Media Mining Digest 260 – Nov 4, 2016: AI History, Al Capone Biography, Alt Right Vengeance, American Right Class, Antarctic Researcher Dies, Anthony Bourdain, Antidepressants Value, Bacterial Ambushes and Spiders, Bats and Rabies, Bee Behavior, Billionaire Lives, Canadian Seagrams, Cancer in Kids, Caribou in Canada, Cat Concerns, Charity and Duty, Color of Regret Story, Complex Science, Composer Rebecca Clarke, Containment Labs, Copyright Office, Coral Reef Decline, Cuban Life, Death Rituals, Dementia Treatment, Dementia Update, Denial of Service Attacks, Dentistry and Health, Doctor and Mom, Economic Planks for Presidents, Election Process Problems, Electric Cars, Extraterrestrial Life, Eye Care, Face Blindness, Fact Checking, Fairphone 2 and BlindSquare, Genetic Science, Government Accountability Office, Headache Treatment, Hearing Researcher, High Tides Increase, Horror Stories in America, Human Knowledge Limits, Immigration Control in the US, Incrementalism, Indonesian Forests Burn, Infant Warmer, Intelligence Brief, Investing and Compounding, Jill Stein, Job Trends, Loneliness, Migration by Sea, Mill Town History, Millennial Congressman, Minimum Wage Discussion, Muslims in America, Nation States, Neuroplasticity, Neuroscientist Videogamer, Noise and Attention, North Korea Nuclear Threat, Nursing Home Murder, Obama Care Premiums, Obesity Intervention, Opiate Antagonists, Pegasus Story, Pest Management, Politicians Lie, Power-Grid, Prepper Movement, Presidential Debates, Psychoactive Drug Abuse, Pumpkin Mess and Crow Kills, Racism, Ralph Nader, Realistic Medicine, Refugees in Boats, Refugees in France, Ross Perot Conundrum, Rumors Judges and Trade, Russian Forest Fires, School Punishment, Shipping Costs, Skin Care Entrepreneur, Space Trash, Surgical Simulations, Tasers Effect, Terrorism, Testosterone, Truth Matters Discussion, Twitter Trolls, Undocumented Wall Street Executive, US Power Questions, US-Russia Rift, Voting Fraud, Voting Wars, Wildlife Extinction, Wives of Civil War Generals, WW II-Pacific

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 105 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 256 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 12,000 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.

AI History 70 mins – “Jerry Kaplan has been working on artificial intelligence since the 1950s. He explains to Leo the difference between general artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automation. He also explains why he thinks the idea of the Singularity is nonsense, that the real thing the Turing Test describes is trickery rather than intelligence, and that much of the current hype over the development of AI is just that: hype. He does think that the current growth of machine learning can and will transform the economy – many jobs will be replaced through automation, but many other opportunities will be created.” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men.

Al Capone Biography 48 mins – “The real Al Capone. From Brooklyn kid to Chicago crime boss, a new biography gives the whole story.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alt Right Vengeance 20 mins – “The Anti-Defamation League has identified 2.6 million tweets containing anti-Semitic language by alt-right Trump supporters in the past year. Hundreds of journalists have been targeted, and the ADL says it won’t disappear after the election.” At the link find the title, “’Alt-right’ Trump supporters attack journalists online, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161027_82328.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Right Class 47 mins – “Sociologist Arlie Hochschild has gone deep into Trump country to talk with the angry white working class. She’s with us.” (2 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antarctic Researcher Dies 4 mins – “We hear a lot these days about the big changes going on at the Earth’s poles, as the ice caps there start to melt under rising global temperatures. We hear less about the risks that scientists take in trying to understand these changes. But we’ve just had a stark reminder of the dangers with the death of Gordon Hamilton. The 50-year-old glaciologist at the University of Maine died over the weekend during a research trip when his snowmobile plunged into a 100-foot crevasse on a glacier in Antarctica. “Hamilton studied frozen water in all its forms — snow, sea ice, glacial ice, river ice, permafrost — to understand our planet’s changing climate,” says WGBH science reporter Ari Daniel, who followed Hamilton in Greenland a couple summers ago a climate science reporting trip sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Hamilton’s research centered on understanding the relationship between melting ice sheets and rising sea levels, Daniel says. “He studied how glaciers are changing in terms of their size, their flow speeds, their behavior, and what those changes could mean for the rest of us, as glacial ice finds its wayintothe ocean.”  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.

