Media Mining Digest 266 – Dec 16, 2016: Adoption Trends, Agriculture Greenhouse Gases, AIDs Stories, Alt Right Movement, Atlanta BeltLine, Ballot Recount Issue, Black Hole Physics, Black Lives Matter, Bob Woodward on Presidents, Brain Waste, Burnouts, California Gold Rush, Canadian Pipeline, China Jails Canadian Couple, Cleve Jones Activist, Climate Change Politics, Colonial American Health, Concepts and Patterns, Conflict Resolution, Corruption in South Korea, Culture and Technology, Cybersecurity, Dakota Pipeline Protest, Death Penalty Argument, Deep Work, Democratic Party Decline, Drug Interactions, Ebola Epidemic Response, Economic Modeling, Emergency Power, End of Life Issues, Facebook Designer, First Nations Missing Women, Fish Industry Decline, Gaming Women Online, Garth Brooks, Genocide Prosecutor, George Washington, Geriatric Isolation, Guano Mania, Harriet Martineau, History and Historians, Homeless Help in Las Vegas, IARPA, Involuntary Commitment, ISIS Organization, James Burke Knowledge Web, Language Gap in Medicine, Limelight, Map Size by Topic, Mark Cuban, MDMA and PTSD, Medical Coaching, Medical History, Memory Formation, Near Death Experiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Oklahoma School Decline, Older Workers, Oprah Show, Pandora Website, Philippine Drug Problem, Pizzagate, Placebos, Politics and Religion, Progressive Movement, Public Discourse, Public Health History, Reality Definition, Rejection Training, Social Credit Program, Surveillance Camera Use, Thalidomide Impact, Thomas Friedman, Tim Ferriss Interview, Trevor Noah, Trump, Tuberculosis from Animals, Uganda Refugee Story, White Supremacist Groups History

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Adoption Trends 56 mins – “International adoption peaked in 2004: That year, Americans brought 23,000 children from foreign countries into their families. But in the decade since, there’s been a remarkable decline. Last year, 5000 kids from other nations were adopted, which is a slide of 70 percent. Theories abound on why this sudden, dramatic drop-off occurred, but researchers say one thing is clear: Many Americans still want to adopt internationally, and they’re frustrated that it’s become far more difficult.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agricultural Greenhouse Gases 25 mins – “From quitting social media in favour of “deep work,” to why journalist Chang Ping has been banned in China, to mental health advocates urging the government to commit more money for mental illness treatment … This is The Current with Nam Kiwanuka.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for December 9, 2016 – The Current,” right-click “Media files current_20161209_51818.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AIDs Stories 22 mins – “In this episode, we head to South Africa for the first ever Johannesburg Mainstage show. A woman confronts her fears by sharing a personal truth, and a career-woman takes a leap of faith.” At the link find the title, “Hail Mary & Gethwana Mahlase, Dec, 2016, right-click “Media files moth 464, 12_6_16.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alt Right Movement 47 mins– “We look at the dreams, some now coming true, of the White supremacist “alt-right” movement.” At the link find the title, “What The Alt-Right White Supremacist Movement Wants, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503627559.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Atlanta BeltLine 11 mins – “Urban planner Ryan Gravel shares the story of how his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, rallied to build a massive urban park that will transform an abandoned railroad track into 22 miles of public green space called the Atlanta BeltLine. The places we live aren’t inevitable, he says — and if we want something different, we need to speak up.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ballot Recount Issue 47 mins – “It’s been nearly three weeks since Donald Trump was declared the winner of the presidential election. But the results are being disputed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has petitioned for a recount in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Election officials in Wisconsin confirm a statewide recount will begin on Thursday. And Hillary Clinton’s campaign has joined the Wisconsin recount effort. President-elect Donald Trump calls the recounts “ridiculous” and “a scam.” And he says he would’ve won the popular vote were it not for “millions” of illegal voters. Diane and guests discuss recounts, allegations of voter fraud and the 2016 presidential election.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Black Hole Physics 84 mins – “Are physicists on a path to upend some of the time-tested fundamental theories of physics? This podcast explores the interplay between quantum theory and general relativity, and how these phenomena may be exploited, from black holes to quantum computing.” At the link find the title, “A Quantum State of Mind, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 161208_poe6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Lives Matter 16 mins – “Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement’s three founders share what they’ve learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and “sharpen each other, so that we all can rise.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bob Woodward on Presidents 9 mins- “As a reporter, Bob Woodward has written the first draft of history on some of this country’s most important events. In 1973, his coverage of the Watergate Scandal with Carl Bernstein for The Washington Post was instrumental in uncovering corruption that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.  Woodward was also The Washington Post’s lead reporter for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. These days, Woodward is still an associate editor with the paper. Few reporters are as knowledgeable about presidents and the presidency as Woodward, who spoke Tuesday at University of New Hampshire about “the age of the American presidency from Nixon to now.