Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 89 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 211 for the week for your ears while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files here as one download 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. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.
Afghanistan Lessons 52 mins – “A decade and a half after the United States and NATO allies invaded Afghanistan and U.S. President George W. Bush declared a “War on Terror,” the future of Afghanistan is still being written. Attal, a Fulbright scholar and a bright young activist-educator, will discuss the turbulent situation in Afghanistan, lessons from the War on Terror, and his hopes for the future. After receiving his Masters at San Francisco’s Golden Gate University, Attal returned to Afghanistan committed to helping his struggling homeland achieve labor reform, more gender equality and evasive stability. He is a recipient of the United Nations Youth Courage Award.” At the link right-click “Play” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Air Conditioning Trends 30 mins – “On this episode of Direct Current, we’re taking you to the future of cooling, where new technologies like magnet-based air conditioning and personalized robots will transform how we fight climate change, save on energy costs and stay comfortable.” At the link right-click “Download File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Airships in Canada 14 mins – “The high cost of groceries in First Nations communities in the North, and Arctic, has a Winnipeg man calling on Canada to use airships to transport food and supplies to the North – a move he says would significantly reduce the cost of living.” At the link find the title, “How airships could make life more affordable in northern Canada, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160915_63775.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American West Revisited 58 mins – “BBC World Service drives across the United States to find out why Americans seem more divided than ever.” At the link find the title, “America Revisited: The West, Sept, 2016,”right-click “Media files p047c0gf.mp3 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Animal Intelligence 30 mins – “How do we define intelligence? How do we decide which animals possess it? And why are some people so uncomfortable with the idea of intelligence and consciousness existing outside the world of Homo sapiens?In his latest book, Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?, legendary ethologist Professor Frans de Waal questions the boundaries that have historically existed between the minds of humans and other animals. Here Waal joins Hannah Devlin in the studio – alongside psychologist Professor Wendy Johnson – and they discuss the nature of intelligence and intelligence in nature, throwing light on an age-old debate that challenges just how special we humans are.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Appalachia Culture 16 mins – “Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance grew up between the Rust Belt and Appalachia surrounded by poverty, anger and love. Part of a culture that he says is in crisis in America today and that feeds into the politics playing out in this U.S. election year.” At the link find the title, “Yale University hillbilly J.D. Vance on learned helplessness in America, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160914_66939.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Asylum Villages 57 mins – “Jean Vanier, who founded the L’Arche movement in 1963 for people with profound disabilities, quickly learned that “normal” people have much to learn about being human by watching those we perceive as weak. Jean Vanier in conversation with Philip Coulter.” At the link find the title, “The Rabbit and the Giraffe: Jean Vanier, Part 2, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160919_87016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Believer in Chief 57 mins – “American presidential candidates are expected to proclaim their religious faith and the 2016 election is no exception. In this episode of BackStory, Peter, Ed, and Brian explore the complicated relationship between American presidents and their spiritual beliefs. We’ll look at how many early leaders, like Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, didn’t belong to a particular church, and how Democratic presidential candidate Al Smith’s Roman Catholicism was a flashpoint in the 1928 election. We’ll also hear how evangelical preacher Billy Graham became the spiritual advisor to a dozen Presidents.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Birth Of a Nation 17 mins – “Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation is one of the most talked about movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. For many, Parker’s history involving a sexual assault charge raises complex questions about whether to even see the film.” At the link find the title, “Nate Parker’s Birth Of A Nation: can you separate art from the artist? Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160912_20762.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Lawyers in Canada 18 mins – “Toronto lawyer Selwyn Pieters has filed a lawsuit alleging humiliating treatment based on his race by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Now other lawyers who say they have faced similar situations are speaking up about racial bias in the court system.” At the link find the title, “Non-white lawyers in Canada call out racial profiling in justice system, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160913_76234.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bone Problems of Aging 88 mins – “Age-related bone and joint injuries are increasing as the population ages. Dr. Eric Meinberg looks at managing osteoporosis and its complications and Dr. Paul Toogood looks at broken hips and discuses joint replacement. Recorded on 05/31/2016. (#30990)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Plasticity 64 mins – “Steven R. Campbell, M.S., Information Systems Campbell presents an eye-opening look at the latest research on how our brains conform to the messages we give it: When we optimize those messages, our brains will literally rewire themselves again to create new, positive self-images of who we want to be. This is formally called “neuroplasticity.” Understanding this could open doors to creating more success in our health, personal relationships and in our businesses. It’s not magic…it’s science! The speaker will share practical knowledge of cutting-edge brain research on creating success, better health, loving relationships and overcoming your fears as well as an understanding of the surprising power of thinking differently when you mess up.” At the link right-click “Play” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Carbon Farming 29 mins – “Can simply changing how and what we grow really make a difference to a changing climate? This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, author and agricultural expert, Eric Toensmeier, is quite certain it can. We discuss smarter agricultural methods like using trees and grazing animals. And we talk about what might turn an enormous, slow-moving industry like agriculture onto a more sustainable path.