Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 108 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 304 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.
African Nationalism 30 mins – “African affairs writer and lecturer Margery Perham discusses the effects of colonialism in tropical Africa. In 1939 she became the first female fellow of Nuffield College at Oxford University before being appointed as Director of the Oxford Institute of Colonial Studies in 1945. In her Reith series entitled ‘The Colonial Reckoning’, she highlights problems of colonial rule. In this lecture entitled ‘African Nationalism’, she explores the positive side of anti-colonialism, which is emancipation. She discusses how and why this force has started and tries to explain how it has led to African freedom from British and French rule. She analyses some of the converging events and influences which have turned the world into a hot-house for the forced and rapid growth of African nationalism.” At the link find the title, “African Nationalism, “ right-click Media files p02r6696.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ai Weiwei 56 mins – “Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel about his beautiful and subversive art and about his fight for freedom and democracy in China.” At the link find the title, “Wachtel on the Arts – Ai Weiwei, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161114_93544.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alt Right 50 mins – “In the months leading up to the election, some fake news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than real news stories. We consider the landscape of misinformation and how to separate truth from fiction. Plus: Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, hasn’t just influenced political discourse through the incendiary Breitbart News — he’s also sabotaged his chosen politicians through investigative journalism. And we interview a man who the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the “cultivated, cosmopolitan face of white supremacy” to find out what he wants wants from the Trump administration.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alt School 29 mins – “”We have an opportunity to do what we want – choose our path instead of the teachers making a choice for us.” Meet Piper, a blond, freckled 9-year-old from Brooklyn who talks like a seasoned grownup. She used to go to public school with Manoush’s son but now – with the help of financial aid – she’s enrolled in a new experimental school in her neighborhood: AltSchool. AltSchool is not your typical private school. Its founder is Max Ventilla, a former Google executive with a vision to reform education. Ventilla’s company, with over 100 million dollars from investors like Mark Zuckerberg and Marc Andreesen, uses tech to teach and track students’ social and academic skills. Ventilla’s idea is that over time, that data can build a more thorough picture of each student and determine how she is taught. This method of “personalized learning” (think Montessori 2.0) is being prototyped in eight “micro-schools” in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and New York City, with the goal of applying it to schools everywhere….” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” from the pop-up menu.
Anthropocene Epoch 27 mins – “Human impacts on the way our planet functions have now become so extreme many scientists are claiming the Earth has shifted out of the Holocene state and into a new geological epoch. They’re calling it ‘The Anthropocene’, the new age of humans, because millions of years after we are gone, the scar of our existence will be visible in the rocks of tomorrow. In this episode we look at how the last 60 years of socio economic growth has transformed the human race into a geological force to rival nature.” (Good video.) At the link right-click “download video mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Architectural Acoustics 21 mins – “There are two primary ways to control the sound of a space: active acoustics and passive acoustics. Passive acoustics are the materials in a space, like the padding in our studio or wooden floors or plaster walls. Materials like carpeting and drapery soak up sound, while materials like glass and porcelain make a room more echoey. Active acoustics are sound systems that use technology like speakers and microphones to boost or minimize certain sounds in a space…and the sonic control they offer can be dynamic and variable and quite dramatic.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Asteroid Impact 27 mins – “The results from drilled geological samples of the Chicxulub crater have just been published. The crater off the coast of Mexico is thought to have been made by a meteor striking the Earth 66 million years ago. The strike and resultant ‘sterilisation effects’ on the planet are thought to play a major role in the demise of the dinosaurs. Core samples from the inner ring of the crater show that the impact was massive. Rocks from over 20 km down were brought up to the surface….” Also presented is oldest ice, insects and LED light, bees and light, and animal-free food. At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Attention Overload 29 mins – “Think about where you go to find news. Podcasts? WNYC? The New York Times? Facebook? Twitter? Newsletters? Do you want us to stop asking questions? Welcome to the Attention Economy. There is fierce competition for your eyes and ears — (thank you for choosing correctly). Media companies know that a good way to find an audience is to write and speak like the people they’re trying to reach. It’s the reason Buzzfeed, Vice, Mashable and so many others are popular with Snake People. Identity Media is a big part of why theSkimm — a newsletter that targets Millennial women by rounding up the day’s news from Kanye West to Ban Ki-moon — has over 3.5 million subscribers. You might be one of them. This week we talked to theSkimm co-founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg about how they go about presenting the news. Identity Media is more than just a business model, it’s changing how we consume the news. To try and sort out why this “Skimm” approach to serious stories made her feel a little queasy, Manoush talked to John Herrman. He reports on the media for the New York Times. Together, Manoush and John embark on a mission to answer that age-old question: Do Justin Bieber and Hiroshima belong in the same sentence?….” At the link circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Australian Aboriginal Music 27 mins – “Country music is commonly associated with downtrodden, lovelorn, white inhabitants of America’s rural south, but it has also long been a significant form of expression for Australia’s Aboriginal peoples. Country music became popular ‘down under’ during the first half of the 20th Century. Thanks to gramophone recordings, wind-up radios and touring bands, it even reached the bush where most Aboriginals lived, often more or less imprisoned on missions and government-controlled reserves. At a time when their own cultural heritage was being systematically erased, country music became a medium through which they could maintain their practice of sharing stories via the oral tradition. Its resonance was enhanced by melodies which tended towards the melancholic. As one musician put it “country music was all about loss, and we’d lost everything”. Through country music, Aboriginal people were able to give voice to their personal experiences and ongoing struggles for justice. Songs describe, for example, how babies and land were stolen, incidents of racism, poor living conditions, and high levels of incarceration. Country music, far from its origins, has thus become a deeply moving and powerful Aboriginal activism art form. With contributions from Auriel Andrew, Kev Carmody, Roger Knox, Sue Ray, Glenn Skuthorpe and Clinton Walker.” At the link find the title, “Country Down Under, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04gg5gt.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Australian Indigenous Family Abuse 75 mins – “Three outspoken & fearless Aboriginal women: Professor Marcia Langton, Councillor Jacinta Price & lawyer/businesswomen Josephine Cashman speak on the topic Ending the Violence in Indigenous Communities.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Ending the Violence in Indigenous Communities, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files NPCc_IndigViolence_1711_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bamboo Club Story 48 mins – “The Bamboo club was built for the people of St Pauls, in Bristol, England – the people who were victimised or not welcome elsewhere because of the colour of their skin. We hear from dozens of people who were members, musicians, or simply occasional visitors. They all share the same idea that there were two themes running through the club – community and music.” At the link find the title, “The Story of the Bamboo Club, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04gxg57.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Holes 55 mins – “If light can’t escape from black holes, how can we observe them at all? Find out from astrophysicist Janna Levin, co-host Matt Kirshen, and Shep Doeleman, the MIT astrophysicist leading the Event Horizon Telescope project to study black hole Sgr A* at the center of our galaxy.” At the link click “More” under the sound bar, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Devices 20 mins – “Peter White talks about guide dog waiting lists with BBC reporter and guide dog owner Ian Hamilton, who’s been waiting for a replacement dog for over six months. Ian Macrae and Hazel Dudley look at accessible watches. Ian reviews the smart watch from Apple and Hazel shows Peter two talking watches by Verbalise which she describes as ‘dressy’. Joy Addo presents her first column on being a blind Mum.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Kids and Smartphones 21 mins – “The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is stocked with all kinds of gadgets: singing calculators, talking typewriters, even video games that you navigate using only sound. Most are specialized and expensive — the school can afford them, but a lot of families can’t. There is one piece of tech, however, that almost every student has, and, absolutely every student wants. It’s a status symbol, it’s a social media machine, and it will read text out loud. Yes, it’s an iPhone. And ‘reading’ on a smartphone is gaining prominence as a reliable tool for the visually impaired. However this tool is the center of a larger question blind students and society at large are facing: Are iPads and iPhones rendering Braille obsolete? And if so, should advocates for the visually impaired be worried? At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” from the pop-up menu.