Anthony Bourdain 49 mins – “The host of the CNN series ‘Parts Unknown’ talks about what food sends him into a “spiral of depression,” the perils of cooking bacon naked, and how he fell in love with Vietnam. His new cookbook, ‘Appetites,’ features recipes he cooks at home for his daughter. ‘Fresh Air’ contributor Mat Johnson describes his mother’s journey with multiple sclerosis.” At the link find the title, “Oct, 2016 Anthony Bourdain,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antidepressants Value 44 mins – “There’s an intriguing body of research that suggests the power of antidepressants doesn’t come from chemicals in the drugs, but from the power of placebo. Not everyone agrees, though. We speak to researchers and medical professionals on either side of the debate, and some wedged in-between — Prof. Peter Kramer, psychiatrist and author of Ordinarily Well: the Case for Antidepressants; Prof. Irving Kirsch, psychologist and author of The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth; psychiatrist and radiologist Prof. Helen Mayberg; and psychiatrist Prof. Gregory Simon.” At the link find the title, “Antidepressants, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bacterial Ambushes and Spiders 27 mins – “Strains of bacteria have been found lying dormant in our blood. These have been linked to diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s thought that excess iron in the blood, triggers the bacteria to wake up and produce a protein that alters the clotting ability of the blood, exacerbating or even causing these conditions. …Spiders are remarkable creatures. We’ve all heard about how incredibly strong their silk is. But it’s the water spider’s diving bell that’s currently intriguing scientists. The spiders spin a bubble of silk with a unique protein-gel coating, which has special gas-permeable properties, allowing the air-breathing spider to spend time underwater. Could this be a new kind of silk that could be copied in the lab? …Is fresh transfusion blood better than stored blood? After over 40 studies that have failed to adequately settle the issue, finally a study from McMaster University in Canada looking at the outcomes of over 30 thousand transfusion recipients have found that there is no significant difference to whether patients receive fresh or (up to 42 days) stored blood.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bats and Rabies 58 mins – “The 28th of September marked the 10th World Rabies Day, and this year’s theme was “Rabies; Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.” While most global efforts aimed at rabies control focus on spread by dogs and other carnivores, the Streicker lab working in the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, and the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow, are looking at how the rabies virus is transmitted from blood feeding vampire bats in Latin America, which are the major source of rabies in this region, in a bid to establish more effective strategies to prevent rabies transmission, which will aid global efforts to eradicate the virus as a public health concern. For the Contagious Thinking podcast, we spoke with University of Glasgow’s Dr Daniel Streicker – a Wellcome Trust fellow and 2015 National Geographic Emerging Explorer – and Dr Julio Benavides – a postdoc in Daniel’s lab and recent recipient of the George Baer Latin American Investigator Award from the international group, ‘Rabies in the Americas.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Bats Overview 47 mins – “We talk to ecologist, conservationist and wildlife photographer Merlin Tuttle about his book The Secret Lives of Bats: My Adventures with the World’s Most Misunderstood Mammals.” At the link find the title, “153 Merlin Tuttle – The Secret Lives of Bats,” right-click “Media files f7c20e54-0646-475b-a4db-471c884aa89c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bee Behavior 44 mins – “Dr. Gene Robinson is the Swanlund Chair of Entomology, Director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, and Director of the Bee Research Facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in Entomology from Cornell University and joined the faculty of the University in 1989. Gene has received many awards and honors over the course of his career, including the Burroughs Wellcome Innovation Award in Functional Genomics, the Founders Memorial Award from the Entomological Society of America, a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NIH Pioneer Award. He is also a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society, a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and member of the US National Academy of Sciences. Gene is here with us today to tell us about his journey through life and science.” At the link find the title, “100: Investigating the Hive Mind and How Genes Influence Social Behavior in Bees – Dr. Gene Robinson,” right-click “Media files 100_Gene_Robinson_Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Billionaire Lives 23 mins – “Several years ago, sociologist Brooke Harrington decided to explore the secret lives of billionaires. What she found, she said, shocked her.” At the link find the title, “Episode 49: Filthy Rich,” right-click “Media files 20161024_hiddenbrain_49.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Seagrams 26 mins – “‘He always had a big job. Charles Bronfman was born into wealth and privilege and stepped into the family distillery business, Seagram. But he faced self-doubt and complicated family relationships all of which he’s sharing in a new memoir, Distilled.” At the link find the title, “Nobody wins in a family war’: Billionaire Charles Bronfman on Seagram’s demise, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161025_43675.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer in Kids 28 mins – “Advances in genomic medicine indicate that pediatric cancers may be quite different from their adult counterparts. Hear from experts on why this might be and what scientists are doing to understand it better.” At the link find the title, “Understanding the Biological Basis of Pediatric Cancer, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files 160721_cancer.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caribou in Canada 57 mins – “No, it’s not a moose, which is what most people think it is. The animal is actually a caribou — one of the most important but misunderstood species in Canada. Paul Kennedy reports on the past and the future of Canadian caribou.” At the link find the title, “What’s On Our Quarter? The past and future of Canadian Caribou, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161025_47290.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cat Concerns 47 mins – “We talk to science writer Abigail Tucker about her new book The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.” At the link find the title,”152 Abigail Tucker – How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World,” right-click “Media files cc065848-ce13-478d-a106-c567a2d93d36.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charity and Duty 54 mins – “What do we owe the poor? Mark and Wes interview perhaps the world’s most influential living philosopher. We discuss his ongoing work rooted in his 1971 essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” about the warped priorities of our consumerist society: We spend money on luxuries while innocent children overseas die from inexpensively preventable causes. For more about Peter, see Listen to the follow-up discussion here, or get the whole episode ad-free via the Citizen edition with your PEL Citizenship. Check out the St. John’s College Graduate Institute: Also, check out Gulf Breeze Recovery at” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Color of Regret Story 28 mins – Sefid’s aura was the same luminescent gray as storm clouds. ‘‘You will not regret this.’’ Yet he said it in that tone that people used when it was certain you would. Nasrin cleared her throat. ‘‘What is there to regret? I am grateful for the matches.’’ She shifted on the concrete bench and slid the matchbox into the pocket of her faded corduroy coat. As a city bus rolled around the corner, commuters across the street pressed closer to one another, blending the colors of their own varied auras. Sefid’s smile was merely a bristling at the center of his thick, black beard. It didn’t distract from the quick glance at his wristwatch. ‘‘You know as well as anyone how few of us there are in this province. Iran needs more people like your father. We trust that a daughter of Azad Rajavi won’t fail us.’’ At the link right-click “Download”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Complex Science 86 mins – “Today, more than ever, we can better understand just how complex our world is, from social groups to economic markets to neurons in the brain and our immune systems. But will these new complexity frontiers complement contemporary physics or upend it completely?” At the link find the title, “The Emerging Science of Complexity, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 160804_poe3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Composer Rebecca Clarke 4 mins – “Rebecca Clarke was born in London in 1886. Her life stretched from the late Victorian era through the end of the 1970’s — a period during which the role of women changed unimaginably. Clarke was a distinguished violist who studied for many years at London’s Royal College of Music. She went on to make a living as a professional musician. Famed pianist Arthur Rubenstein went so far as to call her the “glorious Rebecca Clarke.” Clarke’s story is interesting for what she achieved as a performer. But it’s even more interesting for what she didn’t achieve as a composer.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Containment Labs 47 mins – “The National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL) building in Boston is a high-tech facility for the study of emerging, and re-emerging, microbial diseases of humans and animals. The building, part of Boston University, is equipped up to Biosafety level 4 (BSL-4), allowing the researchers there to safely study dangerous viruses like Ebola or Nipah. In this episode, we got special access to the facility to have a look round, guided by Professor Paul Duprex, a Microbiology Society member and an Editor of our Journal of General Virology. On the tour we got to meet the NEIDL’s Director, Professor Ron Corley, who told us about the building’s architecture and function, and talked with Dr Nahid Bhadelia who runs the facility’s back-up medical programme.” At the link find click “Download Episode,” click “Save File” from the pop-up menu and “OK”.

