Media Mining Digest 271 – Jan 20, 2017: Addiction Neurology, ALS Research, Arctic Ice, Astrobiologist, Automation Increases Jobs, Big Data Enterprises, Biofilm Infection Control, Black Holes Discussion, Blind College Student, Broadband in Tennessee, Canadian Parks, Citizen Science, Climate Denial, Computer Repair Business, Conflict Journalism, Creative People, Denial and Self Deception, Dioxin Disaster, Drone Warfare, Drug Costs in Canada, Electronic Recycling, Emotional First Aid, Empathy Issues, EPA Head Impact, Fast Radio Bursts, Fat Facts, Fat Secrets, First Nations Photo Project, HG Wells, Homeless in Los Angeles, Human Trafficking in Canada, Hungry Students Solution, Hypertension Emergencies, Interpreter Injustice, Investment Stories, Iraqi Arrest, Medical Costs and Qualities, Medical Excesses, Medical Guidelines, Middle School Concerns, Moderation or Not, Muslim Issues, Nanotechnology Tools, Nietzsche, Obamacare Future, Obamacare Repeal, Ocean Predator, Opioid Deaths in Canada, Oprah Show History, Presidential Campaigns, Product Management, Retirement Plans, Right Care, Saturn Project, Sea Rise Affects Military, Ship Waste Disposal, Ski Lift Emergencies, Stagnation or Recession, Stress Control with Ketamin,Tax Reduction Experiment, Telomere Effect, Terrorist Attack, Trevor Noah, Trump Insights, Trump Ties with Russia, Violence Decline, Woman Journalists, WW II Submarine Warfare, X-ray History

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 77 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 217 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 13,000 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.

Addiction Neurology 27 mins – “Ulises Ricoy, PhD, Chair of Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science at Northern New Mexico College, shares his expertise on neuroscience and its relation to addiction.” At the link right-click the play button by Listen and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

ALS Research 32 mins – “For years, Dr. Richard Bedlack has hunted for a cure for ALS, a fatal degenerative disease. And then one day he builds a website called ALS Untangled. That’s when strange things start to happen. Reported by Peter Andrey Smith and Reply All producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni.” At the link find the title, “#85 The Reversal, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT1138963105.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Ice 132 mins – “The sea ice in the arctic and antarctic regions of the earth is an especially sensitive indicator of the earth’s climate, and in particular, the current overall atmospheric temperature of the planet. It was recently reported to have reached a new low. Our guest, NASA’s Walt Meier explains why this is the case and which processes govern the increase or decrease of the ice. We then discuss how the ice mass is measured based on satellite and how its thickness is estimated based mostly on in-situ measurements. We cover climate modeling and its connection to sea ice and conclude with an outlook on future research.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astrobiologist 37 mins – “Sometimes when we are having personal or health problems, it helps to get an outside perspective: talk to other friends who have experienced similar problems and how they dealt with them, and other friends about how they avoided those problems. Talk to experts. Then using all that input, we try to make the best choice to solve the problems and to live a long and happy life. This is perhaps the situation we find ourselves in now with the health of our environment and the long-term viability of the human race. So where to we look for that “outside perspective” and expert help? The answer may be: look to other planets and talk to those who study them. This is the approach astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon takes in his new book: “Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future”. Dr. Grinspoon is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, and in 2013 he was appointed the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress. We had a chance to talk with Dr. Grinspoon about how he compares Earth’s story to those of other planets, and how our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000-year perspective….” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Automation Increases Jobs 19 mins – “Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn’t human labor become redundant and our skills obsolete? In this talk about the future of work, economist David Autor addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Basic Minimum Income 14 mins – “The province is preparing to launch a universal basic income pilot project, joining other governments around the world. What exactly is a base wage and how would it change things?” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170106_78812.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Enterprises 29 mins – “Carnegie Mellon University professor Rahul Telang discusses his book [Streaming, Sharing, Stealing], which examines how technology is reshaping television, film, music, and publishing.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Rahul Telang, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455050.