Media Mining Digest 289 – May 26, 2017: Age of Anger, AI and the Law, AI Prejudices, Alzheimers, American Myths, American Productivity Decline, Androids, Animal Transport to Slaughterhouses, Aquaponics, Austin Powers at 20, Black Financial Adviser, Black Market Online, Built Design, Chef Jeremiah Tower, China Gender Bias, Chocolate for Health, Christian Nation Decline, Clinton Campaign Book, Comey Firing, Consciousness, Conservative Perspectives, Cooking, Cryptocurrency for Laymen, Defense Attorney, Design Critique, Diabetes Prevention, Diet Guidelines, Diseases from Infection, Dizziness Symptom, DNA Delivery Vessels, Doctor Shortage in Canada, Doctor with PTSD, Domestic Violence Shelters, Dr Andrew Weil, Earth 2.0, Electric Car Trends, Elon Musk, Energy Politics, Environmentalism Diversity, Ethnic Stories, Farmacology, Fashion Model Ordeal, Flint Water Analysis, Flying Car Future, Fort McMurray Fire, France’s Extreme Right, Fraternity Homicide, Friendship for Hire, Gabourey Sidibe, Gender Equality, Gene Therapy Diet, Genital Wounds, Google Data Uses, Health Insurance Discussion, Health Optimization, Heart Health, Indigenous Activists, Infrastructure in Pennsylvania, Integrative Medicine, ISIS Documentary Film, Islamic Enlightenment, Islamic Issues, Israel’s Six-Day War, Kidnapped Nigerian Girls, Lead Crisis in U.S., LED Street Lights, Legal Market Changes, Liberal International Order, Los Angeles Riot Anniversary, Make America Great, Meditation Music Mediterranean Diets, Mental Illness in Africa, Metallic Glass, Metal-organic Frameworks, Mining Accidents, Montreal Flood Efforts, NAFTA and Canada, Neil deGrasse Tyson, NORAD History, Nurses, Obamacare, Oliver Sacks, Online Security, Option B, OxyContin Lawsuit, Pharmacology Industry, Physics Evolution, Podcasting Tips, Polio Survivor Aftereffects, Prank Videos, Propranolol Hydrochloride, Referendums, Refugee Afterlife, Resourcefulness, Robot Cops, Russian Subversion, Salem Witches, Segregated Housing, Serena William, Small Arms Seizure Value, Social Awkwardness, Solitary Confinement, South Sudan Violence, Technology Trends, TED Talks, Trump, Uber Conflict, Universal Basic Income, Venezuela Health Crisis, W. Kamu Bell, Whole Foods Diet, Wisdom for Life

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Age of Anger 43 mins – “Pankaj Mishra sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss his new book on the roots of populist rage, the problem with critiques of “identity politics,” and whether Western liberal parties can ever win back the white working class.” At the link find the title, “Pankaj Mishra, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY7534225685.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and the Law 28 mins -”You don’t actually need to worry about a robot taking your job. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson talk to Andrew Arruda, CEO of ROSS Intelligence, about how artificial intelligence assists lawyers, not replaces them. Their conversation includes what ROSS is, the biggest misconceptions surrounding AI, and the biggest challenges facing legal technology adoption in larger firms. Andrew Arruda is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the artificial intelligence company ROSS Intelligence, a leader in the legal technology industry.” At the link find the title, “The Digital Edge : Running with the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files episode_111.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Prejudices 26 mins – “Artificial intelligence researchers have spotted prejudice in programming deep learning machines — some say due in part to an industry dominated by white men.” At the link find the title, “May 4: How not to create a racist, sexist robot, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170504_14304.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimers Caregiving 54 mins – “Jim Kimzey, Founder and CEO, Tender Rose Dementia Care Specialists Eighty percent of people living with Alzheimer’s disease lack insight into their condition. They do not realize that they need help, and they subsequently refuse care. In this presentation, you will learn about the growing prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, the different stages of Alzheimer’s, why family members refuse care and why past attempts to get family members to accept care have failed. You will also learn a step-by-step approach to getting the people you love to accept the care they need.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimers Prevention 14 mins – “Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be your brain’s destiny, says neuroscientist and author of “Still Alice,” Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease — and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer’s-resistant brain.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Myths 63 mins – “Caroline Winterer, Professor of History and, by courtesy, of Classics, Stanford University; Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities; Director, Stanford Humanities Center; Author, American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason Monday Night Philosophy investigates the accepted myth of the “American Enlightenment,” which suggests that the rejection of monarchy and establishment of a new republic in the U.S. in the 18th century was the realization of utopian philosophies born in the intellectual salons of Europe, which radiated outward to the New World. Winterer argues that this national mythology of a unitary, patriotic era of Enlightenment in America was created during the Cold War to shield against the threat of totalitarianism, and Americans in the 1700s were influenced by European models in far more complex ways than commonly thought. Winterer explores which of our ideas and ideals are truly rooted in the 18th century and which are inventions and mystifications of more recent times.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Productivity Decline 66 mins – “Author and economist Tyler Cowen of George Mason University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book, The Complacent Class. Cowen argues that the United States has become complacent and the result is a loss of dynamism in the economy and in American life, generally. Cowen provides a rich mix of data, speculation, and creativity in support of his claims.” At the link find the title, “#237: Exploring Smart Drugs, Fasting, and Fat Loss — Dr. Rhonda Patrick,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Androids 17 mins – “Following our documentary film Erica: Man Made, we gave viewers a chance to pose their own questions to Erica; the world’s “most beautiful and intelligent” android. And in this episode, we hear her (or her creator’s) thoughts on happiness, humanity, and the future of android-human relationships.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Transport to Slaughterhouses 23 mins – “Taking stock of the treatment of animals from the farm to the slaughterhouse.” At the link find the title, “May 5: Farm animal transport to slaughterhouses need better rules, says advocate, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170505_39084.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aquaponics 114 mins – “[15 min lead-in] Carlos Villamar joins us to discuss DIY Aquaponics using the Chinese solar greenhouse and black soldier fly composter and auto fish feeder. The greenhouse system, including a solar greenhouse insulated on north, east and west sides and with glazing on a south side at an angle to maximize winter sunlight, and housing a fish tank along with grow beds coupled to the fish tank. The grow beds each including a geyser pump powered by an air pump to pump water from the fish tank to the grow bed and aerate water of the fish tank, and a bell siphon to drain the water from the grow bed back into the fish tank. By trade Carlos is a attorney specializing in the practice of Intellectual Property Law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and computer and internet law along with being an avid permaculturalist.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Austin Powers at 20 48 mins – “’Austin Powers’ turns 20. We’ll take a shagalicious walk down memory lane. Groovy, baby.Oh, Behave!” At the link find the title, “’Austin Powers’ At 20, May 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_528153356.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Financial Aid 11 mins – “Financial literacy isn’t a skill — it’s a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis “Wall Street” Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Carroll knows the power of a dollar. While in prison, he taught himself how to read and trade stocks, and now he shares a simple, powerful message: we all need to be more savvy with our money.