Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 88 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 290 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.
Alzheimer’s in Australia 60 mins – “The National Press Club marks World Alzheimer’s Day with a special event featuring Dr Ron Petersen and Ita Buttrose.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: World Alzheimer’s D” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antarctic Ice Crack 27 mins – “[first of four items]The British Antarctic Survey will evacuate all their researchers from the Halley VI base at the start of the Antarctic winter for safety reasons. This will be the first time experiments looking at the Ozone hole and measurements of the extreme environment will be put on hold. The reason? A big chasm is opening up on the Brunt Ice Shelf where the Ice Station is situated.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antarctic Ice Shelf Break 58 mins – “The crack in the Antarctic ice shelf grows by 11 miles. We’ll look at what’s coming, and talk with physicist Helen Czerski about the dynamics of the world around us.” At the link find the title, “Antarctic Ice Shelves And Global Dynamics, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509164739.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Anthropocene Epoch 28 mins – “Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology at Leicester University, talks to Jim al-Khalili about the Anthropocene, the concept that humans now drive much geology on the earth. He’s one of the leading lights in the community of scientists who are working to get the Anthropocene, the Age of Man, recognised. They discuss the controversy about the date of when it began- some say it was a thousand years ago, or the Industrial revolution, others that it was the Second World War, and yet others that it’s as recent as the 1960s. It all turns on finding the Golden Spike, a layer in rock strata above which the geology changes. Jan Zalasiewicz began his career as a traditional geologist studying rocks 500 million years old in Welsh border. After years out in the field mapping the landscape for the British Geological Survey he moved into academia at Leicester University.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antibiotic Resistance 5 mins – “If it sometimes seems like the idea of antibiotic resistance, though unsettling, is more theoretical than real, please read on. Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics. “It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective,” said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion….“People have asked me many times ‘How scared should we be?’ … ‘How close are we to the edge of the cliff?’ And I tell them: We’re already falling off the cliff,” Johnson said. “It’s happening. It’s just happening — so far — on a relatively small scale and mostly far away from us. People that we don’t see … so it doesn’t have the same emotional impact.’’ At the link find the title, “Think antibiotic-resistant ‘super-bugs’ are only a distant threat? Think again. Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 0117201701.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antibiotic Resistance 56 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.” At the link find the title, “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files 213819981-frontlinepbs-hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Astronomy History 45 mins – “This week we consider the work of Jesuit astronomers across Europe and around the world before returning to a discussion of weighing the heliocentric and geoheliocentric models of the solar system.” At the link right-click “Direct Download Link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
August Wilson Playwright 52 mins – “Wednesday, we’re talking about August Wilson, one of the great American playwrights … period. That doesn’t need the qualifier that he was a black playwright. But his plays were about the black experience in this country, and one of his masterpieces was Fences. Denzel Washington’s film version is now in theaters, and the stage version has just opened at Pioneer Theatre Company. We’re taking the opportunity to talk about the heart breaking beauty of August Wilson’s work.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bacterial Threat 40 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)” At the link find the title, “The Trouble with Antibiotics,” right-click “Media files 209419838-frontlinepbs-the-trouble-with-antibiotics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bacterial Threat 43 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)” At the link find the title, “The Trouble with Antibiotics, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files 209419838-frontlinepbs-the-trouble-with-antibiotics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Belief Changes 45 mins – “We don’t treat all of our beliefs the same. The research shows that when a strong-yet-erroneous, belief is challenged, yes, you might experience some temporary weakening of your convictions, some softening of your certainty, but most people rebound from that and not only reassert their original belief at its original strength, but go beyond that and dig in their heels, deepening their resolve over the long run. Psychologists call this the backfire effect, and this episode is the first of three shows exploring this well-documented and much-studied psychological phenomenon, one that you’ve likely encountered quite a bit lately. In this episode, we explore its neurological underpinning as two neuroscientists at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute explain how their latest research sheds new light on how the brain reacts when its deepest beliefs are challenged.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 093-The Backfire Effect-Part One.mp3”and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bellevue History 38 mins – “Pulitzer Prize–winning N.Y.U. historian David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at the N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center, talks about his latest book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital.” 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.
