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Addictive Behavior 56 mins – “Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. Adam Alter is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, and has written for the New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, Washington Post, and Popular Science, among other publications. He’s an associate professor of marketing at New York University and also teaches in the psychology department. His fascinating and chilling new book, Irresistible: the Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping us Hooked has, among other things, convinced Jason to stop charging his cellphone in his bedroom. Surprise conversation starter interview clips: James Fallon on Voting for an Actual Psychopath and Margaret Atwood on Anti-Science Sentiment93.” At the link find the title, “Adam Alter (Social Psychologist) – Ping! Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP5765678848.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI and Society 60 mins – “AI technologies have the potential to vastly enhance the performance of many systems and institutions, from making transportation safer, to enhancing the accuracy of medical diagnosis, to improving the efficiency of food safety inspections. However, AI systems can also create moral hazards, by potentially diminishing human accountability, perpetuating biases that are inherent to the AI’s training data, or optimizing for one performance measure at the expense of others. These challenges require new kinds of “user interfaces” between machines and society. We will explore these issues, and how they would interface with existing institutions. Joi Ito is the director of the MIT Media Lab, Professor of the Practice at MIT and the author, with Jeff Howe, of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future (Grand Central Publishing, 2016). Iyad Rahwan is the AT&T Career Development Professor and an Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Scalable Cooperation group. A native of Aleppo, Syria, Rahwan holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is an affiliate faculty at the MIT Institute of Data, Systems and Society (IDSS). Rahwan’s work lies at the intersection of the computer and social sciences, with a focus on collective intelligence, large-scale cooperation, and the social aspects of Artificial Intelligence. His team built the Moral Machine, which has collected 28 million decisions to-date about how autonomous cars should prioritize risk.” 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.
Algorithm Impact 64 mins – “In 1997, as a freshly-minted lawyer, Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar joined the staff of the Treasury Department’s Office of Enforcement. Almost immediately, he was drawn into some of the fascinating issues that Treasury confronted at the time, from the regulation of electronic money to international policing and anti-corruption initiatives. In this talk, he reflects on his years at Treasury and discusses some of the connections between the challenges he encountered at Treasury then, and some of the dilemmas facing the world today.” 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.
Alternative Fuel Vehicles 16 mins – “Two researchers talk to Science & the City about petroleum dependence and the future of the automobile in the 21st century—from the new electric car to advanced biofuels.” At the link find the title, “An Alternative Fuel Future? Jun, 2011,” right-click “Media files 110628_AlternativeFuelVehicles.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ant Man Story 29 mins – “Part 1: Geneticist Sebastian Alvarado reconnects with his love of comic books by attempting to shrink ants. Part 2: Inspired by his favorite novel, third-grade Danny Artese attempts to turn himself into a plant. Sebastian Gaston Alvarado went into science so he could make the X-men. During his Ph.D., he studied the molecular switches that regulate gene function. As a result, his work has shed light on chronic pain, size variation in ants, and metabolism in hibernating squirrels. He is also co-founder of Thwacke, a science consulting firm for the entertainment sector. As a consultant, he has rationalized the science behind Captain America’s Super Soldier Serum and the reversible nature of the Incredible Hulk’s transformations . Sebastian is currently an A.P. Giannini Fellow at Stanford University where he studies how social environment can shape the way genes change behavior in a fish. Danny Artese is a NY-based storyteller who has won multiple Moth StorySLAMs and performed at Q.E.D., UCB, The Magnet Theater, and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! While not a scientist by trade, one of the proudest moments of Danny’s life was when his high school Biology teacher (Hi Mrs. Beamer!) told his 15-year-old self that he’d be a great gynecologist.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Asking Right Questions 14 mins – “Questions help all of us communicate and for journalists they are a way of getting the information needed to report the news. But how many of us know how to ask the right questions, whether on the job or in our daily lives? In this episode of Update-1, Bankrate.com Washington Bureau Chief and former National Press Club President Mark Hamrick (@Hamrickisms) interviews Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno about the value of questions. Sesno, the director of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, talks about his new book, “Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change.” He also explains the importance of good listening as a means to improving the quality of communication.” At the link find the title, “Journalist And Educator Frank Sesno Discusses The Importance Of Asking The Right Questions, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files Frank Podcast Mixdown 1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Australia Economic Trends 65 mins – “Partner at Deloitte Access Economics Chris Richardson addresses the National Press Club in Canberra.” [“Chris is in charge of the Deloitte Access Economics’ forecasting and policy unit and is one of Australia’s best known economists. A highly sought after commentator and presenter on economic trends in both broadcast and print media, he is also the author of Business Outlook, a leader in its field of macro forecasting, as well as the highly influential Budget Monitor, an in-depth analysis of the Australian Federal Budget.”] At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Chris Richardson, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc ChrisRichardson 1204_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Automation and Jobs 64 mins – “With the capabilities of artificial intelligence quickly expanding and middle class jobs under threat of being automated, will the government need to step in to pick up the slack of a job market hollowed out by machines? Experts explore the potential for mass job loss created by technological advances and, in turn, the possible need for a large welfare state to care for an increasingly underemployed population.” 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.
Autoimmune Disease 99 mins – “Hey folks! The guys at Mind Pump Media came to Reno and interviewed me for a podcast. “MindPump is an online radio show/podcast that has been described as Howard Stern meets fitness. It is sometimes raw, sometimes shocking and is always entertaining and informative. Your hosts, Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer and Justin Andrews have over 40 years of combined fitness experience as personal trainers, club managers, IFBB fitness competitors and fitness thought leaders.” Learn more about the guys at Mind Pump here. “ At the link right-click “Download episode Here (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Birth Control Politics 23 mins – “…IUDs are a type of LARC, or “long acting reversible contraceptives.” These are forms of birth control that you can put in once and leave in for months or even years. Research shows LARCs are way more effective at preventing pregnancy than birth control pills: 18 of every 100 sexually active women who rely on the pill become pregnant within a year. For women who use IUDs, fewer than one in 100 will become pregnant over the same time frame….” 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.
