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Alain de Botton 48 mins – “Debbie talks to Alain de Botton about love and sex. “My view of human nature is that all of us are only just holding it together in various ways. And that’s ok. We just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we are all these incredibly fragile beings.” At the link find the title, “Design Matters from the Archive: Alain de Botton, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files Archive-Alain-de-Botton.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Australia Energy Reform 65 mins – “Chief scientist Alan Finkel speaks to the National Press Club in Canberra” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Alan Finkel, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc_Finkel_2106_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Baltimore Clipper 56 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. Jordan Smith is a captain of the Pride of Baltimore II, a recreation of a 19th century Baltimore Clipper. He tells us about the ship’s history, his duties as captain, and how the crew supports each other to keep the ship in top shape. He also took us on a tour of the Pride and showed us how he uses both modern and traditional equipment to sail, race, and educate. In a Slate Plus Extra, Smith tells us about racing the Pride, and the combination of strategy and proficiency that goes into winning a sailing race. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives.” At the link find the title, “In Baltimore: How Does a Schooner Captain Work? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY9243584300.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Band Food 35 mins – “When the kitchen is always on the movie, how do you feed one of the biggest bands in the world? Today on Feast Yr Ears, host Harry Rosenblum is on the line with Fiona Bohane, touring chef for the Dave Matthews Band. She relays that feeding the band members, riggers, drivers, stagehands, sound technicians and guests with restaurant quality food can be challenging and executing the food that is befitting the demands of a rigorous tour schedule is a feat all its own. Fold in the desire to minimize a negative environmental impact, use locally sourced goods and travel without refrigeration, and now, well, we have a show. Tune in for this backstage pass and hear Fiona chat about the typical menu, foraging, and being a new mom.” 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.
Beaver Parasites 114 mins – “Dickson returns to the TWiP hosts to solve the case of the Woman from Colorado With Loose Stools, and explain how single-sex infection with female Schistosoma mansoni reduces hepatic fibrosis. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin” At the link right-click “Download TWiP #135” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Mirror 35 mins – “Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones are the surprisingly funny minds behind Black Mirror, the binge-watch of choice for dystopian techies. (Besides CSPAN.) These days, their show veers very close to reality. They’ve done episodes on the performative stress of social media, on the lethal consequences of cyber-bullying, and a show from 2013 on a cartoon character running for prime minister. They seem to have an eerily accurate pulse on our imminent tech future. Brooker and Jones came to the Note to Self studios to explain themselves. And it turns out we have a lot in common. They’re also wary of their webcams. They also sleep with their phones close to their heads, and they also feel bad about it. They also worry about information overload and the impact of constant surveillance. They’re our type of nerd. Charlie, Anna and Manoush talked “ At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Man in Marrakesh 27 mins – “When Peter White jets, sails or walks into a new city, it is the sounds, not the sights, which assail him. In this programme Peter explores the twists and turns of Marrakesh. He listens to local radio; he takes in the sounds of restaurants, travel systems and the voices of the locals. He also meets other blind people and uses their experiences of an area to understand it better and to appreciate the aural clues which help guide them.” At the link find the title, “Blind Man Roams the Globe: Marrakesh, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files p056k78v.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband Planning 27 mns – “Just what does it take to have a market? It may be more complicated than you think — and in large part because of the things most of us don’t notice that governments do. We discuss this and the role of broadband planners with Alex Marshall on Community Broadband Bits podcast 260. Alex is the author of The Surprising Design of Market Economies, a columnist for Governing magazine, and Senior Fellow at the Regional Plan Association in New York City. In the course of our conversation, he notes the Portland Speech from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. One of the highlights of our conversation is comparing roads to broadband in terms of benefits, how they are funded, and the danger from over zealous tolling. We strongly recommend Alex’s writing as it has been quite influential in our thinking about municipal infrastructure over the years.” At the link right-click “ download this mp3 file directly… and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bundy Range War 52 mins – “Thursday, we continue our Through the Lens series on documentary films with an on-the-ground account of the occupation last year of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. For 41 days, protestors and right-wing militia members, held the refuge hostage in open defiance of the federal government. Director David Byars’s film documents their ultimately quixotic demonstration, from its inception to its dramatic demise. His film is called No Man’s Land, and he’ll join us to talk about it….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Business-to-Business Product Management 44 mins – “This is a listener suggested episode, which I love doing. I enjoy receiving requests from listeners asking for specific topics to explore. Several people have had questions about B2B product management. A B2B company sells its products to other organizations while a B2C company provides its products to consumers. To explore this topic, I asked Jeff Lash to join us. Jeff is a recognized thought leader in product management, with over a decade of experience in the development of Web-based products and SaaS systems. His product management career includes both new product launches and major turnarounds of existing product lines, as well as creation of the product management role into organizations. He has significant expertise in customer understanding, new product innovation, agile product management, user experience design, and product development processes. He is a Vice President at SiriusDecisions, a research and advisory company for B2B organizations.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Charles Koch 81 mins (2 parts) – “Charles Koch, the mega-billionaire CEO of Koch Industries and half of the infamous political machine, sees himself as a classical liberal. So why do most Democrats hate him so much? In a rare series of interviews, he explains his political awakening, his management philosophy and why he supports legislation that goes against his self-interest.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get Part 1. Do the same thing here for Part 2.
