Media Mining Digest 257 – Oct 16, 2016: Algorithm Misuses, American Working Class, Animal Behavior, Arabian Politics, Arabic Publishing, Autonomous Vehicles, Autophagy, Biohacking, Birth Control Side Effects, Brain Surgery, Cellphones in School, Childbirth, Childhood Development, Childhood Education Funding, Chilian Cybernetics Project, Chinese Economy, Climate Change and Religion, Climate Talks in Canada, Clinical Trial Changes, Clossus Computer and Carnivorous Plants, Columbia Truce and Clown, Computer Protection Tips, Conservation Efforts, Conservative Media on Trump, CRISPR in Parasites, Dementia Treatment, Diet and Nutrition, Digital Afterlife, Dog Noses, Drought in New Hampshire, Education Online, Eggplant Crops, End of Life Challenges, Failure Types, Female Computers, Fish Populations, Fluorouracil, Food Trucks, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, Foster Children Abuse, Framing and Reframing, General Smedley Butler, Genes, Girl Talk, Gravity Waves, Green Resurgence Magazine, Haitian Refugees, Health Crises Stories, Healthcare in England, Indian Publishing Indigenous People Podcasts, Influenza, Innocence Project, Judicial Review, Kava Uses, Learning Faster, Lottery for Immigrants, Marijuana Legalization, Math Scams, Medical Crusaders, Medical Students, Molecular Machines, National Health Service Doctors, Nazi Party, Nobel Prize, Nutrophil Story, Phonons, Phosphate Mining, Pieter Bruegel Harvesters, Political Debate History, Political Prisoner, Power Bars, Psychology Researcher, Reality Variations, Rhino Horn Poaching, Rocket History, Roger Penrose, Science and Morality, Science Defined, Sea Level Rise, Self Driving Cars, Snake Venom Differences, Solar Power Documentary, Star Talk Women, Startup Growth, Supreme Court, Syria and Russian Media, Syrian Strategies, Terror Years, Topology, Toy Smuggler of Aleppo, Violence in US, Virology Letters and Stories, Voting on Projects, Voting Rights, Welfare Programs, Women in Government, Zimbabwe White Farmers

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 104 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 266 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 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 340 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Algorithm Misuses 26 mins – “In this very special episode, Ian Sample and Leigh Alexander delve into the weird and not-so-wonderful world of algorithms, uncovering how they’re being used in everything from online advertising to crime prediction. We hear from mathematician Cathy O’Neil, who learnt first hand how these systems are threatening democracy and driving social inequality. We also discusses the dangers of relying on these often biased systems with digital culture critic Douglas Rushkoff….” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Working Class 15 mins – “J.D. Vance grew up in a small, poor city in the Rust Belt of southern Ohio, where he had a front-row seat to many of the social ills plaguing America: a heroin epidemic, failing schools, families torn apart by divorce and sometimes violence. In a searching talk that will echo throughout the country’s working-class towns, the author details what the loss of the American Dream feels like and raises an important question that everyone from community leaders to policy makers needs to ask: How can we help kids from America’s forgotten places break free from hopelessness and live better lives?” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Behavior 29 mins – “We share 99% of our DNA with the chimpanzee and the bonobo. And yet we’re often surprised to learn that apes, like us, can be both kind and clever. Behavioural biologist and best-selling author, Frans de Waal has spent many years observing our closest living animal relatives. He pioneered studies of kindness and peace-making in primates, when other scientists were focussing on violence, greed and aggression. Empathy, he argues, has a long evolutionary history; and he is determined to undermine our arrogant assumptions of human superiority. Frans talks to Jim Al-Khalili about growing up on the Dutch polders, chimpanzee politics, and the extraordinary sex lives of the bonobos.” At the link find the title, “Frans de Waal, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04962qj.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arabian Politics 60 mins – “Dr. Keynoush and Dr. Ibrahim will trace the demise of the Arab Spring and the violent rise and threat of Islamic State with Robert Rosenthal, a former managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Dr. Keynoush is an advisor to policy centers in the Middle East, translator to four Iranian presidents, and author of Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?. Dr.Ibrahim is associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State, associate producer of Hope and Fear: Egypt at the Tipping Point, and she has contributed to BBC, NPR, CNN and other news outlets.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arabic Publishing 13 mins – “The future of reading lies in many hands: In the small hands of children who read today on printed books and digital tablets alike. And it lies in the professional hands of publishers who must anticipate changes in business models and technology even as they adapt to them. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi is a strong advocate of literacy among individuals of all ages, who has to her credit a number of publishing initiatives. She is both Founder and CEO of Kalimat Group, based in The Emirate of Sharjah, one of the states of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2007, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi founded the Group’s original imprint, Kalimat—the first publishing house dedicated to the production of Arabic titles for children, which has published over 170 children’s books to date. In 2013, Kalimat expanded into Kalimat Publishing Group to include a second, ground-breaking imprint, Horouf Educational Publishing, a first-of-its-kind initiative that offers a modern and integrated educational system in Arabic. In 2015, the publishing group launched yet a third imprint, Rewayat, specializing in chapter books targeting Adults and the YA market. Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi is also the Founder and Patron of the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA), which was established in 2009 to help develop the publishing industry in the UAE. In 2014 she became the first Arab woman to be elected to serve on the Executive Committee of The International Publishers Association (IPA) whose membership comprises more than 60 organizations from more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autonomous Vehicles 68 mins – “Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft Claire Delaunay, Co-founder and Director of Software Engineering, Otto Lauren Isaac, Manager of Transportation Sustainability, Parsons Brinckerhoff Linsey Willis, Director of External Affairs, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Jeanette Shaw, CEO, Techolicy—Moderator For decades, drivers everywhere have dreamed of having a car that drives itself. Now that autonomous vehicles are here, what are the implications in the Bay Area and beyond? From Tesla and Uber to Lyft and Google, autonomous vehicles seem to be everywhere in 2016. Will we all be passengers in our own cars soon? What about the future of public transportation? Join our panel of experts to discuss the possibilities, challenges and what lies ahead for autonomous vehicles.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autophagy 9 mins – “The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan for his discoveries concerning autophagy. Following the announcement, journalist Lotta Fredholm spoke to Juleen Zierath, chair of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, about the research.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Biohacking 10 mins – “We have personal computing — why not personal biotech? That’s the question biologist Ellen Jorgensen and her colleagues asked themselves before opening Genspace, a nonprofit DIY bio lab in Brooklyn devoted to citizen science, where amateurs can go and tinker with biotechnology. Far from being a sinister Frankenstein’s lab (as some imagined it), Genspace offers a long list of fun, creative and practical uses for DIY bio.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Birth Control Side Effects 20 mins – “When Danish researchers tracked one million women on various forms of hormonal birth control, they found a higher risk of needing anti-depressants. And adolescents are at increased risk of depression. The Current explores the effects of hormones on women.” At the link find the title, “New study linking hormonal contraception to depression is vindication, says author, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161005_63602.mp3”