Blockchain Uses 15 mins – “Say hello to the decentralized economy — the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explainer of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina Warburg describes how the blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks or governments to facilitate trade, evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Breech Births 27 mins – “Ottawa midwife Betty-Anne Daviss is a rare breed in health care. She does vaginal breech births.” At the link find the title, “Into the breech,” right-click “Download Into the breech” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
British Rule In India 29 mins – “This year’s Reith Lecturer is British lawyer Lord Radcliffe. He was Director-General of the Ministry of Information during the Second World War, and is most famous for his role in Partition, the division of the British Indian Empire, His work led directly to the creation of Pakistan and India as independent nations. He examines the features of democratic society, and considers the problematic notions of power and authority in his series of seven Reith Lectures entitled ‘Power and the State’. In his fifth Reith lecture entitled ‘British Rule in India’, Lord Radcliffe examines the early years of British administration in India. He argues that period until the Indian Mutiny succeeded more as a result of the character of its institutions than their excellence. He suggests this offers a classic example of how men really respond to the stimulus of great authority.” At the link find the title, “British Rule in India,” right-click “Media files p02r7nzn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Nebraska 30 mins – “When we last spoke to people from Lincoln, Nebraska, about their innovative conduit program to improve Internet access, we focused on how they had done it – Conduits Lead to Competition, podcast 182. For this week and episode 228 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast, we focus more on the community benefits their approach has led to. We are once again joined by David Young, Fiber Infrastructure and Right of Way Manager in the Public Works Department. We offer a shorter background about the history of the project before focusing on the franchise they developed with local ISP Allo. Allo is building citywide Fiber-to-the-Home and has agreed to provision 15 VLANs at every endpoint. We talk about what that means and implications for schools specifically.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cancer Survivor Outcomes 9 mins – “Highlights of new articles published in Annals of Internal Medicine.” which focus on poor quality of outcomes for cancer survivors. At the link find the title, “Issue Summary November 15, 2016,” right-click “Media files annals_20161115.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chicago Gun Violence 47 mins – “We sit down in Chicago with former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He’s trying to tackle Chicago’s violence with jobs.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Child Raising 11 mins – “Now that the election is over, many families are now asking “What next?” A psychologist offers suggestions for productive ways to move forward. A weekly thought-provoking conversation about the top topics and thorny issues around children of all ages. From the cloth vs disposable diaper debate to how to afford your kid’s college tuition, we talk to people, parents and experts, hoping to rediscover the meaning of family in the modern age.” At the link right-click “Download’ near the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate and Health 12 mins – “Nick Watts discusses the Lancet Countdown paper about importance of climate change to health, and tracking alterations to create positive changes for human health.” At the link find the title, “The Lancet Countdown: The Lancet: November 13, 2016,” right-click “Media files13november-countdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Talks 28 mins – “While the world has held climate talks for 22 years (This is COP – Conference of the Parties — 22) and the Kyoto Protocol talks about climate change have been held for 12 years, this year’s October’s climate talks in Paris mark the first time that “entry into force” has been achieved. You might think of “entry into force” as the time when a critical number of nations are ready to develop global treaties regarding climate and pollution and its effects around the world. The 1st world meeting ever to talk about “Entry into Force” on climate issues is taking place right now, in Marrakech, Morocco. 200 nations have gathered to discuss these issues. The meetings began just before the US elections. Now Donald Trump is President Elect, and he has signaled that he will pull back from many of the nation’s current plans to reduce pollution and combat climate change.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Connections 68 mins – “Legendary science historian James Burke returns to explain his newest project, a Connections app that will allow anyone to “think connectively” about the webs of knowledge available on Wikipedia. Burke predicted back in 1978 that we’d one day need better tools than just search alone if we were to avoid the pitfalls of siloed information and confirmation bias, and this month he launched a Kickstarter campaign to help create just such a tool – an app that searches connectivity and produces something Google and social media often don’t – surprises, anomalies, unexpected results, and connections, in the same style as his documentary series, books, and other projects. In the interview, Burke shares his latest insights on change, technology, the future, social media, models of reality, and more. To support the Kickstarter campaign for the Connections app, here are some links: jbconnectionsapp.com, knowledgediscoveries.com, kck.st/2eIg21R” At the link right-click “Direct download: 089-Connections-James Burke.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corn History 31 mins – “Corn. It ultimately has a role in so much of what we eat. From a sweet corn cob on the 4th of July, to the calories that made the steak possible, to fuel in our gas tanks, to the sweetness in a soda, corn is a central player. This week’s podcast is an interview with one of the world’s leading experts in corn genetics, Dr. John Doebley from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Doebley is the world’s leading authority on the genetic events that made modern corn, the individual steps in domestication thousands of years ago, that can be traced back to discrete changes in DNA.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dakota Pipeline Protest and Facebook 56 mins – “The months-long protest against the North Dakota Access Pipeline finally received mainstream attention this week after a misdirection campaign on Facebook, but to what end? Plus, making sense of what you’ve been told about Russia’s role in the election; Bob talks to Glenn Beck about his recent transformation; and the all-too-predictable fallout from hiring partisans as cable news pundits.” At the link find the title, “On Shaky Ground, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files otm110416pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Damages Calculations 39 mins – “People tell little white lies all day long, to be polite, avoid confrontation…or just because they seem so harmless. Today, how wearing down our truth telling muscles affects the brain. Then, a reporter looks at the established legal practice of using race, class and gender to to calculate damages in wrongful death and injury cases – the result? Women and minorities lives are worth less. Plus, New Hampshire author Jacquelyn Benson talks about feminism, Indiana Jones, and the unconventional romance in her debut novel, The Smoke Hunter.