Churchill and Orwell 66 mins – “Author and historian Thomas Ricks talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book, Churchill and Orwell. Ricks makes the case that the odd couple of Winston Churchill and George Orwell played and play an important role in preserving individual liberty. Ricks reviews the contributions of these two giants whose lives overlapped and whose legacy remains vibrant.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Concepts from Forgotten U.S. Founders 58 mins – “Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) recalls the work of forgotten early American figures who fought against a large federal government. He is interviewed by former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Senator Mike Lee Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.477884.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corruption in Brazil 27 mins – “During Brazil’s boom years the country’s rising economy created a new middle class of gigantic proportions – tens of millions escaping from poverty. Brazil felt confident and even rich enough to bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. But then the economy turned. In the last two years the country has endured its worst recession on record. Where did it all go wrong?” At the link find the title, “What Went Wrong with Brazil? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files p055x9h5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cryptocurrency 156 mins– “Nick Szabo (@NickSzabo4) is a polymath. The breadth and depth of his interests and knowledge are truly astounding. He’s a computer scientist, legal scholar, and cryptographer best known for his pioneering research in digital contracts and cryptocurrency. The phrase and concept of “smart contracts” were developed by Nick with the goal of bringing what he calls the “highly evolved” practices of contract law and practice for the design of electronic commerce protocols between strangers on the Internet. Nick also designed Bit Gold, which many consider the precursor to Bitcoin. This wide-ranging conversation is co-hosted by Naval Ravikant, a mutual friend and one of the most successful investors in Silicon Valley, who also happens to be one of Nick’s biggest admirers. We cover a lot, including: What is Bitcoin, what are cryptocurrencies, and what problem do they solve? What is “social scalability?” What is Ethereum and what makes it unique? Strengths and weaknesses? How will smart contracts actually get adopted or go mainstream? What are ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings)? Blockchain governance — is there any existential risk? “Wet” versus “dry” code. Pascal’s scams. Quantum thought. What fields will you be working on in the future?” At the link find the title, “#244: The Quiet Master of Cryptocurrency — Nick Szabo, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files The_Tim_Ferriss_Show-Nick_Szabo.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cuban Relations Under Trump 33 mins – “Will Trump’s policy toward Cuba undo the Obama administration’s efforts to normalize relations? What’s at stake? Karen DeYoung answers those questions. Plus, the history of U.S-Cuba relations and Obama’s special assistant on U.S-Cuba negotiations.” At the link find the title, “How much of Obama’s Cuba policies could Trump rollback? Jun 16, 2017,” right-click “Media files 59432803e4b0b07aa660430f_1351620000001-300040_t_1497573388690_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Deep Water Horizon Stories 30 mins – “This week, we bring you two stories from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, one from a native Louisianian scientist and the other from a fourth-generation Louisiana fisherman. Part 1: Louisianan scientist Estelle Robichaux struggles to deal with the massive oil spill affecting her state while also balancing personal problems. Part 2: When Lousiana fisherman Robert Campo receives news of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he knows his life is about to change.” At the link click the square with three dots and “Download” to get the audio file.
Dental Care Issues 46 mins – “American dental. The story our teeth tell about beauty, wealth, poverty and American healthcare.” At the link find the title, “The Story In Our Smiles, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_533097478.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.
