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Addiction to Devices 30 mins – “Could smartphones and other screens be decreasing the human attention span? Author Adam Alter thinks so. “Ten years ago, before the iPad and iPhone were mainstream, the average person had an attention span of about 12 seconds,” Alter tells Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies. Now, he says, “research suggests that there’s been a drop from 12 to eight seconds … shorter than the attention of the average goldfish, which is nine seconds.” Alter links our diminished attention spans to the “mainstream adoption of screens.” His new book, Irresistible, explores the consequences of living in an increasingly computerized world.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aflatoxin Control in Agriculture 32 mins – Aflatoxins are trace compounds produced by certain fungi, and represent a legitimate food safety risk. These fungi grow on corn, peanuts and other crops, especially in warm, humid areas that lack fungal control measures. They have been connected to numerous human diseases, primarily liver cancer, but also cause problems in livestock fed contaminated grain. Dr. Monica Schmidt of the University of Arizona has a good solution. Her team has expressed an RNA sequence in corn that matches the genetic sequence in the fungus. Upon invasion, the fungus takes up the RNA from the corn, and it shuts down the genes required for aflatoxin production. There are no effects on the corn kernel itself. This work shows that safer food could be produced by arming the plant with genetic defenses it could implement in fighting fungal contamination and the toxins it produces.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Imperialism 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, and is titled “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire.” Our speaker is author and journalist, Stephen Kinzer.” At the link click the down arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Arctic Task Force 60 mins – “With the Arctic warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet and melting sea ice opening up the resource-rich region to new trade routes and commercial activities, the Arctic offers both opportunities and challenges for the United States and other countries. Arctic Imperatives: Reinforcing U.S. Strategy on America’s Fourth Coast, the report of a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force, assesses U.S. interests in the Arctic region in the face of changing conditions there. The Task Force finds that the Arctic is of growing economic and geostrategic importance and proposes specific actions to improve the United States’ strategic presence in the region, including bolstering infrastructure investment, defending national borders, protecting the environment, and maintaining U.S. scientific and technological leadership….” 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.
Arctic Warming 6 mins – “The Arctic is a warming hotspot, showing the fastest warming of any area on Earth, way faster than predicted. Climate processes in the region are poorly understood. Scientists from 50 institutions and 14 nations are coming together creating the MOSAiC observatory, an expedition to the central Arctic exploring the Arctic climate system. Coordinator Markus Rex discusses the aims of the project.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bathroom Ventilation 9 mins – “Have you ever gotten out of the shower, dried off and just had to get out of the bathroom for a few minutes because it was so hot, humid and uncomfortable? I mean, you can’t get dressed when you’re hot like that. You know what could help minimize that problem? A powerful, bathroom exhaust fan. Powerful, but quiet, because if the fan is annoyingly loud, you won’t use it regularly. Choosing the right fan for your bathroom is more important than you might think. Without an appropriately sized exhaust fan, not only can your bathroom be uncomfortably hot and humid, not to mention smelly, but over time, you risk causing moisture damage to your bathroom drywall and cabinetry. Plus you increase your chances of developing mold and mildew on your shower walls, drywall, and even on the wood framing beneath the drywall. Not good!” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Artists 22 mins – “On this episode we talk to artist Danny Simmons about creating opportunities for artists of color. We celebrate the late great Clyde “Funky Drummer” Stubblefield, and we give serious side-eye to the Trump administration’s Black History Month antics. We’ve just survived the first Black History Month under President Trump. It was a mess from beginning to end. Vox journalist German Lopez rounded up some of the worst moments, but there were so many, it was difficult to count….” At the link find the title, “Artist Danny Simmons, a tribute to ‘The Funky Drummer,’ and Trump’s black history blunders, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files remix20170316.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Shootings 60 mins – “A couple years ago, Ben Montgomery, reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, started emailing every police station in Florida. He was asking for any documents created – from 2009 to 2014 – when an officer discharged his weapon in the line of duty. He ended up with a six foot tall stack of reports, pictures, and press clippings cataloging the death or injury of 828 people by Florida police. Jad and Robert talk to Ben about what he found, crunch some numbers, and then our reporter Matt Kielty takes a couple files off Ben’s desk and brings us the stories inside them – from a network of grief to a Daytona police chief. And next week, we bring you another, very different story of a police encounter gone wrong. Produced and reported by Matt Kielty Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that in reporter Ben Montgomery’s six years of Florida data there were, on average, 130 people shot and killed each year. Police offers did indeed shoot 130 people per year, on average, but only half of those shootings were fatal. The audio has been adjusted to reflect this fact.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Visual Interpreter P3 33 mins – “Blind Abilities presents Part 3 in their series on Aira, Visual Interpreter for the Blind. Pete chats with Amy Bernal, Director of Aira Agent Services, and Patrick Lane, Aira Agent Analyst about a myriad of fascinating topics. Listen as they share their insight into the duties of Aira Agents; their thoughts about user safety, agents sharing opinions about fashion, a detailed description of the Aira glasses, the official price plans, and what’s in store for the future. Join Pete and his guests for this in depth look into the world of Aira, a product that’s taking the blindness community by storm!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Body Camera Use By Police 49 mins – “Police interactions caught on camera. The NPR podcast “Embedded” digs into what three different videos reveal about policing in America.” At the link find the title, “NPR’s Embedded: Filming American Police, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_520292040.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in New Hampshire 57 mins – “Broadband, which connects homes, businesses, and schools to high speed internet, has been developing throughout the state, including in rural areas for several years. Which areas are still lacking access, and why? What is the importance of providing proper internet access to schools and places where businesses will develop? We’ll delve into how broadband infrastructure works, and where it is working, in New Hampshire.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband Wireless 35 mins – “Like other urban centers in the U.S., Boston is filled with multi dwelling units (MDUs) and buildings that house multiple business tenants. Obtaining high-quality connectivity in such an environment can be a challenge, especially if choices are limited to just one or two incumbents with little or no competition. With the advancement of new fixed wireless technologies in recent years, however, residential and business subscribers now have better options….” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
