Media Mining Digest 251 – Sep 2, 2016: AcroYoga, Aging Solutions, Alzheimer’s Prevention, Animal Mating, Antibiotic Resistance, Antiquities Theft, Autism Research, Average Concept, Bearings in Machines, Blended Families, Blockchain, Bob Fosse, Bobcat Trapping, Brain Glitches, Brexit Britain, Camping Out, Canning Food, Climate and Religion, Cod Fish Rebounds, College Budgeting, Congestion and Allergies, Cosmetics Safety, Crowd Psychology, Cruise Ships, Cyber Psychology, Cystic Fibrosis Drugs, Dating History, Decision Making, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, Disability and Tech, Docs Outside the Box, Editorial Cartoons, Electric Grid, Exhaustion, Fathers as Bachelors, Flood Protection Houston, Fugitive America, Global Economy, Great Depression Food, Green Costa Rica, Health Care Industry, Hillbilly Elegy, Hiring Computer Tech, Immigration Education, Internet History, Internet Security, Iraqi Displaced People, Journalism Today, Louisiana Flooding, Mall Closings, Marijuana vs Opiates, Meditation, Methane Issues, Music Therapy, Nature, Loss, Northwest Passage, Oil Business, Organic Food, Pill Taking Problems, Political Sex Scandals, Population Stability, Premed Minority Story, Private Prisons, Proteins, Retirement for Athletes, Retirement Investing, Roger Ailes, Roman Times, Rubber Business, Russian Protests, Salary Negotiations, Salt Wars, Scholarly Communications Networks, Scientific Imagination, Shepherds Life, Slavery and Racism, Smallpox Eradicator, Societal Collapse, Solutions to Big Problems, Sperm Whales, Student Load Debt, Sushi Trends, Tiny Houses, Triage Stories, Trumps Life, Wilderness Act, Wildfires and Foods, Zika Virus Status,

The 94 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 268 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 11,000 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.

AcroYoga 120 mins – “My guest on this episode of the podcast is Jason Nemer, co-founder of AcroYoga. Jason is an incredible character, who travels the world with next to nothing. He introduced me to my latest obsession – AcroYoga. Along with Gymnastic Strength Training, I’ve been doing AcroYoga — and I think about doing it all the time. AcroYoga is closer to partner acrobatics: Cirque du Soleil routine meets sensual-but-not-sexual contact. Even if you have no interest in doing AcroYoga yourself, there are many takeaways and recommendations in this episode that can benefit your life. And for those of you that are interested, we even do a couple of video demos, which can be found here. But don’t feel like you need to step away from the purely audio experience of this podcast to follow along. Incidentally, the video was recorded at Creative Live, my favorite place to learn online. I’ve taken hundreds of courses there, but the one I’ll recommend is Six Months to Six Figures by Peter Voogd.” At the link find the title, “#182: Jason Nemer – Inside the Magic of AcroYoga, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files The_Tim_Ferriss_Show_-_Jason_Nemer.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Solutions 49 mins – “Richard G. Caro, Ph.D., Co-founder, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC While much of the Western world worries about the economic and human costs of an aging population, Dr. Caro argues that there is room for optimism—and that by harnessing the power of technology and the untapped wisdom of the older adult population, we can improve the quality of life as we age, expand the capabilities of caregivers, and perhaps even make the process of aging less costly.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Workforce 47 mins – “For years, economists have been warning about the effects of an aging U.S. population on the federal budget. But a new study finds a much more powerful effect: Researchers concluded that an aging workforce causes a decline in productivity and economic growth. The joint Harvard-Rand study predicts that over the next 10 years, annual GDP growth will slow by 1.2 percentage points due to population aging. Critics of the study say aging workers are just one factor in a slowing economy. But many industries are already creating incentives for older employees to work longer. Guest host Derek McGinty and guests discuss an aging U.S. population and its effect on the U.S. economy.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Alzheimer’s Prevention 27 mins – “Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia accounting for up to 70 per cent of cases. After the age of 65, the chance of getting the disease doubles every five years. Given there’s no cure, it’s scary stuff. But mounting research suggests that Alzheimer’s can be delayed – and even prevented. In this episode we explore how lifestyle choices today may affect our chances of cognitive decline in the future. From what we eat to how much we move, even how we sleep … scientists are suggesting that the power to push back the disease is largely in our hands.” At the link right-click “download video: mp4 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Mating 34 mins – “We talk to biologist Carin Bondar about her new book Wild Sex: The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom.” At the link find the title, “145 Carin Bondar – Wild Sex, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files b219067f-697c-415a-ba3a-6ee29d3597c7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Psychiatry 47 mins – “Compulsive disorders, depression, anxiety… They’re all too common in humans. But the animals in our lives can suffer from them, too. Veterinarian and research scientist Nicholas Dodman has treated animals with a range of psychological issues for years. These experiences led him to what he calls “One Medicine,” the idea that people and animals share the same neurochemistry, and that our minds and emotions are very much alike. From Elsa, the dog with PTSD, to Maxwell, the cat with depression-related anorexia, Dr. Dodman shares illuminating stories of treating animals suffering from a range of problems — and explains how they can teach us about human medicine.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Antibiotic Resistance 18 mins – “Six out of ten of the world’s best-selling drugs are based on molecules called monoclonal antibodies. But their high impact comes with a low profile. This is a story of how basic science quietly became blockbuster medicine.” At the link find the title, “REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast – August 1975, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antiquity Theft 42 mins – “Last year, the world watched in horror as ISIS destroyed key historical sites in Palmyra, Syria. But experts warn it’s not only these high profile acts of destruction that pose the biggest threat to the world’s cultural heritage. Instead, it’s a practice that dates back millennia – tomb raiding. The trade in looted antiquities is big business – and some fear it’s growing due to instability in the Middle East and North Africa. While the U.S. has passed laws restricting imports from Syria and Iraq, many argue little will change until the market for these stolen antiquities is eliminated. New efforts to curb the plunder of the world’s cultural heritage.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Autism Research 85 mins – “The CDC estimates the rate of Autism to be 1/5%. This developmental neurological impairment has a dramatic impact on the life of the family. Stephen Sanders shares his insights into autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the use of genomics and bioinformatics to understand the etiology of ASD. Recorded on 05/18/2016. (#31001)” (Video version may be better.) At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Average Concept 21 mins – “In many ways, the built world was not designed for you. It was designed for the average person. Standardized tests, building codes, insurance rates, clothing sizes, The Dow Jones – all these measurements are based around the concept of an “average.” The modern use of averages was pioneered by a Belgian mathematician and astronomer named Adolphe Quetelet. In the 1830s, astronomers were some of the only people that regularly calculated averages, since early telescopes were extremely imprecise. To obtain more accurate data for say, tracking the orbits of planets, astronomers would take multiple measurements (all of which were slightly different) add them together, then divide by the number of observations to get a better approximation of the true value. Quetelet was the first to take this tool of astronomers and apply it to people. Chest dimensions of Scottish soldiers (1846) …By the 1840s and 50s, Quetelet had become a celebrity, and his radical new science had begun to influence a whole range of people, including Karl Marx and Abraham Lincoln.