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Afghanistan Resolution 58 mins – “Intelligence officer Anthony Alfidi has performed military duty in South Korea, Kuwait, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. He will give his personal view of why U.S. policy has not achieved peace in Afghanistan and how the new administration should pursue reforms.” At the link find the title, “Resolving Afghanistan: Crafting a Sensible U.S. Approach, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170519_Resolving Afghanistan Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Altruism and Wealth 46 mins – “A series of academic studies suggest that the wealthy are, to put it bluntly, selfish jerks. It’s an easy narrative to swallow — but is it true? A trio of economists set out to test the theory. All it took was a Dutch postal worker’s uniform, some envelopes stuffed with cash, and a slight sense of the absurd.” At the link find the title, “Are the Rich Really Less Generous Than the Poor? May, 2017,” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast052417.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Amazon Buys Whole Foods 47 mins – “Amazon shook the earth last week with a $13.7 billion move to buy Whole Foods. It would give the online juggernaut an immediate real estate footprint – over 400 physical stores – and expand the company’s foothold in the food business. It’s touted as a game-changer for groceries, but it could also rock the struggling retail industry. This hour On Point: Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods and the future of retail.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Second Civil War 12 mins – “Some say this level of political polarization in the U.S. has only ever been seen once before.” At the link find the title, “June 19: Is America on the verge of a second civil war? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170619_71834.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American World Leadership 69 mins – “The new documentary Is America in Retreat? examines the greatest foreign policy debate of our decade and the hard questions American leaders face in dealing with a rapidly changing world order. Since the Second World War, the United States has been at the forefront of a Pax Americana—a period of relative peace guaranteed by U.S. military might. Today, that peace is threatened by an ambitious and aggressive foreign policy in China, Russian territorial claims and occupations in Eastern Europe, and deteriorating conditions in the Middle East and North Korea. More than half of Americans polled today believe we should “mind our own business.” Is there a downside to retreat, or does the world still require American global leadership? Come view a clip of the documentary. A discussion will follow.” At the link find the title, “Is America in Retreat? Film Screening and Discussion, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170622_Is America in Retreat Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Arab World 45 mins – “American journalist Robert F. Worth joins Paul Kennedy in conversation about his book, A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS. Worth is this year’s winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize.” At the link find the title, “History Derailed: Understanding the Messy Middle East, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20170529_67837.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Arctic Ice Trends 24 mins – “John England has spent half a century exploring the Arctic and its ice. He shares some of his passion for Canada’s underappreciated frozen assets.” At the link find the title, “June 28: ENCORE: Arctic researcher shares 50 years of watching climate change happen, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170628_36905.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Australian Education 62 mins – “Professor Peter Hoj, Chair of the Group of Eight Universities speaks at the National Press Club” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Professor Peter Hoj, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc_Hoj_2806_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Back Pain 47 mins – “It’s some of the most debilitating chronic pain a person can have: lingering back pain. Some estimates say nearly 30 percent of all US adults suffer from it each year. But finding a cure is maddening. And surgery often isn’t the solution. Medicine, exercise, acupuncture, a chiropractor, meditation – different doctors may recommend them all. This hour On Point: the curse of back pain and the ongoing search for a fix.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Behavioral Economics 37 mins – “Starting in the late 1960s, the Israeli psychologists Amos Tversky and Danny Kahneman began to redefine how the human mind actually works. Michael Lewis’s new book The Undoing Project explains how the movement they started — now known as behavioral economics — has had such a profound effect on academia, governments, and society at large.” At the link find the title, “The Men Who Started a Thinking Revolution, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files freakonomics podcast010417.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bitcoin 46 mins – “If you bought a thousand dollars’ worth of Bitcoin in 2010, you’d be a multimillionaire today. Alternative digital currencies like Bitcoin were once on the fringe of finance. But they’re gradually gaining acceptance. There’s also Litecoin, Ethereum, Zcash, and others. So-called cryptocurrency has been associated with online crime, but it’s being embraced by some major retailers and investment firms. This hour On Point: the appeal of alternative currencies.