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Waste 95 mins – “The United States has long attracted some of the world’s best and brightest, drawn by the strong U.S. economy, renowned universities, and reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation. But because of language, credential-recognition, and other barriers many of these highly skilled, college-educated immigrants cannot fully contribute their academic and professional training and skills once in the United States. As a result they work in low-skilled jobs or cannot find a job—a phenomenon known as brain waste. On this podcast, MPI experts give a presentation of the first-ever U.S. estimates on the economic costs of this skill underutilization for immigrants, their families, and the U.S. economy, along with estimates on forgone earnings and tax payments for: California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington. The panel discusses the factors linked to immigrant skill underutilization; highlight the potential for current city, state, and U.S. labor policy (including implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) to reduce this brain waste; and offer an employer-based view of skill underutilization and how it can be addressed.” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burnouts 19 mins – “All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in her arsenal.” At the link find the title, “#740: Burnout, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161207 pmoney podcast120716.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Gold Rush 48 mins – “Emory University professor Patrick Allitt teaches a class about the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. He describes how people got there, the physical geography of the area, and the evolving technology used to mine gold.” At the link find the title, “California Gold Rush, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.454557.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Pipeline 21 mins – “There’s anger and elation over Justin Trudeau’s approval of two major new oil pipelines — Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. Environmentalists are seeing red. The Current looks at all sides of the debate.” At the link find the title, “Nov 30: Kinder Morgan decision a black day for Canada, say West Coast environmentalists, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161130_94364.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Pipeline Issue 24 mins – “The Current heads on a road trip along the route of Kinder Morgan’s newly-approved pipeline expansion to gauge support for it in communities along the way.” At the link find the title, “Dec 6: Meet the people living along Kinder Morgan pipeline route, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161206_61335.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Pipeline Support 25 mins – “Some First Nations groups welcome pipeline developments as a source of wealth and jobs for their people. The Current speaks with two First Nations leaders who say working with the pipeline giant is better than working against it.” At the link find the title, “Dec 13: Why some Indigenous leaders see benefits to Kinder Morgan pipeline, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161213_90678.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Pipelines 9 mins – “With declining global demand for oil, author Jeff Rubin says the pipeline expansion will not be the economic salvation for Alberta.” At the link find the title, “Economist warns insufficient oil demand hinders Trans Mountain pipeline, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161202_94894.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Jails Canadian Couple 45 mins – “Kevin and Julia Garratt called China home for 30 years. But two years ago, the Canadian couple were arrested, thrown in jail, and accused of spying. Now back in Canada, Kevin and Julia Garratt are ready to share their story.” At the link find the title, “Dec 8: ‘We only came to help’: Canadian couple imprisoned in China, accused of spying, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161208_19326.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cleve Jones Activist 47 mins – “Jones became an activist after Harvey Milk’s assassination, and he lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He says, “There are some days when it is so painful that I really can barely function.” He conceived the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1985. His memoir is ‘When We Rise.’” At the link find the title, “LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503768709.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Politics 47 mins – “Exxon Mobil’s climate policy is under attack from its founding family, the Rockefellers. They’re with us. So is Exxon.” At the link find the title, “Exxon Mobil Vs. The Rockefellers, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_504010603.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Colonial America Health 78 mins – “Yale University professor emeritus John Demos leads a seminar for high school teachers on the Americas in the Colonial era. This class is hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.” At the link find the tite, ”People, Germs, and Food in the Colonial Americas, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455845.