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cashless Society 47 mins – “Economist Kenneth Rogoff says it’s time to be done with paper money and what he calls “The Curse of Cash.”Cash may feel a little old-fashioned these days, but there sure is a lot of it out there. Trillions of dollars in paper money. Economist Kenneth Rogoff says it’s time to get rid of it. Almost all of it. Everything bigger than a ten dollar bill. Cash is for criminals these days, he says. Drug dealers and terrorists and tax dodgers. Plus, he wants negative interest rates as a tool in the next recession. And he doesn’t want you to be able to hide out in cash. This hour On Point, the call for an end to cash.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cities Without Cars 30 mins – “The battle in big cities continues: how do you keep cars out to cut congestion and reduce pollution? Chris Ledgard visits Paris and Barcelona to explore two different approaches. In Paris, the mayor’s office wants to ban the most polluting cars, and coloured stickers are being introduced to help the authorities determine which vehicles can enter the city centre. Meanwhile, more and more Paris residents are turning to the electric car-sharing scheme, Autolib. We hear how it works. In Barcelona, urban ecologists are adapting the famous grid system designed by Ildefons Cerda to create ‘superblocks’ – large traffic-free spaces across the city where the sound of traffic is only distantly heard. Chris talks to the scheme’s inventor, Salvador Rueda, and hears about his vision for Spain’s second biggest city.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Civilization Trends 60 mins – “’…Noah Harari Yuval Noah Harari is the star historian who shot to fame with his international bestseller ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’. In that book Harari explained how human values have been continually shifting since our earliest beginnings: once we placed gods at the centre of the universe; then came the Enlightenment, and from then on human feelings have been the authority from which we derive meaning and values. Now, using his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between, Harari argues in his forthcoming book ‘Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow’, our values may be about to shift again – away from humans, as we transfer our faith to the almighty power of data and the algorithm. …After a few countries master the enhancement of bodies and brains, will they conquer the planet while the rest of humankind is driven to extinction?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change Politics 46 mins – “President Obama calls climate change trends “terrifying.” But what about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? We’ll look at their plans for the environment.There are so many big forks in the road as Americans prepare now to choose the country’s next president. If you want to see a giant one, look at environmental policy, Trump versus Clinton. Hillary Clinton would carry on battling climate change and put solar panels all over. Donald Trump says manmade climate change is a hoax, and would pour on the coal and fossil fuels. President Obama says he already terrified by what’s coming. This hour On Point, the huge canyon over climate in the 2016 race.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Melts Glaciers 60 mins – “This week, we look back at a previous episode about how climate change is altering the face of the planet, and affecting the lives of the people who live here. Desiree Schell speaks to science writer and naturalist Christoper White, about his book “The Melting World: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers.” And she’s joined by sociology researcher Stephen Castles, to discuss the factors driving human migration, and how it could be affected by the shifting climate. Download “Foresight: Migration and Global Environmental Change” (2011) Final Project Report from the UK Government Office for Science, London. Download Stephen Castles’ “concluding remarks on the climate change-migration nexus,” from “Migration and Climate Change” 2011.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Consciousness Discussion 77 mins – “Advances in physical sciences, biology, and neuroscience have dramatically enhanced our knowledge of the human species. But can physical sciences solve the biggest mystery—the emergence of human consciousness?” At the link find the title, “The Rise of Human Consciousness, Sep, 2016,” right-click “Media files 160915_poe4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Crowd Supply 78 mins – “Josh Lifton of Crowd Supply talks about what it takes to make sure every project is delivered to backers. Also: distributed sensors at light shows and how to become an open source stenographer.” At the link find the title, “#314 – An Interview with Josh Lifton, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dakota Access Pipeline 5 mins – “For weeks, members of the Standing Rock Sioux have gathered in Cannonball, North Dakota standing against what’s known as the Dakota Access pipeline. The 1,172-mile pipeline is a $3.7 billion dollar project that would carry about 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois. Its route would take the pipeline under the Missouri River, just upstream from the Standing Rock reservation, and Sioux tribal members say this would threaten their drinking water and sacred sites. Hundreds of other tribes in the US and Canada have pledged support for the Sioux nation, and thousands of activists have traveled to North Dakota to stand with them. It’s considered one of the largest Native American movements in recent history, and president of the Native American Journalists Association Jason Begay finds it “quite remarkable.” …The project has been overseen by the US Army Corps of Engineers. Last Friday, a federal judge ruled against the Sioux nation’s attempt to stop the work — but immediately after that ruling, the US government ordered construction on the pipeline to halt temporarily. “The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it can determine whether it will need to reconsider any of its previous decisions regarding the Lake Oahe site under the National Environmental Policy Act or other federal laws,” the order said. “Therefore, construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time.”