C Rations 3 mins – “Today, an army tries to travel on its stomach.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 1324: C Rations,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170324.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Carbon Capture 7 mins – “Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now above 400 parts per million. It continues to rise. For the past 800,000 years, it has mostly been below 300 parts per million. Natural and agricultural environments have not developed under these sudden new conditions. Some people suggest as the situation worsens, we will reach the point where there is no choice but to strip carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Klaus Lackner and his colleagues at the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University in Phoenix are focussed on this problem. They are developing technology using a moisture swing sorbent cycle for capturing carbon dioxide from air. The sorbent, an anionic exchange resin, absorbs CO2 when it is dry, and releases it again when exposed to moisture. The group aims to advance this technology and scale it, so it becomes cheap and a realistic option for solving this developing problem.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Childhood Obesity 14 mins – “The UK government published its report Childhood Obesity: a Plan for Action, in August 2016. A new analysis article takes them to task for the inadequacy of that response to a growing problem. Neena Modi is a professor of neonatal medicine, at Imperial College London, and president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and joins us to discuss what that report should have contained. Read the full analysis: www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j762” At the link find the title, “The inadequacy of the UK’s childhood obesity strategy, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 310363443-bmjgroup-childhood-obesity-strategy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cognition Bias 9 mins – “MIT grad student Joy Buolamwini was working with facial analysis software when she noticed a problem: the software didn’t detect her face — because the people who coded the algorithm hadn’t taught it to identify a broad range of skin tones and facial structures. Now she’s on a mission to fight bias in machine learning, a phenomenon she calls the “coded gaze.” It’s an eye-opening talk about the need for accountability in coding … as algorithms take over more and more aspects of our lives.” At the link click “Download,” then right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Concrete 60 mins – “This week is all about that most ubiquitous of building materials: concrete. Historian Robert Courland joins us to talk about his book “Concrete Planet: The Strange and Fascinating Story of the World’s Most Common Man-Made Material”, our long history using concrete, and what modern engineers could learn from the Romans. We’ll speak with Cristina Zanotti, Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia, about building better — and more sustainable — modern concrete structures. And we’ll talk with organizers Andrew Tefs and Dave Barchyn about the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race.” 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.
Coral Bleaching of Great Barrier Reef 5 mins – “In the ten months since April 2016, two-thirds of corals in the northern Great Barrier Reef have been killed by hot water as a result of global warming. These have included corals which are 50 or as old as 100 years old. Previously bleaching was only associated with El Nino events which produce higher water temperatures. Now the bleaching events are occurring between El Nino events. There have been three bleaching events since 1998. The second and third were in 2004 and 2016. Bleaching events are increasing in frequency. Recovery periods for corals are becoming shorter.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cotard Syndrome 32 mins – “Jules Cotard was the first psychiatrist to write about the cluster of symptoms that would come to be called “Walking Corpse Syndrome.” But his work was unfinished, and left a great deal of room for debate about it among his colleagues.” At the link find the title, “Jules Cotard and the Syndrome Named After Him, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-03-20-symhc-cotard-delusion.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Deaf and Blind Story 37 mins – “Molly Wezel-Peterson shares her journey, her story, her coping while sitting down one on one with Jeff Thompson of Blind Abilities. From her earliest days, through high school and graduating college Molly tells us what it is like accepting Usher Syndrome and staying positive about her future.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Democracy Defined 63 mins – “Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Australian Greens, delivers an address titled ‘The world we could be living in’, to the National Press Club in Canberra.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Senator Richard Di Natale, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc_RichardDiNatale_1503_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Discophobia Era 69 mins [2 parts] – “In 1970, two deejays discovered they had the ability to take the dance floor on a journey by playing records back-to-back, continuously throughout the night. Soon clubs all over the world adopted this style of deejaying, and a new culture and music genre called “disco” emerged. Eight years later, in 1978, disco was the best selling music genre in the world. This is the story of how it got there. 1978 set the record for most album sales with disco surpassing rock & roll for the first time ever. Industry insiders predicted the following year would continue to break sales records, but an economic downturn and a fierce anti-disco backlash proved their predictions false. This is the story of how disco became a four-letter-word.” At the link find the titles, “19: Discophobia (Disco Part 2),” and “18: The Dance Floor Doesn’t Lie (Disco Part 1),” right-click “Media files 58d1df22a5e415d77ce279e7.mp3,” and “Media files 58ac07e0eb50589014def066.mp3” and select “Save Links As” from the pop-up menu.
Dogs and Man 51 mins – “There is unique and ancient bond between humans and dogs, from its early beginnings to the modern day. Ayo Akinwolere explores this bond by visiting ‘The Land of the Mutts’ – an extraordinary refuge for dogs in Costa Rica, where dogs outnumber people by 100 to one. He investigates the science behind the the bonding and hears individual stories of canine-human relationships.” At the link find the title, “It’s a Dog’s Life, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04x5xgf.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Economics by Samuelson 4 mins – “Episode: 2562 Paul Samuelson and the textbook Economics. Today, a book that helped educate the world.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 2562: Paul Samuleson And The Texbook Economics,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170321.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Edmund Halley 54 mins – “In our second episode devoted to the life and work of Edmond Halley, we recount his three voyages aboard the Paramour to create a map of magnetic variation, his predictions on the return of the comet of 1682, now known as Halley’s Comet, his discovery of the proper motion of the stars, his translation of the works of Apollonius, and his work as Britain‘s Astronomer Royale among a host of other accomplishments.” At the link right-click “Direct Download Link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Elon Musk Interview 63 mins – “Neil Tyson explores the future of humanity with one of the men forging it: Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors. With Chuck Nice and Bill Nye. JUST ADDED: Neil and Bill in the Cosmic Crib, sipping Merlot and musing on optimism and space exploration.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Engineers in School and Industry 82 mins – “Dr. Dave Vandenbout offers up his insights on choosing between academic and industrial careers in this episode of The Engineering Commons.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-pop menu.