Black Architect 23 mins – “Los Angeles is rich with architectural diversity. On the same block, you could find a retro-futuristic Googie diner next to a Spanish-style mansion, sitting comfortably alongside a Dutch Colonial dwelling, all in close proximity to a Deconstructivist concert hall. In the golden era of Hollywood of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the new movie industry titans who flocked to L.A. had an opportunity to construct whatever style houses they wanted. After all, Los Angeles had a lot of open space to develop, and no unifying architectural style. And there was one particular architect who could make any kind of building and make it well: Paul Revere Williams.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Border Town Medicine 42 mins – “In the fall of 2014, fourth-year students Melissa Palma and Hana Khidir left Iowa City for Texas’ Rio Grande Valley for an international health elective pediatrics rotation. Their experiences there, along the porous border between the US and Mexico, brought home to them some truths that aren’t well-known to most Americans. For instance, the ‘popular’ version of immigration is one of immigrants crossing the border from Mexico and committing crimes and taking jobs from American workers. But the truth involves huge numbers of children, the so-called unaccompanied minors fleeing desperate conditions–violence that has taken many of their parents and families from them, leaving them completely alone–that leave them no choice but to leave their homes to end up in detention centers in the US. Melissa and Hana’s stories of conditions there–of overwhelmed systems, children in limbo, and desperation–are worth adding to the popular understanding of the ‘undocumented immigrant.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Research 39 mins – “Lisa Wehr, John Pienta, and Kaci McCleary, along with producer Jason Lewis, get to interview New York Times Bestselling author Sam Kean. Mr. Kean has written several meticulously researched books that tell the stories of science and scientific advances. His most recent book, The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brazil’s Amazon Preservation 66 mins – “Eve Bratman, assistant professor of environmental studies at Franklin & Marshall College, discusses environmental policy and sustainable development, focusing on the Brazilian Amazon, as part of CFR’s Academic Conference Call series.” 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.
Business Start–ups 43 mins – “In 1983 a guy named Stuart Anders invented a toy that would become a huge hit — one of the biggest fad toys of a generation. But the toy world can be treacherous, and Stuart’s big idea left him broke. Now he’s back with a new toy and a surprising ally.” At the link find the title, “You Have to Invent Something (Season 5, Episode 1), Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT4040931812.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
California Water Management 28 mins – “California’s soggy winter and spring belie its long-term water prospects. While it’s true that the Golden State is experiencing record rainfalls, California’s water problems have far from evaporated. A warmer globe means wilder swings of storms and drought, deluges and scarcity. Is the most populous state ready for these wild swings? What are they doing with the surplus that is literally spilling over aquifers right now? And how will they ensure that groundwater stores are not completely depleted? This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from environmental writer Jeremy Miller who discusses his recent New Yorker article chronicling California’s deep, systemic water problems. Miller talks about the impact of the flooding in Northern California, shares ideas from experts on how to re-charge the state’s stressed groundwater reserves, and posits that California needs a more sustainable model for fresh water that is less dependent on the snow pack in the Sierra Mountains.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cancer’s Biographer 17 mins – “Oncologist and acclaimed author Siddhartha Mukherjee takes us on a journey through the long and complex history of cancer, and discusses what it took to bring his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, to life.” At the link find the title, “Behind the Scenes with Cancer’s Biographer, May, 2011,” right-click “Media files 110502_BiographyOfCancer.mp3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Carpet Sweeper 4 mins – “Today, a husband and wife engineer success. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. rooms have been around since, well, since there’s been a need to get dirt off the floor. It’s quite likely our early human ancestors used tree branches to tidy up their caves. But it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that we witnessed the first major mechanical breakthrough in the science of sweeping — the carpet sweeper….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 2572” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Clinical Trial Absences 21 mins – “Dr. Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, discusses the pervasive bias in reporting clinical trials of medications.” At the link find the title, “Medicine’s Missing Half: How Withholding Clinical Trials Degrades the Evidence Base, Mar, 2013,” right-click “Media files medicines_missing_half.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
College Debt Crisis 45 mins – “The largest student loan servicer in America — with a portfolio of billions and money owed by millions — is under fire for saying it has no duty to give consumers good advice. And the now the lawsuits are flying. We look at the industry and get advice from experts on how to dig yourself out of student debt. Our guests are Michelle Singletary, syndicated columnist of The Color of Money for The Washington Post, Shahien Nasiripour, a reporter covering student debt for Bloomberg, and Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in higher education finance and student loans.” At the link find the title, “Surviving Student Loans, “ right-click “Media files 20170411_1a_podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
College Protests 45 mins – “Slate’s Osita Nwanevu defended the actions of Middlebury College students to silence visiting speaker Charles Murray last month. If we consider some opinions to be beyond the pale of acceptability, who’s to say that the students were wrong in putting Murray’s past writings in that category? Nwanevu is an editorial assistant at Slate. In the Spiel: If you really think about it, Bill O’Reilly is a lot like Bashar al-Assad.” At the link find the title, “Gist: When Protesters Pull the Fire Alarm, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY7871754305.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Community Supported Agriculture 92 mins – “Janaki Fisher-Merritt owns Food Farm with his wife, Annie Dugan, and operates it with his parents, John and Jane Fisher-Merritt, and long-time employee Dave Hanlon. Located in Wrenshall, Minnesota, 25 miles southwest of Duluth, Food Farm raises about thirteen acres of vegetables, and sells them over an extended season by storing crops in their high-tech root cellar. In 2010, they were selected as the Organic Farmers of the Year by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. …In addition to 200 summer CSA shares and a significant amount of wholesale sales, Food Farm packs about 150 CSA shares all winter long. We dig into Food Farm’s amazing root cellar, which combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create a facility that is practical and efficient. Janaki walks us through the development of their root cellar, the creation of a second-generation version, and the nuts and bolts of how they keep storage crops fresh into March and beyond. Janaki also explains their wood-heated transplant production system, and the steps they’ve taken to make that energy-efficient in a climate where heating bills in March can be much more outrageous than on the average Minnesota vegetable farm…. “ At the ink right-click “Download this Episode” under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cory Booker 127 mins – “Cory Booker (@corybooker) is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey. I generally have an allergy to politics, but Cory’s story is endlessly fascinating (e.g., he’s faced down death threats from gangs, run into burning buildings, and much more), and we have a few years of history together. We cover a lot in this wide-ranging catch-up conversation, including his diet, lessons from early mentors and athletics, routines, books that have had an impact, learning how to “street fight” in New Jersey after receiving a Rhodes Scholarship, and much more. Cory began his political career as a city councilor from 1998 to 2002 in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city. He later served as mayor of Newark, which under his leadership entered its biggest period of economic growth since the 1960s — the first new downtown hotels were constructed in forty years, the first new office towers in twenty. He then won the Senate Democratic primary in August of 2013, and then won the general election on October 16, 2013, becoming the first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey. Cory is also the author of The New York Times bestseller United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good.” At the link find the title, “#233: Cory Booker — Street Fights, 10-Day Hunger Strikes, and Creative Problem-Solving, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show-Cory_Booker.