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Concepts and Patterns 16 mins – “Neuroscientist Kate Jeffery discusses how the brain represents the world. This episode is is part of a short series Mind Bites made in association with Nicholas Shea’s AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project. That website is open for comments and discussion of the topic of this podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Kate Jeffery on Concepts and Representation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conflict Resolution 198 mins (3 parts) – Session 1 – “State fragility poses a significant threat to international security, contributing to conflict onset and relapse, the global refugee crisis, the expansion of extremist groups, and public health emergencies like the Ebola epidemic. In fragile states, women are often marginalized, despite their potential contributions to the security and prosperity of their societies. The speakers on this panel will review lessons from conflict situations and provide recommendations to the next U.S. administration on addressing state fragility by promoting women’s participation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding “ Session 2 – “This session will examine the devastating use of sexual violence against civilians by armed factions and extremist groups. Research shows that postconflict societies more effectively recover and rebuild when women participate in reconstruction efforts and their experiences in conflictincluding wartime sexual violence—are addressed. Responding to conflict-related sexual violence includes promoting justice and accountability, training security forces in protection measures, investing in services for survivors, and including women in developing solutions to the factors that place them at risk.” Session 3 – “In many countries, women are well-positioned to detect early signs of radicalization because their rights and physical integrity are often the first targets of extremists. In addition, they are well-placed to challenge extremist narratives in homes, schools, and communities. This session will address strategies to counter  violent extremism by capitalizing on the contributions of women.” At the links right-click the down-point arrow on the sound bar, and right-click “Save Page As” from the pop-up menus.

Corruption in South Korea 21 mins – “For weeks, protesters have been in the streets demanding the disgraced president to step down. But the political scandal has also become a flash point for broad public discontent.” At the link find the title, “Dec 1: South Koreans call for president’s impeachment amid corruption scandal, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161201_31547.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Culture and Technology 136 mins – “Breaking the Internet, empathy gap in Silicon Valley, encryption on the road, Snapchat Spectacles, and more.” Leo Laporte with guests, Om Malik and Stacey Higginbotham At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybersecurity 42 mins – “Entrepreneur Jay Kaplan, co-founder and CEO of Synack, describes how the idea of creating a cybersecurity service for enterprise businesses by crowdsourcing hackers went from sounding like a long shot to launching as a venture capital-backed startup. Kaplan, previously a senior analyst at the National Security Administration, talks about the virtues of government work and the nuances of “white hat” hacking.” 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.

Dakota Pipeline Protest 14 mins – “On Sunday, the Army Corps of Engineers refused to issue a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The water protectors, which includes members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other tribes (as well as climate activists), celebrated the decision. But the celebration was brief as the opposition realized that this might be just another battle won in an ongoing war that has spanned centuries. In this Short Take, Brian talks to Robert T. Anderson, a Professor of Law and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, about the history of colonization and treaties between the government and indigenous people.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dakota Pipeline Protest 22 mins – “Protesters at Standing Rock are celebrating a fragile victory. But a woman protesting for three months says the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t over until it’s over.” At the link find the title, “Dec 6: ‘Still a lot of work to do’: Despite Standing Rock victory, protesters stay put, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161206_18195.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dakota Pipeline Protest 47 mins – “The Governor of North Dakota has ordered the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other Native American Dakota Access Pipeline protestors to evacuate from the federal land where many have been camped out since last summer. The protestors face blizzard conditions but have, so far, refused to move. At issue is a nearly completed 1,100 mile pipeline designed to carry oil from northwestern North Dakota to Illinois. It’s slated to tunnel under a lake less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation which, protestors contend, poses a threat to their water supply. An update on the protest and its political implications. (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Death Penalty Argument 25 mins – “Psychological evaluations that determine whether Texas inmates get sent to death row are based on the 1937 book, Of Mice and Men. Critics say it’s high time that changed.” At the link find the title, “Dec 1: How Lennie in Of Mice and Men influences Texas death row cases, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161201_33003.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Work 26 mins – “How can you get the highest quality results from your work? According to Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, the answer is to prioritize work that requires your full concentration and skill, a.k.a. Deep Work. When you engage in Deep Work, you don’t just get things done, you get them done well. Find out his two steps to remove distractions and make Deep Work possible, and learn a better way to market your product in our busy, noisy world.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democratic Party Decline 47 mins – “Democrats facing big leadership issues and struggling with defeat. We’ll look at who will lead the Democratic Party.” At the tlink find the title,”Leadership Struggles In A Shaken Democratic Party, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503756142.