Euro and EU Survival 47 mins – “Hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and political analyst and emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, discuss: The future of the European Union in the face of rising populism; Iceland’s lifting of capital controls; How horror movie studio Blumhouse’s release strategy is reaping big rewards” At the link find the title, “The Scary White People Edition, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM2777793443.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Female Firefighter 58 mins – “Caroline Paul (@carowriter) returns to the podcast by popular demand for a round 2 Q&A. Caroline is the author of four published books. Her latest is the New York Times bestseller The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure. Once a young scaredy-cat, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of excitement, confidence, and self-reliance. She has since flown planes, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco….” At the link find the title, “#227: Conquering Fear and Reducing Anxiety – Caroline Paul, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show-Conquering Fear.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Female Sexual Concepts 17 mins – “Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex. She discusses the pleasure that’s largely missing from their sexual encounters and calls on us to close the “orgasm gap” by talking candidly with our girls from an early age about sex, bodies, pleasure and intimacy.” at the link click “Download,” right-click Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Feminist Values 37 mins – “When a friend asked for her advice on how to raise a feminist daughter, author Chimananda Ngozi Adichie wrote her a letter with 15 suggestions. The letter is now Adichie’s latest book, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. Adichie joins 1A’s Joshua Johnson to discuss her new book.” At the link find the title, “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Dear Ijeawele” Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170320_1a_podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fox News 26 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Gabriel Sherman about the space Fox News is occupying in the media as the go-to network for President Trump.” At the link find the title, “What the Hell is Going on at Fox News? Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM2596931822.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fuel Efficiency Standards 48 mins – “President Trump takes aim at federal auto-emission regulations. We’ll look at what’s on the line for the US auto industry, cars and climate change.” At the link find the title, “Dialing Back On U.S. Emissions Standards, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_520421997.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gastroenterology Doctor 49 mins – “Today’s guest is Dr. Ken Brown. He is a practicing Gastroenterologist, clinical researcher, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) expert, and creator of SIBO treatment Atrantil. Listen in as we talk all about SIBO, how to treat it, gut issues, and more!” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Giving Kitchen 22 mins – “A story of love, loss and gratitude to a community that takes care of its own.” At the link find the title, “S02 Episode 5: The Giving Kitchen, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files CGT 205_The Giving Kitchen-Mix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gold Extraction Process 29 mins – “Did you know that a metric ton of electronic waste can contain 8 to 16 ounces of gold? Whether we like it or not, precious metals show up in more than just that gold necklace or platinum ring we might have purchased – from the titanium used in our high-end mountain bikes, to platinum in our cellphones, to silver in our solar panels, precious metals are all around us. And the mining of these materials often comes with a steep social and environmental cost. This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk with an engineer who has chosen to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal from his former employer, a large gold-mining enterprise. We learn about the use of water in the extraction of precious metals, how common mining practices create hazardous slurry ponds, and the enormous amount of energy required to carry out these operations in remote locations….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gorsuch Prospects 42 mins – “The Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch are underway. While Republicans are feeling good about the days ahead, many Democrats are still upset at the Senate’s refusal last year to hear President Obama’s nominee. Expect procedure and a lot of politics, as lawmakers try to fill the vacancy. 1A’s guests include Edward Whelan, president of Ethics and Public Policy Center, Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of The National Constitution Center, Margaret Russell, professor of constitutional law at Santa Clara University School of Law and Theresa Wardon, partner at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP.” At the link find the title, “Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch’s Senate Showdown, “ right-click “Media files 20170321_1a_podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ground Water Concerns 29 mins – “With drought-stricken California enjoying its wettest winter in decades, it can be easy to forget that water scarcity is among the globe’s most deadly threats. This week on Sea Change Radio, we discuss groundwater with Bill and Rosemarie Alley, the authors of High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater. They take us on a journey around the world and back in time to examine how humans scheme for and squander earth’s most precious resource. We talk about wildcatting for water in the 19th century, India’s water management quandary, and some of Saudi Arabia’s more imprudent water policies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gun Violence Control 4 mins – “As gun violence continues to plague some of Chicago’s neighborhoods, a violence prevention program is looking to tackle the issue by treating it like a public health crisis. Chicago’s murder rate is below that of other cities, but the actual number of murders in the city last year — most from gun violence — exceeded the combined total of murders in New York City and Los Angeles. Cure Violence, a violence prevention program, was launched more than 20 years ago by epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, a professor of public health at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The program has been a force in several cities in U.S. and abroad. It gained national attention with the 2011 release of a documentary called The Interrupters, which showed former gang members intervening to prevent disputes from turning deadly. In Illinois, the Cure Violence organization is called CeaseFire.” At the link right-click the plan button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hardcore Listening 54 mins – “Who’s more hardcore: Dan Carlin, for making Hardcore History? Or his listeners for absorbing three-hour-plus episodes? We also ask Andrea Silenzi Why Oh Why dating today is so hard and learn how podcasting makes Gretchen Rubin and her daughter Happier. Plus: Which stories pass muster with master storyteller Shannon Cason?” At the link find the title, “Hardcore Listening With Dan Carlin (Encore), Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170313_biglisten_hardcore.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Act Revision 48 mins – “The Congressional Budget Office scores the Republican health care plan. We read the results.” At the link find the title, “Dire First Coverage Estimates For Republican Health Care Plan, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_520151730.