared decision-making between doctor and patient to determine when a statin is appropriate. This Week’s Guests: Steven Nissen, MD, is chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. …David M. Diamond, PhD, is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida. …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….” At the link find the title,”Show 1044: The Truth about Statins and Heart Disease, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files PP-1044StatinsPro-Con.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Suicide Story 47 mins – “Love, death and art. A friend remembers a powerful artist whose life was more than he could bear.” At the link find the title, “Grief And Gratitude After A Friend’s Death, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_488707675.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Surgeon Shortage 20 mins – “Neurosurgeon Dr. Dilan Ellegala set about creating a new model to solve the chronic shortage of doctors and surgeons in rural Africa by putting the surgeon’s skills in their hands.” At the link find the title, “How brain surgery with a tree saw led to a rethink of medical aid, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160811_33820.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Third Political Party 56 mins – “Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson are gaining attention –boosted by the current penchant for outsiders, as well as dismal popularity ratings for the two major Presidential candidates. But whether this will translate into votes in November remains a question.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tornado Aftermath 35 mins – “This week on the show hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic are joined by regular guest Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. We are joined by Penny James, trained in forensic photography for disaster events. In this particular segment, we address her experiences with the Oklahoma City Level F5 Tornado in 1999. Check it out.” At the link find the title,”Forensic Photography in OKC Tornado Event with Penny James, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files DisasterPodcast_20160811.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tornado Aircraft 110 mins – “During his career in the Royal Air Force, Dave Gledhill has been flying as a navigator in the Tornado ADV. After his career he wrote a book about this airplane, and its (not always problem-free) introduction into service with the RAF. In this episode we talk about the airplane, about his flying, about some of the challenges during its development and introduction into service, and how they were overcome to make the F.3 a capable interceptor after all.” At the link right-click Download MP3 File Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.
Trans Kids 27 mins – “Earlier this year, North Carolina passed HB2, the so-called “bathroom bill.” The law bans anyone from using a public restroom that doesn’t match up with his/her biological sex. HB2 put the state in the middle of a national fight about gender. But North Carolina is also home to one of the few gender clinics for kids in the South, at Duke University’s Children’s Hospital. This week, we spend a day in that gender clinic, the only one in North Carolina. We wanted to know how a clinic like this one operates in this political climate. And we wanted to find out how these patients are coping. Dr. Deanna Adkins, a pediatric endocrinologist, started the clinic a year ago. Over the course of our day, we met three of her very different patients. Drew Adams is a 15-year-old trans man who came with his mom, Erica, all the way from Jacksonville, Florida. On the drive up, Drew wore a T-shirt with “This is What Trans Looks Like” printed on it. He told us he decided to change out of it before he stopped for a bathroom break in North Carolina; he used the men’s room. When Dr. Adkins told Drew that not only would he get a prescription for testosterone, but that he could give himself his first shot that very day, Drew stood up and cheered….” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trans Pacific Partnership 47 mins – “President Obama makes another strong push for the Trans Pacific Partnership, putting him at odds with Clinton, Trump, maybe you.” At the link find the title, “Global Trade And The Politics Of The TPP Backlash, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_488701784.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Undercover Work Ethics 21 mins – “A B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled that John Nuttall and Amanda Korody could not have carried out a bomb plot without help from the RCMP, but how will their overturned conviction impact future terrorism investigations?” At the link find the title, “Police undercover tactics questioned after Canada Day bomb plot conviction overturned, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160803_59293.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Visual Communication 67 mins – “…It’s the 35th anniversary of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program, the so-called “genius grants” that recognize exceptionally creative people who inspire us all. Past MacArthur Grantees include “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, choreographer Twyla Tharp and world wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. Join us for a fascinating conversation with MacArthur Fellows from the Bay Area about creative problem solving. Cecilia Conrad, managing director of the MacArthur Foundation, will talk with computer vision technologist Maneesh Agrawala and digital artist Camille Utterback. Mr. Agrawala is a computer scientist designing visual interfaces that enhance our ability to understand large quantities of complex information. Ms.Utterback is an artist who uses digital technologies to create visually arresting works that redefine how viewers experience and interact with art. Ms. Conrad will also discuss 100&Change, MacArthur’s new competition for a single $100 million grant to solve a critical problem of our time.