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Sleep Problems 20 mins – “it’s now been proved that for the majority of blind people with no light perception, the lack of light makes it impossible for a gland situated in the brain to produce sufficient levels of a hormone called melatonin. This can lead to circadian sleep disorders which can occur when the body clock does not fall into a regular rhythm. Blind listeners tell In Touch about the impact poor sleep can have on their quality of life. We also hear from Lynn McGovern of The Circadian Sleep Disorders Network, a support and advocacy group which works on raising awareness of disrupted sleep, Russell Foster, a Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and Head of Ophthalmology at Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosiences, Oxford University has spent many years researching sleep problems in blind people and he tells Peter about the current thinking on why blind people persistently suffer from problems sleeping.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blockchain Empoloyee 80 mins – [Interview starts about 15 mins in.]“Amanda is the world’s first freelancer to be paid directly by blockchain — in this case, the DASH blockchain. DASH is an up-and-coming competitor to Bitcoin which has been delivering practical solutions to painful cryptocurrency problems since it launched in January 2014. Amanda is the head writer/anchor for Dash’s YouTube presence: a series called DASH: Detailed. She has also written cryptocurrency analysis pieces for Bitcoin Magazine, CoinTelegraph, and Finance Magnates.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
California Resistance to Trump 28 mins – “In a candid and at times emotional interview, Senator Dianne Feinstein talks about the long list of Donald Trump policies and cabinet appointments she will “fight, fight, fight.” But Feinstein tells This Golden State’s Randy Shandobil that she does not want to be labeled part of the California Resistance to Trump. Fully aware of how vindictive Trump can be, Feinstein says she can’t afford to alienate him, since she may need to work with the next president on issues important to California. This is the second podcast in a series devoted to the California Resistance.” At the link find the title, “Senator Feinstein On The Resistance, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 300678259-shandobilcomcastnet-feinstein-master-13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Canadian Defense Increase 21 mins – “Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says that Canada must take a leadership role on the international stage.” At the link find the title, “June 8: Can Canada be the newest global leader? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170608_39153.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Canadian Immigrants 26 mins – “Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen fled to Canada as a teenage refugee to escape civil war in his native country.” At the link find the title, “June 19: Ahmed Hussen: From Somali refugee to Canada’s immigration minister, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170619_58644.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Canadian Mental Health Care 24 mins – “Parents across the province say they can’t get the psychiatric help their children desperately need, even in emergencies.” At the link find the title, “June 20: ‘How many Islanders have to be failed by the system?’ P.E.I. parents fight for better mental health care, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170620_91662.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Canadian Native Nation 56 mins – “Mohawk education advocate Roberta Jamieson believes Canada is at a make-or-break historical moment where it has a chance to recast its historically toxic relationship with First Nations for the next 150 years.” At the link find the title, “ Canada’s original promise: Still waiting to be realize, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20170630_64034.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Car Ownership 47 mins – “One thing about Americans – they own cars, right? Well, maybe not for long. The U.S. auto industry is on high alert right now over trends that say car ownership may be headed for the scrapyard. In years to come, more and more Americans will hail a ride – a ride with a driver, or a driverless car, an autonomous vehicle – to take them where they want to go. They may own a fraction of a car, or subscribe to car time. It’s a whole new world, and it’s coming. This hour On Point: Mobility, without ownership.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cardiovascular System 50 mins – “The Naked Scientist report back from the British Cardiovascular Society’s annual conference, finding out how our tickers deal with extreme exercise and environments, from deep under the sea into outer space.” At the link right-click “Download” on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cellular Senescence 32 mins – “In 1965, Professor Leonard Hayflick published a landmark paper describing a process that limited the proliferation – or growth – of normal human cells in culture. Linking this effect to both tumour suppression and ageing, the exact mechanism of what came to be known as cellular senescence was still unknown. Fast forward half a century and cellular senescence is taking centre stage as a promising therapeutic approach for treatment of age-related pathologies. But what have we uncovered about how this senescence happens in cells? And how might we harness this knowledge for the treatment of an ever-ageing population? To explore this and more, Ian Sample speaks to the Mayo Clinic’s Dr Jan van Deursen, who came to the field via an interest in the molecular basis of cancer. We also hear from Newcastle University’s Professor of Cellular Gerontology, Thomas von Zglinicki, who was a senior author of a recent Nature Communications paper that unpacked the role of cellular senesence in age-related liver disease.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Childhood Trauma 21 mins – “Doctors are realizing that to treat ongoing illness in adults, they need to ask about their childhood.” t the link find the title, “June 8: How childhood trauma can have a life-long impact on health, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170608_11580.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