Copyright Office 14 mins – “…published reports announced the removal of Maria Pallante from her duties as the US Register of Copyrights, a role she had held since 2011. Subsequent reporting offers insights on what prompted the surprise move, and what it portends for the future of copyright policy in the United States. Just a year ago, Pallante had called on Congress to move the Copyright Office from under the control of the Librarian of Congress. Her removal, however, came shortly after the arrival of the new Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. As Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer, tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally, the story has impact well beyond the Beltway. “Copyright today is no longer about the entertainment industry. With the rise of social media, it touches people in a way that, historically, it never did,” Albanese explains. Given the heightened interest, many – and from all sides of the issue – have called for Congress to “reform” copyright. “Sources tell me not to expect that. In fact, copyright is yet another area where Congress is fairly gridlocked,” Albanese says. “You may see nibbles around the edges, but not wholesale reform, and that feels right to me.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coral Reef Decline 46 mins- “Outside magazine declared Australia’s Great Barrier Reef dead. Scientists pushed back, but say it’s in trouble. We’ll go under the sea.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cuban Life 61 mins – “Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about life in Cuba. Mulligan, who recently returned from a trip to Cuba, discusses the economy, the standard of living and some of the peculiarities of communist control.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu,

Death Rituals 58 mins – “How do we meet the needs of the dead and to our own? Barbara Nichol talks with anthropologists and historians about the role that ritual plays in our attempts to cope with the conundrum of the corpse.” At the link find the title, “Dust to Dust: Notes on rituals for the dead, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161026_48295.mp3 Oct, 2016 Rigging An Election? It’s Not So Easy, Expert Says” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Update 32 mins _ In episode 328, Mike and James do an update of what is new for the treatment of dementia. We go over the scales used to assess dementia and then look at the latest trials for the commonly used drugs. Sadly, the treatments are still sorely limited.” At the link find the title, “Episode 328: A dementia update you will hopefully remember,” right-click “Media files Episode 328 A dementia update you will hopefully remember.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Denial of Service Attacks 47 mins – “A massive denial of service attack took down a chunk of the Internet on Friday, using webcams and DVRs. We’ll look at what comes next.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dentistry and Health 43 mins – “This episode’s guest is Dentist and preventative health advocate, Dr. Steven Lin. Join us as we talk with Dr. Lin about dentistry, mouth and teeth health, jaw formation, the work of Weston A. Price, and more. At the link right-click “Download Episode Here”and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor and Mom 36 mins – “In today’s episode, Ryan talks with Hanaan, a first year medical student who is married with three kids and worked as a nurse practitioner for three years. She initially wanted to become a doctor but aside from family obligations, the lack of mentorship during her premed somehow caused her to sidestep and follow the NP route. Not finding full satisfaction from it, she finally decided to pursue her lifelong dream to become a physician and take on the medical journey.” “At the link find the title, “205: Why She Left the Premed Track, Became an NP and is now an M1,” right-click “Media files PMY205.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Planks for Presidents 26 mins – “Behold the Planet Money economic platform, crafted by brilliant economists of all stripes, and pure poison to any politician who embraces it.” At the linkf ind the title, “#387: The No-Brainer Economic Platform,”right-click “Media files 20161026 pmoney podcast102616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Election Process Problems 11 mins – “How do you teach an entire country how to vote when no one has done it before? It’s a huge challenge facing fledgling democracies around the world — and one of the biggest problems turns out to be a lack of shared language. After all, if you can’t describe something, you probably can’t understand it. In this eye-opening talk, election expert Philippa Neave shares her experiences from the front lines of democracy — and her solution to this unique language gap.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Cars 47 mins – “More than two-million electric cars may be on the road by year’s end. They are the future. It’s a real battle to see who will make the best.” ( 4guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Extraterrestrial Life 76 mins – “According to Enrico Fermi, there’s a high probability of extraterrestrial life, but we haven’t found any yet. Why is that? Listen in as top scientists discuss the question of what and who else might be out there.” At the link find the title, “Are We Alone in the Universe? Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 161022_poe5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Eye Care 20 mins – “Peter White is joined by Cathy Yelf, CEO of the Macular Society, who talks about their new report calling for more collaboration in the funding of medical research to find a cure for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Neil Heslop, newly appointed CEO of Leonard Cheshire Disability talks about his new role and the way in which he plans to lead the organisation.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Face Blindness 27 mins – “Every day Mary Ann Sieghart blanks friends and colleagues in the street – some people think she is the rudest woman they know. She has prosopagnosia, more commonly known as face blindness. Sufferers have problems perceiving or remembering faces. It is thought around one in 50 of us has the condition – the chances are you or someone you know will have it – but many people do not even realise they have it. Stephen Fry and former UK Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt are two of the well known people who have the condition and here they share how they’ve found ways of coping with it to get by in their careers. In extreme cases, some sufferers do not recognise family members or even their own reflection. Concerns are rising that it could lead to issues in security, justice and misdiagnoses. Psychologists and psychiatrists are trying to learn more about the condition and its effects, calling for it to be recognised formally and screened for in schools and in jobs. Mary Ann has long dreamed of a solution. Could technology or even hormonal treatments help improve her ability? Or, will the best solution simply be to make people more aware?” At the link find the title, “Who Are You Again? Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04d4zft.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fact Checking 60 mins – “This week we’re sitting down with three experienced fact-checkers to better understand what the process of fact-checking looks like from the inside, and what the challenges are when news and politics collide. We speak with Brooke Borel, a contributing editor to Popular Science and author of the book “The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking”; Michelle Ciarrocca, a researcher, reporter, and writer; and Dave Levitan, a science journalist and author of the upcoming new book “Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science”.

