Media Mining Digest 269 – Jan 6, 2017: A Christmas Carol, Addictive Processed Foods, Albert Race-Hoss Sample, Algae Fuel, Bolshoi Ballet History, Broadband and FCC, Broadband Trends, Chess Master, Climate Change, Computer Repair Woman, Constitutional Law, Cyber Security, Cyborgs, Eloquence, Energy in Cities, Engineer School, Farming Technology, Forever War, Fred Rogers, HiddenFigures, Hieronymus Bosch, Homeless In Britain, Human Transplants, Hygga Event, Immigrants in California, Infrastructure Needs, JK Rowling, Kepler, Lab Girl, Lead Poisoning, Loon Preservation, Marijuana Impact, Maurice Sendak, Midlife, Military Science, Opioid Sammy, Orca Whales, Parenting after Divorce, Philippine Politics, Premature Baby Story, Productivity, Repair or Replace, Shooting Aftermaths, Sick Kids Hospital, Springsteen, Story Teller, Sweatshops or Not, Syrian Refugee Music, Toxic Chemicals, Triangulations Best 2016, White Supremacists

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 51 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 254 for the week to hear 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 13,000 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 12,000 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.

A Christmas Carol 51 mins – “In the fall of 1843, Charles Dickens was in something of a mid-life crisis. His marriage was troubled, his career tottering, his finances on the verge of collapse. He even considered giving up writing. He didn’t, of course. Instead, he wrote his most famous work, A Christmas Carol, in just six weeks, and then self-published it. As the historian and writer Les Standiford notes, Dickens’ famous Christmas tale didn’t just change his life, it reinvented the way we celebrate the holiday. We’ll talk with Standiford about A Christmas Carol on Friday….Les Standiford is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University. He’s the author of many books, including The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits.At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addictive Processed Foods 58 mins – “We need food to survive. Can we really be “addicted” to something required for survival?” At the link find the title, “All About Food Addiction, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SDS160.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Albert “Race Hoss” Sample 44 mins – “In this rebroadcast, we hear one of Diane’s all-time favorite interviews. And judging from the response we got, it was one of yours as well. In 1986, Diane spoke with Albert “Race Hoss” Sample. He grew up under very difficult circumstances and wound up in a Texas prison, where he spent 17 years until he won his release. He spoke of the cruelty and brutality he experienced there, which he relived in an autobiography, “Race Hoss: Big Emma’s Boy.” He died in 2005. Diane said talking with Mr. Sample, hearing his story, moved her greatly. She hopes it will move you, too.” (He died in2005) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Algae Fuel 30 mins – “Who doesn’t need a miracle? As the lyricist for many timeless Grateful Dead classics, as a privacy rights activist, or as the founder of the biofuel company, Algae Systems, John Perry Barlow has used creativity and sheer will to advance a wide array of “miracles.” That is until a devastating illness left him hospitalized for most of 2015. Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise sat down recently with Barlow, who’s still on the mend, along with the CEO of Algae Systems, Matthew Atwood. They discuss the company’s technology which turns waste water into fuel, and the current Indiegogo campaign to raise new capital for Algae Systems. They also delve into Barlow’s relationship with Edward Snowden, his recovery from this illness, and the unfortunate tale of how he missed out on the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well mini-tour.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bolshoi History 48 mins – “From murder, fire and on-stage suicides, to a jewel of national culture – on this special Boxing Day edition of The Current, the dramatic history of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for December 26, 2016 – The Current,” right-click “Media files current 20161226_38385.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband and FCC 30 mins – “Mignon Clyburn, the longest-serving commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, discusses how the incoming Trump administration could affect the FCC’s work, including the future of internet regulation and broadband expansion needs.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Mignon Clyburn, December 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.463643.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Trends 2016 35 mins – “It’s that time of year – for reflection of the past and thinking about the future. Lisa, Nick, Hannah, and I discuss the previous year and then make some predictions for next year. Along the way, we have some banter and occasionally an insightful comment if you listen hard enough.” At the link right-click “… download this mp3 file directly.…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chess Master 58 mins – “We talk to American chess Grandmaster Patrick Wolff.” At the link find the title, “161 Patrick Wolff – How to Become a Grandmaster Chess Champion,” right-click “Media files ab4af996-a6c8-4eda-9028-e9d6d41d3fbd.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change 58 mins – “David Suzuki says we are the first species in the history of life on Earth to have created the conditions for our own demise. He says the list of environmental problems grows and worsens. The human population continues to increase and finite resources are being depleted. We have the knowledge and power to address the problems, but sadly, political and financial greed is stymying any real progress. This is David Suzuki’s address at the WOMADelaide Planet Talks in 2016.