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Debt Collectors 26 mins – “The story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business. And the story of a time when the world went wild for debt.” At the link find the title, “#574: The Buffalo Talk-Off, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161116_pmoney_podcast111616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Decision Making 35 mins – “Some of our most important decisions are shaped by something as random as the order in which we make them. The gambler’s fallacy, as it’s known, affects loan officers, federal judges — and probably you too. How to avoid it? The first step is to admit just how fallible we all are.” At the linkclick the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Diarrhea 60 mins – “This week we’re taking on maggots, wounds, and diarrhea in an episode about medical problems that plague the military, so make sure your last meal is a few hours behind you before you tuck in your ear buds. We speak with Captain Mark Riddle, the director of the United States Military Diarrheal Disease Vaccine Research Program at the US Army Medical Research and Material Command, about new ways to prevent and treat travelers’ diarrhea. And we talk with George Peck, a medical entomologist, about using maggots to help wounds heal.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at end of sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Digital Politics 52 mins – “In Donald Trump’s Presidential victory speech, he struck a tone that some found hard to believe after the vitriolic race. He called on Republicans, Democrats, and independents to “come together as one united people.” But if you’ve been on social media recently, you know that’s a tall order. So Thursday, we’re looking at the state of polarization in the country and the internet’s effect on our political views. We’ll also talk to activists who are imagining a “Reunited” America. On Saturday, November 12, Salt Lake Civil Network, Village Square and other community organizations are hosting the 2016 Utah Citizen Summit. The event is a gathering of citizens and leaders interested in productive conversation across political and social divides.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disabled Employment 56 mins – “Joyce welcomes disability leader, Christine Griffin, and executive director of the Disability Law Center of Massachusetts to the show. Also included will be Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They will discuss the future for people with disabilities in 2017 and beyond.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dog Training 123 mins – “Susan Garrett (@susangarrett) is an incredible dog trainer. She has a B.Sc. in animal science, and for more than two decades has been one of the most consistently successful competitors in the sport of dog agility. Susan has been on the podium of the world and national championship events more than 50 times, winning those events a total of 38 times. She was of great help to me when I first adopted Molly, my own pup, and her book Shaping Success (The Education of an Unlikely Champion) was selected as the 2005 dog training and behavior book of the year. Susan is a champ not only for her competitive track record, but for her ability to convey concrete tips and recommendations for: The most critical exercises for your dog; The three types of reinforcement; How to use crates properly; What you should do in the first 24 hours of adopting a puppy; How training a dog is like training an Olympic athlete…” At the link find the title, “#200: Susan Garrett — Master Dog (and Human) Trainer,” right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show-Susan Garrett.mp3”
Drone Strikes 21 mins – “The Obama White House created guidelines to control targeted killings and drone strikes but they are not enforceable and not open to judicial review. The Current looks at how Obama’s anti-terror track record feeds into Trump’s anti-terror Inheritance.” At the link find the title, “Nov. 15: U.S. drone warfare needs more oversight and controls, says lawyer, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161115_14060.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Economics Nobel Prize 26 mins – “What happens when a creativity guru meets the winner of this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in economics? You get life lessons in making art, and negotiating contracts.” At the link find the title, “#736: Messy Nobel, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161118_pmoney podcast111816.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Education in Inner Cities 12 mins – “Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack — especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see “at-risk” students as “at-promise” individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Election Predictions 28 mins – “On the morning after election day, pundits, pollsters, politicians, and citizens woke up feeling stunned. All signs, all year, had been pointing towards a victory for Democrat Hillary Clinton. So, what happened? We ask one of the few people who didn’t get it wrong: the historian Allan Lichtman.” At the link find the title, “Episode 51: What Happened? Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161114_hiddenbrain_51.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Emotional Intelligence 30 mins – “Betty Liu, journalist, author, podcaster, and host of Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop”, talks with us about her career and lessons she’s learned along the way. Betty shares her take on having a strong network, and the importance of emotional intelligence for success.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Employment Trends 56 mins – “New projections for the labor market what skills will be needed in the Granite State. Governor-elect Sununu’s business experience has grabbed the attention and hopes of business owners. Concern is rising about New Hampshire’s poorly funded public employee retirement plans.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
European Union 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, and the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and is titled “In The European Night: Will The Union Survive?” Our speaker is media activist and philosopher, Franco Berardi.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Facebook Influence 9 mins – “Those viral, fake news stories may have had a bigger impact on the U.S. presidential election then many people realize, according to MIT’s Sherry Turkle. She says internet and digital technology play a big role in political discourse and in real life.” At the link find the title,”Nov 17: Facebook, online culture, coarsened political discourse, says Sherry Turkle, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161117_56560.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fake News 36 mins – “Last week’s election told us many things. Perhaps chief among them is how divided we are. We don’t agree on our most pressing problems, nor their solutions. Many say these divisions come from our increasingly segregated social media universes. We self-select of news and information to reinforce our respective worldviews, a development that’s particularly troubling given that much of what’s on Facebook and other social media isn’t news at all. It’s manufactured false information that brings in lucrative ad revenue but leaves us sorely misinformed. Join us to discuss how social media is shaping our world.