Fairphone 2 and BlindSquare 27 mins – “Fairphone is honoured at this year’s Lovie Awards in the Emerging Entrepreneurs category. Fairphone tries to source all its component minerals from ethical mines and its handsets are also modular, so you can take them apart and replace components if they break. Blindsquare is an innovative smart app that helps blind people to navigate indoors and outdoors. Click’s Simon Morton reports on its use in New Zealand. Smartphone to Detect Cancer Biomarkers – The smartphone acting as a portable medical lab – researchers in the USA have developed a way of using a smartphone to detect cancer biomarkers. Click talks to the lead researcher, Professor Lei Li from Washington State University.” At the link “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Science 37 mins – “When it comes to the ethics of genetic technologies who decides how far we should go in our pursuit for perfection? In 2001, the journal Nature published the first sequenced human genome. Hailed by many as the greatest achievement of humankind, the Human Genome Project also caused its fair share of outrage – with many of the objections still being argued over today. But are these fears warranted? And with genetic technologies such as synthetic biology advancing rapidly, are we right to tinker with the book of life? To discuss this and more, Ian Sample is joined by a trio of bioethicists: Princeton University’s Professor Peter Singer, the University of Newcastle’s Professor Jackie Leach Scully, and the University of Oxford’s Professor Julian Savulescu.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Government Accountability Office 48 mins – “We take a field trip to the Government Accountability Office, learn about Sharia law on #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, occupy some federal lands and learn what podcasts the host of Gravy is snacking on.” At the link find the title, “Episode 4: Occupy This Episode 4: Occupy This Podcast,”Media files 20161028_biglisten_ep04and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Headache Treatment 58 mins -”Tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines all call for different approaches to prevention and treatment. What should you know? Do you know how to treat a headache, beyond taking aspirin or acetaminophen? Can you get into trouble by taking your medication too frequently? (The answer is yes; this can make headaches worse.) … Cluster headaches recur with such extreme pain that they are sometimes termed “suicide headaches.” There are effective treatments, including oxygen, but first the patient must get the proper diagnosis. Some people benefit from taking a daily medication to prevent this type of pain.” At the link find the title, “Show 1055,” right-click “Media files PP-1055Headaches.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hearing Researcher 58 mins – “Dr. Christopher Cederroth is an Assistant Professor within the laboratory of Experimental Audiology working on tinnitus within the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He received his PhD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland for which he was awarded the Denber-Pinard Prize from the University of Geneva. During that time, he also contributed to the launch of the start-up company Amazentis S.A. Before joining the faculty at the Karonlinska Institute, Chris was awarded a Swiss National Foundation Advanced Fellowship for his postdoctoral work conducted at Rockefeller University, as well as the Wenner Gren Foundation and Nicholson Postdoctoral Fellowship to support his research efforts at the Karolinska Institute. Chris is here with us today to talk a little about his research and tell us all about his journey through life and science.” At the link find the title, “363: Dedicated to Discovering the Causes and Treatments for Hearing Deficits – Dr. Christopher Cederroth,” right-click “Media files 363, Chris Cedderoth Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop menu.

High Tides Increase 60 mins – “Oceanographer John Englander, author of “High Tide on Main Street” explains the march inland of rising seas. From UK, Dr. Ted Shepherd: how Arctic heating creates weird weather in Northern Hemisphere.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Horror Stories in America 52 mins – “Rooted in legend and culture, horror stories play on our fears while often providing a distraction from the real sources of anxiety.  In this episode of BackStory, the Guys look at the different forms horror has taken in American culture – from witches and vampires to slave revolts and haunted houses.” 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.

Human Knowledge Limits 76 mins – “Featuring cosmologist Neil Weiner, string theorist Eva Silverstein, and physicist Vijay Balasubramanian, with moderation from philosopher of science Jill North, this podcast explores what the future holds for physics.” At the link find the title, “Is There a Limit to Human Knowledge? May, 2016,” right-click “Media files 160512_poe1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Control in the US 47 mins – “Immigration Politics in the US – “Immigration and the presidential campaign. We’ll look at realities, proposals and the future face of the country.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Incrementalism 48 mins – “What do Renaissance painting, civil-rights movements, and Olympic cycling have in common? In each case, huge breakthroughs came from taking tiny steps. In a world where everyone is looking for the next moonshot, we shouldn’t ignore the power of incrementalism.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indoensian Forests Burn 30 mins – “Some of the last refuges of the Orangutan are under threat. As food manufacturers demand more palm oil for their processed products so the pressure grows on the forests of Indonesia which contain some the last of the Orangutan and some of the world’s densest reserves of carbon-capturing peat. Peter Hadfield travels to Borneo to witness the forest being cleared and the peat being destroyed.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infant Warmer 37 minsJane Marie Chen, co-founder and CEO of Embrace Innovations, describes how her social-enterprise startup’s infant warmer for premature and low-birth-weight babies came into the world. She discusses how passion fuels the drive to overcome setbacks big and small, how Embrace has expanded into retail to support its humanitarian efforts, and explains why we should “choose to see the world through the lens of beauty.” 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.

Intelligence Brief 59 mins – “Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper joins PBS’ Charlie Rose to reflect on lessons learned over his six years as director of national intelligence. Clapper discusses challenges in U.S.-Russian relations, including cybersecurity issues, and critical intelligence concerns facing the next U.S. president.” 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.

Investing and Compounding 35 mins – “Examining 88 years of returns and risks of an all-value portfolio, Paul explains why young investors might legitimately consider a 100% all-value portfolio, while the combination of these asset classes should account for only a small part of a retiree’s portfolio. In the discussion of this 2-Fund Combo, Paul suggests a number of related and useful articles and podcasts, particularly for first-time listeners: This 4-fund combo wallops the S&P 500 Index; A half a percent that can change your retirement; The ultimate equity buy and hold strategy; Fine tuning your asset allocations; Retirement distributions 2016At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jill Stein 58 mins – We are joined this week by Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein,who talks with Ralph about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, third parties, the media, the TPP, the Presidential debates, and much, much more! Dr. Jill Stein is a physician, who graduated from Harvard Medical School and practiced internal medicine for twenty-five years in Massachusetts.  In the 1990s Dr. Stein became increasingly concerned about the links between illness and environmental toxins, especially exposures to lead and mercury and dioxin contamination that comes from the burning of waste.  She helped lead the fight to clean up coal plants in Massachusetts, then known as the Filthy Five.  This ended up setting an example for how other states could raise the standards for their own coal plants.  Her first foray into electoral politics was in 2002 when she was recruited by Green-Rainbow Party activists to run for Governor of Massachusetts against Mitt Romney. She is the co-author of two widely-praised reports, “In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development,”  and “Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging.” She was the Green Party candidate for President in 2012 and again here in 2016.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-u menu.