Bitcoin History 37 mins – “In this episode of Radio Motherboard, we talked to New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper about the process of researching his new book about Bitcoin. We also spoke to Courtney Marie Warner, who loves Bitcoin, even though it put her boyfriend in prison. And we spoke to some random people at a park to see just how far we have to go before Bitcoin is truly mainstream.” At the link find the title,”The History of Bitcoin, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files The_History_of_Bitcoin.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Black Woman Journalist 74 mins – “Carol McCabe Booker discusses pioneering journalist Alice Dunnigan, who shattered barriers in the late 1940s by becoming the first black female reporter credentialed to cover Congress and the White House. Booker edited and annotated a newly published edition of Dunnigan’s autobiography, “Alone Atop the Hill,” providing historical context to the journalist’s remarkable story.” At the link find the title, “Sat, 28 February 2015, Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press,” right-click “Direct download: IM_20150228.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blackjack Math 26 mins – “Ed Thorp started his career teaching math at MIT. Then he slid sideways into blackjack, changed the game forever, and set his sights on Wall Street investing. He changed that forever too.” At the link find the title, “#749: Professor Blackjack,” right-click “Media files 20170120 pmoney podacst012016.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Book Designer Boom 46 mins – “Debbie Millman talks to Irma Boom about the art and craft of her celebrated book designs.” At the link find the title, “Irma Boom, Mar, 2014,” right-click “Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Irma-Boom.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Botox History 48 mins – “The Botox explosion. It’s not just for wrinkles anymore. Migraines, depression. We’ll track the spreading use of Botox.” At the link find the title, “Botox Revolution Moves Beyond Wrinkles, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509001739.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in North Carolina 23 mins – “From our research, we believe the municipal fiber-optic network in Wilson, North Carolina, has the best low-income Internet access program in the nation. Called Greenlight, the fiber network has led to job growth and been a financial success. And now it also offers $10 per month 50 Mbps symmetrical Internet access to those living in housing units owned by the public housing authority. Greenlight General Manager Will Aycock is back again to tell us about this program and is joined by two additional guests: CEO and President Kelly Vick from the Wilson Housing Authority and Wilson Communications and Marketing Director Rebecca Agner. We discuss how the program was created, how it is funded, and how it is impacting the community in addition to public reaction to it. Wilson continues to set a higher bar for what a community can expect when it builds its own network and seeks creative ways to improve opportunity for its businesses and residents.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chess Playing 56 mins – “We talk to American chess Grandmaster Patrick Wolff.” At the linkf idn 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.
Chinese Renewable Energy 4 mins – “In Donald Trump’s vision of America, some parts of the country’s future look a lot like its past. Exhibit A: his promise to revive the flagging coal industry. Meanwhile the world’s other economic giant, China, which now uses more coal than any other country on Earth, is moving sharply in the opposite direction. China recently announced another huge new investment in renewable energy — $360 billion by 2020, which the Chinese government says will also create 13 million new jobs. So which is the better bet on where the jobs and the energy of the future will come from? We put the question to Mary Kay Magistad, The World’s longtime China correspondent and now the host of its podcast “Whose Century Is It?….” At the link find the title, “Donald Trump sees the future in coal. China sees the future in renewables. Who’s making the safer bet? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 0119201705.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
City of Refuge 20 mins – “He’s a white preacher from the hills of Virginia who brought his wife and five daughters to live in one of the most dangerous areas of Atlanta. Fought off car thieves, addicts, and deranged would-be killers. And took it upon himself to fight the city’s worst problems and create a refuge for those who needed it. Why? Meet the man who was “conned by God.” At the linkf ind the title, “S01 Episode 2: City of Refuge, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files CGT Episode 2, City of Refuge, 072216.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Civil War History 113 mins – “In this installment, we’re covering the major military developments in the war up through September of 1862.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Colored American Opera Company 27 mins – “The Colored American Opera Company was born at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church — the first all-black church in the nation’s capitol — where an Italian priest invited a white Spanish American veteran of the U.S. Marine Band, and teacher of march legend John Philip Sousa, to teach a French style of opéra bouffe to an African American choir. In doing so, in 1873, just a decade after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, together, they created the first American opera company — black or white — in the nation. Listen as Shelley Brown, producer and former artistic director of the Strathmore theater in Bethesda, Maryland, and Patrick Warfield, a professor of musicology at the University of Maryland and author of Making the March King: John Philip Sousa’s Washington Years,1854-1893 discuss this hidden American story.” At the link find the title, “17: The Colored American Opera Company,” right-click “Media files 587d4383eb50589014deef60.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Communications Business 24 mins – “This week on The Voice, our host Tina Barton chats with Deborah Hinton, Partner at Hinton and Co., and Sohini Bhattacharya, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Allegoro Communications, about the ups and downs of going “indie”, out-of-the gate factors to have in place, the importance of planning for lean times and how else to set yourself up for success.” At the link find the title, “Wed, 13 May 2015 Mini-Series: Episode 1 – How to Become an “Indie” Communications Consultant,” right-click “Direct download: Ep87_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Computer Forensics 28 mins – Episode 27 of Digital Detectives is a FAQ on the topic by two lawyers who specialize in law and technology. The podcast is no longer available at the link, but is included in the blog archive.