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofilm Infection Control 66 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele SwansonVincent, Michael, and Michele explain the use of an electrochemical gradient to eliminate bacterial biofilms, and how phage susceptibility can be transferred by exchange of receptor proteins.” At the link right-click “Right click to download TWIM#143” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Holes Discussion 36 mins – “The origin of the universe, the distribution of galaxies, and the nature of black holes – it’s all in a day’s work for one of the most prominent scientists of all time. On 8 January 1942, Frank and Isobel Hawking celebrated the birth of their son, Stephen. 75 years later and Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most prominent scientists of all time. In a career spanning half a century, the cosmologist has notched up more than 150 scientific papers, a dozen or so books, and a string of TV and film appearances. It’s an achievement made all the more remarkable given his diagnosis with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 .In this special edition of Science Weekly, we ask a handful of physicists about his contributions to science and the wider world. Speaking to Ian Sample this week are long-time friend and collaborator Professor Sir Roger Penrose, former student Professor Marika Taylor, Professor Sabine Hossenfelder, and Professor Max Tegmark.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind College Student 23 mins – “Kayla Weathers was the first totally Blind person to graduate from Dalton State Collegeand she is now looking forward to her Masters Degree and the challenges ahead of her. Her road to Dalton State was not actually a direct shot. Kayla had to make some decisions along the way to enhance her opportunities to succeed. Transitioning from High School to College is not always a smooth road and sometimes that road takes you out of your comfort zone and across the states. Kayla went to BLIND, Inc. a training center located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Not quite the same climate as Georgia has to offer. Kayla talks extensively about how her blindness training proved her opportunities to achieve her educational goals and how she gained the skills and confidence to do just about anything she set her mind to do.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Tennessee 29 mins – “Nestled in the Cherokee National Forest on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, not far from Virginia, is Erwin. Erwin Utilities runs the water, wastewater, and electricity for the town of 6,000 and long wanted to invest in a fiber network. After years of following industry trends, they developed a plan to build it and tell us how in Community Broadband Bits episode 235. General Manager Lee Brown and Fiber-Optic Engineer John Williams join us to discuss what started as a pilot project but is now an incremental plan to connect the entire community with a Fiber-to-the-Home network offering high speed Internet access and telephone service. We discuss the reaction from the community, financing, and how they are using it for smart utility management — not only for electricity but also for water services.” At the link right-click “…can download this mp3 file directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Parks 20 mins – “Some conservationists are concerned 2017’s free entry to national parks will bring significant harm to our natural reserves.J” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Parks Canada’s free entry raises ecological impact concerns, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_13776.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Citizen Science 31 mins – “Our guest this week is ecologist & author Caren Cooper.  As an Associate Professor at North Carolina State university, Dr. Cooper also works with the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program on Leadership in Public Science.  She is an advocate of citizen science, believing that anyone, anywhere at any time, can help conduct genuine scientific research. In her new book, Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, Dr. Cooper tells the stories of citizen scientists who are challenging assumptions of how and where knowledge can be acquired.  Dr. Cooper joins us to share some of these stories, along with ideas and resources on how educators might engage their students in creating new knowledge from the world around them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Denial 58 mins – “Renee Lertzman, Climate Engagement Strategist, Author; Speaker Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Penn State University; Co-author, The Madhouse Effect Cristine Russell, Freelance Science Journalist Tom Toles, Political Cartoonist; Co-author, The Madhouse Effect The majority of Americans agree climate disruption is a major concern. The Paris Climate Agreement has been ratified by 61 countries and counting, which so far represents 47.81 percent of the world’s emissions. So we all agree, climate change is the biggest problem humankind has ever faced? Not so fast. Here in the United States, denial and confusion about the science is rampant, and we may be the only developed nation where it is written into a major political party’s platform. Climate scientist Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Tom Toles take a satirical look at how this lack of consensus came to be. Cristine Russell is a veteran science journalist with deep knowledge about conveying complex scientific issues to a broad public. How deep does climate doubt run, and how can communication help us move on to solutions? Join us for a fun and informative look at manufactured doubt and genuine skepticism.