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Market Online 63 mins – “Imagine a place where you can anonymously purchase drugs, hire hit men, and acquire forged passports, counterfeit cash, guns, grenades and poisons. Journalist Nick Bilton has written about politics and power struggles behind the founding of Twitter. Now he turns his investigative journalism to the story of Ross Ulbricht, the notorious and enigmatic founder of a drug empire and the Silk Road website. Bilton will divulge Ulbricht’s rise and fall and what Ulbricht’s story reveals about the clash of a libertarian-leaning web, where everything is decentralized, against the old world of government, law and order. He will also discuss what this could ultimately mean for all of us.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Built Design 52 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. Sarah W. Goldhagen taught for ten years at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and spent many years as the Architecture Critic for the New Republic. She’s written about buildings, cities, and landscapes for publications all over the world. Sarah’s new book Welcome To Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives is a thoroughly entertaining, eye-opening manifesto arguing that the buildings we live and work in deeply affect us, physically and psychologically, and that we can’t afford the soul-crushing architecture we mostly subject ourselves to. In this episode: why we tolerate design that’s bad for us, startling parallels between a passage from a Chekhov short story and Sarah’s book, the many ways concrete can be beautiful, and why schools shouldn’t look like prisons (maybe prisons shouldn’t, either?)….” At the link find the title, “96. Sarah W. Goldhagen (Architecture Critic) – Souls & Spaces,” right-click “Media files PP5771900591.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chef Jeremiah Tower 24 mins – “Ever heard of Jeremiah Tower? Culinary celebrity Anthony Bourdain wants you to know he’s the chef responsible for transforming American cuisine.” At the link find the title, “May 1: Why Anthony Bourdain wants the world to know about chef Jeremiah Tower, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170501_84406.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Gender Bias 54 mins– “From business to literature to politics, there is a huge pool of female expertise on China. But you wouldn’t know it if you examined the names of people who are quoted in the media and invited to China-themed panel discussions: They are mostly men. This is a problem that two Beijing-based journalists aim to solve. Joanna Chiu of AFP and Lucy Hornby of the Financial Times created and maintain an open, user-contributed list called “Female Experts on Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Taiwan.” They began by providing their own contacts, then promoted the document to various email groups and to Twitter. The list “blew up” early this year and now contains nearly 200 names and contact details of female China experts on every major subject area, based all around the world. With such a roster willing to be called up, the list eliminates many common excuses for the under representation of women in the field. In this episode, Joanna and Lucy speak with Jeremy and Kaiser about the realities and biases in the field, the excuses and corresponding solutions for gender under representation, and how the “women’s list” came about….” At the link find the title, “How can we amplify women’s voices on China? Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files Sinica_13 February_2017, Joanna Chiu and Lucy Hornby.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Trade Politics 49 mins – “Charlene Barshefsky was a name you couldn’t avoid if you were in Beijing in the late 1990s. As the United States trade representative from 1997 to 2001, she led the American team that negotiated China’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). On December 11, 2001, Ambassador Barshefsky’s efforts paid off, and, as a new member of the body that sets global rules for trade, China began the deep integration into the world economy that we take for granted today. Kaiser and Jeremy recorded this interview with Ambassador Barshefsky at her offices at the law firm WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where she is the chair of international trade. She recounted stories about the WTO negotiations, and about her relationship with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, who was her Chinese counterpart in negotiations (see SupChina’s video on Zhu). We asked her how the hopes and expectations behind China’s WTO accession look in retrospect, and how she sees China’s role in global trade in the second decade of the 21st century. We think you’ll agree that her answers provide a fascinating glimpse into one of the most significant global economic deals in recent history.” At the link find the title, “The negotiator: Charlene Barshefsky, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files Sinica 28 April 2017_Charlene Barshefsky.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Watching 62 mins- “China-watching isn’t what it used to be. Not too long ago, the field of international China studies was dominated by a few male Westerners with an encyclopedic knowledge of China, but with surprisingly little experience living in the country and speaking Chinese. Today, China-watching is different: The old “China hands” are still around and remain authoritative, but an increased number of younger travelers in a much more open China, people with specialized academic backgrounds and advanced language skills, and women — see last week’s Sinica Podcast on female China expertise — are changing the face of this field. Bill Bishop is among the most recognizable China-watchers in the business. His long-running Sinocism newsletter is an essential resource for serious followers of China policy, and he is regularly quoted in a variety of major news outlets reporting on China. Kaiser and Bill sat down at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on April 6 to record this podcast and discuss how China-watching has changed over the years. And in a reflection of Bill’s point that the media’s conventional wisdom on China is usually wrong, the summit between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago (occurring during the recording of this podcast) was exactly as Bill predicted: ‘Bland.’” At the link find the title, “Bill Bishop on what it takes to be a good China-watcher, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files Sinica_6_April_2017_Bill_Bishop_.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chocolate for Health 58 mins – “New research shows that cocoa flavanols can calm inflammation as well as relax blood vessels to lower blood pressure, lower total cholesterol and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol. People who eat chocolate regularly have a lower risk of stroke. People who would like to get cocoa flavonoids without the sugar and calories of candy may be interested in CocoaVia. Mars Botanical, the manufacturer, provides standardized cocoa flavanol extract as supplements and in powders to add to beverages. Mars has supported some of the research on the health benefits of chocolate, but independent research is largely consistent with the findings of Mars-related research…A review in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology (Dec. 12, 2013) considers how cocoa flavanols affect the human body. The authors are hard-core biochemists from Innsbruck Medical University in Austria. These researchers note that there are more than 380 compounds in cocoa, many of which are known to be powerful antioxidants with numerous pharmacological activities…” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Christian Nation Decline 49 mins – “A prominent Christian conservative says it’s time for Christians to withdraw from modern, secular American life.” At the link find the title, “A Call For Christians To Withdraw From Modern Life,” right-click “Media files npr_527625406.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clinton Campaign Book 26 mins – “A Washington journalist with sources deep inside Hillary Clinton’s campaign reveals how overconfidence and a flawed candidate doomed her run for the U.S. presidency.” At the link find the title, “May 12: Why did Hillary Clinton lose to Trump? New book looks inside failed campaign, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170512_14848.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comey Firing 49 mins “President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. We’ll look at the news from all angles.” At the link find the title, “President Trump Fires FBI Director Comey, May , 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_527803573.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consciousness 49 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….” 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.