Brain Surgery 48 mins – “In his memoir ‘Do No Harm,’ Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he’s dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness. [Originally broadcast May 2015] Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Birth of a Nation.’ At the link find the title, “Oct, 2016, Life, Death & Brain Surgery,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cellphones in School 25 mins – “Some teachers want to ban smartphones in class, others want to use them. Are cellphones a distraction or a device to help students learn? The Current convenes a panel of teachers to debate the issue.” At the link find the title, “Teachers debate the merits of smartphones in classrooms, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161004_15552.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childbirth 31 mins – “Our producer is pregnant. For the past nine months people have asked what her birth plan is, which to her seems like asking what kind of weather she had planned for her wedding day. “All of a sudden my life was full of these terms: natural, medicated, doula, epidural, and it quickly became clear that there was a great debate—and I was supposed to choose a side.” We wanted to know when this controversy started, and why comedian Amy Schumer is joking about sea-turtle births. So we talked to Lara Freidenfelds, a historian of sexuality, reproduction, and women’s health in America, and learned some surprising things about our nation’s early childbirth practices. Freidenfelds also shared her views about why a growing number of women are opting for unmedicated births, while Amy Tuteur, a retired obstetrician and the author of Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting, tells us that once upon a time all births were natural—and a lot of mothers and babies died.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childhood Development 12 mins – “Linda Richter from the University of the Witwatersrand discusses the importance of investing in early childhood development.” At the link find the title,”Early Childhood Development 2016: The Lancet: October 4, 2016,” right-click “Media files 04october-ecd.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childhood Education Funding 5 mins – “Early-learning programs have always been a tough sell in New Hampshire. Child advocates and educators have tried for years to break lawmakers’ resistance to the idea, yet a proposal to put more 5-year-olds in all-day kindergarten can still roil Concord for months. A Washington, D.C. political group with deep pockets, a team of lobbyists and a small army of volunteers wants to change that. Save the Children Action Network, or SCAN, established a New Hampshire operation in 2015, setting up shop in the offices of a prominent Concord lobbying firm. Since then, the group has spent well over a half-million dollars on an agenda that includes an experimental model to finance preschool programs for 4 year olds….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chilean Cybernetics Project 24 mins – “On September 11, 1973, a military junta violently took control of Chile, which was led at the time by President Salvador Allende. Allende had become president in a free and democratic election. After the military coup, General Augusto Pinochet took power and ruled Chile as a dictator until 1990. The military regime dissolved the congress, took control of the media and went about dismantling the socialist and democratic institutions that Allende’s government had built. In the midst of this takeover, the military discovered a strange room in a nondescript office building in downtown Santiago. The room was hexagonal in shape with seven white fiberglass chairs arranged in an inward facing circle. This “operations room” (or: opsroom) was the physical interface for a complex system called Cybersyn. It was an ambitious project in technology and design meant to help Chile’s socialist economy succeed.” At the link under the title right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Economy 62 mins – “With China’s growth slower than it has been in 25 years, it is undoubtedly that China is experiencing an economic slowdown. The government has made changes to stabilize the situation and move the economy toward “a new normal.” Our panelists will discuss the different kinds of reforms China is working on now, and how likely these reforms are to succeed. What does it mean for Americans if these reforms succeed—or if these reforms fail? Do we need to fear a stronger China, or more so, a weaker one?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change and Religion 61 mins – “Paul Douglas, president and senior meteorologist at AerisWeather, and Mitchell C. Hescox, president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network, discuss faith, science, and responsible stewardship of the environment, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Talks in Canada 21 mins – “The Liberal’s plan for carbon pricing is being criticized from all sides. Environmentalists consider it a paltry effort at addressing climate change. But Canada’s environment minister says this issue is not a polarized debate and it’s time for a solution.” At the link find the title, “‘Time to put a price on pollution’: Environment minister defends carbon pricing ultimatum, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161004 55304.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Talks in Canada 21 mins – “The Liberal’s plan for carbon pricing is being criticized from all sides. Environmentalists consider it a paltry effort at addressing climate change. But Canada’s environment minister says this issue is not a polarized debate and it’s time for a solution.” At the link find the title, “’Time to put a price on pollution’: Environment minister defends carbon pricing ultimatum, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161004 55304.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Colossus Computer and Carnivorous Plants 27 mins – “Oldest computer music restored by Ian Woolf, Stewart McPherson talks about climbing 300 mountains to research 25 books and films on carnivorous plants part 1.