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Woman 62 mins – “How I made it in the Field: By accident (my parents bought a computer a did not want and ITT not having multimedia at the time had no choice but networking)… My first job was really not in tech but in customer service which allowed me to open up to people, got a feel of how to handle customer interactions… The Computer Repair Life: This was my better year which is giving that motivation to keep it pushing….” At the link right-click beside “Direct MP3 Download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Constitutional Law 60 mins – “’[N]o person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.’ These words, from Article I of the U.S. Constitution, make it unambiguously clear to many legal scholars that Donald Trump will be committing an impeachable offense by not relinquishing an ownership stake in his multiple companies before Jan 20. Zephyr Teachout is among those scholars, and joins us to explain why corruption in the presidency was such anathema to the nation’s founders. In the remainder of today’s episode, we share a few highlights from a recent symposium about the current state of free speech on campus. The event was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. You can watch videos of the entire two-day event….” At the link find the title, “Corruption in the White House, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM3041126757.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Security 25 mins – “With the rise of legal technology came a heightened awareness amongst lawyers and law firms of the importance of cyber security to ensure that one’s own, and the clients’, assets are protected. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek sit down with former law enforcement officer and High-Technology Crime Unit detective Keith Lowry to discuss governmental cyber security policy under President Obama and how those policies might change during the administration of President-elect Trump.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyborgs 27 mins – “Virtual reality offers the myth of presence; technology can only reward with vicarious pleasure. If your identity is tied up with memory, what happens to that idea when memories disappear, and can tech that enables life-logging at least arrest if not reverse this loss? The idea of being able to store your voice, to bank it, for people with degenerative voice conditions, has informed researchers into the latest voice synthesisers, but if you lost your voice what impact would a restored synthesised version have on your sense of your identity? Click is joined by an expert panel in the Media Café at Broadcasting House in London, to discuss how technology is increasingly shaping our identities: Neil Harbisson, a composer who was born colour-blind and who has an electronic eye implanted in his brain that allows him to hear colours; Cathal Gurrin has been wearing a life-logging camera for the last 10 years recording his every action; Phillipa Rewaj and Rupal Patel are research Speech and Language experts who have looked into collecting people’s voices for regeneration via synthesisers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eloquence 52 mins – “We all know eloquence when we hear it. The skillful delivery of language delights us, captivates us, persuades and moves us. Most importantly, says the linguist David Crystal, speakers and listeners alike enjoy eloquent speech. Crystal has dissected the qualities and practice of eloquence. Partly, he wants to better understand how it’s achieved. He also wants to show that eloquence is a talent everyone who uses words can possess. Crystal joins us to examine how the gift of gab works…. David Crystal is an independent scholar with lifelong experience as a lecturer, public speaker, and broadcaster. He is the author of more than one hundred books on phonetics, Shakespeare’s language, child language, and related topics. His latest book is called The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy in Cities 54 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, and is titled “District Energy in Cities: Unlocking Efficiency, Sustainability and Resiliency through Infrastructure Investment.”  Our speaker is Rob Thornton, President and CEO of the International District Energy Association.” At the linkr ight-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Engineer School 61 mins – “In this episode of The Engineering Commons, we answer questions from listener Jared about coping as an engineering student.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming Technology 58 mins – “Johns Hopkins professor Ellen Silbergeld looks at new farming methods and technology and their impact on consumers, the environment, and workers. Professor Silbergeld is interviewed by Dan Glickman.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Ellen Silbergeld, December 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.459289.MP3-STD.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forever War 60 mins – “Journalist Mark Danner, who lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, talks about his latest book, [Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War], which looks at the 15-year U.S. war on terrorism.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Mark Danner, December 25, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.458897.