Media Mining Digest 290 – Jun 2, 2017: Addictive Technology, Aging Process, Agriculture Climate Control, AI Design Ideas, Aircraft Dispatchers, ALS Documentary Film, American Colonialism History, Anchorage’s Genie Chance, Antisense Antibiotics, Asteroid Mining, Astronomer Interview, Black Grads, Blind Fitness Trainer, Blind Tennis, Body Hacking, Bollywood Star, Book Technology Trends, Brain Functions, Broadband in NYC Public Housing, Chaplains of the Sea, Classified Material Release, Clint Watts Interview, Comey and Mueller, Con Men, Copernicus, Cyber Threat Implications, Cybersecurity by Experts, Data Journalism, Death Tactics, Democracy Perspectives Destructive Manufacturing, Detroit Recovery, Educational Ideas, Experiment Replication Crisis, Fast Fashion, Food Waste Reduction, Foster Family Shortage in Canada, Genetic History, Hasan Minhaj, Heart Surgery Innovation, Holocaust Deniers, Home Care in Canada, House Foundations, Instagram Insider Interview, Intelligence Leak, Intelligence Peaks, Internet of Things, Knee Arthroscopy, Knowledge Half Life, Medical Cybersecurity, Medical Pioneer, Mekong Delta Decline, Micro Manufacturing, Missing Canadian Women, MS 13 Gang, Naive Realism, National Security Correspondent, Navy Manpower, Net Neutrality, Neurological Impact of Obesity, Nixon Taping System, North Korea, Opiate Crisis, Opioid Prescriptions, People Power, Phishing Attacks, Place of Death Location, Plant Biology, Publishing Trends, Ransomware Defense, Reality Book, Rebuilding after Disasters, Recidivism, Robot Stories, Sanctuary Cities, Self-Driving Cars, SESAME Project, Slum Soccer Miracle, Social Media Trends, Soft Power, Solar Cell Research, South Sudan Crisis, Soweto Music, Special Operations Forces, Star Trek, Statue Removals, Steve Ballmer, Sugar Impact in Europe, Summer School Kids Enjoy, Trump and Intelligence Agencies, Underwater Sounds, Visual Impairment in Children, Voting Rights, War on Drugs Debate, Washington Post Reporter, Water Violations in NH, Whole Food Market Founder, Women at War, Women in STEM Jobs, Working Moms

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ACHIEVA 56 mins – “Joyce welcomes Marsha Blanco, president and CEO of ACHIEVA. ACHIEVA is the only agency of its type in southwestern Pennsylvania that provides lifelong supports. From early intervention therapies, in-home support, to older adult protective services for senior citizens, ACHIEVA provides services through the entire life-span. ACHIEVA is a nonprofit parent organization providing comprehensive services and supports to more than 14,500 individuals with disabilities and their families. Ms. Blanco will discuss the programs and services of ACHIEVA and her calling as an advocate for those with intellectual disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addiction Neuroscience 26 mins – “Ulises Ricoy, PhD, Chair of Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science at Northern New Mexico College, shares his expertise on neuroscience and its relation to addiction.” At the link find the title, “SCIENCE STUDIO: Ulises Ricoy, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files sci_studio_010117_cold.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addictive Technology P1 27 mins – “Author Adam Alter explains how technology keeps us hooked and reveals patterns of addiction akin to substance abuse.” At the link find the title, “May 15: Why technology is addictive and what to do about it, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170515_18214.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addictive Technology P2 24 mins – “In the world of smartphones and teenagers, we’re asking: Who’s in charge?” At the link find the title, “May 16: When does a teenager’s cellphone use become an addiction? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170516_31031.mp3 “and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Process 30 mins – “Ageing is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready for it – as individuals, or as a society. A geneticist, a psychiatrist and an economist pick apart our knowledge of the ageing process and the major challenges to be solved so we can live healthily and well.” At the link find the title, “Grand Challenges: Ageing, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Climate Control 45 mins – “In the race to feed 10 billion people by 2050 some agricultural production will shift to where people live.  The idea of vertical farms or repurposing urban space for agriculture is becoming increasingly feasible, as lighting, cooling, and automation advances are more and more efficient.  These concepts are being explored worldwide.  The International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture met in Panama City, Panama, and it was a great opportunity to interview the experts about how to grow crops in limited space. Interviews with David Proenza, Chris Higgins, Leo Marcelis, Chieri Kubota, and Ricardo Hernandez.  The conference website may be accessed here.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Trends 38 mins – “In this episode Pam Marrone, a serial entrepreneur, having founded, built and sold two biopesticide companies, joins us. She is currently the CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations Inc, a Nasdaq listed company at the forefront of the drive towards sustainable agriculture This purpose drove my work at Syngenta, and is central to that of Terramera, the Vancouver-based agtech company that I am on the Board of. Read more at paradigms in agriculture#j3yA8GFAIhqm7sGA.99” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Design Ideas 17 mins – “How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover? As we move closer toward creating all-knowing machines, AI pioneer Stuart Russell is working on something a bit different: robots with uncertainty. Hear his vision for human-compatible AI that can solve problems using common sense, altruism and other human values.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Impacts 24 mins – “In the dawning world of artificial intelligence, who is the pawn and who is the king?” At the link find the title, “May 16: Defeated by a computer, world chess champion Garry Kasparov embraces artificial intelligence, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170516_41132.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aircraft Dispatchers 39mins – “Did you know that an aircraft dispatcher shares fifty percent of the operational control of a flight with a captain? A career as an aircraft dispatcher can be both rewarding and is not very well known by the traveling public. Today I have with me Mike Karrels who will help us understand the role of a dispatcher and discuss the rewarding and lucrative career of an airline dispatcher….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ALS Documentary Film 6 mins – “A documentary chronicling former Concord High School principal Gene Connolly’s ALS diagnosis premieres this week. Connolly was diagnosed with the disease in 2014. In his final year at the school, Connolly gradually lost the ability to speak and to walk, but stayed on the job as long as he could. He retired last summer. Concord filmmaker Dan Habib is the director of “Mr. Connolly Has ALS,” a 30-minute documentary that premieres Tuesday at Red River Theatres in Concord, and runs through Memorial Day.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