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Business 74 mins – “A Show for Computer Repair Techs by Computer Repair Techs. Jeff Halash from Talks to Computer Technicians” At the link right-click Direct MpeDownload: Podnuts Daily #478” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conflict Journalists 50 mins – “British journalist John Cantlie has been a prisoner of ISIS for more than four years. Throughout his captivity, he’s been forced to act as a sort of warped foreign correspondent, extolling the virtues of the group in propaganda videos. With every appearance, he looks weaker and gaunter. In this special hour, we consider how Cantlie’s plight is a window into the challenges of reporting on Syria, and why the world’s tangled policy on hostages means that some live to tell the tale, and others don’t.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative People 54 mins – “Where does genius come from? Some people say geniuses are born, or that they’re made by thousands of hours of work. But what if genius is actually grown, like a plant? Travel writer Eric Weiner has scanned the globe and come to exactly that conclusion. He says genius arises in clumps at particular places and times when certain ingredients are present. Think Ancient Greece, 14th-century Florence, or modern-day Silicon Valley. Weiner joins us to explain his theory of the geography of genius. Eric Weiner is a regular columnist for BBC Travel and a former foreign correspondent for NPR. He’s the author of four books, including The Geography of Bliss and, his newest, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon” At the link right-click the play button by Listen and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Denial and Self Deception 31 mins – “Genius medical researcher Ajit Varki on his book “Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind.” Erika Spanger-Siegfried from the Union of Concerned Scientists on American military bases endangered by rising seas. Humans society in times of climate change is like a sinking boat taking on water. The crowds will rush from one side to the other. As we know, sometimes that causes the ship to tip, throwing everyone into the sea. Right now in America and Australia, and perhaps soon in the UK or Europe, the captains try to say there is no problem….Later in this program we’ll hear from Erika Spanger-Siegfried at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She led a comprehensive report into the coming challenges to military bases as climate change unfolds. But first, we’ll talk with a medical genius who can explain how and why denial is so easy to trigger in human beings. I’m Alex Smith. Here’s this week’s serving of need-to-know” At the link right-click “…download this Radio Ecoshock show in…Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dioxin Disaster 6 mins – “Matt Gunther looks into TCDD, or dioxin, and the tragic Seveso accidentThis week, Matt Gunther has a particularly grim story, unearthed from beneath a beautiful park…The Seveso Oak Forest Park in northern Italy looks like any other park with its lush greenery and babbling brooks. But it sits above the remnants of one of the largest environmental disasters in European history….” At the link find the title, “TCDD or dioxin: Chemistry in its element, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files CiiE TCDD or dioxin.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Warfare 27 mins – “Vin Ray looks at the challenges facing the drone programme and how drones are fundamentally changing the face of warfare.” At the link find the title, “Remote Control War, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files p04nydqn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Costs in Canada 26 mins – “Canada is the only developed country in the world that has universal health care but no universal drug coverage. Canadians are being priced out of prescription drugs they desperately need — pushing advocates to call for a national pharmacare program.” At the link find the title, “Jan 13: 1 in 10 Canadians can’t afford prescriptions: the case for national pharmacare, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170113_80896.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronics Recycling 45 mins – “You got that new computer or phone you wanted for the holidays – but what happens to your old gadgets? They might not end up where you expect. Next time on Reveal, environmentalists follow the global trail of America’s electronic castoffs.” A the link find the title, “America’s digital dumping ground,” Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files Americas-digital-dumping-ground_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional First Aid 58 mins – “Learn how you can apply emotional first aid to recover from slights, hurt feelings and other minor emotional injuries that occur in everyday life. Life is never completely smooth and easy. Along with bruised shins and skinned knees, we all experience hurt feelings from time to time. Perhaps we got left out of the game, or our best friend decided to hang out with somebody else. What do you do in a situation like this? Emotional First Aid Kit: Just as children learn how to apply first aid for cuts and scratches, they should learn about emotional first aid for minor psychological injuries. But usually they don’t. In fact, most adults are clueless about how to treat small emotional wounds. The appropriate preventive steps can keep such slights from turning into big psychological problems because they were neglected. Now you can learn about the emotional first aid that can help short-circuit rumination, overcome loneliness and turn failure into an opportunity for self-discovery.” At the link you can purchase the file or download it from the archive of this blog.

