Media Mining Digest 292 – Jun 16, 2017: Al Franken, Alan Alda, American Dream History, Arab Spring Report, Asteroids and Meteors, Back and Neck Injuries, Back Pain, Bear Facts, Beatles Music, Bernie Sanders, Big Data, Bitcoin Bubble, Camel Corps, Carbon Neutral London, Castro Death and Miami, Cattle History, Challenger Remembered, China and U.S. War, Computer Hardware Security, Congo Refugee Child Abuse, Court Control, Cyber and Security, Cyber Protection for Governments, Cyber Stalking Crimes, Cyber Warfare, Cybersecurity in Government, Dairy Farm Operation, David Eagleman, Democracy Applied, Desirability Bias, Documentary Film Maker, Dodd-Frank Law Discussion, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Emoluents Cause, Energy Initiatives, Fake News, Farm Pesticide Murder, Farming in Winter, Fascism in Portland, FBI Investigations Access, Fitness Culture, Floriography, Forest Restoration, Future Earth, Garry Kasparov, Geopolitics Short of War, Global Jihad, Government Budgeting, Government Bugout Bunkers, Government Upgrades, Guantanamo, Gun Incident, Gynecologic Cancer Treatment, Hate Crime Trends, Health Care History, Hearing Aids, House Design, India and Israel, Indian Farmer Suicides, Intelligence Operations, Intoxication History, Iran Nuclear Deal, ISIS Books, Islamic State, Jared Kushner, John Glenn, Legislative Intelligence Functions, Linux Variations, Lobbying Corruption, Mandy Patinkin, Marvin Kalb, Maureen Dowd, Memory Management, Mexico and Central America Violence, Military Drones, Nancy Pelosi, News AGency Lawsuits, Nixon Biographer, Nuclear Power, Obamacare Problems, Oil Cost Impact, Paris Accord Withdrawal, Pets as Family Members, Plastic Waste, Police Shootings and Psychology, Portfolio Society, Press and Terrorism, Privacy History, Privacy in Germany vs U.S., Public Broadcasting Future, Pyramid Schemes, Ramadan Activities, Reading Quantity and Quality, Rural American Voters, Russian Propaganda, Section 8 Housing, Sexism, Sex Extortion Crimes, Small Town Economics, Snowden Book, Space Station Astronaut, Speech Writing, Startups in China, Stockton Wunderkind Mayor, Supreme Court Activities, Syrian Soccer, Teenagers, Texas Clean Energy, Tom Brokaw, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Trump, Turtle Eggs with GPS, U.S.-Russia Relations, Veterans Gardening, White House Counsel

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Al Franken 47 mins – “As a former ‘SNL’ cast member and writer, Franken tends to see humor in politics. Despite this, he says his gut reaction to the Trump administration isn’t levity: “This guy is outside the norm in many ways.” At the link find the title, “May, 2017, Senator Al Franken,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alan Alda 25 mins – “In an interview with Chuck Todd for 1947: The Meet the Press Podcast, Alan Alda explains how he built a second career for himself as a communications expert, and why M*A*S*H shouldn’t be remade for the modern era.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Dream History 27 mins – “The American Dream is back, or at least President Donald Trump says so. Once again every American, regardless of background, race, gender or education, can, through sheer hard work, make it to the very top and become rich. Did the idea of the America Dream, in which nothing is impossible as long as you work hard, evolve with the ‘founding fathers’ of the nation? Is it intrinsic to the country’s identity?” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arab Spring Report 56 mins – “American journalist Robert F. Worth joins Paul Kennedy in conversation about his book, A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS. Worth is this year’s winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize.” At the link find the title, “History Derailed: Understanding the Messy Middle East, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20170529_67837.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asteroids and Meteors 32 mins – “This week is all about looking for pieces of space, whether they’re in orbit or in Antarctic ice. First, asteroid hunter Carrie Nugent talks about chasing down elusive celestial bodies and why she doesn’t like talking about what it’s like to be a woman in science. And then we talk about meteorite hunting with the hosts of Undiscovered, a new podcast from NPR’s Science Friday team.” At the link find the title, “Jun, 2017, Avoiding Armageddon With Dr. Carrie Nugent” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Back and Neck Injuries 83 mins – “Doctors from UCSF department of Orthopaedic Surgery look at injuries to the spine, neck and lower back. Recorded on 03/23/2017. (#32121)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Back Pain 47 mins – “Tiger Woods and Golden State coach Steve Kerr and so many of the rest of us know the curse of back pain. We look at cures, from cutting-edge to tried-and-true.” At the link find the title, “Got Back Pain? Join The Club, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_531083449.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bear Facts 44 mins – “How is it that two neighbors can look out their window at the exact same thing, and see something completely different? This is a question many people in America are asking now. We explore it by visiting a small community in Minnesota, called Eagle’s Nest Township, that has a unique experience with the reality divide: some of the people in the town believe that wild black bears are gentle animals you can feed with your hands, and others think they are dangerous killers. This divide leads to conflict and, ultimately, a tragic death. So, is there a “real” truth about the bear, or is each side constructing its own reality” At the link find the title “June 8, 2017 Reality Part One,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beatles Music 42 mins – “Celebrate the 50th birthday of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by learning about the background, creation and songs of the Beatles’ revolutionary album. The album was released on June 1, 1967, right as the Summer of Love was beginning. Six months earlier, just three months after their August 29 farewell concert in San Francisco, Paul McCartney suggested he and his bandmates create a new album based on their various childhood experiences; Sgt. Pepper’s was the result. Want to know why “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” didn’t make the cut? Want to learn other details you may not have known before, even if you’re a major fan? Come find out what Dulais Rhys’ research has revealed. Singing along is encouraged.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bernie Sanders 50 mins – “Sen. Sanders tells David about his childhood in Brooklyn, his presidential campaign, and his stance on selfies.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 1 – Sen. Bernie Sanders,” right-click “Media files ag3obv.1-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data 93 mins – “Intel Security’s Chris Young gives a talk on the current cybersecurity landscape. And we hold a debate on using Big Data to protect personal privacy, featuring Daniel Weitzner of MIT, Laura Donahue of Georgetown Law, Susan Hennessey of Brookings and Lawfare, Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and David Hoffman of Intel: Is Big Data just a privacy threat? Or is it part of the solution too?” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_168.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bitcoin Bubble 47 mins – “The skyrocketing price of Bitcoin, and the appeal of alternative currencies.” At the link find the title, “The Bitcoin Bubble: Deciphering Digital Currency, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_531078046.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Camel Corps 12 mins – “There’s a bunch out there about the Camel Corps. You’ll have fun Googling around. But some of the best details in here, including the remarkable thing about the Red Ghost, comes from this article from a 1961 issue of American Heritage.” At the link find the title, “Episode 110 (Lost Camels), May, 2017,” right-click “Media files thememorypalace.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Neutral London 34 minsA massive debate was hosted by Jason Bradbury the gadget guru and the actor and broadcaster Richard Ayoade, plus a panel of experts and tech entrepreneurs at Make the Future Live Lates. The podcast of the debate will be available soon. We’re used to thinking about cutting emissions on a global scale — but what about starting with something local? What if you could make the city at your feet, London, a model of a carbon neutral capital? In an interactive performance style format, the event’s aim was to inspire debate and encourage Londoners to imagine the city around them in a new way.” At the link you may be able to download the audio file, but it’s included in the blog archive.

