Media Mining Digest 296 – Jul 14, 2017: Agriculture, ALSUntangled, American Political Fear, Aquaponics, Arab-Israli Peace Process, Augmented Reality Tour, Bamboo Bikes, Bangladesh Terrorist Attack, Barter Economy, Big Pharma, Biohacking Startup, Black Teachers Suffered, BlackBerry Failure, Blind Man Roams Great Britain, Blind Visual Interpreters, Blood Bank Essentials, Brexit, Buddhism and the Silk Road, Burning Man Concept, Canadian Podcasts, Casein Plastic, Chinese Communist Party Founding, Chinese Great Leap Forward, Chinese Journalist, Chinese Leaders, Chinese Republic, Chinese Technology, Chinese-American Food, Cities Confront Climate Change, Cities of the Future, Contextual Electronics, Cultural Imperialism, Cyber Military Defense, Dairy Farm Operation, Department of Defense Challenges, Dodd-Frank Discussion, Eastland Disaster, Ebola Vaccine, Economic Policy Shortcomings, Evolutionary Trends, Farming on 3 Acres, Farming Startup, FBI History, Federal Budget Proposals, Federal Debt and Deficit, Federal Reserve History, Florida Invasive Species, Flow States, Flying Tigers, Future Self, Gallium Nitride, Gene Machine Issues, George Takei, Gerrymandering, Grain Entrapment, Gut Microbiome, Hong Kong History, Ideas Industry, Insects as Food, Internet Censorship, John Dean on Watergate, Jordan, Lobbying Business, Mafia, Manufacturing and Quality Assurance, Meditation Value, Micropatch for Vaccines, Middle Class and Wages Decline, Mold-Caused Illness, Mongol Dynasty, Mutilated Money Div, Nanjing Massacre, NATO, Navajo Coal Power, North Korea Policy, NYC Chinatown Tong Wars, Paris Agreement in New Hampshire, Permaculture Mindset, Plato’s Republic, Police Automation, Privacy and Government Surveillance, Productivity Rules, Protests and Twitter, Rheumatism Conference, Russian Campaign Interference, Salt and Saturated Fat, Science Replication Crisis, Science Sentinels, Sen Rob Portman, Sharing Economy, Slave Traffic, Sleep Strategies, Smart Machine Trends, Smart Phone Trends, Steam Engine Portraits, Supreme Court, Tea History, Transgender Indian Book, Trump, Trumpcare, TRX Exercise Strap, Villiagrosa, Virtual Reality Tour, Voting Rights, Warfare Technology, Water Shortage Solutions, Weather Forecasting, Women at Work, Women in Science, Young Radicals, Zhou Enlai

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Agriculture Education 33 mins – “Joining us on today’s episode of Future of Agriculture Podcast are two educators who are making an impact in the agricultural industry by engaging the youth and influencing the future workforce of agriculture. Our first guest, Seth Heinert, is an Agricultural High School teacher in Ogallala, Nebraska who started a rural program two years ago. Beverly Flatt is a program manager who works with city schools called Academies of Nashville in Tennessee helps students discover the passion they would like to pursue after high school. Seth and Beverly share two different programs and approaches as they cater to students from diverse backgrounds and regions. Seth shares some fascinating stories about his classroom experiences in western Nebraska and the reasons why he’s so passionate about pursuing rural education and instilling in his students a love for agriculture. Beverly identifies the agriculture programs they offer in urban education. She also mentions that for the urban students, their exposure to the amount of technology used in the agricultural sector play a significant role in generating interest in the students. “I think agricultural education plays a huge role in getting kids engaged in their rural communities.” – Seth Heinert “Just giving students an experience and an opportunity to get involved in agriculture is often the only thing we need to do to sell them on making this an industry and a passion for life.” – Beverly Flatt” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 054 Rural vs Urban Agricultural Education,” right-click “Media files Future of Agriculture_054_Rural vs Urban Agricultural Education Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Begins 21 mins – “Why was North America once covered in ice? How could a comet strike have helped to shape our planet as we know it? And What did stone carvings teach us about our early human ancestors? Join Guy Raz & Mindy Thomas as they take you on a time traveling adventure through the latest Who, What, When, Where, Why, How and WOW in the World!” At the link find the title, “Comets, Ice Age, And Human Civilization, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170629_wow_witw062817.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Education P1 30 mins – “Daniel Foster is a proponent of agricultural literacy and is currently an Agricultural Teacher Educator at The Pennsylvania State University. He credits his mother for his love for the industry which all started when his mom decided to move out of Texas to Arizona to further her career in agriculture. He was just 15 going 16 at the time and was a starter on his school’s football team, so he considers this part of his life as a fun transition. In Arizona, he decided to pursue a degree in agriculture and continue his studies until he eventually got his doctorate at Ohio State. To this day, he recalls never really wanting to teach agriculture. That is until February of his senior year as a student teacher. It was then he realized he wanted to keep doing this, teaching young minds about the importance and future of agriculture, for the rest of his life. On today’s episode, Daniel talks about how his mom inspired him to pursue agricultural studies, why he decided to become a student teacher, the importance of Ag literacy, and his thoughts on Ag Educators. “It’s a lot more fun helping a kid discover what they have inside through agriculture than it is trying to twist the arm of an elected official to recognize the importance of our industry.” – Dr. Daniel Foster ” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 058: The Best STEM Delivery Tool with Dr Daniel Foster,” right-click “Media files 058_The Best STEM Delivery Tool with Dr Daniel Foster Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Education P2 32 mins – “Today’s episode is a continuation of a two-part series on why you should teach agriculture. In the previous episode, Dr. Daniel Foster, an educator at Pennsylvania State University, shared his insights about agriculture and agricultural education on a national scale. Dr. Foster not only makes a difference in the lives of young people, but also trains teachers who want to make a difference in the agricultural education outside the country.” At the link find the title “Future of Agriculture 059: Why You Should Teach Agriculture – Part Two with Dr. Daniel Foster,” right-click “Media files Future of Agriculture_059_Why You Should Teach Agriculture-Part Two with Dr. Daniel Foster Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ALSUntangled 56 mins – “Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here’s what it’s about: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. What does a diagnosis of ALS mean, and how do doctors and patients work together to improve […][ALSUntangled helps patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to review alternative and off-label ALS treatments.] ” At the link find the title, “957 Help and Hope for ALS Aug, 2014,” right-click “Media files PP-957ALS.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Political Fear 30 mins – “Our guest this week is Jay Cost, senior writer for The Weekly Standard. We talked with him about the atmosphere of fear surrounding the current state of American Politics. We also discussed President Trump’s fight with the press, what will happen with the Affordable Care Act with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, and where he stands with the Republican Party, which he left last year.” At the link find the title, “Episode 1: Jay Cost on the Current State of American Politics, Feb 24, 2017,” right-click “Media files COST0224.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aquaponics 48 mins – “Aquaponics is the marriage of hydroponics and Aquaculture. Hydroponics is cultivating plant life in a bath of nutrient rich water solution, instead of soil, for large scale production in a smaller area. Aquaculture is a design to grow fish or aquatic life like shellfish, crawfish, snails, or to help meet the popular fish demand with little impact on the overall aquatic population. Introducing Aquaponics:Uses fish to provide the nutrient content for plant life. It gets rid of agrochemicals from typical farming: Problems like the delta of the Mississippi where a wetland is turning into an uninhabitable area” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arab-Israeli Peace Process 26 mins – “This week’s guest is Robert Danin, a senior fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and former Deputy Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs during the George W. Bush administration. We spoke with him about the history of the Arab-Israeli peace process.” At the link find the title, “Episode 13: Robert Danin on the Middle East Peace Process,” right-click “Media files SBDAN0519.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Augmented Reality Tour 37 mins – “In a special edition, Click looks at the latest innovations in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences. There is a report on a Virtual Reality film tour of Latin America; how viewers can hop on a spacecraft and virtually launch into space with The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut; and there is a surreal experience of Nairobi in a dreamlike 360 exploration of relationships.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bamboo Bikes 29 mins – “’I guess the grass is itself a child, the produced babe of the vegetation.’ Perhaps Walt Whitman had this week’s guests on Sea Change Radio in mind when he wrote those words, as we talk to two entrepreneurs who, in very different ways, are using nature’s bounty for innovative purposes. First, we speak to Hawaiian-based bicycle maker, Barret Werk, who uses bamboo, the strongest grass around, to make his bike frames. Then, we revisit host Alex Wise‘s discussion with Bay Area-based sea forager extraordinaire, Kirk Lombard.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bangladesh Terrorist Attack 27 mins – “The terrifying ordeal of the siege at Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery in July 2016.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Barter Economy 27 mins – “We visited a libertarian summer paradise. What we found: People paying in gold. Exotic bacon dishes. A nine-year-old selling alcohol.” At the link find the title, “#286: Libertarian Summer Camp,” right-click “Media files 20170628_pmoney_pmpod286rerun.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Pharma 65 mins – “Robin Feldman of the University of California Hastings College of Law and author of Drug Wars talks about her book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Feldman explores the various ways that pharmaceutical companies try to reduce competition from generic drugs. The conversation includes a discussion of the Hatch-Waxman Act and the sometimes crazy world of patent protection.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biohacking Startup 32 mins – “Jake Glanville and his small biotech startup are trying to beat big pharmaceutical companies and major research institutions to a potentially game-changing medical breakthrough: the universal flu vaccine.” At the link find the title, “Bootstrapping a Better Vaccine (Season 5, Episode 5), May, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT4965604866.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Teachers Suffered 32 mins – “A landmark Supreme Court case. A civil rights revolution. Why has everyone forgotten what happened next?” At the link find the title, “Miss Buchanan’s Period of Adjustment, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY7758175647.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