China and U.S. War 69 mins – “Could China and the U.S. be headed towards war, or is there a way to avoid it? Graham Allison, former assistant secretary of defense, argues that if both the U.S. and China refuse to back down, a trade conflict, cyberattack or accident at sea could escalate into war. Join us for a conversation with Graham Allison about how Thucydides’ Trap, the inevitable contention between a rising power and an established one, is still relevant today. Dr. Graham Allison, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense; Director, Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Author, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap….” At the link find the title, “China’s Rise and the U.S.: A Discussion with Harvard’s Graham Allison, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170607 Graham Allison_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Civil Liberties 51 mins – “Monday, we’re talking about what happens when the right to privacy comes up against a free press. Director Brian Knappenberger’s film uses as a case study the trial over Hulk Hogan’s sex tape. With the funding of an internet billionaire, Hogan sued and ruined the online tabloid Gawker. It’s a tawdry story, but the film explores the ways big money can silence the media. It’s called Nobody Speak.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Challenge in Cities 52 mins – “Mayors around the country are bypassing national politics and working around federal restrictions to both clean up their cities and foster growth in renewable energy. In red and blue states, local leaders are solving traffic congestion, promoting smart growth, and preparing for the impacts climate disruption will have on public health, roads and other infrastructure. Cities are a good news climate story; most reductions in carbon pollution actually happen at the city and regional level. Carl Pope teamed with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to write a book about how cities are cleaning up their regional economies. Join us for a conversation with an environmental legend and Bay Area leaders who are advancing sustainable communities despite enthusiasm for the brown economy in Washington, D.C.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Coal Documentary 56 mins – “From National Geographic Documentary Films, From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Coal Industry 47 mins – “When President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord, much of the world jeered, but coal country cheered. Trump was making good on a campaign promise to put American coal miners back to work. But with or without Paris, coal is losing out to much cheaper natural gas and a booming renewable energy industry. Solar companies already employ twice as many workers as coal. This hour On Point: Trump embraces Pittsburgh over Paris, but that doesn’t mean coal is coming back.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Comey Impact 52 mins – “As the dust settles following former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Lawfare Podcast brings you expert views on what exactly happened yesterday and what it means for the Trump administration going forward. Benjamin Wittes sat down with Carrie Cordero, a former attorney at the National Security Division of the Justice Department, and Paul Rosenzweig, who worked for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, for a conversation on the Comey testimony and its implications.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Lawfare Podcast Episode 232” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Consciousness 24 mins – “Adrian Owen has been developing ways to communicate with people in the “grey zone” — patients who are not aware and not responsive.” At the link find the title, “June 21: ‘It’s still amazing to me’: Neuroscientist on connecting with patients in vegetative states, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170621_56798.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conspiracy Theorist 47 mins – “Fiasco. Chaos. Following weeks of controversy, Megyn Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones aired last night. Finally. After advertiser boycotts and legal threats. Secret recordings and smiling selfies. At issue — what is news. Does a man spreading hate-filled lies deserve a serious profile on NBC? InfoWars, indeed. This hour On Point: who deserves the national television spotlight?