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fred Rogers 54 mins – “Fred Rogers dedicated his life to serving children. He was a pioneer in educational television and a PBS icon. His show “Misters Rogers’ Neighborhood” ran for decades. In December 2002, Diane Rehm spoke with Rogers about his new parenting book, his career and the importance of fostering self-esteem at an early age. A year after this interview, Fred Rogers passed away. This remains one of Diane’s favorite on-air conversations and she wanted to share it with you during this last week of the show as one of our “farewell favorites.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Hidden Figures 13 mins – “In this episode of The Remix we talk to Margot Lee Shetterly about the real life heroines behind the new film, Hidden Figures. Author Margot Lee Shetterly grew up knowing that black women were behind the success of the early space program, that eventually became NASA. Shetterly grew up knowing their children and grandchildren in her Hampton, Virginia, community. Her recent book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” tells the story of these “human computers” who helped launch America’s space program, broke racial and gender barriers and supported the next generation of African American engineers and aerospace professionals.” At the link find the title, “The true story behind ‘Hidden Figures’ Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files hidfigweb1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hieronymus Bosch 52 mins – “If you’ve ever seen paintings by the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, such as The Garden of Earthly Delights, you’ve probably wondered what they mean and what kind of person could have imagined such fanciful scenes. Problem is, we know very little about Bosch’s personal story. That leaves the paintings, which present their own puzzles. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, and Tuesday, art historian Gary Schwartz joins us to discuss the fearless artist’s life and his inventive art….Gary Schwartz is an art historian of Dutch painters of the 17th century and the author of two books about Hieronymus Bosch, one for young readers, First Impressions: Hieronymus Bosch, and Jheronimus Bosch: The Road to Heaven and Hell” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in Britain 27 mins -”There’s a crisis of homelessness for families in Britain” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Transplants 50 mins – “Human transplants. Hand, face, uterus, even head transplants in the news now. We’ll look at the widening frontier of transplant surgeries.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hygga Events 21 mins – “Hygge, a centuries-old Danish practice, is now trendy, with social media sites teeming with images of woolly socks and intimate gatherings around the fireplace. What does hygge really mean and how can it serve us?” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: In troubled times, Danish art of ‘coziness’ sparks international trend,“ right-click “Media files current_20161227_76268.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrants in California 92 mins – “Looking back on the state of race relations in LA and exploring how we can move forward, LA’s busy immigration court system, 2016 tech roundup.” At the link find the title, “Race relations in LA, exploring the immigration court system, the year in technology, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SHOW_122716-d98b3653.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infrastructure Needs 25 mins – “More than a few scientists on Radio Ecoshock tell us our present economy threatens to kill us, and take out many other species in the Sixth Great Mass Extinction. Surely, we all have an interest in a new climate economy. That’s a huge global task. I’ve come across a report that seems written in a bland code for top government and corporate planners. But there are gems buried in this work, titled “The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative.” It’s the 2016 report from something called “the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate”.The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate was commissioned by seven countries – Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom – as an independent initiative to report to the international community. To help us sort out who that is, and what this report can tell us, as citizens of this planet, I’ve called on Ipek Gencsu. She’s the Research and Engagement Manager at the New Climate Economy. Ipek has degrees in politics and economy from the London School of Economics. You may also have heard about her as a campaigner for the charity Oxfam, and for climate and food justice.” At the link right-click “CD Quality” near the sound bar for Dr Blanc and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

JK Rowling 47 mins – “In October of 1999 J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter books was on a book tour in the U.S. Diane had a chance to talk with her while she was in Washington. J.K. Rowling’s books and the movies based on her books have become international sensations with fans of all ages. In this hour Rowling talks about how the Harry Potter story began in her imagination and how she hoped it would become “a little book a few people might like.” Please enjoy this conversation with writer J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Kepler 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630). Although he is overshadowed today by Isaac Newton and Galileo, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest scientists in history. The three laws of planetary motion Kepler developed transformed people’s understanding of the Solar System and laid the foundations for the revolutionary ideas Isaac Newton produced later. Kepler is also thought to have written one of the first works of science fiction. However, he faced a number of challenges. He had to defend his mother from charges of witchcraft, he had few financial resources and his career suffered as a result of his Lutheran faith.