Creative Thinking 94 mins – “My guest this episode is my friend, Eric Weinstein (@ericrweinstein), managing director of Thiel Capital, a Ph.D in mathematical physics from Harvard, and a research fellow at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. We recorded at my house after Eric emailed me this question: “Wanna try a podcast on… psychedelics, theories of everything, and the need to destroy education in order to save it?” He’s brilliant and hilarious. If you enjoyed my podcasts with Derek Sivers or Sam Harris, you’ll love this one. We cover a lot of ground…..” [Books mentioned include The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr, Heraclitean Fire by Erwin Chargaff and Kayfabe Essay] At the link find the title, “#131: Eric Weinstein on Challenging “Reality,” Working with Peter Thiel, and Destroying Education to Save It,” right-click “Media files Tim_Ferriss_Show_-_Eric_Weinstein.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
CRISPR Use 50 mins – “New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter talks about the dramatic advances in genetic research. He says there are new tools that allow scientists “to edit genes in the way a word processor would edit words,” so they can alter, delete, and rearrange the DNA of living organisms. Critic at large John Powers reviews ’20th Century Women,’ the new film written and directed by Mike Mills.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up the menu.” At the link find the title, “January 12, 2017, Rewriting the Genetic Code,” click the arrow with three dots, right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Defense Logistics Agency 19 mins – “Earlier this week, Motherboard published a year-long investigation that revealed the Pentagon has been sending defective gun parts to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In more than 60 cases, the barrels of guns have literally exploded and, in at least one case, a soldier was seriously injured. Radio Motherboard talks with reporter Damien Spleeters about how he was able to make sense of thousands of pages of documents from the Defense Logistics Agency and with features editor Brian Anderson about the implications of Spleeters’s findings. We also talk about the DLA, which spends $40 billion a year but is little known outside of defense circles.” At the link find the title, “When Big Guns Go Down, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files When Big Guns Go Down.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
Designer Bob Gill 46 mins -”Legendary designer Bob Gill talks about design in the 1950s, working with the Beatles and the problem with so many designers today.” At the link find the title, “Design Matters From the Archive: Bob Gill, Sept, 2015,”Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Bob-Gill.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Diabetic and Starving 30 mins – “Diabetes is usually considered a disease of excess—so why are so many starving people in India getting it?” At the link find the title “The Disease We’re Getting Wrong, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files The_Disease_Were_Getting_Wrong.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Digital vs Books 14 mins – Along with ALA Midwinter, the publishing conference calendar for 2017 opened this week with a trimmed down and refocused Digital Book World show returning to New York City. As keynote speaker, Macmillan CEO John Sargent offered some candid remarks on the state of the business, reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “Sargent told attendees that the digital part of the business – which fell 16% among traditional publishers in 2016, according to Nielsen – will decline again in 2017. At the same time, he acknowledged that self-publishing and Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, were large, and getting larger,” he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “His takeaway? That if self-publishing is growing, and traditional publishers are not shrinking, there is a lot of reading going on, and that better data and analytics will help publishers compete,” Albanese adds….” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drug Interactions 58 mins – “Medications are often crucial for maintaining our health, but every drug you take has potential side effects and may interact with other medicines. What do you know about these hazards? Understanding Benefits and Risks: Our guest, Dr. Russ Altman, suggests that physicians should exercise more restraint in prescribing and patients should ask more questions about the drugs they are expected to take. That way, everyone will have a better understanding of the balance of benefits and risks that accompany every prescription.” At the link find the title, “Show 1064: How Can You Avoid Hazardous Drug Interactions?” right-click “Media files PP-1064Interactions.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drug Production Overseas 7 mins – “FDA Oversight of Foreign Drug Safety At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Elevator History 21 mins – “Elevators are old. They would have to be. Because it is in our nature to rise. History is full of things that lift other things. In ancient Greece, and China, and Hungary, there were systems of weights and pulleys and platforms designed to bring nobility–or their meals–to new heights. …And then came Elisha Otis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Empathy Pitfalls 42 mins – “We welcome back cognitive scientist Paul Bloom to talk about his new book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.” At the link find the title, “162 Paul Bloom – Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 41da138d-ec82-408f-93a9-f342c1dfca9c.mp3”and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.