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Interactions 23 mins – “In this episode, we discuss more of the most important drug interactions, including grapefruit juice with statins and calcium channel blockers, QT prolonging medications, levothyroxine with cations and PPIs, and PDE-5 inhibitors with nitrates.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 053-Drug Interactions II.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Epidemic Response 26 mins – “It sounds like the plot of a movie: police discover the body of a young man who’s been murdered. The body tests positive for a deadly infectious disease. Authorities trace the killing to a gang. They race to find gang members linked to the murder… who may also be incubating the virus. This week on Hidden Brain… disease, panic, and how a public health team used psychology to confront an epidemic.” At the link find the title, “Episode 54: Panic in the Streets, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161205 hiddenbrain panic.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Modeling 56 mins – “Interest rates. Unemployment. GDP. Markets. Austerity measures. Economists tell us what we, as societies, can and can’t afford. But how do they decide? What values are at play?” At the link find the title, “It’s the Economists, Stupid (Encore Sept 9, 2015), Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161128_35377.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emergency Power 79 mins – “Author and Consultant Jeff Yago – Jeff Yago is a well known writer for Backwoods Home Magazine, Mother Earth News, Self-Reliance Magazine, Homepower Magazine, and others. His articles cover all areas of solar power, emergency backup power, battery power, and energy conservation. I have asked Jeff back today to discuss his new book titled: Lights On, which was just released on Nov 1 and is now available from all bookstores, Amazon, and World Net Daily bookstore. Jeff believes most preppers are limiting their backup power preparations to only generators, and power outages are becoming more often and lasting longer, which will easily exceed your stored fuel supplies, then what?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life Issues 47 mins – “Earlier this month, voters in Colorado overwhelmingly approved a so-called Death with Dignity ballot measure. It allows doctors to prescribe life-ending medication for terminally ill patients. Colorado joins four other states and the District of Columbia that have similar options. Advocates are pushing more states to consider aid-in-dying measures. The laws are controversial, to be sure. But as medical advances have done much to prolong life, more people are demanding greater choice in how and when they die. This hour offers an update on the debate over whether doctors should be permitted to give patients the means to take control of their own death.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Facebook Designer 38 mins – “Julie Zhuo, vice president of product design at Facebook, describes how the development of new features starts with three questions: What people problem are we solving? How do we know it’s a real problem? And how will we know if we’ve solved it? Zhuo explains how answering those fundamental questions at the outset reveals the most urgent problems to tackle — and yields features that truly enhance user satisfaction.” 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.

First Nations Missing Women 75 mins – “A special edition of The Current comes to you from Winnipeg with a public forum in front of a live audience focusing on the relationship between families of murdered, missing and Indigenous women, the police and justice system.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for December 7, 2016 – A special edition of The Current,” right-click “Media files current 20161207_11885.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fish Industry Decline 42 mins – “We talk to investigative journalist Lee van der Voo about her new book The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate.” At the link find the title, “158 Lee van der Voo – The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate,” right-click “Media files 8572010a-daff-412b-9321-7f61fdd080ea.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gaming Women Online 56 mins – “As a teen and then in her 20s, Emma Vosen loved gaming. Now as a PhD candidate, she looks to gamer culture as a microcosm of how sexism is seeded and replicated within broader society.” At the link find the title, “Ideas From The Trenches – The Dangerous Game, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161130_94968.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Garth Brooks 46 mins – “Country music legend Garth Brooks joins us. Don’t miss it.” At the link find the title, “Garth Brooks On ‘Gunslinger,’ Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files, npr_503759219.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genocide Prosecutor 52 mins – “Salt Lake City resident Pierre-Richard Prosper is the son of Haitian immigrants, a former district attorney in Los Angeles at the height of the gang violence there, and he was the lead prosecutor in the first trial for genocide and rape as war crimes. Those are just a few of his stories, but in many ways they’ve shaped his view of the world. Prosper believes deeply in the law’s ability to right wrongs that we could have prevented in the first place. He joins us Thursday to talk about his fascinating life.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