Empathy Issues 26 mins – “Paul Bloom says empathy is a capricious feeling that plays on our prejudices, and what we need is more ‘rational compassion.’” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Against Empathy: Yale psychology professor says too much emotion leads to bad moral decisions, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_37995.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

EPA Head Impact 28 mins – “When someone sues an organization repeatedly and then gets put in charge of that agency it’s a pretty classic example of the fox guarding the henhouse. Welcome to the Bizarro World of the Trump Administration where the fossil fuel industry’s favorite son, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is poised to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The appointment of a climate change denier like Pruitt to run the EPA affirms, as NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen has put it, that “the US government is officially done with being evidence-based.” On this week’s Sea Change Radio, Mother Jones reporter Rebecca Leber gives us a closer look at the new head of the EPA, what his appointment means politically, what the repercussions could be for the climate and how states may be able to protect the environment locally.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fast Radio Bursts 8 mins – “What Are Fast Radio Bursts?” At the link find the title, “221 EE What Are Fast Radio Bursts?” right-click “Media files ede_221-cb5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Facts 47 mins – “The secret life of fat. The latest science on America’s unending battle.Fat sounds simple, but it’s not. Fat is subtle. It’s vital. It’s a tough customer. It will fight to stick around. In the right quantity, that’s all good for you.  But carry too much – or way too much – and it’s definitely not your friend. A lot of Americans know that. Carry that. Just about now, after a few weeks of cookies and egg nog, you may be in the market for a little more insight. The latest science. We’ve got it. This hour On Point, the secret life of fat.? “ At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Secrets 51 mins – ”Body fat is a source of shame for many people, something to be hidden, fought, and burned away. But fat, says the biochemist Sylvia Tara, isn’t just unsightly blubber, it’s an essential and deeply misunderstood organ that’s vital to our existence. It enables our reproductive organs, strengthens our immune system, protects us from disease, and may even help us live longer. In a new book, Tara explores the science behind our least appreciated organ, and she joins us Wednesday to talk about it. Sylvia Tara holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Her new book is called The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Photo Project 28 mins – “Project Naming aims to identify Indigenous people forgotten or misrepresented in archival photos, sparking conversations in Indigenous communities about their past.” At the link find the title, “Project adds Indigenous names to Canadian history, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170103_92594.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HG Wells 54 mins – “He foretold the atomic bomb, he believed in a world government, he wrote books about both science and science fiction and was the first popular communicator of scientific ideas. Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herbert George Wells. HG Wells changed the way science was understood by the public, his writings and his warnings are part of the way we think today. The backdrop to all his work, both fiction and non-fiction, was what science will deliver in the future and what we will do with the knowledge. Will it be used for good or evil? Sharon Carleton reports.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in Loss Angeles 96 mins – “Secretary of Veterans Affairs meets with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti about homeless veterans; tour of Skid Row’s Union Rescue Mission; a surge in homeless families.” At the link find the title, “U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs on LA’s homeless veterans, voices on homeless families, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SHOW_0105-ff30e263.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking in Canada 18 mins – “Ontario’s new anti-human trafficking office is being led by a woman who knows exactly what it’s like to be trafficked across the country. Jennifer Richardson gives voice to the hidden crime in Canada.” At the link find the title, “Jan 13: Ont.’s anti-human trafficking director knows first-hand about ‘hidden crime’, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170113_86676.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Hungry Students Solution 12 mins – “What can we expect our kids to learn if they’re hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food policymaker Sam Kass discusses the role schools can play in nourishing students’ bodies in addition to their minds.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hypertension Emergencies 25 mins – “Hypertensive emergencies, hypertensive urgencies, markedly elevated blood pressure–ugggh! Hypertension is a real annoyance in emergency medicine. Folks get scared of numbers and encourage dangerous behavior because of them. It’s a bit better in the ICU, where there is a filter to keep out non-emergent hypertension cases. “Hypertensive Emergencies” are a whole different bag. In these conditions, the hypertension is usually secondary to the actual emergency. So I prefer to call these emergencies with a side of hypertension” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop menu.