Castro Death and Miami 20 mins – “Jackie Nespral has been covering Miami for NBC6 since the early ’90s, but when news broke that Fidel Castro had died – a story that the city had been anticipating for decades – it almost felt “anti-climactic.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Cattle History 48 mins – “Cattle drives, range wars, and the hidden history of the American west during the 19th century.” At the link find the title, “Cattle, Cowboys And Change In The Old West, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_530766123.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Challenger Remembered 50 mins – “On 28 January 1986, people watched in horror as Challenger, one of America’s four space shuttles, erupted into a ball of flames just over a minute after lift off, killing everyone on board. Sue MacGregor looks back on one of Nasa’s darkest tragedies with Scobee Rodgers, the widow of Challenger space shuttle commander Richard “Dick” Scobee; Steve Nesbitt, Nasa chief commentator; astronaut Norman Thagard; and Allan McDonald, former Morton Thiokol director of the Space Shuttle Rocket Booster Project.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China and U.S. War 44 mins – “Brian takes the wheel this week and sits down with Graham Allison, the founding dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a leading military strategist. For decades, Allison has advised defense secretaries and presidents on both sides of the political aisle. Now he’s out with a new book that examines whether America and China are destined to go to war. He and Brian delve into the challenges associated with China’s rising power, the diplomatic implications of the Paris Climate Accord, and why the U.S. seems caught in a slow-motion Cuban Missile Crisis with North Korea.” At the link find the title,”31. Graham Allison: War with China?” right-click “Media files 7999aad1-d987-433e-b82e-7625b94cbe3d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Hardware Security 66 mins – “Joe FitzPatrick joins Chris to talk about hardware security. They cover topics such as USB-C, hardware implants, ethics in hacking, the NSAplayset and much more!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Congo Refugee Child Abuse 7 mins – “Nine months ago, Joyce Chance left a refugee camp in Uganda where she had spent the last eleven years. Chance, who was born in Congo, boarded a plane with her two kids, and came to the United States. A refugee resettlement agency in Concord, New Hampshire picked them up at the airport, and moved them into a one-room apartment. Seven months later, the state of New Hampshire took Chance’s kids away. The kids’ teachers had suspected child abuse, and contacted the Department of Child and Family Services. DCYF placed the children – who are 9 and 12 – first with relatives, then later with a foster family….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Court Control 32 mins – “For years, individual Senators have enjoyed wide sway in blocking judicial nominees who come from their home states. But that may soon change, as Republicans in the Senate try to transform the judiciary under President Trump. Ed O’Keefe of the Washington Post explains all the ways this could show up in Americans’ every day lives.” At the link find the title, “197: The secret Senate filibuster you’ve never heard of,”right-click “Media files 327128564-decodedc-197-the-secret-senate-filibuster-youve-never-heard-of.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber and Security 46 mins – “As our dependence on cyberspace increases, so too will the urgency of crafting good cybersecurity policy—but the combination of knotty problems in the realms of both technology and law often makes these issues particularly difficult to iron out. In this episode of the podcast, Susan Hennessey sits down with Trey Herr, Fellow with the Belfer Center’s Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School; Jane Chong, Deputy Managing Editor of Lawfare and National Security and Law Associate at the Hoover Institution; and Robert M. Lee, nonresident national cybersecurity fellow at New America, to chat about a new book on the subject: Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Next Information AgeCo-edited by Trey and Richard Harrison, Director of Operations and Defense Technology Programs at the American Foreign Policy Council, and with chapters by Jane and Robert, the book seeks provides a practitioner’s roadmap to cybersecurity policy.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_219.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Protection for Governments 39 mins – “Assistant Attorney General John Carlin has a new law review article on a “whole of government” and “all-tools” approach to national security cyber threats. He sat down with Benjamin Wittes this week to discuss the article and the progress the government has made in confronting bad cyber actors internationally.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_177.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Stalking Crimes 52 mins – “Over the past year, Lawfare has expended a great deal of ink on the problem of sextortion, a form of online sexual assault in which perpetrators obtain explicit images or video of their victims and use those images to extort further explicit content. We even brought Mona Sedky, a Justice Department prosecutor who focuses on sextortion cases, onto the podcast to discuss her work. Now, we’re pleased to feature Mona on the podcast once again with audio of her talk last week at George Washington University Law School on prosecuting sextortion. If you’re interested in reading our Brookings Institution reports on sextortion, you can find them here and here.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_220.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Warfare 31mins – “Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has been called the “most important documentarian of our time.” After his Oscar winning 2007 movie “Taxi to the Dark Side” Gibney has tackled topics from cyber warfare to Scientology.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Cybersecurity in Government 93 mins – “President Donald Trump has pledged to end the defense sequester and make the development of defensive and offensive cyber capabilities a White House priority, but the contours of U.S. cyber policy under the new administration have yet to be set—in fact, the administration still hasn’t released its much-heralded Executive Order on cybersecurity, though several drafts have been leaked. So what should we expect to see from the new administration regarding cybersecurity? To answer that question, we’re bringing you audio from a conference hosted by Lawfare with the Hoover Institution in Washington and Intel Security and featuring a keynote address from Steve Grobman, Chief Technology Officer at Intel, along with a panel discussion on cybersecurity and Congress moderated by Carrie Johnson of NPR with Hill staffers including Brett DeWitt, Hope Goins, Allen Souza, Michael Bahar, and Brett Freedman.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_213.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Dairy Farm Operation 35 mins – “Coley Jones Drinkwater belongs to a third-generation family of farmers who tend to and sustain the Richlands Dairy Farm in Blackstone, Virginia. Richlands Farm has been a dairy farm since the 1950s. Coley’s story makes you see life in agriculture from different perspectives – a multigenerational angle, a sustainability angle, and an entrepreneurship angle. On today’s episode, Coley talks about the inspiring story of how her grandparents started and pursued the farm as they relied on agriculture in raising and sending their five children to college. She also explains how she and her family decided not to sell the farm during one of its trying times with the challenges, pressures, and sacrifices she and her family made to keep the farm and pursue their own creamery in spite of the denial of her initial proposal.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

David Eagleman 58 mins – “Renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman shares his passion for translating the complexities of cognition into mind-blowing inventions and educational material for the masses. The public-television host, bestselling author and Stanford adjunct professor speaks with Tina Seelig of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program about his decision to leave the lab and dedicate his life to bringing scientific discoveries into the world.” 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.

