Media Mining Digest 262 – Nov 18, 2016: Adrenal Physiology, African Books, American Fascism, Au Pair Story, Autism Story, Big Listen, Birth Control Research, Brain Activity, Broadband in Wisconsin, Butyric Acid, Cancer Drug Impotence, Capitalism Hazards, Carbon Dioxide Uses, Change in America, Chickungunya and Zika, Climate Change Pace, Climate Politics, Climate Warming, Clinton-Trump Campaign, Computer Repair Business, Consciousness, Copyright Future, Cosmic Shadows, Culture Defined, Dakota Pipeline Protest, Device Addiction, Disruptive Innovation, Economic Policies, Election Controversies, Election Messes, Genetic Engineering, Global Trade Decline, GMO Failure, Greenhouse World, Hacking for Defense, Happiness Report, Hillary Clinton Politics, Human Evolution, Hydroelectric Power, Iceland Rescue Teams, Immigration Issues in Australia, Inmate Decline in Netherlands, Investment Strategies, Jefferson Book, Lab Safety, Letters to Presidents, Longevity, Magic Johnson and AIDS, Male Contraception Trial, Marconi’s Radio, Meat Allergy, Medical Cannabis, Medical Specialties, Medical Training, Mekong Delta Sea Rise, Mental Efficiency, Mental Resources, Middle Class Changes, Military Concerns, Money Psychology, Mosul Battle, Music Mogul, Nuclear Strategies, Photographer Interview, Political Beliefs, Presidential Transiton App, PTSD Treatment,Public Health Goals, Saudi Women, Ship Sinking Story, Simulated Universes, Social Entrepreneurs, Social Innovation, Social Psychology, Sports Bra History, Statistics, Technology and Ethics, Time Travel, Truffle Market, Trump Administration Opposition, Trump Campaign Analysis, Trump Climate Opposition, Trump Election Impact, Trump Voters, Ugly Man Story, Ulysses S Grant, US Economy Trends, Veteran Problems, Virus Filaments

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 90 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 246 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 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Adrenal Physiology 58 mins – “On this episode of the podcast we have guest Dr. Bryan Walsh. Dr. Walsh is a licensed, board-certified Naturopathic Doctor, an expert in biochemistry and human physiology, and currently delivers courses in biochemistry, physiology, and pathophysiology as an Instructor at Maryland University of Integrated Health. Listen in as we talk all about the myths and truths of “adrenal fatigue”, the causes of low cortisol, interaction with the immune system, testing, and more. This was a super interesting episode, and I even learned a good bit on the topic myself. Definitely give this one a listen!” At the link find the title, “Episode 342 – Dr. Bryan Walsh – “Adrenal Fatigue” and Low Cortisol, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files PaleoSolution-342.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Books 27 mins – “A panel of writers talk to Audrey Brown about the African books which have had the biggest impact on them, their writing and the wider world. What makes a great book? On the panel are black British rapper-poet Akala; Abdilatif Abdalla, the Kenyan poet and activist; Nigerian novelist Sarah Ladipo Manyika; and Yewande Omotoso, South African poet and academic.” At the link find the title, “African Books to Inspire, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04dw6bw.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

American Fascism 48 mins – “What does the Trump campaign, and the voters it’s mobilized, have in common with Fascism, not only in Europe but in America’s own dark past?” At the linkfind the title,”American Fascism: It Can’t Happen Here? Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161028_26920.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Au Pair Story 47 mins – “Au pair is a French term meaning “on par with,” a relationship of equals. Every year, thousands of young people travel to the United States as au pairs to provide child care for American “host families” while experiencing a new culture. But life as an au pair isn’t always easy. Reveal takes a look at the problems that can leave au pairs adrift and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.” At the link find the title, “Host of problems, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files Host-of-problems_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Autism Story 52 mins – “As a young boy, Owen Suskind went years without saying a single word. He was autistic, and his parents worried that he’d never be able to relate to other people. One day, they discovered they could communicate with the help of classic Disney animated films that Owen adored. He could recite the films verbatim, and they helped him understand the complex cues of social interaction. Director Roger Ross Williams’ film Life, Animated is about Owen’s emotional coming-of-age story, and he’ll join us to talk about it.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Big Listen 46 mins – “Warehouses are great places to listen to podcasts (says one former warehouse worker). Comedian Phoebe Robinson talks whether she’d date Terry Gross, and Nate Dimeo gives us the scoop on his favorite podcast genre.” At the link find the title, “Episode 6: Warehouse Workers, UNITE! Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161110_biglisten_ep06.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Birth Control Research 56 mins – “John Pienta, Levi Endelman, Kylie Miller, and Adam Erwood get to answer some probing questions: what’s the first thing a student wants to know upon starting a new clerkship? What’s the most important skill they’ve ever learned? And what medical specialty should Vladimir Putin pursue? Also, if you’re in a performance slump, science says you just need to be reminded that one day you will be worm food. And men seem to be having trouble with the idea of having minor procedures and experiencing side effects in exchange for the privilege of having sex without certain undesirable consequences like babies. And we discuss the apparent YouTube trend of DIY braces made by 13-year-olds from wires, superglue, and rubber bands. If you can ignore the risks of your face falling off, it’s a real money saver!” At the link find the title, “Do Better Because You Will Die Some Day. Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 152-helpful-hint-you-are-going-to-die.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Activity 27 mins – “Staring out of the window when you’re supposed to be working, you may find yourself daydreaming. But what’s actually going on inside the brain when you let your mind drift? Psychologists prefer to use the term “mind-wandering” for this activity, which fills up to half of our waking hours. Claudia Hammond has spent the last two years working as part of Hubbub – a group including poets, historians and neuroscientists examining the topic of Rest at the Wellcome Collection. So is the brain ever truly at rest? We all experience the world in different ways. By keeping a daydream diary Claudia discovers that she tends to mind-wander visually – often without words. She also visits the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig where her brain is scanned by scientists who want to understand more about the surprisingly busy “resting” brain, seemingly on standby for whatever the day throws at us. Brain scanners cannot yet detect what we are thinking. But monitoring the brains of trained meditators, one researcher claims to have pinpointed the part of the brain where mind-wandering starts – a region associated with memory. Activity then moves onto problem-solving regions – perhaps planning for the future by reflecting on the past.” At the link find the title,”What’s the Mind Doing When it is Daydreaming? Nov, 2016,”right-click “Media files p04frgnm.