George Washington 58 mins – “This week on Q&A, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Pepperdine University professor Edward J. Larson discusses his book, [George Washington, Nationalist].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Edward Larson, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455843.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geriatric Isolation 57 mins – “The complexities of aging and health can result in loneliness and social isolation. Dr. Carla Perissinotto, UCSF Division of Geriatrics, looks at the health effects of being lonely, who is at risk and what you can do. Then take a look at programs that provide services older adults and their caregivers. Recorded on 10/18/2016. (#31553)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guano Mania 21 mins – “…Guano was a great fertilizer and many believed it would revolutionize farming, which traditionally involved cycling crops or simply depleting soil nutrients and moving to new land. While novel to Americans and Europeans, using bird poop as fertilizer was nothing new to the Quechua people of Peru who had long mined it from the Chincha Islands off the southwest coast of Peru. For centuries, seabirds nesting on the islands had piled up guano, sometimes close to a 100 feet deep, making it a rich and ready source of the stuff….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harriet Martineau 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Harriet Martineau who, from a non-conformist background in Norwich, became one of the best known writers in the C19th. She had a wide range of interests and used a new, sociological method to observe the world around her, from religion in Egypt to slavery in America and the rights of women everywhere. She popularised writing about economics for those outside the elite and, for her own popularity, was invited to the coronation of Queen Victoria, one of her readers.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

History and Historians 56 mins – “It’s tempting to think that in order to comprehend the future, we need to know the past, that there are always lessons in history. But is that true anymore? Sailing in the 21st century, perhaps we are in uncharted waters.” At the link find the title, “Rear View Mirror: Has the future ever looked like the past? Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas 20161202_78244.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless Help in Las Vegas 21 mins – “The glittering neon and bustle of the Vegas strip hide a vast maze of underground flood channels that hundreds of men and women call home. Hear how journalist turned activist Matt O’Brien discovered this homeless community and what he’s doing to help.” At the link find the title, “S01 Episode 9: Shine A Light,”Media files CGT_EP” 9,Shine a Light HLS mix2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

IARPA 68 mins – “Jason Matheny is the Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). IARPA is the US intelligence community’s “moon shot” department, similar to DARPA, but focused in intelligence. Jason discusses IARPA’s research in data analysis, quantum computing, meme proliferation, and more.” At the link click “Download Options,”right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Involuntary Commitment 48 mins – “Many mental health experts say forcing someone into psychiatric care against their will can be necessary to protect people dangerous to themselves and others. But in some certain cases it is illegal, and some see involuntary commitment as a civil rights violation. A look at how patients can be both helped and traumatized by involuntary psychiatric care, and what the data indicates about its role in preventing violence, suicide and mass murder.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

ISIS Organization 48 mins – “ISIS started capturing America’s attention in 2014. At the time it felt to many like the group had popped up suddenly, as a result of the Syrian civil war. But counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman says that’s not the right picture. While it may feel new to us, the origins of the group known as the Islamic State go back at least a decade. Because it has overcome numerous obstacles since then, Fishman says, ISIS sees itself as highly resilient, and the U.S. has failed to recognize this in its strategy to combat the group. Fishman and ISIS expert William McCants take us inside the hidden past of the organization, and talk about what the new U.S. administration needs to know about ISIS moving forward.” (2 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

James Burke Knowledge Web 73 mins – “Dan has another visit with the always fascinating science historian and TV host James Burke. He also catches up a bit on early Trump cabinet picks and the Dakota pipeline protests.” At the link find the title, “Show 312 – Re-Connections with James Burke,” right-click “Media files cswdcd12.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Language Gap in Medicine 27 mins – “Bridging the language gap in medicine. We visit the Crossroads Clinic, a first stop for many refugees arriving in Toronto. A medical interpreter tells us why you shouldn’t let kids interpret for parents. And, using Google Translate in the Dr.’s office.” At the link find the title, “The doctor speaks English. The patient doesn’t. Now what?,” right-click “Download The doctor speaks English. The patient doesn’t. Now what? “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Limelight 3 mins – “…Sir Humphry Davy gave a famous series of lectures on natural philosophy at the Royal Institution of London starting just after 1800. Davy was enormously influential, and he returned again and again to the theme of light. Light and seeing were scientific fixations in the first half of the 19th century. That age produced dioramas, magic lanterns, photography, the first electric lighting (long before Edison), and public gas lighting. Michael Faraday followed Davy in those lectures, and, in the early 1820s, a young member of the Royal Engineers, watched him do a demonstration. When Faraday turned an oxygen-hydrogen flame on a lump of quicklime, the heated lump emitted a brilliant light. Drummond saw a new use for that fluky behavior. Setting distant markers for surveyors could radically improve the accuracy of geographic surveys. In 1825, Drummond set a limelight marker on a mountaintop near Belfast. It was so bright it could be seen in Donegal county, sixty-six miles away….