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bearings in Machines 76 mins – “Carmen and Jeff discuss mechanical bearings in this episode of The Engineering Commons podcast. … A distinction is made between rotational and linear-motion bearings. Non-contact fluid bearings may be of the hydrostatic or hydrodynamic variety. Magnetic bearings allow for higher relative motion velocities, albeit at a higher cost than other non-contact bearings. … A flexure bearing allows relative motion to take place through bending of the bearing element. The lid of a Tic Tac box provides an example of a flexure bearing. The two most commons types of bearings are journal bearings and rolling-element bearings. Oilite is a porous bronze alloy impregnated with an oil lubricant. Engineers must consider the trade offs between using oil or grease when lubricating a bearing. A starting point for choosing a plain bearing is calculating a PV value (pdf). A pillow block may be used to attach a bearing to a component lacking room for a bearing bore. A ball bearing consists of an inner race, an outer race, balls, and a cage. Assembling a ball bearing is fairly straightforward once you’ve seen how it’s done. Ball bearings may be ordered with either shields or seals to limit the amount of contamination able to reach the rolling elements. Bearing quality can vary significantly between manufacturers. A variety of roller bearings can be used to support greater radial and axial loads than can be handled by a ball bearing. It’s important to apply the correct amount of preload to angular contact bearings….” At the link find the title,”Episode 115 — Bearings, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files TheEngineeringCommons-0115-Bearings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blended Families 47 mins – “When 40 percent of new marriages are re-marriages. We’ll unpack what it really takes to blend two families. It’s not the Brady Bunch.In the old “Brady Bunch” TV show, two families were thrown together by remarriage and blended. It was an icon early in America’s introduction to widespread divorce and reshuffling. Today, a full 40 percent of marriages are remarriages. And nobody thinks blending families is a snap. Some say it can take a decade. Some don’t even like the phrase “blended family.” There are many configurations. Some never blend. This hour On Point, what it really takes to blend two families, or to make a step-family.”(3 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain 19 mins – What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.” At the link click “download,” right-click “Download video” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain 25 mins – “Primavera De Filippi, researcher at CNRS and faculty associate at the Berkman Center, Harvard Law School, is investigating emergent decentralized technologies to design new governance models. In this final talk of the session Blockchain Technology Beyond Bitcoin at Lift16, Primavera De Filippi explored the possibilities that live at the intersection between the blockchain and art, society and work, imagining what the future might look like when creative people use the full power of this technology. Hold on to your hats and embark on a journey into the future!” At the link right-click under “Download this video” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bob Fosse 48 mins – “A big biography of Broadway dance king Bob Fosse – of “Chicago,” the film “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz” – opens up a turbulent life.Gustav Flaubert said “be bourgeois in your life and radical in your work.” Broadway and Hollywood dance king Bob Fosse, says a big new biography, was radical in both. On stage and screen, Fosse remade the American musical with his unmistakable tilted hat, splayed-fingered, high charge. His razzle dazzle in “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” “All That Jazz” and more was laced with sex and death and darkness. Sensual grit. So was his life. Dazzling on stage. Dark and turbulent off. A terror of failure as he commanded dazzling success. This hour On Point, a new life of Bob Fosse.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bobcat Trapping 48mins – “Find out what’s happened since we first took a look at two cats whose fates diverged. One, an invasive predator, is encouraged to thrive and hunt; the other, a native wildcat, is being hunted and trapped. We revisit these cat stories on the next Reveal. Find out what’s happened since we first took a look at two cats whose fates diverged. One, an invasive predator, is encouraged to thrive and hunt; the other, a native wildcat, is being hunted and trapped. We revisit these cat stories on the next Reveal.At the link find the title, “[Update] Cat Fight, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files Update-Cat-Fight_podcast.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Glitches 48 mins – “In this episode we interview Dean Burnett, author of “Idiot Brain: What Your Brain is Really Up To.” Burnett’s book is a guide to the neuroscience behind the things that our amazing brains do poorly. In the interview we discuss motion sickness, the pain of breakups, why criticisms are more powerful than compliments, the imposter syndrome, anti-intellectualism, irrational fears, and more. Burnett also explains how the brain is kinda sorta like a computer, but a really bad one that messes with your files, rewrites your documents, and edits your photos when you aren’t around. Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist who lectures at Cardiff University and writes about brain stuff over at his blog, Brain Flapping hosted by The Guardian.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 083-Idiot_Brain-Dean_Burnett.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit Britain 48 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 first session of the day, folk singer/songwriter and left-wing activist Billy Bragg, Director of Resolution think tank Torsten Bell, UKIP parliamentary spokesperson Suzanne Evans and Vice-Chair of Migration Watch UK Alp Mehmet, discussed what the referendum – and the campaigning that preceded it – have taught us about Britain. The discussion was chaired by Newsnight’s lead presenter Evan Davis.” At the link find the title, “Brexit Britain – Our Divided Nation, Jul, 2016, right-click “Media files 276170817-intelligence2-brexit-britain.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Camping Out 56 mins – “Today, we pull the tent flaps back on camping. Every summer, thousands of Americans load up the car and head into the wilderness on outdoor excursions. Now, a new book traces the origins and evolution of this tradition, examines a few unorthodox camping methods, and ponders the joys of subjecting ourselves to the buggy, lumpy, and unpredictable great outdoors.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canning Food 73 mins – “(Starts at 5min mark.) So today we look at using electric canners specifically my preferred electric pressure canner the “Chard 9.5 Quart Smart Pressure Canner“,[$212] and the only other one I recommend, the Power Pressure Cooker XL. For what it is worth the Power Pressure Cooker XL is a DISTANT second, you will hear why in today’s show. I own both of the above models and a traditional All American Canner, that thing is a beast and will likely outlast my grandchildren, but honestly I don’t use it much since discovering electric pressure canners. The key with these items is they work and do so without a lot of supervision, when they are finished they just shut themselves down.  They also do far more than just can, they pressure cook, you can water bath can, they steam and more.  Today though we will focus on the canning aspect of things.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate and Religion – “Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths will discuss each of their faith’s views about protecting the Earth, caring for the environment and being proactive in combatting climate change, which many believe is Earth’s biggest problem. Rev. Bingham will also describe the work of the Regeneration Project, which promotes renewable energy and conservation as part of Interfaith Power and Light, an interfaith climate change initiative.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Codfish Rebounds 62 mins – “Since 1992, fish ’n chips fans may have noticed that there was no cod in their classic fried dish. That’s the year that the Canadian government issued a moratorium on fishing the popular, tasty species. It devastated the Newfoundland region’s economy, but it had to be done. The cod population had dwindled to nearly nothing at that time due to over-fishing and changing water temperatures. Our guest today on Sea Change Radio is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Abel, who recently wrote a piece for the Boston Globe about how the cod has actually rebounded in recent times. We talk about the region’s historical relationship with cod, how science-informed policy can help reverse human-generated ecological damage, and Abel’s upcoming film on the subject, Sacred Cod.