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Wisconsin 18 mins – “The second-largest city in Wisconsin and the home of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is pursuing a path-breaking municipal Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) strategy. They have already started by deploying fiber to several low-income neighborhoods and working with local ISP ResTech to offer services. Madison CIO Paul Kronberger joins us for Community Broadband Bits episode 227 to discuss their plan. We start by discussing how they decided to deploy FTTH as a digital divide strategy. Like more and more of the communities considering this approach, Madison does not have a municipal electric utility. We also discuss how Madison plans to deal with the state law that limits municipal fiber network investments and why Madison has decided to work with a private provider even though the city will retain ownership of the network. Read more of Madison coverage here.” At the link right-click “…download this MP3 file….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Butyric Acid 6 mins – “Louise Crane reveals the compound that gives American chocolate and wet dogs their distinct aroma” At the link find the title, “Butyric acid: Chemistry in its element, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files CiiE_Butyric_acid.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Drugs Impotence 16 mins – “Despite considerable investment and innovation, chemotherapy drugs have had little effect on survival in adults with metastatic cancer. In this podcast, Navjoyt Ladher, clinical editor for The BMJ, talks to Peter Wise, former consultant physician and senior lecturer Imperial College School of Medicine, and author of a recent analysis on” At the link find the title, “Cancer drugs, survival, and ethics, Nov, 2016,”right-click “Media files 292580583-bmjgroup-cancer-drugs-survival-and-ethics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Capitalism Hazards 63 mins – ‘Leland Faust, Founder and Chairman, CSI Capital Management; Member, Sporting News Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports; Author, A Capitalist’s Lament: How Wall Street Is Fleecing You and Ruining America In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt, Former President, Oakland Athletics Leland Faust, an outspoken financial services insider and investment advisor, believes our great free enterprise system has been hijacked by Wall Street for its own gains, and he claims “you are being fleeced and exposed to risks you know nothing about.” Presenting a high-level insider view, Faust shares his real-world experience both from representing high-profile celebrities and managing a successful mutual fund. He warns that the financial services industry misleads us, and he delivers an upbeat message, saying “learn how to get ahead instead of getting taken.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Dioxide Uses 30 mins – “Can we find a use for all that pesky climate-changing carbon dioxide? If we can turn excess CO2 into something useful we might just be able to slow down the rate of global warming. It’s a dream shared by lots of scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. At the ACI Carbon Utilisation conference in Lyon, Tom meets the Germans turning CO2 into a fuel and the French researchers aiming to mimic nature’s photosynthesis process. In Oxford he talks to a company making fertiliser from waste and a chemist creating innovative plastics whilst in Avonmouth he sees CO2 transformed into concrete blocks that are already being used in house building around the country.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Change in America 56 mins – “How has the US changed since 2008? As the world chews its nails, waiting to see how the US election story ends, Lizzie O’Leary tries to do something a little different: looking at data to figure out how America is different now, in November 2016, from the country which elected its first black president eight years ago. Lizzie – from the US radio show Marketplace – is joined in New York City by the political analyst Amy Holmes, demographer Bill Frey and the journalist Meghan McArdle. She’s also armed with audiographs, illustrating some surprising data in sound.” At the link find the title, “Change in America, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04f75lj.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chickungunya and Zika 83 mins – “Michael Diamond visits the TwiV [This Week in Virolog] studio to talk about chikungunya virus and his laboratory’s work on a mouse model of Zika virus, including the recent finding of testicular damage caused by viral replication.” At the link right-click “Download TWIV 414” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Pace 27 mins – “We know that a changing climate is already affecting the plant world in many ways. There are changes in rainfall, drought, pests, and fires to name a few. But what we didn’t know until now is that an altered plant world can increase the pace of climate change, leading to unpredictable outcomes. Isabel Montañez is from the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Science. Dr. Montañez is a geologist, President-Elect for the Geological Society of America, and helps edit a number of scientific journals. Isabel is the lead author of an important study published October 24th, 2016 in the journal “Nature Geoscience”. A group of scientists managed to study an ancient time relevant to our own. Their results from hundreds of millions of years ago are not comforting….” At the link you can listen to similar material, but not download anything; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Climate Politics 58 mins – “Bill McKibben, Co-founder, Terry Tamminen, CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation As we careen toward unknown climatic changes and near the end of an equally unpredictable election cycle, what will the political and planetary climate be in 2017? Is climate disruption an issue high on the minds of the voters and political leaders? As co-founder of, Bill McKibben has been working to influence major policy decisions around the world with campaigns such as Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, Frack Free California and Break Free from Fossil Fuels. Have those demonstrations actually kept carbon in the ground? What has his organization been focused on this election cycle, and what are his thoughts on 2017? Join us for politics, activism and stories from 30 years of writing and fighting.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming 26 mins – “We didn’t hear very much about climate change during this election cycle — and social science research might give us some insight as to why not. This week, an encore of one of our favorite episodes about why it’s so hard for us to wrap our heads around climate change.” At the link find the title, “Encore of Episode 27: Losing Alaska, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161107_hiddenbrain_27.