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Consumer Resistance 58 mins – “The campaign to pressure retail companies to distance themselves from Trump brands claimed victory when Nordstrom dropped Ivanka Trump’s brand and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from the president’s business advisory council. But what did the campaign really accomplish other than a “gotcha moment”? Isn’t it good for Trump to be influenced by business leaders grounded in reality? Research shows some of the campaigns designed to pressure companies have mixed results. Some win, a few get traction and then fizzle, and many never go anywhere. Have you heard of a campaign to pressure banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline opposed by Native Americans? We didn’t think so. In one success story, Facebook was pressured to run its data centers on clean energy rather than coal. Greenpeace cleverly used Facebook for its “unfriend coal” campaign, and ultimately the tech giant pledged to gradually move to 100 percent clean power. Join a conversation on pressuring companies and personal brands. What works, what doesn’t and what can you do if you care about putting your money to work in the move to a cleaner economy.” At the link find the title, “#Resist with Annie Leonard and Shannon Coulter, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170521_cl1 Resist.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cool Tools for Travel 43 mins – “Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly) might be the real-life Most Interesting Man In The World. I’ve always wanted to travel with him, and we recently headed to Uzbekistan together. This episode covers some of our favorite travel tools. Kevin is Senior Maverick at Wired Magazine, which he co-founded in 1993. He also co-founded the All Species Foundation, a non-profit aimed at cataloging and identifying every living species on earth. In his spare time, he writes bestselling books, co-founded The Rosetta Project, which is building an archive of all documented human language, and serves on the board of The Long Now Foundation. As part of The Long Now Foundation, he’s investigating how to revive and restore endangered or extinct species, including the Wooly Mammoth. His newest critically acclaimed book is The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future. As journalist David Pogue has said: “Anyone can claim to be a prophet, a fortune teller, or a futurist, and plenty of people do. What makes Kevin Kelly different is that he’s right…” At the link find the title, “#247: Cool Tools for Travel – Tim Ferriss and Kevin Kelly,” right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show-Cool_Tools.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Counterterrorism 47 mins – “Following the deadly rampage in London this weekend – the third terrorist attack in Britain in three months, British Prime Minister Theresa May declared “enough is enough.” Among her prescriptions: a call to democratic governments to regulate cyberspace and deny terrorists “the safe space” in which they recruit and plan. But how exactly would that work? And what price would an open society ultimately pay? This hour On Point: blaming the internet in the age of terror.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Death Penalty in California 10 mins – “California voters face a stark choice: abolish the death penalty or double down on it. Proposition 62 would end California’s death penalty. Prop 66 would put a time limit on appeals so that executions would happen more frequently. This Golden State’s Randy Shandobil talks to Ron Briggs, one of the original writers and sponsors of California’s death penalty. He is now fighting to end it. Also, Sacramento County DA Anne Marie Schubert talks about why she wants to speed up the process.” At the link find the title, “Dueling Props/Death Penalty: Fix or Ditch, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files 288790984-shandobilcomcastnet-dueling-propsdeath-penalty-fix-or-ditch.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Declaration of Independence 24 mins – “Our guest this week is Jeffrey Rosen, President & CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence is part of the framework of America’s democracy. He offers his perspective on the document that shapes our country 240 years later. 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 19: Jeffrey Rosen on the Declaration of Independence and American democracy.” right-click “Media files SBROS0630.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Detroit Urban Farm 42 mins – “On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind to visit Detroit. We’re speaking with people who are drawing on the city’s complex history as they work to create its future. Greg Willerer grows a variety of organic crops on a few plots of carefully cultivated land in Detroit. We spoke with him about how he transitioned to farming from teaching, how he sees farming’s role in a revitalized Detroit, and why he keeps on his farm. In a Slate Plus Extra, Willerer discusses some of the equipment that makes working on an urban farm feasible….” At the link find the title, “In Detroit: How Does an Urban Farmer Work? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM1887276442.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Digital Revolution 71 mins – “We live in a time when machines outplay humans at strategy games, new companies such as Apple and Google destroy industry stalwarts, and ideas from the crowd are repeatedly more innovative than corporate research labs. Come hear Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, co-founders of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, talk about the new dynamics between minds and machines, products and platforms, and the core and the crowd. Join us for an intriguing conversation on what the effects of the digital revolution are and how society is changing because of it.” At the link find the title, “Creating Our Digital World with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Jun 2017,“ right-click “Media files cc_20170621 Creating Our Digital World Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Donner Party Story 50 mins – “In ‘The Best Land Under Heaven,’ Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says “there’s so much more” to the story. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews ‘Okja,’ coming to Netflix this week.