American Colonialism History 58 mins – “On this week’s Team Human, we discover one of the reasons why knowing history matters. William Hogeland, author of Autumn of the Black Snake, tells the story of how and why the US Army was created – not to defend our borders, but to wipe out indigenous nations. And all that, in an effort to satisfy the growth mandate embedded in our economy by heroes of the neoliberal left like Alexander Hamilton. Make no mistake: Hogeland is a live wire. The show opens with a related monologue from Rushkoff about why successful businesses should refrain from scaling up. How about staying local, and letting other companies just copy your model? Why and how has the need to scale and colonize new territory become our default?” At the link find the title, “Ep. 37 William Hogeland ‘Defaulting to Colonialism’” right-click “Media files 591c19936a5cd73c0e2e8d6e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anchorage’s Genie Chance 28 mins– “It was the middle of the night on March 27, 1964. Earlier that evening, the second-biggest earthquake ever measured at the time had hit Anchorage, Alaska. 115 people died. Some houses had been turned completely upside down while others had skidded into the sea.There was no light or power city — and for a long time, virtually no communication with the outside world. But there was one signal making it out of the devastated area.Running on backup generators and a cracked transmitter, a radio station in Anchorage continued to broadcast. Then a station in Fairbanks picked up that signal and repeated it. A man in Juneau picked up that Fairbanks station, called a radio station in Seattle and let the broadcast play over his phone….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antisense Antibiotics 28 mins – “Recently there has been a rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria. In order to address this rising concern a new approach has been developed, antisense antibiotics. Dr. Bruce Geller, professor of microbiology at Oregon State University is one of the leading researchers in this new approach and he discusses what exactly are antisense antibiotics. Aired March 19, 2017” At the link find the title, “SCIENCE STUDIO: Antisense Antibiotics, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files scistudio_b._geller_cold_01.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Asteroid Mining 25 mins – “Asteroids! What do you know about asteroids? Well it turns out we can learn plenty from asteroids but there is a particular reason why asteroids have become the front and center of attention recently. As it turns out asteroids can be source of precious metals, many of which do not exist here on earth. CFA Astronomer Martin Elvis of the Smithsonian Institute at Harvard is one of the leading advocates in the mining of asteroids and discusses the reason for and benefits of mining asteroids. Aired March 12, 2017” At the link find the title, “SCIENCE STUDIO: Mining Asteroids, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files scistudio_m.elvis_cold_01_0.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomer Interview 24 mins – “For centuries mankind thought there was a distant planet out there beyond from what was already known, Planet X. Well it turns out there is a planet out there, what was once thought to be Planet X is now known as Planet 9. Professor Mike Brown from CalTech joins Dr. Pannell to discuss his discovery of the distant Planet 9. Mike Brown is a Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Science. He will provide some illumination on Planet 9. Aired. Feb 26, 2017” At the link find the title, “SCIENCE STUDIO: Planet 9, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files scistudio022617_cold_01.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Grads 47 mins – “Why are mixed-race colleges having black-only graduation ceremonies? We’ll ask.” At the link find the title, “Mixed-Race Campus, Black-Only Graduation, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_528503043.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Fitness Trainer 37 mins – “Maria Johnson a.k.a. Girl Gone Blind is a mom, a blogger, radio host, fitness instructor, health and wellness advocate, podcaster, and most of all… Maria shares her experiences and assists others going through the turnstiles entering the journey of Blindness.“ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Fitness Trainer’s Daughter 21 mins – “Jill chats with Molly Johnson, the daughter of one of our favorite bloggers, Girl Gone Blind – Maria Johnson. Molly talks about what it was like to be a young teenager and have her mom go unexpectedly blind. Check out Molly’s guest blog post on her mom’s website at Find GGB on Twitter @Girl_Gone_Blind” At the link find the title, “My mom went blind and my life began to unwind.” At the link find the title, “My mom went blind and my life began to unwind, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 5768245-my-mom-went-blind-and-my-life-began-to-unwind.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Tennis 20 mins – “Peter White talks to the author of The Braille Legacy – a musical currently staged at The Charing Cross Theatre in London, which dramatises the life and achievements of Louis Braille, who invented the tactile writing system. Ellie Southwood who has been to see the show, gives a review from a blind person’s perspective. Last week in Spain the first international blind tennis tournament was held with 12 countries competing for international rankings. Chris Baily came home with a trophy for Great Britain and the title of World Number One in blind tennis. He tells us what it means to him and his hopes that one day Blind Tennis will be a paralympic sport.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Body Hacking 42 mins – “In Body Hacking we explore the personalised medicine movement that’s revolutionising healthcare, and focus on the scientist-entrepreneurs who are reinventing medicine from their bedrooms, garages and employers’ laboratories. …Searching for answers, Future Human’s Jack Gwilym Roberts and Ben Beaumont-Thomas travelled to the City of London headquarters of IPGroup, a venture capital firm who fund some of the UK’s most exciting medical startups. We meet Mark Warne, their Head of Life Sciences, and discuss how the innovations of the Body Hacking movement are being seen on the high street and in the treatment rooms of your local GP. We also meet Miguel Toribio-Mateas, the founder of the personalised nutrition company Naturopatica, who explains how personalised medicine is complicated by epigenetics and nutrigenomics and also why the heightened awareness of our health risks a mass outbreak of hypochondria.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bollywood Star 18 mins – ““I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people,” says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood’s biggest star. In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Technology Trends 16 mins – “While writing for a so-called “responsive” mobile publishing platform, an author discovers that a basic building block of books needs a makeover. The paragraph is dead, declares Michael Greer one minute. Long live the paragraph, he says the next. Once upon a time, authors and readers alike lived in a world of certainty. Books were produced and consumed in more-or-less linear fashion. As grade school grammar teachers have long taught about essays, books in this earlier era had a beginning, a middle, and an end. No longer. On a variety of digital handheld devices, the reader has taken charge and scrambled the established order. In 2017, the reader determines where she reads, what she reads, and when she reads….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Functions 24 mins– “How does the brain work? How do brain cells communicate? Is there a way to curb appetite by tapping into brain cells? Could there possibly be entire symphonies stored in our head? Melissa Chee, assistant professor of neuroscience from Carleton University at Ottawa Canada. answers these questions and more on this week’s program. Aired April 1, 2017” At the link find the title, “SCIENCE STUDIO: Melissa Chee,” right-click “Media files m.chi_cold.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in NYC Public Housing 21 mins -”Some time ago, when speaking with Joshua Breitbart, the Senior Advisor for Broadband to the New York City CTO Miguel Gamiño, he mentioned to me that any subset of the issues they face with regard to improving Internet access in New York City is itself a massive issue. Joshua joins us to elaborate on that challenge and an exciting project that points to the way to solving some of their problems on episode 254 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We talk about Queensbridge Connected, a partnership to ensure people living in low-income housing have access to broadband Internet connections. We also discuss how their responsibility does not end merely with making Wi-Fi available, but actually helping people be prepared to use the connection safely. Joshua offers an important perspective on the challenges in large urban areas to make sure policy is fully responsive to local needs by ensuring residents are a part of the process and solution.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chaplains of the Sea 54 mins – “Port chaplains provide support to the world’s 1.5 million merchant seafarers. With the global shipping industry in financial crisis, we join the chaplains on their daily visits to container ships and supply vessels in Antwerp, Immingham and Aberdeen, to find out why the work of chaplains is more crucial than ever.” At the link find the title, “Chaplains of the Sea,” right-click “Media files p052zv0q.