Democracy Applied 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies and the Center for the Study of Europe, and is titled “Which Future for Democracy in a Post-Political Age.”  Our speaker is Chantal Mouffe, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Desirability Bias 37 mins – “Confirmation bias is our tendency to seek evidence that supports our beliefs and confirms our assumptions when we could just as well seek disconfirmation of those beliefs and assumptions instead. This is such a prevalent feature of human cognition, that until recently a second bias has been hidden in plain sight. Our past beliefs and future desires usually match up. Desirability is often twisted into confirmation like a single psychological braid – but recent research suggests that something called desirability bias may be just as prevalent in our thinking. When future desires and past beliefs are incongruent, desire wins out.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 103-Desirability_Bias.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Documentary Film Maker 32 mins – “Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney has been called the “most important documentarian of our time.” After his Oscar winning 2007 movie “Taxi to the Dark Side” Gibney has tackled topics from cyber warfare to Scientology.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dodd-Frank Law Discussion 91 mins – “The recent financial crisis exposed a major gap in the regulatory system: the inability for the government to safely wind down a failing financial firm that was not a commercial bank, such as Lehman Brothers or AIG. The Dodd-Frank law attempted to fix this by empowering regulators with new tools including a new Orderly Liquidation Authority (OLA) under which the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp would liquidate and wind-up a failing institution. Although never used, OLA is controversial. Some Congressional Republicans would do away with it, and the Trump Administration has undertaken its review.” At the link right-click “download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Doris Kearns Goodwin 64 mins – “Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, talks with David Axelrod about her love of baseball, the power of storytelling in politics, why being tested by adversity is an important experience for our leaders, and much more.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 100 – Doris Kearns Goodwin,” right-click “Media files 29gant.1-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emoluments Clause 39 mins – “Donald Trump’s election as president brought a surge of interest in the previously obscure Emoluments Clause, which prohibits any “Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States]” from accepting “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” Norm Eisen and Richard Painter, ethics experts for Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, have been leading the charge to hold Trump accountable under the Emoluments Clause for his failure to divest of his businesses. Recently, they filed suit against him in their capacity as chair and vice-chair of the good government group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Benjamin Wittes chats with Norm about the Emoluments Clause, the lawsuit, and what all this has to do with national security.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_208.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Initiatives 53 mins – “…Climate One Mayors around the country are bypassing national politics and working around federal restrictions to both clean up their cities and foster growth in renewable energy. In red and blue states, local leaders are solving traffic congestion, promoting smart growth, and preparing for the impacts climate disruption will have on public health, roads and other infrastructure. Cities are a good news climate story; most reductions in carbon pollution actually happen at the city and regional level. Carl Pope teamed with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to write a book about how cities are cleaning up their regional economies. Join us for a conversation with an environmental legend and Bay Area leaders who are advancing sustainable communities despite enthusiasm for the brown economy in Washington, D.C.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Standards 56 mins – “With summer on the way, it’s time to take steps to make homes and businesses are comfortable without wasting energy—or overheating anyone’s wallet—as the temperature rises. The Natural Resources Defense Council is working to make sure that the government’s energy efficiency standards developed or updated over the past year for many types of products that help keep you cool, including ceiling fans and portable air conditioners, take effect on schedule. Updating national efficiency standards on a regular basis means that when it’s time to purchase new cooling equipment, you can be assured it meets at least minimum energy-saving performance criteria while saving money and energy. But in the meantime, we’ve got some tips to keep your cool in the warmer months: Join us as we speak with NRDC senior energy policy advocate, Lauren Urbanek.” At the link right-click “DownloadmP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake News 62 mins – “There are lies, damn lies, and then there’s fake news. Manipulating the facts for political gain is as old as politics itself, but due to the rise of social media and search engine algorithms false stories can now spread like wildfire. In the run-up to the US presidential election, more people on Facebook engaged with fake news than they did with fact-checked media outlets. And according to a study by Stanford University, fabricated news items favouring Donald Trump were shared 30 million times during the campaign. In the recent French elections, a quarter of the political stories shared on Twitter were based on deliberate misinformation. Fake news was even broadcast live on television during the second-round debate, when Marine Le Pen alluded to a false online story that her rival Emmanuel Macron had an offshore bank account in the Bahamas. Welcome to the world of ‘alternative facts’, where conspiracy theories, false claims and dodgy statistics proliferate. This phenomenon doesn’t just undermine the work of the mainstream media: it may have devastating consequences for democracy itself. Our system depends on citizens making electoral decisions based on facts. What happens when people don’t know what to believe? Fake news – often linked to Russian interests – has become an increasingly effective instrument of propaganda to create chaos and weaken the public’s trust in democratic institutions. Can anything be done to combat the new post-truth politics? Tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter are hosting, propagating and monetising ‘clickbait’ stories. Will they eventually come to acknowledge that they are no longer neutral platforms directing traffic to news sites and admit that they are media organisations with all the responsibilities that implies?” At the link find the title, “Fake News: The Facts, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm Pesticide Murder 24 mins – “A battle with a weed divides neighbors and leads one farmer to shoot another dead. Today’s show: The hunt for a better pesticide gets way out of hand.” At the link find the title, “#775: The Pigweed Killer,” right-click “Media files 20170602_pmoney_pmpod775v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming in Winter 88 mins – “Danny Percich raises vegetables at Full Plate Farm in Ridgefield, Washington, for a ninety-member winter-only CSA. With three acres of mostly-outdoors production, Danny has decided to focus on an underserved niche in the marketplace, enabling him to make a living on a small acreage. We get muddy discussing the challenges of winter production in a climate where it rains all winter. Danny gives us the low-down on how they manage deer predation and vole populations, as well as how he dresses to stay warm and dry no matter the weather. Danny also provides insights into how he has minimized capital and labor inputs on his farm, and how that influences his farming schedule, as well as his cropping and production strategies. Perennial support for the Farmer to Farmer Podcast is generously provided by Vermont Compost Company and BCS America.” At the link right-click “Downoad this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu,

Fascism in Portland 50 mins – “A recent anti-Muslim hate crime in Portland has sparked a debate about free speech. Plus: conspiracy theories that appeal to liberals; the media’s obsession with the Trump-Russia story; and what drives hyper-partisan clickbait.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