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clinton – Trump Campaign 63 mins – “It will be one day before the big election day; most of you will have already voted and are now biting your nails for the final outcome. We’ll take a moment to commemorate the career of our longtime panelist, C.W. Nevius, who will be leaving the San Francisco Chronicle in just a few weeks. Join us then as we explore the biggest, most controversial, and sometimes the surprising political issues with expert commentary by panelists who are smart, are civil, and have a good sense of humor. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our live news quiz!” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Business 67 mins – “Dave Greenbaum from Dr. Dave Computer Repair: My background was actually law. I left law school on a whim to run a computer lab.  Always intended to return but never did. I’ve been a tech since grade school.  When we had Apple IIes in the lab (before you were born!), I was responsible for them.  The first time I typed on a computer, nobody told me I had to save.  An hour’s worth of work was lost. I vowed revenge and that was 30 somewhat years ago. I come at this field more from the business and management end.  Before going out on my own in full time in 2003 (I had been doing it part time until then), I was running break-fix shops for other people.  I handled everything from hiring, to dispatching and accounting.  Most techs I think know the repair stuff, but not the back office stuff.  For about 6 years before going on my own, I had the back office stuff done pretty well…” At the link right-click “Direct MP3 Download…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop up menu. .

Consciousness 69 mins – “David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale University and author of The Tides of Mind, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about consciousness and how our minds evolve through the course of the day and as we grow up. Other topics discussed include creativity, artificial intelligence, and the singularity.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Copyright Future 25 mins – “As was evident everywhere at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair, publishing today depends on technology, and technology is pressing copyright in ways never imagined in the days of printing presses. Copyright holders in the digital age are under challenge across the globe, not only from wide-ranging infringement, but also from so-called “reform.” In a panel discussion for The Markets Conference, a day-long event highlighting important national markets for publishing around the world, participants pondered over the future of copyright – and even more importantly, whether copyright has a future. The answer we heard was “Yes, but only if we want it to be.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cosmic Shadows 62 mins – “This episode is about the The Sunyaev–Zel’dovich Effect, where photons from the big bang are used to backlight giant galaxy clusters! My Physicists this episode are Dr. Michael Zemcov, and Dr. Danica Marsden.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep_68_The Shadows Of Creation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Culture Defined 58 mins – “The philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah says the idea of “Western civilization” or “Western culture” is a mistaken one and that we should abandon it. He uncovers the history of the idea from its roots at the time of the Crusades to its modern incarnation in the second half of the 20th century. However, we have very little culturally in common with our forebears in say the England of Chaucer’s time. And indeed much of the knowledge supposedly at the heart of Western civilisation was actually transmitted via Islamic scholarship. No-one, he argues, can claim exclusive ownership of culture. “The values European humanists like to espouse belong just as easily to an African or an Asian who takes them up with enthusiasm as to a European,” he says. The lecture is recorded in front of an audience at New York University in Appiah’s adopted home city. The series is presented and chaired by Sue Lawley The producer is Jim Frank.” At the link find the title, “Culture, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04fhn65.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dakota Pipeline Protest 47 mins – “In North Dakota, the tents and teepees have been up for months. Native Americans and environmental protesters trying to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Its sponsors want to ship oil to Illinois. Opponents say it’s a danger to water supplies and a desecration of sacred sites. Last week hundreds of police moved in hard. There were dramatic clashes and 140 arrests. The protesters are still there. Winter is coming. This hour On Point,  the standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline.” (5 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Treatment P2 33 mins – “In episode 329, Mike and James continue with their update on the treatment of dementia. We talk about prevention and how to figure out if an individual is getting a benefit from treatment. Bottom line, it is very tricky. We also talk about non-drug treatments and the latest new drug treatment.” At the link find the title, “Episode 329: A dementia update you will hopefully remember – PART II,” right-click “Media files Episode 329 A dementia update you will hopefully remember-PART_II.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Device Addiction 47 mins – “We all know the fear that people are spending too much time compulsively checking their digital devices. The head down pose. The constant urge to peek. The need to just look. Tristan Harris says that’s happening by design. The former “product philosopher” at Google says Silicon Valley set out to conquer our psyches, and it succeeded. Now, he says, it’s time to stop. Time for ethics in the “attention economy.” This hour On Point, a call to reshape software designed to addict.” (2 guests)

Disruptive Innovation 24 mins – “Back in the ’90s Clayton Christensen developed the business theory of “disruptive innovation” and watched as the Blackberry disrupted the laptop and then became disrupted by Apple. Our series The Disruptors looks at the theory that is often misunderstood.” At the link find the title, “‘Disruptive innovation’ theory often misunderstood, says creator Clayton Christensen, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161108_69895.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Policies 23 mins – “On today’s show, Planet Money’s economist-approved fake candidate makes his first ads. Then we nervously watch to see what a focus group thinks of them.” At the link find the title, “#413: Our Fake Candidate Meets The People, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161102_pmoney_podcast110216.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Election Controversies 47 mins – “It’s Election Day, and here we are. It feels like no other. More amped. More fraught. More divisive. And yet, Americans have been through head-spinning elections before. We want to learn from those presidential contests today – the ones that jolted, challenged, changed the country. When Thomas Jefferson called John Adams blind, bald, crippled, toothless. When FDR welcomed the hatred of his foes. This hour  On Point, we look back on the hard elections, and how the country dealt with them.”(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.