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Diabetes and Obesity 35 mins – “Eric Wilson, Aline Sandouk, and Taz Khalid are here to introduce two of the people fighting world-wide epidemics: Diabetes and Obesity. Endocrinologist Dr. Dale Abel is the director of the University of Iowa Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. The Diabetes Research Center recently invited Dr. Miguel Lopez to come from Spain, where he is a professor of physiology at the University of Santiago De Compostela. He coordinates the NeurObesity research group at the Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases; his field of knowledge is the hypothalamic regulation of energy balance. We got to talk to them about the current state of research in diabetes and obesity, and the prospects for a paradigm shift in how we treat them. Also, Drs. Abel and Lopez compare the way research is funded in Europe and the US, and we discuss the value of well-timed and effective mentorship to young researchers.” At the link right-click “Download” below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dinosaur Sex 24 mins – “Brian Switek, a panelist at our upcoming Love and Lust in the Animal Kingdom event and author of My Beloved Brontosaurus, discusses what we know about dinosaur sex and how we know it.” At the link find the title, “Dinosaur Sex! Jan, 2013,” right-click “Media files dinosaursex_mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disneyland Experience 45 mins – “Dave returns from his vacation at Disney World in sunny Florida, and recaps for Senuri Jayatilleka, John Pienta, and Cole Cheney his fascination with how Disney takes your money and makes you love it. How does that relate to medicine? Who cares, it’s fun! And Suri is puzzled by her surgery shelf exam, which seemed to have few questions on actual surgery.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doctors without Borders 60 mins – “Dr. John Lawrence returns to the show to talk about MSF, or Doctors with Borders, as it’s known in the United States. Dr. Lawrence has been with the organization since 2009, and is the vice president of its USA board of directors. MSF has played a major role in delivering emergency aid during crises around the world. In 2014, the most recent year for which MSF has published statistics, the aid organization was active in more than 60 countries, most memorably in war-torn Syria and in West Africa with its Ebola outbreak. The war in Syria continues, and while the Ebola outbreak has receded, MSF is still in West Africa as it works to transition from caring for survivors to supporting local healthcare systems to do the same. Med students Ethan Forsgren, Nick Dimenstein, Amelia Hurst and Sean Wetjen spoke with Dr. Lawrence about some of the future directions that MSF might consider in a world where humanitarian crises seem to happen every day.” At the link right-click “Download” below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Don Reed 21 mins – “It’s an exclusive Snap Special — Don Reed’s “I Miss Toni.” The Snap Performer Of The Year reveals a family story of love, betrayal, and pride. Includes a post-story interview with Glynn Washington.” At the link find the title, ‘Snap Special – Don Reed “I Miss Toni’” Apr, 2017, right-click “Media files snapjudgment041317_snapspecial_donreedimisstoni.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Driverless Vehicles 78 mins – “Thank you all for coming. I’m Dan Runde. I hold the Schreyer chair at a different think tank, but I’m a member here at CFR. I really appreciate being asked by the Council to preside on this very interesting topic—I think quite timely. The conversation’s going to be about driverless cars and the future of transportation. We’ve got a really great panel to help us deal with this issue of driverless cars. And I would consider driverless cars as part of the concept of a fourth industrial revolution. I wrote a blog about this in Foreign Policy about a year—I did a book review of Klaus Schwab’s book called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” I’m not a techie. I suspect not everyone in this room is a techie, and one of the reasons you came was to get smarter and understand what is this stuff….” 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.
Ebola Reservoir 36 mins – In this Short Coat Episode “John Pienta has an profound moment with a patient, one which crystalized for him a sense that he’s doing exactly the right thing in his life. Meanwhile (being full of profundity this week) he brings Marc Toral, Dylan Todd, and Corbin Weaver good news–that we are not alone in the universe. Maybe…Marc’s not buying it. Whatever, science boy, this changes everything. Also, the things we’re learning about ebola after the infection seems to subside are interesting, and they lead Dave to surmise that we’re all screwed. And conventional wisdom about sleep hygiene–in particular, the idea that we need 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep and that modern life is to blame for insomnia–is probably BS.” At the link right-click “Download” below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Electric Injury Treatment 9 mins – “Thankfully, electrical injuries are relatively uncommon – but that means that lack of evidence regarding the management of patients who have been electrocuted, which can cause concern for clinicians when these patients present. In this podcast, Cath Brizzel, clinical editor for The BMJ, is joined by one of the authors of a clinical update on the management of electrical injury – Kumar Narayanan, a Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at MaxCure Hospitals in India.” At the link find the title, “Assessing and treating an electrical injury, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files 317508441-bmjgroup-assessing-and-treating-an-electrical-injury.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ethnic Foods 39 mins – “One of the most diverse things about the U.S. is its food industry. Foodies obsessively seek out the “authentic” flavors of any given culture. But many of the foods brought to the U.S. via immigration were initially viewed with suspicion and disdain. “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
EU at the Crossroads 61 mins – “Experts reflect on the development of the European Union (EU) since its creation with the Treaty of Maastricht twenty-five years ago, and evaluate the future of the EU and challenges that lie ahead.” 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.
Evolution of Reason 40 mins – “Ian Sample and Nicola Davis delve into the world of reason and ask why do we have it? How does it work? And what insights might our evolutionary past provide? Long heralded as one of the last remaining barriers between “man and beast”, our ability to use reason and logic has historically been seen as the most human of behaviours. But as the field of neuroscience and psychology continues to probe our cognitive processes, are the foundations of reasoning now experiencing a shake up? Or, as many argue, are they somehow immune?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Female Engineer 18 mins – “In this podcast, Dustyn Roberts discusses her work on the cutting edge of engineering. Her Sample Manipulation System, part of the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory, is now helping to analyze soil samples on Mars, and her current projects range from DIY biomechanics to opening up and supporting a world of educational resources.” At the link find the title, “Dustyn’s Robots, Nov, 2012,” right-click “Media files 20120913_dustyn_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Free Speech Debate 46 mins – “In times of political division and heightened concerns for the future, particularly around free speech and intellectual freedom, what are the roles independent publishers and authors should play? In such times, what are the responsibilities of independent publishers and authors? What should be our collective response? Those were the questions for discussion at last weekend’s keynote panel for Publishing University, the annual conference of IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. Panel members included Patrick Maloney, Editor & Production Manager, Wise Ink Publishing, a Minneapolis-baseed creative publishing agency for authors; activist and storyteller Jessica Salans, who is Outreach Director of Coralstone Press, publishers of long-form, narrative storytelling for children’s picture books; and Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, and president of Warner Coaching Inc. New paradigms emerge after a period of crisis in science, when theories fail to describe what scientists observe about the natural world, noted moderator Chris Kenneally. “All of us are living today in such a period of crisis, but the revolution is not a scientific one. It is a technological revolution, first, as well as a social revolution, and a media revolution, too,” he said. “The World Wide Web is the flashpoint, and devices likes smartphones and laptops and platforms like Amazon and Facebook provide the artillery and the battlefields.”