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Columbia Truce and Clowns 22 mins – “In this bite-sized OTM, Bob looks at two important news stories that we won’t be able to fit into the full-sized OTM this weekend. First: this weekend, voters in Colombia rejected a peace agreement with the rebel group FARC. It would have brought to end over 50 years of fighting, and polling suggested that Colombians would have approved the deal. The vote has been explained as the triumph of bitterness over common sense, but it could also be seen as a failure of media messaging. Bob talks to Alex Fattal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film-Video and Media Studies at Penn State University, about the role that media has played in Colombia’s armed conflict. Fattal is also author of the forthcoming book Guerrilla Marketing: Capitalism and Counterinsurgency in Colombia, from University of Chicago Press. Then: a rash of clown sightings has spread since the first report of creepy clowns in Greenville, South Carolina in late August. They’ve been seen from Oregon to New York, from Florida to Missouri. Or have they? Turns out these “phantom clown” sightings have been happening in waves for decades, and they tell us a lot about our own fears. Bob speaks with Benjamin Radford, author of Bad Clowns and a research fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, about our historic and cultural relationship with phantom clown sightings.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-clcik “Download this audio” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Protection Tips 27 mins – The Mike Tech Show producer discusses and recommends the following products to protect and clean Windows computers: BitDefender Free, MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Premium, MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit, MalwareBytes Anti-Ransomware, Crypto Prevent, WOT – Web of trust, AdBlock Plus, Unchecky, Weekly maintenanceWindows Repair Toolbox, JRT, Adwcleaner, RougeKiller, CCleaner Monthly maintenancePatchMyPC and DriverMax At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservation Efforts 30 mins – “There’s more than one way to support ecological conservation. Today on Sea Change Radio we talk with two individuals working on different fronts for the same cause. First, host Alex Wise speaks with Dr. Paul Salaman, the CEO of the Rainforest Trust, an international conservation organization. They talk about the organization’s efforts to defend fragile ecosystems, the technologies they use to monitor the species they protect, and their methods for engaging indigenous peoples, governments, and private companies to set aside land and ensure the preservation of vulnerable species. Then we hear from Shilpi Chhotray, an ocean advocate for Mission Blue who’s also the founder of Samudra Skin & Sea, a line of sustainable beauty products. If Chhotray’s name sounds familiar it may be because she was a Sea Change Radio guest in 2014, talking about the role of women in the burgeoning seaweed industry in India. That work in India inspired Chhotray to create a company that offers an alternative to conventional beauty products. Samudra Skin & Sea helps protect the ocean by crafting creams that use sustainably harvested seaweed, avoiding plastic throughout its supply chain, and partnering with ocean advocacy organizations to support a shared mission of ocean conservation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservative Media on Trump 46 mins – ““There has never been a Republican nominee who has split the party and its media personalities” in the way that Donald Trump has, says ‘New York Times’ reporter Robert Draper. Kevin Whitehead reviews two new albums from jazz drummer Andrew Cyrille. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘The Wonder’ by ‘Room’ author Emma Donoghue. At the link find the title, “Oct, 2016, How Trump’s Candidacy Has Divided Right-Wing Media,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRISPR in Parasites 95 mins – “Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin The TWiPinella solve the case of the Woman from Guinea, and describe the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to identify essential apicomplexan [a group of intracellular parasites] genes.” At the link right-click to download “TWiP#118“ and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Treatment 57 mins – “The Preventing Overdiagnosis conference is part of The BMJ’s campaign against Too Much Medicine. Helen Macdonald clinical editor for The BMJ was at the conference, and talked to some of the key speakers there about what they believe the key issues are, and what’s being done to roll back the harms of too much medicine.” At the link find the title, “Preventing Overdiagnosis In Barcelona, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 286313577-bmjgroup-preventing-overdiagnosis-in-barcelona.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diet and Nutrition 39 mins – “This episode we have former pro soccer player and New York Times Bestselling health and fitness author Yuri Elkaim on the show. Listen in as we talk about Yuri’s journey with alopecia, nutrition, and getting and staying healthy.” At the link right-click “Download episode here” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Afterlife 24 mins – “Neuroscientists are making advances in their efforts to duplicate our brains — consciousness, memories and all — so we can live in a digital afterlife. The Current looks into disrupting death by allowing us to live on after our biological lives are over.” At the link find the title, “Digitizing brain and consciousness is possible, says neuroscientist, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161005_85003.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dog Noses 46 mins – “Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her new book, ‘Being a Dog,’ Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. Ken Tucker reviews Lucy Dacus’ debut album, ‘No Burden.’ At the link find the title, “Oct, 2016, Following The Dog Into A World Of Smell,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drought in New Hampshire 56 mins – “The Granite State is dangerously dry. New Hampshire has received about half of the normal rainfall this year; as the colder weather sets in, we talk to experts about the effects of water scarcity, and how the state is handling the drought.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

Education Online 56 min – “We’ll look at the new cutting edge in online higher education. MOOC’s, micro-masters, and more. It’s getting better. It’s leading to good jobs.Online college education – Internet courses beamed round the world – looked like a massive game-changer when it began to roll out a few years ago. Maybe even the new thing that would disrupt, remake America’s expensive, debt-driving university system. Then came the skepticism. For-profit online schools in trouble. Some students just not feeling the online connection, or payoff.  But new models are coming. This hour On Point, the $7,000 master’s degree, and online education now.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eggplant Crops 41 mins – “The eggplant (brinjal, aubergine) is a curious fruit in western nations, but is an important staple for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Today’s podcast discusses the eggplant with Dr. Mark Chapman from University of Southampton in the UK.  Dr. Chapman has examined the domestication and evolution of the eggplant, discussing its natural variability and the use of molecular tools to study relatedness between the diverse land races.  The second part of the podcast shares Dr. Indra Vasil’s remembrances of Dr. Norman Borlaug.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life Challenges 58 mins – “If you think your plans for serious illness are all set, think again. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, despite considerable forethought, struggled to ensure her dying loved ones were well-served. She will share her personal experiences navigating the medical system for her aging relatives. Following the congresswoman’s personal discussion, UCSF’s Dr. Rebecca Sudore will discuss how to prepare for future medical decisions and to get the care that is right for you. She will share video stories from an easy-to-use website and answer your questions about how best to ensure your wishes are honored during serious illness. Come gain a better understanding of how best to plan for future medical decision making, and explore tools to prepare for the end-of-life.” [Mentions use of the POLST form At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Failure Types 45 mins – “We talk to Stuart Firestein, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, about his latest book Failure: Why Science Is So Successful.” At the link find the title, “150 Stuart Firestein – Why Science Needs to Fail,” right-click “Media files 99629740-20c3-4b5c-9bfc-523f28466cb2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Computers 26 mins – “Segregated, underestimated and invaluable. A group of African-American women whose job at NASA was to do the math pushed for civil rights and made a lasting mark on the U.S. space program. Author Margot Lee Shetterly shares this hidden story.” At the link find the title, “How the black women of NASA broke ground for equality during space race, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161004_83047.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fish Populations 46 mins – “This week, we are taking on one of the universe’s great mysteries: how many fish are in the sea? If you stop to think about it, it seems almost impossible to figure out how many fish there are—after all, they’re basically invisible, not to mention constantly moving. But how else are we to know how many we should take out to eat? Join us as we set sail to figure out how we count fish—and why it matters.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fluorouracil 7 mins – “This week, Kat Arney introduces a powerful cancer drug that stops tumours from developing and spreading by preventing one of the fundamental processes of cell division… Fluorouracil, or 5-FU, is a powerful drug in the chemotherapy arsenal, used to treat breast, stomach, bowel and other types of cancer. And although it’s widely used today – and is on the World Health Organisation’s List of Essential Medicines, which should be included in even the most basic healthcare systems – its origins lie back only in the 1950s.” At the link find the title, “Fluorouracil: Chemistry in its element,” right-click “Media files CiiE_fluorouracil.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Trucks 3 mins – “Food trucks have been a growing culinary trend in big cities for several years now. In rural New Hampshire, the fad has been slower to catch on. But a recent food truck festival in Portsmouth may be a sign that that’s changing. A parking lot on a gray, chilly afternoon might not seem like the best venue to enjoy local cuisine. But last Sunday, about 3,000 people like Emily Grondon of Rochester thought it worked just fine. “I think it’s great! And it brings lots of people together – look at all these people eating food, it’s awesome!” It probably helped that that parking lot was at Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, and that the cuisine on offer was from twenty food trucks from around New England.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Medicine 29 mins – “Around our country there are human remains sitting at forensic storage sites unidentified but for a case number. They are potentially the loved ones of those still living, but there has been no way of really knowing for sure. Catalyst investigates a real life unsolved mystery of a man who’s body has been exhumed from the grave whilst revealing how cutting edge forensics, together with developments in DNA testing are working towards, quite literally, putting a face to the nameless….” At the link right-click “download video mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Forensic Science 42 mins – “There are a slew of scientific techniques that forensic experts use to solve crimes. But how reliable are they? We’re putting forensic evidence under the microscope. To help us crack the case, we talk to Assoc. Prof. Sibyl Bucheli, attorney Chris Fabricant, former crime lab director Barry Fisher, Dr. Itiel Dror, and Assoc. Prof. Patrick Buzzini.” At the link find the title, “Forensic Science. Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT8524190515.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foster Children Abuse 24 mins – “Calls to overhaul Canada’s foster program re-emerge as B.C.’s representative for children and youth reveals high instances of abuse in care, particularly among Indigenous children.” At the link find the title, “Over 200 B.C. foster children victims of sexualized violence since 2011: report, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161007_39424.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Framing and Reframing 23 mins – “We have lots of ways to describe the good that can come from bad: a blessing in disguise, a silver lining — but what if the bad thing was truly awful? This week on Hidden Brain, framing and re-framing a tragedy.” At the link find the title, “Episode 46: Blessings in Disguise? Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160930_hiddenbrain_blessings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

General Smedley Butler 102 mins – “In this episode, CJ profiles Major General Smedley Darlington Butler of the United States Marine Corps, probably most famous for being a very highly decorated Marine (the most decorated at the time of his death in 1940), and for writing War is a Racket.  Butler was a very complex man to say the least, and CJ covers the good, the bad, the ugly and, of course, the dangerous about his life and legacy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genes 60 mins – “Genetics has revolutionised not just how we think of biology but how we think of ourselves. We are, in the words of one geneticist, the first organism that has ‘learned to read its own instructions’. Now, with the breakthrough of gene-editing technology — whose precision allows us to alter a single letter of DNA — we can now not only decipher but rewrite our genetic code. We may soon be able to treat diseases such as cancer not simply with drugs, but with genetic manipulation. Yet behind this medical revolution lies the prospect of something altogether more worrying. Already, we possess the technology to add to our genetic code at will, and thus create the world’s first generation of ‘transgenic’ humans. As we intervene genetically on ourselves with ever more accuracy, do we risk changing what it means to be human? In a potential quest for the genetically ‘normal’, will we risk annihilating the very diversity and mutations on which evolution depends? These are some of the questions that the Pulitzer prize-winning author, cancer geneticist and stem-cell biologist Siddhartha Mukherjee explored when he came to the Intelligence Squared stage. Joining him was neuroscientist and BBC broadcaster Daniel Glaser, director of the Science Gallery at King’s College London and former Head of Engaging Science at the Wellcome Trust. As we enter a new era of ‘previvors’ (people who have been screened for certain genetic predispositions) and post-humans (those who have altered their genetic propensities), will we use this technology responsibly? Can we, as Mukherjee asked, make our genomes a ‘little better’ without risking the possibility of making ourselves substantially worse?” At the link find the title, “The Gene: Unlocking the Human Code, with Siddhartha Mukherjee, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Girl Talk 37 mins – “Aminatou Sow, co-host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, joins Brittany to talk about cultural expectations of women.” At the link find the title, “#30 ‘Ladies of Flavor’ Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT6309154808.