Indigenous or Not 28 mins – “Questions about Joseph Boyden’s heritage stir conversations about race and identity.” At the link find the title, “Jan 5: Indigenous identity and the case of Joseph Boyden, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170105_47918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Interpreter Injustice 61 mins – “We’ve fought two wars since 9/11. We got help from tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans—some were targeted or killed because they helped us. We owe these people. We’ve passed laws that say so. So why has it been so hard for us to get many of them to safety?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Stories 53 mins – “Paul expresses three outrages, exposing the dirty tricks some advisors use to exaggerate their performance. He also corrects a mistake on his last podcast regarding mid-cap funds, and answers several questions from listeners: Is it time to get out of small cap funds and get into TIPS? What ETFs do you recommend to put the “Two-Fund Solution” to work?” “Why did some small cap value mutual funds and ETFs do much better than others in 2016? And he ends the podcast with a little information about what he considers the most exciting investment project of his life.” AT the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iraqi Arrest 16 mins – “An Iranian man living in the United States is wrongly accused of a crime. Storyteller: Mahmoud Reza Banki” At the link find the title, “From Princeton to Prison, Jan, 2017.” right-click “Media files moth_469, 1_10_17.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Costs and Qualities 12 mins – “The rationale behind medical practice distils to three principles: maintaining health (wellbeing), improving quality of life, and extending length of life. For patients with incurable cancer, quality and length of life are of prime importance and should therefore be the primary outcome measures in all randomised clinical trials of innovative treatments. All other measures are surrogates that do not always translate into improvements in prime outcomes. This concern will only increase as the 21st Century Cures Act is implemented in the United States.” At the link find the title, “Surrogate outcomes distorting medicine, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files 301247258-bmjgroup-surrogate-outcomes-distorting-medicine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Excesses 27 mins – “Is there a global epidemic of too much and too little medicine? International experts, writing in the Lancet medical journal, say a substantial proportion of global medical care is unnecessary or ineffective. Dr Vikas Sanai, Director of the Lown institute is lead co-author of the Right Care series. He describes to Dr Graham Easton how in Tanzania simple interventions, like prescribing pregnant women steroids to cut death rates in their pre-term babies, are under-used whilst caesarean sections are carried out on women who do not need them. Stuttering affects around 70 million people worldwide but it is a condition which is not fully understood. A new study led by Dr Jay Desai from Los Angeles Children’s Hospital has found people who stutter have reduced blood flow in areas of the brain associated with language. He hopes these findings could lead to improved treatments. Being able to afford medical care is a challenge for many in low income countries. But social media is providing help for some in Sudan. A group of young people are crowd fundraising donations on Facebook – to pay for treatment for children whose families are unable to afford medicines or treatment. Hannah McNeish reports from the streets of Khartoum.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Guidelines 32 mins – “In episode 335, James and Mike continue their review of clinical practice guidelines. We discuss who writes the guidelines and if they mention values and preferences.” At the link right-click “Download this podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle School Concerns 12 mins – “A recent study finds that the hardest time for mothers isn’t when they’re new moms, but later, when their kids are in middle school.” At the link find the title, “Why moms of middle schoolers have it the hardest, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files MiddleSchoolMoms BROOD_PODCAST-3d3763c0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moderation or Not 47 mins – “In a time of anger and extremism, we hear a deep call for moderation as an essential virtue for democracy.We’ve had a country at a fever pitch for months of election campaigning and post-election threats and fears. We’ve had family holiday tables full of anxious questions about what comes next. My guest today says maybe a little moderation is in order  Trumpists may want to go pedal to the metal. Democrats may want to resist all. Polarization and populism have grown so big. Is moderation the new heroism, for protecting democracy? This hour On Point, moderation as a fighting virtue.” At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanny State 21 mins – “State regulation is necessary for safety, says Simon Capewell, professor of public health and policy at the University of Liverpool. Richard Lilford, professor of public health at the University of Warwick, argues that restricting adults’ choice can undermine such aims. Read the debate:” At the link find the title, “Nanny state knows best, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 300710799-bmjgroup-nanny-state-knows-best.