…“For the first month or so of the movement people relied entirely on Facebook updates to see what’s been going on,” Begay said, and only recently has the case gotten mainstream media attention. Supporters who can’t make it to North Dakota have been using the hashtag #NoDAPL to show their opposition to the project…” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dental Decay and Fluoridation 13 mins – “Professionals in dental health believe there’s a link between tooth decay and Calgary’s choice five years ago to pull fluoride out of the water. But the city’s elected officials aren’t interested in the details.” At the link find the title, “Study suggests more tooth decay in Calgary kids after end of water fluoridation, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160914_19199.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Direct Care Workers 5 mins – “Audio interview by GAO staff with Kathleen King, Director, Health Care” At the link find the title,”Long Term Care Workforce, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 679354.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dress Codes 50 mins – “…France’s highest court struck down a prohibition against Burkinis in one of the 30 seaside towns which forbade the full-body covering favored by some Muslim women. Proponents argue the ban increases security and defend secularism in light of the attack in nearby nice. Opponents claim it’s straight-up islamophobia…. We move from a pioneer in magazines for kids to the story of a woman who would fit quite well within those pages. Nate DiMeo, creator and host of The Memory Palace podcast brings us her story….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drones for Refugees 4 mins – “More than a decade ago he fled the Taliban in Afghanistan. He made his way to Turkey, and later rode a flimsy boat to Greece. Now Salehi is working to help other refugees survive the perilous sea crossings to Europe that have claimed thousands of lives. To do that, he’s become a drone expert. Salehi developed a “real-time data gathering and sharing platform,” he told the BBC. “You use this drone system to identify where refugees are … and what their needs are,” he explained. His program, “Drones for Refugees,” allows for broadcasting the exact locations of boats in distress…. The sea crossings, perilous for humans, aren’t always easy for drones either — especially amid sensitive relations over airspace, like those between Turkey and Greece. Salehi’s confident about his program’s mission, though. Eventually Drones for Refugees hopes to add emergency air drops and two-way messaging systems to its fleet. But before that, “the main purpose is to identify the GPS location of refugee boats, and send help right away.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drop Shipping Problem 21 mins – “The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen–but instead they are taking over the global economy.” At the link find the title, “#724: Cat Scam, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160914_pmoney_podcast091416.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Education in America 27 mins – “The Education of Omarina continues a story FRONTLINE has been following since 2012 — showing how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college.” At the link find the title, “The Education of Omarina, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 282891916-frontlinepbs-the-education-of-omarina.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Educational Inequality 47 mins – “A Connecticut judge calls unequal education unconstitutional, and raises national questions about the American way of schooling.Americans know that funding local schools with local property taxes means inequality. We know that whole communities of children are coming up with substandard, even lousy education. And we don’t fix it. Last week, one judge said “enough.” A Connecticut judge said his state is failing – that it “has left rich districts to flourish and poor districts to flounder” – and gave legislators 180 days to design a better way. The whole country’s watching. This hour On Point, facing up to education inequality.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Elections in America 62 mins – “Experts discuss the history and development of the U.S. presidential nominating process, including primaries, caucuses, and conventions, and whether the process should be changed in light of the unpredictability and tumult surrounding this election season.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Electronic Freedom Foundation 33 mins – “In the wake of the Panama Papers breach, securing law firm and client data has been a huge concern for many practitioners in the legal space. Similarly, other information leaks like the Edward Snowden revelations have made the general public more aware of government surveillance than ever before. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek sit down with executive director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation Cindy Cohn to discuss domestic surveillance concerns, encryption technology, and how lawyers and law firms can protect themselves and their clients from cyber attacks. Cindy Cohn is the executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. From 2000-2015 she served as EFF’s Legal Director as well as its General Counsel. Ms. Cohn first became involved with EFF in 1993, when EFF asked her to serve as the outside lead attorney in Bernstein v. Dept. of Justice, the successful First Amendment challenge to the U.S. export restrictions on cryptography.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Emotions and Stress 26 mins – “In the third episode of Brain waves, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai discover how our love of sport evolved out of ancient emotional experiences and ask how modern stadiums are designed to maximise sensation. Plus, we meet the world’s first “thrill engineer” In this third episode, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai turn their attention to the world of sport and learn how the feelings we share in huge crowds echo rituals of repetition that humans have always used to bind families, communities and nations. We hear from Brendan Walker – the world’s only “thrill engineer” – who spends his life designing rollercoasters to maximise our need for sensation seeking – and learn how modern sporting events are engineered to hack into ancient emotional experiences from Larry Hall at the Indianapolis Colts stadium. They’ve won “best NFL experience” for the last five years, thanks to the way they pump up NFL fans on game day with a precise combination of sensory overload, community and pride. Plus we hear from De Monfort University historian Professor Tony Collins, who specialises in the history of sport, and the University of Sussex’s Professor David Hendy and Professor Ellen Dissanayake from the University of Washington unravel why crowds come together to chant at mass spectator events. These are the thrills that make us feel alive – and for a first-hand report, producer Max Sanderson (who hates heights) volunteers to chuck himself down the giant ArcelorMittal Orbit slide.…” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Empathy and Stress 86 mins – “Eve Ekman looks at the areas of meaning, empathy and burnout and how to manage stress in a work environment. Recorded on 06/09/2016. (#31010)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Energy Conservation System 58 mins – “According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial buildings have high energy needs and can put great strain on the nation’s power grids during peak periods. Developing more efficient buildings helps ensure a steady supply of affordable power and significantly lowers operating costs for businesses, schools, hospitals, and more.” At the link find the title, “InTech Energy and the Building Internet of Things -Biot, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files buck090916.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Female Role Models 43 mins – “When a seasoned magazine editor took her daughter to the bookstore, they found scientists and explorers in magazines for boys. For girls: princesses, cover girls in make-up and tips for shinier hair. On today’s show a new magazine for girls has plenty of creative, inspiring ideas, and no lipstick! Also today, aspiring doctors get all they can from med school, for the rest, they turn to actors. We’ll find out how playing sick is helping to make better doctors. And the 5-second rule gets the science treatment..” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save lLink As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Laws and Policies 58 mins – “Bad food laws are handcuffing America’s most sustainable farmers, producers, sellers, and consumers, while rewarding those whose practices are contributing to the food industry’s biggest problems, according to food lawyer and scholar Baylen J. Linnekin, author of Biting the Hands that Feed Us: How Fewer, Smarter Laws Would Make Our Food System More Sustainable.” At the link find the title, “Biting the Hands that Feed Us, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files buck091616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Forsyth Racism Story 47 mins – “In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says ‘Blood at the Root’ author Patrick Phillips. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from Jim Black’s trio.” At the link find the title, “September 15, 2016, The ‘Racial Cleansing’ Of Forsyth County, GA,”click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Franklin Expedition 10 mins – “This month, HMS Terror — one of the ships from the Franklin expedition — was found in an Arctic Bay. While many history buffs are excited by the news, it raises questions of sovereignty for Inuit people who want input over the division of the artifacts.” At the link find the title, “Inuit demand input over division of Franklin expedition artifacts, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160915_14749.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Game Psychology 57 mins – “Why do people cheat? Why are our online worlds often so toxic? What motivates us to “catch ’em all” in Pokemon, grinding away for hours to hatch eggs? In this episode, psychologist Jamie Madigan, author of Getting Gamers, explains how by exploring the way people interact with video games we can better understand how brains interact with everything else.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 084 Getting Gamers-Jamie Madigan.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genetic Engineering History 49 mins – “One of the most important steps in genetic engineering a plant is the process of regenerating an entire new plant from a single cell that contains the new genetic instructions. The process is as much art as science. Dr. Indra Vasil was a pioneer in this area, especially in monocots, the plants we think of as our major grasses and grains. In this interview Dr. Vasil discusses the early days of plant tissue culture, and his contributions to the process that makes genetic engineering of crops possible. Dr. Vasil shares his experiences and talks fondly of the many scientists that supported his work, as well as the need to get students to think outside the box.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Global Climate Emergency 60 mins – “It’s been summer in the Northern Hemisphere, when viewers and journalists drift into platitudes and cat videos. Meanwhile the planet is going through extreme changes, not seen during the time of humans. We’re going to spend this program going through the science that should have been foot-high headlines around the world. Plus some small signals of big things to come. Our guest is climate scientist and returning Radio Ecoshock guest, Paul Beckwith. Paul teaches climate and Earth science at Canada’s University of Ottawa. He’s got two Masters degrees and is working on his PhD in climate science. Beckwith’s You tube videos have been seen by millions, where he lays out the case we are already in a global climate emergency.” At the link right-click “Lo-Fi” beside “Download…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gluten and Celiac Disease 58 mins – “…In this auto-immune condition, exposure to gluten found in barley, rye and wheat causes the body to attack the lining of the digestive tract. The damage that is done interferes with the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients properly and that can lead to serious consequences indeed. In fact, people with undiagnosed or untreated celiac disease are twice as likely to die prematurely as other individuals. …Certain drugs, such as antibiotics or PPI acid-suppressing medicines, may predispose susceptible people to developing celiac disease. It may take several years before people with celiac disease get a proper diagnosis; once they do, they need a gluten-free diet. … For most people, it is important to see a doctor and be tested before starting a gluten-free diet. …Do you really need a gluten-free diet? If so, how do you ensure that it provides all the necessary nutrients? Our guests discuss this dilemma. A recent article in JAMA Internal Medicine (online Sept. 6, 2016) is extremely relevant to this show: “Time Trends in the Prevalence of Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Diet in the US Population.” This Week’s Guests: Peter H.R. Green, MD, is the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. …His recent research paper was on “Intestinal cell damage and systemic immune activation in individuals reporting sensitivity to wheat in the absence of coeliac disease.” It was published in Gut (online, July 25, 2016). Rory Jones, MS, is a medical writer and Adjunct Professor of Narrative Medicine at Barnard College of Columbia University. Ms. Jones and Dr. Green have co-authored two books: Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic and Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life….” At the link find the title, “Show 1049: Do You Need a Gluten-Free Diet?Thursday, September 08, 2016 7:22 PM, right-click “Media files PP-1049Gluten-Free.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