GM Foods 45 mins – “Science Vs peels back the label on GM foods to find out whether they’re safe to eat and what impact they can have on the environment. Both sides of the debate have written impassioned songs, but what does the science say? We talk to Prof. Fred Gould, Dr. Janet Cotter, and Prof. David Douches to find out. ***Please note*** this episode has been updated. In the original version we suggested that the Bt corn that killed monarch caterpillars was taken off the market as a direct result of studies demonstrating its harm. But although the corn was eventually taken off the market, the company that made it later told us it was phased out “for business reasons”, such as declining sales — and they did not mention the dead butterflies.” At the link find the title, “GMO… OMG? Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT4275075665.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Guatemala Medical Mission 33 mins – “Fourth-year students David Janssen and Lindsey Knake recently arrived home to Iowa from Guatemala, where, along with anesthesiologist David Swanson, they participated in the Miles of Smiles Team (MOST) cleft palate repair medical mission. Team leader and former UI otolaryngologist Dr. John Canady joined us to discuss what it’s like to do a ‘short term’ medical mission each year for more than 10 years in a country where the needs are great and the resources aren’t.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Guns and Research 55 mins – In this Short Coat Episode “…We discuss the possibility that most medical abstracts are at best wishful thinking and at worst fraudulent. And speaking of research, physicians get it together to petition congress to start treating gun violence as a fundable research topic for the CDC. Since apparently no one can possibly know the reason for gun violence in this country, we discuss our own theories and the ways America reacts to it as a social issue. And Yahoo! Answers represents an opportunity for medical students to inform the public, because the public (judging by questions posted on Yahoo! Answers) is in desperate need of information.” At the link right-click “Download” below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Reform 54 mins – “Recorded on March 22, 2017 In a lively debate Avik Roy and John Podhoretz discuss health care coverage and whether the American Health Care Act (AHCA), created to replace Obamacare/Affordable Care Act (ACA), will solve our health care problems. They both agree that if we could begin again we would never design a health care system like ours, but, since we cannot start over, how can we make things better. ” At the link find the title, “The Challenges of Reforming Health Care in a Partisan Era, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170411-Roy-Podhoretz.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Homeless in Los Angeles 48 mins – “How Los Angeles and Orange County are approaching homelessness, new study projects considerable rising sea level, latest in aeronautics from NASA Armstrong.” At the link find the title, “How LA and OC are taking on homelessness, California’s rising sea level, NASA’s latest in aeronautics, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files SHOW_041317-1abb9fec.mp3” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Impeachment Potential 45 mins – “Jacob Weisberg and Harvard Law Professor, Noah Feldman, discuss the three most pressing categories from which the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump may be drawn – corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of democratic norms.” At the link find the title, “Articles of Impeachment, Apr, 2017,” right-click “PPY7763026733.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Intelligent Design 48 mins – “Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. Daniel Dennett is one of the foremost philosophers of mind working today to unravel the puzzle of what minds are and what they’re for, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His latest book of many is called From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, and it’s a sweeping (but detailed) attempt to demystify how we get from inanimate matter to cathedrals, symphonies, and of course, podcasts. In this fun and meaty episode of Think Again, Dennett waxes wicked and wise on consciousness, Dolphins, Artificial Intelligence, and much, much more. Surprise conversation starter interview clips: Andrew Keen on the Internet and social isolation and Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence” At the link find the title, “91. Daniel Dennett (Philosopher) – Thinking About Thinking About Thinking,” right-click “Media files PP7121030594.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Impact on Brains 7 mins – “Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, presents a case for stepping away from your computer, now and then, if you can.” At the link find the title, “This is Your Brain on Tech, Dec, 2010,” right-click “Media files 120310carr.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Privacy 38 mins – “This week, we debut a new segment designed to help you calibrate your anger in a changing world. Plus, how to cloak yourself from all the people who are now allowed to see your internet browsing history.” At the link find the title, “# 94 Obfuscation,” right-click “Media files GLT9298461672.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kenyan History 27 mins “This is an affectionate portrait of Elizabeth Gathoni Koinange – a woman who lives a short drive outside Nairobi – and who celebrated her 117th birthday this year. Her story, and that of her family, is told by Elizabeth’s own great granddaughter Priscilla Ng’ethe. The joy of family life is captured when many generations come together. But it is also a short mental journey to the past and more turbulent times, when the British were rounding up suspected Mau Mau independence rebels.[in Kenya]” At the link find the title, “Celebrating Life at 117, Apr, 2017,”right-click “Media files p04zd7xs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lab Cultured Meat 60 mins – “This week we go into a lab that’s working to make our kitchens more sustainable. Guest host Jessie Yaros speaks with Professor Mark Post about lab cultured beef, including how a hamburger is grown from scratch in the lab, the advantages of cultured beef over traditional factory farming processes, and the currently public perception of eating lab-made meat products. And Bethany Brookshire chats with astronomy writer Chris Crockett about the approaching Grand Finale of the Cassini mission and how the spacecraft’s destruction could provide us with exciting new information about Saturn and its rings.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the soundbar and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Large Hadron Collider 21 mins – “Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek explains the Large Hadron Collider and its potential to revolutionize the field of physics at an S&C Fall event.” At the link find the title, “The LHC: Physics’ New Golden Age, Sept, 2008,” right-click “Media files 092608wilczek.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Liars and Lying 45 mins – “Everybody lies. This is not breaking news. But what separates the average person from the infamous cheaters we see on the news? Dan Ariely says we like to think it’s character — but in his research he’s found it’s more often opportunity. Dan Ariely is a professor at Duke University and the author of the book The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 66: Liar, Liar,” right-click “Media files 20170327_hiddenbrain_66.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
LSD Treatment History 33 mins – “In the early 1960’s, a psychologist named Gary Fisher carried out a radical experiment on severely emotionally disturbed children at a residential hospital in Southern California. Fisher believed these children’s behavioral problems could be traced back to profound trauma they had suffered in their early childhoods, but had never adequately processed. He thought very large doses of LSD might cure them. Whether Fisher’s experiment was reckless or whether it was heroic depends on how you think about science, and what risks we’re willing to take in pursuit of something groundbreaking.” At the link find the title, “S2 Episode 4: The Elementary Kool-Aid Acid Test, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files FisherFinal2tag.