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanotechnology Tools 10 mins – “Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can’t get any smaller? George Tulevski researches the unseen and untapped world of nanomaterials. His current work: developing chemical processes to compel billions of carbon nanotubes to assemble themselves into the patterns needed to build circuits, much the same way natural organisms build intricate, diverse and elegant structures. Could they hold the secret to the next generation of computing?” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nietzsche 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Nietzsche’s On The Genealogy of Morality – A Polemic, which he published in 1887 towards the end of his working life and in which he considered the price humans have paid, and were still paying, to become civilised. In three essays, he argued that having a guilty conscience was the price of living in society with other humans. He suggested that Christian morality, with its consideration for others, grew as an act of revenge by the weak against their masters, ‘the blond beasts of prey’, as he calls them, and the price for that slaves’ revolt was endless self-loathing. These and other ideas were picked up by later thinkers, perhaps most significantly by Sigmund Freud who further explored the tensions between civilisation and the individual.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Future 68 mins – “Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Former Chief Health Policy Advisor to the Obama Administration; Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania In conversation with Mark Zitter, Chair, The Zetema Project Underwritten by The California Wellness Foundation. As U.S. health-care costs continue to grow, supporters of the Affordable Care Act point to a dramatic drop in uninsured citizens, while critics highlight skyrocketing premiums. But the arguments over cost and access largely ignore the impact on the delivery of health-care services to patients. How are care delivery systems transforming to provide Americans with high-quality care at affordable prices? How will Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA influence the delivery system? In this wide-ranging conversation, Obamacare architect and noted health policy expert Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel will discuss the impetus for delivery reform during the Trump era and specific practices that enable highly effective care delivery.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Repeal 47 mins – “The fight over Obamacare. The president’s on the Hill. Republicans are ready to act. What will survive?” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Predator 27 mins – “This tiny predator plays a huge role in the ocean’s food web.” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Researchers discover what may be the ocean’s most prolific predator, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_42519.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Deaths in Canada 20 mins – “Leaders are calling for a co-ordinated strategy to prepare for a spike in fentanyl consumption. What can be learned from previous efforts to mitigate opioid abuse?” At the link find the title, “Jan 10: Ontario prepares for fentanyl crisis as the drug moves eastward, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170110_14692.mp3 ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oprah Show History 48 mins – ““Making Oprah.” A Chicago team digs into what made Oprah a singular sensation. We’ll get the inside scoop.The Harpo studios in Chicago where Oprah made her spectacular rise to fame and power have been torn down now to make way for a new McDonald’s headquarters. Oprah has moved on to new ventures. But the story of her rise – a mesmerizing African-American woman taking the country by storm – is still a remarkable tale. A young Chicago crew is telling it. This hour On Point, how Oprah became Oprah.  Plus, we’ll look at FOX host Megyn Kelly’s newly announced move to NBC.” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Donations 26 mins – “Premier Brad Wall’s call to adopt a policy of presumed consent puts a spotlight on the challenges to increase organ donations in Canada.” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Drafting policies to increase organ donations is complex but must be done, say experts, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170106_47485.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Campaigns 58 mins – “Former [Wall Street Journal] reporter and columnist Ronald Shafer discusses his book, [The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Ronald Shafer, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.462987.