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Budgeting 27 mins -”How do you effectively budget your money as a student? This guide goes over how I did it, how I automate as much of it as I can, and how you can apply what I learned.” At the link find the title, “BONUS: The Ultimate Guide to Budgeting in College, Jan, 2015,” right-click “Media files 6816.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Costs 56 mins- “As the annual trek back to campus begins, we examine the options available to cover those hefty tuition bills, including new types of loans, grants and new tools for repayment.  We discuss how families navigate the landscape of funding options and government forms.  And we take a look at whether families are having that kitchen-table conversation about the high cost of higher education earlier in the college search process.” (4 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Congestion and Allergies 41 mins – “In this episode, we discuss the self-care of nasal congestion and allergies, including systemic/topical decongestants, nasal corticosteroids, antihistamines, cromolyn, and alternative medicine therapies.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 048-OTC_Nasal_Congestion_and_Allergies.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Cosmetics Safety 47 mins – “We pat and smear and paint and pencil cosmetics and personal care products all over ourselves. Shampoo, lotions, creams, dyes, deodorants. But do you know what’s in that stuff? What you’re putting on your face? Your scalp? Your underarms? Your eyes? There is almost no regulation of ingredients here in America. Now there’s a big push to change that. Big personal care product companies are signing on. Little ones may be driven out. This hour On Point, cleaning up cosmetics.” At the link right-click the tiny arrow under th eplay button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crowd Psychology 48 mins – “This episode’s guest, Michael Bond, is the author of The Power of Others, and reading his book I was surprised to learn that despite several decades of research into crowd psychology, the answers to most questions concerning crowds can still be traced back to a book printed in 1895. Gustave’s Le Bon’s book, “The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind,” explains that humans in large groups are dangerous, that people spontaneously de-evolve into subhuman beasts who are easily swayed and prone to violence. That viewpoint has informed the policies and tactics of governments and police forces for more than a century, and like many prescientific musings, much of it is wrong. Listen in this episode as Bond explains that the more research the social sciences conduct, the less the idea of a mindless, animalistic mob seems to be true. He also explains what police forces and governments should be doing instead of launching tear gas canisters from behind riot shields which actually creates the situation they are trying to prevent. Also, we touch on the psychology of suicide bombers, which is just as surprising as what he learned researching crowds.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 082-Crowds_rebroadcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cruise Ships 27 mins – “Philip Dodd looks at the impact that mass tourism on cruise liners can have. He talks to the people who benefit from the arrival of the huge new ships, and those who are unhappy about the environmental impact.” At the link find the title, “Cruising: Bad for the World? Aug, 2016, right-click “Media files p045kgtv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Psychology 46 mins – “If you’ve watched the TV show “CSI: Cyber” then you know a little bit about Mary Aiken. She’s a forensic cyber psychologist, and the fictional television program was inspired by her real life work advising law enforcement on virtual crime. Aiken says people take risks online they never would in the “real world”, a phenomenon that puts vulnerable populations at risk, particularly the young. In a new book, “The Cyber Effect”, Aiken explains how the act of going online changes our behavior in fundamental ways. From what happens in the “dark web”, to issues raised by digital selfies, to the growing problem of “cyberchondria” Aiken introduces us to some of the many ways our behavior changes online.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Cystic Fibrosis Drugs 29 mins – “Until 2012, if you had a rare genetic disorder, there didn’t seem to be much hope for a cure. The science just wasn’t there, and creating drugs for small populations made little financial sense for big pharma. The story of one cystic fibrosis drug is proof: not only is treating the root cause of a rare genetic disorder possible; it can be profitable. But the way this new drug was made is causing a stir among some of the very scientists and doctors who helped to create it. This week: what happens when a charity dips its toe into the risky world of venture capitalism to speed the search for a cure — and the result is a drug with a list price of about $300,000 a year? Scientist Paul Quinton, 72, who discovered the root problem in cystic fibrosis patients, called the price tag “unconscionable.” He is one of 28 doctors and scientists who wrote a letter to the pharmaceutical company pushing back on the price tag. He said he’s in a difficult position. “I’ve had friends tell me that they would shake hands with the devil if it meant that we would get a cure for this disease,” Quinton said. But in the case of this particular drug, everybody wants to know: who gets to decide how much it costs to save a life?” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dating History 52 mins – “From Match.com to Tinder, there are all kinds of ways single people meet each other in today’s tech-driven world. It was a whole lot simpler and, some would say, better just a generation ago – what happened to meeting someone and asking them to dinner? According to scholar Moira Weigel, this is nothing new. As dating has changed throughout American history, people have questioned matchmaking practices. Weigel joins us Friday to explore the transformation of dating. Her book is called Labor of Love. Moira Weigel is a Comparative Literature PhD candidate at Yale University examining film, media theory, and gender. She has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal among other publications. Her new book is called Labor of Love: The Invention of DatingAt the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Decision Making 24 mins – “This week, Harvard researcher Dan Gilbert tells us why we’re bad at predicting our future happiness, how that affects our decision making, and why we are actually happier after making a decision that feels irrevocable.” At the link find the title, “Episode 42: Decide Already! Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160822_hiddenbrain_decide.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant 58 mins – “David Baker, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle John Geesman, Attorney, Dickson Geesman LLP Dian Grueneich , Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission Michael Shellenberger, President, Environmental Progress Will closing the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant raise or lower California’s carbon pollution? Is it a deal with the devil or bold leadership?