Election Messes 44 mins – “It’s here – the day of reckoning for the most bitter, acrimonious, controversial election in recent memory. But not, it might be a relief to know, in American history. Today, some historical perspective on contentious elections with Brady Carlson: and spoiler alert – our democracy survived. Then we’ll check in with transhumanist presidential candidate Zoltan Istvan who is just one of the nineteen hundred people who decided to run for president this year. We’ll talk to him about what it was like to be on the campaign trail for over a year and what he learned.” At the link right-click the play book beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Engineering 40 mins – “The processes of biotechnology can be a bit of a black box, and that does not help further its understanding or acceptance.  Journey of the Gene is an interactive, multimedia resource that can aid in explaining the process of genetic engineering.  This week’s podcast features Dr. Don Lee, one of the central developers of the resource.  From teachers, to ag producers to extension professionals, this interactive web resource details the process of genetic engineering using the example of solving soybean disease Sudden Death Syndrome.  Hosted by Dr. Paul Vincelli (@Pvincell).” At the link right-click “Download” under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Trade Decline 47 mins – “Something new is happening in global trade. It’s declining. After decades where Chinese factories boomed and the trend line was always up, it’s flat and down. Empty, idled container ships. US trade, too – down during a period of economic growth for the first time since World War II. On the campaign trail, trade-bashing is hot. That may be fighting the last war. Some say the great age of globalization is over. This hour On Point, what it means when trade goes flat.” (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.

GMO Failure 47 mins – “The promise of GMOs – genetically modified crops – was of faster growth in harvests and less use of pesticides. We would feed the world and do it with a lighter chemical footprint. Last weekend, a big story in the New York Times asserted neither of those things is happening. North America has embraced GMO crops. Europe has banned them.  And, the report said, 20 years on, North America cannot show an overall advantage. That sparked a firestorm. This hour On Point, are GMOs delivering?” (4 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Greenhouse World 60 mins – “Interview with deep time expert Dr. Robert Spicer of UK. Plus review of 2007 record weather; caution on Lovelock fatalism; limits to heating?; scientific activism.” At the link right-click one of the download options and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hacking for Defense 58 mins – “Retired serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, creator of the “Lean LaunchPad” methodology for startups, discusses Silicon Valley’s roots as the epicenter of electronic warfare in the mid-20th century and how the region’s innovation ecosystem formed. An adjunct professor in Stanford’s Department of Management Science & Engineering, Blank also walks through the lean-startup movement and how its principles are now helping the U.S. government innovate faster in the areas of basic science, health, national defense and international diplomacy.” 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.

Happiness Report 60 mins – “This week we’re exploring what science can tell us about happiness. We’ll speak to John Helliwell, Co-Director of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Programme on Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-Being, about the World Happiness Report, a global project that uses tools from economics, psychology, health statistics and more to study the happiness of people and nations. And we’ll speak to journalist  Michael Booth about his book “The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia.At the link right-click the down-pointing at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hillary Clinton Politics 58 mins – “A story about Hillary Clinton that offers a different picture than what we’ve been hearing from both sides during this campaign. And some funny stuff, because everyone’s tired of the election.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Evolution 56 mins – “This week on the Naked Scientists we’re exploring our human story, from the use of tools and fire, to ritualistic behaviour. Where did we come from and what makes us special? Chris Smith is joined by some of the world’s best fossil experts including one man who’s discovered two of our caveman ancestors, and a scientist who can get the original tissues out of remains that are millions of years old.” At the link right-click “Download as mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hydroelectric Power 33 mins – “Hydropower is America’s oldest and largest source of clean, renewable energy. But can it grow to meet our changing needs? Follow our hosts on a journey from hydropower’s origins to the new wave of technologies that could shape its future. Read on for more about the topics we covered in this episode, or head over to our Water Power Technologies Office for all things hydro — including the groundbreaking Hydropower Vision Report.” At the link right-click “download file” and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Iceland Rescue Teams 27 mins – “A family stranded in a snowfield. A woman with vertigo on a mountain. A hiker falling in lava. These are just some of the jobs for Slysavarnafélagið Landsbjörg (Ice-SAR): the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue. Ice-SAR is an elite national emergency militia with a gallant reputation in Iceland. In place of an army, its skilled volunteers, all unpaid, are expertly trained, well equipped, self-financed and self-sufficient.” At the link find the title, “Iceland Rescue, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04fj0lj.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Issues in Australia 64 mins – “Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong addresses the National Press Club on the topic ‘Building Bridges Not Walls: The Case For An Open Australia’.” At the link find the title,”National Press Club: Penny Wong, Nov, 2016,”right-click “Media files NPCc_PennyWong_0811_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Inmate Decline in Netherlands 27 mins – “There’s a shortage of criminals in the Netherlands. What are the Dutch doing about it?” At the link find the title, “Prisons for Rent in the Netherlands, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04g0b2d.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Strategies 20 mins – “How can young investors prudently reach for higher rates of return?  The most dependable approach is building a portfolio of all value ETFs or mutual funds. In the last podcast I focused on an all-value portfolio comprised of U.S. large and small-cap value asset classes.  But it even gets better (in the past) adding the same asset classes in both developed and developing international markets.  To learn more, click here for “The Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy.” Also, check out The Ultimate Buy & Hold Worldwide Value Portfolio Performance Table.