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care by Republicans 30 mins – “Jacob Weisberg and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Vox’s Ezra Klein to talk about how Donald Trump screwed himself on healthcare and why he isn’t the “deal maker” he makes himself out to be.” At the link find the title, “A Master Class in Bad Legislation, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM4224872674.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration Law Change 41 mins – “Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas joins Peter Robinson to discuss the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, an immigration reformation bill he is cosponsoring. He notes that American workers have been getting a raw deal since the immigration laws were changed in 1965. The American workers’ wages have not gone up but income inequality has. Senator Cotton thinks this is largely due to flooding the labor market with millions of low-skilled, low-wage workers. In rethinking our immigration policies we need to look at whether our laws are serving the American people.” At the link find the title, “Senator Tom Cotton, Immigration Reform, and the RAISE Act, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170228-cotton.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation in Big Companies 36 mins – “I came across a recent article where the Managing Director of Accenture Digital made the bold claim that large companies cannot do innovation. the bold claim that large companies cannot do innovation. More accurately, Narry Singh said, “.. Corporate innovation does not work.” He goes on to claim that innovation at large companies do not work because “.. the firms are too slow to move – to change their work practices.” Do you think large companies can be successful at innovation?” At the link find the title, “Can Large Companies Be Successful At Innovation? S13 Ep3, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files Can Large Companies Be Successful At Innovation S13_Ep3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Self Defense 29 mins – “In this issue: WikiLeaks Releases CIA Hacking Tools; Botnets ; Defense Against Doxing; Buzzword Watch: Prosilience, [and] The CIA’s “Development Tradecraft DOs and DON’Ts” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Investing with Motif 50 mins – “Paul talks with collaborator Chris Pedersen about the new Motif Investing portfolios they created based on Paul’s Ultimate Buy and Hold portfolio strategies and sound investing principles. These portfolios were created to make it simple and inexpensive for anyone with a minimum of $300 to get started investing now; and also for those more-seasoned investors to implement Paul’s principles and rebalance annually with one click.” At the link right click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
ISIS in Mosul 45 mins – “New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi was recently embedded with Iraqi troops fighting to liberate western Mosul from ISIS. She reports that the Islamic State looks “more fierce than ever.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jewelery making Business 45 mins – “Ever since she was a little girl playing dress-up in her aunt’s closet, Kendra Scott loved fashion. Her first business was a hat shop, which she started at 19 – it failed. A few years later, she started a jewelry business out of her spare bedroom. Today the company is reportedly valued at more than a billion dollars.” At the link find the title, “Kendra Scott: Kendra Scott, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170317_hibt_kscott.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Journalism Bias 27 mins – “The media in the United States is broken. Most journalists and media organisations dismissed the possibility of Trump Presidency. Many backed Hillary Clinton to win. It has left them in a precarious position with serious questions about their credibility, fuelled by the president and his inner circle who have branded them ‘enemies of the state’. Kyle Pope, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review asks how the media should respond to a hostile administration and more importantly how can they gain the trust of the vast numbers of people who think they are hopelessly biased.” At the link find the title, “Breaking News, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04ws2yp.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lead Paint Poisoning 57 mins – “Proposed Senate Bill 247 aims to prevent lead poisoning in children by strengthening lead testing requirements for children, and placing stricter requirements on properties containing lead paint. For some families, lead poisoning has caused long-term health problems that sometimes don’t appear until years after exposure, and experts think the restrictions are not strong enough. However, landlords worry that the new requirements would be difficult to comply with, and come at a huge cost, and funding will be insufficient. For example, companies like Brady Sullivan are still managing fallout from lead poisoning several years ago that contributed to health problems in children living at their properties. We’ll look at all sides of this issue.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mars Trip People 27 mins – “As we dream of sending humans to Mars, the psychological problems of such a mission loom large. Claudia Hammond ponders the most important qualities required from those who’d like to colonise Mars. Surviving a cramped nine-month journey and the pod-like homes on the red planet requires a mix of resilience, curiosity and the ability to get on with others. She meets the volunteers who have been sampling similar long term simulations here on earth – and the psychologists who’ve overseen the design, selection and planning for future communities in space. Simulations have proved tricky – one involving an international group of volunteers in isolated conditions for 140 days ended up with the Russians in a fist-fight and a Japanese man being so distressed at this that he left after 60 days. It’s hard to predict how people will react because humans have never travelled that far….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Media in America 49 mins – “The news is often the first line of defense when issues affecting local communities – like the recent numerous threats against Jewish community centers and synagogues – crop up. In BackStory’s recent episode “Behind the Bylines” we learned how journalists Ida B. Wells and Ruben Salazar more effectively covered their communities, and even changed journalistic practice, through advocacy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop- menu.
Medical Career Stress 45 mins – “The journey to medical school is long, tough, defeating, and can be isolating. There are plenty of news stories of physicians out there about job dissatisfaction, suicide rates, and suicides of medical students. Inevitably, there comes a lot of doubt when you’re on this journey and you’re probably still thinking if this is what you should be really doing because you love every aspect of it but people are saying not to do it. Our guest for this episode is Dr. Shikha Jain, who was also previously on the Specialty Stories Podcast Session 08 where she talked about her profession as a hematology oncology physician. She recently wrote a great article on KevinMD, called Why I Would Still Encourage My Daughter to Go Into Medicine, so I invited her today to share with us why you should still consider a career in medicine despite all this negativity surrounding it and how our healthcare system is constantly in turmoil with every new administration that comes in.” At the link find the title, “226: Why You Should Still Consider a Career in Medicine,” right-click “Media files PMY226.