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disability and Tech 21` mins – “The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been stocked with all kinds of gadgets: singing calculators, talking typewriters, even video games that you navigate using only sound. Most are specialized and expensive — the school can afford them, but a lot of families can’t. There is one piece of tech, however, that almost every student has, and, according to 14-year-old student Demetria Ober, absolutely every student wants. It’s a status symbol, it’s a social media machine, it’s… yes, you know exactly what it is: the iPhone. On this week’s New Tech City, reporter Ryan Kailath introduces us to Demetria, and poses the question gaining importance in both her life and broader society: Are iPads and iPhones rendering Braille obsolete? And if so, should advocates for the visually impaired be worried? Demetria, who started losing her vision at an older age, has had a tough time with Braille class — it’s tied with algebra for her least favorite. Fluent Braille readers usually start around the age of 3 or 4, and catching up is an involved, often somewhat tedious process. So she prefers to read by enlarging the print or turning up the contrast on a screen. She can still see a little out of the corner of her eye. For the totally blind kids, smartphones will read text out loud. No raised dots involved. They’re reading through their ears — a skill unto itself.” At the link click the button with the three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Docs Outside the Box 64 mins – “I’m Dr. Nii Darko and welcome to the first ever episode of Docs Outside the Box podcast! I have finally launched and I’m not looking back! Are you a doctor who feels trapped by the notion that having a traditional clinical practice is the only end point to your career? Not sure you can have the bomb lifestyle and medical career of your dreams? Think again! Docs Outside the Box will feature guests and topics covering career advice, entrepreneurship, personal finance, technology, and more! My first guest is Dr. Carmen Brown, an obstetrician-gynecologist who practices all the way down under in New Zealand. She is a southwest Atlanta native who started her medical career in Athens, Georgia. After being fed up with all the typical frustrations doctors have, she and her husband literally closed up shop, packed their bags, and took a world tour. If you’ve ever been to New Zealand, you’ll know why they decided to call it their new home.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Editorial Cartoons 48 mins – “Political cartoonists at Moses Znaimer’s ideacity Conference ponder the role and limits of satirical cartooning. Where do they, and society, draw the line?” At the link find the title, “Line Drawing (Encore December 9, 2015), Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160826_45856.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Grid 36 mins – “In her new book, The Grid, Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future. She explains the challenges to Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Exhaustion 47 mins – “It’s August. Summertime. If you’re lucky, vacation time. We’re supposed to be refreshing, refreshed. But look across the year and think how often people say they’re exhausted. Too much work. Too hectic a schedule. Too many texts rolling in, emails to answer. Away from vacation – and maybe even on it! – are we more exhausted today than our ancestors? And what exactly is that feeling of exhaustion anyway, when it’s something more than too little sleep? This hour On Point, sizing up exhaustion.” At the link right-click the tiny down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fathers as Bachelors 29 mins – “Martha Sherrill’s father, Peter, rakish and handsome, was an irrepressible charmer and natural raconteur; when he died, she was flooded with calls from his ex-girlfriends who wanted to pay their respects and share their stories about this man who adored women. This week Sherrill joins host David Brancaccio to discuss her intimate 1999 Esquire essay, “My Father the Bachelor,” one of the most unusual and endearing tributes to fatherhood ever published.” At the link find the title, “My Father, the Bachelor, by Martha Sherrill, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Enclosure: http://tracking.feedpress.it/link/13153/4209231/01-My-Father-the-Bachelor-by-Martha-Sherrill.mp3and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flood Protection 17 mins – “The threat of damaging storm surges grows as sea levels rise and the frequency of severe storms increases. Some U.S. cities on the east and Gulf coasts are particularly vulnerable to storm surges. Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country, home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, and it may be right behind Galveston in the path of the next big Gulf hurricane. This area has been hit hard by past hurricanes, which underscores the importance of protecting it. In this podcast, Prof. Wesley Highfield of the department of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston discusses storm surge risks, protective options, decisions to act, and lessons for other coastal cities.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fugitive America 46 mins – “The underground economy where drug war and police lockdown meet urban America. We’ll look at life on the run.America’s underground economy sprawls far and wide now. Maybe $2 trillion in off-the-books work and trade. A big part of it grows from tough neighborhoods where the formal economy is so thin and the hand of the law is so heavy that it’s hard to stay on the straight and narrow. Sociologist Alice Goffman has gone there. To an urban economy and culture so shadowed by police and incarceration that it lives “on the run.” To a system that finds millions living as fugitives in their own neighborhoods. This hour On Point: the underground life of America’s most heavily-policed communities.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Economy 48 mins – “The global economy is flat. The US is doing a little better than others, but growth is slow. And inequality, here and abroad, is growing. This all bites, and its bite will be worse over time if we don’t fix it. How to do that? We’re talking today with two big economists. Nobel prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz. He says neo-liberal economics just aren’t working out. And the more conservative Douglas Holtz-Eakin. He’s been tough on Trump. This hour On Point, what to do with the global economy.” At the link right-click the tiny down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Great Depression Food 49 mins – “During the Depression, cheap, nutritious and filling food was prioritized — often at the expense of taste. Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of ‘A Square Meal,’ discuss food trends of the time. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Trials of the Earth.’ At the link find the title, “Aug 15, 2016, A Culinary History Of The Great Depression” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Green Costa Rica 16 mins – “How do we build a society without fossil fuels? Using her native Costa Rica as an example of positive action on environmental protection and renewables, climate advocate Monica Araya outlines a bold vision for a world committed to clean energy in all sectors. In 2015 Monica Araya’s native Costa Rica produced almost all of its electricity from renewable sources. She advocates for the next step: a fossil-fuel-free world.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Industry 47 mins -”Lifetime M.D. Dr. Nortin Hadler joins us to look at what’s happened to the doctor-patient relationship, and how to save it.Nortin Hadler, MD, has been doctoring for a long time. He’s old school. Loves a rich doctor-patient relationship, where the whole person – patient – is seen and comprehended. Treated in full. But these days, he says, doctors who care are burning out, retiring early, pulling their hair out. “Today,” he writes, “health is a commodity, disease is a product line and physicians are a sales force in the employ of a predatory enterprise.” Ok! This hour On Point, Dr. Nortin Hadler on how to heal American health care.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hillbilly Elegy 48 mins – “ Vance grew up in a Rust Belt town in Ohio, in a family from the hills of eastern Kentucky. His new memoir details the social isolation, poverty, and addiction that afflict poor white communities. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album ‘Rattle and Roar’ from The Earls of Leicester.” At the link find the title, “Aug 17, 2016, ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hiring Computer Techs 92 mins – “Topic: What do you look for when hiring a Tech? Where do you find them?” At the link right-click “Direct MP3 Download: Podnutz – The Computer Repair Podcast #196 – Where do you Hire Techs?and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Education 64 mins – “There has been considerable policy activity and innovation over the last 50 years to improve educational equity across student populations, starting with civil-rights lawsuits in the 1960s over access to high-quality education and continuing through the 2001 and 2015 reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Disproportionately lower achievement outcomes for several student subgroups have remained a top concern during this time, including those for economically disadvantaged students, English Learners (ELs), and certain racial and ethnic minority groups. Marking the release of a new report, this webinar will explore the key funding mechanisms in place to support EL students, including federal Title III and state supplementary funding sources. In light of broad trends toward more decentralized decision making and the increased opportunities that follow for stakeholder input to shape key educational policies, presenters discuss the diverse sources of information that should be brought to bear on public conversations about funding. These include demographic trends in the student population, district and school-based services that meet diverse student needs, and what efforts are being made to improve educational quality and student outcomes. Drawing examples from recent national and state-level actions, the speakers demonstrate how efforts to improve educational quality for ELs are tightly bound to efforts to improve the equitable distribution of educational resources.