Department of Defense Budget 12 mins – “The United States faces a complex national security environment. How has over a decade of warfare impacted our military’s readiness to face new and evolving threats? We take a look at this and a host of other challenges facing the Department of Defense in this longer-form podcast.” At the link find the title, “Big Bite: Department of Defense Key Mission Challenges, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 684521.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Excimer Laser Uses 36 mins – “…Ra Medical Co-founder/CEO Dean Irwin talks about how a technology, once only used for LASIK surgery, has now been adapted to tackle the number one killer in America, Cardiovascular Disease. Their ultimate goal with this technology? To prevent heart attacks by unclogging coronary arteries. Despite what your mother always told you growing up about sun exposure, UV radiation can actually be life-saving. Dean Irwin, co-founder of DABRA and CEO of RA Medica will tell us how his company harnesses the power of the sun to create a huge medical breakthrough. The excimer laser combines gases that react to create a laser light in the ultraviolet range. RA Medical has turned this laser into a medical miracle that can ablate right through the rock hard calcium and other buildup in the arteries, turning it back into its constituent, pre-existing components. The most recent news? DABRA has just received FDA approval for clinical trial and funding from Medicare. DABRA stands for Destruction of Arteriosclerotic Blockages by Laser Radiation Ablation….Doctors are keen to start using the DABRA because of the lack of a solution for 100% blockages in which a guidewire cannot cross through. RA Medical hopes to move the DABRA system beyond Peripheral Artery Disease. They see greater applications for arteries feeding the heart, as well as applications unclogging stents (in-stent restenosis). More FDA studies to come.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Extinction Story 37 mins – “The extinction of the wren is often attributed to a single cat, but there’s more to the story.” At the link find the title, “The Extinction of the Stephens Island Wren, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-06-14-symhc-stephens-island-wren-001.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genderless Society 15 mins – “What if we lived in a world where gender was more like hair color — something you could change at will, and that had little bearing on what other people thought of you?” At the link find the title, “Bye Bye Binary, Oct, 2015,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
German Militarization 27 mins – “Why is Germany such a reluctant military power? Germany’s grown in international influence. And its potential military role has been hitting the headlines. US President Donald Trump’s criticised Germany in particular for not spending enough on defence. And Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Europe can no longer completely depend on the US – or the UK after Brexit. Germany, she argues, must do more in the military sphere. But Germans themselves are very reluctant to do this. As Chris Bowlby discovers in this documentary, German pacifism has grown since World War Two, when Nazi armies caused such devastation. Today’s German army, the Bundeswehr, was meant to be a model citizen’s force. But it’s often poorly funded and treated with suspicion by its own population. Some now say the world of Trump, Putin and Brexit demands major change in German thinking – much more spending, more Bundeswehr deployments abroad, even German nuclear weapons. But most Germans disagree. So could Germany in fact be trying something historically new – becoming a major power without fighting wars?” At the link find the title, Germany – Reluctant Giant, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files p056ch8m.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gerrymandering 32 mins – “Ratf**ked author David Daley says that Republicans targeted key state legislative races in 2010 in an effort to control state houses, and, eventually, Congressional redistricting. This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies in for Terry Gross, who’s off this week. Our guest today, Salon’s editor-in-chief David Daley, has a new book that he says began with a simple question. When President Obama won re-election in 2012 and a Democratic tide gave the party a big majority in the Senate, why did the House of Representatives remain firmly in Republican hands? The result was even more striking since voters cast 1.3 million more ballots for Democratic House candidates than Republican ones. The answer, Daley decided, was effective gerrymandering of House districts following the 2010 census. And it’s state legislatures that draw most of the congressional boundaries across the country. The result of Daley’s research is his new book, which details an effort by Republican strategists to put money and campaign resources into targeted state legislative races in key states in 2010, so Republicans could control the statehouses and control congressional redistricting. Daley’s book has a title I can’t say on the radio. It refers to a crude term for a political dirty deed done cheaply. I’ll approximate the title as “Rat-bleeped: The True Story Behind The Secret Plan To Steal America’s Democracy” [Actual book title is “Rat-F*****: The True Story Behind The Secret Plan To Steal America’s Democracy.”]” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Grocery Store History 44 mins – “From early trading posts to retail chains and superstores, award winning author Michael Ruhlman–The Soul of a Chef, The Elements of Cooking–traces the history and evolution of the American grocery store in his new book, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America. On this episode Ruhlman shares his views of grocery stores as a reflection of our culture. He examines how rapidly supermarkets—and our food and culture—have changed since the days of your friendly neighborhood grocer from the pop-up menu.” 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.