Conservative Perspectives 30 mins – :Is the New York Times enabling a debate that most rational people think is long over? The latest conservative pundit to be hired by the New York Times has progressives and environmentalists concerned. Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize winning “opinion journalist” from the Wall Street Journal made his first splash onto the op-ed page of the Times recently with a controversial piece entitled Climate of Complete Certainty.  In this editorial he asserts that climate science should continue to be debated, despite a preponderance of credible evidence sounding the alarm for immediate action. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with two PhDs with differing responses to Mr. Stephens’s perspective and place at the Grey Lady. First, we’re joined by Joe Romm, the founding editor of Climate Progress, who is critical of the new hire. Then, we hear from psychologist Pamela Paresky who thinks that his hiring by the NY Times could actually be a catalyst for productive dialogue that might ultimately bring conservatives over to recognizing the threat of climate change.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cooking 62 mins – “Samin Nosrat has taught everyone how to cook—professional chefs, children and even Michael Pollan—by mastering just four important elements: salt, fat, acid and heat. In this program, Nosrat will share her kitchen philosophy of making meals delicious by enhancing, balancing and adding texture and flavor. Hear the hows and whys of what good cooking can be. Nosrat trained under Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and has been called “the next Julia Child” by NPR’s All Things Considered. MacNaughton is a renowned illustrator and contributed 150 images and infographics to the book.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cryptocurrency for Laymen 125 mins – “Brandon is a crypto currency evangelist with 3 years of experience using/trading crypto currencies and about 1 year experience mining Bitcoin and other crypto currencies. After 1st hearing about bitcoin on TSP Brandon turned his commute into an education on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He has had lots of success with picking the right altcoins for speculative investments and is thinking about how he can get into trading more often to leave his day job some day. Brandon joins us today to discuss Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies that you should check out. ” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Defense Attorney 51 mins – “Monique Pressley wears many hats: lawyer, entrepreneur, minister. She’s a strong advocate for justice reform and believes strongly in empowering women with a spirit for being their own boss. Our far-ranging conversation covers her rise to fame as part of Bill Cosby’s legal team to her role as a minister and entrepreneur.” At the link find the title,”From the courtroom to the pulpit: a conversation with Monique Pressley, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files TDJ5315167636.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Design Critique 45 mins – “A season of Design Matters simply wouldn’t feel complete without an appearance by Steven Heller. He’s not just a celebrated designer and art director, he’s also a brilliantly prolific writer of books, columns, blogs, you name it. Steve has been on the podcast pretty much every year since we started 12 years ago, and we never run out of things to talk about. This year we’re going to focus on one of his latest books, Graphic Design Rants and Raves: Bon Mots on Persuasion, Entertainment, Education, Culture, and Practice. It’s an anthology of essays Steve has written about everything from Paul Rand to the fateful election of 2016. On this podcast Debbie talks to Steven Heller about his attitude when he was a young designer. “I was short sighted. I was arrogant. I had a sense of myself that was disproportionate to all reality.” At the link find the title, “Steven Heller, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files Steven-Heller.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diabetes Prevention 58 mins – “An increasing proportion of Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes. In 2012, 86 million adults had prediabetes, which is elevated blood sugar that doesn’t quite reach the cut-off for a diabetes diagnosis. Frequently, people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes, but they don’t have to. You can reverse prediabetes by changing your life. Our radio show, which will air on Saturday, May 28, 2016, will provide insights on how to accomplish such changes in practical ways.

Diet Guidelines 58 mins – “Every five years, the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services collaborate on producing Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These are supposed to tell us what we should be eating. They are also used to shape institutional food choices, such as those in schools or prisons. Will there be any changes in the 2015 Guidelines? The advisory committee has issued its report, which is open for comments until May 8. We discuss the proposed changes to the dietary guidelines with two eminent nutrition scientists with very different perspectives. One is an advocate of high-fat, low-carb eating patterned on the recommendations of Dr. Robert Atkins. The other is himself a vegetarian and a proponent of plant-based diets.” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Diseases from Infections 58 mins – “Inflammation is a primary cause of many chronic conditions, from Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis to asthma and inflammatory bowel disease. But what causes the inflammation? Could infectious agents be the root of most of our chronic disease–including cancer? Find out about the new germ theory linking infections and mental illness. Is it possible that there is a connection between schizophrenia and a common pathogen? Other hard-to-treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) might all be triggered by infection. Could a vaccine help prevent these devastating conditions and even cancer?” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Dizziness Symptom 59 mins – Dizziness is a common problem, but not easily diagnosed. A little lightheadedness could be a reaction to dehydration or blood pressure medication. But when the room is spinning, walking can become difficult or even dangerous. A fall, especially for an older person, can have very serious consequences. When does vertigo signal a potentially serious condition? Could it be a sign of a stroke or a migraine? We’ll find out how to determine if this symptom deserves an emergency department visit, and what can be done to treat the most common causes of vertigo.” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

DNA Delivery Vessels 27 mins – “When you think about delivery vessels does your mind go to examples like the international space station? Well did you know now scientists are actually synthesizing DNA delivery vessels that are able to take payloads into the cell. That means there is all sorts of medications that can go directly to the cells via this new technology. One of the leading authorities of this new innovative technology is professor Yamuna Krishnan,   Krishnan is a professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Chicago and is the head of the Krishnan Group which is the leading research group in NUCLEIC ACID-BASED MOLECULAR DEVICES.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Doctor Shortage in Canada 21 mins – “Finding a doctor can be hard in many communities across Canada. In B.C. about 15 per cent of the population doesn’t have a family physician.” At the linkf idn the title, “May 3: Government has to stop looking for cheap way to address doctor shortage, says GP, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170503_90736.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doctor with PTSD 4 mins – “Toronto emergency physician James Maskalyk who works in Toronto and Addis Ababa shares the moment that not only changed his life — but saved it.” At the link find the title, “May 5: ‘I didn’t care very much whether I lived or died’, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170505_40870.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Domestic Violence Shelters 27 mins – “Domestic abuse was neither discussed nor understood when Interval House opened its doors in 1973. Now the shelter influences other safe houses.” At the link find the title, “May 9: Meet one of the pioneers behind Canada’s first shelter for abused women, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170509_82472.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr Andrew Weil 59 mins – “…Our guest is renowned integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil. He covers the impact of direct-to-consumer drug advertising as well as the difficulties of stopping certain medicines. According to Dr. Weil, ads and the media often exaggerate the benefits and downplay the risks of many medicines. Why not find other ways of dealing with common conditions?” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Earth 2.0 P2 40 mins – “In pursuit of a more perfect economy, we discuss the future of work; the toxic remnants of colonization; and whether giving everyone a basic income would be genius — or maybe the worst idea ever.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right=click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Car Trends 59 mins – “Amory Lovins, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One Additional Speakers TBA Will the rapid arrival of robotic cars lead to the blissful end of traffic? Or will autonomous cars merely put drivers out of work and clog our streets even more than before? No one knows for sure if the utopian or dystopian vision will arrive at your front door. What is clear is that the convergence of automobiles and information technology promises one of the biggest industrial and cultural disruptions we have ever seen. It is also happening faster than even the most rabid supporters expected. Will that upheaval help or hurt the need to move away from oil and other fossil fuels to protect the climate that supports our economy? Join us for a conversation about this revolution in personal mobility.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elon Musk 41 mins – “Elon Musk discusses his new project digging tunnels under LA, the latest from Tesla and SpaceX and his motivation for building a future on Mars in conversation with TED’s Head Curator, Chris Anderson.