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet History P2 43 mins – “The Internet is one of those things that is right there in front of our face but can be hard to define exactly. Community Broadband Bits Episode 216 answers that question and picks up right where episode 213 left off with Fred Goldstein, Principal of Interisle Consulting Group. Having already discussed the regulatory decisions that allowed the Internet to flourish, we now focus on what exactly the Internet is (hint, not wires or even physical things) and spend a long time talking about Fred’s persuasive argument on how the FCC should have resolved the network neutrality battle. We also talk about why the Internet should properly be capitalized and why the Internet is neither fast nor slow itself. These are core concepts that anyone who cares about getting Internet policy correct should know — but far too few do. Not because it is too technical, but because it does require some work to understand. That is why this is such a long conversation – probably our longest to date in over 200 shows. “ At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Security 63 mins – “General Keith Alexander (Ret.), Founder and CEO, IronNet Cybersecurity; Former Head, U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency Alfred R. Berkeley, Director, World Economic Forum USA; Co-Author, The New Paradigm for Cyber Security David Mount, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers The “Internet of things” promises tech-savvy people the ability to tap a smart phone to unlock your home door to let in your dog walker or house guest. Other possibilities include refrigerators that can order groceries and thermostats that can be controlled remotely. Smart homes outfitted with appliances that send and receive data are related to a smart electric grid, which would similarly send electricity to homes and receive energy generated on solar rooftops or other renewable sources. California law requires the state to source half of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. That will present big challenges for a grid that was built to be only one-way. Companies financing and supplying renewable energy are scrambling to figure out how to make the grid both green and safe from cyber attacks. How California manages the transition may be a model for the country for what to do—or not do. Join us for a conversation about the transition to smart homes and a smart grid and whether smart hackers can exploit the situation to wreak havoc on our connected lives. We also will discuss broader issues of cybersecurity and privacy in a hyper-connected age.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iraqi Displaced People 21mins – “The Iraqi city, Mosul, has been controlled by ISIS for the past two years. Now, they are poised for a battle as Iraqi forces seek to liberate it. But the most likely immediate result of the battle for Mosul will be chaos and a vast new wave of refugees.” At the link find the title, “UN prepares for mass displacements as anti-ISIS troops approach Mosul, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160825_70108.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Journalism Trends 56 mins – “A recent Pew Research report finds some bad news for traditional print media with newspapers seeing perhaps their worst year since the Great Recession. But there’s good news for all things digital: many more people are seeking information on social media sites and in the mobile realm. We examine the trends on all platforms, and look at ramifications for the actual work of journalism.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Louisiana Flooding 48 mins – “President Obama visits Baton Rouge today. Flooding there killed 13 people and hit tens of thousands of homes. Clean-up is underway, but the challenge is profound: dozens of state highways remain closed, vast acres of crops are a 100 percent loss and thousands of people still can’t return to their homes. Those who can confront mountains of mud and debris, but some say news of the devastation was slow to reach the rest of the country and there are concerns that the national response may fall far short of the true need. Join us to talk about the crisis in Baton Rouge, the disasters we pay attention to, those we don’t and why.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Mall Closings 46 mins – “It’s a confusing, challenging time for the retail sector. Macy’s is closing 100 stores. Wal-Mart is struggling to grow its online sales. Many traditional malls are dying. Yet TJ Maxx and Marshalls are thriving. So are Home Depot and Lowe’s. And Amazon continues to dominate the online shopping world. What’s a store to do in an era when lots of people shun malls and prefer to shop with an iPad while lounging on the couch? This hour On Point, the changing ways Americans shop, the continuing battle between brick-and-mortar versus online, and how the retail sector is trying to innovate to keep up.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana vs Opiates 56 mins – “The state’s therapeutic cannabis program is up and running, with the opening of its fourth and final dispensary, but debate continues over who should access the drug . For example, some argue it’s a good alternative to opioids for chronic pain sufferers, but others warn of unintended consequences and inadequate research.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meditation P3 86 mins – “How does mindfulness and meditation improve health? Helen Weng, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, explains that training our internal mental lives can have positive effects on our minds, health, and relationships. Recorded on 05/26/2016. (#31008)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Methane Issues 27 mins –Methane Madness (start time: 2:20) More than a decade ago, scientists noted that the area where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet, known as Four Corners, appeared to be emitting a curiously large amount of methane. In a new study, a team of scientists have traced the source: more than 250 gas wells, storage tanks, pipelines and processing plants associated with oil and gas development in the San Juan Basin. The basin is one of many places where new drilling technologies, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, have propelled a boom in natural gas extraction. The boom has transformed the U.S. energy mix. Our two guests discuss with hosts Daniel Glick and Susan Moran the science and public health aspects of this study as well as the human side of living near natural gas wells in Colorado. Dr. Colm Sweeney co-authored the recent Four Corners study. He is the lead scientist for NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab Aircraft Program, and he is a research scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Our other guest, Dr. Christopher Clack, is a physicist and mathematician with CIRES whose research focuses on renewable electricity. He shares his personal experience with and documentation of natural gas extraction.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Therapy 48 mins – “Music therapists have been working to help patients for decades. In recent years, research on music and the brain has indicated listening to songs can help patients with a wide range of medical problems, including sleep disorders and strokes. Classical guitarist Andrew Schulman says music helped him recover from a coma. While he’s not a music therapist, he now works with doctors in intensive care units at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in New York and Berkshire Medical Center in Massachusetts. He plays his guitar to help stabilize patients blood pressure and heart rates after surgery. A look at how music is being used to aid patients recover from medical conditions.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Nature Loss 48 mins – “Three experts in urban and environmental conservation discuss an ecological approach to the restoration and preservation of both wilderness and cityscapes.” At the link find the title, “Reimagining Ecology, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160825_63906.