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Food Waste 29 mins – “Five years ago, when we first started covering the food waste issue, America was throwing away enough food to fill the Rose Bowl every day. And, unfortunately, not much has happened to change that statistic. But this week on Sea Change Radio, we talk to someone who’s doing his best to change the status quo. First, we dig into the archives from 2011 as food waste expert, blogger and author of American Wasteland, Jonathan Bloom, gives us some perspective on the amount of food we waste from field to fridge in this country. Then, we hear from David Rodriguez, a Mexican immigrant turned Boston-based entrepreneur, who tells us about his startup company Food For All, a mobile app that allows diners a chance to purchase leftover food from restaurants at a steep discount.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Waste 56 mins – “In the U.S., about a third of all food produced is never eaten. Yet, one in eight Americans struggle to put food on the table. And it’s not just the leftovers in the back of the refrigerator; it happens at every point along the supply chain. We’ll hear about a growing anti-waste movement and delve into the environmental consequences of food waste as well possible solutions that may help address issues of scarcity.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Francis Ford Coppola 76 mins – “Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather is universally praised as one of the greatest films ever made. The 1972 epic won best picture and best screenplay Oscars and was subsequently followed by two successful sequels. Join us for a rare conversation with Francis Coppola, who will take us behind the scenes of these legendary films, as spelled out in his just-published book, The Godfather Notebook. Here’s a chance to learn about Brando, Pacino, the casting and the filmmaking, along with the personal and professional qualities that turned director Francis Coppola into an American icon. An offer you truly can’t refuse.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Free Will 32 mins – “Free will has been debated by philosophers and theologians for centuries. Neuroscientists and psychologists have now entered the fray – but what new light can they shed? And just how free are we when it comes to “free” will? Arguably one of the oldest conundrums in the book, the paradox of free will has haunted scientists and philosophers alike for centuries. It would appear that we, as conscious agents, are able to make choices that change the world around us, despite many of the known laws of nature being deterministic. But is this freedom of choice all an illusion created by the conscious mind? And ultimately, is it even possible to act outside the bounds of our environment, our upbringing, and our genetic makeup? To delve into this and more, Ian Sample speaks to neurophilosopher and pragmatist Professor Patricia Churchland – who believes the key to studying free will lies in self-control and intention. We also hear from the University of Ghent’s Dr Marcel Brass how science is attempting to reveal more about the nature of free will through experimentation. Finally, Yale University’s Adam Bear explains how the conscious mind might play a role in the illusory nature of decision-making.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gender Pay Gap 33 mins – “Jean Chatzky is not just a personal finance expert, she’s an experienced journalist, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and much more. In this episode, she shares how she got to be the person she is now, and shares some useful personal finance tips.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hate Crimes 15 mins – “On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor’s sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator’s story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. As she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness hateful bigotry and express our allyship with those who face discrimination.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hate Incidents 21 mins – “Amidst multiple reports of racist attacks and expressions of hate, there are concerns that the outcome of the U.S. presidential election there will enable and normalize hate crimes here in Canada — even when every day racism already exists.” At the link find the title, “Nov 16: Trump win gives ‘permission’ to racists, but hate crimes are nothing new in Canada, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161116_98383.mp3” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Innovation 58 mins – “Michael Ackermann, CEO of a med-tech startup that created a tear-stimulation device for those with dry-eye disease, explains how acquisition by a global pharmaceutical giant is helping him achieve his goal of reaching as many patients as possible. Ackermann, a graduate of the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, also discusses why big tech companies have yet to disrupt healthcare and how that translates into big opportunities for entrepreneurs.” 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.
Healthcare Under Trump 46 mins – “Republicans in Congress have voted more than 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act without success. Now, they have an ally in President-elect Donald Trump, who promised on the campaign trail to “repeal and replace” the law. But over the weekend, Trump seemed to soften his stance. He told the Wall Street Journal he would consider leaving in place some provisions, including one that prohibits insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. Guest host Susan Page and guests discuss the future of President Obama’s signature legislation in a Trump administration and with a Republican congress.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Hiring People 26 mins – “You know that whole thing about hiring the best person for the job? Turns out, it’s not that easy. So how do applicants find out whether a job and workplace is right for them? And how do employers improve their strike-rate? The good news is there are plenty of ways we can improve the hiring process, as you’ll hear from the Dr Keri Spooner of the Wentworth Institute, Nova Franklin from Meld Studios and Laszlo Bock, responsible for recruitment at Google.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Holocaust Author 62 mins – “Saul Friedländer is widely regarded as one of the quintessential experts on the Holocaust. Forty years after his Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945, Friedländer returns with When Memory Comes: The Later Years, bridging the gap between the ordeals of his childhood and his present-day towering reputation in the field of Holocaust studies. After abandoning his youthful conversion to Catholicism, he rediscovered his Jewish roots as a teenager and built a new life in Israeli politics and a lifelong fascination with Jewish life and history. Friedländer went on to spend his adulthood shuttling between Israel, Europe and the United States, armed with his talent for language and an expansive intellect. Join us for a rare conversation with this renowned historian, who will share his personal story and his insights on the relevance of the Holocaust to the world of 2016.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Honey 43 mins – “Honey seems like a simple, comforting food, slathered on toast, spooned down to soothe sore throats, and beloved of bears, both plush and real. In reality, this sticky combination of bee spit and evaporated nectar is a powerful and ancient ingredient. For much of history, honey was humanity’s main source of sweetness, as well as our first vehicle for getting drunk. Unlike table sugar, honey also comes in an infinite variety of textures and flavors, influenced by the two million blossoms from which each jar is made. And, from ancient Egypt to modern medicine, honey has been valued for its healing powers. Join us this episode as we get stuck in the sweet stuff.” 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.