Job Trends 27 mins – “You’ve heard it before — that there’s no such thing anymore as a job for life. Now even the minister of finance says contract to contract — short-term work — is the new reality. Others call the state of affairs, precarious. Does it have to be this way?” At the link find the title, “Are short-term jobs the new normal? Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161025_70912.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loneliness 9 mins – “Loneliness is an epidemic in Canada and author Kio Stark argues the lost art of talking to strangers can help address the feeling of being alone. It can help the lonely, the person reaching out and may even alter political views.” At the link find the title, “Talking to strangers is good for us – and for politics, says author, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161027_50453.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migration by Sea 91 mins – “In recent years, dramatic images of migration—struggling boats crammed dangerously beyond capacity; two sisters, champion swimmers, towing their foundering boat to safety; a little boy’s body lying face down in the sand—have seized worldwide attention and catapulted unauthorized maritime migration onto national and international policy agendas. Whether it is the overwhelming Mediterranean crisis or movements across the Bay of Bengal and the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden, in the Caribbean, or around Australia, crisis has followed crisis, leaving almost intractable problems for policymakers. The challenges have only become more complex, widespread, and dangerous in recent years.  While the issues presented by unauthorized maritime migration are constantly evolving, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) provides analysis, in a book discussed at this event, on some common themes that have emerged over the past decade, along with practical recommendations. This book, All at Sea: The Policy Challenges of Rescue, Interception, and Long-Term Response to Maritime Migration, is based on case studies of unauthorized movements by sea in several parts of the world. This book discussion explores the different facets of maritime migration—the multiple state and nonstate actors; the mixed flows of refugees and other migrants; the overlapping and sometimes contradictory legal regimes; fluctuating state policies; the secondary movements of people from countries of first asylum; the constantly shifting sources, routes, and destinations; and the inter-relatedness with other equally complex problems—and how these together create a “wicked problem” for governments, civil society, the private sector, and international organizations to tackle together.” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mill Town History 57 mins – “Founded in the 1830s, the Queen City’s Amoskeag Manufacturing Company became an industrial powerhouse of international renown, making Manchester a magnet for immigrant laborers and later, union activism. We’re talking with two Granite State historians about this period and its relevance today.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Millennial Congressman 59 mins – “Congressman Eric Swalwell has quickly made a name for himself as the voice of the millennial generation in Congress. The first person in his family to go to college, Rep. Swalwell is fighting for student loan reform and advocating for affordable housing and paid family leave. An avid user of social media platforms like Snapchat and Twitter, Swalwell has even inspired the popular hashtag #Swalwelling. He’s also believed to be the first member of Congress to Vine on the House floor and he has used Facebook Live to stream from the House chamber. Last year Swalwell created the bipartisan Sharing Economy Caucus with Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges related to the rise of companies like Uber and Airbnb. Rep. Swalwell is also a member of the United Solutions Caucus, created in 2012 by a group of incoming freshman lawmakers who are working across political party lines to address important policy matters. Join INFORUM to hear more from this political up-and-comer and to share your thoughts with him about the issues that matter most to you as we look toward the 2016 elections.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Minimum Wage Discussion 56 mins – “It’s a contentious issue in the upcoming election, and in the Granite State, politicians remain strongly divided. New Hampshire still has the lowest minimum in New England, at seven-twenty-five an hour.  State leaders remain divided on how to increase wages without harming business and raising prices.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Muslims in America 33 mins – “Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, our favorite Daily Show correspondent, and the creator and star of his one-man show, “Homecoming King,” which tells the story of New Brown America. He came to our studios to talk optimism, politics, guilt, the American Dream, hip hop, his infamous Congressional mic drop, biryani rice terrorism, the greatness of Zayn Malik, and so much more, including a new Mash-Up Avengers squad we’re forming. Taking sign-ups now.” At the link find the title, “Hasan Minhaj On The American Dream Tax. Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files MUA_102416_HasanMinhaj-f85bea86.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muslims in America’s 62 mins – “We are delighted to have Daisy Khan with us to talk about community efforts to combat extremism and Islamophobia in the United States. Daisy Khan is the executive director of WISE, the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality. Ms. Khan is a regular contributor to major media outlets—including CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC News—and has served as an advisor to a variety of documentaries. Born in Kashmir, Ms. Khan spent 25 years as an interior architect for various Fortune 500 companies. In 2005, she dedicated herself to full-time community service and building movements for positive change. In recognition of this work, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Interfaith Center of New York’s James Parks Morton Interfaith Award among others. She was also selected by Women’s eNews as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the right end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nation States 58 mins – “The philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah argues against a mythical, romantic view of nationhood, saying instead it should rest on a commitment to shared values. He explores the history of the idea, born in the 19th century, that there are peoples who are bound together by an ancient common spirit and that each of these nations is entitled to its own state. He says this idea is a mistaken one, illustrating his argument through the life story of the writer who took the pen name Italo Svevo – meaning literally Italian Swabian. He was born a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and became a citizen of the new republic of Italy, all without leaving his home city of Trieste. Appiah argues that states exist as a set of shared beliefs rather than membership of some sort of mythical and ancient group. “What binds citizens together is a commitment,” he says, “to sharing the life of a modern state, united by its institutions, procedures and precepts.” The lecture is recorded in front of an audience at the University of Glasgow. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley. Future lectures will examine the themes of colour and culture. The producer is Jim Frank.” At the link find the title, “Country, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04d0wwg.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroplasticity 24 mins – “Traumatic brain injuries once considered permanent can now be treated with non-invasive techniques such as light and sound therapy to help re-align brain signals. It’s all thanks to discovering that the brain is plastic or pliable rather than mechanical.” At the link find the title, “How ‘plastic’ brain can heal from traumatic injuries, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161027_20156.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroscientist Videogamer 42 mins – “Dr. Adam Gazzaley is a Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry and the Founding Director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Adam is also Co-Founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company that is developing therapeutic video games. He received his M.D. And Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Adam then completed his Internship in Medicine and Clinical Residency in Neurology at the University of Pennyslvania, followed by postdoctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at UC, Berkeley before joining the faculty at UCSF where he is today. Adam is the recipient of the Pfizer/AFAR Innovations in Aging Award, the Ellison Foundation New Scholar Award in Aging, the Harold Brenner Pepinsky Early Career Award in Neurobehavioral Science, and the UCSF 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award. He is also an elected Member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Adam is here with us today to tell us all about his journey through life and science.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 317_Adam Gazzaley Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Noise and Attention 34 mins – “Where do you go to get focused work done? Library? Busy coffee shop? Noisy environments are actually better for focus, but only for certain people. The post Can White Noise Help You Focus? appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korean Nuclear Threat 58 mins – “For over forty years, the Korean Peninsula has been trapped in a dangerous cycle of provocation. A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, the report of a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force, offers guidance to U.S. leaders in the face of the uniquely challenging threat posed by North Korea. The Task Force finds that current trends will progressively threaten the United States and its allies, and proposes new ideas to expand regional dialogue, restructure negotiations, protect the human rights of North Korea’s citizens, strictly enforce new sanctions authority, and deter and defend against a regime that seems determined to address in new and dangerous ways.|” 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.