GMOs in Canada 13 mins – “This week Monsanto agreed to be taken over by the pharmaceutical company, Bayer at a price of $66 billion. There’s a chance genetically altered seeds may still be sold but without the brand name, could this move change the conversation on all things GMO?” t the link find the title, “Can the Monsanto-Bayer deal change the image of GMOs? Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160916_80837.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Green Business Incubator 8 mins – “A few years ago, when Sorin Grama had just finished graduate work at MIT and was looking for a place to build his new solar electricity startup, he came across an old abandoned warehouse. “My partner and I were looking at it and said, ‘Well, it’s a lot of space here, maybe others can join, it’s kind of lonely,’” Grama says. “We put out a call to the MIT community.” Within weeks, a handful of startups were sharing that cavernous space. …Today, their home is a massive old mid-19th century pipe factory in Somerville, just outside of Boston. It’s called Greentown Labs, and it’s one of the most successful in a new wave of what are called green business incubators, clusters of startups looking to build a business by helping cut carbon emissions and fight climate change. Executive vice president Mark Vasu says Greentown is now the nation’s largest clean tech incubator, home to more than 50 clean energy and clean technology-focused companies…. Of course outgrowing the incubator is part of the point, showing there’s money to be made tackling the world’s climate and energy challenges. …Steven Pike, interim CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, says it’s an efficient way to spend. …“We want to be the Silicon Valley of clean energy, renewable energy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Costs 65 mins – “John Dearborn, M.D. The United States is in the midst of a crisis in health care. With the many advances in biomedical technology and pharmacology, fueled by research in academia and industry, we have never been better cared-for and are enjoying longer productive lives. But the growing cost of delivering that care, especially for an aging population, has us in the middle of a battle between the health-care delivery system and third-party payers, including Medicare. Premiums have soared, and coverage has waned to keep the insurers in the black, but Medicare has been badly underfunded for decades. Can physicians and hospitals strike a balance between high-quality care and cost that will ease the strain on our wallets yet still keep us healthy and active? This has been the focus in the joint-replacement realm at Washington Hospital in Fremont for nearly 20 years, and the results have been astounding..” At the link right-click “Play” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Hospital Architect 16 mins – “Architecture is more than a clever arrangement of bricks. In this eloquent talk, Michael Murphy shows how he and his team look far beyond the blueprint when they’re designing. Considering factors from airflow to light, theirs is a holistic approach that produces community as well as (beautiful) buildings. He takes us on a tour of projects in countries such as Rwanda and Haiti, and reveals a moving, ambitious plan for The Memorial to Peace and Justice, which he hopes will heal hearts in the American South.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hydrogel 4 mins – “Injectable gels could help prevent heart failure.” At the link find the title,”Episode 685 – September 15 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Sept15_2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ice Age Art 56 mins – “Paul Kennedy takes a trip back in time to the Ice Age with renowned Canadian archaeologist Genevieve von Petzinger.” At the link find the title “First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160915_77565.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
India Car Crashes 27 mins – “India has some of the world’s most dangerous roads. The government says almost 150,000 people died on them last year. Nowhere saw more crashes than the booming city of Mumbai. The carnage is relentless, affecting people at every level of society. Neal Razzell meets the Mumbaikers who are saying, enough: a vegetable seller who fills potholes in his spare time after his son died in one; a neurosurgeon whose experience treating victims has led him to try to build trauma centres along one of the worst roads; and an unlikely combination of engineers, activists and police officers with an ambitious plan to bring the number of deaths on a notorious expressway down to zero. It’s hoped there will be lessons in Mumbai for all of India. The country is in the midst of an historic road-building push. By 2020, Prime Minister Modi wants to pave a distance greater than the circumference of the earth. Produced by Michael Gallagher” At the link find the title, “Fixing India’s Car Crash Capital, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Fixing India’s Car Crash Capital, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files p047qpw5.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Intelligence Post 9-11 56 mins – “Experts discuss developments in counterterrorism and intelligence gathering in the past fifteen years, including lessons learned since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Pioneer 71 mins – “Mark McCahill is an American programmer who has been involved in developing and popularizing a number of Internet technologies since the late 1980s. Mark is best known for helping create the first popular Internet e-mail clients, POPmail, for the Macintosh (and later the PC). He also developed the gopher protocol, as well as coined the phrase “surfing the web”.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Download” and select “Audio” from the pop-up menu.
Investment Advisors 41 mins – “In this first of a 10-part CD series produced for the PBS Show, “Financial Fitness After 50” (2012), Paul discusses how to identify an advisor who will provide all the services you need to ensure you maximize the advantage of working with a professional. He’ll also show you how to tell if the advisor is working in your best interest or in his /her own.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Iraqis in Syria 16 mins – “Journalist Deborah Campbell tells remarkable stories in her book, A Disappearance in Damascus. It’s the story of her fixer, the trusted emissary relied on by foreign correspondents to get the story. But in the case of Ahlam, she became the story herself.” At the link find the title, “’Real heroes’: Journalist highlights invaluable role of fixers in foreign reporting, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160916_34268.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