Hydroelectric Hazard 3 mins – “The hidden environmental costs of hydroelectric power revealed.” At the link find the title, “Episode 710 – November 14, 2016,”right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Nov14_2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Immigration History 60 mins– “Economist George Borjas examines the impact of immigration on the U.S. economy throughout history. He is interviewed by Edward Alden, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of [The Closing of the American Border].” At the link find the title, “After Words with George Borjas,, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.457662.MP3-STD.mp3After Words with George Borjas” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Industrial Science 15 mins – “This year’s Reith Lecturer is the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh Sir Edward Appleton. From 1939 to 1949 he was Secretary of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, and in 1947 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to the knowledge of the ionosphere, which led to the development of radar. In his Reith series entitled ‘Science and the Nation’, he considers the importance of science. In his fifth lecture entitled ‘Industrial Science’, Professor Appleton considers the functional uses of science. He explores the scientific research work carried out by industries in order to produce better products, and analyses how automation is expanding this kind of science.” At the link find the title, “Industrial Science,” right-click “Media files p02r79k9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
International Criminal Court 26 mins – “From Brexit, to Trump, to some countries leaving the International Criminal Court. Are we entering a new, post co-operative world? The Current looks at the increased appetite for countries to “go it alone” and increased protectionism around the world.” At the link find the title, “Nov 17: From Brexit to Trump, are we entering a post co-operative world? Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161117_87281.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Investment Q and A’s 54 mins – “What will market do under President Trump? And 12 other important investment Q&A’s. When Paul addressed members of the community in a seminar co-sponsored by the Bainbridge Community Foundation on Nov. 3, 2016, he was unable to answer all questions at the time but agreed to do so through this special podcast. Here are the questions addressed on this podcast: 1. What is the best source to determine the asset class of each mutual fund? 2. 8% seems like a high rate of return. Is it really a reasonable assumption for future growth? 3. Is it possible to get 8% with 20% or more in bonds? 4. What benchmark should I use to evaluate the performance of a portfolio? 5. Do you read the prospectuses that mutual fund companies send you? 6. How do you determine the total cost of owning funds like Vanguard? What about 401k fees? 7. Most U.S. companies are global. What percent of you have in international funds? 8. According to research only 15% of actively managed funds exceed the long term returns of the S&P 500. Why not invest most of your money in S&P 500 index funds or ETFs? 9. What is the difference between growth and value companies? Should you own both kinds? 10. What happens to the market when we have a cyber attack or the election ends undecided? (Note this was asked before the Presidential election) 11. My wife has followed your recommendations for years while I invest in individual stocks. Do think it is possible to compromise? And should we compromise? 12. There are so many index funds. Which are the most appealing? 13. How do you expect the market to do if Trump gets elected? (In my answer I address the reason I thought it was likely for Trump to win)” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Job Ends 26 mins – “’Your first loyalty is to your own career,’ says Patty McCord. “We need to all be more honest about that.” Patty McCord helped grow Netflix from their days of renting DVDs via the US postal service to being a global producer and provider of streaming videos. If you wanted to work and stay at Netflix, you had to impress Patty McCord. She has all kinds of wisdom to share about when your career’s best served by finding a new job and advice on firing someone if it’s time for them to go.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Justinian Legal Code 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas brought together under Justinian I, Byzantine emperor in the 6th century AD, which were rediscovered in Western Europe in the Middle Ages and became very influential in the development of laws in many European nations and elsewhere.” (3 guests) At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Man’s Impact 28 mins – “The Vice-President of the Conservation Foundation in Washington, DC and renowned ecologist Sir Frank Fraser Darling explores the concept of Man’s responsibility for his natural environment in his Reith series entitled ‘Wilderness and Plenty’. In his second lecture entitled ‘Impact of Man on His Environment’, Sir Fraser Darling explores the continuous affect of man on his natural habitat. Taking examples from prehistoric man, the industrial revolution and modern day technology, he considers whether man has taken all he can from the world to increase growth and development. He explores and criticises how politics and political policies have had a lasting affect on the contamination of the world and its ecology.” At the link find the title, “Impact of Man on His Environment,” right-click “Media files p02qslk7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marijuana Legalization 56 mins – “Four out of five states with ballot measures this year to legalize recreational marijuana did so, including our neighbors Maine and Massachusetts. We find out what this might mean for similar efforts in New Hampshire, and the impact on federal laws.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Martin Luther King Death 30 mins – “In 1968, just hours after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the future Pulitzer Prize–winning author Garry Wills—then a young writer for Esquire—rushed to Memphis, Tennessee, where he watched as King’s body was embalmed at the mortuary; later, Wills traveled twelve hours by bus with mourners to King’s funeral in Atlanta. Nearly fifty years after its publication, Wills’s “Martin Luther King Jr. Is Still on the Case!” remains one of the most revealing and lasting portraits of King and his turbulent era ever written. Writer and director John Ridley—who won an Oscar for his screenplay for 12 Years a Slave—joins host David Brancaccio to discuss why Wills’s wrenching profile of King continues to resonate today, what has changed in America since it was written, and, most important, what still needs to change.” At the link find the title, “Martin Luther King Jr Is Still on the Case! by Garry Wills, Nov, 2016,” right-click “ Media files Martin-Luther-King-is-Still-on-the-Case-by-Garry-Wills.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mathematics as Art 17 mins – “Unlock the mysteries and inner workings of the world through one of the most imaginative art forms ever — mathematics — with Roger Antonsen, as he explains how a slight change in perspective can reveal patterns, numbers and formulas as the gateways to empathy and understanding.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Meditation 62 mins – “I’m excited to bring you a little taste test of a new show format that I’ve been working on — The Tim Ferriss Radio Hour. After 200 conversations with a variety of fascinating people, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Tony Robbins, Maria Popova, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Amanda Palmer, Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, Reid Hoffman, Chase Jarvis, Sam Harris, Rainn Wilson, and so many others, I started to spot patterns. This is the premise of my new book Tools of Titans, which is a compilation of all of my favorite habits, philosophies, and tools of world-class performers… In this episode, we’ll be exploring meditation and mindfulness. You’ll hear from Chase Jarvis as he explains his top priorities for feeling fulfilled. I talk transcendental meditation with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I cover a wide spectrum with Sam Harris, and ask him about everything from hallucinogens to meditation techniques. And then I wrap up with Rainn Wilson, discussing how to handle life when you feel overwhelmed.” At the link find the title, “#201: The Tim Ferriss Radio Hour: Meditation, Mindset, and Mastery,”right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show Radio Hour Meditation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Military Veterans in Workplace 21 mins – “Amanda Veinott is passionate about creating career opportunities for veterans when they return to civilian life. In this episode she shares why hiring veterans is good for business, why career transitions are so tough, why internships are important and what is her best piece of advise for people in the military.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mindfulness 26 mins – “Mindfulness is quite the buzzword these days. Especially within Silicon Valley, where many tech workers have been known to seek out guidance and spiritual direction in Eastern practices. HBO’s Silicon Valley parodied the trend with a tech company CEO who seems to be attached at the hip to his spiritual advisor. Putting fiction aside though, we’ve talked a lot about information overload and our addiction to our gadgets. We’re living in a world where it is challenging to be mindful. And, well, we all can’t afford to have a spiritual guru following us around non-stop. So, we brought in an actual spiritual advisor from the actual Silicon Valley to help bring us more kindness, compassion, and happiness (especially during this election season). His name is Chade-Meng Tan and he’s a former Google software engineer … In his quest, he recently wrote Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within. And he stopped by N2S to share some simple exercises for us all to find more joy and happiness. Step one: take one very long inhale in and then slowly exhale, listening to the sound of your breath as you do so. Then hit “play” above to find some serenity now. “ At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” from the pop-up menu.