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lab Girl 48 mins – ““Lab Girl”, the powerful new memoir of a female scientist — geobiologist Hope Jahren — on life and love.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead Poisoning 46 mins – “Today on Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, author of, Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss: America’s growing lead poisoning problem; The actual effectiveness of China’s educational system; How some of the Pulse nightclub victim’s families are suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google for their roles in spreading ISIS propaganda” At the link find the title, “The Doomed Youth Edition, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM7781512504.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loon Preservation 56 mins – “Warm evenings on the lakes of New Hampshire might mean the call of a loon and, perhaps, bats swooping overhead. While loon populations are on the increase, they still face rising threats in the region, while bats have been decimated by a debilitating disease. We find out what’s being done to maintain the local populations as we celebrate summer in New Hampshire..” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Impact 47 mins – “Pot in the family. With marijuana now legal in more states, the conversation between parents and teens is more complicated. We’ll listen.” At the link find the title, “Navigating The New Pot Talk In A Time Of Legal Weed, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_506473671.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maurice Sendak 58 mins – “Diane had the pleasure of speaking with famed author and illustrator Maurice Sendak in September of 1993. He wrote a number of children’s books, but “Where the Wild Things Are” which was first published in 1963 remains one of a best-selling children’s book, a book that’s been described as thrilling to children and controversial to adults. In this hour Maurice Sendak talks about the importance of being honest with children and why it was important for him to be honest about the difficulties he experienced in his own childhood. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of Maurice Sendak talking about his life and his work.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Midlife 56 mins – “Even with all the angst about mid-life crises, and birthday cards calling you over the hill, the author says the middle years are most often about renewal. Today we’re talking with former NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty on what she discovered about middle age in America.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Science 52 mins – “When you think about military science, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Bombs and guns, right? Well, that’s not what interests the writer Mary Roach, who has a habit of seeking out eccentric scientific corners. She’s not so much curious about the killing as she is about the keeping alive. That curiosity led her to research into the battlefield’s more obscure threats: exhaustion, shock, bacteria, panic, even turkey vultures. Roach joins us to explore the curious science of humans at war… Mary Roach is the author of the books StiffSpook, BonkPacking for Mars, and Gulp. Her new book is called Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Sammy 64 mins – “Jeff and Greg attempt to chew through an opioid sammy[sandwich] and Greg ponders the collective childhood of test question writers” At the link find the title, “JMT 2.0 September 2016 – Opioid Sammy,” right-click “Media files 300061338-acmt-jmt-20-september-2016-opioid-sammy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orca Whales 26 mins – “At one time the orca — or killer whale — was seen as a terrifying monster. But then a wounded orca named Moby Doll ended up in Vancouver and in no time at all once-frightened Vancouverites fell in love. Meet the disruptor who paved the way for Shamu.” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: ENCORE: How Moby Doll changed the worldview of ‘monster’ orca whales,” right-click “Media files current_20161227_94491.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parenting after Divorce 49 mins – “Taking care of your kids’ needs after a divorce. Psychologist, divorce expert Robert Emery on his new book “Two Homes, One Childhood.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philippine Politics 48 mins – “Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte brags about a lot of things, including committing murder. We look at the Philippines under Duterte’s rule.” At the link find the title, “The Philippines’ Controversial President, Rodrigo Duterte, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_506327967.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Premature Baby Story 26 mins – “Born in the grey zone. Micro-preemies are babies born so premature, they’re on the edge of viability. Modern medicine means these babies can increasingly be saved. But with the advances, come thorny new questions about where life truly begins.” At the link find the title, “Dec 29: ENCORE: Parents explore medical frontier of micro-preemies,” right-click “Media files current_20161229_17569.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Productivity 39 mins – “In this busy time of year, we could all use some tips on how to get more done in less time. First, however, a warning: there’s a big difference between being busy and being productive.