Gynecologic Cancer Treatment 79 mins – “Surviving gynecologic cancer means follow-up care and regaining sexual health. Learn how often to be seen and what tests are needed. Learn how to manage symptoms from medication, surgery, and chemotherapy. Almost all cancer treatments have the potential to alter sexual function which represents a major quality of life issue. With treatment, many patients can have improved functioning. Recorded on 03/28/2017. (#32080) At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hair History 49 mins- “From Katy Perry’s new pixie to cut to Lebron James going bald – hair (or the lack of) is in the headlines a lot recently. On this episode, Brian, Joanne and Nathan explore some of the many meanings Americans have attached to hair – as a marker of personal identity, a living connection to distant loved ones, and even as the root of business empire.” At the link find the title, “Crowning Glory: A History of Hair in America, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files BKS8314308607.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Hazardous Waste Storage 55 mins – “Radioactive waste and toxic mining byproducts will remain deadly for thousands of years – maybe forever. Deep in the arsenic-contaminated underground at Giant Mine near Yellowknife, contributor Garth Mullins wonders how we can warn the distant future.” At the link find the title, “Distant Future Warnings, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170614_74061.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hong Kong After Reunification 50 mins – “John Simpson visits Hong Kong 20 years after reunification with China to find out how much has changed. On 1 July 1997, after 150 years of British rule, Hong Kong rejoined China under the “one country two systems” formula whereby the territory would continue to enjoy much of its autonomy. Twenty years on, Hong Kong continues to prosper but amid political unrest and a growing sense that Beijing is trying to influence Hong Kong affairs.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Human Procreation 52 mins – “It’s a timeless question, asked by every kid that’s ever lived: where do babies come from? It turns out even the great scientific minds of the Enlightenment didn’t really have an answer. While navigators and cartographers seemed to have mastered the heavens and the Earth, other scientists were conducting bizarre experiments to put their finger on how exactly humans create life. Science writer Edward Dolnick joins us to tell the story of 250 years of searching and the meandering ways of scientific discovery….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Illinois Budget Crisis 30 mins – “…Background on the Illinois Budget Crisis: Illinois has been operating without a budget for two years now, as the state legislature has been unable to pass a budget up that will not increase the deficit and also satisfy the requirements of Governor Rauner. The Illinois legislature has managed to keep the state running through temporary stopgap measures, but as the state’s debts continue to rise to more than $150 billion, stopgap measures and the lack of budget will no longer be able to keep the state running. Illinois has been plagued with financial issues during the last several years, even being unable to provide lottery winners with their winnings. The state has been running a deficit for thirty-five years now. If a new budget isn’t passed by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year, the Illinois bond rating will be downgraded even more than it already has, and Illinois stands to lose millions of dollars in federal funding. To pass a new budget, the plan will have to be passed by a three-fifths majority vote in the Illinois House. As it stands, if Illinois’s bond rating is downgraded, Illinois will be the first state since 1970 to lose investment-grade status.” At the link find the title, “The Budget Crisis in the Land of Lincoln.” and select “Save Link As“ right-click “Media files 20170626-rauner.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Tribes 60 mins – “Playing for Team Human today, master of human connection and consensus, Loomio co-founder Richard Bartlett. Bartett, hailing from New Zealand, stopped by Douglas’s home studio while on a community organizing workshop tour of the US. Bartlett and Rushkoff discuss the challenges of building consensus in an all too often top-down, winner-takes all society. Together we’ll learn how Loomio, inspired by the general assemblies of Occupy Wall Street, strives to amplify collaborative power and foster more participatory democratic practice. It’s a project that starts with small-scale, human-to-human connection and grows outward from there. Rushkoff begins today’s episode with a monologue premised on a similar theme. Being human is a “team sport” and the more we cave into the divisive fear of these hostile times, the harder it becomes to “occupy a reality” of mutual care and concern.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 41 Richard D. Bartlett “There Is No Enemy Team,” right-click “Media files 5940ce2bb74774bc4ea894d7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Investing in 401k’s 24 mins – “What’s wrong with 401k’s and what can investors do to improve the outcome? Paul poses answers to these questions plus tells the story behind his suggested 401k portfolios, starting in 2011. His intention was to update those plans as the companies made changes. For a number of reasons the updates didn’t get done. Now, with the help of Tom Cock and Vestory personnel, along with some input from Paul, updates of most of those 100 plans will be coming soon. We need your help in getting us the investment choices those 100 companies are now offering. When we get caught up with those plans, the intention is to expand the list to many more companies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jailed in America 27 mins – “Each year 35,000 New Yorkers end up in jail because they can’t afford bail. Campaigners want to end cash bail to preserve the idea that people are innocent until proven guilty.” At the link find the title, “Get Out Of Jail Free, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files p056mgqf.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jewish School Takeover 63 mins – “We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar land deals, lawyers threatening to beat up parents, felony criminal charges, and the highest levels of state government. Meanwhile, the students are caught in the middle. At the link click “Download” to get the audio file.