Nursing Home Murder 21 mins – “Eight elderly victims allegedly murdered by a nurse in a long-term care home has triggered concerns far beyond the communities involved. How could these deaths go undetected for years? The Current looks into the oversights in nursing homes.” At the link find the title, “BC documentary captures life of asylum seekers on rescue boat, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161026_13511.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Premiums 47 mins – “Obamacare premiums will shoot up on average 22% next year. We’ll look behind the numbers to see what’s going on.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obesity Intervention 15 mins – “Paul Aveyard discusses a new trial regarding a primary care intervention to help obese patients lose weight.” At the link find the title, “Primary care obesity intervention: The Lancet: Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 24october.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opiate Antagonists 33 mins – “In this episode, we discuss two new naloxone devices (intramuscular Evzio and intranasal Narcan) and review new state laws that are expanding the role of pharmacists in dispensing these opioid reversal products.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 051-Naloxone.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pegasus Story 42 mins – “My horse was beautiful, yet still undeniably the raw work of a mere squire. Visible seams crisscrossed its body like  stitches in a quilt. The mismatched metal patches were proof I had pieced it together from a hundred different carcasses. Likewise, the completed wings against the nearby wall contained hundreds of feathers in a warm metallic array that stood in bold contrast to the steel bones. The full equine form had some sinuous grace–a cupped chin, tapered ears–but overall, like any Cavalry mount, it was built for strength and endurance. I picked up the metal heart, stroking it. I would soon know this soul with intimacy unlike any I had known. I crouched to place the heart in the chest cavity, and sang to Atanta all the while. I made the final connections within the body and stood, my hand on the halter. The enchantments I had pounded into metal and pressed into rubber thrummed to life like a swarm of bees. Onward I sang.” At the link right-click “Download”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Pest Management 62 mins – “Dr. Matt O’Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Iowa State University. He received his B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Illinois. Matt served as a Peace Corps Volunteer between those two degrees. After his masters he went on to receive his PhD in Entomology from Michigan State University. Next, Matt conducted postdoctoral research at Michigan State before joining the Faculty at the Iowa State where he is today. Matt’s honors and awards include the Team Achievement Award for the Crop Advantage Series from Iowa State University Extension, the National Excellence In Multistate Research Award from the American Public Land-Grant Universities, and the Integrated Pest Management Team Award from the Entomological Foundation. He has also received various awards from the Entomological Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, and the Board Certified Entomologists of Mid-America for his educational and outreach efforts. In addition, Matt is co-host of the Soybean Pest Podcast with his colleague Erin Hodgson. Matt is here with us today to tell us all about his journey through life and science.” At the link find the title, “341: Understanding Pollinators and Pests to Promote Optimal Crop Management – Dr. Matt O’Neal,” right-click “Media files 341, Matt Oneal_Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Politicians Lie 43 mins – “Fred Barnes and Stephen Hayes discuss the media’s role in the 2016 presidential election and how the media’s role have changed and become much more biased in this election. They discuss what history will say about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and how history has treated past US presidents. In addition, Barnes and Hayes discuss Obama’s legacy including Obamacare, the Iran nuclear deal, Guantanamo, and the lack of economic growth. Part of Obama’s legacy includes the rise of Trump and Clinton. Their rise is also caused by government policies, the poor economy, lack of faith in our government, and the shift to the left that this country has taken. Barnes summed up Obama’s presidency saying Obama presided over America’s retreat both internationally and domestically.” At the link find the title, “The State of the 2016 Presidential Election, the Role of the Media, and Obama’s Legacy, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files Hayes-Barnes-20161011.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power-Grid 19 mins – “A variety of natural and intentional events can disrupt components of the U.S. power grid, including large and small storms, vandalism, and cyber attacks. In this podcast, Thomas Overbye, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign describes the functioning of the grid, some of the risks it faces, its resilience, and mitigation actions for both grid operators and households.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select”Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Prepper Movement 24 mins – ““Preppers” are the latest incarnation of the U.S. survivalist movement. They’re moving into remote, rural areas to set up safe havens against global warming and some are convinced that after the U.S. election this year, society will come unglued.” At the link find the title, “’Prepper’ movement brace for the worst after U.S. election, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161028_47185.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Debates 48 mins – “After three US presidential debates which have attracted some of the biggest viewing audiences in modern American political memory, what have we learned from these televised clashes? In one of the most bitter and polarised presidential campaigns, how much have Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton actually revealed about themselves, their policies and what they could bring to the White House?” At the link find the title, “The Debates Dissected, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04cry1q.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychoactive Drug Abuse 27 mins – “How synthetic psychoactive drugs produced in China make their way onto Britain’s streets.” At the link find the title,”’High Way’ To Hell, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04d7mh7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pumpkin Mess and Crow Kills 57mins – “In this week’s episode, the rise and fall of the Keene Pumpkin Festival, a quaint New England tradition that took a dark turn when riots broke out during the 2014 festival. Plus, the calmest extreme sport you’ll ever witness: bird-watching. Sam answers a listener question about some rather nefarious crows and we travel to the most glamorous outdoor spot you’ve likely never noticed and discover it is teeming with microscopic life.” At the link find the title, “Outside/In: Go Big or Go Home, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files S02_E02.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism 50 mins – “NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Jodi Picoult recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Picoult is a phenomenally successful novelist, with more than 14 million books in print worldwide. Small Great Things is her most recent. Like previous books, it debuted at number one on best-sellers lists. Picoult devotees will recognize the relatable, everyday characters thrashing through controversial ethical issues seemingly ripped from the headlines. But for her, Small Great Things was different. It’s about racism, white privilege and the inherited inequities of America’s past and present. She says it was one of the hardest books to write. The Washington Post called it her most important.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Racism in Baltimore 58 mins – “In a bid to instill civic pride forty years ago, Baltimore was officially named “Charm City”. Today, some call Baltimore a war zone -over 300 homicides per year amid 16,000 vacant homes. Mary O’Connell takes us inside America’s great racial divide.” At the link find the title,”The Shadow of Charm City. Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161024_17224.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ralph Nader 66 mins – “Activist; Author, Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think; Twitter: @RalphNader In this unprecedented election year, Nader makes an inspired case about how he thinks our country can—and must—be democratically managed by communities guided by the U.S. Constitution, not by big business or the wealthy few. Nader has fought for decades to give Americans back their political voice. He draws from his own experiences and shares his core political beliefs on how we can protect our rights to ensure democracy for all.”