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Dilemmas 55 mins – “This episode is all about false dichotomies–situations or ideas that seem like dilemmas (and thus require a difficult choice to be made) but which really aren’t. Much of the public discussions of things like the hours that residents work, the funding for medical research, the lifestyles that residents are forced to lead, the choices that prospective medical students make are couched in terms of either/or choices. Corbin Weaver, Matt Wilson, John Pienta, and Kaci McCleary discuss the alleged dilemmas that we encounter in medicine and medical education, and conclude that these choices are often not mutually exclusive. It is possible to have both shorter hours and safer patient handoffs and quality education, despite rules that seem to indicate otherwise. It is possible to adequately fund basic science research and fund a sensible national defense, despite presidential budgets that slash NIH funding. Should listener Justin study during the summer prior to med school to begin medical school on the right foot, or will he struggle if he takes a break to live a little? And listener Julian is super annoyed at the admissions process. Is his ire justified?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Education Story 51 mins – “Our guest today is Rachel, the Junior National Director of Pre-SOMA as she shares with us her story as well as some answers to common questions about Osteopathic Medicine as an osteopathic medical student or as a premed interested in osteopathic medicine. Listen in as she talks more about the application process, taking gap years, why DO should not just be a Plan B and more information about Pre-SOMA and how this organization can help guide you on your path to becoming a physician via the osteopathic route.” At the link find the title, “Session 225,” right-click “Media files PMY225.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Memory Processes 60 mins – “Most of us probably think about memories as being about the past. But when memories are gone, it becomes clear just how much they are also about the future. This week we are in search of lost memories. We’ll speak with Michael McCloskey about how memories are formed and how you test for memory in people with amnesia. We’ll also talk with Michael Lemonick about his new book, The Perpetual Now: A Story of Memory, Amnesia and Love”, and the story of Lonnie Sue Johnson and her memory loss. This episode is hosted by Bethany Brookshire, science writer from Science…” At the link right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mind Extension 18 mins – “Andy Clark, who with David Chalmers proposed the theory of the extended mind, explains what he means by this idea in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click beside “Direct download:…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Missing Children 46 mins – “More than 60,000 black women are missing in America. One of the reasons we don’t hear much about that is the media. By some accounts, the press is four times more likely to report when a white person goes missing over someone who is black or brown. It’s a problem when anyone goes missing. We’ll find out who’s most at risk and what’s being done to find them. 1A guest host Noel King is joined by Julia Craven, reporter for the Huffington Post, Robert Lowery Jr., vice president of the Missing Children Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Phylicia Henry, director of operations of Courtney’s House, an organization that supports sex-trafficked youth between the ages of 12 and 21.” At the link find the title, “The Missing Children You Don’t Hear Much About, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170323_1a_podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mobile Computing Trends 134 mins – “Google’s mysterious “Taimen” phone surfaces – is it a Chinese Pixel XL? U.S. bans any electronics larger than a phone for air passengers from 8 Middle Eastern countries. Google is struggling to react as more advertisers pull their ads from YouTube. Android O is here as a Developer Preview. The U.S. Senate is about to let ISPs sell your data to the highest bidder, but Europe’s GDPR will fine anyone who uses your data without your consent $20 million.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Morality and Stewardship 58 mins – “Is capitalism part of the poverty problem facing the world or part of the solution? Are human beings doing a good job preserving the earth for future generations? To improve the world, should we improve capitalism or ourselves? Robert Whaples of Wake Forest University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’s encyclical on capitalism, poverty, and environmental issues.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Musical Hazards 50 mins – “The musicians being persecuted for raising their voices against political, cultural or religious repression. Rex Bloomstein talks to artists whose songs have led to their imprisonment, torture and to the continuing threat of violence; artists who have been driven from their homelands, artists who, literally, risk dying for a song. In one recent year alone 30 musicians were killed, seven abducted, and 18 jailed by regimes, political and religious factions and other groups determined to curb the power of music to rally opposition to them. In Syria, singer Ibrahim Quashoush, was found dead in the Orontes River, his vocal chords symbolically ripped out. Rex hears stories of tremendous courage and determination not to be intimidated and silenced….” At the link find the title, “Dying for a Song, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04wffzc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Myanmar Abuses 27 mins – “Jonah Fisher travels across Myanmar and into neighbouring Bangladesh to investigate claims that Burmese Muslims have suffered rape and murder at the hands of the military.”[Several references made to Aung San Duu Kyi.] At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nations of Nations 52 mins – “You don’t need to be a scholar or veteran political observer to see that America is divided, but journalist and historian Colin Woodard says this is really nothing new. Woodard argues that America has always been divided, because we’re actually eleven distinct regional nations, with different cultures and ideas about how the world works. He’ll join us Tuesday to explain the historic roots of these nations, and how that past is still influencing the country today.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
New London School Explosion 36 mins – “This was one of the worst disasters in Texas history, the worst school disaster in U.S. history.” At the link find the title, “The New London School Explosion, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-03-15-symhc-new-london-school-explosion.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
North Korea Nuke Policy 74 mins – “Experts discuss U.S. policy options toward North Korea in response to the country’s continued development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the threat the Kim Jong-un regime poses to East Asia and the United States.” 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.
Northwest African Transition 27 mins – “The countries of northwest Africa – Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria – may look like islands of stability in a sea of Middle East turmoil. But perhaps better to see them as low coral atolls – and the sea around them is rising fast. Soref Fellow Sarah Feuer, coauthor of a presidential transition study of American challenges and policy options in northwest Africa talks about why these countries matter to the United States, what Washington can do to help preserve reform and democracy there, and what the stakes are should these islands of regional stability sink below the waves of chaos lapping at their shores.” At the link click the box with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Peru Flooding 3 mins – “Peru is expected to experience another two weeks of highly unusual torrential rains, which have already caused devastating floods along large swaths of its arid coast, destroying homes and crops and killing an estimated 75 people. The precipitation has been caused by what scientists call a “coastal El Niño,” a localized version of the hemispherewide condition. Unusually warm waters just off the Andean nation’s Pacific shore — up to 50 degrees warmer than normal — have triggered the rains in the world’s second-highest mountain range. The extreme runoff has, in turn, caused devastating problems, above all in Peru’s northern regions, particularly Piura, near the frontier with Ecuador. Downtown areas of several cities, including Piura, and Trujillo, which is Peru’s second-largest urban center, have been underwater for days now….