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gravity Waves 54 mins – “What are gravitational waves, and what can they tell us about our universe? In her first outing as StarTalk All-Star host, cosmologist Janna Levin untangles the astrophysics with help from LIGO co-founder Rainer Weiss and comic co-host Matt Kirshen.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Green Resurgence Magazine 30 mins – “Tom Heap drops in on the 50th anniversary celebrations of the green magazine Resurgence. With its origins in the peace movement, the magazine has championed the spiritual side of the ecological movement. Tom talks to some of its most famous contributors – and their critics – to take stock of what the last half century of green activism has – and hasn’t – achieved.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Haitian Refugees 96 mins – “How one investor is cashing in on political campaign URLs, Haitian migrants mass at US-Mexico border, why HBO’s new series ‘Insecure’ leaves some women of color feeling awkward.” At the link find the title, “Cashing in on campaign URLs, Haitian migrants gather at US-Mexico border, women of color on ‘Insecure’, Oct, 2016” right-click “Media files SHOW100716-a8dc8eb3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Crisis Stories 32 mins– “For many sick people, getting even a temporary break from pain sounds too good to be true. But this week we hear from three people who did get a reprieve from a chronic disease, sometimes in very unconventional ways. One of our listeners, Allison, struggled with severe, undiagnosed depression in her twenties. She hooked up with a no-good boyfriend who got her into a dangerous habit: heroin. Today, she’s 57 and she knows the guy and the drugs were trouble. But she also says heroin had a surprising side effect. Sara Benincasa is a stand-up comedian who grapples with agoraphobia, a fear of crowds and busy places. But during a trip to the Netherlands she encountered a place that changed how she faces this fear, and helped her see what life could look like when she wasn’t scared to leave the house. Hanna wrote into us with a really intimate story about life with ulcerative colitis, an incurable disease with some difficult side effects. When traditional treatments failed, she and her mom tried an experiment that changed how Hanna thinks about her body and her daily life.” At the link find the title, “Vacation Is All I Ever Wanted, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman062116 cms632804_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Healthcare in England 12 mins – “Lord Nigel Crisp discusses a new vision for improving health in the UK.” At the link find the title, “A manifesto for UK health: The Lancet: October 7, 2016,” right-click “Media files 07october-nhs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Publishing 37 mins – “Dmitry Selemir is the Co-Founder of Scriggler, which is defined as “a writing, blogging and debating platform. An informal place to write and read on any subject, in any level of detail. A place to express views and ideas, share stories and poetry.” You can learn more about Dmitry and Scriggler by visiting http://www.mykitaab.in/dmitry and you can also sign up to the MyKitaab Podcast newsletter on that page.” At the link find the title, “Sharing stories, articles and poems online: Dmitry Selemir of Scriggler ep71,”right-click “Media files 5128741-sharing-stories-articles-and-poems-online-dmitry-selemir-of-scriggler-ep71.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous People Podcasts 60 mins – “This week we’re trying to wrap our head around our colonial history and the ideas of decolonization. We speak with Ryan McMahon, creator of the Indian & Cowboy podcast network, about what reconciliation and decolonization mean today and why they are necessary work still in front of us. And in a panel discussion from Skepchickcon at CONvergence 2016, panelists Emily Finke, Celia Yost, and Cassandra Phoenix think about how we can learn lessons from our colonial past so we don’t repeat the same mistakes in the far future as we explore the stars and expand our reach.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Influenza 56 mins – “The first case of the flu has already been reported in New Hampshire. We get the best estimate on this year’s flu forecast, and the efficacy and duration of flu inoculations.  Then we pivot to another harbinger of the colder temperatures ahead: New Hampshire’s always-impressive fall foliage. We discuss the notion of “peak” foliage and how the season gives the Granite State it’s sense of identity.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

Innocence Project 6 mins – “The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday in a case dating back more than four decades. That case involves convicted murderer Robert Breest, who was given a life sentence for raping and killing 18-year-old Manchester resident Susan Randall in 1971. Breest is now 78-years-old and is asking for a re-trial based on new forensic evidence.” At the link find the title, “Once Again, Convicted N.H. Killer Fights For New Trial, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 1006BREESTweb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judicial Review 66 mins – “Tara Smith, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin; Author, Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System The best laws in the world are useless if they are misunderstood by the courts. Yet the debate over judicial review—proper interpretation of laws—tends to be a minefield of loaded concepts, straw men and false alternatives. Tara Smith explains the pillars of objective law and the essentials needed to restore objective judicial review. Hear Smith’s unique perspective on the originalism vs. living constitution vs. minimalism debate” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kava Uses 29 mins – “Kava comes from the roots of Piper methysticum, a plant that is a member of the pepper family.  It’s a traditional drink in many Polynesian cultures.  It’s a social drink that could be seen as a South Pacific version of alcohol. Unlike alcohol, however, there’s no negative cognitive impact.  In fact, many people report their mind feels more alert after taking kava.Dr. Jerome Sarris, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, talks to us about why you should take kava, what’s going on in your brain, and a surprising benefit.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Learning Faster 43 mins – “This is a special episode because it doesn’t focus on the lessons of one particular person. Instead, I explore the tips, tricks, and framework I’ve used to learn just about any skill. This is the meta-skill of meta-learning, or learning how to learn. I’m going to share techniques that can help you — even if you’re sub-par or a rote beginner — take the smartest first steps and use 80/20 analysis to accelerate your progress. This is adapted from The 4-Hour Chef, which is the cookbook that’s not a cookbook — it’s a book on accelerated learning.” At the link find the title, “#191: The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster,” right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show – Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lottery for Immigrants 61 mins “Ira talks to cyber cafe workers around the world about something that lots of Americans have never heard of, but that people in other countries know all about: a lottery run by the U.S. government where the prize is a visa to come to America. Each year people flock to cyber cafes to enter it, hoping for a lucky break that will change their life. In 2014, one of the lottery winners was Abdi Nor, whose story today’s show is about.” At the link the file can be purchased by right-clicking “Download”. In addition, a copy is included in the blog archive. .