Empire State Building Crash 17 mins – “On July 28, 1945, an airplane crashed into the Empire State Building. A B-25 bomber was flying a routine mission, chartering servicemen from Massachusetts to New York City…. When the plane hit, parts of the engine flew ahead and severed the lifting cables of two elevators on the 79th floor. The elevators crashed to the sub-basement. In one of the elevators was a 19-year-old elevator operator named Betty Lou Oliver. She broke her pelvis, back and neck — but she survived….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Europe Direction 53 mins – “Our discussion this week is presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Goethe-Institut Boston. Our discussion is titled “Quo Vadis, Europe?” Our speaker is Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, director of the think tank Europe’s Future at the Bertelsmann Stiftung.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Fast Pay Business 48 mins – “Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are finding alternatives to traditional banks, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers, and payday lenders. Her book is ‘The Unbanking of America.’ Also, we remember activist and jazz writer Nat Hentoff with an excerpt of his 1986 interview.” At the link find the title, “January 10, 2017 Why More Americans Are Giving Up On Banks,”click the arrow with three dots, right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Feminist Movement 37 mins – “The feminist movement has always been about equality for all women, but there are many paths to that goal. One of them is this weekend’s Women’s March on Washington which began with a rallying cry on social media. But will the march follow a path toward more inclusiveness, toward equal pay, and to greater equality between men and women? And just what does it mean to be a feminist?” At the link find the title, “Feminism And The Women’s March On Washington, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170117_1a 118.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
GM Science 39 mins – “Plants contain a family of genes called “R genes” that play important roles in resistance to disease. Plants and pathogens exist in an evolutionary arms race, each developing new means to attack or defend against the other. Professor Jonathan Jones has been at the forefront of R gene biology for decades. How to plants use these specialized molecules to detect a pathogen? How do pathogens evade detection? How can these genes be mixed and matched between plants to create new varieties resistant to disease? Hosted by Dr. Paul Vincelli.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Groucho Marx Last Years 86 mins – “Marx Brothers fanatics Gilbert and Frank sit down for a fascinating conversation with Groucho’s personal assistant and archivist (and author of the memoir, “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House”) Steve Stoliar, who shares fond memories of the man himself, as well as brothers Gummo, Zeppo and famous houseguests George Burns, Liza Minnelli and Mae West. Also, Marvin Hamlisch grouses, Groucho takes in an Alice Cooper concert, Zeppo heads south of the border and Steve rescues “Animal Crackers.” PLUS: Claude Rains! S.J. Perelman! The “Israeli Chico Marx”! Bob Hope roasts Danny Thomas! And Erin Fleming turns down Woody Allen!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gun Culture 51 mins – “Historian Pamela Haag says there’s a mythology around American gun culture. The conventional wisdom is that since the Revolutionary War we’ve had some primal bond with our firearms. But Haag argues that our guns were once just another tool of everyday life, and that the gun industry convinced us we needed to be armed. In her latest book, she follows the rise of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and the marketing campaign she says created our gun culture. We spoke with Haag about the story.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gut Project 26 mins – “The American Gut project is the largest crowd-sourced project ever: to date, over 80.000 participants have contributed fecal, skin, or oral samples. The ambitious goal is to characterize the microbiota of as many individuals as possible to identify the diverse species living in and on us. Beth interviews Dr Embrietta Hyde, Project Manager of the Gut project about results and progess.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hacking Future 56 mins – “As our lives become ever more digitized, the security of our data will become ever more important to protect. So far, judging by the daily routine of data breaches and large scale hacks, it seems like we’re failing to secure our most precious digital belongings. As some in the world of information security say, everything will get hacked. But is that really true? As part of The Hacks We Can’t See, Motherboard’s theme week exploring the future of hacking, we asked real hackers what they think the future holds. We also spoke to Morgan Marquis-Boire, a well-known security researcher who’s spent the last few years hunting malware and helping human rights activists and journalists protect themselves. What’s the craziest thing that’ll get hacked in the future? And what can you do to protect yourself? Listen to this week’s episode of Radio Motherboard to find out.” At the link find the title, “The Future of Hacking. Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Future of Hacking.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Physiology 186 mins – “Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). He has also deadlifted 500 pounds for 10 reps after a seven-day fast. He’s a beast and — no big surprise — he’s a good buddy of Dr. Peter Attia, my MD friend who drinks “jet fuel” in search of optimal athletic performance. The primary focus of Dom’s laboratory is developing and testing metabolic therapies, including ketogenic diets, ketone esters and ketone supplements to induce nutritional/therapeutic ketosis. D’Agostino’s laboratory uses in vivo and in vitro techniques to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanism of metabolic therapies and nutritional strategies for peak performance and resilience. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.” At the link find the title, “#117: Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and The End of Cancer, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files Tim Ferriss Show-Dominic Dagostino.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hygge vs High Tech 46 mins – “Danes are the happiest people in the world. They say they get there with hygge – coziness. We’ll ask how that works.” At the link find the title, “Forget Your Troubles, Come On, Get Hygge, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509720121.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Engineering 38 mins – “Elmar Mock is the Founder of Creaholic, but he began his career as an engineer in a deteriorating watch industry. Elmar approached top-level management within his company with an insane idea, a new way to completely innovate the industry and improve sales. Everyone thought he was crazy and his co-workers distanced themselves from him, but that turned out to be a good thing.” At the link find the title, “037 – Reviving the Swiss Watch Industry: The Remarkable Story of Swatch with Elmar Mock,” right-click “Media files IE037-ElmarMock.