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dutch Flood Control 48 mins– “Our climate is changing and because of it, our oceans and rivers are rising. In the past, we used large, manmade infrastructure to keep the water at bay. But maybe instead of trying to fight off nature, we should start working with it instead.” At the link find the title, “Go with the flow: Using nature to help fight climate change, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170620_60413.mp3”and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Economic Trends in U.S. 60 mins – “Robert Kaplan, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Former Professor and Associate Dean, Harvard Business School Here’s a rare chance to hear from an officer of the Federal Reserve on the state of the economy and where it’s headed. Having served as the 30th president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas since September 8, 2015, Robert Steven Kaplan represents the 11th Federal Reserve District on the Federal Open Market Committee in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy. He oversees the 1,200 employees of the Dallas Federal Reserve. Before his work at the Federal Reserve, Kaplan served as the Martin Marshall professor of management practice and as a senior associate dean at Harvard Business School. Prior to this, Kaplan was the vice chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., where he was given global responsibility for the firm’s investment banking and investment management divisions. During his 23-year career at Goldman Sachs, Kaplan served in various other capacities. He was the global co-head of the investment banking division. He was also a member of the firm’s management committee and served as co-chairman of the firm’s partnership committee and as chairman of the Goldman Sachs Pine Street leadership program. Kaplan serves as co-chairman of Project ALS and as co-chairman of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm that invests in developing nonprofit enterprises dedicated to addressing social issues. He is also a board member of Harvard Medical School. Born and raised in Kansas, Kaplan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Harvard Business School.” At the link find the title, ‘Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan”, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170620 Robert Kaplan_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Education Politics 47 mins – “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is putting pen to paper. She wants to roll back protections for students caught up in for-profit school fraud and unfulfilled gainful employment promises. Scaled back protections of gay and transgender students. And like her boss, President Trump, wants deep cuts – as in billions of dollars to public school programs, in favor of school choice. This hour On Point: Betsy DeVos’ lesson plan for America’s schools.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Espionage Law 57 mins – “Cybersecurity expert Paul Rosenzweig and Stephen Vladeck of the University of Texas explore the constitutional debate over leaks and their publication. Today’s show was edited by Kevin Kilbourne and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.” At the link find the title, “Government leaks and the Espionage Act at 100, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP8489005383.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Evidence Based Medicine Problems 42 mins – “”Too many research studies are poorly designed or executed. Too much of the resulting research evidence is withheld or disseminated piecemeal. As the volume of clinical research activity has grown the quality of evidence has often worsened, which has compromised the ability of all health professionals to provide affordable, effective, high value care for patients.” Evidence is in crisis, and Carl Heneghan, director for the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, and Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ set out the 9 points of the Evidence manifesto, which tries to set a road map for strengthening the evidence base. 1) Expand the role of patients, health professionals and policy makers in research 2) Increase the systematic use of existing evidence 3) Make research evidence relevant, replicable and accessible to end users. 4) Reduce questionable research practices, bias, and conflicts of interests 5) Ensure drug and device regulation is robust, transparent and independent 6) Produce better usable clinical guidelines. 7) Support innovation, quality improvement, and safety through the better use of real world data. 8) Educate professionals, policy makers and the public in evidence-based healthcare to make informed choices. 9) Encourage the next generation of leaders in evidence-based medicine.” At the link find the title “The Evidence Manifesto – it’s time to fix the E in EBM, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 329677590-bmjgroup-the-evidence-manifesto-its-time-to-fix-the-e-in-ebm.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Facing Race 26 mins – “The Facing Race conference, coordinated by Race Forward this November in Atlanta, brought together some of the most noteworthy names in progressive organizing right now. This week on the show, we have a special compilation of interviews from the conference with a couple of these very activists. On today’s show we have Stephanie Guilloud from Project South and Suzanne Pharr, who founded the Woman’s Project in 1981 in Arkansas.