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Map Sizes by Topic 14 mins – “What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is — a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You’ll never look at a map the same way again.” (Look at the video presentation, and visit Views of the World) At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mark Cuban 36 mins – “Mark Cuban made millions off of tech startups, then billions off of stocks — and later went on to buy and revive the Dallas Mavericks. He has come to define the persona of the serial entrepreneur.” At the link find the title, “Serial Entrepreneur: Mark Cuban, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161202_hibt_markcuban.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MDMA and PTSD 24 mins – “Researchers say pure MDMA — not the stuff on the street — has the potential to change the brain and create conditions that allow psychotherapy. Ed Thompson who suffers from PTSD says MDMA treatment saved his life.” At the link find the title, “Dec 5: ‘I have no doubt it saved my life’: MDMA drug helps former firefighter with PTSD, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161205_20064.mp3” and select “Save Link As”from the pop-up menu.

Medical Coaching 62 mins – “Coaching is an integral part of sports, it’s often used by corporate executives, and even helps people manage ADHD. But until recently coaching wasn’t something physicians used to achieve their goals. For this show, Mark Moubarek, Aline Sandouk, and Amy Young talk with Georgetown University faculty member Maggi Cary and Georgetown student Jack Penner. Dr. Cary is a certified coach specializing in leadership coaching for healthcare professionals. But a serendipitous acquaintance with Jack lead to him becoming a client. Recognizing its value for him as a student–in dealing with the so-called hidden curriculum and impostor syndrome, among other things–they have put together a pro-bono arrangement for twelve Georgetown student with area coaches. …” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine History 44 mins – “We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Memory Formation 27 mins – “How are memories made? Claudia Hammond joins an audience at London’s Royal Institution this week to hear from three prize-winning neuroscientists about their cutting-edge research on the brain. Earlier this year Tim Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris won the one million Euro Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize – the world’s biggest prize for neuroscience. They worked out how the brain remembers, how it strengthens connections between different brain cells and why it sometimes forgets. The brain has billions of nerve cells or neurons which are linked by trillions of connections or synapses. It is at these synapses where memories are formed – the memories which make us who we are. The trio’s research was on a mechanism known as Long-Term Potentiation, which works by permanently strengthening the connections between two neurons. It is a bit like beating a path through some long grass – the more you walk the path, the more defined it becomes. Similarly, the more times we have an experience, the stronger the memory gets. Understanding this process brings the exciting possibility of new treatments for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and depression.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Near Death Experiences 52 mins – “The nature of “near death experiences”, or NDE’s has historically been the territory of religion and philosophy. But now science has staked its claim in the discussion. Ashley Walters explores the science and the meaning of near death experiences.” At the link find the title, “Decoding Death: The Science and Significance of Near Death Experiences, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161207_71952.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson 33 mins – “What first attracted one of the world’s foremost astrophysicists to the night sky? Are we alone in the universe? And how can scientific thinking benefit us all?…” At the link right-click Download MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oklahoma School Decline 46 mins- “Oklahoma public schools are on the ropes after years of budget cuts. Four-day school weeks and more. We’ll take it as a big case study and and look at Donald Trump’s new education secretary.” At the link find the title, “Public School Funding At A Loss, In Oklahoma And Beyond, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503895602.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Older Workers 46 mins – “The number of older workers is on the rise. We’ll tackle the myths and realities of landing a job after fifty.” At the link find the title, “How To Find A New Job After 50, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503895616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oprah Show 52 mins – “Most producers want to keep you awake; we talk to a podcaster bent on putting listeners to sleep. Then, we interview Oprah! Just kidding. But we check out a podcast that did! Plus, Dan Savage’s vanilla tastes in podcasts.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pandora Website 30 mins – “Steve Bene, general counsel for Pandora discusses issues facing Pandora and the music industry, including copyright laws, ticket-price inflation, and what happens when humans compete with bots for concert tickets.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Steve Bene, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455051.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philippine Drug Problem 47 mins – “President Rodrigo Duterte was elected to power in the Philippines promising to tackle crime and to feed the corpses of drug dealers to the fish. In the months since he took office almost 5,000 people are believed to have been killed by police and vigilantes. The BBC Trending team investigates how Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ is playing out in real life, and how a sophisticated social media strategy is ensuring support for the controversial policy.” At the link find the title, “Trolls, ‘the Devil’, and Death, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04k8n3h.