FBI Investigation Access 21 mins – “Daniel Aaron was the grandfather of our senior producer, Kat Aaron. He was a historian, a writer… and apparently a suspected communist. At least according to the FBI file uncovered by FOIA the Dead, which uses the Freedom of Information Act to request the files of everyone in the New York Times obituary page. So far, that includes anti-nuke leaders, fair-housing activists, journalists, and a flying nun. But what you see when you look back through FBI files of yesteryear is that surveillance is shaped by politics. Whomever catches the eye of the FBI depends a lot on what’s going on in the nation, and the world. Right now, it’s not housing activism or anti-nuclear agitation that are (most) suspect. It’s terrorists, it’s Occupy and Black Lives Matter. Maybe it’s you. This week, Parker Higgins of FOIA the Dead and Jason Leopold, senior investigative reporter at Buzzfeed (and so-called FOIA terrorist) join us to look at surveillance past and surveillance very present. Happy Birthday, Freedom of Information Act! You’re 50, and more relevant than ever. Any U.S. citizen (or “lawfully admitted alien”) can request information on themselves (or another living person) under FOIA. So why not, right? Here’s how: Use this portal to submit your request electronically. You can opt for a paper request, and that has its own instructions. Once you click submit, you’ll have to read & agree to some terms. But don’t worry, it’s a short TOS. Enter your email and you will receive a link to continue your request. That link will bring you to a page that asks for info like your name, email, date of birth, and address. The address part is so you can receive your file, which the FBI will send you via standard mail. Because they are old school. From there, the form is pretty simple. At one point you’ll be asked if you’re willing to pay for your file, which is up to you. You do not have to pay. They’ll explain, but shoot us a question if you’re unsure at notetoself at wnyc dot org. You’ll certify your information and submit! You should get an email with a confirmation. Don’t expect the file soon, though… it can take a while. N2S producer Megan requested her own file while making this list and it took exactly 7 minutes (she timed it). And a tip from Buzzfeed’s Jason Leopold, who we talk to this week – ask the FBI to “conduct a cross reference search as well as text searches of the ECF (Electronic Case File) and a search of ELSUR (electronic surveillance) records.” Straight from the expert, guys.” At the link find the title, “What We Learned from Grandpa’s FBI File,May, 2017,” right-click “Media files notetoself053117_cms758758_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fitness Culture 52 mins – “For years, Daniel Kunitz lived the life of the mind. His body though “became a trash depot.” Then he started running, which led to swimming, weightlifting, and eventually CrossFit. His health and his life steadily improved. Kunitz’s personal quest got him wondering how fitness culture has changed through the years. Why were the Greeks so buff? Why do guys do dumbbell curls? How have women changed exercise as we know it? Kunitz joins us to share what he’s learned about the evolution of fitness.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Floriography 33 mins – “On today’s show: Romie Stott is a film maker and writer and she wrote about the secret language of flowers for Atlas Obscura in “How Flower Obsessed Victorians Encoded Messages in Bouquets.” “Daisy Supply Chain” from Outside/In[and] “Atom in the Garden of Eden” from 99% Invisible.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forest Restoration 41 mins – “Forests are under many threats, from new pests and pathogens, to invasive trees, to climate.  The advancement of these traits by far exceeds the natural response of trees to acclimate, and outpaces the efforts to traditionally breed trees for forest conservation and restoration.  Dr. Ellen V. Crocker is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kentucky.  She talks about the current threats to forests including sudden oak death, chestnut blight and the emerald ash borer. She also discusses efforts in integrating new biotech tools in forest improvement, including genetic engineering, speed breeding, and gene drive approaches.  Hosted by Dr. Paul Vincelli (@Pvincell).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Future Earth 18 mins – “The rapid changes in the global environment have led many scientists to conclude that we are living in a new geological epoch—the Anthropocene—in which human activities have become the dominant driving force transforming the Earth’s natural systems. A recent joint publication by the World Health Organization and Convention on Biological Diversity articulated the myriad connections between biodiversity and health and the threats to both posed by environmental change.” At the link find the title, “Future Earth – linking health and environmental research, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 325706715-bmjgroup-future-earth-linking-health-and-environmental-research.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Garry Kasparov 15 mins – “We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology — and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry Kasparov. One of the greatest chess players in history, Kasparov lost a memorable match to IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997. Now he shares his vision for a future where intelligent machines help us turn our grandest dreams into reality.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geopolitics Short of War 88 mins – “After two decades of unprecedented cooperation between the major nations, great power competition has returned. Russia and China are seeking spheres of influence and doubts surround the United States’ commitment to maintaining a liberal international order. But what will geopolitical competition look like in the 21st century? In his new book, “All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power,” Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe and fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy, examines this new era of strategic competition. Wright shows why the post-Cold War era of convergence came to an end and how major powers are now using interdependence to gain a strategic advantage over their rivals. He argues that the great powers all seek to avoid a major war with each other but will compete will all measures short of that, including cyber war, economic war, proxy war, and coercive diplomacy….” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Jihad 82 mins – “On May 2, 2011, a team of U.S. Navy SEALS raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing America’s number one enemy. Bin Laden was first placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list in 1999 and gained household name recognition after the September 11 attacks, but little is known about the day-to-day experiences of the emir of al-Qaida and the people closest to him, especially after 9/11. Investigative journalists Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy provide an up-close portrait of bin Laden’s life on the run in their new book, “The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight (Bloomsbury USA, 2017). Scott-Clark and Levy expose the connections between the al-Qaida leadership and the deep states in Pakistan and Iran….” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Government Budgeting 39 mins – “On today’s show: Civics 101: Budget and Appropriations “Viva La Arquitectura!” from 99% Invisible. …Curtis Wilkie is co-author of The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK’s Five-Year Campaign along with Thomas Oliphant[and] “Artist Matt Patterson Goes in Search of a Turtle Muse’ ” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Government Bugout Bunkers 28 mins – “Garrett Graff, author of the new book “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself While the Rest of Us Die” joins Chuck Todd on the latest edition of ‘1947.’” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Government Upgrades 22 mins – “Could London be the first carbon neutral city? Listen to this exciting debate hosted by Intelligence Squared. Gadget guru Jason Bradbury is the chair, plus guests including award winning actor and broadcaster Richard Ayoade.” At the link find the title, “Can innovation transform London into a carbon neutral city? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guantanamo Issues 41 mins – “Under the oversight of Paul Lewis, the Department of Defense’s Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure under the Obama administration, the detainee population at Guantanamo Bay went from 164 to 41. But Guantanamo remains open, and the Trump administration has promised not only to halt any further transfers or releases of detainees, but also to possibly bring in more detainees in the future. Benjamin Wittes sat down with Paul to discuss his time as special envoy and what’s next for Guantanamo under President Trump.