ISIS Defeat 37 mins – “General Jack Keane briefly describes the history and rise of ISIS and its aim in the Middle East. Keane then discusses the concrete steps America should take to defeat ISIS, including partnerships with Sunni tribes and a more comprehensive air war.” At the link find the title, “A Plan to Defeat ISIS, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160325-Keane.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jakarta Sea Rise 5 mins – “…The city faces some of the worst flooding problems of any major urban area in the world, in part because those 13 rivers, often swollen by monsoon rains, drain into a dense urban area that’s rapidly sinking below sea level…. Going online for flood information is faster than waiting for official announcements, and residents say they trust the information more because it’s coming from a real person.…That’s where PetaJakarta comes in. It’s an open-source, real-time, online map of the city that automatically filters Tweets about flooding to improve accuracy and fill in the gaps between official city reports. When someone tweets “banjir” — the Indonesian word for flood — and tags @PetaJkt, PetaJakarta automatically replies, asking them to verify the tweet with geotagged photos. The app then combines all those reports with official data from the city into an up-to-the-minute, online flood map that can be more reliable than other social posts…. By one estimate, Jakarta is also the world’s capital of Twitter activity, which Turpin says makes it a goldmine of data, full of what he calls “human sensors” for tracking disasters and vetting real-time reports.…. Given its speed and accuracy, even some government officials have turned to PetaJakarta. Soon after it went online, Jakarta’s governor urged his followers on Twitter to use PetaJakarta to tweet about flooding.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Landfill Projects 21 mins – “On May 3rd, 1978, construction workers in San Francisco were digging a foundation for a new building on Sansome Street, right next to the Transamerica Pyramid in the heart of the financial district. About 20 feet below street-level their shovels hit something totally unexpected. It was the hull of an old boat. Within a few days archaeologists had uncovered the full skeleton of a 120-foot gold rush era ship called the Niantic… The Niantic is not the only ship buried under the streets of San Francisco. Some estimates put the number as high as seventy…Large portions of New York City, Boston, Seattle, Hong Kong and Marseilles were built on top of fill. What is now Mumbai, India, was transformed by the British from a seven-island archipelago to one contiguous strip of land. The most extraordinary example of land reclamation and manufacture may be the Netherlands. As early as the 9th century A.D., the Dutch began building dykes and pumping systems to create new land in places that were actually below sea level… A new luxury community called Eko Atlantic near the coastal city of Lagos, Nigeria will be 3-4 meters higher than the rest of Lagos in order to make Eko Atlantic more resistant to sea level rise…Human activity has effectively created a new layer on the surface of the planet, made up of old bricks, cement and rusting metal. Geologists and archaeologists have started calling this layer the archaeosphere….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Libertarian Party 50 mins – “Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate, likes to say that most Americans are libertarians but don’t know it yet. So why can’t Libertarians (and other third parties) gain more political traction?” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Life Saver Sparks 23 mins – “As a young science reporter at NPR, Science Friday’s Ira Flatow accepts a challenge to record what it sounds like to go over Niagara Falls. [and what causes sparks when Life Savers are crunched.] Award winning science correspondent and TV journalist Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday, heard weekly on PRI, Public Radio International, and online. He anchors the show each Friday, bringing radio and Internet listeners worldwide a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space, and the environment. Ira is also founder and president of the Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating radio, TV, and Internet projects that make science “user-friendly.” At the link find the title, “Ira Flatow: The Sound of the Falls, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 283205534-the-story-collider-ira-flatow-the-sound-of-the-falls.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Machine Learning 62 mins – “Can machinAe learning improve the use of data and evidence for understanding economics and public policy? Susan Athey of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how machine learning can be used in conjunction with traditional econometric techniques to measure the impact of say, the minimum wage or the effectiveness of a new drug. The last part of the conversation looks at the experimental techniques being used by firms like Google and Amazon.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Statistics P1 39 mins – “In episode 324, Mike and James start a discussion about why numbers and our ability to communicate risks, benefits and harms to patients is crucial in today’s health care environment. Unfortunately, we find that many of us struggle with these concepts.” At the link find the title, “Episode 324: 1+1 =3 Numeracy and shared-decision making, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files Episode 324_11_3_Numeracy and shared decision making.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mob Violence 60 mins – “Which side were you on? The Jets or the Sharks? The Capulets or the Montagues? The Greeks or the Trojans? Antony or Caesar? William or Harold? And so the list goes on … Indeed, maybe the whole of human history is the story of group-making and group-breaking. The passions of loyalty and love for the in-group are matched by the de-humanising indignation and hatred for the out-group. But what’s actually going on in the chemical soup of the brain when Agamemnon gathers his heros-to-be and sets sail after Helen? Will peering into that soup – as neuroscientist David Eagleman is now doing – actually give peace a chance? Maybe utopia can come out of the lab. Will a scientific understanding of love and hate deliver social programmes that undermine the nastiness without sacrificing the good?” At the link click “Download” and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Money and Finance 55 mins – “We think we know what money is. We use it every day and our lives are unimaginable without it. But look more closely and you find that coins and dollar bills aren’t “real”. They’re promises, symbols, ideas.” At the link find the title, “The Illusion of Money, Part 1 (Encore Feb 24, 2016), Sept, 2016” right-click “Media files ideas_20160914_14925.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.