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Politics 59 mins – “May Boeve, Executive Director, Debbie Dooley, President, Conservatives for Energy Freedom; Co-Founder, Tea Party Movement Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One Additional Speakers TBA The 2014 Climate March in New York and other cities helped solidify public support in the run-up to the Paris climate accord the next year. But these days climate advocates are playing defense and trying to keep the Paris Agreement together. Will the Washington march have any impact on the politics related to climate change in the United States? Where can clean energy advance in the current political context? Join Climate One as we go on the road for the People’s Climate Movement in Washington, D.C ” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Diversity 64 mins – “The importance of local, national and international people of diversity throughout the world and the environmental movement is critical to maintaining and building safe and healthy environments for our planet. How will the tone set by the current administration impact efforts to build greater involvement and representation of women, people of color and others? How can we build on and impact the diversity in our country to mobilize issues that affect us all? Highly distinguished Natural Resources Defense Council experts will discuss these critical issues and explore strategies to protect and improve health and well-being for people now and for generations to come.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ethnic Stories 19 mins – “A young woman tries to hide her true colors, and a daughter delves into her family’s past. Storytellers: Deepa Ambekar, and Linh Song.” At the link find the title, “Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Deepa Ambekar & Linh Song, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files moth_486, 5_9_17-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farmacology 59 mins – “An ever-increasing appreciation of the complexity of ecosystems has begun to change farming practices so that they become more sustainable. Science is demonstrating that our human bodies are also complex ecosystems, made up of more microbes than human cells. Could some of the principles of sustainable farming help us stay healthy too? Dr. Daphne Miller visited many such farms and has lessons for us in her book, Farmacology. What do ranchers in Missouri and an allergy researcher in Munich have to teach us about germs on the farm and the hygiene hypothesis? Does exposure to a wide variety of microbes at an early age reduce our chances of having allergy and asthma problems later in life? We explore the metaphorical and literal connections between bacterial communities in the soil and those in our own bodies.” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Fashion Model Ordeal 24 mins – “After a year of starving herself for couture catwalks, Victoire Dauxerre was literally a victim of fashion.” At the link find the title, “May 8: Fashion industry drove her into anorexia, says former model, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170508_89457.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flint Water Analysis 15 mins – “We give scientists and engineers great technical training, but we’re not as good at teaching ethical decision-making or building character. Take, for example, the environmental crisis that recently unfolded in Flint, Michigan — and the professionals there who did nothing to fix it. Siddhartha Roy helped prove that Flint’s water was contaminated, and he tells a story of science in service to the public good, calling on the next generation of scientists and engineers to dedicate their work to protecting people and the planet.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flying Car Future 26 mins – “Are you ready to take a drive on the highway in the sky? Industry experts say flying cars are coming.” At the link find the title, “May 8: A future with flying cars is near: ‘We are closer than we’ve ever been’, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170508_62041.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fort McMurray Fire 24 mins – “Fire captain Damian Asher recalls fighting the wildfire that threatened to destroy Fort McMurray, a year ago.” At the linkf idn the title, “May 2: How a Fort McMurray fire captain helped save the city but lost his home, 2017,: right-click “Media files current_20170502_97808.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

France’s Extreme Right P1 56 mins – “Philip Coulter explores the rise of the right-wing Front National party as France gets ready to elect their next president.” At the link find the title, “Children of the Fatherland: The Rise of the Extreme Right in France, Part 1. Apr 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170421_13428.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

France’s Extreme Right P2 56 mins – “As the French pick a new president, it’s the extreme right and the Front National with their candidate Marine Le Pen, which might well lead the French out of Europe and shut the door to immigrants. Philip Coulter reports.” At the link find the title, “Liberty Leading the People: the rise of the extreme right in France, Part 2, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170502_97208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

France’s Extreme Right P3 56 mins – “The loudest people supporting Marine Le Pen are the young. Unemployed and disaffected, they’re rejecting the elites that have failed them. What that means, and what it will mean to be French in the future, is what this election is about.” At the link find the title,”Yesterday and Tomorrow: the rise of the extreme right in France, Part 3, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170505_87514.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fraternity Homicide 48 mins – “One Penn State pledge is dead, and 18 of his fraternity brothers are charged. We’ll look at what’s happened with hazing.” At the link find the title,”Gruesome Spotlight On College Hazing, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_527810853.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Friendship for Hire 27 mins – “We are getting used to the idea of people renting out their homes for holidays or using their cars as taxis, all via online sites. Perhaps the next wave is going to be hiring people – not just to do work for us, but to do the kinds of things we once expected friends and families to do. Like offering a sympathetic ear to your problems. Nina Robinson reports on some the eyebrow-raising services now available.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gabourey Sidibe 48 mins – “Sidibe’s break-out role was in ‘Precious,’ Lee Daniels’ 2009 film about a girl who is sexually abused by her father and physically abused by her mother. She speaks with Terry Gross about landing the title role despite the fact she didn’t have acting experience, overcoming anxiety and depression as a kid, and how working for a phone sex hotline prepared her for acting (and interviews).” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Equality 24 mins – “A new political party pushing gender parity is part of Britain’s election campaign in a quest for a land called Equalia.” At the link find the title, “May 4: Traditional parties sideline women’s rights, says Women’s Equality Party co-founder, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170504_21965.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gene Therapy Diet 59 mins – The field of epigenetics has been developing rapidly over the past few decades, and we now have a much better understanding of how exercise, diet and other lifestyle factors influence gene expression. And our genes are not the only ones that matter: billions of bacteria that live in and on us have genes, the microbiome, that are profoundly affected by what we eat and what we do. While this research is new and very specific, the guidelines for nutritional epigenetics would be familiar to our grandmothers and great-grandmothers: nourish our gut bacteria with vegetables and fruit, avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners, practice meditation and get plenty of exercise. How do these actions affect our risk of cancer? Mitchell L. Gaynor, MD, was the founder and president of Gaynor Wellness. Dr. Gaynor was clinical assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. His book is The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny with Diet and Lifestyle. His websites are and GeneChanger.comAt the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Genital Wounds 27 mins – “ *** Some viewers may find parts of this report difficult to listen to *** During Colombia’s 53-year internal conflict, around 15,000 military veterans have lived through their own bodies the heart-breaking consequences of a barbaric war. But a considerable part of that group has also sacrificed their masculinity by suffering different forms of genital or urinary trauma. Natalia Guerrero discovers the profound physical and physiological effect genital injuries can have for generations of Colombian soldiers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Data Uses 33 mins – “On the Internet, people say all kinds of things they’d never say aloud — about sex and race, about their true wants and fears. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has spent years parsing the data. His conclusion: our online searches are the reflection of our true selves. In the real world, everybody lies. On the Internet, people say all kinds of things they’d never say aloud — about sex and race, about their true wants and fears. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has spent years parsing the data. His conclusion: our online searches are the reflection of our true selves. In the real world, everybody lies.