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Meatless Life 33 mins – “If you are a typical American who enjoys bacon and eggs for breakfast, can you imagine a future without them? If you are a doctor, a dietician or someone in the health and wellness industry, would you consider a diet without meat – chicken, pork or beef – a healthy and balanced one? Today’s guest is the vice president of communications for a non-profit organization called Animal Agriculture Alliance that is based in Washington DC. Hannah Thompson-Weeman is an advocate and defender of the animal agriculture industry as she continues to work with farmers, restaurants, and other influencers in educating people about how their food is produced, grown and prepared. On today’s episode, Hannah talks about the future of the animal agriculture industry and the challenges it currently faces, one of which is the damage that activists groups are trying to make in the industry. She talks about the effects of these threats to the farmers, the government, and the middle segment, with the latter composed of groups of consumers who do not know much about how their food is produced such as restaurants and legislators. Hannah also gives a glimpse of the collegiate competition the Alliance holds to encourage and empower students in their agricultural journey. “Don’t let anyone make you scared of your food or make you guilty about your food. You should be empowered to make your own dining decisions but make them based on facts and not on fear and misinformation.” – Hannah Thompson-Weeman” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 048: A Future Without Bacon and Eggs is No Future At All with Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance Final,” right-click “Media files 048 A Future Without Bacon and Eggs is No Future At All with Hannah Thompson Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance_mixdown_Reedit_Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Biases 41 mins – “a listener tip (thanks, Twitter’s @Brady_Campbell) led Cole Cheney, Keenan Laraway, Matt Maves and Greg Woods to a discussion of one doctor’s campaign to get her colleagues to embrace total transparency–financial relationships with drug companies, personal values, the works. Could it lead to more trusting doctor-patient relationship, or is it completely unworkable? And why did the mere suggestion of such a thing inspire such a vitriolic backlash from her colleagues? Keenan gives us an update on his experiences on the residency interview trail. Also, a woman fights seizures which happen every time she hears a Ne-Yo song. Scientists again demonstrate direct brain-to-brain communication. A belated happy World Vasectomy Day. And Google’s new employee benefit: DNA tests to help employees with cancer find the right treatments.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Burnout 54 mins – “What can medical students and residents do to keep their chins up during their training? That’s what listener Ross–who has noticed the contrast between his happy med student co-workers and his crabby resident co-workers–wants to know. John Pienta, Gabe Lancaster, Jake O’Brien, and Matt Becker consider the question and the advice we gathered from residents. Also, with the news this week that Hawkeye alumnus and former NFL player Tyler Sash, who passed away in September, was a victim of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Jason Lewis joins in to examine the implications. Is football a worthy pass-time or is it a killer of young men? When parents ask their doctors for a sports physical, should their doctors be thinking about the risks? And when docs see kids with injuries caused by their participation in sports, do they need to consider their obligations as mandatory reporters of child abuse?” At the link right-click “Download” below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Coaching 62 mins – “Coaching is an integral part of sports, it’s often used by corporate executives, and even helps people manage ADHD. But until recently coaching wasn’t something physicians used to achieve their goals. For this show, Mark Moubarek, Aline Sandouk, and Amy Young talk with Georgetown University faculty member Maggi Cary and Georgetown student Jack Penner. Dr. Cary is a certified coach specializing in leadership coaching for healthcare professionals. But a serendipitous acquaintance with Jack lead to him becoming a client. Recognizing its value for him as a student–in dealing with the so-called hidden curriculum and impostor syndrome, among other things–they have put together a pro-bono arrangement for twelve Georgetown student with area coaches. These relationships have allowed students to address areas of concern for them without the fears they may have in reaching out to faculty or peers, such as raising red flags or competitive issues. It has also allowed them to get some of the individual attention they may be missing in education systems that are focused more on mass production of doctors. And as medicine itself moves away from the idea that the doctor is the captain of the ship and towards a more integrative model of cooperation between medical professionals, more doctors are excited about learning leadership, management, and even surgical skills that encourage and value the input of their teammates. Dr. Cary and Jack also help us consider an idea sent in by listener JW–that burnout among physicians might be addressed by adopting a less martyred approach to their work in favor of understanding that ‘it’s just a job.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Medical Follow-ups 40 mins – “Our show this time was record in front of a remarkably appreciative audience at The Examined Life Conference, and it was a lot of fun. We talked with several presenters from the conference, including Gabriel Ledger an emergency physician who became a filmmaker when he decided he wanted to find out more about the patients he’d encountered in the ER. We spoke with Emily White, an Iowa undergrad who has been doing research on Dignity Therapy and who no doubt has a bright future in medicine. Toni Becker is a speech language pathology grad student whose portraiture and interviews of people with disabilities remind us of their significance. Susan Ball is associate director of the New York Presbyterian’s AIDS care center, and shared with us her experiences as a physician at the start of the AIDS epidemic.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Gender and Race Discussion 43 mins – “The U.S. has recently (and not-so-recently) been rocked by the killings of black men by police; these events have spawned protests, among them the die-ins at medical schools around the country. Students Ben Quarshie, Kaci McCleary, Lisa Wehr, Greg Woods, and Aline Sandouk discuss these events, how non-minorities can take part in the conversation without screwing it up, and why these events are important to medical students. We also examine the more subtle aspects of racism and healthcare, including delays in care, healthcare and economic policies, why acting locally may be the best way to affect change, and what allies should (and should not) do when they want to help.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Medical Gender Bias 40 mins – “…the attention Mattel’s Barbie is getting for being a shockingly bad computer engineer, and whether and how this sort of bias against the competence of women appears in medical education. Also, kissing and hand dryers are really gross. Medical school pranks (hint: if your E. coli swab isn’t growing, you might want to look at your lab partners). The results of many microbiome stories are being questioned due to contamination as a result of these young whippersnapper scientists who are jumping on the trend of microbial studies. Why keeping your chin up (when texting) may be a good idea if you’re having neck strain issues. Harvard’s Grant Study has for 75 years been offering info on how to have a happy life.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Marijuana 50 mins – “Okay, now that I got my pot joke out of the way, we can focus on the episode, the topic of which this week is medical and recreational cannabis. Nathan Miller, Kaci McCleary, Corbin Weaver, and Eric Wilson explore the attention marijuana is getting lately from the medical and legislative/legal communities. On the medical front, what are the uses of pot? Do we actually know anything useful about the uses of pot? What are the ramifications of the legalization of recreational marijuana? Have med schools caught up with these new views on pot? Are there other countries that have successfully legalized MJ without collapsing into anarchy or suffering from the effects of potheads’ endlessly innovative bong-making drives?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Match Day 37 mins – “The excitement was palpable as we waited for the clock to strike 11 a.m. CST. Or maybe it was fear, hope, dread…whatever it was, we were waiting for the results of Match Day 2015, when med students throughout the country found out where they’d be going as newly minted residents to finish their training for the next few years. After the drama had played out, and everyone else had left the building to start celebrating, Damien Ihrig–he’s the registrar here at the College of Medicine–sat down with Nathan Miller, Melissa Palma, and Jordan Harbaugh-Williams to talk about Match Day and everything that lead up to it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Old Timer 38 mins – “Melissa Palma met former transplant surgeon Hani Elkadi in the clinic, and when they got to talking she realized she couldn’t keep him to herself. Kaci McCleary, John Pienta, and Nicholas Sparr join her for a discussion of his youth in the middle east, the choices (or lack thereof) that led him along the winding road of life. Dr. Elkadi discusses the role of technology and how it’s changed medicine both for the better and the worse, shares stories from his medical training, the role of volunteering in medical training, and the trap specialists sometimes fall into when trying to treat patients.