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jefferson Book 56 mins – “For an Election Day broadcast, we go back to our country’s founding with a recent book on Thomas Jefferson that challenges some of the cliches about our third president.  We talk with Annette Gordon-Reed, co-author of “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs,” about Jefferson’s life at Monticello, his sojourn in Paris, and his views on slavery and race.” At the link right-click the play book beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lab Safety 34 mins – “Making his third appearance on Lab Out Loud, co-hosts Brian Bartel and Dale Basler welcome Dr. Ken Roy back to discuss safety in science classrooms and other potentially harmful areas (such as makerspaces). This fall, Ken launched the NSTA Safety Blog to share commentaries on the latest safety issues, legal standards and better professional practices. Ken reminds us about important science safety practices such as yearly safety training, our duty of care when working with students in foreseeable harmful situations, and the need to make sure your eye wash station works before you do labs that might require its use. Listen to the show to hear how you can learn important safety tips and how to submit your own questions to the NSTA Safety Blog.” At the link find the title, “Safer Science and the Duty of Care, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files LOL154.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Letters to Presidents 16 mins – “When you send a letter to the president, it first passes through The Office of Presidential Correspondence, founded under President McKinley in 1897 to help his administration address the roughly 100 letters arriving for him per day. By the time Herbert Hoover was president, the office would receive around 800 letters daily. The current President of the United States gets tens of thousands of letters, parcels, and emails every day.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Longevity 44 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann breakdown the cost of living forever.” At the link find the title, “The Live Forever Edition, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM2129030606.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Magic Johnson and AIDS 30 mins – “On November 7, 1991, Magic Johnson held a press conference announcing that he had contracted the HIV virus, effectively ending his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The news sent shockwaves through popular culture, as well as the more narrow subculture of millionaire athletes and the woman who pursue them. Magic Johnson was not only one of the most famous men in America on the court and on TV, he was the Hugh Hefner of professional sports. If Magic could get AIDS did that mean the party was truly over? Not for the intrepid woman profiled in E. Jean Carroll’s rollicking 1992 feature, “Love in the Time of Magic.” Carroll, longtime sex columnist for Elle, joins host David Brancaccio to discuss the virtues and sorrows—and above all, the sisterhood—of the beautiful women who pursued star NBA players like hunters chasing their prey.” At the link find the title, “Love in the Time of Magic, by E. Jean Carroll, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files Love in the Time of Magic by E. Jean Carroll.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Male Contraception Trial 47 mins – “A big report out on male birth control in the last week. The plug was pulled on global trials of a hormonal male contraceptive after men complained of side-effects: acne, mood disorders, injection site pain. A lot of woman quickly spoke up to say “You’re kidding me! We’ve been putting up with that and worse for years” on the pill and more. Is there a path to a male contraceptive? Will men walk it? This hour On Point, the trial that folded, and the future of male contraception.” (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.

Marconi’s Radio 56 mins – “Our wireless world owes thanks to Guglielmo Marconi who went on to win the Nobel Prize and changed how wars were fought. A conversation with McGill Professor Marc Raboy has just published a major biography of Marconi.” At the link find the title,”Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas 20161110_70034.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meat Allergy 15 mins – “With summer on our doorstep, and the odd BBQ or bush walk planned, we thought it timely to revisit this story: mammalian meat allergy is on the rise in Australia and the surprising cause is a tick bite. Dr Jonica Newby meets Dr Sheryl van Nunen, the clinician who discovered the link, and this story is a must-see if you want the latest tips on how best to remove a tick.” At the link right-click “download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Cannabis 29 mins – “The anecdotal evidence that cannabis has a positive effect on a long list of medical conditions from epilepsy, pain, cancer, even Alzheimer’s Disease is building. However, to date there’s been scant clinical evidence to back up these claims. At long last that may be changing. In this half hour special, Dr Graham Phillips finds that researchers are now applying scientific rigour to convert anecdote into data and it turns out there could be plenty of promise in this so-called “wonder weed”.” At the link right-click right-click “download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Specialties 37 mins – “Today’s episode is a different one as Ryan presents live recordings of the premed students he got to talk with during the two back-to-back conferences this October, namely, the AMSA (American Medical Student Association) PremedFest at the University of South Florida and the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference in California. Soon, we will be launching the Specialty Stories, a podcast where Ryan talks with different specialists and what they’re doing in a non clinical role to give you an idea of what the future may hold and of what you can do now to set yourself for success in the future. Hear from these amazing students who attended either of these conferences and see if you can relate with them in terms of the specialties they’re interested in and their thought processes.” At the link find the title, “Session 206,” right-click “Media files PMY206.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Training 43 mins – “In this week’s episode, Ryan talks with Shiv Gaglani, co-founder of Osmosis, a project/business looking to append how medical information is disseminated online. Shiv talks about his journey to medical school as well as leaving medical school to start Osmosis, how this has led him to where he is right now, and the things they envision moving forward. Ryan also chats with Tanner Marshall who previously worked for Khan Academy Medicine and is now a Video Curriculum Developer at Osmosis. Today, Osmosis is an educational platform with over 65,000 users, seeing an incredible growth of 670,000 views on YouTube and millions of views on Wikipedia (being the largest provider of videos to Wikipedia.) With the help of the grant they received, they have created and curated thousands of open educational resources to help students overcome a lot of misinformation about medicine out there.” At the link find the title, “Session 207,” right-click “Media files PMY207.