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Classified Material to Russians 33 mins – “This afternoon, the Washington Post broke a major story: Donald Trump disclosed highly classified material to the Russian ambassador and Foreign Minister in the Oval Office last week, compromising a highly sensitive counterterrorism program run by an allied intelligence service. This evening, we got former DNI General Counsel Robert Litt on the line for a discussion with Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes of the latest mess. Litt helped coordinate and manage the intelligence community’s response to the Edward Snowden revelations, so he knows a little something about responding to massive intelligence disclosures. We talked about how bad the disclosure may be, what the remedies for it are, and what we still don’t know.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Clint Watts Interview 32 mins – “We’re zooming out on Russia’s influencing machine with the help of Clint Watts, the national security expert who had a star turn in March with his soundbite-ready testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Watts explains why the partisan skew on fake news is “kind of garbage.” Plus, he has tips for testifying—just in case you get a call from Congress. Watts is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.” At the link find the title, “Clint Watts, Testifier Extraordinaire, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM2623781410.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comey and Mueller 22 mins – “Jacob Weisberg is joined by WIRED Magazine writer Garrett Graff to discuss his recent cover story for Politico, “What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey.” At the link find the title, “The Purest Boy Scout, May, 2017,” right-click ‘Media files PPY9624619799.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comey Firing 56 mins – “Updated at 6:00PM (EST) — Jacob Weisberg chats with Lawfare’s Editor-in-Chief (and friend of James Comey’s), Benjamin Wittes, about how the Russia investigation proceeds from here and ponder what Comey’s response will be. Plus, Virginia Heffernan talks to Tom Nichols about why Democrats and Republicans alike shouldn’t be hysterical following yesterday’s events.” At the link find the title, “The Firing of James Comey (UPDATED), May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM3292516921.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comey Firing 33 mins – “Yes Episode 16 just dropped yesterday, but given the firing of Jim Comey we felt duty bound to get back to the microphones ASAP.  And so here you will find Bobby and Steve reviewing and debating the legal and policy backdrop to, and fallout, from yesterday’s shocking news.  Tune in for a discussion that covers the power of the president to appoint and remove the FBI Director, the implications of the firing for a variety of ongoing investigations, and much more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comey Memos 46 mins – “The Comey bombshell memo. Talk of obstruction of justice, and even impeachment.” At the link find the title, “Obstruction Of Justice? May , 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_528814717.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Con Men 42 mins – “Jacob Weisberg, Katie Roiphe, and Philip Gourevitch discuss Herman Melville’s The Confidence Man and just what the book can tell us about President Trump.” At the link find the title, “The Confidence Man, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY6981784822.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Copernicus 33 mins – “In addition to being an astronomer, Copernicus was also a mathematician, a doctor, and wrote a manuscript on devaluation of currency.” At the link find the title, “Copernicus, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-05-17-symhc-copernicus.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Threat Implications 10 mins – “Hacking, fake news, information bubbles … all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it’s you.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybersecurity by Experts 66 mins – “In this week’s episode, we ask two acknowledged NSA cybersecurity experts, Curtis Dukes and Tony Sager, both from the Center for Internet Security, what they tell their family members about how to keep their computers, phones, and doorbells safe from hackers. Joining us for the news round-up is Carrie Cordero, a Washington lawyer who focuses on national security law, homeland security law, cybersecurity and data protection issues.  She is also an adjunct professor of Law at Georgetown University….” At the link right-click “Download the 154th episode (mp3).” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data Journalism 41 mins – “Ben Beaumont-Thomas hosts ‘Data Journalism’, in which the Future Human team explore how hacker culture is transforming the way information is made public. Joining him in the studio are Martin Moore, founder of the pioneering media ethics charity The Media Standards Trust, and also Future Human regulars Jack Roberts and Oliver Beatty. Is the ‘information wants to be free’ ethic of the data journalism movement undermining the news industry or rejuvenating it in the eyes of the public? Mark Stephens, formerly the legal representative of Julian Assange, outlines his concern that hackers could have a censorious effect on free speech. Meanwhile, news editor Ben Leapman gives an inside perspective on how The Daily Telegraph handled the British MP’s expenses scandal, a data leak that Fleet Street has recognised as ‘the biggest story of the decade’.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Death Tactics 16 mins – “In this deeply moving talk, Lucy Kalanithi reflects on life and purpose, sharing the story of her late husband, Paul, a young neurosurgeon who turned to writing after his terminal cancer diagnosis. “Engaging in the full range of experience — living and dying, love and loss — is what we get to do,” Kalanithi says. “Being human doesn’t happen despite suffering — it happens within it.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Perspectives 72 mins – “On May 11, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson senior fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, for a discussion on the story of democracy both past and present. Drawing from her experiences in government and academia and her new book, “Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom,” Dr. Rice joined Leon Wieseltier, the Isaiah Berlin senior fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution, for a conversation on democracy’s post-Cold War trajectory and the United States’ role in defending and promoting that system today.” At the link right-click “Download the audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Destructive Innovation 40 mins – “The Future Human Podcast is back with a new episode, ‘Destructive Innovation’, in which the team explore the true social cost of British innovation. Why is financial growth leading to less jobs and increasing social inequality, and how exactly do innovative companies contribute towards this process? Technology and financial services companies, which have been championed by the government as ‘wealth creators’ and drivers of economic development, actually employ very few people relative to the revenue they generate. Take Facebook, whose 4000 employees were dwarfed by the vast US $104 billion valuation placed upon the company when it floated on the stock market. The long term consequences for Britain, in which the gains of innovation are so highly concentrated and where financial ‘success’ is accompanied by rising levels of unemployment, are unclear….” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Recovery 87 mins – While the resurgence of Detroit’s auto industry has been an integral component of the city’s stabilization, business leaders agree that entrepreneurship and small businesses are at the heart of the city’s renaissance. So, what does it take for small business owners and entrepreneurs to be successful in a city like Detroit and elsewhere?  This event aimed to unpack the answer in the updated findings from the Detroit Reinvestment Index, a comprehensive report created and issued by The Kresge Foundation that measures Detroit’s comeback from its history-making bankruptcy in 2014. The report focuses on national business leaders’ perceptions of Detroit as a place in which to invest or conduct business, as well as the strengths and weaknesses perceived by local entrepreneurs. In its second year, the report finds that both national business leaders and local entrepreneurs continue to be bullish about Detroit and cite a positive outlook on and impression of the city.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educational Ideas 60 mins – “This week on science for the people, we’re taking on the educational system. We’ll be talking with Ulrich Boser about what people think they know about education. It turns out that education is a lot like driving: everyone thinks they’re well above average in their knowledge, which means half of us are probably wrong. Then, we’ll speak with education researcher Luis Leyva about how math education privileges some at the expense of others. We may not think about it, but the way we have always taught math leaves many people of color behind. Finally, we’ll speak with cognitive neuroscientist Suzanne Dikker about taking neuroscience research out of the lab and into the classroom, where she shows that brains that are learning together look a lot alike.” 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