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Psychopaths 35 mins – “This week, Aline Sandouk, Lisa Wehr, Greg Woods, and Kaci McCleary ponder the prevalence of psychological issues among doctors. It turns out, they’re messed up, especially surgeons. Keep away from those guys, unless you need a transplant. Also, Sierra Leone bans Christmas celebrations to avoid the spread of Ebola. A woman devises her own infection control protocols to care for her Ebola-infected family…and it works. Diagnosing your kids ear infections with your cell phone. And the world’s first mind-controlled robot prosthetic gives a man both his arms back.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Research Issues 43 mins – “This time, Greg Woods, Lisa Wehr, Aline Sandouk, and Cole Cheney react to the latest news from Duke University on former HHMI cancer researcher Anil Potti‘s disgrace: that, contrary to what Duke said when the data-and-CV-falsification scandal broke in 2010, there was a whistleblower…and it was a medical student, who’d warned them in 2008. Bravery, money, Barbara Streisand, prestige, ego, fear…all these things come into play when researchers falsify, and when institutions cover it up.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical School Technology 50 mins – “Medical School is hard work. Between the information to memorize and the concepts to understand, along with the time you’ll spend on it all, it seems ripe for technological intervention. Can an app really help you memorize anatomy? Can a website really help you make medical decisions? Can a table really help you get organized? We recently surveyed students here at the UI Carver College of Medicine and on Reddit, asking them for recommendations and tips on using tech during medical school. Listen in as Cole Cheney, Aline Sandouk, John Pienta, Lisa Wehr, and Greg Woods wade through the results. While there are certainly plenty of apps out there to try, in general the info we got boiled down to a few major app winners and platform leaders, and some others to try, too. Because what it all comes down to is there’s more than one way to study medicine, and you’ll just have to try them to see which one is best for you. For seasoned med students these apps and sites will be familiar. For those who’ are looking f or alternatives, our discussion may help.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Students Study Habits 46 mins – “It’s the last show we’ll record this semester, and to mark it we’ll consider what went well for our hosts in their studies, what didn’t go so well, who helped them not go crazy, and what they’ll be doing differently in the coming year. Also, some very important news about how long it takes all animals to urinate.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Therapy 46 mins – “This time on The Short Coat, CCOM physical therapy student Reid Wilson stops by to tell Aline Sandouk, Cole Cheney, and Greg Woods about Second Shot. Reid is an outdoorsman and hunter. When his dog Zeus was laid up with a broken leg but clearly hankering to go out and do his thing in the woods, it occurred to Reid that Zeus likely wasn’t the only one. There were plenty of people like Zeus who, despite their physical disabilities, could benefit from time in the outdoors. And so, Second Shot was born to create opportunities for people to get out there and experience the outdoors once again.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Memes Impact 62 mins – “WHO researchers in Uganda are keen to teach schoolchildren there how to spot dubious health claims. This leads Dave to ask Levi Endelman, John Pienta, and newcomers Alice Ye and Adam Erwood whether their generation was taught the principles of logic and scientific thought in a way more effective than his own generation was taught, while Alice questions the motives of the researchers themselves. On a related note, listener Jake writes in to remind John that even we on The Short Coat Podcast, careful as we are to disclaim any logic whatsoever, should be wary of “shallow/uncontrolled” arguments. We discuss emerging ideas on treating ICU patients in ways that minimize ICU delirium and PTSD, a problem once known as ICU psychosis, including changing the ways patients are sedated, their environments, the emphasis on convenience for healthcare personnel, and other factors that may be making patients crazy. Perhaps one day, ICU patients might receive some benefit from Kratom, which the DEA has now removed from the Schedule 1 drugs list after public outcry (and perhaps a dash of logical, scientific thought from us). And doctors are still better than online “symptom checkers” at diagnosing both common and uncommon illnesses.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Metal Origami 17 mins – “Go behind the scenes at Milgo Bufkin, a company using cutting edge technology and mathematics to create art and architecture from metal. The famous NYC ‘Love’ sculpture? They made it happen.” At the link find the title, “Metal Origami, Sept, 2009,” right-click “Media files 091109metal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mexican Politics 60 mins – “Experts delve into the domestic politics of Mexico, analyzing the impact of corruption, the drug war, and Mexico’s bilateral strategy with the United States following disagreements over immigration, border walls, and the North American Free Trade Agreement.“ 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.
National Health Service Royal Commission 18 mins – “Our latest debate asks whether there should be a Royal Commission (a high level enquiry, with statutory powers) into the future of the NHS. A high level inquiry could detoxify the radical changes needed and command wide support, say Maurice Saatchi, conservative peer, and Paul Buchanan, The BMJ’s patient editor; but Nigel Crisp, independent peer, thinks that a less formal, more flexible and collaborative approach could be quicker.”At the link find the title, “’We’re kicking the can down the road’ – how to get agreement on the future of the NHS, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files 317354739-bmjgroup-were-kicking-the-can-down-the-road-how-to-get-agreement-on-the-future-of-the-nhs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Neuroscience Education 18 mins -”Cognitive neuroscientists are discovering new insights into how our brains learn all the time, but lab research doesn’t always translate to real world of education. S&C asked three brain scientists—and organizers of the Academy’s Aspen Brain Forum—about their own work and how it can be applied to the classroom.” At the link find the title, “What Your Brain Can Tell You About Learning, Nov, 2011,” right-click “Media files 11212011 NeuroscienceEducation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Opioid Epidemic 44 mins – “ …The CDC says 78 people die from opioid overdoses every day. At least half of all opioid overdoses are from prescription drugs. Meanwhile, deaths from illegally made opioids, like the synthetic Fentanyl which is often mixed with heroin or cocaine to increase the high, increased 80% from 2013 to 2014. The American Society of Addiction Medicine says that prescription pain reliever overdose deaths among women increased more than 400% from 1999 to 2010, compared to 237% among men. In 2014, 168,000 adolescents were addicted to prescription pain medications. More than 2 and a half times that number of kids were taking prescription pain relievers for non-medical uses. …Second-years med students Sarah Ziegenhorn, Petra Hahn, and Cameron Foreman …were joined by Assistant Dean Denise Martinez and Nurse Kim Brown, whose son Andy died of an overdose, to talk about the issues of opioid addiction, treatment, and overdose prevention.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Panama Papers 45 mins – “The team behind the publication of the Panama Papers in 2016 has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The leaked documents from an offshore accounting firm uncovered a huge international tax scam, global corruption and money laundering. A year later, the Panama Papers are still having an effect on international banking practices and government officials worldwide. Our guests are Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and co-manager of the Panama Papers investigation; Kevin G. Hall, chief economics correspondent and senior investigator for McClatchy newspapers, who led McClatchy’s team as the sole U.S. newspaper partner in the Panama Papers project; Clark Gascoigne, deputy director of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition, a non-profit advocating for the elimination of off-shore corporate tax shelters; and Jake Bernstein, senior reporter for the Panama Papers project.” At the link find the title, “The Panama Papers — One Year Later, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170413_1a_podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Paypal Operations 58 mins – “Dan Schulman [of Paypal] discusses how globalization defines today’s consumer and the value of public-private partnerships and how they accelerate innovation. He will also address responsible leadership, and how businesses can drive lasting economic and socioeconomic impact.” 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.