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pizzagate 58 mins – “A conspiracy theory, a pizza related map, and a website fighting for its very soul.” Bryan Menegus’ great article, “Reddit is Tearing Itself Apart.” AT the link find the title, “#83 Voyage Into Pizzagate, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT9695520801.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Placebos 60 mins – “This week, we’re taking on the science of the sugar pill. We’re talking about the placebo effect, its potential benefits and its pitfalls. We speak with Erik Vance about his new book “Suggestible You: The Curious Science of your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal”. And we’ll talk with Kathryn Hall, a genetic epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, about why we experience the placebo effect, why some people are more open to suggestion than others, and why that might not be a weakness. “ At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Politics and Religion 60 mins – “Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy, discusses the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and the role of identity, morality, and religion in American politics, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Progressive Movement 68 mins – “Were the first professional economists racists? Thomas Leonard of Princeton University and author of Illiberal Reformers talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book–a portrait of the progressive movement and its early advocates at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. The economists of that time were eager to champion the power of the state and its ability to regulate capitalism successfully. Leonard exposes the racist origins of these ideas and the role eugenics played in the early days of professional economics. Woodrow Wilson takes a beating as well.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Discourse 67 mins – “James Hoggan contends that the most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric and propaganda stifles discussion and creates resistance to change, thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems. In I’m Right and You’re an Idiot, Hoggan grapples with this critical issue, conducting interviews with such notables as Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky and the Dalai Lama.” At the link find right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Health History 10 mins – “Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reality Definition 66 mins – “Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? For our guest in this episode, cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman, that’s his day job. Hoffman has developed a new theory of consciousness that, should it prove true, may rearrange our understanding of reality itself.Listen as Hoffman talks about the bicameral mind, the umwelt, and the hard problem of consciousness in this mindbending episode about how we make sense of our world, our existence, and ourselves.” At the link find the title, “090 Reality Donald Hoffman,” right-click “Direct download: 090 Reality Donald Hoffman.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rejection Training 16 mins – “Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days — from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a “burger refill” at a restaurant — Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Credit Program 48 mins – “A Chinese project is tracking everything citizens do and ranking them based on their behavior – like a credit score. With impact. We’ll check it out.” At the link find the title, “China Explores Social Credit Scores, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_504015070.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surveillance Camera Use 37 mins – “A small city known for its Amish population and surveillance cameras, an old lady in Northern Ireland who watches video feeds in Brazil and getting footage from the fin of a shark. Listen, decode, and decide: Can watching save us?” At the link find the title, “S02-4: Watching, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files codebreaker 20161207_e4_240_20161114_128.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thalidomide Impact 45 mins – “How do so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on “dream patients” who aren’t representative of a larger population. On the other hand, sometimes the only thing worse than being excluded from a drug trial is being included.” At the link click the circle with three dots right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thomas Friedman 78 mins – “In his most ambitious work to date, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration—and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell-phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens. Meanwhile, Mother Nature is also seeing dramatic changes as carbon levels rise and species go extinct, with compounding results. Today, it is easier than ever to be a maker (try 3-D printing) or a breaker (the Islamic State excels at using Twitter), but harder than ever to be a leader or merely “average.” Friedman concludes that nations and individuals must learn to be fast (innovative and quick to adapt), fair (prepared to help the casualties of change), and slow (adept at shutting out the noise and accessing their deepest values). Join Friedman for an engaging conversation on how we should think about and cope with all of these changes.” At the link find right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thomas Friedman on Trends 39 mins – “[New York Times] foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman speaks to a forum of global business leaders and innovators about advancements in technology and how humans can adapt to such changes.” At the link find the title, “Thomas Friedman Discusses [Thank You For Being Late], Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.462153.