Narcan Warriers 24 mins – “From long-time addicts to teens experimenting for the first time, fentanyl is not discriminating in who it kills. The Current looks into how an antidote drug that counters a fentanyl overdose is taking a toll on patients and front-line health workers.” At the link find the title, “’He was blue as a smurf ‘: Fentanyl overdoses take toll on front-line workers, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161114_31655.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Negative Emissions 60 mins – “Sometimes, my research for Radio Ecoshock gives me a sickening feeling, like I’m falling into a bad hole. We all are, when it comes to the developing climate shift. This time, it’s a new article published in October by Kevin Anderson. In the UK, he’s a Professor of Energy and Climate Change at the University of Manchester, and Deputy Director of the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. His co-author is Glen Peters, a senior researcher for CICERO, the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway. The title of the paper is deceptively simple: “The trouble with negative emissions.” It’s big trouble. We’ve had Dr. Anderson on Radio Ecoshock before, and I’ve run a speech or two by him. He’s a truth-teller who is somehow tolerated by the highest levels of established science, in the UK, and now in Sweden. Anderson has recently become the second person to hold the Zennström visiting professorship in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University.” At the link right-click “Download…lo fi…” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obama’s America 27 mins – “In Mississippi in 2008, Chloe Hadjimatheou met a 15-year-old black boy with dreams of being a policeman. Eight years later, Chloe goes in search of him to find what became of him. Did he prosper in Obama’s America?” At the link find the title, “Searching for Tobias, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04gbgyw.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
OnTheMedia Goals 18 mins – “It’s the morning after in the offices of On the Media. Usually editorial meetings take place in Brooke’s office with Bob dialed in on the conference phone. This week we did it in the studio so you can hear the hosts talk about how they are feeling and how they envision the direction of the show in the Trump presidency.” At the link find the title, “Now What? Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files otm110916pod_extra.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Patient Zero Myth 10 mins – “One of the most enduring myths of HIV/AIDS history has finally been laid to rest. The so-called “patient zero,” a Canadian flight attendant named Gaétan Dugas, was once blamed for igniting the entire AIDS epidemic in America. Media outlets fixated on his sexual promiscuity; the New York Post called him “The Man Who Gave Us Aids.” But new research published in the journal Nature reexamined the original blood samples taken from Dugas in 1983 and found that the strain of the virus he was infected with was already present in the country years before Dugas frequented the gay scene in New York and San Francisco. Bob talks with Michael Worobey, evolutionary biologist and lead author of the Nature paper, about how the patient zero story is an ongoing black comedy of mischaracterization.” At the link find the title, “Debunking the AIDS “Patient Zero” Myth, Nov, 2016” right-click “Media files otm110216podextra.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pay Raises 26 mins – “It’s one thing to want a pay rise; it’s another thing entirely to get one. First you have to ask the right questions of your boss, says psychiatrist and former FBI hostage-negotiation trainer Dr Mark Goulston. And if your boss won’t budge on pay, there are some other things you can negotiate apart from money too.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Podcasting Styles 56 mins – “Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin has a podcast. So does her teenage daughter, Eliza. They’re basically a mother-daughter podcasting duo.” At the link find the title,”Episode 7: The Family That Podcasts Together, Nov, 2016,”right-click “Media files 20161117_biglisten_epi7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Police Abuses 47 mins – “Reporter Wesley Lowery on hate crimes, protest, race relations and Black Lives Matter in the age of Trump.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Police Powers Online 21 mins – “The police have opened their files to CBC News in an effort to show specific cases where they argue they need enhanced online surveillance and interception abilities. Canada’s top cop acknowledges its not an easy ask but says it’s necessary.” At the link find the title, “Nov 16: RCMP commissioner calls for greater police powers online, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161116_55713.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Politics in Iceland 19 mins – “With warmth and wit, Halla Tómasdóttir shares how she overcame media bias, changed the tone of the political debate and surprised her entire nation when she ran for president of Iceland — inspiring the next generation of leaders along the way. “What we see, we can be,” she says. “It matters that women run.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pornography Status 66 mins – “Less than 20 years ago, one of the most disruptive technologies in human history came to America—broadband Internet. Like most technical advances, it was immediately adapted for sexual purposes. When it brought free, high-quality pornography into 100 million American homes, the country was simply not prepared for it. Dr. Marty Klein says we still aren’t. He says that as a result, the United States is in the midst of what he calls a “porn panic,” marked by high levels of fear, outrage, misinformation, blame and demands for action. This is the background of the conflict many couples face about porn, of the anxieties of parents, and of the self-destructive uses of porn. In this talk, one of America’s experts on pornography discusses the context of our difficulties, with thought-provoking suggestions on how to respond. Using material from his new book His Porn, Her Pain, Dr. Klein will discuss building “porn literacy” in children, in couples and in porn consumers—while discussing the scientific evidence about how sexually explicit material actually affects consumers, their relationships and society. The subject of pornography sits at the intersection of politics, culture and our personal lives—and our audience last year found Dr. Klein so entertaining and provocative discussing “Sexual Intelligence” that we’ve invited him back again.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Psychotherapy 31 mins – “We have this idea of what therapy is supposed to look like. There’s a couch. An objective therapist sitting across the room scribbling notes. But of course it’s not that simple. What happens when your therapist is not really a therapist? Or the therapist is the one in tears? And of course, should you or should you not, try to have sex with your therapist? In this episode, six short stories, many from our listeners, looking at how the role of patient and therapist can get. complicated.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
RCMP Misconduct 18 mins – “In 2012, RCMP boss Bob Paulson was adamant his officers who broke the rules — or the law — would face serious consequences. Four years on, a CBC News investigation looking at RCMP officer infractions is raising questions about how punishment is doled out.” At the link find the title, “Nov 17: CBC obtains data on 700 disciplinary cases of RCMP members breaking rules or law, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161117_98353.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugees in 1943 24 mins – “Ana Maria Gordon watches the plight of Syrian refugee children with a deep understanding. She was four-years-old on the MS St. Louis ship that carried Jews across the Atlantic looking for refuge only to be turned away and forced into concentration camps.” At the link find the title, “Nov 16: Holocaust survivor shares lessons from ‘voyage of the damned’ on MS St. Louis, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161116_94988.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rhythm Impact 58 mins – “Acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie has a lifelong passion for understanding how we are impacted by rhythm. She explores the evolution of musical rhythm over several millennia through different cultures, demonstrating how migration has impacted many different styles of music across generations and regions, and how the resulting fusions gave rise to new rhythms in contemporary music.” At the link find the title, “The History of Rhythm, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04g0cl6.mp3” and select”Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rumors for Profit 4 mins – “…Voters in this election cycle were deliberately and cynically played by teenagers in a small town in Macedonia called Veles, home to at least 100 fake news sites dedicated to US politics. Most of them were pro-Trump. “There’s a fairly large group of young people in Macedonia, who, for a long time [have] been running dubious, on-the-edges websites about different topics, whether it’s health or other things,” says Craig Silverman, who co-reported the story for BuzzFeed News. Yes, health. You know, those sketchy health advice pages. They seek out clickbait, or come up with their own, to simply get clicks. Every click generates a tiny amount of advertising revenue — a fraction of a penny. But it can add up to a good living for creative kids in a poor town, in a poor country, like the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Their biggest hit was a story with a false quote from Hillary Clinton, saying a few years ago that Donald Trump should run for president. “She never said that,” says Silverman, “[but] it’s gotten over 480,000 shares, reactions and comments on Facebook.” That’s better than most scoops from leading news outlets like the New York Times or the Washington Post….” 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.