Jihadists Interviews 49 mins – “When ‘Washington Post’ correspondent Souad Mekhennet chooses to go and conduct an interview, it can be a life or death decision. She’s spent much of the past 15 years reporting on Islamic extremist groups, and she’s interviewed leaders of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. Mekhennet was raised as a Muslim in Germany. Her new memoir is ‘I Was Told to Come Alone.’ Linguist Geoff Nunberg says people have been complaining about the overuse of the exclamation since Victorian times, but he thinks the exclamation point gets a bad rap.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click Download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Joe Biden 49 mins – “ Former Vice President Joe Biden has figured something out: “I learned how to become one of the most popular politicians in America,” he says. “Announce that you are not running for president, and be authentic.” In front of a live audience at WHYY studios, Joe Biden talks with Terry Gross about Donald Trump, his Catholic faith, and his plans on returning to electoral politics. Maureen Corrigan reviews ‘Do Not Become Alarmed,’ the new novel by Maile Meloy.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click Download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Kansas Tax Failure 48 mins – “Kansas lawmakers – Republicans — revolt and undo their own austere tax cuts. We’ll unpack what happened to the GOP’s ‘Kansas Experiment” At the link find the title, ‘A Failed Experiment And A Republican Revolt In Kansas, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_532800835.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Labor Movement 28 mins – “Money media keep telling us that Trump voters are sticking by him, but are they? And what do so-called swing voters really want? Working America, the community organizing affiliate of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., took to the streets of Ohio to find out. Matt Morrison, the deputy director of Working America, shares the findings of the Front Porch Focus Group, and we hear from some of the canvassers who knocked on all those doors. Plus, an F-word from Laura on why it’s business as usual for the Koch brothers in the states. Right wing funders know power shifts from the bottom up, not Trump-down. Sadly, the same can’t be said of our media.” At the link find the title, “Can Trump’s Base Survive? Working America Surveys Ohio, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files lfs_ep152 with pitch.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Las Vegas Life 49 mins – “With its reputation for glitz, glamour and gambling, Las Vegas has become one of the world’s foremost tourist destinations, with over 40 million visitors a year. But the bright lights and breathtaking architecture conceal a murky past. After gambling was legalised in Nevada in the 1930s, a raft of hotel-casinos sprang up under the control of gangsters such as Bugsy Siegel and Frank Costello – a state of affairs that continued well into the 1960s.” At the link find the title, “Las Vegas Stripped Bare, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files p0563swz.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
LGBT Book 24 mins – “This week on The Bookshelf from NHPR is Exeter author Lisa Bunker. In her debut novel, Felix Yz, Felix has an unusual problem. When he was very young, he became fused with a friendly, quirky alien from the fourth dimension when an experiment his father was conducting went wrong. The alien’s name is Zyx. Now a teenager, Felix is counting the days to the procedure that will either separate him from Zyx or kill him. As if Felix didn’t have enough to worry about, he’s also struggling with feelings for Hector, a boy at school.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lie Detector Controversy 33 mins – “A polygraph operator and his strange journey. And other stories. At the link click “Download” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Life Cohort Project 60 mins – “This week we’re diving deep into the history and current state of some of the largest and longest running studies in the world. We speak with science journalist, Chief Magazine Editor for Nature, and author Helen Pearson about her book “The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of 70,000 Ordinary Lives” and the history of the long-running series of British longitudinal cohort studies. And we’ll talk with Professor Parminder Raina about the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging an what it’s like to be at the beginning of a cohort study that could run for decades.” 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.
Little People Obstacles 10 mins – “Sinéad Burke is acutely aware of details that are practically invisible to many of us. At 105 centimeters (or 3′ 5″) tall, the designed world — from the height of a lock to the range of available shoe sizes — often inhibits her ability to do things for herself. Here she tells us what it’s like to navigate the world as a little person and asks: “Who are we not designing for?” At the link find the title, “Why design should include everyone | Sinéad Burke, “Jun1, 2017,”right-click “Media files Sinead Burke_2017S.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mantis Shrimp 24 mins – “What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.” At the link find the title, “#779: Shrimp Fight Club,” right-click “Media files 20170621_pmoney_pmpod779.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mass Incarceration 54 mins (2 parts) – “John Pfaff is on a mission to topple the well-worn myths of the U.S. prison population boom. He says the data tells us to focus on the district attorneys, not the Department of Justice. Pfaff teaches at Fordham University School of Law and is the author of Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform. This is Part I of our interview with Pfaff…” At the link find the title, “What We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM5353288853.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. In Part 2 “Pfaff explains some of the obstacles to reform. Pfaff’s book is Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration—and How to Achieve Real Reform.” At the link find “What We Get Wrong About Mass Incarceration, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM8801181438.