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Physical Training 168 mins – “Jerzy Gregorek (@TheHappyBody) immigrated from Poland to the United States with his wife, Aniela, in 1986 as political refugees. He subsequently won four World Weightlifting Championships and established one world record. In 2000, Jerzy and Aniela founded UCLA’s weightlifting team. As co-creator of The Happy Body Program, Jerzy has been mentoring people for more than 30 years. In 1998, Jerzy earned an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including The American Poetry Review. His poem Family Tree was the winner of Amelia magazine’s Charles William Duke Long Poem Award in 1998. Naval Ravikant (@naval) also joins us on this podcast, as he introduced me to Jerzy. Naval is the CEO and a co-founder of AngelList. He is an active angel investor and has invested in more than 100 companies. His deals include Twitter, Uber, Yammer, Postmates, Wish, Thumbtack, and OpenDNS, which Cisco bought for $635 million in cash.” At the link find the title, “#228: The Lion of Olympic Weightlifting, 62-Year-Old Jerzy Gregorek (Also Featuring: Naval Ravikant),” right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show-Jerzy Gregorek.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Police Shootings 41 mins – “On Dec. 28, 2014, Robert “Bobby” Smith shot police officer Tyler Stewart and himself in Flagstaff, Arizona. The video of that shooting has since taken on a life of its own. Police use it to talk about the dangers they face every day. Other people see it as a painful loop that will never stop playing. Follow Kelly McEvers and the show on Twitter @kellymcevers and @nprembedded. Email us at email@example.com” At the link find the title, “Mar, 2017 Police Videos: Flagstaff,” click the button with three dots, right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Police Use of Force 28 mins – “On April 16, 2015, police officer Jesse Kidder encountered a murder suspect named Michael Wilcox in a suburb outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. What happened next was caught on video and surprised a lot of people, including police. And the incident tells us a lot about how these videos have changed us. Follow us on Twitter @nprembedded, follow Kelly McEvers @kellymcevers, and producer Tom Dreisbach @TomDreisbach. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org” At the link find the title, “Mar, 2017 Police Videos: Cincinnati,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pollinator Hazards 44 mins – “The effects of farm insect controls on butterflies and bees are important to understand. Dr. Ric Bessin is an Extension Professor from the University of Kentucky is an entomologist that has studied this relationship. The discussion covers GE crops and monarch butterflies, habitat loss, and host plants, as well as the relationship between bees and insect controls. Hosted by Dr. Paul Vincelli.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pollution Reduction 30 mins – “Internet shopping continues to rise worldwide. That means a lot more delivery vans on the streets of our towns and cities. Those vans and trucks, often powered by dirty diesel engines, are contributing to air pollution problems that can cause significant increases in premature death and great discomfort for people suffering from heart and lung conditions. As part of the BBC’s ‘So I Can Breathe’ season Tom Heap sets out to find innovative solutions. Could drones or robots be the answer? Could we cut out the middle man and use 3D printers to create everything we want at home? Perhaps it’s simply a matter of converting all those vans to electric or gas power or even carrying out the majority of home deliveries by bike. With the promise of ever-quicker delivery times the search for a solution becomes ever more urgent if we’re to prevent our consumer addiction becoming an air pollution crisis on every doorstep.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Propaganda Skills 49 mins – “Playing for Team Human today is media historian and theorist Caroline Jack. Caroline is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Data + Society Research Institute. In today’s episode Caroline and Douglas explore how powerful people and institutions shape networked civic life through media and communications technology. Caroline has us think deeply and broadly about corporate personhood, imagined machines, epistemological chaos… in other words–media and persuasion. You can find more of Caroline Jack’s work on her Medium Blog including this recent piece entitled “What’s Propaganda Got To Do With It?” In today’s monologue Rushkoff offers a thought-provoking take on the exhausting and overwhelming news cycle. Rather than be defeated by cynicism, how might we foster both internal coherence and focused collaborative action?” At the link find the title, “Ep. 29 Caroline Jack “What Counts As Propaganda?” right-click “Media files 58d223a6a5e415d77ce279e9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Racial Movie 44 mins – “The new film, Get Out, defies easy classification. Though it has funny moments, it’s primarily a horror film, with racial anxiety at its center. Writer-director Jordan Peele tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross that he thinks of Get Out as a “social thriller.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugee Smuggling 58 mins – “ In 2015, French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis. On the border with Italy, he met desperate families turned away by his country. Then one family asked Krafft for his help crossing the border. As a journalist, he was supposed to be objective, but that was getting harder to do. So he followed his moral compass, which led him on the journey of a lifetime.” At the link find the title, “The smuggler, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files The-smuggler_webpodcast-master.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Retro Foods 2 mins – “GM crops are a hot button issue today, with nicknames like Frankenfoods. They can contain genes from entirely different organisms. That makes some people nervous. But what if we rescued old traits instead of adding new ones? Danish researchers are suggesting we restore genes that have been bred out of our crops. Traditional breeding techniques are full of trade-offs. You want higher yields? You may lose some flavor in the process. Corn once produced a healthy fat called oleic acid, which was inadvertently bred out. What if we could put that ability back? It’s called reverse breeding, or rewilding. It transfers genes into plants from undomesticated relatives that still have those genes. The Swiss have done it with Gala apples, to make them as resistant to a fungus as their wild cousins. The hope? To make plants more resistant to drought, bugs, disease or other conditions. But in a less freakish way. Just think: The perfect party favor for your hipster friends – retro foods! And Sun Tea. Yum!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Revolution Solutions 71 mins – “Jack A. Goldstone, the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel professor of public policy at George Mason University; Shadi Hamid, senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution; and Kathleen R. McNamara, professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University, and 2016–2017 distinguished scholar in residence at American University’s School of International Service discuss inequality and the rise of authoritarianism at the 2017 International Studies Association Annual Convention as part of CFR’s Academic Outreach Initiative….” 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.