Experiment Reproduction Crisis 50 mins – “’Science is wrong about everything, but you can trust it more than anything.’ That’s the assertion of psychologist Brian Nosek, director of the Center for Open Science, who is working to correct what he sees as the temporarily wayward path of psychology. Currently, psychology is facing what some are calling a replication crisis. Much of the most headline-producing research in the last 20 years isn’t standing up to attempts to reproduce its findings. Nosek wants to clean up the processes that have lead to this situation, and in this episode, you’ll learn how.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 101_-_Naive_Realism_rebroadcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fast Fashion 52 mins – “Try to imagine 18 tons of clothes. It’s the image journalist and author Elizabeth Cline said surprised her the most while researching her book about the way Americans dress. That’s because that pile represented three-days of donations to one thrift store in one U.S. city. And what’s the impact of the cheap fashion we buy and toss on such a regular basis? Cline is coming to Utah, and Monday she joins Doug to explain what it means for our economy, our environment, and for our culture.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste Reduction 33 mins – “Millennials are making waves in many of today’s business and career industries – and the agriculture industry is no exception. This week, I’m speaking with Mikayla Sullivan, co-founder and “Ringleader of Regal Operations” at Kinosol. Her team of millennials – many of which are fresh out of college – are on a mission to solve one of the world’s biggest problems – world hunger – through agriculture technology. Kinosol uses dehydration techniques that can be used anywhere in the world – due to its solar-power technology – to make food products last longer, to effectively reduce food waste around the world. Currently, Mikayla and her team are focusing on helping people in developing countries reduce food waste and improve their food storage ability in an effort to help end world hunger on a global scale. Today, she shares the Kinosol mission and how the business idea got started, the interesting way the team generated the initial business capital to continue to grow and scale, and some of the food safety concerns surrounding dehydration – particularly with meat. “People don’t care what it looks like. It really just matters if it works and if it’s going to improve what they are already doing and save them time down the road.” – Mikayla Sullivan” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Foster Family Shortage in Canada 58 mins – “A crucial part of the troubled Division of Children Youth and Families, the state’s foster care system, faces serious problems of its own. A  shortage of families, a complicated and backlogged system , and a deficit of resources, all contribute to the problem of finding safe and stable homes for children.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic History 49 mins – “Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation, and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His book ‘The Gene,’ is now out in paperback. Also, David Edelstein reviews ‘Last Men In Aleppo,’ and David Bianculli reviews Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ and Netflix’s ‘Anne with an E.’” At the link find the title, “May 12, 2017, The Power Of Genes,” click the circle withthree dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hasan Minhaj 49 mins – “The ‘Daily Show’ correspondent describes himself as a “third-culture kid” who doesn’t fully belong in either the world of his parents or that of his hometown of Davis, Calif. His new Netflix special is ‘Homecoming King.’” At the link find the title, “May 18, 2017 Comic Hasan Minhaj,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Surgery Innovation 44 mins – “I’m at the SCAI conference in New Orleans Louisiana this week. It’s the Society for Cardiovascular and Angiography Interventions. Basically, it’s a conference with a heavy focus on unclogging arteries. Why is this important? Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer in the United States. Peripheral Artery Disease, which targets the peripherals, mainly the legs, impacts more than 50% of people over the age of 60. It used to be that invasive surgical procedures such as bypasses or even amputation were the go-to solutions. But advances in technology are such that now interventional cardiologists, with only a small hole in the body, not larger than a pencil eraser, can reach into the arteries with small devices to unclog blocked arteries and keep the blood flowing. At the forefront of cutting edge technology for cardiology is Dr. Ehtisham Mahmud, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine for UC San Diego Health System. He is co-director of the SCAI Conference and always has the pulse on what’s new and what’s next. He’s one of the most sought after doctors in this space for new medical technology studies around the world, including the latest laser technology by Ra Medical Systems which uses photomolecular ablation much like is used in LASIK surgery for your eyes, to unclog arteries, and also he’s one of the first to be using robotics in his interventions. His colleague, who plays a critical role in key studies on new technologies at the University joins the second half of the show to share his insights as well. Dr. Mitul Patel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, for the UC San Diego Health System.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Holocaust Deniers 16 mins – ““There are facts, there are opinions, and there are lies,” says historian Deborah Lipstadt, telling the remarkable story of her research into Holocaust deniers — and their deliberate distortion of history. Lipstadt encourages us all to go on the offensive against those who assault the truth and facts. “Truth is not relative,” she says.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Home Care in Canada 24 mins – “The pressure is so high for hospital beds, some elderly patients say they are being discharged too soon.” At the link find the title, “May 17: Elderly patients in hospital need adequate long-term care plans before discharge, say families,” right-click “Media files current_20170517_48870.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

House Foundations 16 mins – “In cold, northern states of the US, most homeowners really don’t have much choice of what type of foundation their house will have.  Most cold climate foundations are basements.  That’s because of the footing, which is the lowest part of the house, right beneath the foundation, has to be placed below the frost line. If you live in a moderate or warm climate, you’ll have a choice to make.  Today’s mini lesson will cover the pros and cons of the different types of foundations.  It will help you decide whether a basement, crawl space or slab foundation is the best choice for your house.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Instagram Insider Interview 60 mins – “What motivates you to share a photo on Instagram — or not? Kevin Weil, head of product at the company, discusses everything from user behavior to business strategy with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig. Weil describes how mission alignment helps teams succeed and allows Instagram to continue experimenting and thriving inside its parent company, Facebook.” 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.