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mexican 68 Olympics 24 mins – “The 1968 Olympics took place in Mexico City, Mexico. It was the first games ever hosted in a Latin American country. And for Mexico City, the event was an opportunity to show the world that they were a metropolis as worthy as London, Berlin, Rome or Tokyo to host this huge international affair.Among other ground-breaking aspects of the Mexico 68 games, the graphic design campaign (including the logo, posters and other graphics) would become one of the most famous in Olympic history. It would go on to set a whole new standard for future Games.And these government-commissioned designs would also be co-opted by local activists, who wanted to reveal the darker political reality in Mexico — a reality that they felt was being covered up behind the beautiful glossy imagery of the 1968 Games.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Middle Income Family Finances 62 mins – “Financial expert Rachel Schneider and economics professor Jonathan Morduch report on how low to moderate income families manage their finances. They are interviewed by Professor Kathryn Edin, author of [$2.00 a Day].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.475635.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Newspaper Editors on Trump 46 mins – “Editorial page editors from across the country are taking tough stands on President Trump and his policies. They join us to defend their judgments.” At the link find the title, “Editorials In The Age Of Trump, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_534577057.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
NYC Water Infrastructure 18 mins – “Clean and plentiful water is essential for life. New York City has the largest municipal water system in the United States. More than 10 million people rely on this complex of reservoirs and aqueducts, some of which are more than a century and a half old. In this podcast we learn about the structure, history, and current state of the New York City water supply system from Kevin Bone, Professor and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Design at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York City. His edited book, Water-Works – The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply System, Monacelli Press, 2006, describes the development of the fresh water system for New York.” At the link find the title, “Quenching the thirst of a megacity: New York City’s Water Supply System, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files New-York-Water-Infrastructure.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Opioid Crisis and Medicare 47 mins – “Could the Senate health care bill make the opioid crisis worse? We’ll look at how deep cuts to Medicaid could hobble efforts to save lives.” At the link find the title, “Health Care, Medicaid Cuts And The Opioid Crisis, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_534573867.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Orthopaedic Trauma Institute 82 mins – “If you suffer a life- or limb-threatening injury in San Francisco, the ambulance will bring you to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. There, a team of UCSF Orthopaedic Department surgeons, specially trained to mend complex fractures all over the body, are there to help. Meet some of them as they review the educational programs, basic research, clinical research and outreach programs. Recorded on 03/30/2017. (#32122)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Peanuts 47 mins – “Despite their diminutive scale, peanuts play an outsized role in American culture. Peanut butter has long been a mainstay of the American lunchbox, with its sticky, slightly sweet nuttiness flavoring the memories of generation after generation of kids. And it’s hard to imagine ballgames without, as the song goes, peanuts and Cracker Jacks (which, of course, also contain peanuts). But today, peanuts are the source of both hope and fear: while there’s been a surprisingly steep rise of peanut allergies in recent decades that can—though rarely—lead to death, peanut butter is also the basis of a medical therapy used to save the lives of millions of children around the world. This episode, we discover how the humble peanut got to be such a big deal.” 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.
Plastic Eating Worms 22 mins – “What in the world do wax worms eat? How in the world has it taken us six episodes to talk about poop? Join Guy Raz and Mindy as they wax-poetic about waxworms and referee the stinkiest race imaginable! It’s all happening in this week’s who, what, when, where, why, how and Wow in the World – Episode 6!” At the link find the title, “Bag O’ Worms & The Velocity Of Poop Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170619_wow_witw061917.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Policing Philosophy 48 mins – “Relations between the public and the police are strained today: from charges of police violence, abuse and racial bias to calls for transparency and greater police accountability. A panel discussion about what it means to police and be policed today.” At the link find the title, “Policing, Part 1: To serve or protect? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20170615_17984.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Poor Country Medicine 21 mins – Illness is universal — but access to care is not. Physician Raj Panjabi has a bold vision to bring health care to everyone, everywhere. With the 2017 TED Prize, Panjabi is building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that aims to modernize how community health workers learn vital skills, creating jobs along the way.” At the link find the title, “No one should die because they live too far from a doctor | Raj Panjabi, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files RajPanjabi_2017.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pushkin Novel 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel, the story of Eugene Onegin, widely regarded as his masterpiece. Pushkin (pictured above) began this in 1823 and worked on it over the next ten years, while moving around Russia, developing the central character of a figure all too typical of his age, the so-called superfluous man. Onegin is cynical, disillusioned and detached, his best friend Lensky is a romantic poet and Tatyana, whose love for Onegin is not returned until too late, is described as a poetic ideal of a Russian woman, and they are shown in the context of the Russian landscape and society that has shaped them. Onegin draws all three into tragic situations which, if he had been willing and able to act, he could have prevented, and so becomes the one responsible for the misery of himself and others as well as the death of his friend” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugee Education 18 mins – “Sixty-five million people were displaced from their homes by conflict and disaster in 2016. It’s not just a crisis; it’s a test of who we are and what we stand for, says David Miliband — and each of us has a personal responsibility to help solve it. In this must-watch talk, Miliband gives us specific, tangible ways to help refugees and turn empathy and altruism into action.” At the link find the title, “The refugee crisis is a test of our character | David Miliband, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files David Miliband_2017.