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Northwest Passage 4 mins – “The sea route over the top of Canada has historically been impassable, but ice melting in the Arctic has in recent years cleared a path for shipping vessels. Now, a 1,600-person, 13-deck cruise ship is plying those waters, too. The Crystal Serenity left Seward, Alaska last week on a 32-day cruise that will take it around Alaska, through the Canadian Arctic, past Greenland and finally to New York….Safety isn’t the only aspect of the cruise that locals are worried about. The ship has already stopped in Nome, Alaska, population roughly 4,000….The ship’s captain Birger Vorland visited some of these small Arctic communities, and said they are “apprehensively excited” about the onslaught of visitors….Rachel Waldholz said Crystal Cruises is exceeding environmental regulations for wastewater discharge and is using grade of fuel oil that would be easier to clean up in the event of a spill. “But the concern is sort of what happens next,” Waldholz said. “All of these measures are voluntary… will other companies follow suit and follow sort of the same high standards?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Business P4 27 mins – “Fourth of five episodes. Oil is in our sneakers, our clothes, and the computer or phone you’re using right now. On today’s show: The story of the man who made it happen.” At the link find the title, “Oil #4: How Oil Got Into Everything, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160826_pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Business P5 28 mins – “Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?” At the link find the title, “Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160824_pmoney_podcast082416.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organic Food 35 mins – “People are going bonkers for organic, but what are you really getting when you buy them? Better taste? Fewer toxic chemicals? A cleaner environment? Farmers Mark, Andy, and Brian Reeves, nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Kathryn Bradbury, Ass. Prof. Cynthia Curl, and Prof. Navin Ramankutty help us sort it all out.” At the link find the title, “Organic food, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT9168305065.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pill Taking Problems 20 mins – “The BMJ publishes a variety of education articles, to help doctors improve their practice. Often authors join us in our podcast to give tips on putting their recommendations into practice. In this new monthly audio round-up The BMJ’s clinical editors discuss what they have learned, and how they may alter their practice. In our first audio edition, GPs Sophie Cook and Helen Macdonald, psychiatry trainee Kate Adlington, and HIV and sexual health trainee Deborah Kirkham talk about communication skills – ICE – obtaining a patient’s ideas, concerns and expectations about their health.” At the link find the title, “Education round up – ICE, examinations, and adherence, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 279858282-bmjgroup-education-round-up-aug-2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Sex Scandals 7 mins – “So it turns out that Warren G. Harding really did father a love child with one of his mistresses, Nan Britton. Last month, descendants of Harding and Britton confirmed that DNA evidence linked their families to each other. But Harding never discussed the matter in public, which separates his time from ours. Today’s sexually wayward leaders are required to grovel, confessing their sins to the world. Think Bill Clinton and John Edwards, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner. That makes us feel superior to our politicians, but—in the end—it diminishes our politics. It’s easy to mock our Victorian forbears, with their formal manners and blind spots on race and gender. But they kept silent about their personal transgressions, even in the face of salacious reporting about them. And we could all stand to learn from that….” Jonathan Zimmerman teaches history and education at New York University. He is the author of Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education, which was published in March by Princeton University Press.At the link find the title, “Political sex scandals and the culture of confession, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files love-child-web.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Population Stability 48 mins – “Offering insights and guidance from prominent academics and journalists, The Good Crisis: How Population Stabilization Can Foster a Healthy U.S. Economy -Population Connection: 2016- takes on one of today’s most pressing challenges: keeping our aging population healthy, productive, and prepared for today’s technologically-focused jobs. At the same time, today’s youth must be prepared for productive futures through education, skills training, and delayed parenthood. Dispelling anxieties about the impact of slowing population growth on Social Security, commerce, and society, this collection of essays presents innovative and practical solutions to issues from labor shortages to fossil fuel dependence. Backed by extensive research and real-world examples, The Good Crisis presents a path to a more productive, sustainable world. Tune in as we talk with John Seager, one of the book’s authors and President and CEO of Population Connection.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Premed Minority Story 44 mins – “Dr. Nii Darko took the long road to medicine. Growing up a first gen student left him learning about medicine from The Cosby Show. Learn how it influenced him.” At the link right-click “Direct download: PMY196.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Private Prison Closures 47 mins – “The Justice Department will phase out its use of for-profit prisons to house federal inmates. This follows a government report indicating private prisons are not as secure or safe as those federally run, and don’t offer significant cost savings. Prison rights advocates hailed the move. Supporters of the private system criticized it, saying it was partly based on faulty data. The majority of incarcerated Americans are in state prisons, not federal. Some rights groups hope the Justice Department move will set the stage for state prisons to follow suit. We weigh the pros and cons of government and private prisons.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Private Prison Problems 49 mins – “Seth Freed Wessler reported on the substandard medical care in privately-run prisons in the federal corrections system for ‘The Nation.’ His work may have led the Justice Department to phase out private prisons. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two reissues from saxophonist Teddy Edwards.” At the link find the title, “Inside Private Prisons: Crowding, Under-Staffing, And Inmate Deaths, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_491391936.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Proteins 27 mins – “Keith & Russ talk with Kevin Burgess, Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station TX. Burgess talks about the importance of learning how proteins interact, and which molecules interact best with others. Resulting research has led to advances in fighting HIV, diabetes, and cancer. Burgess also talks about his work with florescent molecules and how they can be used to mark DNA strands or view interactions between proteins inside a cell.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement for Athletes 27 mins – “As the Rio Olympics comes to an end, Claudia Hammond looks at what happens when elite sportspeople retire from competition. Life becomes very different when they stop striving for those medals, and they no longer have an identity as an athlete. After a decade or more of being told how to become a champion – when to train, what to eat and when to sleep – they have to return to making decisions for themselves. For some it can put people at risk of depression, alcohol abuse or even suicide. Claudia Hammond talks to former athletes, swimmer Sharron Davies and footballer Clarke Carlisle, about how they have redefined their lives. Paul Wylleman, Professor of Sports Psychology at the Free University of Brussels, and performance manager to the Dutch Olympics team, tells her how some countries’ Olympic organisations prepare their stars for the future outside sport.” At the link find the title, “Olympic Minds: Retirement, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files p045rk2n.