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right=click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Insurance Discussion 112 mins – “When the Congressional Budget Office released its assessment of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare, coverage converged on the startling estimate that 24 million people would lose coverage as a result of the GOP plan. But the bill would also raise costs for poor and older Americans and cut Medicaid by $880 billion over 10 years. Despite the widely negative coverage of the score and swift condemnation from groups ranging from health care lobbies to conservative political organizations, House Speaker Paul Ryan continues to argue that the CBO score is positive. He has gone so far as to say it “exceeded my expectations.” President Trump, meanwhile, has distanced himself from the bill, asserting at a campaign rally in Nashville on Wednesday that the health plan is “preliminary” and open to “negotiation.” On the latest episode of The Weeds, Vox’s Ezra Klein, Matthew Yglesias, and Sarah Kliff break down the CBO report and what it means for the GOP plan moving forward. They also discuss the portions of Trump’s 2005 tax returns revealed on Rachel Maddow’s show Tuesday night, and an interesting new white paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Optimization 168 mins – “Rhonda Patrick, PhD, (@foundmyfitness) is an American biochemist and scientist. She first appeared on this podcast back in episode twelve, and whether you want to extend life, inexpensively buy a stem cell “insurance policy,” or guard against cancer, Rhonda has valuable insights and recommendations. In this episode, Rhonda tackles some of your most requested topics, including: Best practices for fasting (and who struggles most with time-restricted feedings); What blood tests are most important to analyze for overall health; The “minimum effective dose” for the benefits of sauna; Heat vs. cold exposure, and how they should be used effectively; Most effective smart drugs; The latest fat loss research….” At the link right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show -Smart Drugs Fasting and Fat Loss.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Health 49 mins – “There is considerable confusion over cholesterol and its connection to heart health and longevity. Should cholesterol be lowered at all costs? We’ll discuss the evidence for and against focusing on cholesterol. We also get good advice on the best lifestyle practices for maintaining a healthy heart. One of the principal methods for getting cholesterol under control is to take a statin drug. Why are statins so popular? What are their benefits and risks? Both our expert guests recommend that patients and doctors discuss their pros and cons if a statin is prescribed. You’ll be better prepared for that discussion after listening to their thoughtful opinions.” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Indigenous Activists 29 mins – “Was all the work to try to keep the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines from being built done in vain now that Donald Trump occupies the White House? Not if you ask this week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Kandi Mossett, a leading organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. Mossett takes us behind the scenes of Native Americans’ fight to preserve their sacred lands. We discuss the connection between protecting the environment and advocating for Native American rights, talk about how struggles from Standing Rock to Bears Ears have stimulated activism and raised awareness, and recognize the value that this movement has, even in the face of setbacks (like the ascension of an obscenely pro-corporate presidential administration).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infrastructure in Pennsylvania 15 mins – “Securing the money to maintain public infrastructure continues to be a top priority in the United States. The surface transportation system, roads, bridges, and public transportation facilities, need ongoing investment to assure that they meet economic and social needs. In January, 2017, the State of Pennsylvania increased its gas tax to become the highest in the nation, working under 2013 legislation that restructured the state’s approach to transportation funding. Since then Pennsylvania has made considerable progress renewing and improving its transportation infrastructure. In this interview we talk with Roger Cohen, Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, to learn about his state’s strategy and progress. The interactive PennDOT report on its transportation reinvestment program may be found at” At the link find the title, “Funding for Surface Transportation Infrastructure – Success in Pennsylvania, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files PennDOT_gas tax funding.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Integrative Medicine 47 mins – “Alternative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil says we take too much medication, and it’s hurting us more than we know. He says there are better options.” At the link find the title, “A Prescription To Reduce Our Prescriptions, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_526779316.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Documentary Film 27 mins – “The City of Ghosts documentary chronicles the struggles of citizen journalists in Raqqa through the camera lens as they fight ISIS.” At the link find the title, “May 2: ‘Show the truth’: Citizen journalists report on life under ISIS in new film, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170502_89207.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamic Enlightenment 62 mins – “Christopher de Bellaigue, who has covered the Middle East since 1996, will discuss his latest book, The Islamic Enlightenment, which discusses Islamic history as it relates to the modern world. De Bellaigue posits that, contrary to popular opinion, remarkable men and women from across the Muslim world ha8 mins ve welcomed modern ideals and practices.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamic Issues 68 mins – “Ameena Jan6mont Islamic Graduate School Joe Simitian, Supervisor, Santa Clara County—Moderator What’s real and what’s not? Join us for this special community forum to learn more about the policies, politics and current events that affect the United States and our overall understanding of Muslims and the Islam religion. Co-presented by the office of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Israel’s Six-Day War 56 mins – “As the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War approaches, The Enright Falls revisits interviews about that war and the way it and the fallout from Israel’s other conflicts still weigh on the state of Israel today.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files: Fifty years after the Six-Day War, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170501_13549.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kidnapped Nigerian Girls 24 mins – “The world chanted “Bring Back Our Girls” when Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. This weekend, 82 of them were released.” At the link find the title “May 11: Former Boko Haram captives need help with reintegration, says advocate, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170511_39136.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kidnapped Nigerian Girls 6 mins – “On April 14, 2014, the terrorist organization Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria. Around the world, the crime became epitomized by the slogan #BringBackOurGirls — but in Nigeria, government officials called the crime a hoax, confusing and delaying efforts to rescue the girls. In this powerful talk, journalist Stephanie Busari points to the Chibok tragedy to explain the deadly danger of fake news and what we can do to stop it.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead Crisis in U.S. 42 mins – “It’s not just Flint. More cities have dangerous lead levels in their drinking water. We’ll look at where and what’s going on.” At the link find the title, “Lead In Our Water: The National Picture, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_526591214.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LED Street Lights 24 mins – “Bright new LED street lights are causing a fury of complaints in Halifax — waking up residents, ruining ambiance and even causing health risks.” At the link findthe title, “May 9: ‘It’s early morning all night long’: Halifax residents revolt over LED street lights, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170509_42191.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Legal Market Changes 33 mins – “The legal industry has operated as a seller’s market for so long that some lawyers don’t know how to handle the recent trend towards accommodating clients. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway talk to Jordan Furlong about what has driven the shift to a consumer-focused market, the new players that are breaking onto the scene as a result, and how law firms, both big and small, should react to the changes. Their conversation also includes three ways to respond to these market forces as well as how client services, competition, and culture should affect potential business strategies. Jordan Furlong is a speaker, author, and legal market analyst who forecasts the impact of changing market conditions on lawyers and law firms. He is also author of Law is a Buyer’s Market: Building a Client-First Law Firm.” At the link find the title, “The Digital Edge : Is Law Really A Buyer’s Market? And If So, Now What? May, 2017,” right-click “Media files episode_113.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Liberal International Order 56 mins – “Is this the beginning of the end of the liberal international order? In a head-to-head Munk Debate, historian Niall Ferguson says Yes, the old order is collapsing, while commentator Fareed Zakaria argues No, there’s life yet in liberal ideals.” At the link find the title, “The Munk Debates on the decline and fall of the liberal international order, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170509_60083.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Los Angeles Riot Anniversary 47 mins – “Twenty-five years after Rodney King and the Los Angeles riots, and in the wake of Ferguson and more, America is still asking: Can we all get along?” At the link find the title, “25 Years After The Los Angeles Riots, Tensions Remain, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_526430949.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Make America Great 107 mins [2 parts] – “StarTalk was at the Count Basie Theatre 4/17/17 on a mission to Make America Smart Again. Ft. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman, Senator Cory Booker, former science policy advisors John Holdren and Jo Handelsman, Ophira Eisenberg and Baratunde Thurston. #LMASA [In Part 2] Our mission to Make America Smart Again continues with the conclusion of our show from the Count Basie Theatre” At the link (Part 1), click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2.