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ira Glass 77 mins – “Radio and podcast personality (and lifelong Gilbert fan) Ira Glass drops by the studio to share his love of, among other things, old-school entertainment, classic comedy albums, the Frank Sinatra songbook and the grand spectacle of “The Poseidon Adventure.” Also, Sammy Davis Jr. finds religion, Davy Jones finds inspiration, Ruth Buzzi hangs (or doesn’t) with Orson Welles and Ira crashes the set of a legendary sitcom. PLUS: “The Komodo Dragon Expert”! Red Buttons’ sister! The mercurial Zero Mostel! Yoko Ono improvises! And “The Incredible Mr. Limpet!” This episode is brought to you Harold Ramis Film School.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jerusalem Embassy 36 mins – “If the Trump administration follows through on campaign commitments to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, how should it proceed? How will America’s Arab partners respond? And could an embassy relocation play a positive role in reinvigorated American engagement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Join us for a conversation with the scholars David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari about a potential American embassy in Jerusalem.” At the link find the title, “Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem with Ghaith al-Omari and David Makovsky, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files PolicyCast14AlOmariMakovskyJerusalem.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ketogenic Diet 37 mins – “This week we have guest Dr. Ron Rosedale. Dr. Rosedale is the author of “The Rosedale Diet“, and an internationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine who has done groundbreaking work with diabetics. Listen in as we talk about the current state of medicine and doctor’s education, insulin, leptin, the causes and solutions to some modern diseases like diabetes, and more.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here(MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ketogenic Diet 38 mins – “Idebenone, CoQ10, ubiquinol… what’s the difference? Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), is back to talk all things mitochondria and CoQ10….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lead in Water 37 mins – “The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is ongoing, and there have been even more devastating discoveries of contaminants like lead in water systems across the country. Many of the affected communities are poor and people of color. Why are these neighborhoods so often victimized when it comes to environmental health issues?” At the link find the title, “Lead, Landfills, and Low-Income Neighborhoods, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170117_1a 117b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
LGBT Challenges 82 mins – “This overview of LGBT health looks at: LGBTQ disparities, Family Acceptance Project;, and Health Challenges for Trans Women in International Settings. Recorded on 10/12/2016. (#31558)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
LGBT Violence 88 mins – “This overview looks at Violence and Discrimination in the LGBT Community; LGBTQ Youth/Hate Crimes on College Campuses; IPV in the LGBTQ community. Recorded on 10/19/2016. (#31559)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mary, Queen of Scots 56 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, who had potential to be one of the most powerful rulers in Europe, yet she was also one of the most vulnerable. In France, when she was the teenage bride to their future king, she was seen as rightful heir to the thrones of England and Ireland, as well as Queen of Scotland and one day of France, which would have been an extraordinary union. She was widowed too young, though and, a Catholic returning to Protestant Scotland, she struggled to overcome rivalries in her own country. She fled to Protestant England, where she was implicated in plots to overthrow Elizabeth, and it was Elizabeth herself who signed Mary’s death warrant.” At the link find the title, “Mary, Queen of Scots, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files p04q0bn3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
MCAT Test 46 mins – “In this episode, Ryan talks with Eric Chiu, Executive Director of the Pre-Health Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and he is in charge of the MCAT prep at Kaplan. …The MCAT is an evolving exam…The MCAT is not that last test you’ll have to take. Schools want to make sure that students are well-prepared to do well on the USMLE or COMPLEX exams so they can be placed into the right residency program….How to become better test preparers:…The biggest mistake students make in preparing for the MCAT: Starting to wait. Eric’s advice to students planning to take the MCAT: Start thinking about what their prep plans are a year out from when they’re planning to test. Start acclimating yourself to the types of content and the practice you can start to do early on. Kaplan courses average between 2-4 months or an option to extend their preparation for up to a full year. Students planning to test in September 2017 can start preparing now in January 2017. The sooner you begin, the more benefit you will accrue from the prep resources you invest in….Change your mindset towards the MCAT from being an obstacle to an opportunity. The MCAT is not an obstacle but an opportunity for you to show medical schools that you have what it takes to perform well in their programs, that you can do the hard work of reviewing content and learning how to take the test. At the link find the title, “Session 217,” right-click “Media files PMY217.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Risk 37 mins – “In episode 336, James and Mike finish their review of clinical practice guidelines. We talk about how well clinicians and patients understand the benefits and harms of treatments and tests and then end with how the perfect clinical practice guideline should be written.” At the link “Download this podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mindfulness Experiment 54 mins – “An in depth exploration of Mindfulness, including the science, the industry and its claims, as well as an actual scan of Bob’s brain to see the changes mindfulness can bring.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Mindfulness, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files quirksaio 20170114_58707.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Muon Science 60 mins – “Muons are very small fundamental particles that are much heavier than they should be. They fall apart pretty quickly, but they rain down on us. It’s magical. Today’s physicists are Ryan Martin, the particle physicist; and Diana Cowern, host of the “Physics Girl” youtube channel. Our Guest this time is Sarah Gailey, the author!” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep 70 Science Cat Muon.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.”