Intelligence Leak 46 mins – The first half of the podcast deals with the White House intelligence disclosure to the Russians and the second half with sentencing reform. At the link find the title, “Sentencing Reform – And Reversal – In The Trump DOJ, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_528644723.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence Peaks 6 mins – “When Does Your Intelligence Peak?” [Two sites mentioned are and] At the link find the title, “238 EE,” right-click “Media files ede_238-db5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet of Things 27 mins – “The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the technologies and devices that sense information and communicate it to the Internet or other networks and, in some cases, act on that information. These “smart” devices are increasingly being used to communicate and process quantities and types of information that have never been captured before and respond automatically to improve industrial processes, public services, and the well-being of individual consumers. For example, a “connected” fitness tracker can monitor a user’s vital statistics, and store the information on a smartphone. A “smart” tractor can use GPS-based driving guidance to maximize crop planting or harvesting. Electronic processors and sensors have become smaller and less costly, which makes it easier to equip devices with IoT capabilities. This is fueling the global proliferation of connected devices, allowing new technologies to be embedded in millions of everyday products. The IoT’s rapid emergence brings the promise of important new benefits, but also presents potential challenges….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Knee Arthroscopy 18 mins – “The “correct” rates of discretional interventions are difficult to define. However, David Hamilton and Colin Howie point out that discrepancies in usage of knee arthroscopy within the UK suggest the organisation of the care pathway may be an important determinant Read their full analysis: the link find the title, “Why do the Scottish do fewer knee arthroscopies? Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files 225678771-bmjgroup-knee-arthroscopy.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Knowledge Half Life 30 mins – “In medical school they tell you half of what you are about to learn won’t be true when you graduate – they just don’t know which half. In every field of knowledge, half of what is true today will overturned, replaced, or refined at some point, and it turns out that we actually know when that will be for many things. In this episode, listen as author and scientist Sam Arbesman explains how understanding the half life of facts can lead to better lives, institutions, and, of course, better science.” At the link right-click “Media files 099-The_Half_Life_of_Facts.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Cyberseurity 64 mins – “Episode 157 digs into the security of the medical internet of things. Which, we discover, could be described more often than we’d like as an internet of things that want to kill us.  Joshua Corman of the Atlantic Council and Justine Bone, CEO of MedSec, talk about the culture clash that has made medical cybersecurity such a treacherous landscape for security researchers, manufacturers, regulators, and, unfortunately, a lot of patients who remain in the dark about the security of devices they carry around inside them….” At the link find the title, “Download the 157th Episode (mp3).” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Pioneer 37 mins – “The Greek poet Archilochus is known for the phrase, “The fox knows many things; the hedgehog one big thing.” This week, we’ll use this metaphor as a way to understand two different cognitive styles. The first is that of a tactician who is comfortable with nuance and contradiction (the fox), the second is that of a big thinker, motivated by one organizing idea (the hedgehog). We’ll explore this idea through the story of a pioneering surgeon whose hedgehog tendencies led him to great triumphs, and a heartbreaking tragedy.” At the link find the title,”Ep. 71: The Fox and the Hedgehog, “ right-click “Media files 20170515_hiddenbrain_fandh.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mekong Delta Decline 30 mins – “New dams threaten life on South-East Asia’s most vital river, a river that provides food and water to 70 million people. The government of Laos is determined to develop the nation by building hydroelectric dams for electricity. Many people in the downstream countries of Cambodia and Vietnam are worried that the flow of the life-giving waters of the Mekong will be much reduced and fish life devastated. Peter Hadfield reports from the banks of the Mekong.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Micro Manufacturing 39 mins – “In Micro Manufacturing, the Future Human team explore how 3D printing technology is starting a new Industrial Revolution. Over the next 10 years, we’re going to see digital economics upturn industrial production and the physical world of ‘things’, as emerging printing technologies and the distribution efficiencies of the Internet give individuals the power to challenge the giants of the manufacturing sector. The advent of affordable 3D printers is offering would-be designers the scope to produce a panoply of products: plastic toys, furniture fixtures, electronic components – even finely crafted chocolates. All of these items can be reproduced today using 3D design files supplied from anywhere in the world, with printing projects like RepRap and Makerbot lowering the economic barriers every year. Meanwhile, open source initiatives and skill sharing hackspaces are building enthusiastic communities who support product design. But will the Micro Manufacturing movement really challenge the behemoths of global trade or will it remain a niche concern? And how will the new hordes of ‘makers’ circumvent the problems of digital piracy and ensure their printing enterprises remain profitable?” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Missing Canadian Women 19 mins – “Indigenous women’s group gives a failing grade to the MMIW inquiry for lack of communication and respect.” At the link find the title, “May 17: MMIW inquiry failing families, says Native Women’s Association, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170517_25413.mp3 2017” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MS 13 Gang 28 mins – “Lucy Ash asks how the notoriously violent street gang, MS13, which has roots in Los Angeles and El Salvador is influencing the heated row over illegal immigration in the U.S.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Naive Realism 57 mins – “In psychology, they call it naive realism, the tendency to believe that the other side is wrong because they are misinformed, that if they knew what you knew, they would change their minds to match yours. According to Lee Ross, co-author of the new book, The Wisest One in the Room, this is the default position most humans take when processing a political opinion. When confronted with people who disagree, you tend to assume there must be a rational explanation. What we don’t think, however, is maybe WE are the ones who are wrong. We never go into the debate hoping to be enlightened, only to crush our opponents. Listen in this episode as legendary psychologist Lee Ross explains how to identify, avoid, and combat this most pernicious of cognitive mistakes.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 101_-_Naive_Realism_rebroadcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Security Correspondent 58 mins – “We sit down with Mary Louise Kelly, NPR’s national security correspondent, a beat that has her covering the CIA, the FBI and other intelligence agencies.  We’ll look at the year she’s experienced following those stories – including this week’s Capitol Hill hearings about Russian interference in the presidential election.  Kelly is in New Hampshire this week for the Justice and Journalism series — a collaboration between NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center at UNH Law School.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Navy Manpower 5 mins – “Total ship operating and support costs—which include personnel and maintenance costs—and maintenance backlogs increased during the optimal manning period (2003–2012) and have continued to increase for most ship classes since the initiative ended. Since the implementation of optimal manning, the Navy reduced crew sizes, which decreased the associated personnel costs for most ship classes, even as crews were partially restored. However, increased maintenance costs offset the reductions in personnel costs, as shown below. Navy officials attributed maintenance cost increases to reduced crews, longer deployments, and other factors. GAO’s analysis did not isolate the relative effects of reduced crews from these other factors. Maintenance backlogs also increased during the optimal manning period and have continued to grow….”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 32 mins – “Chris Lewis, vice president of Public Knowledge, and Jeffrey Eisenach, of the American Enterprise Institute, discuss Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai’s plan to roll back net neutrality, which he announced earlier this week.” At the link find the title, “Communicators Roundtable on Net Neutrality, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.477001.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 57 mins – “The term net neutrality has been popping up a lot in recent months, as the policy is reviewed in Washington.  But what does it mean for an Internet service provider to be neutral? We look at how two key aspects of this:  web speed, and the management of Internet traffic, impact our daily browsing, businesses, and privacy.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Neurological Impact of Obesity 11 mins – “Eva Feldman discusses the neurological consequences of obesity.” At the link find the title, “Neurological consequences of obesity: The Lancet Neurology: May, 2017,” right-click “Media files laneur_100517_obesity.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nixon Taping System 44 mins– “This episode of Whistlestop travels back to February 1971 when President Nixon asks his Chief of Staff if they can record conversations in the Oval Office for posterity.” At the link find the title, “Recording from the Oval, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM9965632275.mp3“and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Crisis 42 mins – “It’s been a long and stressful week on the domestic front, so we at the Lawfare Podcast are bringing you a podcast on a cheerier subject: the looming crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Benjamin Wittes sat down with Mira Rapp-Hooper, Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, to chat about the recent series of escalating North Korean missile tests and the crisis we’re all being distracted from.” At the link click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