Right to Know Law 7 mins – “It’s Sunshine Week, a nationwide event organized each year by the American Society of News Editors to highlight the public’s right to know about how their government operates. David Saad is president of Right to Know New Hampshire, a nonprofit organization that advocates for greater transparency in government. He is doing a presentation at a Sunshine Week event in Nashua Thursday night on issues relating to the public’s Right to Know,….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Saddam Hussein Interrogation 85 mins – “…On March 22, the Brookings Intelligence Project hosted former CIA analyst Nixon to outline his findings from his interrogation of Hussein, and what lessons he believes can be learned. Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion. Following their remarks, Riedel and Nixon took questions from the audience.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings 23 mins – “Earlier this month libertarian political scientist Charles Murray and author of the book “the Bell Curve,” derided by many as a racist take on the relationship between genetics and intelligence, was invited to speak at Middlebury College in Vermont. Murray only made it a couple of words into his talk when more than half of those crowding the hall stood up, turned their backs on him and proceeded to read a long prepared remark, en masse. When Murray and the liberal professor who was to interview him after his talk were walking to the car, the crowds jostled him, and injured her. Thus, with violence, liberal students curtailed the free speech rights of a visitor. We dove into the issue of political correctness on campus last September after noticing a letter sent to incoming freshmen at the University of Chicago that said, quote, “We do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ The university’s position, the letter insisted, was based on the administration’s “commitment to academic freedom” and their dedication to “fostering the free exchange of ideas” and “diversity of opinion and background.” we spoke to former U Chicago student, Cameron Okeke, professor of philosophy at Cornell University Kate Manne, and Geoffrey Stone, professor of Law at the University of Chicago,…” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Saturn Five Rocket 148 mins – “David Woods has a new book out, so of course he has to talk about it on omega tau 🙂 His recent book is about the Saturn V launch vehicle, i.e., this time it is about the rocket, not about the spaceship. In this episode we dive into lots of details that we did not cover in the two Apollo episodes (episodes 83 and 97) — make sure you have listened to those before you listen to this one.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 File Directly“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Scarcity Trials 38 mins – “When you’re hungry, it can be hard to think of anything other than food. When you’re desperately poor, you may constantly worry about making ends meet. When you’re lonely, you might obsess about making friends. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore the psychological phenomenon of scarcity and how it can affect our ability to see the big picture and cope with problems in our lives.” At the link find the title, “Episode 65: Tunnel Vision, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170320_hiddenbrain_65.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science Culture in America 54 mins – “In the first episode of our special edition Cosmic Queries series, “Let’s Make America Smart Again,” Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice welcome CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to break down the impact of immigration on science and technology in America.” At the link click the rectangle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Scientific Publishing 46 mins – “For so many reasons – including the establishment of Open Access business models, ready access to digital publishing tools, and the nearly limitless power of cloud computing – scholarly publishing in 2017 is innovative and dynamic. Much of the energy comes from the researcher community, who have broken out of their roles as content contributors to establish themselves as the partners, customers, and even competitors of publishers. As part of the Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum at last week’s London Book Fair, Copyright Clearance Center CEO Tracey Armstrong moderated a panel discussion that explored how researchers are driving innovation in scientific publishing, and finding new roles in publishing far beyond the laboratory bench. The RSPF is presented by the UK’s Publishers Association and the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)” At the link right-click download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sex Therapist 42 mins – “Orthodox Jewish sex therapist Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus founded one of the largest women’s sexual health clinics in the country. From taboos to vibrators, Bat Sheva talks about how she helps women embrace their sexuality. She also discusses her approach to solving specific challenges for women in the Orthodox Jewish community.” At the link find the title, “Mar, 2017 Let’s Talk About Sex (And Religion) With Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Smart Power Grids 28 mins – “Elon Musk promises South Australia 100MWh storage installed in 100 days or FREE by Ian Woolf. Dr Nick Engerer talks about integrating solar power and storage into smart electricity grids.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Solar Collector History 4 mins – “Episode: 1321 A modern solar collector, a century before its time. Today, an idea whose time had not yet come.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 1321: Century-Old Solar Collector, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170320.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Solar Energy in China 92 mins – “Cheap access to solar energy stands to reshape the global economy and turn the page on carbon pollution and climate change. Chinese leaders recognize the immense opportunity at hand, and the Chinese solar industry has developed into the world’s largest. The U.S. solar industry is also booming. Yet solar power still accounts for only 1 percent of global electricity production; there is enormous room for continued expansion. What prospects does the future hold for the Chinese and U.S. solar industries? What strategies should the United States pursue to help grow solar globally and to take advantage of this burgeoning field? And how will the new U.S. administration and Congress affect the growth of solar in the United States and around the world?” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
South Sudan Civil War 59 mins – “Katherine Almquist Knopf, director of National Defense University’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies, discusses the ongoing violence in South Sudan and policy options for ending the civil war, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series. Ms. Knopf is the author of the recent Council Special Report, Ending South Sudan’s Civil War.” 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.
Speciality Crop Business 46 mins – “Washington spends millions on agriculture research. But most of that spending doesn’t go toward fruits, vegetables, what we actually eat. Plus: new safety concerns about Monsanto’s weed killer.” At the link find the title, “Where Federal Food Research Funds Really Go, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_520431537.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Statistics in Social Studies 68 mins – “Statistician, blogger, and author Andrew Gelman of Columbia University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges facing psychologists and economists when using small samples. On the surface, finding statistically significant results in a small sample would seem to be extremely impressive and would make one even more confident that a larger sample would find even stronger evidence. Yet, larger samples often fail to lead to replication. Gelman discusses how this phenomenon is rooted in the incentives built into human nature and the publication process. The conversation closes with a general discussion of the nature of empirical work in the social sciences.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. http://backstoryradio.org/2017/03/28/how-to-be-an-advocacy-journalist/ 49 mins – “The news is often the first line of defense when issues affecting local communities – like the recent numerous threats against Jewish community centers and synagogues – crop up. In BackStory’s recent episode “Behind the Bylines” we learned how journalists Ida B. Wells and Ruben Salazar more effectively covered their communities, and even changed journalistic practice, through advocacy.” 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.