Negotiation Process 26 mins – “If you really want to win at negotiation, stop fighting and start listening. In this episode of Stanford Innovation Lab, host Tina Seelig speaks with Margaret “Maggie” Neale, professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, for answers to the burning questions about negotiating. Is emotion your most powerful tool? When does deference earn you more than dominance? Will setting a walk-away price decrease your drive to negotiate for more? Maggie also shares pro-tips on negotiating in all settings, from the office to the farmers’ market.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
North Carolina Politics 48 mins – “Our ‘Listening To America’ tour kicks off in Charlotte with a citizens’ roundtable on North Carolina’s fevered politics.” At the link find the title, “#OnPointNC: Listening To Charlotte, Jan, 2017, right-click “Media files npr_508950052.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obamacare Changes 34 mins – “What would happen to you tomorrow if the Affordable Care Act was repealed tonight? We asked our listeners to share their questions, concerns and stories about health coverage under the ACA, also known as Obamacare. “ At the link find the title, “Obamacare On Life Support, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170110_1a_1apod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Online Harassment 44 mins – “Soon after news broke that Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones’s website had been hacked and replaced with stolen nude photos and racist memes, I got an urgent email from Whitney Phillips, one of the world’s foremost experts on online trolling and harassment (Phillips quite literally has a doctorate in 4chan). Phillips wanted to know if Motherboard was going to cover the hack, and how we were going to do it. “I have some thoughts on the ethics of amplification—how, we can’t not comment on stories like this, but commenting perpetuates the disgusting narrative and associated imagery. The question being, what’s the ethical way not just for journalists and academics to respond, but for individuals, as well?” she said. “Is more harm than good done when the association of Jones with Harambe is given longer life? I’m honestly not sure,” she added. “BUT I WANT TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.” In her book This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Phillips explores how early trolls from 4chan’s /b/ board manipulated the media into spreading their message. Though “trolling” is now an outdated, imprecise term, the Twitter harassment and illegal hacking of Jones’s website are amplified the more journalists write about it, the more people retweet it, the more we allow it to stay in our collective consciousness. Phillips emailed me as I was also considering whether there’s an ethical way to cover abhorrent behavior on the internet—decisions about how and whether to write about racially, sexually, or xenophobically motivated hacks and harassment is a question the Motherboard staff considers all the time, but it’s rarely a conversation that ever makes it to the public. And so I decided to have that conversation with Phillips and the roles we all play in amplifying questionable or grotesque online behavior.” At the link find the title, “Leslie Jones and the Ethics of Amplifying Online Harassment, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files Leslie Jones and the Ethics of Amplifying Online Harassment.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pancuronium Bromide 7 mins – “On-demand muscle paralysis revolutionised surgery. Katrina Krämer explores one of the key muscle relaxants used in medical procedures. This week, a drug that plays a significant role in modern surgery. Katrina Krämer has dug into the archives and discovered the lengths to which some researchers would go in the hunt for better drugs…” At the link find the title, “Pancuronium bromide: Chemistry in its element, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files CIIE Pancuronium bromide.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Photonics Engineer 71 mins – “We talk with mechanical engineer Tim Quinn about advances being made in the world of photonics, wave–particle duality, and optical computing in this episode of The Engineering Commons.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presidential Rules 24 mins – “Congress writes laws, but the president makes the rules that put the laws in action. President Obama’s staff has been scrambling to lock in rules before Trump takes the helm. But will they stick?” At the link find the title, “#748: Undoing Obama,” right-click “Media files 20170118 pmoney podcast011816.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Prostate MRI and Biopsies 12 mins – “Hashim Ahmed discusses his study about the diagnostic accuracy of multi-parametric MRI in detecting clinically significant prostate cancer in men.” At the link find the title, “Use of MRI in prostate cancer screening: The Lancet: January 19, 2017,” right-click “Media files 19january mri.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Restaurant History 46 mins- “Early humans may have visited each others’ caves for a shared meal, but they wouldn’t have expected to be served at their own table, or to choose when and what to eat. But today, restaurants are ubiquitous: there are millions of them worldwide, and the average American eats roughly 200 meals a year in one. So who invented the first restaurant, and when and where did it appear? How did it change society—and change along with society? And, in today’s saturated market, is there a scientific way to choose the best?” 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.