BlackBerry Failure 47 mins – “This week on the show we have Senior Wall Street Journal Correspondent, Jacquie McNish. Jacquie is the author of many best selling books and we will be discussing her most recent, Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry. In 2009, BlackBerry controlled half of the smartphone market. Today that number is less than one percent. What went so wrong? Losing the Signal is a riveting story of a company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley. This is not a conventional tale of modern business failure by fraud and greed. The rise and fall of BlackBerry reveals the dangerous speed at which innovators race along the information superhighway, and how you can help avoid these pitfalls, no matter what business you are in.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Man Roams Great Britain 27 mins – “BBC presenter Peter White explores London’s Square Mile, from the drama of the stock exchange, through to the changing fortunes of streets where traditional traders are being replaced by wealthy investors. “Most people assume that vast cities like London are intimidating for blind people like me, with their noise and bustle, but in fact give me a busy city any time to the countryside. Noise, to me, means useful signals to navigate by, bustle means people to ask for help, and cities normally promise decent transport and plenty of places to buy the things you need”. At the link find the title, “Blind Man Roams the Globe: London’s Square Mile, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files p057f821.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Visual Interpreters 7 mins – “Aira is demonstrated and put to use on the River City Live TV in Jacksonville, Florida. Pete Lane gets instant access to information from a Aira agent, Patrick Lane, in realtime as he navigates and sidewalks, streets and stores. Join the River City Live TV cast and hear about Aira and the benefits that you could be accessing today!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blood Bank Essentials 31 mins – “I wanted to do a show on the basics of the blood bank and there was no better guest than Joe Chaffin, MD. He is the CMO of the Lifestream Blood Center and a pathologist with expertise in transfusion medicine. I first came across Dr. Chaffin due to his extraordinary blog and podcast at He started in 1998 primarily to teach pathology residents. Today, the site exists to help anyone who wants to learn the essentials of blood banking and transfusion medicine. His teaching includes humor, occasional irreverence, and clear communication to highlight your path to understanding complex topics. I’ve been an avid listener since its inception, so it was a great honor to get him on the show.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit 29 mins – “Our guest this week is Nile Gardiner, a former aid to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Director of the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. We talked with him about Brexit and the upcoming general election in the U.K.” At the link find the title, “Episode 9: Nile Gardiner on Brexit and the UK Election,” right-click “Media files SBGAR0421.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Buddhism and the Silk Road 33 mins – “Another fortnight, another China History Podcast. We return to the Silk Road and focus our attention on the monk Xuanzang. His was an interesting life. Through looking at Xuanzang you can truly gain a sense of the importance of Buddhism in China, India and almost the entirety of Central Asia.” At the link find the title, “CHP-076 Buddhism and the Silk Road – Xuanzang,” right-click “Media files CHP-076-Buddhism and The Silk Road_Xuanzang.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burning Man Concept 56 mins – “Do you know what Burning Man is? If not, listen to this episode. If you do, have you ever wondered how it started? Who decided to gather some friends and head into the desert to do….well, whatever they wanted? And perhaps more importantly, how do we as a society use these examples to uncover what is behind increasing citizen engagement and human creativity? This week on the show we speak with Rosie Von Lila – an expert in increasing human engagement and unlocking potential.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Canadian Podcasts 54 mins – “America’s hat is turning 150 years old! To celebrate Canada Day and our neighbors to the North, we talk to the women behind Love Me, a CBC podcast about the messiness of relationships, and we get a more realistic look at Canadian history with Canadaland’s Jesse Brown. Then we catch up with Canadian-American hybrid Jonathan Goldstein, the self-styled mealy-mouthed mensch behind Wiretap and now Heavyweight. Plus: Native storytelling from the world’s first indigenous podcast network.” At the link find the title, “Moose On The Loose: Podcasting Canada’s Sesquicentennial, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170629_biglisten_tbl062917.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Casein Plastic 6 mins – “One of the most popular plastics of the early 20th century was accidentally invented by a cat, as Kat Arney finds out” At the link find the title, “Casein: Chemistry in its element, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files Ciie_Casein.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ChineseAmerican Food 50 miins – “After a record-breaking pause in the action Laszlo is back with one last episode to finish off 2013. This time we look at the interesting and amusing history of Chinese cuisine in America, an oft requested topic here at the China History Podcast. This is a history that goes hand in hand with the earliest Chinese immigration to the US. If you’re interested to learn more on the subject check out Andrew Coe and Jennifer 8 Lee’s books.” At the link find the title, “CHP-128-The History of American Chinese Cuisine,” right-click “Media files CHP-128-The History of American Chinese Cuisine-f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Communist Party Founding 27 mins – “Thanks and 非常感谢 to listener Steaven who alerted me that the July 1st podcast was cut-off two thirds of the way through. After rallying the entirety of the resources here at the China History Podcast, we were able to resolve the problem and have re-uploaded this episode. Our profoundest apologies.” At the link find the title, “CHP-048 The Founding of the CCP,” right-click “Media files CHP-048-The Founding of the CCP.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Great Leap Forward 34 mins – “The Great Leap Forward ( 大跃进) from 1958-1960 caused death and suffering to dozens of millions of people. It sounded like a workable idea but it didn’t turn out like Chairman Mao hoped. When looking back on the life of Mao Zedong, the Great Leap Forward is always viewed as a black mark against his legacy. I welcome you to listen to the podcast and learn all about what happens when central planning goes awry.” At the link find the title, “CHP-004 The Great Leap Forward,” right-click “Media files CHP-004-The_Great_Leap_Forward-R2017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Journalist in U.S. 50 mins – “Jane ChiaChieh Tang, the U.S. bureau chief for Sina News, talks about her experience as a Chinese-language reporter covering the White House. The post Reporting on Trump as a member of Chinese media appeared first on SupChina.” At the link find the title, “Reporting on Trump as a member of Chinese media, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files reporting-trump-jane-chiachieh-tang-chinese-media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Leaders Since 49 7 mins – “In this brief episode of the China History Podcast we examine the four generations of leaders and get acquainted with their names. 1949 to the present day has seen four generations of Chinese leadership going back to Chairman Mao Zedong. We will also look at the fifth generation of leaders who will take their new continue reading” At the link find the title, “CHP-005 Chinese Leadership Since 1949,” right-click “Media files China History Podcast_005-Chinese Leadership Since 1949.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Republic Formation 36 mins – “Today we jump over much of the history of the 1940′s and zero in on the moment when the PRC was officially established on Oct 1, 1949. Today’s podcast episode offers a general overview of the first year of the PRC and some of the multitude of challenges Mao and China’s new leaders faced.” At the link find the title, “CHP-061 The First Twelve Months of the PRC,” right-click “Media files China History Podcast_061-The First Twelve Months of the PRC.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Technology Leader Kai-Fu Lee 62 mins – “A visionary venture capitalist and engineer on the present and future of Chinese tech. The post Kai-Fu Lee on artificial intelligence in China appeared first on SupChina.” At the link find the title, “Kai-Fu Lee on artificial intelligence in China, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files kai-fu-lee-artificial-intelligence-china.