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Voting Access Laws 46 mins – “One after another after another, voting laws nationwide that many people claimed were racially discriminatory are being struck down. Federal courts have ruled the laws were designed to make it harder for minorities to vote through tactics like requiring photo IDs or limiting early voting. But critics say some of these were common-sense reforms. This hour On Point, the legacy of race at the polls, and how much oversight is still needed to make sure everyone gets the right to vote.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Voting Access Laws 46 mins – “Voter restriction laws struck down in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Texas. We’ll look at the battle over voting rights around the country.” At the link find the title, “Widespread Judicial Action On National Voting Laws, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_488547867.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
War Medicine 27 mins – “ …From dealing with blood loss to extraordinary advances in facial reconstructive surgery, conflicts like World War I have driven technological innovation. …On 1st July 1916 alone, there were 58,000 British casualties. The need for speedy and effective evacuation and treatment for the injured on the frontline was urgent. But the narrow trenches on the edges of the battlefields made it very difficult to carry the wounded to field hospitals. …a special stretcher – which could be adjusted to turn round tight corners – was used in the muddy trenches. …Many of the fields of battle were covered in animal manure and infection was a risk to injured soldiers. Anti-tetanus serum was given and antiseptic used to help keep wounds clean. Gadgets such as the Carrel Dakin apparatus were used to deliver antiseptic solution directly and continuously into a wound – via tiny rubber tubes. …When the Germans first started to use poison gas as a weapon, British physiologist John Scott Haldane – famous for bold self-experimentation – went to the frontline to try and identify the gases used. …A number of gases were used as weapons – chlorine gas on its own or mixed with phosgene, and later mustard gas caused severe blistering to the body. Doctors used paraffin to treat the blisters. …today some victims of gunshot wounds are far from the battlefield. In countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, parts of India and Latin America, so-called “celebratory” gunfire involves firing weapons up into the air in order to mark a positive event. They’re often considered to be a harmless show of strength or bravado, but Hugo Goodridge reports from the Lebanese capital Beirut, where a number of people have been killed or injured by guns fired in the city. It is illegal to discharge a gun in a public place in Lebanon and the police have used social media to try and change attitudes towards celebratory gunfire…. ” At the link find the title, “How War and Conflict Have Helped to Improve Medical Treatments, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files p03zx0vy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Washboard Bill 58 mins – “…Washboard Bill was born in Dupont, Florida on July 4, 1905. He was known as a percussionist, rooted in the minstrel tradition, as well as a captivating storyteller. During much of Cooke’s childhood, his mother operated a juke joint in Dupont. The young Cooke would secretly stay up past his bedtime listening to the music emanating from his mother’s establishment. These experiences shaped Cooke’s interest in music, and in his later life, would greatly influence his rhythmic style. At age six, Cooke began working for a local sawmill, making .25 cents per day, after his mother fell on hard financial times. In 1916, Mrs. Cooke closed her juke joint, and sent her children to live on their grandfather’s farm in Sanford, Florida. As times grew tougher and the Great Depression set in, Cooke grew weary of his life on the farm, and decided to leave home. For 10 years, he led the life of a hobo, traveling by train all over the East Coast. Although Cooke spent the majority of his younger years traveling outside of Florida, he still maintained a connection with the state, generally spending his winters in West Palm Beach. Between 1947 and 1963, he performed with a group called the West Palm Beach Washboard Band. They played in venues everywhere from the streets, to the estates of the Rockefellers and Kennedys. In 1956, he recorded Washboard Country Band with Sonny Terry, and folk legend, Pete Seeger. Cooke moved to West Palm Beach permanently in 1973. He performed in Florida, and throughout the country, until his death in 2003. For his musical and historical contributions, Cooke received the Florida Folk Heritage Award in 1992. In 1988, Cooke recited a personal narrative, A Hobo’s Birthday, for the Palm Beach County Folk Arts in Education Project, conducted by the Florida Folklife Program. Cooke’s story offers a fascinating account of life as a hobo during the Great Depression. His travels and experiences give the listener a vivid portrayal of transient life on the railroad tracks, and of the character Washboard Bill.