Realistic Medicine 20 mins – “Catherine Calderwood has been chief medical officer for Scotland since March 2015 – her first CMO report, which she titled “Realistic Medicine” has created a stir beyond the borders of Scotland. The BMJ, sat down with Catherine at a the Preventing Overdiagnosis conference to find out what she intended with that report. “ At the link find the title, “Catherine Calderwood’s realistic medicine, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 290405079-bmjgroup-catherine-calderwoods-realistic-medicine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugees in France 19 mins – “Among the thousands of refugees French officials are forcing out of the Calais camp called “The Jungle” are an estimated 1,200 unaccompanied minors. Many have relatives in Britain but the U.K. is divided on its obligations.” At the link find the title, “Uncertainty looms for refugees as Calais camp dismantled, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161024_75707.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugees in Boats 12 mins – “For nine days, the CBC’s Nahlah Ayed chronicled the desperation of asylum seekers and the efforts of rescue workers, filming it all for a documentary for the CBC’s Fifth Estate. Ayed shares the stories of what she saw and who she met.” At the link find the title, “BC documentary captures life of asylum seekers on rescue boat, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161026_17425.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ross Perot Conundrum 40 mins – “Ever since his 1992 dark horse candidacy captured nearly 19% of the popular vote, there have been arguments over the real role of Ross Perot. Was he a spoiler candidate, stealing the election from Bush? Did he de-legitimize Clinton’s victory by keeping him from winning a majority of the popular vote? Was there anything to learn from Perot’s popularity, or was the unpredictable, charismatic, idiosyncratic billionaire just a fluke? These are the questions our friends at FiveThirtyEight ponder in this week’s excellent documentary podcast, “Long Before Trump, There Was Ross Perot.” We like it and we think you will too.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rumors Judges and Trade 66 mins – “Ira talks about what’s alarming him about this year’s election: …He calls his Uncle Lenny, who gets his news from Fox and the Wall Street Journal, and lives with an entirely different set of facts, and Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration expert at the CATO Institute, who explains that the central issue in Donald Trump’s candidacy is based on something that isn’t true. (11 minutes) [then in] Act Two In this election year we look at the story of one small ballot initiative, in one state. We heard this referendum would gut Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC), an independent organization that investigates ethics complaints about judges. Years ago, the JQC investigated a judge we did a whole episode about, Amanda Williams, and she resigned from the bench. We wondered why in the world someone would want to tamper with an agency that seemed to be doing a good job at a low cost. Producer David Kestenbaum went to Georgia to figure out what was going on. (21 minutes) [then in] Act Three Ira explains that when Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton all seemed to be against free trade agreements, he got genuinely confused. Is free trade good or bad? Was NAFTA good or evil? Are we down with TPP? He asked Jacob Goldstein of NPR’s Planet Money podcast to explain, once and for all, the pros and cons of free trade. (7 minutes)….” At the link right-click ‘Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Forest Fires 60 mins – “The Russian government is hiding the massive fires in Siberia, says Alexey Yarashenko of Greenpeace Moscow. From Germany, Isabel Rosa: new emissions baked in, no matter what we do. David Turnbull of Oil Change International – why there can be no new oil and gas wells or coal mines.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

School Punishment 44 mins – “Parenting blogs are full of forums discussing “no touch” policies at school around the country. Today, much less discussed among the nanny state is the physical punishment that’s still happening in some public schools. And then, in an effort to save public face, some universities have went all-in on chasing college rankings. While these lists don’t fully represent the college experience, the tangible, advertised results are invaluable to administrators. Momentum to abolish corporal punishment in schools started in the 1970s, and then stalled.  Now, its use is heavily concentrated in southern states. A new report from the Society for Research in Child Development found higher child mortality and poverty rates, less education spending per students, and lower graduation rates in districts where corporal punishment permitted, and racial and gender discrimination in applying punishment. The findings again raise the question of whether it is time to finally retire the practice. At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shipping Costs 26 mins – “Cheap clothes, electronics, food — all of it travels the globe by ship. And the true cost of shipping is higher than you may think. The Current looks into an eye-opening investigation into the murky world of shipping with the director of Freightened.” At the link find the title, “Documentary unveils murky world of shipping, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161028_12460.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Skin Care Entrepreneur 42 mins – “Jane Wurwand moved to Los Angeles with a suitcase and a beauty school diploma. She started what would become Dermalogica, an international beauty empire that set the standard for skin care.” At the link find the title, “Dermalogica: Jane Wurwand, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161020_hibt_hibtpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space Trash 21 mins – “…The universe may be infinite but orbital space is finite and the amount that we use regularly is even more limited. Most satellites end up in a few particular orbits (one can think of them as space freeways). Low Earth orbit, a region of space that extends up to an altitude of about 2000 kilometers, is particularly congested. When a satellite stops working in low Earth orbit it can sometimes stay in that region for hundreds of years….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surgical Simulations 47 mins – “Dr. Roger Smith is the Chief Technology Officer for the Nicholson Center for Surgical Advancement at Florida Hospital. He is also Graduate Faculty at the University of Central Florida, and President of Simulation First. Roger received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics, a M.S. in Statistics, a Master’s and Ph.D. in Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science. In addition to his current appointments, Roger has held a number of exciting positions in academia, industry, and government sectors, including serving as an Instructor at Texas Tech University, Senior Engineer at General Dynamics, Technical Director of Mystech Associates, Technical Director of STAC, Professor at Florida Institute of Technology, Vice President of BTG Corporation, Vice President and Group Chief Technology Officer of Titan Corporation, Professor at Full Sail University, Chief Engineer at SPARTA Inc., Chief Technology Officer for U.S. Army Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation, Research Scientist for Texas A and M University, and Professor at Adventist University of Health Sciences. He has received many awards and honors during his career, including being named one of the top academic researchers in the world in Technology and Innovation Management from the International Association for Management of Technology, the Des Cummings Innovation Award from Florida Hospital, the Swartz Innovation Award from the Orlando EDC, and the PEO STRI Commander’s Award for Public Service. Roger is here with us today to tell us all about his journey through life and science.” At the link find the title, “332: Creating Cutting-Edge Surgical Simulations – Dr. Roger Smith,” right-click “Media files 332_Roger_Smith_Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tasers Effect 27 mins – “[First 7 mins]Tasers are used by police to immobilise people by in violent or potentially violent situations. They inflict physical agony, but what about their effect on the mind? A remarkable number of students volunteered to be tasered in the name of research –significantly reducing their cognitive skills for an hour afterwards. Gaëtan Dugas is known as patient zero: he was thought to have been the source of the HIV epidemic in the USA in the 1970s. New research exonerates him. Handwashing with soap is an effective way to prevent diseases linked to poor sanitation, but in Cambodia children still die from diarrhoea because of a lack of soap. Now a new source has been found – recycling the bars left by hotel guests. Plans have been announced for large trials in Colombia and Brazil to fight mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, using a bacterium called Wolbachia to infect the mosquitoes. Mass campaigns to vaccinate children against measles mobilise hundreds of health workers. Researchers found that tagging on other interventions at the same time – like giving out zinc supplements –could dramatically improve public health. And could a 30 second chat at the end of a doctor’s appointment help people lose weight?” At the link find the title,”Tasers’ Effect on the Mind, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04d7n6t.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism in Europe 56 mins – “FRONTLINE and ProPublica go inside Europe’s fight against terrorism — the missed warnings and the lingering vulnerabilities.” At the link find the title, “Terror in Europe, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 289765937-frontlinepbs-terror-in-europe.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism Policy 32 mins – “From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State, the global terrorist threat has evolved rapidly in recent years, and will likely change further still in the next president’s term. Counterterrorism expert Matthew Levitt looks ahead to the next administration and the choices the 45th president will have to face to keep Americans safe from this adaptive global menace.” At the link find the title, “The Middle East 2017: Choices and Challenges – Terrorism with Matthew Levitt, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files PolicyCast10ME2017Levitt.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Testosterone 29 mins -”It’s said testosterone is the hormone that makes men… well, men. It sculpts the male body, increasing muscle mass and bone strength, and moulds the male mind, fuelling libido, risk-taking and the pursuit of status. But it’s selling the hormone well short to say that’s all it does, ’cause it has effects throughout the body. Its impact begins in utero. Those nine months that we’re in the womb may actually affect the rest of our lives. And it affects us all. Women have more testosterone circulating in their blood at any time than they have oestrogen, so testosterone’s a really important hormone for women….” At the link right-click “download video mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Truth Matters Discusssion 60 mins – “Not everyone tells the truth. ‘Read my lips: no new taxes.’ ‘This isn’t going to hurt.’ ‘I see no ships, my lord.’ ‘Of course I love you.’ When can we know what to believe? Four out of five of us don’t think politicians tell the truth, according to a recent MORI poll. But is telling the truth always the right or best thing to do? If it isn’t, what happens to trust? If it is, are there different kinds of truth? Do we always want to hear the truth? Do different professions need to have systemically different attitudes to truth-telling? Is there a moral difference between outright lies, falsehoods, deceits, dissimulation and just plain old ‘economy with the actualité’? In October 1013, Intelligence Squared headed to London’s Westminster Abbey to discuss truth with a politician (Jack Straw), a journalist (Max Hastings), a scientist (Professor Robert Winston) and a poet (Wendy Cope).” At the link find the title,”An Anatomy Of Truth: Conversations on Truth-Telling, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Twitter Trolls 49 mins – “How a platform designed for free speech enables Internet trolls. ‘National Review’ writer David French describes the hateful tweets he received after he criticized Donald Trump and the alt-right. ‘BuzzFeed’ reporter Charlie Warzel discusses what Twitter is and isn’t doing about trolls.” At the link find the title, “Oct, 2016 The Twitter Paradox” click the circle with three dots, right-click “