North Korea Issues 58 mins – “The Trump Administration says the “era of strategic patience” is over as the secretive country’s regime increasingly threatens the region with both actions and words.  We examine the tensions today, their roots going back decades, and the huge importance of North Korea’s neighbors, including China and South Korea.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opiate Crisis 54 mins -”Here’s an alarming number:  in recent years the use of oxycodone has risen by 500% in the US.  In fact, America consumed more opiates than any other country.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Prescriptions 33 mins – “In this episode, we review the 12 recommendations from the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.  These recommendations are intended to help curb the opioid epidemic and provide guidance to healthcare providers regarding safer use of opioids.” At the link find “061 – Correcting the course: careful opioid prescribing,” right-click “Direct download: 061 – CDC opioid guidelines.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

People Power 53 mins – “Today, a hidden power that is either the cornerstone of our democracy or a trapdoor to anarchy. Should a juror be able to ignore the law? From a Quaker prayer meeting in the streets of London, to riots in the streets of LA, we trace the history of a quiet act of rebellion and struggle with how much power “we the people” should really have.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phishing Attacks 32 mins – “This week, Phia wonders what kind of person falls for phishing attacks. Is it only insanely gullible luddites, or can smart, tech savvy people get phished, too? To find out, she conducts an experiment on her poor, unsuspecting coworkers.” At the link find the title, “#97 What Kind Of Idiot Gets Phished? May, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT9749789991.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Place of Death Location 18 mins – “The current orthodoxy is that home is the best and preferred place of death for most people, but in this podcast, Kristian Pollock a sociologist from Nottingham University questions these assumptions and calls for greater attention to improving the experience of dying in hospital and elsewhere. Read the full analysis: the link find the title, “Why do the Scottish do fewer knee arthroscopies? Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files 228046317-bmjgroup-place-of-death.mp3 “ and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plant Biology 28 mins – “To the untrained eye, a plant’s existence may seem rather uneventful. It spends its days rooted to the spot, seemingly at the mercy of its environment. Not so, plant biologist Ottoline Leyser explains to Jim Al-Khalili. Plants are intelligent creatures that possess a unique ability to adapt in ways we animals can only dream of. They can alter their entire body plan of roots and shoots, when required, in response to their surroundings. Now Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory & Professor of Plant Development at Cambridge University, Ottoline has spent her career unearthing the mysterious mechanisms that underpin this process. She’s pieced together the finely-tuned network of hormonal signals which regulate how the roots and shoots of a plant develop. These new insights into what plants get up to are so remarkable that Ottoline is determined to change the way we think about them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Publishing Trends 40 mins – “Documenting our relentless quest to understand innovation in an age of radical and accelerating change, this latest edition of The Future Human Podcast investigates how digital authors are profiting from the chasmic transition to electronic reading and creating collateral damage in the process. Just two years ago, a work of messageboard ‘fanfic’ re-imagining the Twilight Saga as a saucy S&M romp was self-published as an ebook. Today, its creator E.L. James is the bestselling author of all time on and the Fifty Shades trilogy is a blockbusting global sensation. Yet the unprecedented success of a self-published ‘mummy porn’ ebook is merely an early symptom of a tremendous metamorphosis that is taking place within the book publishing industry. A panoply of digital tools and community publishing platforms such as Wattpad and CreateSpace have reduced the cost of marketing and distributing a book dramatically, propelling unknown authors towards professionalism. This process is disrupting and augmenting the traditional book publishing career path that connects writers to literary agents to commissioning editors to printers….” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransomware Defense 16 mins – “The story of the weaponizing of WannaCry ransomware and a wake-up call to companies slow to update IT infrastructure.” At the link find the title, “May 16: How to defend yourself against ransomware cyberattacks, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170516_91770.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransomware Issues 54 mins – “In our 164th episode of the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Stewart Baker, Paul Rosenzweig, and Brian Egan discuss: the cyber EO is finally out – and just in time for wCry; WCry causes ransomware meltdown ; given a choice of blaming Microsoft, who wrote the bad code and the limited security update, the hackers who wrote the ransomware, or the GRU, who revealed the vulnerability, US reporters blame … NSA; Brad Smith of Microsoft thinks it shows we need a digital Geneva accord; NSA’s latest problems with compliance and the FISA court; Abbott Labs proposes a settlement with MedSec that would prevent it from talking to government in the absence of a preexisting inquiry and notice to Abbott; if Trump taped Comey, does it matter where he did it? Two-party consent rules. Our guest interview is with Tim Maurer, Fellow and co-director of the Cyber Policy Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not reflect the opinions of the firm.” At the link find the title, “Interview with Tim Maurer, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SteptoeCyberlawPodcast-164.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reality Book 21 mins – “You know that feeling, maybe in college – you’re suuuper chilled out, maybe chemically-assisted, and you’re like, how do we know we’re even in the same reality, man? That’s what the world has been feeling like, except, not so chill. Were reports that the President leaked classified intelligence fake news? Or was it real, but totally NBD? Was Comey pressured to drop the investigation into Flynn, or not? Was Spicer in the bushes, or among them? Is everything terrible and going to hell, or is America finally great again? Basically, how do we even know what reality IS any more? This week, we investigate reality itself, with our friend Brooke Gladstone, host of WNYC’s On the Media and author of a new book, The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time. The trouble with reality, Brooke says, is that it’s different for everyone. Facts and experience—those don’t bring us all to the same conclusion. So here we are, in an America with two sets of people with realities so far apart they’re like universes whose round edges barely touch. Manoush and Brooke were not zapping their brains during this interview, but they do get pretty far out. Huxley and Orwell, Le Guin and Philip K. Dick and Thomas Paine. Sit back, relax as you will, and come along for the ride. Oh, and that article Manoush mentioned in the interview, by Farhad Manjoo? It’s here.” At the link click th circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reality Book 29 mins – “We’re living in an era of smoke and mirrors as never before. Do you find yourself wondering how we reached this pass, where basic facts have no impact and fundamental norms are violated at will? Or, at the very least, would you like to follow Brooke down a rabbit hole as she searches for an explanation? Because after the election, in what amounted to a two-week fever dream, she wrote “The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time,” and came to a kind of answer. As this week’s podcast extra, we have for you a conversation Brooke had about her book with our colleague, WNYC morning show host Brian Lehrer.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rebuilding after Disasters 24mins – “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says we need to ‘rebuild better’ after the floods but should we rebuild at all?” At the link find the title, “May 15: Why rebuild after flood if it’s likely to happen again, asks climatologist, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170515_95008.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recidivism 48 mins – “For Susan Burton, getting on track after being released from prison was a daunting experience. Now she’s determined to help other women follow in her footsteps. Her new memoir is ‘Becoming Ms. Burton.’ Also, Milo Miles reviews ‘Synthesize the Soul,’ a collection of dance music from Cape Verde.” At the link find the title, “May 16, 2017, Former Inmate Leads Women From Prison To Recovery,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Stories 27 mins – “How might robots help us live, work and even love in the future? Jane Wakefield meets robots being used in hospitals, factories and even bedrooms and discovers the way humans are using machines. In California, Jane interviews Harmony, a sex robot who will be for sale at the end of the year. She hears how some people are forming relationships with their artificial intelligence, and asks what an increasing dependence on robotics means for our human interaction.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sanctuary Cities 58 mins – “Across the country, communities are grappling with how to handle people who are here illegally. Some cities and towns have declared themselves sanctuaries, in defiance of President Trump’s demands for close cooperation with federal immigration authorities. That’s a battle now in the courts. We look at how this debate is playing out in New England and nationally.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Self-Driving Cars 58 mins – “Tim Kentley-Klay and Jesse Levinson, co-founders of autonomous-vehicle startup Zoox, detail a not-too-distant future when we’ll get into their cars and do nothing other than say where we need to go. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, the two entrepreneurs explain how self-driving cars work and how their fleet of electric vehicles could make owning a ride obsolete.” 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.