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tim Ferriss Interview 69 mins – “Debbie talks to writer Tim Ferriss about the strategies he has used to change his life. “Any time that I take off on a plane, I ask myself ‘if I died right now, would I be happy with what I’ve been doing for the last 24 hours?'” According to Tim Ferriss, we can be great cooks, with fit bodies, and we shouldn’t have to spend so much time at work. That is, if we follow the counsel in his bestselling books: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. His central idea is that we can all be a lot more efficient in our lives if we’re willing to rethink and redesign our habits and routines. His latest book was born out of the interviews he’s conducted on his extraordinarily popular podcast “The Tim Ferris Show“. The new book is called Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Listen to hear more.” At the link find the title,”Tim Ferriss, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files Tim-Ferris.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trevor Noah 50 mins – “Writer Zadie Smith talks about nostalgia and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is ‘Swing Time.’ Also, ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, ‘Born a Crime.’ Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.” At the link find the title, “Best Of: Zadie Smith / Trevor Noah, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503377667.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trevor Noah 75 mins – The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s book Born A Crime talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa when the relationship between his black mother and white father was illegal.” At the link find the title, “Dec 5: Trevor Noah on growing up mixed race in South Africa, ‘a product of my parents’ crime’, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161205_73345.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Businesses 46 mins – “A business empire, conflict of interest concerns and President-Elect Donald Trump. We’ll look at the challenge.” At the link find the title, “Unique Conflicts Of Interests For A Businessman President-Elect, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503627545.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Journalism 48 mins – “The U.S. media is accustomed to covering a White House that plays by certain rules. But President-elect Donald Trump tweets false information freely and frequently manipulates the media. How journalists are rethinking their role under a Trump presidency.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Trump Tragedy 61 mins – “It’s one month since we woke up to the shock news that the next president of the United States will be Donald Trump, and the whole world is trying to read the runes and work out what the next four years will hold for America and the rest of the world. Many are decrying Trump’s election as the end of democracy and the beginning of fascism. Others, observing that he is already watering down many of his more extreme threats, are willing to see a silver lining in at least some of his avowed policies. To weigh up these conflicting attitudes and gauge what a Trump presidency might actually look like, Intelligence Squared are bringing together a high-profile cast of Republicans, Democrats, historians and former political advisers. Given what we know of Trump’s character (he’s been described by clinical psychologists as a case-book narcissist), perhaps the most pressing question is how much power he will actually be able to wield in office. To what extent will he be able to take executive action to push through his plans, and how much will the constitutional checks and balances work to rein him in? At home, his supporters (and even some on the left) have welcomed his economic plan to revive America’s impoverished areas by building new infrastructure. His critics, however, see this as a con – nothing more than a tax-cut for the wealthy construction sector and its investors. And then there’s trade. While Trump’s promise to tear up international trade agreements won him millions of votes amongst blue-collar workers who feel left behind by globalisation, most experts believe such a move would cause a recession that hurts the rust belt more than free trade ever did. When it comes to Trump’s foreign policy, opinions are again divided. His negative stance towards NATO has sparked alarm, particularly in eastern Europe which sees the alliance as a bulwark against an increasingly aggressive Russia. To others, Trump’s apparent willingness to work with President Putin could mark the start of a new east-west détente that should be welcomed.” At the link find the title, “Trump: An American Tragedy? Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tuberculosis from Animals 6 mins – Dr Mark Crislip discusses how TB can pass from animal to man. At the link find the title, “A Gobbet o’ Pus 896: Going ape? Monkey business?” right-click “Media files gop896.mp3” and select “Save Link” from the pop-up menu.

Uganda Refugee Story 9 mins – “Meet Friday host Nam Kiwanuka. As someone who escaped Uganda and lived in a refugee camp as a child before coming to Canada, she tells The Current how she connects to today’s refugees.” At the link find the title, “Dec 8: Meet The Current’s Friday host Nam Kiwanuka, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161208_51580.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Supremacist Groups History 46 mins – “Westfield State University criminal justice professor George Michael teaches a class on white supremacist groups in the mid to late-20th century.” At the link find the title, “Twentieth-Century White Supremacist Groups, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455236.MP3-STD.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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About virginiajim

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