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Witchcraft Book 57 mins – “Our ideas about witches and witch hunts may come from a manuscript found in the University of Alberta Library. It’s one of only four known copies. Written in the 1400s and now being re-translated from medieval French.” At the link find the title, “Tinctor’s Foul Manual (Encore May 13, 2013), Aug, 2016, right-click “Media files ideas_20160802_58939.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women and Power 47 mins – “The new film “Equity” looks at the lives of women on Wall Street, who navigate a world of men in pursuit of power and money. We talk with director Meera Menon.” At the link find the title, “’Equity’ And Women On Wall Street, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_488864814.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women in Politics 60 mins – “Hillary Clinton moved a giant step closer to becoming the first woman elected President of the United States when she accepted the Democratic nomination at the party’s convention in Philadelphia. Clinton stands on the shoulders of generations of women who fought for the right to vote. On this episode of BackStory, we look at the different ways women have influenced American politics, including: The bread riots by Confederate soldiers’ wives. The 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade in Washington, D.C. Shirley Chisholm’s historic 1972 presidential campaign.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women’s Entrepreneurship 58 mins – “Jane Nelson and Sarah Thorn will discuss strategies to grow women’s entrepreneurship worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the role of the private sector. They will address the importance of public-private partnerships to train female entrepreneurs and facilitate the integration of women-owned businesses into global supply chains. This meeting is part of a high-level series on women and development, generously sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Yoga History 41 mins – “This week, we found many surprising twists, turns, and holds in the story of modern yoga.” At the link find the title, “#18 Yoga, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT5545485653.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zika Cases 19 mins – “The CBC’s Dr. Brian Goldman travels to the front lines to meet the families affected by the Zika virus, the doctors trying to help and those trying to stop it.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: Zika’s Ground Zero: Brazil hits 4,000 suspected Zika-related cases of birth defects, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160805_85952.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zika in US 47 mins – “Over the last two years, the Zika virus has infected more than one million people, most of them in Latin America. Carried by mosquitos, the virus can be transmitted by a pregnant woman to her fetus, leading to possible birth defects. Zika is now found in 30 U.S. states. On Monday, the CDC warned pregnant women and their partners not to travel to a Miami neighborhood where 14 cases have been diagnosed. The new Zika infections are considered “locally grown” and came even after aggressive mosquito control efforts. Diane and guests discuss the spread of Zika in a South Florida neighborhood, how officials are responding and what it means for the rest of the country.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Zika in US 52 mins – “The Zika virus already has spread swiftly across the island territory of Puerto Rico. And now, Miami is reporting its first cases in people infected by local mosquitoes. This week, Reveal takes us to the front lines of the battle against the disease.” AT the link find the title, “From A to Zika, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files From-A-to-Zika_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zora Neale Hurston 39 mins – “Zora Neale Hurston was an African-American novelist and accomplished anthropologist whose rich literary work has inspired generations of readers. By 1938, she had already published Jonah’s Gourd Vine, Mules and Menand Their Eyes Were Watching God. Despite her reputation as a writer, there exists another side to Hurston’s career. In 1938 and 1939, during the Great Depression, Hurston worked as a folklorist and contributor to the Florida division of the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Through her work with the FWP, Hurston captured stories, songs, traditions and histories from African-Americans in small communities across Florida, whose stories often failed to make it into the histories of that time period. The Works Progress Administration — after 1939, the Works Projects Administration — was a work-relief program created in 1935 by the Franklin Roosevelt administration. It had employed over 8.5 million people by its demise in 1943. One of its programs was the (FWP), which included a folklore section. The staff conducted fieldwork and recorded songs, traditions, and stories across the nation. In 1939, Hurston went to a turpentine camp near Cross City in Dixie County, Florida, to find candidates for recording interviews, songs and life histories of interesting everyday people. Hurston’s essay, “Turpentine,” traced her travels through the pine forests with an African-American “woods rider” named John McFarlin. Her work on Florida’s turpentine camps is still considered authoritative. Back in Jacksonville, Hurston’s final major contribution to the Florida FWP was to arrange a recording session at the Clara White Mission. The African-American participants told stories and sang or chanted traditional music. Hurston also sang 18 songs herself, mostly work songs and folk songs.” At the link right-click Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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