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cities Confront Climate Change 52 mins – “Consumption-crazed baby boomers are leaving millennials and Generation Xers with a mountain of debt and a destabilized climate. In his new book, Bruce Gibney, a venture investor in PayPal, Facebook, Spotify, SpaceX and other tech companies, writes that boomers are a generation of sociopaths who betrayed America. According to Gibney, most climate deniers are aging boomers who won’t live to see the worst consequences of climate change. Therefore, they won’t pay to address these challenges. At the same time, some boomers feel guilty about the climate changes they are responsible for and are now striving for redemption. These boomers are attempting to use their wealth and knowledge to engage younger people in climate solutions. The conversation is a difficult one though, especially considering that many young people today know they are inheriting a darker future than the one their parents did. Join us for an intergenerational discussion about what you can do to make an impact—and how to persuade the climate doubters in your life.” At the link find the title, “Inheriting Climate Change: What Will Boomers Leave Behind? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170611_cl1_Inheriting Climate Change PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cities of the Future 60 mins – “This week, we’re listening to “Cities of The Future,” a panel discussion about the future of human living spaces recorded live at CONvergence 2014. Panelists Jamie Bernstein, Ryan Consell and Shawn Lawrence Otto discuss how cities can adapt to accommodate the changing demographics, economics, and environment of a warming planet.” At the link find the title,”428 Cities of the Future (Rebroadcast),” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Contextual Electronics 68 mins – “Chris Gammell returns to The Engineering Commons to discuss how his views on engineering education (and the engineering profession) have evolved over the past five years.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cultural Imperialism 60 mins – “Playing for Team Human is Ramesh Srinivasan, professor and author of Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World. Today, information travels around the globe in an instant, and connection to far away people and places is merely a click away. Yet the prevalence of filter bubbles, the rise of political extremism, and the consolidation of network power into the hands of behemoth companies like Facebook and Google portend a growing disconnection in society. Ramesh Srinivasan looks beyond the slogans and “empty metaphors” often used to brand these technologies as inclusive, free, and liberating. On today’s episode, Srinivasan and Rushkoff challenge the notion that technology automatically builds community as it is deployed globally. It’s a conversation that critically assesses the presumptions of Western technocrats who see growing data and digital connectivity as the end itself for building a more just world.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 42 Ramesh Srinivasan “Whose Global Village” right-click “Media files 594a392ca1f439d27381551d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Military Defense 91 mins – “Cybersecurity is now at the forefront of policy discussion and planning for future conflicts. In many ways, the cyber threat has leveled the playing field, and that presents unique concerns to the United States and its allies. The Final Report of the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force on Cyber Deterrence, released earlier this year, concluded that cyber capabilities of other nations exceed U.S. ability to defend systems, and argued that this will continue to be the case for at least another five to 10 years. With this in mind, a cyber strategy that can credibly deter potential foes is increasingly necessary, as are ways to keep critical systems defended. In both cases, progress has been slow and irregular.” At the link right click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dairy Farm Operation 36 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 find the title, “Future of Agriculture 056: Old Farm with New Ideas with Coley Jones Drinkwater of Richland Farms Dairy,” right-click “Media files FOAP2005620FOA20Old20Farm20with20New20Ideas20with20Coley20Jones20Drinkwater20of20Richland20Farms20Dairy20Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Department of Defense Challenges 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,” right-click “Media files 684521.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dodd-Frank 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.

Eastland Disaster 32 mins – “The Eastland disaster was one of the deadliest maritime disasters in American history. In this case, safety regulations actually made things worse.” At the link find the title, “The Eastland Disaster, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-06-28-symhc-eastland-disaster.mp3” and select “Sve Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Vaccine 6 mins – “…The World Health Organization announced last December that there was finally an Ebola vaccine on the horizon. Marie-Paule Kieny, the assistant director-general of the WHO, says this vaccine has a very specific purpose: It’s preventative and targets the common and extremely deadly Zaire strain. The main goal is to vaccinate first responders — doctors and nurses. “If there is a beginning of an outbreak, immediately you would have people protected in order to intervene. … Immunity builds very quickly — as soon as 10 days. … When there is a new case of Ebola, you go quickly to the field, and you identify: Who are the contacts of this case? Who has touched the body? Who has touched the bodily fluids? Who has been living close to this person … and the contacts of this contact.” Public health officials would also give these contacts, those not known to be infected, the vaccine….” 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.

Economic Policy Shortcomings 84 mins – “At a moment when the Trump administration has relegated economists to the back rows, it’s a good time to ask why economists don’t have more influence on politicians, and why politicians find economists so frustrating. Visiting scholar Alan Blinder argues that politicians use economics the way a drunk uses a lamppost—for support, not for illumination. Blinder contends that politicians and economists succeed or fail on entirely different Darwinian principles—they hail from “two civilizations….” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Evolutionary Trends 59 mins – “In 1990, Harvard biologist Stephen Jay Gould posed an intriguing question. What would happen if we were able to re-run the Tape of Life? Would small perturbations to the starting conditions yield radically different outcomes, or would the course of evolution follow a familiar path, differing only in its details? The first worldview sees evolution as an essentially open-ended process of unlimited potential, while the second regards evolution as more predictable. If the latter is true, can we make any generalisations about the manner in which evolution is likely to precede on the largest scale? Which ‘macroevolutionary rules’ – if any – withstand scrutiny and allow us to elevate evolutionary biology from a historical to a predictive science? In his Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Matthew Wills considers some possible answers to these questions, drawing upon his own work and the broader field. He explores how most major groups evolve according to a common template and whether there is evidence for actively driven trends in morphological complexity on macroevolutionary scales. He also considers whether there are rules governing the demise of species at mass extinction events, and asks whether evolution in deep time can teach us anything about the likely effects of the current biodiversity crisis.” At the link find the title, “Matthew Wills Inaugural Lecture, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files 323924934-uniofbath-matthew-wills-inaugural-lecture.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Expertise Secrets 55 mins – “For more than thirty years psychologist Anders Ericsson, an expert on the field of professional development, has studied the people who stand out as specialists in their fields. In fact, Ericsson’s research was used as the basis for Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 Hour Rule” – which essentially states that it takes on average 10,000 hours of doing something to become an expert. In reality, Ericsson’s research shows that there is nothing magical about the number of hours you put in, but over time he has come to understand that we are all capable of extraordinary feats. In this interview, Ericsson explains what the research actually says about the infamous “10,000 hour rule” and how that number can be greatly decreased (or increased) depending on the type of practice you are doing. Specifically, by utilizing deliberate practice with the help of a trained professional, one can drastically improve their results. Deliberate practice can be applied equally well to everything ranging from business skills and sales to sports and music…and it works!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming on 14 Acres 83 mins – “Chris Field farms fourteen acres of ground with his partner, Jessi Okamoto, at Campo Rosso Farm in Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania. Camp Rosso Farm is what happens when two New York foodies decide to start a farm. Chis and Jessi grow a wide variety of very high quality Italian chicories – radicchios, endives, and more – as the cornerstone of their operation, and market through New York City’s Union Square Green Market and wholesale to restaurants in New York City. We dig into how Chris and Jessi learned how to grow this challenging crop, and how they get compensated for the high labor inputs chicories require. And while we didn’t get into proprietary details of the more specialty varieties, Chris provides a primer on producing quality chicories for fall production, as well as insights on how they produce other high-end crops bursting with flavor. Chris also provides insights into their marketing strategy, how he and Jessi jumped from city jobs into farming, and how he and Jessi are working to solve the challenges they’ve had sourcing labor for their young operation.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming on 3 Acres 83 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.