Meditation Music 30 mins – “Music for Sleep Meditation, Relaxation, Massage, Yoga, Reiki and Therapy,” At the link find the title, “Deep Energy 65 – Live SoundBath at the Keene Yoga Center,” right-click “Media files DE_65_with_intro_30_min_128_kbs.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mediterranean Diets 58 mins – “…The Zone diet popularized by Dr. Barry Sears was one of the earliest to emphasize the importance of balancing protein, fat and carbohydrate consumption at every meal. Dr. Sears pioneered the idea that the food we eat is more powerful than any drug in controlling the activity of multiple hormones in our bodies. Many studies have pointed to the value of a Mediterranean diet for reducing heart disease, stroke, dementia and other chronic diseases. How does a Mediterranean diet affect inflammation? And what is a real Mediterranean diet? There are lots of countries around the Mediterranean sea, and typical meals and favorite foods vary from one to another.” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Mental Illness in Africa 9 mins – “When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn’t take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: “Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Metal-organic Frameworks 10 mins – “…In 1999, researchers proved that a new wonder material called MOF-5, first made only a few years earlier, had more than three times the internal surface area of the most porous zeolite. If it were possible to unfold MOF-5, less than two grams of it would be enough to cover nearly all of the floor space in every one of the White House’s 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms – more than 5000 square metres. MOF-5 was one of the first of a new class of coordination polymers, called metal organic frameworks: crystalline macromolecules comprised of metal ions or metal ion clusters (‘nodes’) connected by ‘struts’ made from organic molecules….” At the link find the title, “MOFs – Metal–organic frameworks: Chemistry in its element, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files Ciie_MOFs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Metallic Glass 106 mins – “Dr. Douglas Hofmann works as a scientist in the Metallurgy Lab at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I visited Doug during my US trip earlier this year, and we chatted about metallic glass. In particular, we discussed its properties, how to create it in bulk, how to test its properties, as well as how and why it is interesting for use in space.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 File Directly,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mining Accidents 27 mins – “The Westray disaster inspired legislation aimed at holding employers criminally responsible when workers die on the job. But 25 years later, how effective is it?” At the link find the title, “May 10: ‘I knew what hell looked like’: Westray miner recalls scene of historic disaster, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170510_66517.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Montreal Flood Efforts 10 mins – “Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has declared a state of emergency for his city as volunteers scramble to help deal with the flood crisis.” At the link find the title, “May 8: Montreal mayor declares state of emergency amid threat of rising flood waters, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170508_65850.mp3,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NAFTA and Canada 21 mins – “The U.S. administration has begun a whole new dialogue around NAFTA. Now many Canadians question if the agreement is worth holding on to.” At the link find the title, “May 1: Should Canada pre-empt the U.S. and pull out of NAFTA? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170501_33090.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neil deGrasse Tyson 47 mins – “Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has cosmic questions about space and time. He’ll bring it all down to earth for us.” At the link find the title, “Neil deGrasse Tyson Brings Astrophysics Down To Earth, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_526604859.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NORAD History 177 mins – “In this episode we look back at (aspects of) the North American Air Defense system in the cold war. In particular, we look at the distant early warning line(s), the F-106 interceptor and the SAGE computer system. For DEW, we talk with Mike Milinkovich and Brian Jeffrey who have both worked on the DEW line; Brian also maintains a great website on DEW. For the F-106, we talk with Richard Embry who has flown the interceptor. And for SAGE, we speak with Bernd Ulmann, who has written a very detailed book on SAGE’s underlying AN/FSQ-7 computer system. Bernd has also been a previous guest on Episode 159 on analog computers.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 File Directly,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nurses 12 mins – “Carolyn Jones spent five years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation’s biggest public health issues. She shares personal stories of unwavering dedication in this celebration of the everyday heroes who work at the front lines of health care.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Discussion 59 mins – “Americans frequently boast that we have the best health care in the world. While that may be debated in some quarters, no one doubts that our health care system is the most expensive. What makes American health care so pricey, and is there anything that could be done about it? One approach that has garnered a lot of attention is the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It has been five years since this became law. How well are we doing with it? Our guests discuss the pros and cons of Obamacare from different angles….” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Obamacare Senate Reform 46 mins – “American health care goes to the Senate after the big House vote. We’ll ask what’s coming.” At the link find the title, “What’s Next For American Health Care, May , 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_527435370.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oliver Sacks 58 mins – “Dr. Oliver Sacks was much more than a neurologist. In his books, he invited us to imagine the world from wildly different perspectives than our own. When he described individuals with neurological differences (that would be termed “deficits” by most doctors and other people), he helped his readers recognize the special gifts these people were able to mobilize and appreciate their humanity. He died on August 30, 2015, and he is missed.” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Online Security 47 mins – “The Google email attack and how to protect yourself from online scammers and identity theft.” At the link find the title, “Phishing, Hacks And Better Online Security, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_526916383.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Option B 72 mins – “Join Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sandberg felt certain she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are steps people can take to recover and even rebound. Option B combines Sandberg’s emotional insights and Grant’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. The authors will share what they’ve learned on helping others in crisis; developing compassion for ourselves; raising strong children; and creating resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to ordinary struggles, allowing us to build resilience for whatever lies ahead. Sandberg and Grant will discuss the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

OxyContin Lawsuit 21 mins – “This month, the makers of OxyContin settled a $20 million class-action lawsuit stemming from how the medication was marketed.” At the link find the title, “May 12: Recovering addict still concerned after $20M class-action payout over OxyContin, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170512_17245.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pharmacology Industry 68 mins – “Dr. Peter Gøtzsche worked for the pharmaceutical industry years ago supervising clinical trials and working in regulatory affairs. But this industry insider has become the toughest of critics. Dr. Gøtzsche is concerned about the impact that big pharma exerts on health care. Pharmaceutical firms are among the most profitable in the world. In the US alone, the bill for prescription drugs last year topped $350 billion. How can drug regulatory agencies around the globe stay on top of this powerful industry? Or can’t they? Find out why Dr. Gøtzsche draws parallels between big pharma and organized crime. He also compares drug makers to the tobacco industry. What are the similarities and differences?” At the link you can purchase the digital file. A copy is also included in the blog archive.