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mekong Delta Sea Rise 27 mins – “From the deep past, a shocking discovery that plants can shift the climate. Oh oh. From UC Davis, Isabel Montañez amazing science. Then veteran diplomat David Brown on the climate-driven demise of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam – the first mass casualty.” At the link find the title, “Radio Ecoshock: The Climate Shift, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files ES_161109_LoFi.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Efficiency 65 mins – “We are living in extraordinary times. Rapid advances in information technology continuously transform our lives in countless ways. But we are now aware that our increasingly information-saturated world, coupled with growing expectations of constant availability and immediate responsiveness, can place excessive demands on our brains. The consequences can include detrimental effects on our safety, education, workplace and relationships with family and friends. Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist and trailblazer in the study of how our brains process information, will take us on a journey into how and why we struggle with interruptions and distractions that emerge from both our inner and outer worlds. He will present a unique evolutionary perspective that the very essence of what has evolved in our brains to make us most human—our ability to set high-level goals —collides head-first with our brain’s fundamental limitations in cognitive control. He will conclude by offering practical strategies for modifying our behavior, as well as sharing his lab’s latest innovations in enhancing our brain’s function, so that we can better survive and thrive in the information age.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Resources 64 minsRick Hanson, Ph.D., Psychologist; Author, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence. Our ancestors evolved a frightened brain for survival in harsh conditions. Today, unnecessary and unwarranted fear can make it harder to speak from the heart, dream big dreams and stand up to the manipulations of advertisers and demagogues. Dr. Hanson will explore the practical neuroscience of courage in ourselves, our homes, offices and politics.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class Changes 47 mins – “‘New Yorker’ writer George Packer says years of neglect from the Democrats enabled Trump to exploit the biases of the white working class and turn them into a “self-conscious identity group.” Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ directed by Mel Gibson.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Concerns 43 mins – “Recorded on September 21, 2016 Although Americans have great respect for the military, most civilians have lost touch with it. This means that US citizens are not attuned to what the military needs because so few American volunteer to serve; this lack of understanding reduces not only battlefield effectiveness but the military’s role in American life. Schake talks about the effect of high levels of public support for the military combined with low levels of trust in elected political leaders. She also reflects on whether American society is becoming so divorced from the requirements for success on the battlefield that not only do we fail to comprehend the enormous responsibilities of our military but we also would be unwilling to endure a military constituted to protect us.” At the link find the title, “Kori Schake on Civil-Military Relations, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160921-schake.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Money Psychology 47 mins – “The way we think about spending and saving is frequently irrational. For example: The more something costs, the more careless we are about saving money on it compared with smaller purchases. But why? Psychology and neuroscience have some answers. While we may think we’re in control of our financial decisions, psychology lecturer Claudia Hammond says research shows we’re wired for certain behaviors toward money—some of which can hurt us. But she says learning about these tendencies can help us take back some control. Understanding the psychology of money and how science can teach us to make better financial choices.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included int eh blog archive.

Mosul Battle 20 mins – “In the thick of what is being called the toughest urban warfare the world has seen, Iraqi counter-terror troops have moved into Mosul to fight ISIS. And fleeing all the intense fighting are the civilians who carry trauma and fear in their escape.” At the link find the title, “Mosul civilians traumatized, desperately need support, says advocate, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161107_52567.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Mogul 33 mins – “L.A. Reid began his music career as a drummer. Then he co-founded LaFace Records, discovering dozens of future pop superstars. Reid is now one of the most influential executives in the music industry.” At the link find the title, “Music Mogul: L.A. Reid, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161104_hibt_epic.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Strategies 47 mins – “In the long Cold War years of hostile tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, the ultimate existential dread was of nuclear war. Annihilation. When the Cold War ended, the dream was of nuclear disarmament, or at least a stand down. The US and Russia moved toward cooperation. Lately, that tide has turned. Nuclear tensions are back up. Agreements are fraying. Sabers are rattling. The next president will have to deal with it. This hour On Point, nukes, and the next president.” (4 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Photographer Interview 78 mins – “Mikkel Aaland is the author of The River in My Backyard, a combination memoir and photography book. He is also one of the earliest writers about digital photography, starting with the 1992 book Digital Photography. He talks with Leo about his history in digital photography, and the tragic events in his family’s life that prompted him to write The River in My Backyard.At the link click “Download options,” then right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Beliefs 76 mins – “We team up with Stephanie Lepp from the Reckonings podcast and talk to sociologist Arlie Hochschild about whether or not this election is causing more people than usual to change their minds about politics. We then hear from two voters who did in fact make some kind of transformation during this election season—one young voter who was voting in his second presidential election and one long-time voter and political insider who has been voting for 40 years.” At the link find the title, “154 Changing Political Minds – The Deep Story With Arlie Hochschild and Reckonings, Nov 4, 2016,” right-click “Media files ef734d4c-fa5a-4660-b4cb-75185a258578.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Transition App 4 mins – “GAO’s New Transition Smartphone App” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PTSD Treatment 11 mins – “Before soldiers are sent into combat, they’re trained on how to function in an immensely dangerous environment. But they also need training on how to return from the battlefield to civilian life, says psychologist Hector Garcia. Applying the same principles used to prepare soldiers for war, Garcia is helping veterans suffering from PTSD get their lives back.