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming on 5 Acres 74 mins – “Melanie and Kevin Cunningham own and operate Shakefork Community Farm in Humboldt County, California, where they raise five acres of vegetables and a diversity of livestock, including broilers, egg-layers, pigs, and sheep.. And they do it with oxen – as well as with four-wheeled and two-wheeled tractors. Since their start in 2008, the farm has evolved from an emphasis on small grains to a focus on vegetables and livestock, which they sell through their 120-member CSA and three farmers markets. We take a deep dive into how they’ve integrated the oxen into their operation, including the why behind it and how they use draft power in ways and places where they feel tractor power and human power aren’t the best choices. Kevin and Melanie dig into how they manage the complexity of their operation, including their introduction to Holistic Management and how they’ve used that to support their decision-making and to get on the same page from a relationship standpoint, as well as to help them do the caliber of work that they want to be doing. We discuss how they schedule multiple labor-intensive enterprises, and how they’ve divided responsibilities and how they coordinate between the different parts of the operation.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming on 5 Acres 78 mins – “Polly Shyka and Prentice Grassi raise five acres of vegetables and five acres of cover crops, plus broiler chickens, egg layers, and beef cattle, at Villageside Farm in Freedom, Maine. Polly and Prentice have been involved in farming for twenty years, and have been farming their land since 2001. Making a living for both of them on $200,000 in sales, they have worked hard to build a farm business that is an asset to their community. We talk about the challenges of farming at the five-acre scale, and dig into the nuts and bolts of how they manage their vegetables in a three-years-on, three-years-off rotation with perennial cover crops. Polly and Prentice dish out plenty of details about how they manage the livestock and vegetable production together, and about the equipment and tools they use to manage their five acres of produce. Polly and Prentice also dig into the numbers that drive their farm, and the hard work they’ve put in to balancing life and business. They share their strategies and philosophy for making the most of their interactions with customers, children, employees, and each other, and how they have worked to develop the human skills that support their farm and their family.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming on 8 Acres 98 mins – “In this episode, we revisit Jess and Brian Powers at Working Hands Farm, eighteen months after they were first on the show on Episode 040. Since the fall of 2015, Working Hands Farm has gone through some significant changes and phenomenal growth on their property in Hillsboro, Oregon, just outside of Portland on the north end of the Willamette Valley.Jess and Brian have gone from raising four acres of vegetables in 2015 to eight acres now, and have expanded their on-farm CSA to cover 48 weeks of the year – all with just the two of them, plus the recent addition of a part-time employee. In the past year, they’ve gotten out of the livestock business to focus on their produce business, standardized their farming operations, and made significant investments in machinery and infrastructure on their farm. We dig into all of these changes and the rationale behind them, as well as how the changes are helping them to face the extreme wet-weather challenges they’ve faced this year. When I interviewed Jess and Brian the first time, it was clear that although they were working insane hours, they found ways to emphasize and build their personal relationship, so we also come back to how they’ve continued to nurture their love for each other alongside of their professional and business development.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming Startup 77 mins – “Less than one percent of the people farming in Minnesota are Latino, and Eduardo Rivera is one of them. His operation, Sin Fronteras Farm & Food, specializes in producing fresh, healthy, Latino food for restaurants, grocery stores, and a 40-member CSA marketed to the Latino community in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Eduardo started farming with his infant daughter on his back on a quarter acre of rented ground near Stillwater. The farm has grown to three acres of production, still on rented ground. We discuss Eduardo’s rigorous business planning process and the progress he has made towards his goals as he has financed his farm’s growth and development. Eduardo shares the challenges of piecing together infrastructure like greenhouses and cold storage in multiple locations due to Sin Frontera’s land tenure situation. We also dig into the challenges and opportunities that Eduardo has found in marketing his produce, especially with regard to making it available through Latino markets in the Twin Cities. And Eduardo provides lots of great details about his cilantro and pepper production, his irrigation system, paying employees, and more.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FBI History 24 mins – “With President Trump’s dismissal of now-former FBI Director James Comey dominating the news we spoke to Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, author of Enemies: A History of the FBI. Follow C-SPAN Radio on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag “CSPANSidebar”. Like, rate, and review us wherever you listen to podcasts. Every C-SPAN podcast is available on the FREE C-SPAN Radio App for Apple and Android devices.” At the link find the title, “Episode 12: Tim Wiener on the FBI and James Comey,” right-click “Media files SBWIE0512.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Federal Budget Proposals 27 mins – “Our guest this week is Steve Bell, a senior advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He’s a veteran of the Senate Budget Committee, working in various roles – including Staff Director – from the early 1980’s until 2009. We talked with him about the process of creating the federal budget and why the President’s budget proposal is important.” Episode 5: Steve Bell on the Federal Budgeting Process, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files BELL0324.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Federal Debt and Deficit 29 mins – “Our guest this week is the Maya MacGuineas, She is the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. We talked with her about the differences between the $20 trillion debt and the year-to-year deficit and why failing to raise the debt ceiling could be catastrophic for the U.S. and global economies.” At the link find the title, “Episode 8: Maya MacGuineas on the Debt and the Deficit,” right-click “Media files SBMAC0414.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Federal Reserve History 41 mins – “In this episode we speak with Roger Lowenstein about the tumultuous era and remarkable personalities that spurred the unlikely birth of America’s modern central bank, the Federal Reserve. Today, the Fed is the bedrock of the financial landscape, yet the fight to create it was so protracted and divisive that it seems a small miracle that it was ever established. In his most recent book, America’s Bank: The Epic Struggle to Create the Federal Reserve, Roger shows how our current distrust of big government is exactly the same as when Americans did not want a central bank. Americans’ mistrust of big government and of big banks was so widespread that modernizing reform was deemed impossible. Each bank was left to stand on its own, with no central reserve or lender of last resort. The real-world consequences of this chaotic and provincial system were frequent financial panics, bank runs, money shortages, and depressions. Roger Lowenstein—acclaimed financial journalist and bestselling author of When Genius Failed and The End of Wall Street—tells the drama-laden story of how America created the Federal Reserve, thereby taking its first steps onto the world stage as a global financial power.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Florida Invasive Species 32 mins – “Journalist Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times talks about his book, Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.” 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.

Flow States 55 mins – “In this episode we interview Steven Kotler, author of a number of best selling books including, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best. We discuss how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate performance in our own lives. Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flying Tigers 46 mins – “Laszlo finishes off the CHP overview of the story of the AVG in World War II. In this episode the battle commences on December 20, 1941. From that point forward until the organization was disbanded on July 4, 1942 the Flying Tigers wrote their name into the history books.” At the link find the title, “CHP-152-The Flying Tigers Part 2,” right-click “Media files CHP-152-The Flying Tigers_Part_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Future Self 46 mins – “We all have a future self, a version of us that is better, more successful. It can inspire us to achieve our dreams, or mock us for everything we have failed to become. A note to listeners: this episode contains some disturbing content related to teen suicide and grieving parents. If you or somebody you know might need help, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.” At the link find the title, “Jun, 2017, Future Self,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gallium Nitride 7 mins – “Despite early setbacks, this conducting crystal shows great promise across a wide range of electronics” At the link find the title, “Gallium nitride: Chemistry in its element, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files Ciie_Gallium_nitride.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gene Machine Issues 39 mins – “Journalist Bonnie Rochman talks about her new Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux book, The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

George Takei 16 mins – “When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a “security” measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy” At the link you can listen and watch, but not download; however, an audio file is in the blog archive.