Science Education Problem 21 mins – “So many of our misconceptions about science come from where we first encountered them—the classroom. How can we do a better job of teaching science, both so we make sure we have a new generation of STEM professionals, but also a STEM-literate public? The second of the three-part series.” At the link find the title, “The Face of Science: Teaching Teachers, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 161004_faceofscience_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Self-driving Cars 27 mins – “Audi of America President Scott Keogh discusses his company’s role in developing self-driving cars and his concerns about unrealistic consumer expectations due to industry hype.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Scott Keogh, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.456536.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
South Africa Sanitation Problems 20 mins – “In this country using a flush toilet in the privacy of our own home is something we take for granted. But in South Africa, people are fighting for safe, private toilets after a woman was murdered on her way to use a public bathroom.” At the link find the title, “Nov 15: ‘It’s not safe’: South Africans fear using public toilets after woman murdered, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161115_51559.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Statistics P2 25 mins – “We’ll revisit Statistics in this episode with Mindy McCann, Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Statistics at Oklahoma State University. She’ll discuss her early fascination with statistics, and familiarize us with the concepts of Multiple Comparisons, Confidence Intervals, and Error Rates. McCann will also explain why one can never have a zero-percent error rate in statistical studies.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stephen Bannon 9 mins – “Now that Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon has been appointed, critics are concerned the alt-right media mogul behind Breitbart News will promote populist ideals in the White House. Journalist Josh Green gives us a profile on Bannon.” At the link find the title, “Nov 15: Meet Trump’s chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the man behind alt-right Breitbart News, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161115_77419.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Surveillance Countermeasures 20 mins – “Yes, all of the usual corporate and government entities know you’re here. Google remembers everything you’ve ever searched, BuzzFeed knows how you’ve scored on all their quizzes, and your cell phone provider knows who you talk to and who you sleep with. Terms of Service agreements are an exercise in futility, encrypted email often takes more trouble than it’s worth, and yeah, sure, go ahead and give Facebook a fake name, but don’t think you’re fooling anyone. Companies are collecting your data from just about everywhere, storing it through time unknown, and using it however they want. Oh, and that’s where the FBI-and-friends find it. But Bruce Schneier, author of the book, “Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World,” says the fact that you’ve taken the time to read this far means you’ve got the one reliable protection available to us in year 2016: awareness….” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Texting for Health 27 mins – “Researchers in Sydney are using all sorts of innovations to improve the health of Australians. Prevention is better – and cheaper – than a cure. But only half of patients who have had heart attacks and strokes actually take their medication which is prescribed to reduce their risk of further attacks. By sending four SMS/text messages a week to patients, public health experts have dramatically reduced their risk of dying. One patient Graeme Wilson now keeps a close eye on his diet, especially the salt content, thanks to the reminders he receives on his mobile phone. Preventing falls in the elderly is the goal of special exercise classes in Sydney. Researchers found that just 25 minutes of exercise a day to improve balance and stability, reduces the number of falls by nearly 40%. Aboriginal children used to have the best teeth – but sugary drinks are now causing decay. Researchers at the Poche Centre for Aboriginal Health at the University of Sydney found that they were reluctant to drink tap water instead because it was smelly and looked a strange colour. It is hoped that cool, clean water provided in schools and biodegradable toothbrushes will help to reduce decay.” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tidiness 73 mins – “Tim Harford, journalist and author, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, Messy. Harford argues that we have a weakness for order and neat solutions causing us to miss opportunities to find happiness or success with messier, more disorderly processes and solutions. Hartford looks at a wide range of examples from business and personal life making the case that tidiness is overrated and that messy should get more love.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.