SESAME Project 24 mins – “Open SESAME! And no we are not talking about Ali Baba in this case. SESAME is an acronym for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Application in the Middle East. But what exactly does that mean? A synchrotron light produces very intense pulses of light that allows detailed studies of various objects. Join hosts Dr. Keith Pannell and Dr. Russell Chianelli as they speak to Stanford professor Herman Winick about his role and involvement in SESAME. Aired Jan. 29, 2017” At the link find the title, “SCIENCE STUDIO: Project SESAME, Jan 2017,” right-click “Media files sci_studio_cold_1-29-17_01.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slum Soccer Miracle 19 mins – “Canadian civil servant Bob Munro had an idea that has changed everything — a soccer program run by youth in the slums of Nairobi.” At the link find the title, “May 17: ‘Kids are going to school because of football’: How a Canadian gave Kenyan youth a future, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170517_48686.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Trends 24 mins – “Every day, Manoush is getting dozens of new followers on Twitter. Sometimes hundreds a day. And every new follower is the same. Generic user name, no photo, blank avatar. And even more suspect, these accounts have no followers, no tweets. In other words: Bots. Bot armies are taking over Twitter. But they’re not necessarily trying to advance a point of view, according to Phil Howard, a bot researcher. They’re aiming to sow chaos and make dialogue impossible. At the extreme, the goal is to destabilize our very sense of reality. “Their strategy is to plant multiple conflicting stories that just confuse everybody,” Howard says. “If they can successfully get out four different explanations for some trend, then they’ve confused everybody, and they’re able to own the agenda.” This week, why someone would sic a bot army on Manoush. And what her bot brigade can teach us about how bots are shaping democracy, from last November to Brexit to the recent French election. You can check if a Twitter account following you is real or fake, with Bot or Not, an aptly-named tool from Indiana University’s Truthy project.” At the link find the title, “Why Are So Many Bots Following Manoush? May, 2017,” right-click “Media files notetoself051017_cms755268_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Soft Power 56 mins – “When Joseph Nye, Jr., first used the phrase soft power in 1990 in his book Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, China did not factor much into his calculus of world order: It had relatively little military and economic power, and none of the softer “persuasive” or “attractive” abilities that Nye saw as key features of the global domination of the United States. Today, we live in a different world, and though China is achieving remarkable military might and economic dominance, Nye would argue that China has only made stumbling progress in becoming a more attractive brand to most other nations. What are the continuing roadblocks to China’s progress in building soft power? How is Donald Trump affecting the balance of such power between the U.S. and China? Are both countries headed toward an inevitable great power conflict — also known as the Thucydides Trap — in which an established power’s fear of a rising power escalates toward war? And has the meaning of the term soft power changed in the last 25 years, between 1990 and 2015, when Nye published his most recent book, Is the American Century Over? Jeremy and Kaiser spoke with Nye, a University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University, at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he was formerly the dean.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Cell Research 27 mins – “Alejandro Briseño, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering, shares the groundbreaking work his research team has achieved through the study of organic and polymer semiconductor single crystals, polymer semiconductor devices and synthesis of novel organic and polymer semiconductors.” At the link find the title, “SCIENCE STUDIO: Alejandro Briseño – UMASS Amherst, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files sci_studio-010817-cold.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Sudan Crisis 21 mins – “Sharmila Devi reports after a recent visit to South Sudan, where a combination of drought and civil conflict is perpetuating an appalling health and humanitarian catastrophe.” At the link find the title, “South Sudan Special Report: The Lancet: May 18, 2017,” right-click “Media files 18may_south_sudan.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Soweto Music 54 mins [2 parts] – “Johannesburg-based poet Thabiso Mohare looks at the musical heritage of Sophiatown, and talks to Sowetan musicians including Sibongele Khumalo and Jonas Gwangwa, about the intersection in their lives of music and politics, and their memories of streets filled with a rich mix of sounds from gramophones and radios to church choirs, workers choirs, and bands playing music from jazz, mbaqanga and soul to rock. …[and]explores the music of Soweto from the 1970s onwards, through the unrest that led to democracy in 1994, and takes a look at the music scene today. Featuring interviews with Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse, Mandla Mlangeni, BCUC and The Soil.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Part 2.