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Reservation Life 44 mins – “On his first day in the seventh grade, Sherman Alexie opened up his school-assigned math book and found his mother’s maiden name written in it. “I was looking at a 30-year-old math book,” he says — and that was the moment he knew that he needed to leave his home. Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in the state of Washington. His mother was one of the few people who could still speak the native language, but she didn’t teach it to him. In his new memoir, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, he describes growing up surrounded by poverty, alcoholism and violence….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Resilient Health Care 27 mins – “The 2014 west African Ebola epidemic shone a harsh light on the health systems of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. While decades of domestic and international investment had contributed to substantial progress on the Millennium Development Goals, national health systems remained weak and were unable to cope with the epidemic. Margaret Kruk associate professor of global health at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, joins us to discuss what makes a health system resilient, and how Liberia in particular has learned lessons from Ebola.” At the link find the title, “How to build a resilient health system, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 327111650-bmjgroup-how-to-build-a-resillient-health-system.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Russia’s Cyberwar 48 mins – “Wired‘s Andy Greenberg says Ukraine has been the victim of a “cyber-assault unlike any the world has ever seen.” Cybersecurity experts think Russia is perfecting attacks that could be used on the U.S.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Shock Doctrine 46 mins – “Liberal activist writer Naomi Klein says President Trump marketed his way to the White House. Now she wants to bring him and his politics down hard. She’s with us.” At the link find the title, “Naomi Klein’s Call For An Unapologetic Trump Resistance, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_532629970.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Skeleton Repair 68 mins – The skeleton is remarkably engineered to provide structural support, protect vital parts and facilitate movement. Discover bone biomechanics and how we can leverage the properties of bone to better engineer skeletal repair. Recorded on 02/23/2017. (#32117)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Split Brain Research 44 mins – “Dr. Michael Gazzaniga – Left Brain vs. Right Brain. We often hear that if we’re creative we must be “right-brained” but if we’re logical we must be “left-brained”. Science tells us that each hemisphere controls certain cognitive functions, so it only makes sense that there is a dominant side that gives us our tendencies – but is it true? Are we either “left-brained” or “right brained”? Or better yet, what happens when you disconnect the two regions from each other entirely? For over 40 years, our guest this week has been studying patients who have had their left and right brain disconnected via surgery, and he is here to set the record straight. Michael Gazzaniga, is one of the leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience and is the worlds top expert on split-brain research. Michael is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stress Control 16 mins – “Stress is one of the leading causes of work absence, recently overtaking back-pain, and an increasing part of a GPs workload. However good quality evidence about how to deal with stress is hard to come by. Alexis Descatha, an occupational/emergency practitioner, at the University hospital of Poincaré, gives some practical advice on what to do when you suspect stress is the underlying cause of a consultation, and what to do once you have confirmed that.” At the link find the title, “Stress at work,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sustainability Arguments 30 mins – “Are the cries for a complete transition to renewable energy from environmentalists like Bill McKibben actually undermining the work to combat climate change? That is the position of our guest today on Sea Change Radio. Ted Nordhaus is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Breakthrough Institute, an Oakland-based think tank which focuses on energy issues. We discuss Nordhaus’s recent piece in Foreign Policy magazine, assess the damage that climate change denialism in the US has wrought on the planet, and examine the methods used by both pro-environment and anti-environment activists.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tick Borne Illness 48 mins – “The worst tick season ever is here, and experts warn that there’s a disease deadlier than Lyme lurking in the woods. What you need to know.” At the link find the title, “Preventing Lyme (And A New Disease) As Ticks Spread, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_532808710.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Toxic Inequality 33 mins – “Tom Shapiro is back to explain the thinking behind the title of his book, Toxic Inequality. What’s so toxic about it? Shapiro is a professor at Brandeis University, where he directs the Institute on Assets and Social Policy. In the Spiel: Based on the information available, what can we conclude about the media coverage of terrorism? Mike talks to Erin Miller, who oversees the Global Terrorism Database.” At the link find the title, “Is Terrorism Coverage Racist? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM5238728499.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Investigations Listed 34 mins – “There are so many investigators looking into Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign and the Trump Administration that it’s hard to keep track. That’s where friend of the show Victoria Bassetti of the Brennan Center comes in. She’s put together a guide, and walks Jimmy through everything you need to know.” At the link find the title, “199: What you should know about the 5+ Trump-Russia investigations,” right-click “Media files 329501363-decodedc-199-what-you-should-know-about-the-5-trump-russia-investigations.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Movement 35 mins – “George Saunders is a short story writer and essayist who has just written his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what he learned while researching Abraham Lincoln, why spending time with Trump supporters is important for progressive writers, and the necessity of art in a society under siege.” At the link find the title, “George Saunders Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY3243160709.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Trumpcare Details 63 mins – “The Senate health care bill is out — and Sarah, Ezra, and Matt are back in the studio to dive into the details of what it means for the marketplaces, Medicaid, and very rich people.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