Gerrymandering Book 26 mins – “Our guest this week is David Daley author of “Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count.” We talked with him about Republican efforts to carve out districts that have helped the GOP since 2010.” At the link find the title, “Episode 18: David Daley on Gerrymandering,” right-click “Media files SBDAL0623.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering Math 26 mins – “If mathematician Moon Duchin has her way, gerrymandered congressional districts could soon be a thing of the past.” 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.

Grain Entrapment 36mins – “Today’s guest is an independent movie producer from New York City. Sam Goldberg grew up in Manhattan without any background in agriculture. He was introduced to agriculture when a filmmaker approached him for a concept about grain entrapment, a real and grave danger that farmers and other members of the community are exposed to. Seeing the significance of the issue socially, Sam currently is raising funds for the operation and completion of the movie titled Silo The Film. On today’s episode, Sam talks about the progress he and his team have made in the production of Silo. He also shares why he thinks this movie is socially relevant and his stand on why he wanted to pursue this film in spite of the timespan they need to devote to complete it. He also mentions some of the things that Sam and his team are currently working on like fund-raising, casting, and searching for the right location to shoot the movie. “This, to me, represents a potential bridge for conversation where a segment of the population can be humanized in such a way that is relatable to anybody.” – Sam Goldberg” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 055: Grain Entrapment and How an Idea Becomes a Feature Film with Sam Goldberg from Silo The Film,” right-click “Media files Future of Agriculture 055_Grain Entrapment and How an Idea Becomes a Feature Film with Sam Goldberg from Silo The Film Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Microbiome 57 mins – “This week we have my good friend Dr. Michael Ruscio back on the podcast. Listen in as we discuss the gut microbiome, research, treatment, prebiotics and probiotics, gut microbiome variation around the world, and thyroid disease.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hong Kong History 25 mins – “Laszlo is back after another long delay. In this shorter than usual episode, The China History Podcast presents Part 1 of a multi-part series that will explore the history of Hong Kong. In this introductory episode, Laszlo starts at the very beginning and traces Hong Kong from the Devonian Period all the way up.” At the link find the title, “CHP-101-The History of Hong Kong Part 1,” right-click “Media files CHP-101-The History of Hong Kong, Part_1.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ideas Industry 45 mins – “This week, the Lawfare Podcast brings you Jack Goldsmith’s interview with Dan Drezner at the Hoover Book Soirée about Drezner’s new book, The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas. The conversation covers how polarization, inequality, and mistrust are changing the way ideas influence policy and public opinion.” At the linkf ind the title, “Dan Drezner on “The Ideas Industry” Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files, Hoover ideas industry podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Insects as Food 30 mins – “Researchers who think about the thorny problem of feeding our growing global population have started to point at one possible solution: bugs. They’re protein-rich and ecologically sustainable—but can bug entrepreneurs get lots of Americans to eat something they’re kinda grossed out by?” At the link find the title, “Bug Business (Season 5, Episode 6), May, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT6672397922.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Censorship 77 mins – “Internet freedom remains a significant challenge around the world. Highly restrictive countries, such as China and Iran, block residents from accessing search engines, social networks, and news organizations. The U.S. has previously supported the rights of all internet users to freedom of expression, assembly, and association online. However, the Obama administration’s internet freedom agenda has not yet been addressed by the Trump administration. How will the new administration balance internet freedom with its other foreign policy goals? How should the United States promote internet freedom through its trade partnerships?…” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Dean on Watergate 33 mins – “June 17th marks the 45th Anniversary of the Watergate break-in. This week we revisit the first months of the scandal with Nixon-era White House General Counsel John Dean.” At the link find the title, “Episode 17: John Dean on Watergate,” right-click “Media files SBDEA0616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jordan 36 mins – “For years, Jordan has been surrounded by an arc of instability, from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon to the West Bank. Yet the kingdom remains, for now, an island of relative calm. Institute scholar David Schenker discusses how the kingdom has weathered regional storms and what the future holds for this vital American friend in the Middle East.” At the link click the square with three dots, click “Download” to download the file.

Lobbying Business 65 mins – “What they don’t teach you in business school – and what you need to know. Powerful corporate interests use their lobbyists to wield influence. They impact our daily lives, but who are they and how do they operate? In this episode, George Franklin, previously the head lobbyist for Kellogg Company, gives us an inside look at what it’s really like to represent one of the largest food companies in the world. He gives us a no nonsense look at what it’s like to try to influence government policy for the good of a company. George is a lawyer and former Vice President of Worldwide Government Relations for Kellogg Company. He is currently President of Franklin Public Affairs LLC in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is the author of the incredible book, Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars: 30 Years of Lobbying for the Most Famous Tiger in the World.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mafia 53 mins – “This week, prize-winning reporter and bestselling author George Anastasia offers a shocking and very rare glimpse into the Gotti family, witnessed up-close from former family insider John Alite, John Gotti Jr.’s longtime friend and protector. Until now, no one has given up the kind of personal details about the Gottis.  Anastasia offers never-before-heard information about the murders, drug dealing, and extortion that propelled John J. Gotti to the top of the Gambino crime family and the treachery and deceit that allowed John A. “Junior” Gotti to follow in his father’s footsteps. Told from street level and through the eyes of a wiseguy who saw it all firsthand, the result is a riveting look at a family whose hubris, violence, passion, and greed fueled a bloody rise and devastating fall that is still reverberating through the American underworld today. Anastasia’s newest book is titled, Gotti’s Rules: The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Manufacturing and Quality Assurance 45 mins – “Today’s show is hosted by Khierstyn Ross of Crowdfunding Uncut, a podcast that dives into the details of successful crowdfunding campaigns. Today we will focus on manufacturing and quality.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meditation Value 35 mins – “Silicon Valley CEOs, Tibetan monks, and crunchy hippies alike describe meditation as blissful and life-changing, but what does the science say? Can it reduce stress, increase your attention, and improve mental health — or is all this focus on breathing just a bunch of hot air? Sit back, get comfortable, and focus your mind as we talk to Tim Ferriss, Professor Gaelle Desbordes, Dr. Clifford Saron, and Dr. Britta Hölzel. Please note: we have updated this episode. We removed a reference to Peter Thiel, the founder of Paypal. He was a guest on Tim Ferriss’ show, but didn’t discuss whether he meditates.” At the link find the title, “Meditation, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT7878842746.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Micropatch for Vaccines  8mins – “Nadine Rouphael and Mark Prausnitz discuss the findings from their phase 1 trial that uses a dissolvable microneedle patch to deliver an influenza vaccine to patients.” At the link find the title, “Microneedle patch flu vaccination: The Lancet: Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 27june_micropatch.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class and Wages Decline  23 mins – “This week’s guest is Washington Post reporter Max Ehrenfreund. We spoke with him about a new report examining declining American wages and the shrinking middle class.” At the link find the title, “Episode 14: Max Ehrenfreund on Declining Wages and the Shrinking Middle Class,” right-click “Media files SBEHR0526.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mold-Caused Illness  54 mins – “This episode’s guest is biohacker, techno-shaman, and visionary, Ryan Frisinger. Listen in as we talk about restoring health using genetic information, DNA testing, methylation, toxic mold and mycotoxins, fish oil, nutrition, and many more interesting topics.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mongol Dynasty P1 45 mins – “In this long overdue episode with a deceiving title we don’t actually get around to the Yuan Dynasty. However a nice handy and confusing overview tracing the rise of the Mongol nation is presented which includes a bio on Genghis Khan. We’ll get to rise of Kublai Khan this time and look at the Yuan Dynasty next episode.” At the link find the title, “CHP-169-The Mongol Yuan Dynasty Part 1,” right-click “Media files CHP-169-The Mongol Yuan Dynasty Part_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mongol Dynasty P2 59 mins – “Laszlo finishes up the story of the Yuan Dynasty, founded in 1271. The parts of China not yet conquered were done in by 1276 and the last holdouts gone by 1279. But the Great Yuan didn’t last long. This episode takes a nice little overview of the dynasty, its slow demise and the legacy they left.” At the link find the title, “CHP-170-The Mongol Yuan Dynasty Part 2,” right-click “Media files CHP-170-The Mongol Yuan Dynasty, Part_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mutilated Money Division 18 mins – “In Washington, D.C., there is a place where millions of dollars of ripped, burned, and water-soaked dollar bills are made new. On today’s show, we get inside that room.” At the link find the title, “#781: The Money Fixers,” right-click “Media files 20170630_pmoney pmpod781.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Nanjing Massacre P1 45 mins – “By popular demand Laszlo finally introduces the Nanjing Massacre. This is a very emotional, controversial and sensitive subject for a whole lot of reasons. Over the next two episodes Laszlo will review material from past episodes to discuss the lead-up to the Massacre. Then in Part 2 the actual event itself as well as the story of the Nanjing Safety Zone and some of the foreigners who became eyewitnesses to the horrors of the Nanjing Massacre. It’s also referred to as the Nanking Massacre and the Rape of Nanking.” At the link find the title, “CHP-182-The Nanjing Massacre Part 1,” right-click “Media files CHP-182-The Nanjing Massacre Part 1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanjing Massacre P2 54 mins – “Laszlo finishes off the overview of the Rape of Nanking as well as the stories of John Rabe, Robert O. Wilson, Minnie Vautrin, Rev. William Magee and others who directed the Nanjing Safety Zone during the worst weeks of the atrocities. The aftermath of the Nanjing Massacre is also examined.” At the link find the title, “CHP-183-The Nanjing Massacre Part 2,” right-click “Media files CHP-183-The_Nanjing_Massacre_Part_2.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NATO 26 mins – “This week Fabrice Pothier, former Director of Policy Planning for NATO, discusses the organization’s history, mission, and budget.” At the link find the title, “Episode 15: Fabrice Pothier on NATO,” right-click “Media files SBPOT0602.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Navajo Coal Power 8 mins – “For one Navajo family, a coal power plant has preserved a way of life Jun, 2017, The Navajo government is racing to extend the life of one of the biggest coal-fired power plants in the country. If the government and plant owners finalize a lease extension by Saturday, the Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona will stay open through 2019. If they don’t, the plant will start shutting down this year. Leaders are looking to preserve the tens of millions of dollars in revenue the plant and a nearby coal mine bring into the Navajo economy each year.” 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.