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_210.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guantanamo Lessons 52 mins – “From the Stratford Festival, Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s lawyer, talks with Paul Kennedy about a life-changing experience that contains a challenge for us “ At the link find all.” At the link find the title, “After Guantanamo: Dennis Edney on defending Omar Khadr, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170524_27903.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Gun Incident 32 mins – “Bernard did not get along with his father, who expected him to work as a full-time employee in the family gas station starting when Bernard was just eight years old. But then Bernard went off to the army, and when he came home, an incident with a gun changed his relationship to his father, to society, and to himself.” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gynecologic Cancer Treatment 87 mins – “Explore treatments, other than surgery, to treat gynecologic cancer: radiation, cytotoxic chemotherapy, targeted treatments, and immunotherapy. Recorded on 03/21/2017. (#32079)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hate Crime Trends 48 mins – “The stabbings in Portland, Oregon and on the University of Maryland campus. We’ll look at the rise of hate in America.” At the link find the title, “Stabbings And A Surge of Hate May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_530919792.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care History 66 mins – “Historian Christy Ford Chapin of University of Maryland Baltimore County and Johns Hopkins and author of Ensuring America’s Health talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book–a history of how America’s health care system came to be dominated by insurance companies or government agencies paying doctors per procedure. Chapin explains how this system emerged from efforts by the American Medical Association to stop various reform efforts over the decades. Chapin argues that different models might have emerged that would lead to a more effective health care system.” AT the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care in U.S. 66 mins – “From his perspective as head of Permanente Medical Group, Robert Pearl is responsible for the health care that is delivered to more than 4 million Kaiser Permanente members in the states of California, Virginia, Maryland and in Washington, D.C. Pearl says he has definitely seen his share of medical errors. He points out that American health care is in the bottom half of all industrialized countries, where every year hundreds of people die from medical errors and thousands die from diseases they did not have to get. Join us for a frank discussion on how to eliminate excessive costs, lack of convenience and poor quality health care and ultimately modernize and save the American health care industry.At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hearing Aids 22mins – “When she was growing up, Adrienne didn’t want to believe she was losing her hearing, and she didn’t want to wear hearing aids. This is the story of how she decided to embrace the technology that restored her hearing, and what happened when she did.” At the link right-click “Direct download: S2E5_-_These_Things_Is_Miracles.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

House Design 20 mins – “This week I have a meeting with a house designer. So in this episode, we’ll talk about what you and I should do to prepare for those initial design meetings.   What documents and information we’ll need for those meetings to be less time consuming and more successful.  Now I’m not going to talk a lot about how to choose a designer or architect.  If you’ve listened to this show for a while, you can probably figure that out.  Ask friends and family and contractors for their recommendations and get several references before settling on a house designer or architect. What we’ll concentrate on today, is what you do after you’ve decided on a specific design professional.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India and Israel 66 mins – “Consul General Andy David and Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok will speak together in celebration of Israel and India’s 25 years of diplomatic relations and their centuries-long historical and cultural connections. The two diplomats will discuss the growing partnership and collaboration between their two countries as well as shared interests and mutual goals for the future.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Farmer Suicides 27 mins – “Farmers taking their own lives in India has been in the news for quite some time and this story is about how it has impacted on the mental health of communities. As too much rain or droughts continue to destroy crops making farmers unable to pay debts, families fear that their breadwinners could be the next to kill themselves. Navin Singh Khadka follows families in Marathwada, the worst hit district in the state that saw more than 400 farmers kill themselves last year.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence Issues 39 mins – “This week on the podcast, Jack Goldsmith sat down with former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matt Olsen to talk about the current state of national security. What should we make of the president’s tweeted allegations of politically motivated wiretapping? Of the revised executive order restricting entry into the United States from six majority-Muslim countries? Of the most recent release by Wikileaks? Of Trump’s persistent attacks on the integrity of the intelligence community? Jack and Matt are here, if not to explain things, then at least to talk them through.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_212.mp3 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence Operations 56 mins – “Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Russian interference in the U.S. election for an exhausting five and a half hours. They made a lot of news, but there were also a lot of refusals to comment and speeches made by members of the Committee. So we’ve cut down their testimony to less than an hour, giving you only what you need to know.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_214.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Intoxication History 29 mins – “Humans have been getting intoxicated, and finding new ways to get intoxicated, for thousands of years. On this episode, I explore the history of intoxication, and how that history played out in the life of one young woman.” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iran Nuclear Deal 88 mins – “The Iran deal adopted in July 2015 was an effort not only to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons but also to avert a nuclear arms competition in the Middle East. But uncertainties surrounding the future of the agreement, including the question of what Iran will do when key restrictions on its nuclear program expire after 15 years, could provide incentives for some of its neighbors to keep their nuclear options open. A Brookings panel–including Robert Einhorn, Richard Nephew, Suzanne Maloney, Amb. Youssef Al Otaiba of the UAE, and Derek Chollet of the German Marshall Fund–discuss a new report on the deal’s implementation.” At the link right-click “Direct download: EPISODE_173.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Books 50 mins – “Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, and William McCants, author of The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State, join Benjamin Wittes in the first Hoover Book Soiree.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_144.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamic State 60 mins – “At this week’s Hoover Book Soiree, Samuel Tadros of the Hudson Institute and the Hoover Institution sat down with Graeme Wood to discuss his new book, The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic StateThe book both situates ISIS within context of Islamic history and theology and chronicles Wood’s meetings with ISIS supporters and sympathizers across the world in an effort to understand what’s behind the group’s pull. It’s a useful complement to the news coming out of Iraq and Syria as we begin to consider what the future of ISIS will look like after the fall of Raqqa and Mosul.” At the link right-click “ Direct download: Episode_216.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jared Kushner 26 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Tim O’Brien, Executive Editor at Bloomberg View, about the many webs Jared Kushner is tangled up in around the White House and in the Russia investigation.” At the link find the title, “Trumpcast: Criminal or Stupid or Criminally Stupid? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY2576812332.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linux Variations 44 mins – “Not every Linux distro is the same, but many have very similar features and applications. In today’s episode we review Ubuntu MATE from the perspective that it is a typical modern Linux distro for the average user.” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lobbying Corruption 27 mins – “Brody Mullins, Investigative Reporter at the Wall Street Journal, tells Chuck the story of Evan Morris, a high-flying pharmaceutical lobbyist in Washington who offers a dark lesson for D.C. power-brokers.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mandy Patinkin 30 mins – “The actor behind Homeland‘s Saul Berenson joins Chuck to talk about the inspiration behind the character, and his work advocating on behalf of Syrian refugees.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marvin Kalb 28 mins – “He knows the history of Meet the Press perhaps better than anyone alive: Former moderator Marvin Kalb, who was 17 years old when the broadcast first launched in 1947, joins Chuck Todd to celebrate the show’s 70th anniversary.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Memory Management 43 mins – “Memory is not just a curiosity. Memory is central to our existence — and our ability to predict the future.” At the link right-click “Download” below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico and Central America Violence 38 mins – “Stephanie Leutert, the Mexico Security Initiative Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of Lawfare‘s Beyond the Border series, joined Benjamin Wittes on this week’s podcast to talk about the epidemic of violence plaguing Mexico and Central America. Despite the crisis going on immediately to our south, those of us in the United States who work and think on national security issues rarely consider this violence as relevant to national security. But Stephanie argues that we should.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_191.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Drones 50 mins – “Jameel Jaffer, author of The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and the Law, joins Jack Goldsmith at the Hoover Book Soiree.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_204.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu,

Nancy Pelosi 76 mins – “In commemoration of Nancy Pelosi’s 30 years in Congress, join us for a conversation about where America has been and where it’s headed. What does the future hold for health care, jobs, the economy, infrastructure, the environment, women’s rights, immigration, national security and foreign policy? How will Democrats work with President Trump? Nancy Pelosi has led House Democrats for more than a dozen years and previously served as House Democratic whip. The Christian Science Monitor has called her “the most powerful woman in American politics.” Bring your questions.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

News Agency Lawsuits 26 mins – “New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet joins Chuck Todd to talk about how difficult it can be covering politicians like Donald Trump, and why the biggest threat facing journalism is on the local level.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Nixon Biographer 33 mins – “John Farrell, author of “Richard Nixon: The Life” talks about what made the the 37th President so unique, and how his presidency parallels that of the Trump administration.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power 39 mins – “Fukushima. Chernobyl. Three Mile Island. There’s been some big nuclear accidents over the past few decades, but how dangerous is nuclear power really? We take you inside the core of America’s biggest nuclear power plant and trace what went wrong at Fukushima to try to figure out: when will the next meltdown happen? And what our chances are of getting cancer from it? This week we talk to Dr. Spencer Wheatley, Dr. Jonathan Samet, and Jack Cadogan, an executive at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. UPDATE! We’ve made a couple of small changes to this episode, thank you to all the listeners who picked up on them. 1. We called the energy that comes from nuclear power a chemical reaction… it’s not. It’s a nuclear reaction. Chemical reactions involve the electrons in an atom. Nuclear reactions involve the nucleus. 2. We said that the Joker became The Joker After falling into a vat of radioactive waste. This is disputed. It seems it was a vat chemicals.. But what those chemicals were , that’s unclear. 3. A clarification: We said that the waste that nuclear power produces in the US… 2200 metric tons per year… was like 323 male African Elephants. That was a weight comparison. They weigh roughly the same… It wasn’t a three dimensional size comparison. Nuclear waste is much denser than an elephant, and so it takes up much less room. And if you want to read the most amazing calculation from an academic of how much bigger 323 African Elephants are in 3D space you’ve got to sign up to our brand spanking new newsletter! To do that head to And FINALLY! We got a lot of feedback from that episode that listeners really wanted to hear how nuclear power compares to other energy sources: like coal, solar and wind! Now we decided that to do a fair comparison that really needs it’s own episode – it wasn’t as simple as just throwing out some numbers. So we’re working on that episode for next season.” At the link find the title, “Nuclear Power – what are the Risks? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT5511286707.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Problems 19 mins – “Kerry Reed is allergic to a lot of things: apple cider vinegar, avocados, squash, onions, dairy, some types of flour … the list goes on….On this episode of Weeds in the Wild, we’re using Sarah Kliff’s reporting to help you understand why states all across the country are developing these giant bald spots in their Obamacare markets. We look at what it will mean for people like Kerry if the law “explodes” — and what the Trump administration could do to intervene if it wanted.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Oil Cost Impact 52 mins – “Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss corruption in Brazil, US fracking and the effects on OPEC, and Paul Romer’s war on bankspeak.” At the link find the title, “The Bureaucrats Gone Wild Edition, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM1670374880.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paris Accord Withdrawal 60 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Andrew Revkin, senior climate reporter at ProPublica, about the consequences (or lack thereof) of Trump’s withdrawal from The Paris Climate Accords. Plus, Vladamir Putin knows why a hacker does what he does.” At the link find the title, “No Consequences?Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM8154332040.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pets as Family Members 56 mins – “There are now more pets than children in North American homes, and lavish dog beds and catnip mice are taking the place of bassinets and rattles. Kelley Jo Burke explores what we’re really saying about who we are when we start bringing up ‘furbabies” At the link find the title, “Bringing up furbaby: The evolution from family pet to pet family, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170530_83615.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Waste 58 mins – “Plastic is everywhere—in single and multiuse products and packaging. Almost all plastic ends its short, useable time in litter, waste, dumps, trash, rivers, oceans, soil or landfills. This ultimately leads to unhealthy plastic degradation and causes harm to environments throughout the world. Join us in this important discussion about Recology’s mission to achieve the best and highest use of environmentally safe and healthy resources. Learn about Recology’s challenges, work and research to create a practical system worldwide to reclaim, convert and remanufacture plastic particles and products into reusable, safe resources for healthy environments, people and populations.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Shootings and Psychology 38 mins – “After a police-involved shooting, there’s often a familiar blame game: Maybe the cop was racist. Maybe the person who was shot really was threatening. Or maybe, the bias that leads cops to shoot affects us all. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore how unconscious bias can infect a culture — and how a police shooting may say as much about a community as it does about individuals.” At the link find the title, “In The Air We Breathe, Jun, 2017,” right-click ‘Media files 20170605_hiddenbrain_73b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the poop-up menu.