U.S. Civil War 63 mins – “Politically-related violence in the U.S. heats up as talk of “Civil War” goes mainstream. What would a “Civil War” in the U.S. even look like? Dan has some thoughts on this and ways to potentially avoid such a fate.” At the link find the title, “Show 316 – The Day of the Dove,” right-click “Media files cswdcd16.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Utah Democratic Party 53 mins – “Monday, we’re talking about the Democratic Party in Utah, and we’re asking this question: is the party still relevant? It wasn’t long ago that Utah had a Democratic governor, or a Democratic congressional delegate. But, oh, how times have changed. Democrats now hold just 12 of 75 seats in the state legislature. The party won only 10 of 55 contested state races in last year’s general election, and Dems lost many of those races by massive margins. So what gives? And what can the party do to reverse its fortunes?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Veteran Affairs Budget 6 mins – “The Department of Veterans Affairs has faced challenges managing its budget and ensuring that veterans have access to health care. So, how can the VA accurately measure whether it’s providing quality health care?” At the link find the title, “Monitoring VA’s Clinical Productivity and Efficiency, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 685422.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vicks Medicine Story 29 mins – :When scientist Rachel Herz decided to study the connection between smell and memory, she chose five products emblematic of childhood: Coppertone suntan lotion, Crayola crayons, Play-Doh, Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Vicks Vaporub. She studies the science of what’s called the Proustian phenomenon. The French novelist Marcel Proust writes about dipping a madeleine cookie into a cup of linden tea and the aroma immediately bringing him back to a long-lost memory. Producer Julia Longoria has always had that relationship with Vicks Vaporub — the scent transports her right back to childhood, to days in bed with the flu at her grandmother’s house in South Florida. Julia and her cousins all knew not to tell grandma when they were sick, or they’d risk being slathered with “Vickicito”. Julia never had a reason to wonder why grandma loved Vicks so much, but this week’s episode reveals grandma’s love for the product is deeper than Julia imagined. And while investigating grandma’s (and the world’s) Vicks obsession, Julia is pulled into her family’s past, back to Cuba, before the Revolution.” At the link click the cirlce with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Waste Storage 48 mins – “Radioactive waste and toxic mining byproducts will remain deadly for thousands of years – maybe forever. Deep in the arsenic-contaminated underground at Giant Mine near Yellowknife, contributor Garth Mullins wonders how we can warn the distant future.” At the link find the title, “Distant Future Warnings, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170614_74061.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Working Moms P1 27 mins – “This Mother’s Day, a surprise. For all you working mothers balancing deadlines and diapers, ambition and your (lovely) children, we’re re-releasing all four episodes of our award-winning series Taking the Lead. 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. …And mothers often find themselves doing the heavy lifting at home. Enter Rachael and Leslie, who team up to create Need/Done, a digital platform with a feminist mission to help more women make it to the corner office. How does it work? Through a crowdsourced community of parents, the service provides backup childcare and household support. hink: Nextdoor meets Sittercity. 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.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Working Moms P2 29 mins – “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.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Working Moms P3 32 mins – “…For all you working mothers balancing deadlines and diapers, ambition and your (lovely) children, we’re re-releasing all four episodes of our award-winning series Taking the Lead. 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. 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.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Working Moms P4 35 mins – “…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 click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Working Moms P5 34 mins– “…You may remember our award winning series Taking the Lead, which we dropped into your feeds last month in celebration of Mother’s Day. It follows 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. If you haven’t heard the first few episodes, they’re right here: Episode 1: The Paint Point; Episode 2: The Paradox; Episode 3: The Pressure; Episode 4; The Partnership. Now, in celebration of Father’s Day, we’re re-releasing the final part of Taking the Lead: Manoush’s full conversation with Andrew Moravcsik, the accomplished author, academic, and husband to Anne-Marie Slaughter (yeah, the one who literally wrote the book on women in the workplace.) You’ll want to hear Andy’s insights into what being the lead parent has meant for his career, his psyche, and their marriage. When this series originally aired, we created a list of stellar content (books, podcasts, etc.) to help anyone trying to stay sane as a working parent. Check it out. And keep the conversation going, we love to hear from you, always.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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