Nicotine Uses 41 mins – “[start at 10 mins]What comes to mind when you think of nicotine? For many people, it’s dirty smokers and lung cancer. But as Dr. Neil Grunberg, Professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University, explained to us way back in Episode 22, if you uncouple nicotine from tobacco, it’s actually a pretty darn powerful cognitive enhancer.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Night Vale in Stereo 24 mins – “Everything is all right.” At the link find the title, “94 – All Right,” right-click “Direct download: 94-All_Right.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
North Korea Nukes 14 mins – “Analysts are warning North Korea’s continued nuke testing goes beyond basic posturing and is extremely dangerous for the region, and the world. The Current explores North Korea’s nuclear weapons potential.” At the link find the title, “North Korea’s nuclear test cause for alarm, experts warn, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160912_92719.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nuclear Power 14 mins – “’We’re not in a clean energy revolution; we’re in a clean energy crisis,’ says climate policy expert Michael Shellenberger. His surprising solution: nuclear. In this passionate talk, he explains why it’s time to overcome longstanding fears of the technology, and why he and other environmentalists believe it’s past time to embrace nuclear as a viable and desirable source of clean power.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Open Source Science 27 mins – “Matt Todd explains Open Source Malaria research, and the acceleration of science, part 2.” At the link right-click “download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pensions in Australia 60 mins – “Speakers Everald Compton, Jo Toohey and David Hetherington discuss the topic Adequacy of the Age Pension.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Adequacy of the Age Pension, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files NPCc_AgePension_1409_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Perspectives 58 mins – “This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger. Or a professional comedian, in a language they didn’t grow up speaking.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Physician Attitude 46 mins – “Dr Robin Youngson is a practicing anesthesiologist and international advocate for promoting compassion in healthcare. Dr Youngson has worked for many years on developing the concepts of rehumanizing healthcare at a clinical and leadership level. In addition to being the CoFounder of ‘Hearts in Healthcare’, a global social movement for physicians, he is also the author of several books, his most recent being the highly acclaimed ‘Time To Care: How to love your patients and your job’. This is a fantastic conversation on how we desperately need to bring humanity back to medicine and how we might go about doing so.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Political Metaphors 23 mins – “In the midst of a rancorous election, we present a new theory to explain why the two sides of the aisle seem irreconcilable sometimes.” At the link find the title, “Episode 44: Our Politics, Our Parenting, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160912_hiddenbrain_44.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Polyamorous Families 17 mins – “As unconventional, multi-person partnerships become more mainstream in Canadian society, The Current gets a first-hand look into legal challenges polyamorous families face such as getting benefits, doing taxes and filling out government forms.” At the link find the title, “Polyamorous families want Canadian law to catch up with their relationships, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160916_18762.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Profit College Scam 33 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates allegations of fraud and predatory behavior in the troubled for-profit college industry.” At the link find the title, “A Subprime Education, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 282891123-frontlinepbs-a-subprime-education.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Psychedelic Education 59 mins – “[start at 10 mins]Let’s go on a trip with psychedelics expert (and brother of Terence McKenna) Dr. Dennis McKenna. Dr. McKenna has dedicated his research career to the study of hallucinogens and psychedelics and is a founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating therapeutic uses of psychedelics medicines. We talk varieties of magic mushroom, why Dr. McKenna is a cheerleader for ayahuasca, and the connection between religion and psychedelics.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugee Island 18 mins – “The tiny Italian island of Lampedusa has been thrust into the centre of Europe’s migration crisis. Now a new bold documentary shows us a year in the life of the island – for its residents, migrants passing through and those trying to make a difference.” At the link find the title, “Documentary offers unflinching look into migrant crisis in Mediterranean, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20160912_89422.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rituals and Thrills 26 mins – “In the third episode of Brain waves, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai discover how our love of sport evolved out of ancient emotional experiences and ask how modern stadiums are designed to maximise sensation. Plus, we meet the world’s first “thrill engineer” In this third episode, Dr Kevin Fong and Nathalie Nahai turn their attention to the world of sport and learn how the feelings we share in huge crowds echo rituals of repetition that humans have always used to bind families, communities and nations. We hear from Brendan Walker – the world’s only “thrill engineer” – who spends his life designing rollercoasters to maximise our need for sensation seeking – and learn how modern sporting events are engineered to hack into ancient emotional experiences from Larry Hall at the Indianapolis Colts stadium. They’ve won “best NFL experience” for the last five years, thanks to the way they pump up NFL fans on game day with a precise combination of sensory overload, community and pride. Plus we hear from De Monfort University historian Professor Tony Collins, who specialises in the history of sport, and the University of Sussex’s Professor David Hendy and Professor Ellen Dissanayake from the University of Washington unravel why crowds come together to chant at mass spectator events….” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
School Size Decline in NH 58 mins – “Breaking up is hard to do. But in New Hampshire, multi-town school districts and administrative units (SAUs) are doing just that. Some say the process should be made easier, particularly for cooperative districts that were designed to discourage dissolution. But others warn of unintended consequences for students. School enrollment throughout New England has been declining, a demographic change that has prompted Maine and Vermont to encourage districts and towns to combine schools and resources to save money and provide educational opportunities for students.” At the link you can only read the transcript. A copy of the audio file is in the blog archive.
Seaweed Farming 30 mins – “Seaweed farming is booming: the global harvest has doubled in the past decade, according to a new report from the United Nations University, and it’s now worth more than all the world’s lemons and limes. Most of that seaweed ends up in our food, though there is a growing market in seaweed-based cosmetics and drugs. So what does a seaweed farm look like? How does it help restore the ocean? And what can you do with kelp in the kitchen, other than wrap sushi? Join us for a conversation with Bren Smith, fisherman-turned-seaweed farmer, for the answers to these questions and more….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sex Trafficking 56 mins – “Powered by the internet, the sex trade is reaching into all corners of the country. Reveal takes us into hidden places – real and virtual – where people are exploited for sex. Produced in collaboration with APM Reports, we’ll hear stories from the pot fields of Northern California to the streets of Chicago and suburban Seattle.” At the link find the title, “Against their will, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files Against-their-will_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Lin As” from the pop-up menu.