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Repair or Replace 24 mins – “Fix your clothes, appliances or whatever you’re tempted to take to the curb. It’s part of a burgeoning “fixer movement” that not only is good for the environment and pocket, in Sweden repairing what’s broken can actually give you a tax break.” At the link find the title, “Dec 30: ENCORE: Sweden offers tax breaks to repair — not replace — broken objects,” right-click “Media files current_20161230_81185.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shooting Aftermaths 68 mins – “Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of GUNS magazine and law enforcement editor of AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals. He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force….Massad joins us today to discuss protecting yourself as an armed citizen from the threat we seldom consider, our own legal system.  How to make sure you are not in violation of the law, what constitutes justification for the use of deadly force and having a “prep kit” for after a deadly force incident.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sick Kids Hospital 24 mins – “Historian David Wright chronicles how The Hospital of Sick Children became one of leading pediatric health facilities in the world.” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: History of SickKids hospital marked by achievements and scandal,” Media files current_20161227_65455.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Springsteen 48 mins – “Recorded at his home studio, Springsteen speaks to Terry Gross about growing up in Jersey, songwriting, and wishing to be his stage persona. His new memoir is ‘Born to Run.’…” At the link find the title, “December 26, 2016 Bruce Springsteen,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Story Teller 26 mins – “A journey of 8,000 kilometres begins with a single step. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is walking the modern-day Silk Road, talking to people in the pursuit of what he calls ‘slow journalism.’” At the link find the title, “Dec 28: Why Paul Salopek is walking the modern-day Silk Road to pursue ‘slow journalism,” right-click “Media files current_20161228_75689.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sweatshops or Not 78 mins – “If you were a poor person in a poor country, would you prefer steady work in a factory or to be your own boss, buying and selling in the local market? Economist Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about experimental evidence on how poor people choose in the labor market and the consequences for their income, health, and satisfaction.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Refugee Music 48 mins – “Since war broke out in Syria over a million people have sought refuge in Lebanon – a small country of just over 4 million people. The reporter Lina Sinjab left her home in Damascus in 2013 to live in Beirut, and for her, as for so many Syrians, the poignant music of home has become a crucial source of comfort and resilience. As the war drags on, music and songs provide a strong link to the past and hope for the future. Lina joins refugee musicians across Lebanon and hears how their music is one of the few things they were able to bring with them. In the Bekaa Valley, close to the border with Syria, she meets an oud player, a percussionist and a piper who arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their precious instruments. And she visits a refugee youth choir who have found new joy and hope by singing with others who have been uprooted from their homes. In Beirut, the Oumi ensemble use music as a counter to religious extremism, taking their inspiration from the peace-loving Sufi poet Mansur Al-Hallaj. The arrival of Syrian musicians has also had a big impact on the cultural scene in Lebanon, and Lina discovers how this has inspired bands and artists in the capital.” At the link find the title, “A Song for Syria, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04m6tky.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toxic Chemicals 20 mins – “Now and then, just one dedicated person can put the spotlight on a dangerous chemical. Every day, some of us wear or use the products made with this toxic process. Few people know fabrics like Rayon are made from forests boiled down by dangerous chemicals. So are cellophane and dish sponges. That person could be Dr. Paul David Blanc. He’s a real doctor and a professor of medicine at the University of California, in San Francisco. The story and the warning come in Paul’s new book “Fake Silk, The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon.” At the link right-click “CD Quality” near the sound bar for Dr Blanc and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Triangulations Best 2016 85 mins – “The best interviews of Triangulation in 2016! From Wiki inventor Ward Cunningham and Java creator James Gosling to Macintosh veteran Bill Atkinson and IARPA director Jason Matheny, this collection of 2016’s best interviews recollects Leo Laporte’s fascinating meetings of the minds.” At the link click “downloads,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Supremacists 75 mins – “The so-called alt-right leader Richard Spencer has railed against Jews and said the U.S. belongs to white men. Now Neo-Nazi groups are calling for white supremacists to march through his hometown of Whitefish, Mont. — a site of protest as residents react.” At the link find the title, “Dec 28: Whitefish, Mont. residents rally against ‘alt-right’ targeting Jewish community,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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