North Korea Policy 30 mins – “Our guest this week is the former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson. As a diplomat and Special Envoy, Gov. Richardson has received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and Sudan. We talked with him the current state of tension between North Korea and the U.S. and why he thinks the U.S. needs to change its approach to engaging with what many describe as ‘the Hermit Kingdom.’” At the link find the title, “Episode 7: Bill Richardson on North Korea.” right-click “Media files SBRIC0407.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NYC Chinatown Tong Wars P1 42 mins – “In this long awaited and oft requested episode Laszlo explains about the Tong Wars of New York’s Chinatown. With the help of Scott Seligman’s latest book we go back to late 19th – early 20th century America and focus on New York’s Chinatown. These were terribly unpleasant days for most citizens of Chinese ancestry and especially for those immigrants who either had not begun the process or lived in the shadows illegally. The Chinese Exclusion Laws tarred these citizens like no other immigrant group in US history. The Tong Wars didn’t happen because of these laws but they were certainly part of the story. With everything Chinese-Americans have done to make America great over the past century it’s interesting to look back at another time when the ordinary law abiding Chinese and the bloodiest tong soldier were equally reviled in society that was loath to accept them. The book is called “Tong Wars, The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York’s Chinatown” by Scott D. Seligman.” At the link find the title, “CHP-171-The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 1,” right-click “Media files CHP-171-The Tong Wars of NY Chinatown, Part_1R.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NYC Chinatown Tong Wars P2 43 mins – “In this Part 2 episode the Tong Wars begin in earnest. The first and second Tong Wars are discussed…..” At the link find the title, “CHP-172-The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 2,” right-click “Media files CHP-172-The Tong Wars of NY Chinatown Part_2.1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paris Agreement in New Hampshire 58 mins – “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement set off protests nationwide – with some Governors, cities, and businesses, signing on to their own pledges.  But how much does Paris really matter – to what’s already happening in New Hampshire?  We’ll sort out the politics from the policy.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Permaculture Mindset 46 mins– “Playing for Team Human today is permaculturalist Adam Brock, author of Change Here Now. Adam joins Douglas for a conversation about how humanity is integrally connected to natural ecosystems. “Nature is a textbook,” Adam explains, and so by paying close attention to ecological systems, we can better understand ourselves as part of a greater whole. It’s a theme that serves as the springboard into a conversation not only about the ways we grow food, but also about community, trust, and the deeper sense of connection that comes from a permaculture mindset. Rushkoff opens today’s show with a monologue about Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods and how scaling up in the digital economy threatens to leave humans behind. Rushkoff’s most recent book Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity was just released in paperback with new expanded material last week.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 43 Adam Brock ‘Better Than You Found It’” right-click “59533dfd836ac0732b7dfdb2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plato’s Republic 43 mins – “Is it always better to be just than unjust? That is the central question of Plato’s Republic, discussed here by Melvyn Bragg and guests. Writing in c380BC, Plato applied this question both to the individual and the city-state, considering earlier and current forms of government in Athens and potential forms, in which the ideal city might be ruled by philosophers. The Republic is arguably Plato’s best known and greatest work, a dialogue between Socrates and his companions, featuring the allegory of the cave and ideas about immortality of the soul, the value of poetry to society, and democracy’s vulnerability to a clever demagogue seeking tyranny.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Automation 36 mins – “In this future there are no more human police officers. Is that even possible? The future of policing is a really really complicated topic. And it’s also, and this might be the understatement of the year, a controversial one. On this episode we’re not going to try and give you a full picture of what the future of policing might be. That would take hours. Instead, we’re going to focus on two really specific pieces of this topic. First we talk to Madeline Ashby, futurist and science fiction writer, about robots, and what it might be like if we replaced human law enforcement with robotic law enforcement. Then, we talk to historian and writer Walidah Imarisha, about a future with no cops at all. We also hear from Doug Wyllie, the Editor at Large for PoliceOne, who, perhaps unsurprisingly, doesn’t like either proposal….” At the link find the title, “Robocop, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privacy and Government Surveillance 14 mins – “Something anti-Trump protesters should be aware of: President Trump has inherited the most potent surveillance apparatus in history. Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation tells This Golden State’s Randy Shandobil that she fears Trump may use those tools to spy on Muslims and his political opponents. Cohn also gives tips on how to protect your digital privacy.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Productivity Rules 46 mins – “Happy 2016 to each and every one of the Smart People Podcast listeners out there! It’s Jon’s turn to take a look back on 2015 and puts together clips from his favorite episodes of the past year!  He identified 4 areas of his life in which he wanted to improve and hand-picked 4 episodes that inspired him to make changes in those areas.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Protests and Twitter 44 mins -”We talk to Zeynep Tufekci, writer and associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, about her book Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.” At the link find the title, “184 Zeynep Tufekci – Twitter and Tear Gas, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 6cc67258-a9c7-463f-8f6f-e64dbfe2b51b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rheumatism Conference 15 mins – “A special podcast from the European League Against Rheumatology meeting in Madrid, highlighting a two-part Series on rheumatoid arthritis.” At the link find the title, “Rheumatoid arthritis: The Lancet: Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 19june_EULAR.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Campaign Interference 28 mins – “In an exclusive report, The Post’s national security team goes inside the Obama administration’s decision-making after the CIA captured Putin issuing these instructions: defeat Clinton and help elect Trump. Reporter Greg Miller tells the story.” At the link find the title, “Special episode: Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 594cf280e4b0b07aa6605774_1351620000001-300040_t_1498215052861_44100_128_2.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salt and Saturated Fat 58 mins – “You’ve probably heard that lifestyle is the most important factor in keeping your heart healthy. Don’t smoke, exercise, and eat right seem simple. But what does it really mean to eat right? Should you be avoiding sat fat? How Big a Problem Is Sat Fat? Experts have been telling us for decades that we must avoid saturated fat. Butter, bacon, cheese and ice cream were depicted as the enemies of our coronary arteries. Eventually, though, the nutrition experts realized that they’d erred in advising people to consume margarine instead. The trans fats in margarine and vegetable shortening turned out to be the least heart-healthy thing we could spread on our bread. So now we are all avoiding trans fats as much as possible. But shouldn’t we still be steering clear of sat fat? And if so, what can you put on your morning toast? A trio of eminent cardiologists have written an intriguing essay titled “Saturated Fat Does Not Clog the Arteries.”  Joe and Terry discuss the implications of this essay and invite your stories about avoiding (or not) sat fat in your diet. You can listen to one of the authors, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, discuss this editorial here. The American Heart Association disagrees. Here is its presidential advisory warning against eating saturated fat. It was published June 15, 2017. Lowering Sodium Intake to Control Blood Pressure: Dr. Franz Messerli is an internationally recognized expert on blood pressure. He spoke to us from his office in Bern, Switzerland, about whether it makes good health sense to cut back on salt. Which organization does he criticize for hypocrisy? Who would benefit most? Can you overdo salt restriction? If you have tried to eat less salt, tell us about your experience.” At the link you can listen or but a download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Science Replication Crisis 39 mins – “If scientific findings can’t be replicated, what have we really found? That question is at the root of the “Replication Crisis” dividing the halls of science. Researcher and reform advocate Dr. Rolf Zwaan explains.” At the link find the title, “#186: The Replication Crisis with Dr. Rolf Zwaan,” right-click “Drug Smarts Media files SDS186.