Portfolio Society 28 mins – “If, in the twenty-first century, credit is the new capital , what are the implications for our finances, but also our relationships?  This week, Laura talks with Ivan Ascher, author of a new book on The Portfolio Society, and debt activist Pam Brown, about the implications of a society based on risk rather than labor. And we hear from Mandy Cabot, CEO of Dansko shoes who chose her workers over a corporate buyout. She’s joined by Richard Eidlin, co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council.” At the link right=clcik “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Press and Terrorism 50 mins – “In the wake of the Manchester attack, tech companies are again under pressure to fight extremism online. A look at whether they’re really doing all that they can. Also, can reporters inform the public about terrorist attacks without supplying the very notoriety the killers crave? Plus: how the South is grappling with taking down monuments to the Confederacy — and what to put in their place.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privacy History 53 mins – “Is privacy a guaranteed American right? Or is it just continually under threat? On this episode, Joanne, Ed and Nathan explore the places where the private and the public collide. We’ll look at voting in the 19th century, surveillance of gay employees in the federal government, the newsworthiness of your private life, and find out if there was ever a golden age of privacy in America.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Privacy in Germany vs U.S. 57 mins – “Four years on, the cultural differences between Europe and the United States exposed by Edward Snowden’s disclosures of NSA surveillance programs still loom large in transatlantic relations. At our most recent Hoover Book Soiree, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Russell Miller—editor of a new volume on Privacy and Power: A Transatlantic Dialogue in the Shadow of the NSA-Affair— and Ralf Poscher—who, along with Ben, contributed a chapter to the book—to chat about privacy and surveillance oversight post-Snowden.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_221.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Broadcasting Future 52 mins – “A panel discussion on the challenges faced by public broadcaster with James Harding from the BBC; Jennifer McGuire from the CBC and Michael Oreskes from NPR. Simon Houpt moderates the conversation.” At the link find the title, “Does public broadcasting have a future? May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170526_19470.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pyramid Schemes 56 mins – “Multi Level Marketing business ventures like LuLaRoe and ItWorks are getting more popular, especially with women. Can selling leggings on Facebook really be a good way to make money or is it all a scam?” At the link find the title, “Women and Pyramid Schemes, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-05-31-smnty-women-and-pryamid-scheme-final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ramadan Activities 51 mins – “Ramadan Mubarak folks! It’s that magical 30 days where we’re all hungry and sleepy and trying to be a better person. See Something Say Something is celebrating this Ramadan with a mini-series. And this first episode is all about fasting. Ahmed talks to Kamelya Omayma Youssef, who grew up in Dearborn, MI, with parents who didn’t fast. At a certain point as a teenager, she had to figure out what she wanted to do. Then, Ahmed is joined by comedian Aman Ali to talk about how he drove across the country six years ago, breaking his fast in a new state and a new mosque every night. And finally, we hear from former competitive Olympic weightlifter Kulsoom Abdullah, about how professional athletes train during Ramadan.” At the link find the title, “Episode 26: The Fast And The Furious,” right-click “Media files PPY2886927235.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reading Quantity and Quality 30 mins – “Humans have been reading for thousands of years, but ever since the invention of television, people have been worried that reading is in decline. The latest worry is that, even if the Internet has caused an uptick in the quantity of our reading, we’re reading on screens instead of paper, and this seems to degrade the quality of our reading.” At the link right-click “Download mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rural American Voters 20 mins – “Chris Clayton, Agriculture Policy Reporter for DTN, tells Chuck Todd that many voters felt threatened by change during the Obama Administration.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Russian Propaganda 120 mins – “On Friday, March 31st, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held its first open hearing in its investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election on “Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns.” The experts before the committee, including Eugene Rumer, Roy Godson, Clint Watts, Kevin Mandia, General Keith Alexander, and Thomas Rid, gave a useful rundown of the scope and mechanics of Russian influence. There’s just one problem: their testimony ran five hours long. So once again, we’ve cut down the hearing to a snappy two hours, bringing you just the good parts.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_217.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Section 8 Housing 47 mins – “On this season of Working, we visit the city of Baltimore, to talk to people about their jobs there. We’re hoping to learn about how the city informs their work, and how they are shaping Baltimore itself, by working.” At the link find the title, “Working: In Baltimore.. How Does a Real Estate Property Manager Work? May, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY3650502222.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexism 39 mins – “How do you deal with the kind of sexism that’s veiled in politeness?” At the link find the title, “What Is Benevolent Sexism? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-06-09-smnty-benevolent-sexism-final.mp3”and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Sextortion Crimes 56 mins – “Department of Justice Computer Crimes Prosecutor Mona Sedky discusses the sextortion cases she has prosecuted and the meaning and danger of this new kind of crime.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_176.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Small Town Economics 50 mins – “On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, we revisit our stories on three cities across the country: Dalton, Georgia; Gillette, Wyoming; and Corvallis, Oregon. In each place, we met with the mayor and with folks around town, getting a sense of the economy there and how it’s changing. We visited carpet factories and coal mines, spoke to students and business owners, and found unique stories of how the economy is changing — and how that affects real people and their lives.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Snowden Book 58 mins – “Amidst the chaos surrounding Michael Flynn’s departure as national security advisor and the slowly unspooling news story on the Trump team’s reported contacts with the Russian government, it’s worth taking a step back and remembering a previous political controversy involving the Kremlin: Edward Snowden’s asylum in Moscow. In his recent book How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft, Epstein argues that Snowden was effectively acting as a Russian spy, though he believes it’s not clear when and to what extent Snowden came under Russian influence. Benjamin Wittes sat down with Epstein at the Hoover Book Soiree to chat about the book and discuss its more controversial elements.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_209.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space Station Astronaut 18 mins – “Kate Rubins is an astronaut and biologist on board the International Space Station. During her time on the ISS, Rubins became the first person to sequence DNA microgravity – but she’s also had to help maintain the space station, and even repair the toilet plumbing. She talks with Chuck about how NASA helps her cast her ballot if she doesn’t make it back to Earth before the election.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Speech Writing 56 mins – “Today, we’re introducing Area 45, a new political podcast from the team behind Uncommon Knowledge, The Classicist, and the Libertarian. Host Bill Whalen interviews Uncommon Knowledge’s host, Peter Robinson about presidential communication in this age of shock tweets and nonstop news cycles. Presidents are defined by rhetorical moments: Reagan and Kennedy at the Berlin Wall; George W. Bush rallying the nation after the 9/11 attacks. And Donald Trump? So far his presidency hasn’t been one of major addresses. Hoover fellow Peter Robinson, author of Reagan’s famous speech at the Brandenberg Gate, discusses the art of presidential wordsmithery in this age of social media and nonstop news cycles. New episodes of Area 45 are released each week. Subscribe now on iTunes, SoundCloud, or via RSS on your favorite podcast platform.” “ 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.  