Physics Evolution 62 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. Physicist Lawrence Krauss directs the Origins Project at Arizona State University, which fosters scientific research and collaborations on origins – of life, the universe, and everything. His own research focuses on the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, including investigations into dark matter and the origin of all mass in the universe. His latest book The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far is a deeply entertaining and informative account of the progress of knowledge in modern physics. In this episode: To what extent and in what sense does science represent “reality”? You don’t have to paint like Picasso to enjoy a Picasso…so why are non-scientists often reluctant to engage with complex scientific concepts? Is tribalism an essential part of human nature? A passionate, witty back-and-forth with a leading physicist who is also one of our most poetic defenders and explainers of science…Sebastian Junger on tribalism and democracy, Kevin Kelly on “cognification”, David Bodanis on Einstein’s rejection of a random universe At the link find the title, “98. Lawrence Krauss (Physicist) – Lux Ex Machina, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP5948523047.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcasting Tips 65 mins – “Mike is M.I.A. again, so Scott Fletcher joins in as we have a blast talking about podcasting. This week we interview Charlie Warady from Israelisms and the new” At the link find the title, “Today in Podcasting – Episode 5 , Mar 2006,” right-click “Direct Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polio Survivor Aftereffects 22 mins – “The challenges of dealing with the aftereffects of polio when the disease has been eradicated for decades.” At the link find the title, “May 5: How polio still affects survivors decades later. 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170505_14302.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prank Videos 18 mins – “DaddyOFive father Mike Martin learns a hard legal lesson about parenting and pranking on the internet.” At the link find the title, “May 3: Where’s the line when it comes to prank videos and children? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170503_49318.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Propranolol Hydrochloride 6 mins – “Picture the scene – you’re about to give the most important public speech of your life, to an audience of hundreds, including friends and colleagues. The stage is empty, all eyes on the podium waiting for you to start. Can you hear your heart racing? The beat of your pulse reverberating through you, your body trembling, and head throbbing away? For many, the fear of stepping out onto an open stage can lead to terrible anxiety, but luckily there’s a solution to it: propranolol hydrochloride, a small tablet with a big history. First synthesised in 1964 by pharmacist James Black, it was described as revolutionary, became at one time the world’s best selling pharmaceutical drug, and won Black the Nobel prize for medicine in 1988. The chemical itself, however, is not revolutionary to look at: two fused benzene rings with one side arm boasting an alcohol group, ether and amine linkages….” At the link find the title, “Propranolol hydrochloride: Chemistry in its element, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files Ciie_Propranolol_hydrochloride.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Referendums 13 mins – “Over the past year, the world has seen a number of consequential political decisions being made not by state leaders, but by a popular vote: expanded powers for Turkey’s president, peace deal in Colombia, Brexita new constitution in Thailand, and a vote in Hungary on migrant quotas, among others. But if we look back at history, referendums have also been a favorite tool of dictators and despots. Where did the current trend come from? And what does it mean for people to take government into their own hands? Brooke talks to Matt Qvortrup, professor of applied political science and international relations at Coventry University in the UK, author of the book Referendums and Ethnic Conflict, and editor of an essay collection called Referendums Around the World.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Afterlife 33 mins – “How expecting gratitude can turn thankfulness sour for refugees in a new homeland.” At the linkf idn the title, “May 3: Expecting gratitude from refugees can be toxic, says author, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170503_47351.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resourcefulness 68 mins – “Scott Sonenshein, Ph.D., Chaired Professor, School of Business at Rice University; Author, Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less—and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined Would you like to achieve more with less—at work and at home—and be happier and more creative at the same time? Scott Sonenshein, author of Stretch, will teach us how to do it! In a constantly changing world, fewer and fewer corporate and personal situations can be handled using practiced routines. Instead, we need to be resilient and use the resources we already have; we need to stretch beyond our normal set of solutions, colleagues and friends. Sonenshein has rigorously researched techniques that produce results in a fluid environment. Teams learn to improvise quickly and pull in ideas from other disciplines. They play improvisational jazz instead of classical music, and they have fun doing it! We can use the same tools to improve our personal lives and relationships. So come stretch out of your usual routine! Learn how to improve both your organization and yourself. Sonenshein holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He also has degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Virginia. He teaches organizational behavior, change and leadership.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Cops 36 mins – “In this future there are no more human police officers. Is that even possible? The future of policing is a really really complicated topic. And it’s also, and this might be the understatement of the year, a controversial one. On this episode we’re not going to try and give you a full picture of what the future of policing might be. That would take hours. Instead, we’re going to focus on two really specific pieces of this topic. First we talk to Madeline Ashby, futurist and science fiction writer, about robots, and what it might be like if we replaced human law enforcement with robotic law enforcement. Then, we talk to historian and writer Walidah Imarisha, about a future with no cops at all. We also hear from Doug Wyllie, the Editor at Large for PoliceOne, who, perhaps unsurprisingly, doesn’t like either proposal.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Trends 48 mins -”Will your next home be built by robots? We’ll look at the growing robot boom and American jobs.” AT the link find the title, “Robots And Our Automated Future, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_527437564.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Subversion 50 mins – “Complaints that Russia interfered in America’s presidential election are only the latest chapter in a much longer story. Both Moscow and the West have engaged in political subversion over the last 100 years, in an attempt to undermine the other. This dangerous game has largely been played out in the clandestine world of spies but has burst out into the open at regular intervals.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian-US Interference 48 mins – “Sally Yates testifies on General Michael Flynn. We’ll look at the latest on the Russia connection.” At the link find the title, “Yates, Flynn And The Trump-Russia Investigation, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_527618362.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salem Witches 62 mins – “The Witches is Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff’s account of a primal mystery. Women’s suffrage, Prohibition and the Salem witch trials are three rare moments when women played a central role in American history, and in Salem it was adolescent girls who stood at center stage. The panic began during a raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s niece began to writhe and roar. The panic spread quickly, as neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives and parents, and children accused each other. The witch trials ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. Drawing masterfully on the archives, Schiff introduces us to the strains of Puritan adolescent life and the vulnerability of wilderness settlements adrift from the mother country, and she brilliantly aligns them with our own anxieties: religious provocations, crowdsourcing and invisible enemies.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Segregated Housing 49 mins – “Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a “state-sponsored system of segregation,” in which people of color were purposely excluded from suburbs. His new book is ‘The Color of Law.’ Critic David Bianculli shares an appreciation of late director Jonathan Demme’s ‘Who Am I This Time?’ which was made for TV.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Serena Williams 18 mins – “Twenty-three Grand Slam titles later, tennis superstar Serena Williams sits down with journalist Gayle King to share a warm, mischievous conversation about her life, love, wins and losses — starting with the story of how she accidentally shared her pregnancy news with the world.