Public Transport in Toronto 48 mins – “Work can’t help but be affected when people spend almost as much time commuting as they spend on the job. How can a stressful commute impact a person’s professional performance? What does it ultimately do to family life, or social engagements?” At the link find the title, “Commute From Hell, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20170109_16942.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science and Politics 34 mins – “This week, as we near the inauguration of Donald Trump, we revisit a conversation with science journalist Dave Levitan about his book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.” At the link find the title, “163 Dave Levitan – The Return Of “I’m Not a Scientist” right-click “Media files d0105483-d14b-486e-9927-54bf8675828d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Secret Radio Messages 24 mins – “If you tune around on a shortwave radio, you might stumble across a voice reciting an endless stream of numbers. Just numbers, all day, everyday. These so-called “numbers stations,” say nothing about where they are transmitting from or who they are trying to reach, but they can be heard in Spanish, Thai, German, Russian, Chinese, and any number of other languages from around the world….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Smartphone Impact 22 mins – “Your phone uses the equivalent of two refrigerators’ worth of electricity every year. If you add in all of the electricity required to store and move data across high-speed cable and wireless networks and climate-controlled server farms to deliver an hour of video to your phone each week, in the space of a year it adds up to more power than two new Energy Star refrigerators consume in the same time.” At the link find the title, “The Real Impact Your Phone Has on the World, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Real Impact Your Phone Has on the World.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
Solid State Chemistry 26 mins – “Alejandro Briseño, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering, shares the groundbreaking work his research team has achieved through the study of organic and polymer semiconductor single crystals, polymer semiconductor devices and synthesis of novel organic and polymer semiconductors.“ At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spark Camp 44 mins – ”Debbie Millman talks to Spark Camp founders Amanda Michel + Amy Webb about redesigning the traditional conference and its lasting effect on participants.” At the link find the title, “Amanda Michel + Amy Webb, Jan, 2014,” right-click “Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Spark-Camp.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
STEM Pipeline 60 mins – “This week we look at the current state of the STEM pipeline and what happens when people drip out. We speak with Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics at Georgia State University, about practicing “PhD contraception” in order to better match supply with realistic demand. We talk with Gary McDowell, Executive Director of Future of Research, about ways we might try to change the STEM process from the inside. And we speak with Melissa Vaught, a biochemist turned editor, about the realities of going into a science PhD and what to do on the other side.” At the link find the title, “#405 STEM Pipeline,” right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Steve Jobs Bio 25 mins – “Joe Nocera’s “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” from 1986 remains the most intimate and honest appraisals of the computer visionary ever written. Nocera, a longtime New York Times reporter and op-ed writer, joins host David Brancaccio to discuss Jobs’s legacy, and how the man he wrote about twenty years ago is far different from the one portrayed today.” At the link find the title, “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, by Joe Nocera, Dec, 2015,” right-click “Media files Esquire Classic-The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Joe Nocera.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Supreme Court Cases 35 mins – “Dahlia sits down with the LA Times’ David Savage to consider three of the big cases on the SCOTUS docket this fall — and whether liberals are right to be worried about the outcomes of those cases….Please let us know what you think of our legal affairs podcast. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.Podcast production by Tony Field.” At the link find the title, “2015 Term Preview, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM9639749876.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Syrian War and America 56 mins – “Inside the Obama administration’s struggle to deal with ISIS and the civil war in Syria. (Original Upload Date: 06/02/2015)” At the link right-click “Obama at War,” right-click “Media files 209432000-frontlinepbs-obama-at-war.mp” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Taser History 22 mins – “On January 3, 1979, two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department went to the home of Eulia May Love, a 39-year-old African-American mother. The police were there because of a dispute over an unpaid gas bill. The officers approached her, and Love allegedly threatened them with a knife. They fired twelve times and killed her. Neither of the two officers involved were prosecuted for the killing.