Marijuana Legalization 47 mins – “Pot’s on the ballot across the country next month. Five states may vote full legalization. Four more consider medical marijuana. We’ll look at what it means if more of the country goes the Colorado Way.Big decisions next month in many states on the future of marijuana use and the law. Nine states have ballot initiatives that would relax laws against pot. Four would support medical marijuana. Five – in California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts and Maine – would straight-up legalize it for recreational use. Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska — D.C., too — are already there. But this is a big wave of state-level votes. This hour On Point, pot, the ballot box, and the arguments being made right now.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Math Scams 71 mins – “Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of Weapons of Math Destruction talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her book. O’Neil argues that the commercial application of big data often harms individuals in unknown ways. She argues that the poor are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Examples discussed include prison sentencing, college rankings, evaluations of teachers, and targeted advertising. O’Neil argues for more transparency and ethical standards when using data.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Crusaders 26 mins – “The engineer who uncovered the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan – where the water was toxic enough to give kids brain damage – doesn’t even live in Michigan. His name is Marc Edwards, and he teaches engineering at Virginia Tech, more than 500 miles away. Marc started investigating water pollution in Flint last August. But he got his start more than a decade ago, in Washington, DC, when he discovered high levels of lead in that city’s water. In DC no one would listen to him. He lost lucrative contracts and spent thousands of dollars – of his own money – sampling the water to prove it was contaminated even when the government insisted it was safe. In the end, he prevailed and the water was cleaned up. But not before thousands of kids were exposed to dangerously high amounts of lead. This week, we talk to Edwards about his crusade to make our water safe. Getting the science right turned out to be just the beginning of a fight. The harder part was figuring out how to convince people he was right.” At the link find the title, “I Thought the Truth Would Be Enough, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files onlyhuman062816 cms634236_pod.mp3” and the select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Students 51 mins – “This week, Dave, Aline Sandouk, John Pienta, Doug Russo, and Tony Rosenberg reflect upon the joy that podcasting brings, as we were recording the show on International Podcasting Day (Sept. 30).  Something else to celebrate: Doug (and Rob Humble) got to chill with an actual hobbit.  Or maybe it was Sean Astin, it isn’t entirely clear. But whoever it was, Samwise was in Iowa stumping for Hillary Clinton. Hobbitses are very liberal, what with their hairy feet and pipeweed. Meanwhile, Doug was listening to the recent show in which Mark Moubarek discussed Rhoto eye drops, and bought some for us to “do.” After the burning subsides, we discuss the advice from an attending overheard recently: should everyone really try to know everything?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Molecular Machines 20 mins – “The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir James Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

National Health Service Doctors 16 mins – “Independent contractor status creates unnecessary stress, argues Azeem Majeed, GP partner and professor of primary care at Imperial College London. Laurence Buckman, GP partner and former head of the BMA GP committee, values his autonomy and distance from a non-benign employer” At the link find the title, “Head to head – Should all GPs be NHS employees? Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 286590794-bmjgroup-head-to-head-should-all-gps-be-nhs-employees.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nazi Party 47 mins – “A historical look at the rise of Adolf Hitler, and right wing populism in Europe and the US now.In 1928, the Nazi Party got 2.6 percent of the vote in Germany. In 1933, Adolf Hitler was the German chancellor. Leader of the country. And soon the world would be on the road to war and holocaust. How did that happen? How did Hitler come to power in a democracy? A new history tells the story but many are thinking about it now, as rightwing populism has surged across Europe and raised its voice in the U.S., too. This hour On Point, how Hitler came to power, and lessons for today.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nobel Prize Art 4 mins – “The Nobel prizes are being announced this week and next. At awards ceremonies in December, winners will receive their share of each nearly million-dollar prize and a gold medal. According to a tradition dating back to 1901, most will also get something more obscure: a piece of original art meant to capture the essence of their work. The Nobel artists find out alongside the public who the winners are each year, so they have just a few weeks to create their works of art. …Winners of five of the six prizes, including physics, chemistry, literature, economics and peace get an original work of art as part of their prize. The winner in physiology or medicine does not.” At the link find the title,”Nobel winners get cash, a gold medal and a piece of original art,” right-click “Media files 10042016_09.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nobel Prize Process 44 mins – “The process is famously secretive (and conducted in Swedish!) but we pry the lid off at least a little bit.” At the link rclick the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nobel Prizes 9 mins – “Science gets glitzy in October each year as the Nobel Prizes are awarded. Find out who took home the prizes for Medicine or Physiology, Physics and Chemistry.” At the link find the title, “Nature Extra: Nobel News, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nutrophil Story 49 mins – “Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio SchaechterMichael Schmidt, and Michele Swanson The TWiM team discusses the importance of neutrophils in microbial infections, and evidence that ancient bacteria had two cell walls.” At the link right-click to download “TWiM#136“ and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phonons 58 mins – “A phonon.. that’s not a spelling mistake… is a quantum of vibration. it’s a particle… that lives as a vibration in a crystal. and it’s bananas!!! Doctors Fiona Burnell and Darren Peets have joined me to try to explain this all to Megan and Anthony Leon.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep_67_A_Phonon_Call.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phosphate Mining 4 mins – “…Most of the phosphorus used for fertilizer currently comes from phosphate rock on land, but those supplies are dwindling, and most of what’s left can be found in just two countries, Morocco and China. That’s got a lot of people worried about a supply crunch and a cascading impact on global food supplies and prices. “If phosphorus were to become more scarce,” says Dana Cordell of the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative in Australia, “it’s likely that food prices could rise, and there would be more hungry [people].” Phosphate is vital to chemical fertilizers used to grow food around the world. With a growing demand for food and a diminishing supply from traditional sources, fertilizer producers are looking for new sources around the world. Phosphate is vital to chemical fertilizers used to grow food around the world. With a growing demand for food and a diminishing supply from traditional sources, fertilizer producers are looking for new sources. Hence the interest in undersea deposits like the one off San Juanico. …Phosphorous deposits often come with dangerous contaminants like uranium and cadmium, Armendáriz says. Plumes generated from dredging can affect whole aquatic ecosystems. And the ecosystem off San Juanico is especially important because it’s a refuge for a population of endangered Loggerhead turtles. …There’s another irony as well. If the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative’s Cordell is right, Mexico and the world may not even need this new source of phosphate. Instead of digging for more phosphorus in sensitive places, she says we should focus on efficiently using the supply we already have. ” At the link find the title, “We need phosphate to grow food. But should we be digging it up from the sea floor?” right-click “Media files 10042016_08.