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Small Arms Seizure Value 18 mins – “The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that form Agenda 2030 provide a universal policy framework to which states have committed, and within which they operate towards achieving inclusive development. SDG16 sets out to achieve peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, with its fourth target focusing specifically on significantly reducing illicit arms flows to achieve this goal. The second instalment of the Small Arms Survey podcast series dedicated to measuring illicit arms flows discusses gathering data in non-conflict settings. While most of the countries in the world can be classified as ‘non-conflict’, there are still significant variations from one region to another. Featured experts talk about the challenges and opportunities they face while conducting such research, as well as the links between conflict and non-conflict areas that have an impact on this endeavour. The podcasts presents inputs by Nils Duquet, Researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute; Nicolas Florquin Senior Researcher and Research Coordinator at the Small Arms Survey; Lina Grip, Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI); and Matt Schroeder, Senior Researcher at the Small Arms Survey….” At the link find the title, “Measuring Illicit Arms Flows in Non-Conflict Contexts, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SAS-Podcast-40-Measuring-Illicit-Arms-Flows-in-Non-Conflict-Contexts.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Awkwardness 48 mins – “The psychology and science of social awkwardness. How to embrace your own quirks and idiosyncrasies to become the best version of yourself.” At the link find the title, “Please, Let’s Make It ‘Awkward’, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_527975990.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solitary Confinement 21 mins- “The Ontario government has agreed to act on recommendations to alter the use of solitary confinement in prisons. Critics want Ottawa to follow suit.” At the link find the title, “May 9: Federal prisons must find alternatives to solitary confinement, says correctional investigator, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170509_51382.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Sudan Violence 55 mins – “**Some viewers may find parts of this report difficult to listen to** “Hiding in the bathroom. They’re trying to break down our door. We maybe have about five minutes.” Juba, capital of South Sudan, 11 July 2016. The female aid worker sending this message was among a number of international and local staff taking refuge behind a bullet proof door in the housing compound where they lived. Tensions were running high in South Sudan’s three year civil war and government troops had gone on the rampage attacking the compound. As the soldiers tried to break down the door, the terrified group frantically appealed to United Nations peacekeepers based just over a kilometer away. Using their phones and sending messages via Skype and Facebook their calls for help went unheeded.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Trends 160 mins “Apple slashes affiliate commissions and stops paying Qualcomm royalties. Google’s founders each have their own flying contraptions in the works. Amazon’s new Echo Look wants pictures of your clothes. Uber wants all of your data. WikiTribune wants to fight fake news. Hackers just want money from Netflix. The Juicero was just a bad, bad idea.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

TED Talks 54 mins – “Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and author of Weapons of Math Destruction Cathy O’Neil discuss: Cathy O’Neil’s recent TED Talk; The world of TED Talk conferences; The industry of highly paid speeches, including Obama’s recent $400K speech for Cantor Fitzgerald” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Dictators 46 minsPresident Trump continues to praise strongmen and dictators across the globe, and his embrace of these despots sets off alarm bells at home and abroad.” At the link find the title, President Trump’s Affection For Despots, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_526771710.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Religion 32 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Reza Aslan about Christianity and religion as a whole in the age of Trump.” At the link find the title, “The End of Values Voters Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY8025365410.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and the Press 27 mins – “Trump’s famously adversarial relationship with the media has created obstacles for reporters covering Trump. So how has the last 100 days been?” At the link find the title, “April 27: Washington journalists share challenges covering 100 days of Trump, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170427_56959.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Climate Policy 47 mins- “Inside the Trump administration’s internal battle over the Paris Climate accord. Will the U.S. pull out?” At the link find the title, “Future Of Paris Climate Accord Is Shaky, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_527964972.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Fitness for Office 47 mins – “‘New Yorker’ staff writer Evan Osnos discusses the likelihood that impeachment or the 25th Amendment will be used to remove President Donald Trump from office.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Uber Conflict 42 mins – “Uber’s woes continue with regulators around the world, but it is now answering allegations of building software to avoid regulators. Click gets an insight into what is going on from Alison van Diggelen in Silicon Valley. Tunisia youth have been using tech to help map their neighbourhood. Click talks to the NGO International Alert who are running a peace tech project and also hears from the youths about how they are empowered by Open Street Map. More than 300 million people around the world speak Arabic, but the language is badly under-represented online. A project in Wellington is aiming to position New Zealand as a ‘digital Switzerland’ and make Arabic materials easier for students and teachers to find, to access and to share. Click’s Simon Morton reports. In July of 2016, Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter toured the Majdanek Concentration Camp in what he vowed would be his final visit. By marrying a stereo video capture of Pinchas within a photoreal roomscale experience, The Last Goodbye reaches profound levels of immersion in service of the first ever VR testimony that will be archived and preserved. Click’s Lauren Hutchinson reports on this extraordinary VR film.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Universal Basic Income 15 mins – “Free money, for everyone, forever. No strings attached. That’s the idea behind a universal basic income, an idea that governments and organizations around the world have started toying with, from Finland and the Netherlands to Silicon Valley and Canada. Late last year, Dylan Matthews went to Kenya to understand one specific experiment — a project organized by the nonprofit GiveDirectly. He wrote a feature piece about his trip. In this episode of Weeds in the Wild, he introduces Sarah Kliff to some of the specific people he met and walks through the policy tensions in a UBI program — like whether it makes sense to give everyone, no matter how rich or poor, the exact same amount of money.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Venezuela Health Crisis 20 mins – “Venezuela’s dire economic crisis has led to life-threatening consequences as doctors have no access to medications to treat ill patients.”..”May 12: Our people are dying’: Venezuela’s health crisis leaves doctors without medicine, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170512_92931.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

W. Kamu Bell 50 mins – “Bell talks with Terry Gross about interviewing white nationalist Richard Spencer for his CNN series ‘United Shades of America’ and doing stand-up in black comedy rooms. He has a new memoir. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kendrick Lamar’s album ‘Damn.’ Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary ‘Obit.’” At the link find the title, “May 5, 2017 Best Of: W. Kamau Bell / The Dying Art Of Writing Obituaries,”click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Whole Foods Diet 66 mins – “John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market; Co-Author, The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity This program is part of our Food Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Mackey makes the case for why a whole food, plant-based diet is optimum for a long, healthy, disease-free life. As one of the leaders of this plant-based movement, Mackey shares his vision and discusses the science behind changing the way we eat. He will also address food, politics and health as well as the ethical and environmental impact of our dietary habits.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wisdom for Life 65 mins – “The heart of Krista Tippett’s work on her NPR program and podcast, “On Being,” has been to shine a light on people whose insights kindle in us a sense of wonder and courage. She interviews a variety of people, including scientists, poets, activists and theologians from an array of faiths who have all opened themselves up to Tippett’s compassionate yet searching conversations. In her latest book, Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from these luminous conversations into a master class about living. Join us for an enlightening discussion about her work and insights into her fiercely hopeful vision of humanity for this century.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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