Pediatric Poisonings 55 mins – “Even substances that seem harmless can be extremely dangerous if ingested in large quantities by children. Dr. Dina Wallin, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist, help you know what to keep out of reach of children. Recorded on 03/08/2017. (#32083)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Physics and Philosophy Intersection 77 mins – “Listen in to a discussion with writer Jim Holt, philosophers David Z. Albert and Hans Halvorson, and science writer Kate Becker about the realms where physics and philosophy intersect.” At the link find the title, “Where Physics and Philosophy Intersect, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files 160623_poe2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Polio Researcher 20 mins – “In this episode from way back, Natalie Ramirez, Zhi Xiong, and Mgbechi Erondu got to hang out with a real Pulitzer winner (!) and a nice man, David Oshinsky, PhD. He is the author of Polio: An American Story. From the papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, and other key players, Dr. Oshinsky records the U.S. public health crisis of polio and the search for a cure in the early 1950s, a frightening time for all Americans.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Power Grid Integration 30 mins – “What do you think of when you hear the word, “billionaires?” Ruthless capitalists? Decadent narcissists? Evil cheese-puffs? What about renewable power? Well, today on Sea Change Radio we hear from Sammy Roth, energy reporter for The Desert Sun, who recently wrote a three-part series about how some American billionaires with deep roots in the fossil fuel industry, are planning bold clean power initiatives. We talk about the enormous wind farm that conservative tycoon Philip Anschutz hopes to build in Wyoming, discuss the efforts that famed investor Warren Buffett is making to enter California’s electricity marketplace, and learn what “balancing authorities” are and the role they play in our electric grid. Is what’s happening in the West just another capitalist scheme to benefit the 1%, or might these moves actually reduce climate pollution and lower energy bills?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Premed Mentor 45 mins – “Ryan Gray, MD, was a physician in the Air Force. He’d planned all along to be an orthopaedic surgeon…but the military had other plans for him: aerospace medicine. Later, when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis forced him to give up flying, his career plans changed once again, and he decided to set aside the practice of medicine to focus his growing business as the proprietor of MedicalSchoolHQ.net where he advises pre-medical students on their efforts to get into medical school. He’s also a podcaster in that vein, as the host of The Premed Years podcast, the OldPreMeds Podcast, and The MCAT Podcast. As Dave, Nicole Morrow, Amy Hansen, Alex Volkmar, and Tony Rosenberg found, not only is Dr. Gray a thoughtful adviser, but he’s a lot of fun to talk to. His thoughts on being a non-traditional medical student (he was one himself), the efforts of some schools to create competency- and systems-based curricula instead of exam-based curricula, and the types of students admissions committees are most interested in are definitely worth knowing. And check out Dr. Gray’s new book, The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Premed Senior Story 47 mins – “Renee decided to become a nurse and then she advanced to become a very successful nurse educator. But she had something in her gut telling her that medicine was what she really wanted to do so she did apply at 53 years old. It was definitely not a smooth ride for her having rejected the first time and having taken the MCAT multiple times, not to mention, the physical barriers she had to hurdle. However, Renee knew she was going to find her place in medical school which she did eventually (she is now 54). Listen to this beautiful story of hardship, triumphs, and overcoming the odds….” At the link find the title, “229: 54-year-old Med Student Overcame 5 MCATs, Rejection and More,” right-click “Media files PMY229.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Proof of Concept Centers 24 mins – “Research only turns into a real-world solution if it becomes something you can buy and use, but there are a lot of challenges to taking a great idea from the lab and making it a viable commercial product. Researchers can become entrepreneurs by studying the marketplace and learning to listen to their potential customers.” At the link find the title, “Proof of Concept Centers: From Proof to Product, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files 160825_pocc2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Racial Discrimination 17 mins – “Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system — and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Recycling Paper 21 mins – “From your old magazines to a brand new recycled paper pizza box, we take a trip to Pratt Industry’s Staten Island paper recycling facility to see how NYC’s paper is reused.” At the link find the title,”New York’s Paper Solutions, Sept, 2008,” right-click “Multimedia: Slideshow Media files 091908recycling.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Restaurant Reviewers 28 mins – “Denise Martinez, MD, is the Assistant Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, and as such it may be fitting that she and her husband are foodies with a special interest in ethnic foods. She and her husband (Mark G on Yelp) have traveled all over Iowa (and the world) becoming Yelp superstars. She talks with Melissa Palma about food, ethnic food, traveling for food, reviewing food on Yelp, and food.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rosa Luxemburg 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg discusses the life and times of Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919), ‘Red Rosa’, who was born in Poland under the Russian Empire and became one of the leading revolutionaries in an age of revolution. She was jailed for agitation and for her campaign against the Great War which, she argued, pitted workers against each other for the sake of capitalism. With Karl Liebknecht and other radicals, she founded the Spartacus League in the hope of ending the war through revolution. She founded the German Communist Party with Liebknecht; with the violence that followed the German Revolution of 1918, her opponents condemned her as Bloody Rosa. She and Liebknecht were seen as ringleaders in the Spartacus Revolt of 1919 and, on 15th January 1919, the Freikorps militia arrested and murdered them. While Luxemburg has faced opposition for her actions and ideas from many quarters, she went on to become an iconic figure in East Germany under the Cold War and a focal point for opposition to the Soviet-backed leadership.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Russia Perspectives 61 mins – “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Rita Hauser. And I know almost all of you, and I welcome you very much to this annual Hauser symposium. Each year we pick a subject, and we pick it many months in advance, that we think will be of relevance and of interest to our members. So I must say I think we hit the jackpot today in terms of the subject. And we have a stellar cast of people. One of the aims that we had in funding this symposium was that our members be exposed to others than our own distinguished fellows, that they be exposed to the views of other international relations organizations abroad as well as in the United States so that we get a wide perspective beyond the confines of the four walls here.” 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.