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pieter Bruegel 27 mins – “Cathy FitzGerald invites us to discover new details in three old masterpieces, beginning with Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s masterpiece The Harvesters.” At the link find the title, “The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04b9nzw.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Debate History 59 mins – “With the presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton dominating the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, we’re taking a look at the history of political debate in America.  Do Americans like to argue with –or past – each other? From the popularity of amateur debate clubs among young men in the late 18th-century, to the famed Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, and Gerald Ford’s infamous gaffe in the 1976 presidential debate, Ed, Brian, and Peter unpack the central role of debating in American democracy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Political Prisoner P1 24 mins – “When anthropologist Homa Hoodfar was suddenly imprisoned, she treated her own incarceration in Iran’s notorious Evin prison as something to study — refusing to be afraid. After 112 days in jail, the Montreal professor is finally home and shares her story.” At the link find the title, “Homa Hoodfar shares her story after 112 days in an Iranian prison, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161006_16498.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Prisoner P2 11 mins – “A researcher who investigates human rights abuses in Iran and Oman says Homa Hoodfar’s case is not a unique injustice. She tells The Current how Iran has arrested many people — particularly dual nationals — on questionable charges.” At the link find the title, “Homa Hoodfar’s detention in Iranian prison not unique, says Human Rights Watch, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161006_12769.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Bars 28 mins – “Gary Erickson asked his mom, “Can you make a cookie without butter, sugar or oil?” The result was Clif Bar, an energy bar named after his dad — now one of the most popular energy bars in the U.S.” At the link find the title, “Clif Bar: Gary Erickson, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160930_hibt_clifbar.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychology Researcher 53 mins – “Dr. Brenda Milner, is a Canadian neuropsychologist who has contributed extensively to the research literature on various topics in the field of clinical neuropsychology, sometimes referred to as “the founder of neuropsychology”. Milner is a professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University and a professor of Psychology at the Montreal Neurological Institute. She currently holds more than 20 honorary degrees and continues to work in her nineties. Her current work explores the interaction between the brain’s left and right hemispheres. Milner has been called the founder of neuropsychology, and has proven to be an essential key in its development. She received the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience “for the discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition”, together with John O’Keefe, and Marcus E. Raichle, in 2014….” At the link right-click “FREE: audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reality Variations 12 mins – “Reality isn’t something you perceive; it’s something you create in your mind. Isaac Lidsky learned this profound lesson firsthand, when unexpected life circumstances yielded valuable insights. In this introspective, personal talk, he challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears, and accept the awesome responsibility of being the creators of our own reality.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rhino Horn Poaching 47 mins – “‘National Geographic’ journalist Bryan Christy estimates the wholesale market for rhino horn is roughly a quarter of a billion dollars. He says criminal syndicates use the trade to finance “all sorts of illegal activity.” Also, Fresh Air producer Sam Briger talks to Bob Weir about his long-awaited solo album, ‘Blue Mountain.’ At the link find the title, “Oct, 2016, Inside The Illegal Rhino Horn Trade / Grateful Dead Guitarist Bob Weir,”click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.”

Rhino Ivory Poaching 27 mins – “Elephant populations are being decimated but the conservation world remains divided over how best to deal with it.” At the link find the title, “Africa’s Ivory Dilemma, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04b2h5l.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rocket History 78 mins – “George Knudsen started working in 1958 on the Redstone missile, and moved on to working on the Atlas ICBM. Later he worked on the Saturn 5 launch vehicle, where he was responsible for the fuel tanks. He was on the launch team at Cape Canaveral for various Apollo missions. In this episode with talk with George about his work in this fascinating period of science and engineering history.” At the link right-click Download MP3 Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roger Penrose 70 mins – “One of the world’s most renowned scientific thinkers. Sir Roger Penrose, colleague of Stephen Hawking and acclaimed theoretical physicist, separates fiction from reality when it comes to physics and discuss the fact-based truths of the universe. In his provocative new book, Penrose argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today’s researchers astray in three of the field’s most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics and cosmology. Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment of its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects, and Penrose responds with suggestions for possible changes in quantum theory. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true, but that an even wilder reality may lie behind them….” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science and Morality 23 mins – “…there are 21 states in our country where corporal punishment in the classroom is legal, where it is legal for a teacher to beat a child with a wooden board, hard, and raising large bruises and blisters and even breaking the skin. And hundreds of thousands of children, incidentally, are subjected to this every year. The locations of these enlightened districts, I think, will fail to surprise you. We’re not talking about Connecticut. And the rationale for this behavior is explicitly religious. The creator of the universe himself has told us not to spare the rod, lest we spoil the child — this is in Proverbs 13 and 20, and I believe, 23. But we can ask the obvious question: Is it a good idea, generally speaking, to subject children to pain and violence and public humiliation as a way of encouraging healthy emotional development and good behavior? (Laughter) Is there any doubt that this question has an answer, and that it matters?…” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Defined 32 mins – “Even in the 21st century, there’s a significant percentage of people who deeply mistrust science and scientists. Why? And what can we do about it? The first of a three-part series.” At the link find the title, “The Face of Science: Myths and Misconceptions, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 161004_faceofscience_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seal Level Rise 58 mins – “The mainstream media, and human brain, are not well-suited to handling slow-moving threats that will appear in the distant future. Yet flooding of Bay Area roads this year can be partly attributed to rising tides and severe weather. How is the Bay Area media covering this reality? Does climate change coverage take a back seat to more immediate concerns about race, safety and health? Are those issues connected?Bay waters are topping the Embarcadero during king tides, and repairing the seawall along the downtown waterfront will cost about $4 billion. Mission Bay and many other areas of the city are also threatened by the certainty of an expanding bay. This section of our program will probe what the city is doing to prepare for a soggy future and protect people in vulnerable communities. It also will explore what the real estate industry is doing to protect property that accounts for much of the wealth in San Francisco.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Self-Driving Cars 29 mins – “National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Mark Rosekind discusses new guidelines for self-driving cars issued last week by NHTSA.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Mark Rosekind, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455772.