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tesla Gigafactory Tour 24 mins – “Elon Musk’s new temple of energy is open for business in the middle of the desert outside Reno, Nevada. A few weeks ago, I went to the opening of the Tesla Gigagfactory, where Musk proposes to ramp up production of car batteries to the point where Tesla can begin to sell an affordable, mass-market electric cars. Musk’s ideas and Tesla’s futuristic cars get a lot of attention, but the company has still only sold just over 150,000 cars. The good news for Tesla is that many of those 150,000 customers are rabid fans who are happy to evangelize for the company. I went to the Gigafactory’s opening party to meet the people who not only owned a Tesla, but also convinced five of their friends to buy one. This podcast is meant to be a quick primer on the world of Tesla—what’s it like to own one? Who are these superfans and why do they love the company so much? What’s it like to drive a Model S in “Ludicrous Mode?” What’s inside the Gigafactory? And what is Elon Musk’s long-term vision for the future of transportation and energy?” At the link find the title, “Inside the Tesla Gigafactory, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files Inside the Tesla Gigafactory.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Texas Tower Sniper 52 mins – “On August, 1, 1966, a lone gunman opened fire from the top floor of a tower at the University of Texas at Austin. It was America’s first mass school shooting, and civilians and law enforcement on the ground struggled to respond. When the gunshots were silenced, 16 people lay dead and dozens were wounded. In a new documentary film, director Keith Maitland revisits the events of that infamous day through the words of the people who lived it. Maitland joins us Thursday to talk about his film. It’s called TOWER.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Transgender Surgeries 82 mins – “Topics: Facial Feminization and breast augmentation surgeries: overview, challenges and state of the art approaches. Genital gender affirming surgeries: Surgical options, Cadaver- lab review of surgical anatomy, state of the art techniques, and quality of life measures after surgery. Recorded on 11/09/2016. (#31562)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Cabinet 48 mins – “Ethics and the Trump Cabinet. Confirmations hearings for Trump’s nominees begin before ethics reviews are completed. It’s unprecedented. We’re on it.” At the link find the title “Ethical Quandaries In The Trump Cabinet, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509164725.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump False Rumors 21 mins – “For weeks now, journalists have been aware of a dossier circulating among top officials and the media; it alleges among other things, that Russia has compromising (Kompromat) information on President Elect Donald Trump. But it wasn’t until a chain of events set off by a presidential briefing about the contents of the dossier that the media felt free to talk about what they knew. Brooke speaks with Slate’s Will Oremus about Buzzfeed’s (and Slate’s) decision to publish the anonymous (and unverified) Russia memos in full.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Presidential Powers 88 mins – “Motherboard’s writers, editors, and contributors have spent the last week talking to activists, researchers, and policy makers about the powers that Donald Trump will inherit when he takes power in January. There’s little sense in speculating about what Trump will do when he takes office, but it’s important to understand the powers he will have to affect things like climate change, energy policy, surveillance, cybersecurity, and the other things Motherboard holds dear.” At the link find the title, “Trump’s Powers, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files Trumps_Powers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ukraine History and Life 58 mins – “Journalist Sophie Pinkham discusses Ukraine’s history and life today in the country amidst ongoing conflict. She is interviewed by Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia “ At the link find the title, “University.After Words with Sophie Pinkham, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.462976.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Universal Basic Income 58 mins – “…The movement is gaining steam around the world: Switzerland voted this last weekend on whether the country should “guarantee the introduction of an unconditional basic income.” The measure failed, but the fact that it was even on the ballot speaks to its increasing relevancy. In the United States, the startup incubator Y Combinator is doing an experiment that will give 100 people in Oakland between $1,000 and $2,000 per month to see how the “mechanics” of a basic income would work and to see what people do with the money. That project is controversial for reasons we get into the podcast. I called up Matt Krisiloff, who is head of the basic income project at Y Combinator, and Elizabeth Rhodes, the research lead of the project, to talk about how it’ll work and why a Silicon Valley startup accelerator is interested in this idea. Then, we talk to Natalie Foster, who is a cofounder of the Universal Income Project, about why she finds the idea so compelling. Finally, we look at the history of basic income around the world and deconstruct the policy itself. Could it ever work?” At the link find the title, “The Case for Giving Everyone Free Money, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Case for Giving Everyone Free Money.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Universal Basic Income 64 mins – ”Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the virtues and negatives of a basic guaranteed income–giving every American adult an annual amount of money to guarantee a subsistence level of well-being. How would such a plan work? How would it interact with current anti-poverty programs? How would it affect recipients and taxpayers? Munger attacks these issues and more in a lively conversation with Roberts.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
WWII Britain 32 mins – “This episode covers 4 missed or lightly treated subjects: Operation Pied Piper- the evacuation of Britain’s children, the disaster of the Lancastria, the occupation of The Channel Islands by the Nazis and the Italian Conquest of British Somaliland.” At the link find the title, “Episode 53- Things Missed,” right-click “Media files Episode53.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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