Stem Cell Abuses 27 mins – “Pioneering stem cell research is giving hope to patients with incurable conditions from multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer’s that treatment might one day be possible. It is early days but already some clinics are charging sick patients to take part in experimental therapies, including in the United States. Phil Kemp investigates one Florida-based stem cell study and asks if enough is being done to protect vulnerable people in search of a cure. Produced by Anna Meisel.” At the link find the title, “The Stem Cell Hard Sell, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04wyxwv.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Streetcar Named Desire 52 mins – “Thursday, we’re talking about one of the great classics of American theater, A Streetcar Named Desire. It was 70 years ago when Marlon Brando first played Stanley Kowalski on Broadway, but the themes of sexual violence, homophobia, addiction, and family strife still resonate today. A new production at Salt Lake City’s Grand Theatre opens this week, so we’re exploring Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece and how it’s become, as one guest puts it, enshrined in America’s psyche.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
Surveillance and Bias 127 mins – “Daylight Saving Time is a blight on mankind. All the details in the Wikileaks dump of CIA hacking tools. How our data can be used against us. Nintendo Switch breaks launch records. A father gets embarrassed by his kids live on BBC. Would you hire someone from Uber?” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sustainable Development by Women 87 mins – “In September 2015, the U.N. General Assembly adopted the ambitious and innovative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With a focus on people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership, the world community agreed to deliver on 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). However, as U.N. Women has argued, investment in women stands to be the most consequential mechanism to make headway across the range of SDGs. Women disproportionately lack economic opportunity, access to basic services, and are often most vulnerable to conflict and violence. Together, the United States and Japan have the opportunity to make meaningful progress in empowering women through transformative investments, such as the bilateral cooperation effort launched in March 2015 to promote girls’ education in the developing world.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tax System in U.S. 24 mins – “One professor had a way to make filing taxes easy and painless. It worked. People loved it. But then a big tax lobby heard about it…” At the link find the title, “#760: Tax Hero Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170322_pmoney_20170322_pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Terrorist Publicity 62 mins – “Why do they do it? Again and again, after every attack, our media react by giving the terrorists exactly what they want – maximum publicity. …After all, you’re more likely to fatally slip in the shower than be killed in a terrorist attack. This is the line that was taken by former Times editor and Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins. He was joined by Fawaz Gerges, a prominent expert on ISIS and al-Qaeda who has extensively researched the historical roots of jihadi extremism on the ground in the Middle East. Gerges explained how the West has played into the narrative of terrorists by portraying them as an existential danger, rather than as mere common criminals. But for national security commentator Douglas Murray, the only way to defeat terrorism is to tackle it head on, speaking plainly about the true scale of the threat. The recent wave of attacks by ISIS was just the beginning, he argued. …Does publicising terrorism play into the hands of the perpetrators or does it help keep us on the alert against further attack?” At the link find the title, “Don’t give them what they want: Terrorists should be starved of the oxygen of publicity, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tillerson and State Department 27 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Steve Coll, the dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a writer at the New Yorker, about where things stand at the State Department and why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s silence is damaging to United States foreign policy.” At the link find the title, “The State of the State Department, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY7477567536.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tooth Fairies 19 mins – “Three short stories about putting a price on something hard to value precisely. We go from $4.66 under a pillow all the way up to $1 trillion across every inch of highway in America.” At the link find the title, “#759: What’s It Worth To You? Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170317_pmoney_20170317_pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump and white House Press 48 mins – “The new White House press corps. Along with the regulars, there are more right wing reporters. We’ll look at why it matters.” At the link find the title, “Adjusting To A New White House Press Corps, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_520017751.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tuberculosis History 41 mins – “The practice of the monarch laying on hands to cure sick people lasted from the medieval period all the way to the 18th century in Britain and France.” At the link find the title, “The King’s Evil and the Royal Touch” right-click “Media files 2017-03-13-symhc-kings-evil.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tweeting Dangers 38 mins – “In the United States, the idea of having a conversation with the President is pretty outlandish. But in Latin America, it’s a regular occurrence. The most accessible president on Latin American social media is Ecuador’s Rafael Correa. But what’s it like to get the attention of a head of state when you may not exactly want it? (NOTE: We first broadcast this story in 2015, but we have since gone back and added a new chapter.) This story was originally reported by Silvia Vinas of the radio show Radio Ambulante. Listen to a Spanish language version of the story on their website.” At the link find the title, “#92 Favor Atender: The Return, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT9760778633.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
U.S. Policy Problems 63 mins – “Experts discuss the role of civil-military relations in the development of military advice; evaluate early changes to the national security system under President Trump; and consider possible reforms to the presidential decision-making process.” 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.
War Potential 10 mins – “Since President Donald Trump took office, we’ve heard plenty about Russia. Some have said tensions with the country could lead to conflict – even another world war. In this podcast special, Al Letson talks to former top NATO commander Richard Shirreff, who spells out these fears – which are very real for him – in his new novel.” At the link find the title, “Al Letson Reveals: Former NATO official imagines war with Russia, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files Al-Letson-Reveals_Former-NATO-official-imagines-war-with-Russia.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
White Nationalist 55 mins – “On this episode of Reveal, three stories of men are at the center of controversy. He’s been punched on the streets of Washington, D.C., and kicked out of a major conservative political gathering, and yet white nationalist Richard Spencer has left Montana to set up shop in the nation’s capital. What does he have to show for it? A Marine veteran breaks the news of hundreds – possibly thousands – of naked photographs of female service members being shared online. We hear his story. Nearly 30 years ago, six firefighters in Kansas City, Missouri, died in an arson explosion that shook the city. Reveal follows a man in the case who was sent to prison for life as he’s released and reunited with his family.” At the link find the title, “Richard Spencer’s cotton farms, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files Richard-Spencer_s-cotton-farms_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Womens Magazine 49 mins – “Rochelle Udell has made her mark in several industries: publishing, beauty, and fashion. Here are just a few highlights. She was editor-in-chief of Self magazine, she was art director for Vogue, Harper’s Bazar, and Esquire. She was creative director of Revlon, and Chicos, she founded epicurious.com, and was the president of Conde Net, the online portal for Conde Nast. More recently she’s turned her attention to making art. On this podcast Debbie talks to Rochelle about her very creative professional life. “The strength of creative people is to be the outside observer of ordinary things. That’s the strength of the creative person, so you’ve gotta stay outside a little bit.” At the link find the title, “Rochelle Udell, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files Rochelle-Udell.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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