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Snake Venom Differences 3 mins – Episode 692 – October 03 2016, of Science Elements talks about differences in snake venom based snake sex, age and type. At the link find the title, “Episodie692,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Oct3_2016.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Power Documentary 56 mins – “Can we build a green economy and fight pollution at the same time? Is energy policy also social policy? Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun explores the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry. With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands. Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Tune in as we talk with the film’s director, Shalini Kantayya.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Star Talk Women 52 mins – “Is science trending on TV and in pop culture? Could that encourage women to get into STEM? Find out from Neil Tyson and his guests Mayim Bialik, Summer Ash, Taryn O’Neill and co-host Chris Hardwick. Also with Mona Chalabi, Chuck Nice and Bill Nye.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Startup Growth 38 mins – “StartUp is back! And we’re kicking Season 4 off with an update on what’s happening here at Gimlet Media. Since the start of the year, Gimlet has more than doubled in size. And while growth is often the goal for a startup, it also costs a lot of money. In this episode, Alex and his team ask themselves some very scary questions: How are they going to pay for all this growth? And what will happen if they can’t? With a larger staff and six new shows launching in the fall, this feels like a particularly pivotal moment at the company. There are big decisions to be made, with potentially even bigger consequences. managed for free.” At the link find the title, “Diversification of Worry (Season 4, Episode 1), Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT6862559102.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Future 52 mins – “The Supreme Court begins a new term this week with still, only eight justices on the bench. Last March President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. But the Senate has, so far, declined to schedule a vote on Garland’s nomination. The justices have chosen to hear fewer cases this term, and, some say, seem to pushing off some of the more controversial issues. Yesterday the Court decided not to reconsider President Obama’s immigration ruling that would spare millions from deportation: Join us to talk about what’s ahead for the Supreme Court and how the stakes will change after the election.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Supreme Court Rulings 48 mins – “The Supreme Court and the candidates. What a Trump or a Clinton presidency could mean for the High Court as it kicks off a new year.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syria and Russian Media 11 mins – “Despite western media attention that chronicles Russia’s role in the Syrian government’s relentless bombing of civilians in Aleppo, Russia’s own news organizations present a far more benign view. The Current looks at what message Moscow is sending.” At the link find the title, “Russian media coverage of the Syrian conflict is propaganda, says journalist, Oct, 2016,”right-click “Media files current_20161006_50839.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop up menu.

Syrian Strategies 57 mins -”The Syrian civil war has lasted five years and claimed more than 400,000 lives. Since Russia entered the conflict a year ago, more than 3,000 civilians have been killed. Last week, a bombing of Aleppo by Syrian government forces killed hundreds, including more than 100 children. On Monday, Secretary of State Kerry ended peace talks following the Aleppo attack. In Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate, Governor Mike Pence called for a tougher approach to Russia and for the establishment of “safe zones” inside Syria. And Hillary Clinton has called for a no-fly zone. Guest host Tom Gjelten and guests debate what to do about Russia’s escalation in Syria and the humanitarian crisis there.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Terror Years 24 mins – “Long before 9/11 Osama Bin Laden wanted a holy war. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Lawrence Wright argues he got what he wanted — a bloody, ideological showdown with worldwide implications. Wright takes us through The Terror Years.”At the link find the title, “Journalist Lawrence Wright’s journey through The Terror Years, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161003_21265.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Topology 18 mins – “The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today to David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Toy Smuggler of Aleppo 19 mins – “It seems like such a little thing — a stuffed animal or doll but for the kids in Aleppo toys from Rami Adham means so much. The toy smuggler sneaks across borders and front lines to give Syrian children stuck in war a little bit of childhood.” At the link find the title, “’Left with no hope’: Aleppo’s toy smuggler risks life to bring toys to kids, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161003_20489.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violence in US 57 mins – “Andrew Solomon, Rebecca Solnit, Saul Cornell, and Patricia Williams in conversation with Michael Enright on America’s culture of violence.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files on America’s Culture of Violence, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161003_98152.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virology Letters and Stories 124 mins – “Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan DoveRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler Guest: Jeremy Luban Jeremy joins the TWiVeroids to tell the amazing story of how the function of the HIV-1 protein called Nef was discovered and found to promote infection by excluding the host protein SERINC from virus particles.” At the link right-click “Download TWiV 409” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting on Projects 17 mins – “Far too many Americans are illiterate in power — what it is, how it operates and why some people have it. As a result, those few who do understand power wield disproportionate influence over everyone else. “We need to make civics sexy again,” says civics educator Eric Liu. “As sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights 57 mins – “This presidential election is the first since the Supreme Court gutted historic voter rights protections. Reveal examines the impact of state laws that rushed in to fill the void. Are they fighting fraud or changing election outcomes?” At the link find the title, “Voting rights – and wrongs, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files Voting-rights-and-wrongs_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Welfare Programs 25 mins – “Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainable solution, because most of its citizens see the problem of poverty from a distance, through a distorted lens. So we present “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” a series exploring how our understanding of poverty is shaped not by facts, but by private presumptions, media narratives, and the tales of the American Dream. Brooke traveled to Ohio, a state that reflects the varied nature of poverty, to talk directly with people who are poor and understand how they got that way, and why, under current policies, they are likely to stay that way. You’ll hear from them over the next several weeks. But first, we examine how the story of poverty gets told — and whether media attention makes any difference — with the help of Jack Frech, a longtime Athens County welfare director who has been leading reporters on “poverty tours” of Appalachia for decades.” At the link find the title,”The Poverty Tour, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files otm092816podcastextra.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Government 60 mins – “Jamille Bigio, adjunct senior fellow for women and foreign policy at CFR and senior director at Amida Technology Solutions, will discuss the role of women in security, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping, as part of CFR’s Academic Conference Call series.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zimbabwe White Farmers 24 mins – “The McKinnon family had a farm in Zimbabwe until three weeks ago when they fled to Canada. Forced off their property in a land grab, they left everything behind. Zimbabwe doesn’t make the news these days but violence in the last decade has not abated.” At the link find the title, “White farming family flee Zimbabwe for Canada amid new wave of upheaval, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161005_79128.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

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