Russian Jumpers 27 mins – “Lucy Ash meets the young Russians taking death-defying photos on top of skyscrapers to gain internet fame and explores why this is a particularly Russian phenomenon.” At the link find the title, “Extreme Selfies Russian Style, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04zp8d0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Solar Power History and Black Lung 56 mins – “If you’re even the least bit interested in solar power, you’ve probably come across an obscure, hard-to-parse, seemingly conflict-free term: net metering. It’s a system that has come to be the bedrock of the American rooftop solar industry, and the root of one of today’s biggest energy battles. It was also started by a dude named Steven Strong, kind of by accident. Buckle up folks, we’re going full energy nerd.” At the link find the title, “Episode 28: The Accidental History of Solar Power,” right-click “Media files 5464392-episode-28-the-accidental-history-of-solar-power.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Startup Businesses 44 mins – “In 1983 a guy named Stuart Anders invented a toy that would become a huge hit — one of the biggest fad toys of a generation. But the toy world can be treacherous, and Stuart’s big idea left him broke. Now he’s back with a new toy and a surprising ally.” At the link find the title, “Media files GLT4040931812.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stewardship Efforts 28 mins – “What accounts for Marine Le Pen’s popularity? As a populist wave sweeps across the Western world, France is emerging as a key battleground and she is scoring record ratings for a leader of an ‘outsider’ party and looks set to get through to the second round of the presidential elections. How much is it to do with an increasingly familiar politics which blames global elites and immigrants for economic and social woes? And how much is it a distinctively French form, mixing policies of the left and the right in a brew which harks back to previous generations of Gallic leaders? What turns a party previously seen as fascist into one seriously vying for the highest office in the land? Anand Menon examines how Marine Le Pen has detoxified her father’s party and asks what its success says about France’s future as one of two anchoring states of the EU.” At the link find the title, “Project Le Pen, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04zn247.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tanzania Medical Mission 42 mins – “Dr. Denny and nurse Paula Lofstrum are a pair of true medical missionaries who have spent many years traveling the world from Antarctica to Guatemala to Tanzania. Their journey together began in the late 1980s, when they embarked on a mission to Guatemala with a team of healthcare professionals. It was the first of several trips to Guatemala until, in the early 2000s, they were asked by a colleague to visit Iambi Tanzania in East Africa. It was there that the Lofstrums would discover a new chapter in their mission work. In 2006 they formed International Health Partners in the US and Tanzania, which works to improve healthcare for the people of Tanzania. Students Kurt Wall, Miles Greenwald, and Brandon Lyle talk to the Lofstrums about their work..” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Touch Science 30 mins – “This week, Hidden Brain considers the power of touch. First, Alison MacAdam tells us the story of her security blanket, called Baba. Then, Shankar interviews writer Deborah Blum about groundbreaking experiments into the importance of affection for young children.” At the link find the title, “Encore of Ep. 35: Creature Comforts, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170410_hiddenbrain_35.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Transitional Medicine P1 26 mins – “Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, Dr. Martin Kohn, Chief Medical Scientist for Health Care Delivery at IBM Research, and Dr. Marc Triola, Associate Dean for Educational Informatics at NYU School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Educational Informatics, discuss the emerging roles of digital technology in healthcare. These ideas will be explored further at an event on Friday, March 22, at the New York Academy of Sciences titled Health 2.0: Digital Technology in Clinical Care. This conference is jointly presented by The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the New York Academy of Sciences.” At the link find the title, “Digital Healthcare Technology Part 1: Virtual Patients, AI Doctors, and Beyond, Mar, 2013,” right-click “Media files transmed_digital1_mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Transitional Medicine P2 26 mins – “Dr. Robert Kaplan, Director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Dr. Barbara Barry, research scientist with the Northeastern University Relational Agents Group, discuss the evolving role of technology in addressing the behavioral aspects of health. These ideas will be further explored at an event on Friday, March 22, at the New York Academy of Sciences titled Health 2.0: Digital Technology in Clinical Care. This conference is jointly presented by The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the New York Academy of Sciences.” At the link find the title, “Digital Healthcare Technology Part 2: Take One App a Day with Food, Mar, 2013,” right-click “Media files transmed_digitalhealth2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Triassic Era 28 mins – “Nick Fraser regularly travels back in time (at least in his mind) to the Triassic, a crazily inventive period in our evolutionary history that started 250 million years ago. Wherever there are ancient Triassic creatures buried underground, Nick is never far behind; and his ‘fossil first’ approach to life has been richly rewarded. In 2002, he unearthed a new species of gliding reptile in Virginia, USA. Last year in southern China, he identified the remains of a creature so utterly odd that the paleontologists who studied this species before him had got it all wrong. And earlier this year he was part of a tiny but hugely exciting discovery much closer to home, hidden in the Scottish borders in rocks that are over 350 million years old: an ancient amphibian, imaginatively named Tiny, that is the earliest known example of an animal with a backbone to live on land. It may even have had five fingers.” At the linkr ight-click “Download” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump’s Personality 28 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Frank Bruni of the New York Times about his column, ‘Manhood in the Age of Trump.’” At the link find the title,”Men, Many Many Many Men, Apr, 201,” right-click “Media files SM1825485625.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vaccine Issues 52 mins – “Cole Cheney, Matt Maves, Aline Sandouk and Dave talk about Cole’s revolutionary new idea to help antivaccers understand the consequences of their decision: create pop culture around everyday diseases! Yay! Write books, create movies, and television shows that deal with the issue! I’d watch a movie about measles in Disneyland, wouldn’t you?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
White House Chiefs of Staff 48 mins – “The Office of the President of the United States is just that — an office. And someone has to manage the office and the people around it. That manager is the White House Chief of Staff. Fewer than thirty men (yes, they’ve all been men) have ever held this job, and most of them are still alive. They told their stories to journalist Chris Whipple for a new book called The Gatekeepers about what it takes to lead the office that leads the world. Chris Whipple is our guest.” At the link find the title, “From Gatekeeper To Lord High Executioner: The White House Chief of Staff, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170412_1a_podcastfinal.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
World War One 45 mins – “April marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’s entry into World War I. So on this episode of BackStory, Brian, Joanne, and Ed discuss how this oft-forgotten war set the stage for the American century. We’ll explore how Woodrow Wilson led a decidedly isolationist country into war. We’ll also discuss the repressive ways Wilson and his administration cracked down on anti-war sentiment.” 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.
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