Undocumented Wall Street Executive 58 mins – “Julissa Arce discusses her life in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. She is interviewed by Doris Meissner, former Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner from 1993-2000.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Julissa Arce, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.453825.MP3-STD.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US Power Questions 41 mins – “Recorded on September 22, 2016 Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Russia, China, and the danger of American withdrawal from the world stage. In addition, Hanson talks about immigration and assimilation in the United States throughout time. Hanson notes that, when immigrants assimilate and embrace the United States, then immigration works and strengthens us, but that when immigrants seek to separate themselves and reject US values and culture, then immigration becomes detrimental. Hanson ends the interview talking about the 2016 presidential candidates and election.” At the link find the title, “Victor Davis Hanson on grand strategy, immigration, and the 2016 presidential election, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160922-VDH.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US-Russia Rift 47 mins – “Russian chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov on Putin, Trump, and the deepening US-Russia rift.” (2 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Fraud 58 mins – “Unless you’ve been caught up in the justice system, most Americans’ understanding of courts comes from what you see on TV. In popular dramas like “Law & Order,” everyone gets a lawyer, the crime is solved in a neat and timely way, and – of course – justice is served. But in real life, it doesn’t always work out that way. On this Reveal, we take a look at the cracks in the system that prevent people from getting a fair shake. And justice for some.” At the link find the title,”And justice for some, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files And-justice-for-some_podcast.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Wars 47 mins – “Rick Hasen, founder of ‘The Election Blog’ discusses Donald Trump’s warning about potential voter fraud. “He’s threatening the bedrock of democracy, and doing it to claim he’s not a loser,” Hasen says. Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg talks about vulgar language in the 2016 election.” At the link find the title, “Oct, 2016 Rigging An Election? It’s Not So Easy, Expert Says,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildlife Extinction 21 mins – “The planet’s biodiversity is under attack. New numbers tracking wildlife species over the past half-century reveal a dire prediction — two-thirds of wildlife will disappear by 2020. Is there anything that can be done to reverse the trend?” At the link find the title, “Two-thirds of wildlife may disappear by 2020 — because of humans, says WWF, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161028_13494.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wives of Civil War Generals 60 mins – “The story of the American Civil War isn’t complete without examining the extraordinary lives of Jessie Fremont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, who were their husbands’ closest confidantes and had a profound impact on their ambitions and actions. Once shots were fired on Fort Sumter, the women were launched into a new world, where their relationships with their husbands and their personal opinions of the president of the United States had national and historical consequences. Using letters, memoirs, and photographs—and for the first time, maps of the women’s wartime travels—Hooper reveals how these four generals’ wives powerfully influenced our history.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II – Pacific 78 mins – “Our guests today are writers Bob Drury and Tom Clavin to discuss their latest book, Lucky 666-The Impossible Mission. Mavericks or “Screw ups” Jay Zeamer and Joseph Sarnoski, sent to the Pacific Theater to help defend Australia from invasion by Japanese Imperial forces, will end up rebuilding a dilapidated B-17 and volunteering to photograph the western coast of Bougainville for the impending U.S. invasion. Little do they know that they will be involved in the longest dogfight in history. One of them will not make it back alive.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode 174-102216_10.51_AM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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