Special Operations Forces 37 mins – “It’s been a long week, so after our special emergency edition on the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the Lawfare Podcast is coming to your rescue with an episode that has nothing at all to do with the crisis at the FBI. Instead, take a listen to Jack Goldsmith’s interview of Mark Moyar at the Hoover Book Soiree about Moyar’s new book, Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces. The conversation delves into the history of special operations forces and how they’ve been used and misused over time.” At the link click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Star Trek 58 mins – “Energize! Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with William Shatner to reflect on Star Trek and the enduring power of science fiction. Featuring comic co-host Chuck Nice, astrophysicist Charles Liu, NASA engineer David Batchelor, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Statue Removals 16 mins – “New Orleans is removing statues honouring slave-owning Confederates of the U.S. Civil War. But it’s not without controversy.” At the link find the title, “May 18: Amid death threats, New Orleans dismantles Civil War statues at night, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170518_48470.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steve Ballmer 39 mins – “As CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer was famous for over-the-top enthusiasm. Now he’s brought that same passion to the N.B.A. — and to a pet project called USAFacts, which performs a sort of fiscal colonoscopy on the American government.” {His Mar 2017 TED Talk can’t be downloaded, but can be seen at His Government numbers site is] At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sugar Impact in Europe 19 mins – “Europe’s common agricultural policy (CAP) on sugar is due to change, and Emilie Aguirre, from the UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge, argues that an influx of cheap high fructose corn syrup (HFCS, isoglucose) into the European market will have a negative effect on on the health of the continent.” At the link find the title, “Europe’s impending syrup tsunami,” right-click “Media files 230608896-bmjgroup-syrup-tsunami.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Summer School Kids Enjoy 7 mins – “In the US, most kids have a very long summer break, during which they forget an awful lot of what they learned during the school year. This “summer slump” affects kids from low-income neighborhoods most, setting them back almost three months. TED Fellow Karim Abouelnaga has a plan to reverse this learning loss. Learn how he’s helping kids improve their chances for a brighter future.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Intelligence Agencies 52 mins – “Thursday, we’re talking about President Donald Trump’s relationship with the country’s intelligence agencies. Our guest is Tim Weiner, who has written books about the FBI, CIA, and President Richard Nixon. He warns that Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and his crusade to stop leaks have historical precedents in Nixon’s ultimately self-defeating actions. We’ll talk about that, and explore what Trump’s leak of classified information to Russia could mean for national security. Tim Weiner is an author and a former New York Times correspondent. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on black budget spending by the Pentagon and the CIA. His 2007 book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He’s also the author of Enemies: A History of the FBI and One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Dementia 49 mins – “With an administration that seems to break new traditions every day, we look at the rapid-fire changes to the White House story about Comey’s firing. What they mean for communications between the President and the public. Plus, some worry that the media are too reliant on old tricks to keep up. How is the press adapting? And, why local TV news may soon take on a more conservative agenda.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Underwater Sounds 12 mins – “Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances — and climate change and human noise threaten to alter the environment in ways we don’t understand. Learn more about why this underwater soundscape matters and what we might do to protect it.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visual Impairment in Children 11 mins – “What is the most common cause of visual impairment in children? And what can parents do to prevent, anticipate or diagnose sight loss? NHS Optometrist Craig Colahan joins Jill Barkley on #RNIBConnect Radio to answer these questions. For a wealth of further information on the topic, you can visit the following links:” At the link find the title, “Visual Impairment in children – common causes and prevention, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files 5719913-visual-impairment-in-children-common-causes-and-prevention.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights 48 mins – “Ari Berman, author of ‘Give Us the Ballot,’ says the new commission will keep alive the idea that voter fraud is rampant — despite the fact that “all the studies show the opposite.” Also, Ken Tucker reviews Angaleena Presley’s album ‘Wrangled.’ “ At the link find the title, “May 17, 2017 Voting Rights & Trump’s Election Integrity Commission,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War on Drugs Debate 27 mins – “Released May 18, 1996 In the 1996 first ever episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson discusses the origins of Uncommon Knowledge before invited guests former US attorney general Edwin Meese III and former San Jose police chief Joseph McNamara. They have a spirited debate about the war on drugs and the best way to handle the drug problem in the United States. According to Peter Robinson, “Ed Meese wants to win the war on drugs; Joe McNamara wants to end it.” Twenty-one years later, we look back as Meese and McNamara debate the merits of marijuana legalization and make predictions about where the United States would be in ten years (2006). Although their predictions were not entirely accurate, their insights into the legalization debate and the war on drugs remain helpful today. They answer questions about how they believe that legalizing marijuana will increase crime and addiction rates, how to beef up educational and prevention programs, and the effect of middle-class drug use in the United States.” At the link find the title, “Drug Decriminalization, May 2017,” right-click “Media files 19960518-meese-mcnamara.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Washington Post Reporter 29 mins – “Ashley Parker is a political reporter at The Washington Post. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what it’s really like to cover this White House, how the President’s staffers manage his personality, and the stresses of waking up to Trump’s tweetstorms.” At the link find the title, “Washington Post reporter Ashley Parker, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY3073763019.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Purity Issues 58 mins – “The American Society of Civil Engineers recently gave the Granite State a C-minus on its 2017 report card…But aging systems, drought, and such contaminants as PFOAs raise questions about how best to repair our drinking water systems, and how to afford it.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Whole Foods Market Founder 48 mins – “In 1978, college drop-out John Mackey scraped together $45,000 to open his first health food store, “Safer Way.” A few years later he co-founded Whole Foods Market — and launched an organic food revolution that helped change the way Americans shop. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” how Kyle Ewing created waterproof paper through his company TerraSlate.” At the link find the title, Whole Foods Market: John Mackey, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170512_hibt_hibtpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women at War 36 mins – “This installment of our impossible episodes series features a set of stories that are all about front-line heroism. Most of them are listener requests.” At the link find the title, “Six Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers and Spies, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-05-15-symhc-six-impossibles-snipers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in STEM Jobs 56 mins – “In this special collaborative episode with the Cited podcast, Indre and guest host Alexander B. Kim look into the “leaky pipeline” of women in science. There are many stages you go through from early school to a career in science and there are points along the way at which women seem to disproportionately slip out of that pipeline. This week we talk to researchers trying to learn more about why that happens and what we can do about it.” At the link find the title, “179 The Leaky Pipeline of Women in Science [Collaboration with Cited],” right-click “Media files f90f31a0-9270-475b-a6c3-6e30b89a3ccc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Working Moms 130 mins (4 parts) – “ …This is the story of two Brooklyn women, Rachael Ellison and Leslie Ali Walker, who have a tech idea to help harried working mothers rise up in their professional ranks….Start their story here, with Episode 1: The Pain Point. Rachael and Leslie leave their families behind in a snowstorm to visit Silicon Valley, meet the competition, and find out whether two Brooklyn moms have a shot at VC funding. We also talk to Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of The Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” and the book “Unfinished Business,” about why there’s still resistance to gender parity at the top of many corporations. …This is Episode 2: The Paradox. Rachael and Leslie test out a prototype of the service, and they have one especially eager participant: Manoush. Meanwhile, one of the founders discovers that she may be ready to swap in her corporate blazer for a Silicon Valley hoodie, but the other is beginning to question if she can maintain momentum with her current day job, lead-parenting, and starting a new company. …This is Episode 3: The Pressure. And it’s exactly what it sounds like. Faced with financial barriers, Rachael and Leslie join a startup accelerator and pitch their idea to investors. But while honing their pitch, the business partners’ different goals surface. Rachael is focused on the service’s potential for social change. Leslie sees the potential to create a giant female-led company. …In the final chapter, the women face difficult choices: Should they drop the feminist mission behind the company when they make their pitch to investors? Does Rachael need to give up entrepreneurship so she can remain the kind of mom she wants to be? Plus, we’ll end the suspense and talk about the seismic shift happening to our culture around women and work with Anne-Marie Slaughter, Hillary Clinton’s former advisor at the State Department. Anne-Marie is now the CEO of New America and the author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, which she wrote after detailing her struggles to combine her career with parenting in a hugely popular piece for The Atlantic called “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” At the link find the title, “Taking the Lead Episode 1: The Pain Point, May 14, 2017,” right-click “Media files notetoself051417_cms755539_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Episode 2 with “Media files notetoself051417_cms755540_pod.mp3”; Episode 3 with “Media files notetoself051417_cms755542_pod.mp3”, and Episode 4: The Partnership with “Media files notetoself051417_cms755541_pod.mp3”.

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About virginiajim

Retired knowledge nut.
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