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Product Management 40 mins – “Welcome to the second anniversary of the Everyday Innovator — another 52 episodes of discussions with skilled product managers and savvy insiders. In this year in review I share highlights from several of the discussions – emphasizing concepts and tools product managers and innovators should know. Just like my 2015 Year in review, there are a lot of key concepts shared in these episodes. Also, I’ve added an index to all the interviews I have done over the last two years and the index is updated each time I add a new episode. The index is organized by subject to make it easy for you to find the information you need. Check out the index here. The review of interviews below is organized into 6 topics: why product managers should become leaders of organizations, the skills that correlate to 25% higher pay for product managers, examples of product management in action at companies, Design Thinking and its applications, tips for interviewing for a product management role, and specific innovation approaches & tools. And, the review concludes with a few of my favorite quotes from guests.” At the link find the title, “TEI 105: Highlights from valuable 2016 interviews with savvy product management insiders – with Chad McAllister, PhD, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files TEI105 2016 Year in Review.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PTSD in Canada 21 mins – “Family members raise questions about the role of PTSD in this tragedy, and offer insight into the life and death of their loved ones.” A menu. t the link find the title, “Jan 5: ‘He knew that he was sick’: Relatives mourn after apparent murder-suicide, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170105_21557.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racist Killings 25 mins – “Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery has been on the frontline of American racial tensions for the past two years. He talks about what he’s uncovered in his new book, They Can’t Kill Us All.” At the link find the title, “Jan 5: Journalist focused on racial unrest and police shootings in U.S. reveals hard truths, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170105_72054.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Plans 47 mins – “Pioneers of the 401(k) retirement plan say that it’s not working and it may be time to bring back pensions.” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right Care 21 mins – “Vikas Saini discusses a new Lancet Series, which aims to improve global health care through an emphasis on reducing overuse and underuse of medical treatment.” At the link find the title, “Right Care Series: The Lancet: January 8, 2017,” right-click “Media files 08january rightcare.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saturn Project 28 mins – “The Cassini mission into deep space has witnessed raging storms, flown between Saturn’s enigmatic rings and revealed seven new moons. And, thanks in no small part to Professor Michele Dougherty, it’s made some astonishing discoveries. For the last twenty years, Michele been responsible for one of the key instruments on board Cassini – the magnetometer. In 2005, she spotted a strange signature in the data during a distant fly by of Saturn’s smaller moons, Enceladus and became curious. Now,space missions are planned years ahead of time. Every detail is nailed down. But Michele convinced mission control to divert Cassini from its carefully planned route to take a closer look at Enceladus. And her gamble paid off. Cassini scientists soon discovered jets of water vapour and organic material shooting out of the south pole of Enceladus, not bad for a small moon that could so easily have been ignored. It’s now thought that this tiny moon might be able to support microbial life underneath its icy surface. In 2008, Michele was awarded the hugely prestigious Hughes medal for her work – an honour last given to a woman in 1906! She’s also been voted by the UK Science Council as one of the country’s top 100 living scientists. She talks to Jim al-Khalili about growing up in South Africa, moving from mathematics to managing space missions and what they hope will happen when Cassini crashes into Saturn later this year.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sea Rise Affects Military 24 mins- “The climate threats faced by the American military are many, and they know it. In fact, climate issues are rising up in armed forces training and long-range planning. Of course, that’s one of the problems we face: the climate fundamental to so many things is changing slowly, but can manifest itself as “surprising” shifts. One of the slowest moving, but most inevitable and life-changing impacts, is the expansion of oceans as the world warms. If you look at a map of America, it’s dotted with over 1200 military bases. Many of these, especially for the Navy, are located right at tide level. Tide level is going up, and so are storm surges, as we saw with Hurricane Sandy.” At the link right-click Download or listen to this 31 minute interview with Ajit Varki in CD Quality or Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.


Ship Waste Disposal 3 mins – “Today, we try to keep ships clean. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. When I was a graduate student, years ago, I worked one summer for Albert Einstein’s son, Hans Albert. Hans Albert Einstein was a distinguished sanitary engineer. I designed apparatus for a flume where he was modeling the movement of human waste….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 1289.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ski Lift Emergencies 32 mins – “We talk all about ski patrol disasters and in particular how ski lift evacuations are planned and prepared for. This is a two-part episode so make sure you follow up for part two next week.”” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop menu.