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Investing P1 45 mins – “Paul considers this podcast, the best of his career. In this 2 part podcast you will hear Paul interviewed by Michael Port, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Port. Michael Port is an author, speaker, small business marketing consultant, and public speaking teacher. Michael is not a financial expert but, as you will learn from the interview, he has taken the time to understand how the investing process works. In these two podcasts Michael and Paul discuss dozens of important topics including: the essentials of successful investing, how salespeople hurt investors, what is a fiduciary and how do you know you have a good one, why investors make less than they should, the possibility of making 12%, what asset classes produce the best returns, how much investors need to save before they retire, rebalancing, Paul’s $3000 to $50 million strategy and lots more. For those who enjoy Michael’s interview style, check out http://stealtheshow.com/podcast/archive/At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roger Ailes 47 mins – “Fox News debuted 20 years ago as a conservative alternative to mainstream media. It quickly grew into a national phenom that became the voice of conservative America. But now its powerful co-founder, Roger Ailes, is out over sexual harassment claims and corporate restructuring is underway. That internal drama comes just as Trump’s campaign is splitting the GOP. This hour On Point, the troubles at Fox, the Trump effect on political journalism, and the future of conservative media.” At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roman Times 48 mins – “From Julius Caesar’s last words to what Gladiator duels were actually like, classicist Mary Beard sets the record straight. Her book ‘SPQR’ is now out in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Hell or High Water.’Historian Mary Beard Tackles Myths About Ancient Rome,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rubber Business 4 mins – “Scientists estimate that a forest the size of Indiana will be cut down to plant rubber trees over the next eight years. That’s creating biological deserts, driving some of our favorite exotic animals toward extinction….Burning forests in Southeast Asia for commodities — like rubber, palm and paper — releases carbon stored in trees. Last year, fires in Indonesia raged out of control. “And for 26 days in a row, the fires in Indonesia released greenhouse gasses that outstripped those of the US economy. It was just an incredibly serious climate change catastrophe,” says Higonnet. There are also human rights abuses: Indigenous people have been forced from their lands in Laos, Burma and Cambodia to build new rubber plantations. And there have been problems with child labor. Now, to be clear, tire companies like Michelin, Pirelli and Goodyear aren’t engaging in these practices or burning forests directly, but they buy rubber from contractors who do.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Protests 27 mins – “After the last elections in Russia, mass protests against vote-rigging led to clashes in the centre of Moscow. The events on Bolotnaya Square were the biggest challenge President Putin has ever faced to his rule. Four years on, several demonstrators are still serving long prison sentences, the laws on protesting have been tightened and the arrests continue. As Russia gears up for parliamentary elections in September, Sarah Rainsford talks to some of those caught up in the Bolotnaya protests, and asks what their stories tell us about Putin’s Russia today.” At the link find the title, “Protesting in Putin’s Russia, Augu, 2016,” right-click “Media files p045qgrf.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salary Negotiations 60 mins – “Learn how to stand out in salary negotiation with Jim Hopkinson of SalaryTutor.com” At the link find the title, “In-Depth Salary Negotiation Tactics (Ep. 52) Feb, 2015,” right-click “Media files 7943.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salt Wars 45 mins – “Salt is a magical substance. It reduces bitterness, enhances sweetness, boosts flavor, and preserves perishable foods. Without it, we would die: the human body can’t make sodium, but our nerves and muscles don’t work without it. It was considered rare until quite recently, so it’s hardly surprising that, throughout history, salt has been the engine behind empires and revolutions. Today, there’s a new battle in the salt wars, between those who think that we eat too much of it and it’s killing us—and those who think most of us are just fine. Join us for a serving of salt, seasoned with science, history, and a little politics.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scholarly Collaboration Networks 9 mins – “On these websites, millions of registered users around the world share published materials, argue and collaborate, or just form communities of common interests. The domain names, though, are ones you may not be familiar with. Don’t think Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Think ResearchGate, Mendeley, and Academia.edu. Scholarly collaboration networks, known as SCNs, have received much credit from academics and scientists for bringing research into the digital age.  Publishers and institutional librarians, though, also recognize that everyday activity across SCNs raises questions about the proper sharing of materials. Now there’s a website for getting answers to those questions – www.howcanishareit.com. “What we really need to do is to work with publishers to make sure that their licensing and copyright information is as clear and simple as possible, and likewise does address sharing specifically as one means of distribution,” Matt McKay, director of communication and events for the STM Association, the leading global trade association for academic and professional publishers. STM over the last two years has undertaken a thorough look at the current landscape of article sharing through scholarly collaboration networks and sites, and has sought to clarify how, where, and what content should be shared using these networks and sites. “So it’s quite a big body of work, not only to start looking at building those tools to help people, but also working with publishers to make that process as simple and as streamlined as possible,” McKay tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scientific Imagination P1 48 mins – “Central to the quest of understanding the universe is the creation of images through simile and metaphor. Four prominent physicists join host Paul Kennedy in conversation about the vitality and centrality of the scientific imagination.” At the link find the title, “Similes and Science Part 1 (Encore September 10, 2015), Aug, 2016,”right-click “Media files ideas_20160823_62735.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shepherd’s Life 47 mins – “The shepherd’s life. James Rebanks on the ancient and new life of the shepherd.Life is change, we hear a lot these days. For James Rebanks, that is only partly true. Rebanks is a shepherd in the far north of England, on land his family has farmed since ancient days. He went to Oxford, and then came home. To farm. To his sheep. He’s written the story of that life, the shepherd’s life, in a new book that’s getting raves all over. Maybe it’s a sign of others’ longing for that sense of continuity and rootedness, the land. Maybe it’s your longing. But would you want the work? This hour On Point, news from the hills. ‘The Shepherd’s Life.’“ At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slavery and Racism 74 mins – “Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how attitudes in the American South toward slavery evolved over time and what we can learn from that evolution about the role culture plays in our lives.” At the link right-click “download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smallpox Eradicator 61 mins – “Donald “D.A.” Henderson, a physician, educator, and epidemiologist who led the World Health Organization’s campaign to eradicate smallpox, died at 87 years of age on Aug. 19, 2016. Vincent was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with DA Henderson in 2014 about his career, the smallpox eradication effort, and what it means for the eradication of polio.” At the link right-click “Download TWIV Special” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Societal Collapse 94 mins – “CJ Killmer has been teaching college history since 2006, but he has been a smartass, iconoclast, and cynical questioner and critic of authority since he was a kid. Naturally, these attitudes have influenced his take on history. In 2014, he started the Dangerous History Podcast, a show that covers a wide variety of history topics from an individualist-anarchist perspective, combining education and entertainment with the ultimate goal of empowerment. Today we discuss the historical reality of societal collapses in history, both long ago and very recently. We also take a look at the causes of societal collapse beyond the surface examples usually given. Further we look at what our future holds and what lessons we can learn from past collapses.