Startups in China 61 mins – “Kai-Fu Lee 李开复 is one of the most prominent figures in Chinese technology. He founded China’s noted early-stage venture capital firm Sinovation Ventures after launching and heading up Google’s China operations during their years of growth from 2005 to 2009. Born in Taiwan and educated at Columbia and Carnegie Mellon, Kai-Fu had an early career in Silicon Valley, including a stint as principal research scientist at Apple. Microsoft brought him to Beijing in 1998 to set up a research division, as he has seen the rise of the Chinese internet from its earliest days.  Kai-Fu has more than 50 million fans on the social media platform Weibo and is a much-loved public speaker and author. He is perhaps most admired for his gutsy investing in Chinese startup companies: Sinovation puts money into startup companies in their riskiest early years or even months. Kai-Fu founded it in 2009, at least half a decade before the world began to take Chinese innovation seriously. He was an early believer in mobile companies when many investors were still seeing the internet as a desktop world. Now Kai-Fu is turning his attention to artificial intelligence (AI), and he spoke to Kaiser and Jeremy about it for this podcast at — of all places — the Trump International Tower in midtown New York City. Jiayang Fan from the New Yorker was finishing off an interview as they arrived, and she stayed for the chat. The discussion ranges from new technologies that are coming from Chinese engineers to the inexorable rise of AI and how it will change the way we live, work, and think. …” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stockton Wunderkind Mayor 27 mins – “In November 2016, Mayor Michael Tubbs was elected to lead Stockton, Califronia by a 70% margin. The mayoral wunderkind joined Chuck Todd to talk about his ambitions for the city, and what he’d like to see from the state’s governor.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Activities 21 mins – “Court reporting is usually a fairly predictable beat. But in the age of Trump, legal news has been fast-paced, with back-to-back-to-back controversies: a Supreme Court nomination, possible obstructions of justice, and legally dubious executive orders that drop at a moment’s notice. In this Slate Extra podcast—which is exclusive to Slate Plus members—Chau Tu talks with staff writer Dahlia Lithwick, who’s been covering the legal beat since the early days of Slate. Lithwick talks about how the pace of the job has changed under Trump, how many Supreme Court justices the president may get to appoint, and what she sees as the biggest legal issues ahead.” At the link find the title, “Slate Extra: Dahlia Lithwick on Keeping Up with the Judiciary, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY4945049241.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Soccer 28 mins – “6 years of war and crippling sanctions, yet Syria’s footballers are still dreaming of World Cup glory in Russia. Richard Conway follows the team’s extraordinary story.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teenagers 47 mins – “A new parent’s guide to navigating adolescence. It’s still a minefield out there.” At the link find the title, “How To Navigate Your Child’s Adolescence, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_530589807.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Texas Clean Energy 58 mins – “Skip Averitt, Chair, Texas Clean Energy Coalition; Republican Former State Senator Stephanie Smith, COO, Greencastle LLC Pat Wood III, Principal, Wood3 Resources Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One Additional Speakers TBA When Californians think of Texas, images of JR Ewing and pump jacks quickly come to mind. But the Lone Star State is greener than you think. It leads the country in wind power, thanks to a law signed by Governor George W. Bush. Texans also claim the state can comply with President Obama’s Clean Power Plan with technologies and policies already on hand. Ranchers and former oil men are dipping their toes into renewable energy. What else is in the clean energy pipeline? Join a conversation with Texas energy leaders about fossil fuels and renewables in America’s most prominent energy-exporting state.At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tom Brokaw 27 mins – “Tom Brokaw, NBC News Special Correspondent and former moderator of Meet the Press, joins Chuck to talk about a little-known story from his past in which President Nixon tried to hire Brokaw to work as the White House Press Secretary.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation 40 mins – “The Halo Sport is a health and wellness device which uses transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to achieve physical benefits.” At the link right-click “Download” below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Economy 19 mins – “The president’s budget promises 3% growth. Is that doable? Yes, but he won’t like what it would take.” At the link find the title, “#776: Here We Grow Again,” right-click “Media files 20170607 pmoney_pmpod776.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Health Care Act 36 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to the surgeon and writer Atul Gawande about the AHCA and why its passing would be a catastrophe for the very people that voted for him.” At the link find the title, “The Meaner Bill, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM4943226280.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Integrity 62 mins – “Yesterday, Just Security and the Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law hosted Benjamin Wittes for a conversation on a question he and I have posed about the path of the Trump presidency so far: what happens when we can’t take the president’s oath of office seriously? Ben’s talk focused on an essay by him and myself that went up on Lawfare simultaneously, in which we argued that the presidential oath—little discussed though it may be in constitutional jurisprudence and academic literature—is actually the glue that holds together many of our assumptions about how government functions. And when large enough numbers of people cause to doubt the sincerity of the president’s oath, those assumptions begin to crumble. Many thanks to Ryan Goodman of Just Security and Zachary Goldman of the Center on Law and Security for putting together this event. Make sure to also read Ryan’s Just Security followup post on his post-talk discussion with Ben and the questions raised by our essay.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_211.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump vs Intelligence Community 58 mins – “Three months into the Trump presidency, where does the relationship between the President and the intelligence community stand? Donald Trump is no longer quite so regularly combative in his tweets and public comments about the various intelligence agencies, but the White House-intelligence community relationship is still far from normal under this very unusual presidency. Here to ponder the question are former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden, former acting and deputy director of CIA John McLaughlin, and former deputy national security advisor for combating terrorism Juan Zarate, who spoke with the Washington Post’s David Ignatius in a recent event at the Aspen Institute.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_222.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump’s First 100 Days 74 mins – “What lies ahead for the next 100 days of the Trump administration? How will President Trump’s action plan continue to impact our domestic and foreign affairs, health care, education, environment, immigration, economic and trade policies? Who are the new people leading the country and how will they impact public policy? What role will all forms of media play as they cover the new administration? Join The Commonwealth Club and KQED for the final program of our four-part series of programs that address the first 100 days of the Trump administration and how this period will shape America over the next four years and beyond.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turtle Eggs with GPS 6 mins – “…In March, I took a trip to Nicaragua. I had a secret mission: smuggling in a counterfeit sea turtle egg, equipped with a GPS tracker, to plant in a suitable nest. Let me explain. It all starts with conservationist Kim Williams-Guillen, who works for an environmental group called Paso Pacifico. Paso Pacifico strives to protect the sea turtles nesting in Nicaragua, with offices both there and in the US….” 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.

U.S.-Russian Relations 45 mins – “This week on the podcast, Benjamin Wittes and Cliff Kupchan talk about the future of U.S-Russia relations and to delve into the Russian intervention in Syria. Kupchan is the Chairman and Practice Head for Eurasia at the Eurasia Group, where he covers Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, as well as its energy sector. He argues that the United States has good reason to talk to and work with Russia on a host of crises, including Syria. While he calls Russia a “revisionist power without a vision,” he also warns that the United States would be foolish to dismiss the country’s concerns out of hand. Instead, American officials should strive to work with Moscow in Syria, where he argues that the national interest requires it, as an anti-Russian obstructionism will benefit neither the United States nor the international community.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Podcast_167—Kupchan_on_Russia.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Veterans Gardening 84 mins – “Bennett Tanton is a former Reconnaissance Marine and US Army Infantryman. He has his BA in Security Management and is a graduate of 2014 Entrepreneurship Boot camp for Veterans with disabilities (EBV) at Syracuse University. Bennett is the Co-Founder & President of Warrior Hall Inc, Co-founder & Co-host of Cigars and Sea Stories and the Co-host of Change Your POV. Bennett also works as a contributor and adviser to a few publications, companies and organizations. Bennett is a Certified Peer Support Specialist in the states of NC and AZ; he currently works for the Veterans Administration as a Peer Support Specialist. Bennett has dedicated his life to helping veterans navigate the system and aid them in adding value to their communities.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White House Counsel 50 mins – “Amidst the hurricane of news coming out of the White House in recent weeks, one question has surfaced again and again: why isn’t White House Counsel Don McGahn stopping Donald Trump from doing all this? This week on the podcast, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Bob Bauer, former White House Counsel for Barack Obama, to talk about the Office of the White House Counsel and how President Trump can and can’t be restrained.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_228.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.


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