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Sentinels 44 mins – “In times past, scientists would openly discuss disturbing results. Way back in 1965 a bunch of scientists including Roger Revelle and David Keeling raised their concerns about the dangers of carbon dioxide emissions. It’s nothing new. They wrote to the US President’s Science Advisory Committee. Naomi Oreskes argues scientists such as Revelle and Keeling were acting as sentinels. Today, many scientists are reluctant to be sentinels. There is worry that if they speak beyond the confines of scientific publications and meetings, scientists will be viewed as advocates or activists, politicising the science with the scientists losing their credibility. In her address delivered at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston in February 2017, Naomi Oreskes analyses the current state of fear.  She says whatever the issue, whether it’s tobacco or ozone depletion or acid rain or pesticide regulation, the claim is always the same: extra regulation means an expansion of government and a constriction of freedoms, and this is what is fought though attacks on scientists and their findings.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sen Rob Portman 41 mins – “Recorded on June 10, 2017 Senator Rob Portman sits down with Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson to talk about the threats and problems related to Russia’s meddling in democratic elections in the United States and around the world. Portman then discusses the complex process of health care reform, noting that the process has been difficult because health care is a complex issue that needs to be handled correctly. In the conversation about health care reform, Portman says that the number-one cause of death in Ohio is opioid overdose and that Medicaid plays an important role in getting addicts the help they need so they don’t end up in jail or in the emergency room. Along with health care, the Senate will take up tax reform; Portman believes this is the most important reform that the Congress and the president can make to help the economy grow. Portman also touches on wages and jobs and helping those who are struggling to make ends meet. Finally, Portman reflects on the fraying of the American fabric and what can get us back to the concepts, values, ideas, and ideals that made the United States one of the most successful and longest-running democracies and a beacon of hope for the world.” At the link find the title, “Making Congress and America Work Again,” right-click “Media files 20170628-portman.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sharing Economy 54 mins – “…As peer-to-peer commercial exchange blurs the lines between the personal and the professional, The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism shows us how the economy, government regulation, employment, and our social fabric will change. Arun describes the intriguing mix of “gift” and “market” in its transactions, demystifies emerging blockchain technologies, and clearly defines the array of emerging on-demand platforms. Equally important, he puts forth policy choices and proposes possible new directions for self-regulatory organizations, labor law, and funding our social safety net….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slave Traffic 53 mins “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and is titled “The Black (and White) Dream Dancers of the New England Past and Their Message for the Coming Generation.”  Our speaker is author Spencer Jourdain.” 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.

Sleep Strategies 58 mins – “Our daytime functioning depends in large measure on the sleep we get at night. No doubt that helps explain why we spend approximately 36 percent of our lifetimes sleeping. How can we embrace bedtime instead of resenting it? Can you reset your body clock along with your alarm clock? How to Set Your Body Clock: Our body clocks need bright natural light to set them, so spending all of our time indoors can disrupt our rhythm. In addition, being exposed to light instead of darkness at night interferes with natural patterns of sleep and wakefulness. How can you establish a better environment for getting the sleep you need? Are You Getting Enough Sleep? Perhaps you are already getting adequate sleep. How would you know? If you need an alarm clock, find it hard to wake up and crave caffeine in the morning, you might need more sleep. If you love to sleep in on weekends and your family suggests you are irritable or impulsive, you probably need more sleep. Find out why you should make sleep a priority. How does getting the sleep you need benefit your health? This Week’s Guest: Russell G. Foster, BSc, PhD, is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and Director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. He is also Head of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology. Dr. Foster has a popular TED talk on why we sleep.At the link you listen or buy the podcast; however, a copy is also included in the blog archive.

Smart Machine Trends 46 mins – “Nearly half of all working Americans could risk losing their jobs because of technology. It’s not only blue-collar jobs at stake. Millions of educated knowledge workers—writers, paralegals, assistants, medical technicians—are threatened by accelerating advances in artificial intelligence. mart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans. Brilliant technologies can now decide, learn, predict, and even comprehend much faster and more accurately than the human brain, and their progress is accelerating. Where will this leave lawyers, nurses, teachers, and editors?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smart Phone Trends 18 mins – “Verizon’s director of network planning, Sanyogita Shamsunder, talks with Scientific American‘s Larry Greenemeier about the coming 5G and EM-spectrum-based communications in general.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steam Engine Portraits 4 mins – “Today, a painting tells the coming of rail. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. It’s a classic nightmare scene from movies of the ’30s and ’40s. You’re in bed in a house near the train tracks. You hear a locomotive — too loud, too close. Only at the last second, too late, the engine bursts through the wall and you realize your house isn’t just by the track but on it. You are a dead man. Steam rail systems were born in 1808 when Richard Trevithik ran a small demonstration line in London. Commercial rail service didn’t begin until the late 1820s. In 1844, with steam locomotives still very new, the English artist Turner did a bizarre futurist painting of a train passing over a bridge. You’ve probably seen it. He called it Rain, Steam, and Speed: The Great Western Railway….” At the link right-click Click here for audio of Episode 1366” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Confirmations 24 mins – “Our guest this week is Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. We talked with him about the evolution and significance of the Supreme Court confirmation process.” At the link find the title, “Episode 4: Jeffrey Rosen on the Supreme Court Confirmation Process,” right-click “Media files ROSEN0317.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Trends 48 mins – “The Supreme Court’s 2016 term may not have contained the usual number of blockbuster cases, but it did have its fair share of drama. Between the stonewalling of Merrick Garland, the filibustered confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, rumors about Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement, and in the background, the White House offensive against the federal judiciary, court-watchers had no shortage of things to keep them up at night. And so this week on Amicus, we pour a couple of our favorite court-watchers a big cup of coffee and plop some microphones down at Slate’s annual “Breakfast Table.” Mark Joseph Stern and Pamela Karlan join us to discuss what we learned about the justices this term and what we can expect from them in the fall.” At the link find the title, “Breakfast Table Redux, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM6399936238.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tea History P6 45 mins – “The China History Podcast’s ten part History of Tea continues with this sixth episode. The time is now the late Ming and Qing dynasty. Now Western people are getting a nice close look at tea and imagining the possibilities.” At the link find the title, “CHP-145-The History of Tea Part 6,” right-click “Media files CHP-145-The History of Tea, Part_6R.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tea History P9 54 mins – “In this penultimate episode of the China History Podcast History of Tea series Laszlo finishes off the story of Robert Fortune and introduces Sir Robert J. Lipton. This CHP long history of Chinese tea started off slow and in this Part 9 fizzles out altogether. Laszlo also introduces a little overview of Pu-erh Tea as an extra bonus.” At the link find the title, “CHP-148-The History of Tea Part 9,” right-click “Media files CHP-148-The History of Tea, Part_9R.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Indian Book 40 mins – “Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s first novel, The God of Small Things, quickly established her as a star international author, winning the 1997 Booker prize and selling more than 8m copies. For the next two decades she turned to activism, becoming a formidable campaigner for justice and the environment. But now she has returned to fiction with The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, the story of a transgender woman – known in India as a hijra – and her guesthouse, which is home to an eccentric cast of fellow outcasts. The Guardian’s Decca Aitkenhead sat down with Roy in front of a live audience at the Union Chapel in London, discussing her return to fiction and her outspoken criticism of the Indian government.