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Health Goals 63 mins – “The Sixth Annual Lundberg Institute lecture focuses on Dr. Wen’s experiences as Baltimore’s commissioner of health during times of change, as our medical institutions are under pressure from all sides. She will also draw on her personal experiences as a child immigrant, who started learning English at age 8, but by 18 had already graduated summa cum laude from college. She will explain how those experiences have influenced her interest in improving patient-physician communication.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Women 24 mins – “The year was 2015 — the first time women were allowed to vote and run for office in Saudi Arabia. Now a New York Times documentary “Ladies First” gives a rare look into the differing views that exist within the ultra-conservative nation on women’s rights.” At the link find the title, “Documentary chronicles women running for office in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161111_60604.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ship Sinking Story 39 mins – “As he watched The Queen of the North rise vertically and then disappear into the waters of B.C.’s inland coast, the ship’s Captain Colin Henthorne did not yet know the full extent of what would unfold. He shares the story of that fateful 2006 night.” At the link find the title, “Captain of The Queen of the North recounts ‘heartbreaking’ night ship went down, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161107_35165.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Simulated Universes 55 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson investigates the nature of reality, from quantum physics and string theory, to the multiverse and “The Matrix.” With theoretical physicists Brian Greene and Stephon Alexander, philosopher David Chalmers, co-host Maeve Higgins, Chuck Nice and Bill Nye. NOTE: StarTalk All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Find out more at” At the link find the title, ““Is Our Universe a Simulation?” with Brian Greene, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 291529021-startalk is our universe a simulation with Brian Greene.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Entrepreneurs 59 mins – “Four alumni of entrepreneurship-education fellowships offered through the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) return to share what starting businesses in the fields of virtual reality, med-tech, renewable and solar energy have taught them about these industries. In conversation with STVP Faculty Co-Director Tina Seelig, the panel discusses strategic decision-making, defining success, facing failure and the traits needed to be a strong leader.” 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.

Social Innovation 58 mins – “Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair, MFA in Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts, New York City; Founder, CommonWise Over the past 10 years or so, the same methods used to spark love for new cars, technologies and toys have been used to design new ways for people to think and behave. Presenting the culmination of a lifetime of pioneering work on the front lines of design and communications, award winning designer and business strategist Cheryl Heller will preview her upcoming book through a series of highly visual case studies that illustrate where and how design is working to solve the daunting problems of our time: poverty,injustice, unsafe food systems, water, health and the effects of climate change. These are challenges that impact industry, governments, cities, foundations and every resident of the world. Learn the latest on how design today has a new, more direct and urgent purpose: to inspire healthier relationships—with each other, between us and the the earth, and with the machines and technology that have become such an integral part of our lives.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Psychology 19 mins – “Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sports Bra History 17 mins – “For this episode of Distillations we talked to Lisa Lindahl, an entrepreneur from Vermont, who in 1977 invented what was to become the modern-day sports bra. It’s a story about a runner who wanted running to be more comfortable. “It was the right product at the right time. It really struck a chord for so many women,” says Lindahl. “This product came into being because it was something I wanted.” We also talked to our museum team about their new exhibition, Second Skin: The Science of Stretch, and the roles stretch fabrics play in health and sports. Christy Schneider, exhibits project manager at the Museum at CHF, says it’s all about getting the body you want, whether you want to dance all night or run a marathon. “How do you that?” asks Schneider. “You clothe it in a second skin.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Statistics 27 mins – “Lawrence Hubert is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Psychology, Statistics and Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is also a co-author (with Howard Wainer) of the text, “A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed.”  He joins us on this program to talk about his “accidental” career path that began with Sputnik, and about the controversy that sometimes surrounds statistics and reproducibility.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Technology and Ethics 56 mins – “I’m pleased to post one new show, Show # 259, September 16, my interview with the amazing Prof. Shannon Vallor of Santa Clara University, author of Technology and the Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting. Shannon has written an exceptionally important and unique work focusing on what personal virtues should guide our integration of new technologies into society. Defining the contours of what she calls “technonormal virtues,” Shannon calls on informed citizens to become “moral experts” in a collective effort to create “a future worth wanting” (or, even better, demand for “useful tools that do not debilitate us.”) Because Shannon writes about philosophy and virtue as an applicable construct rather than an abstraction, her book should be required reading for anyone seeking better understanding of how we might achieve the best social and moral results from our technological advancements.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Time Travel 24 mins – “The very possibility of travelling back in time, of second chances and missed opportunities, has captured imaginations for centuries. The pull is strong. Join author James Gleick through an excellent adventure through the space-time continuum.” At the link find the title, ‘‘Imagine what might have been’: Author James Gleick’s time travel adventure Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161110_46697.