Short Coat Podcast 49 mins – “The Short Coat Podcast is from the students at Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. After talking to them, I think every med school should have a podcast!” At the link find the title, “199 : The Short Coat Podcast Visits the Premed Years, Sept, 2016,” Media files PMY199.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sleep Chronotypes 57 mins – “Dr. Michael Breus talks about chronotypes and how to use them to our advantage for better sleep, productivity, and happiness.” At the link find the title, “The Science Behind Getting Better Sleep (Ep. 124),” right-click “Media files 47169.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Weapons of Destruction 51 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, author of, Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann dive into Cathy’s new book, “Weapons of Math Destruction.” We discuss the worst math how algorithms can fail us, breakdown examples from criminal justice and insurance, and talk about “the way forward” when it comes to regulation, transparency, and ethics.” At the link find the title, “The Weapons of Math Destruction Edition, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM1368186687.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.
Stalinist Resistance 56 mins – “In the 1960s, young Soviet iconoclasts waged a musical battle against the banality of state-sanctioned culture. Simon Nakonechny looks at the phenomenon of Magnitizdat, and ponders its parallels to forms of cultural dissidence in Russia today.” At the link find the title, “Analog Resistance, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20160913_15290.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Students and CIA 52 mins – Karen Paget, Author, Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism Monday Night Philosophy considers the social ramifications of a democratic society allowing internal spying. In 1967, Ramparts magazine exposed a CIA secret: a decades-old project to enroll American students in the crusade against communism by suborning the National Student Association. Patriotic Betrayal tells a story filled with self-serving rationalizations, layers of duplicity, and bureaucratic double-talk. Author Karen Paget, herself a former member of the NSA, mined hundreds of archival sources and declassified documents, and interviewed more than 150 people, to uncover precisely how the CIA turned the NSA into an intelligence asset during the Cold War. Her answer throws a sharp light on the persistent argument about whether America’s national security interests can be secured by skullduggery and deception.” At the link right-click “Play” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Textbook Prices 15 mins – “Prices of new textbooks have been going up like crazy — faster than food, cars, even healthcare. On today’s show: Why textbooks have gotten so expensive.” At the link find the title, “#573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160916_pmoney_podcast091616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trees Talk 46 mins – “The secret life of trees. They talk to each other, says forester Peter Wohlleben. They have families. We’ll sit down with the tree whisperer.We know from our language that the body is deeply engaged in our understanding of the world. A joke is side-splitting. We get butterflies in our stomach. Our eyes pop with surprise. Our blood runs cold. But my guest today says humans have radically retreated from the wisdom of the body’s signals to a hegemony of the brain, the intellect. In many ways, sitting at keyboards and screens, we’ve abandoned, forgotten the embodied cognition in the work of hands and backs. Time to get it back, he says. This hour On Point: When the brain is not enough. Intelligence in the flesh.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Underworld Operation 69 mins – “Did you know that the US government, in the form of the Office of Naval Intelligence in World War II & the Central Intelligence Agency in the Cold War, frequently made common cause with La Cosa Nostra & other organized crime syndicates? Join CJ as he discusses: How the alliance between the US Office of Naval Intelligence & American mafia groups began in 1942….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vaping 81 mins – “Danielle Ramo, PhD examines the usage marijuana and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes, vape pens and discusses their long and short term health effects. Recorded on 06/01/2016. (#31003)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wells Fargo Fraud 46 mins – “A $185 million fine for Wells Fargo. Sham accounts. Five thousand-plus employees fired and a huge payout going to the executive in charge. We’ll dig in to the banking scandal.Shocking news in the banking world. Wells Fargo fined $185 million. More than 5,000 employees fired. Millions of fake accounts. But no one at the top is getting the ax. CEO John Stumpf said he won’t resign. He’s there to lead. And the executive in charge of those so-called rogue employees is retiring at the end of the year with a $125 million pay package. This hour On Point, Wells Fargo, and what’s going on with American banks.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
William Styron 27 mins – “When journalist Philip Caputo set out to profile William Styron in 1985, it was something of a dream assignment: Styron, then at work on the novel The Way of the Warrior, was one of the towering figures in American letters. The two men’s shared experience as Marines—Styron himself praised Caputo’s 1977 Vietnam memoir, A Rumor of War—formed a connection far stronger than their common bond as writers. But when Styron fell into a clinical depression during the reporting of the story, the nature of Caputo’s profile changed radically. Styron never completed the novel, although his 1990 meditation on depression, Darkness Visible, remains one of the most lucid and illuminating accounts of the illness. Caputo joins host David Brancaccio to discuss Styron’s greatness as a writer and how his struggle against depression—and his ability to articulate it in print—stands, in some regards, as his ultimate literary achievement.” At the link find the title, “Styron’s Choices, by Philip Caputo, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 01-Styrons-Choices-by-Philip-Caputo.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Work Evolution 65 mins – “As the economy has improved across the Bay Area, not everyone has benefitted equally from economic gains and job growth. In fact, many haven’t benefitted at all. While there is seemingly no shortage of high-paying jobs for workers with advanced degrees and a surplus of low wage jobs with little hope for advancement, there simply are not enough jobs that pay a wage that provides safety, security and hope for a better future. In this session, we will bring together leaders from the advocacy community and the business world to talk about what it will take to create good jobs that allow people to make a meaningful contribution to their community and the local economy, and to build a better life for their kids.” At the link right-click “Play” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
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