Social Innovations 55 mins – “This month on The Enright Files, ideas to improve our communities, our countries and our quality of life. Interviews with Rutger Bregman, Janette Sadik-Khan, Pasi Sahlberg & Karyn McCluskey.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files – Ideas to make a better world, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170102_58547.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stagnation or Recession 68 mins – “Economist Robert Hall of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current state of the U.S. economy and what we know and don’t know about the recovery from the Great Recession. Much of the conversation focuses on the choices facing the Federal Reserve and the policy instruments the Fed has available. The conversation includes a discussion of Hall’s experience as chair of the National Bureau of Economic Research Committee on Business Cycle Dating.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stress Control with Ketamine 18 mins – “The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman shares news of a serendipitous breakthrough treatment that may prevent mental disorders like depression and PTSD from ever developing. And listen for an unexpected — and controversial — twist.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tax Reduction Experiment 21 mins – “A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come.” At the link find the title, “#577: The Kansas Experiment,” right-click “Media files 20170111 pmoney_podcast011117.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Telomere Effect 64 mins – “Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, President, Salk Institute; 2009 Nobel Prize Winner; Co-author, The Telomere Effect – A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer Dr. Elissa Epel, Founder and Director, Center on Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment, University of California San Francisco; Co-author, The Telomere Effect – A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer Have you ever wondered why some 60-year-olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds? Though many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn — a Nobel laureate — and health psychologist Dr. Elissa Epel reveal the critical role that biological markers called telomerase and telomeres play in our health. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Epel discuss how to increase not only your lifespan but your health-span (the number of years that you remain active and healthy). They say that to live healthier and younger, we need to understand how sleep, exercise, stress, and diet can affect our telomeres.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Attack 28 mins – “One night of terror at Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery in July 2016.” AT the link find the title, “Siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04p57j2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trevor Noah 35 mins – “The Daily Show host grew up as a poor, mixed-race South African kid going to three churches every Sunday. So he has a sui generis view of America — especially on race, politics, and religion — and he’s not afraid to speak his mind.” At the link right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Insights 41 mins – “Robert Costa, an American journalist who writes for the Washington Post, joins Peter Robinson to discuss his insights into president-elect Donald Trump after covering him for the past several years. Costa discusses Trump’s mentality on running for president in 2011 compared with 2013, when he made a more serious effort. Costa explains how Trump, an Ivy League billionaire, is able to connect with blue-collar voters in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan based on his experience on The Apprentice. Costa analyzes the workings of Trump’s inner circle, including Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon, and Trump’s cabinet picks. Finally, Peter Robinson and Robert Costa discuss change between the presidency and the fourth estate with Trump’s election.” At the link find the title, “Understanding Donald Trump, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files costa-20170106.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Ties with Russia 47 mins – “Donald Trump adores Vladimir Putin and wants to remake U.S. relations with Russia. Does that make sense? On the one hand, it would be silly to pick fights with a big, potentially useful power for nothing. On the other, there is deep disbelief that Putin’s values will ever line up with American values. Deep suspicion that he wants to crack American alliances. A direct charge that he hacked the U.S. election. And big questions about Trump’s money ties to Moscow. This hour On Point, Donald Trump, the USA, and Russia.” At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumpism in Canada 21 mins – “The race for the Conservative Party’s leadership is crowded competitive and crucial in setting the brand of the party in the post-Harper era.” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Conservatives clash in fight to re-define party after Stephen Harper, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170106_19708.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violence Decline 61 mins – “In 2011, we welcomed world renowned American cognitive scientist Steven Pinker to the Intelligence Squared stage. He argued that, contrary to popular belief, we are living in the least violent period of history, and that even the horrific carnage of the last century, compared to primitive societies, is part of this trend. Pinker claimed that, thanks to the spread of government, literacy and trade, we are actually becoming better people. He was in conversation with Matt Ridley, One of the UK’s most popular science writers, whose books – including the award-winning ‘The Rational Optimist’ – have sold over a million copies and been translated into 30 languages.” At the link find the title, “Steven Pinker on The Better Angels of Our Nature, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woman Journalists 60 mins – “[Wall Street Journal] editor Joann Lublin looks at over 50 top women leaders in corporate America. She is interviewed by Jay Newton-Small, author of [Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Joann Lublin, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.460359.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II Submarine Warfare 38 mins – “Backing up a bit, we begin the story of the battle for the Atlantic, as German U-boats attempt to starve Britain into submission. Meanwhile, the U.S. moves closer to the Allied camp by selling arms to Britain and France.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode 179-1717_12.52_AM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

X-ray History 15 mins – “Physics in the late nineteenth century was increasingly concerned with things that couldn’t be seen. From these invisible realms shot x-rays, discovered by accident by the German scientist William Röntgen.” At the link find the title, “REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast – January 1896, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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