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Trump Branding 33 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to the writer Naomi Klein about how the “Trump brand” is the driving force behind the presidency. Also, should the left be fighting fire with fire?” At the link find the title, “The Trump Brand and The Conversation Not Happening on the Left, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY7817082678.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Collusion Story 33 mins – “Today, Shane Harris of The Wall Street Journal published an article entitled “GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn.” He sat down with Benjamin Wittes to discuss the story in this special edition of the podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Shane_Harris_6-29.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumpcare 30 mins – “Health policy reporter Paige Cunningham breaks down the Senate bill and explains what’s at stake. Plus, we talk to Republican Mayor John Giles of Mesa, Ariz., about how health care legislation directly affects his constituents.” At the link find the title, “Will Trump deliver on his health-care promises? (Part II), Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 5955903fe4b0b07aa66067ab_1351620000001-300040_t_1498779723151_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumpcare Status 15 mins – “Adam Gaffney discusses what is in the US Senate’s Affordable Care Act-repeal bill with Rebecca Cooney ahead of this week’s expected Senate vote.” At the link find the title, “The Better Care Reconciliation Act: The Lancet: Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 27june_BCRA.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

TRX Exercise Strap 45 mins – “In 1997, Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick was deployed in Southeast Asia, where he was stationed in a remote warehouse for weeks with no way to exercise. So he grabbed an old jujitsu belt, threw it over a door, and started doing pull-ups. Today, TRX exercise straps dangle from the ceiling in gyms across the country and are standard workout gear for professional athletes. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” how Whitney Sokol created SproutFit — adjustable onesies and leggings that grow with your baby.” At the link find the title, “TRX: Randy Hetrick, J” right-click “Media files 20170623_hibt_hibttrx.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Villaraigosa 32 mins – “For four years now, former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, has been out of office, out of mind; not a good launching pad for the 2018 election for governor. So now, in addition to his Democrat advisers, he’s working with two Republican strategists. In an interview with This Golden State’s Randy Shandobil, Villaraigosa talks about how he’ll focus on those Californians who feel left behind economically. When Shandobil reminds Villaraigosa that is sounds like a key part of the Trump campaign, Villaraigosa gets a bit defensive.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Reality Tour 27 mins – “In a special edition, Click looks at the latest innovations in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences. There is a report on a Virtual Reality film tour of Latin America; how viewers can hop on a spacecraft and virtually launch into space with The Last Blues Song of a Lost Afronaut; and there is a surreal experience of Nairobi in a dreamlike 360 exploration of relationships.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights 44 mins – “This week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that caught some Court-watchers off-guard. It ruled that North Carolina lawmakers had violated the Constitution by using race as a proxy for divvying up voters along partisan lines. And it was surprising because the swing vote invalidating the gerrymander came from none other than Justice Clarence Thomas. On this week’s episode, we parse the outcome of Cooper v. Harris — and what it portends for future redistricting litigation — with Slate legal writer Mark Joseph Stern. We also sit down with Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Each year, that group provides assistance to thousands of immigrants threatened with deportation. But last month, the NWIRP received a strange cease-and-desist letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, threatening its ongoing legal work and raising some concerns that the group is being singled out for its defense of immigrants caught up in the first iteration of President Trump’s travel ban.” At the link find the title, “Clarence Thomas is Color Blind, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM6575362328.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Warfare Technology 51 mins – “Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. This week we speak with Andrew Cockburn, author of the new book, Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins, as he helps uncover the real and extraordinary story about drone warfare and the ways in which the technology works and, despite official claims, does not work. Additionally, we discuss what has really happened when the theories underpinning the strategy — and the multi-billion dollar contracts they spawn — have been put to the test. Drawing on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishments, Andrew Cockburn unveils the true effects, as demonstrated by bloody experience, of assassination warfare.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Shortage Solutions 51 mins – “Growing water shortages around the world are topping the news right now, beyond just California. USA Today recently tracked the top 8 U.S. states that are running out of water. Water policy is broken around the world, but there is one place that has gotten it right…and that’s Israel. The desert nation is not only avoiding a water crisis, but maintaining a water surplus, which it exports to its neighbors. In this interview we discuss the growing concerns of global water shortages and how to fix it. Our guest is Seth Siegel, author of the book, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Weather Forecasting 66 mins – “This week we take a look at weather forecasting after the Navigator’s trip to Boulder, CO for the NASA Social event covering the launch of the JPSS-1 polar orbiting satellite.  We discuss a brief history of weather forecasting, the roles of both geosynchronous and polar orbiting satellites in that endeavor and the JPSS program.  Specific attention is given to the five instrument packages that will be places on the vehicle: CrIS, ATMS, VIIRS, OMPS and CERES.” At the link right-click “Direct Download Link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women at Work 30 mins – “There are a lot of Dicks in office. But after the 2016 election, we’re seeing thousands of women sign up to run for office – more than ever before. Clare Bresnahan runs a non-profit called She Should Run that helps women prepare for the unique challenges of being a woman candidate. She talks about how to tackle rampant sexism, double standards, and obsession over eyebrows.” At the link find the title, “200: Thousands of women are running for office. Guess why!” right-click “Media files 330732519-decodedc-200-thousands-of-women-are-running-for-office-guess-why.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Science 48 mins – “In this second and final special collaborative episode with the Cited podcast, Indre and guest host Alexander B. Kim focus on women in engineering and the obstacles they face throughout their careers.” At the link find the title, “180 The Unique Challenge of Being a Woman in Engineering [Collaboration with Cited], May, 2017,” right-click “Media files a1693f27-9ff5-4867-aeb0-55e1e715b1c0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Young Radicals 35 mins – “Author Jeremy McCarter (co-writer of Hamilton: The Revolution with Lin-Manuel Miranda) has written a new book tracing five American radicals from the 1910s and ’20s. “I had thought this was going to be a book about a chapter of progress in history we could learn from,” says McCarter. “But 1917 is a lot closer to what I thought I would see in my lifetime.” Young Radicals is available now. In the Spiel, a lot of people really, really did not like Otto Warmbier.” At the link find the title, “Do Radicals Change the World?” right-click “Media files SM5756358280.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zhou Enlai P1 46 mins – “In today’s Part 1 episode Laszlo explores the early life of Zhou Enlai, growing up in a traditional scholar-official’s family that had seen better days. Zhou gets passed from relative to relative. But each step of the way there were mentors and breaks that he was able to make the most of. We can see through his early years and into his teens how Zhou was perfectly trained and tested for the larger job that lay ahead.” At the link find the title, “ CHP-161-Zhou Enlai Part 1,” right-click “Media files CHP-161-Zhou_Enlai_Part_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zhou Enlai P4 51 mins – “In this Part 4 episode of the CHP Zhou Enlai series Laszlo re-tells the always amusing story of when the Americans came around Yan’an to kick the tires of the CCP and see what they were all about. Many of these events from today’s episode were covered in previous podcasts (Kang Sheng, Deng Xiaoping, John Service and Civil War). This time Zhou again proves his loyalty and devotion to Mao and as always to China. He gets a real workout as far as developing his role as the Communists (and later China’s) chief diplomat.” At the link find the title, “CHP-164-Zhou Enlai Part 4,” right-click “Media files CHP-164-Zhou Enlai, Part_4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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