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Truffle Market 23 mins – “Truffles are a lumpy, smelly fungus. They’re also one of the most coveted foods in the world. Why are they so expensive? And why are people willing to pay so much for them?” At the link find the title, “#733: A Trunk Full of Truffles, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161104_pmoney_podcast110416_3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Administration Opposition 15 mins – “With inauguration day approaching and Donald Trump set to lead as the next U.S. president, many Americans are mobilizing to fight and protect the gains made during the Obama years — from immigration, to abortion, to the environment and Obamacare.” At the link find the title, “American groups mobilize to minimize Trump policy damage, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161111_86659.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Campaign Analysis 48 mins – “Donald Trump ran for president on his gut, and a lot of Americans responded. When he spoke of policy – what he would actually do – it was big and broad. Build a wall, drain the swamp, tear up the deal, lock her up. Now he’s president-elect. Republicans will run Washington, but Republican leadership and Donald Trump have not always been anywhere near the same page. So, what happens? This hour On Point, Washington, power and policy after the Trump election.”(4 guests) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Climate Opposition 23 mins – “If president-elect Donald Trump doesn’t believe the science, how do you combat climate change? The Current looks into the new reality of environment protection and how it will factor in Canada’s big decisions— from pipelines to carbon taxes.” At the link find the title, “What Trump’s climate change denial means for Canada,Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161111_67281.mp3” and select”Sve Link As” from the pop-up

Trump Election Impact 56 mins “Highlights from a recent Munk Debate on the U.S. election. The resolution: “Be it resolved, Donald Trump can make America great again.” Debaters: Newt Gingrich and Laura Ingraham, arguing for; Robert Reich and Jennifer Granholm, arguing against.” At the link find the title, “Making America Great Again, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas 20161107_70194.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Voters 54 mins – “How did everyone miss the Donald Trump supporters who were hiding in plain sight? On Reveal, we’ll learn why they kept a low profile – until Election Day, that is – and hear what they have to say now that their candidate is headed to the White House. This was the first presidential election in a half-century without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act, which was dismantled by a Supreme Court ruling. And over the past few years, states across the nation took steps to make it harder for African Americans and other minorities to cast their votes. So we sent reporters to several of these states to see how things played out on Election Day. Did voters face roadblocks? Yes. Did this help to swing the election? Probably not, but what we do know is that the discrimination that did happen often happened out of sight. And finally, we’ll meet an emerging leader of the movement that helped push Trump to victory: the alt-right. Richard Spencer soon will pack his bags and leave his home in rural Montana for Washington, D.C., where he plans to set up a think tank to advocate for a white supremacist agenda.” At the link find the title,” The secret Trump voter, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files Scars-and-gripes-forever_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ugly Man Story 24 mins – “When Robert Hoge was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1973, his mother immediately knew there was something wrong. Instead of asking the doctors, “Is it a boy or a girl?” she asked, “Is my baby okay?” He wasn’t. He had a tumor the size of his newborn fist smack in the middle of his face. His legs were very short; his feet were missing toes and twisted out of shape. Robert had surgery to remove the tumor, but it left him with severe deformities. At first, his mother didn’t want to take him home from the hospital. She had four older children; she worried about Robert’s impact on them. Eventually, she relented. She hoped to give her son a normal life. But Robert’s life has been anything but normal. This week, Only Human spends some time with Robert Hoge. By all accounts, he’s been wildly successful: he was the first in his family to go to college. He became a journalist, then a spokesperson for an Australian politician. He even carried the Olympic Torch before the Summer Games in Sydney.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ulysses S Grant 47 mins – “At nearly 40, Ulysses S. Grant thought himself a failure, a nobody. By the end of the Civil War, he was an American hero – the rumpled, cigar-smoking general who accepted Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. “I can’t spare this man,” Abraham Lincoln had said.“He fights.” By 1869, Ulysses S. Grant was president of the United States. Jim Crow–era historians were tough on Grant. A new biography sees moral courage. This hour On Point, Ulysses s. Grant – “American Ulysses.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US Economic Trends 62 mins – “Charles L. Evans, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, joins CFR’s Willem H. Buiter to discuss issues facing monetary policy in the United States. Evans discusses U.S. economic performance since the 2008 recession, long-term implications for monetary policy, and Federal Reserve strategies for growth.” 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.

Veteran Problems 56 mins – “We sit down with NPR correspondent Quil Lawrence. He’s covering the issues faced by millions of Americans who are deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as they transition to life back at home. We’ll discuss the struggles faced by veterans, as well as his time as NPR’s bureau chief in Kabul and 10 years of reporting in Iraq.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Virus Filaments 40 mins – “As the Northern hemisphere approaches winter and the vaccines are in the process of being given before the annual flu season begins in earnest, the country starts to focus on these mysterious viruses that continue to infect us year on year. But if you look closely at influenza viruses, you’ll realise that there’s an awful lot we don’t know about them – especially how they spread from one person to person or even from one cell to another cell. For one, why do they make these impressive strands or filaments  emerge from an infected cell?  The 15th of October is Global Hand-washing Day, and this year’s theme was “Make Hand-washing a Habit!”, which continues to be an important way to stop some infections but did you ever wonder if it would stop the flu? To answer this question, for our podcast, we spoke to the CVR’s Ed Hutchinson – an MRC career development fellow – and Swetha Vijayakrishnan who is postdoc in the Bhella group, who share an interest in the shape of the virus particles produced by influenza and its role in virus infection and spread.  Ed and Swetha talk about the work they’re  doing currently at the CVR on using molecular techniques alongside new electron microscopy methods to understand how flu spreads and especially focusing on these filamentous forms of the virus. As the two explain in the podcast, washing your hands probably won’t help against influenza viruses because it can be transmitted through the air without the need of a ‘helping hand’” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.


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