Transgender Issues 27 mins – “Earlier this year, North Carolina passed HB2, the so-called “bathroom bill.” The law bans anyone from using a public restroom that doesn’t match up with his/her biological sex. HB2 put the state in the middle of a national fight about gender. But North Carolina is also home to one of the few gender clinics for kids in the South, at Duke University’s Children’s Hospital. This week, we spend a day in that gender clinic, the only one in North Carolina. We wanted to know how a clinic like this one operates in this political climate. And we wanted to find out how these patients are coping. Dr. Deanna Adkins, a pediatric endocrinologist, started the clinic a year ago. Over the course of our day, we met three of her very different patients. Drew Adams is a 15-year-old trans man who came with his mom, Erica, all the way from Jacksonville, Florida. On the drive up, Drew wore a T-shirt with “This is What Trans Looks Like” printed on it. He told us he decided to change out of it before he stopped for a bathroom break in North Carolina; he used the men’s room. When Dr. Adkins told Drew that not only would he get a prescription for testosterone, but that he could give himself his first shot that very day, Drew stood up and cheered.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Economics 47 mins – “The economy and Donald J. Trump. He ran on jobs and big growth. So, how will he do it? Can he do it?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Health Care 27 mins – “A joint podcast from Kaiser Health News and The Lancet – discussion of where US health policy might be heading when Donald Trump takes office early next year.” At the link find the title, “Where next for US health and health care? Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 11november-khn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Promises 43 mins – “New Yorker writer Evan Osnos talks about the executive orders and other actions that Trump can use to undo existing agreements on climate change, immigration and foreign policy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Psychotherapy 31 mins – “We have this idea of what therapy is supposed to look like. There’s a couch. An objective therapist sitting across the room scribbling notes. But of course it’s not that simple. What happens when your therapist is not really a therapist? Or the therapist is the one in tears? And of course, should you or should you not, try to have sex with your therapist? In this episode, six short stories, many from our listeners, looking at how the role of patient and therapist can get… complicated.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Trade Policy 40 mins – “…thank you for joining this Council on Foreign Relations media call looking at the future of U.S. trade policy. I’m Robert McMahon, managing editor of CFR.org, and I’m going to be talking about the follow-on to the presidential elections, in which President-elect Donald Trump targeted U.S. trade policy as a top area of reform. His plan for the first one hundred days in office listed withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, renegotiating NAFTA, and labeling China a currency manipulator as his top three priorities. So with us to help understand trade policy and what could be developing next, we are fortunate to have Edward Alden, CFR senior fellow, and author of the indispensable new book Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, and Myron Brilliant, who is executive vice president and head of international affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The three of us will be talking for about twenty minutes or so, and then opening up the call to you all.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Transition 47 mins – “On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington of a corrupt, money-driven establishment. Politicians could be bought and sold, he said. He said he had done just that himself. Wall Street and lobbyists, he said, ruled. He would run them out. Now, Donald Trump’s transition team is digging in. What are they lining up to drain? What are they bringing in? This hour On Point, the real transition, and Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.
Trumps Campaign Promises 26 mins – “Candidates promise all kinds of things. But once they get into office, it’s not always possible to carry through on them. We ask, can Trump do the things he’s pledged to do?” At the link find the title, “#735: President Trump,” right-click “Media Files 20161111_pmoney podcast111116.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Turkey Coup Backlash 27 mins – “Public employee one day, enemy of the state the next. The post coup reality in Turkey.” At the link find the title, “Cleansing Turkey, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04gk7k5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Utopian Groups History 52 mins – “In his recent book “Utopia for Realists,” Rutger Bregman advocates a 15-hour workweek, universal basic income, and open borders. Sounds like paradise to us! From the Oneida Community’s dream of open or “complex marriage” to the rise and spectacular fall of Pullman’s model company town, the Guys look at why the idea of “utopianism” has such strong appeal to Americans.” 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.
Video Games for Good 26 mins – “Video games are the new self-help, and Jane McGonigal is here to tell us why. …she’s the director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California where she’s spent years researching our brains during what she calls, “the state of play.” After wading through tons of research, she found that gaming is a wonderland of possibilities to make us smarter, happier, and more creative people… In fact, gaming can help cope with depression and combat anxiety, but it’s all about the dosage (i.e. how much gaming you’re doing)… Here are Jane’s prescriptions: If you’re trying to lose weight: “When you feel a craving coming on, play a visual pattern-matching game on your phone — like Tetris or Candy Crush Saga – for ten minutes. These games have been shown in scientific studies to reduce cravings, by monopolizing your visual imagination and blocking your brain’s ability to picture the thing you crave. Research shows that players make healthier eating choices in the hour after they’ve played!” …Research shows that twenty minutes of these flow-inducing games, three times a week, will help you focus your mind and calm yourself, and improve your mood for hours afterward. (Believe it or not, I’ve met many Buddhist monks who play Angry Birds!)” If you could use a boost of extra energy and motivation: “Play a really tricky puzzle game, like Sudoku, Cut the Rope, or The Room. Research shows that trying to solve a difficult puzzle increases dopamine levels in your brain, which is the neurotransmitter that increases your work ethic and will power. It doesn’t matter if you successfully complete the game or not – just trying will do the trick, and the harder the better. So if you have a difficult project to tackle, or a complex problem to solve, prime your brain for success with fifteen minutes of puzzling first.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Virtual Engineering 68 mins – “This episode of The Engineering Commons finds Adam, Brian, Carmen and Jeff predicting how virtual and augmented realities might soon be incorporated into daily engineering activities.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Voting Concerns 48 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 for the White House. We’ll also meet an emerging leader of the alt-right movement who is packing his bags and leaving rural Montana for Washington D.C., where he’ll 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.
Voting Issues 50 mins – “Come election season, it’s easy to get cynical. Why cast a ballot if your single measly vote can’t possibly change anything? In our first-ever election special, we set off to find a single vote that made a difference. We venture from the biggest election on the planet – where polling officials must brave a lion-inhabited forest to collect the vote of an ascetic temple priest – to the smallest election on the planet – where there are no polling officials, only kitty cats wearing nametags. Along the way, we meet a too-trusting advice columnist, a Texan Emperor, and a passive-aggressive mom who helped change American democracy forever.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wine in California 63 mins – “Join our distinguished panelists as they share their year-long journey toward the 2016 vineyard harvest and their commitments to environmental stewardship, social responsibility and the desire to keep land and businesses sustainable for future generations. Following the program, continue the conversation with our panel and celebrate the holidays with a tasting of their outstanding wines.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Working Women 29 mins – “Rachael Ellison and Leslie Ali Walker are two working moms who hatched the idea for Need/Done, an app that they think could help get more working parents — especially working moms — into top-tier positions, while also being present at home. How does the app work? Through a crowdsourced community of parents, the service provides reliable childcare, meal planning suggestions, and groceries delivered to your door. Think: Nextdoor meets Sittercity. In the second installment of our four-part series, the co-founders test out a prototype of the service on 20 Brooklyn moms, including one very eager and willing participant: Manoush….” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Workplace Diversity 24 mins – “The future belongs to those who embrace diversity, because one thing’s certain—a lack of it leads to dumb decisions and bad business. And it turns out you will find some diversity in Australian workplaces… it just varies by industry and level of job. In this episode of WorkLife, meet the firefighter who’s travelling around the world to learn how diversity’s being achieved elsewhere and hear from the youngest woman ever elected to an Australian parliament, whose workplace wasn’t even accessible to wheelchairs until her election. right-click “ At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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