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solutions to Big Problems 46 mins – “Marty Nemko, Ph.D., Contributor, Time; Host, “Work with Marty Nemko,” KALW 91.7 FM What’s the Big Idea? Possible Solutions to Our Biggest Problems. Imagine you are emperor of the United States of America. With a wave of your hand, you can enact any policy you want. A policy that would: remove people’s employment fears remove our health-care fears eliminate terrorism make the U.S.’s $20 trillion dollar debt vanish even solve the Palestinian/Israeli crisis. Marty Nemko, Time contributor, KALW-FM (San Francisco public radio station) host, U.C. Berkeley Ph.D. specializing in the evaluation of innovation, and author of What’s the Big Idea? 39 Reinventions for a Better Society, will share his provocative ideas and leave plenty of time for Q&A so you can react to those ideas and share your own! *THIS PROGRAM CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE*” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sperm Whales 24 mins – “In an unprecedented study, Canadian marine biologist Shane Gero has been decoding a group of sperm whale families for more than a decade. Find out what sperm whales are talking about and what Gero has learned about their society.” At the link find the title, “ENCORE: Canadian researcher reveals how sperm whales communicate, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160824_64974.mp3 and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Student Loan Debt 48 mins – “Student loan debt: We’ve seen the numbers heading sharply north for a decade. The amount Americans owe in student loans now stands at well above a trillion dollars. Recent surveys show a majority of Americans approve of free college tuition, but they don’t want to pay more taxes to make it possible. We’ve long been told that college offers a path to a better life for individuals-and greater prosperity for the nation. But when accompanied by crushing debt, many say the value of a college education needs to be recalculated. Join Diane and guests as they discuss student loan debt, college affordability and what the presidential candidates are proposing.”(4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Sushi Trends 48 mins – “What’s the future of sushi? We look at tradition, sustainability and changing sushi tastes in America.Once, sushi was exotic and simple. Raw fish, vinagered rice, a gift from Japan. Now, sushi is very familiar to many all over the world – certainly in the U.S. – but it has grown exotic in new ways. Wild directions. Sushi burritos. Cajun sushi. Sushi doughnuts! And it’s grown endangered, along with global fish stocks of blue fin tuna and more. A lot of culture and questions converging around sushi. This hour On Point, we are rolling out the sushi, with top chefs and your questions.” (2 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tiny Houses 62 mins – “Chris Haynes is an electrical and software engineer. He moved from a full size grid connected house to an off grid tiny house located on a rural lot. He has built a very small (66sf) tiny house and a code compliant 252sf tiny house where he currently lives. He has been living off grid for over 4 years using a very simple and inexpensive solar system. He shares his experiences in tiny house living at conferences held in the northeast US. He just released a new book called “Tiny House Engineers Notebook: Volume 1, Off Grid Power”. Its written in a style that is suitable for folks with no electrical knowledge. Chris originally joined us at TSP on Episode 1365 that is almost two years ago, he now has a lot more experience actually living the Tiny House way. He has been though Snowpocalypse and a hell of a Heat Wave for a summer as well. So we will discuss somethings he has done to make his home more livable.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Triage Stories 63 mins – “When people are dying and you can only save some, how do you choose? Maybe you save the youngest. Or the sickest. Maybe you even just put all the names in a hat and pick at random. Would your answer change if a sick person was standing right in front of you? In this episode, we follow New York Times reporter Sheri Fink as she searches for the answer. In a warzone, a hurricane, a church basement, and an earthquake, the question remains the same. What happens, what should happen, when humans are forced to play god? In the book that inspired this episode you can find more about what transpired at Memorial Hospital during Hurricane Katrina, Sheri Fink’s exhaustively reported Five Days at Memorial You can find more about the work going on in Maryland at: www.nytimes.com/triage Very special thanks to Lilly Sullivan. Special thanks also to: Pat Walters and Jim McCutcheon and Todd Menesses from WWL in New Orleans, the researchers for the allocation of scarce resources project in Maryland – Dr. Lee Daugherty Biddison from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Howie Gwon from the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Emergency Management, Alan Regenberg of the Berman Institute of Bioethics and Dr. Eric Toner of the UPMC Center for Health Security.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump’s Life 37 mins – “Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, is known for his outspoken personality and oversize public image, which he believes help build his brand name. “Whether it’s good press or bad press, it’s getting your name out there,” Washington Post investigative reporter Michael Kranish tells Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies. “Getting your name on the gossip pages and the front pages and even the sports pages, [is] all in the effort of building the name.” Kranish and his Post colleague Marc Fisher are the authors of Trump Revealed, a biography about Trump’s life and career that is based on the work of more than 20 of the Post’s reporters, editors and fact-checkers. Fisher says 20 hours of interviews with Trump helped him come to a better understanding of the candidate. “The man we’ve come to know and understand is someone who has led a strikingly solitary life given how public he is and how glad-handing his image is,” Fisher said. ‘When I asked him about friendships, he said he really doesn’t have friendships of the kind that most people would describe.’ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wilderness Act 52 mins – “BackStory is quitting the city and heading into the wild. In this episode, Brian, Ed, and Peter return to America’s fascination with wild places and learn how we impact even the most remote corners of our country. The Guys explore how early European arrivals created wilderness out of a landscape long shaped by human intervention, find out how the city of San Francisco controlled the remote Hetch Hetchy valley, hundreds of miles away, and ask how our ideas about wild places have changed over time.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfires and Floods 47 mins – “Fire and flood punishing California and Louisiana this week. The images are incredible. The reality is worse. Louisiana’s unnamed deluge and flooding is being called the biggest US natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy. We’ve got storms that should happen once every five hundred or a thousand years happening all the time now. In California, long drought has made the Blue Cut fire explode like a bomb. 80,000 evacuees. This hour On Point, epic fire and rain, and what we’re up against now.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zika Virus Status 47 mins – “The Centers for Disease Control’s travel warning for the Zika virus expanded four days ago — to another neighborhood of Miami. And experts say the virus likely isn’t done spreading. Most at risk: Gulf coast areas like Louisiana, still overrun by standing water after historic flooding, and Texas, vulnerable to infected mosquitoes because of its hot climate. Zika’s threat has ignited conversations for families who are pregnant and those who hope to become pregnant, including a new debate around reproductive healthcare and abortion. Meanwhile, new vaccines are moving through early-stage trials at a rapid pace, but how quickly they come to market could hinge on funding woes in congress. Where Zika is headed — and how we’re treating it.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Thanks for stopping by.

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