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fake Meat 47 mins – “Imagine a food revolution that could end factory farming. Feed the world for pennies on the dollar. And dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions. All it requires is ending meat as we know it. One Minneapolis butcher is cooking up burgers and ribs made from plant based proteins. And Silicon Valley they’re taking it a step further, betting on high tech meat grown in a lab. This hour, On Point: the meatless meat revolution. Are you ready to dig in?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Female Desire 26 mins – “We need to do the science to understand how women’s sexuality is unique.” At the link find the title, “June 21: What do women want? Sex researcher explores mysteries of female desire, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170621_34754.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gavin Newsom 27 mins – “Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom looks forward to making the resistance to Donald Trump a major issue in the 2018 campaign for California Governor. In an interview with This Golden State’s Randy Shandobil, Newsom says at this point, “absolutely, it will be the dominant meme of the campaign.” Also, point by point, Newsom discloses how California could counter Trump’s policies. He also criticizes some fellow Democrats who “are capitulating to Donald Trump. That’s not my kind of politics.” This is the third in a series devoted to the California Resistance.” At the link click the square with three dots, click “Download,” select “Save File” and”OK” from the pop-up menu.
Genocide Survivor 9 mins – “Two Yazidi sisters, who survived ISIS captivity, now long to return home to Shingal Mountain.” At the link find the title, “May 23: ‘I want my voice to be heard’: How two Yazidi sisters escaped ISIS captors, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170523_20916.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gerrymandering and Immigrant Lawyers 42 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
Gerrymandering in New Hampshire 7 mins – “Last week, the Supreme Court said it will hear a case later this year on partisan gerrymandering—a questionably constitutional practice in which legislators draw lines of voting districts in a way that gives their party a built-in electoral advantage. The Supreme Court has never ruled on partisan gerrymandering, and its decision could have a dramatic impact on the way districts are drawn after the 2020 census. In 2016, NHPR crunched the numbers on gerrymandering in New Hampshire and found that persistent gerrymandering over the course of 30 years has almost entirely benefited Republicans. The Associated Press published a report this week analyzing gerrymandering across the United States and turned up a similar conclusion. The numbers indicate Republicans received a leg up from gerrymandering during congressional and state house races in 2016. The author of that report, David Lieb, spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gold Standard 49 mins – “Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation’s worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality. His book is ‘One Nation Under Gold.’ Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Sexmob’s album ’Cultural Capital.’” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Google Flu Trending Problem 26 mins – “In 2008, researchers from Google announced that they could predict outbreaks of the flu up to two weeks before the US authorities, by monitoring people’s Google search behaviour. The algorithm tracked searches for flu symptoms and remedies, which would increase in the build-up to an outbreak. Flu is a serious disease that can cause up to half a million deaths each year – so Google flu trends caused a lot of excitement in the field when it emerged. But for all the hype, it didn’t actually work. In the end, Google flu trends failed pretty badly. So what went wrong? This month, we speak to public health experts and computer scientists to find out, and learn how the field of ‘Digital Epidemiology’ has moved on to successfully track disease outbreaks online. We hear from Professor Guy Poppy and Dr Sian Thomas from the Food Standards Agency in the UK about a tool to track norovirus using tweets, and all the #vomit that entails. And we speak to Professor Alessandro Vespignani from Northeastern University in the US about how Twitter can help to build virtual synthetic worlds where researchers can model the spread of flu.” At the link click “Download Episode” and select ‘Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Hate Crimes 47 mins – “Hate groups are multiplying quickly in the United States, and so are hate crimes. In Maryland and Oregon, two recent attacks aimed at minorities left three people dead. KKK chapters and Nazi insignia may be on the decrease, but hate groups disguised as nonprofits or think tanks are increasing. So are groups targeting college campuses. This hour, On Point: the insidious rise of hate in America, and what’s fueling its surge.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care in Montana 30 mins – “Anne Helen Petersen returns to discuss her new posting—as the Western correspondent for BuzzFeed. Petersen will be reporting on U.S. political culture from her new home, Missoula, Montana. “There’s a reason every newspaper used to have bureaus in every part of the country,” says Petersen, who recently covered the recent razor-thin House race in which notorious Republican Greg Gianforte came out on top.” At the link find the title, “Big Turmoil in Big Sky Country, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM8409293140.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Health Care in Rural America 47 mins – “In most places tuberculosis is a disease from the past. But in the small county of Perry, Alabama it’s a near outbreak. Even more unusual? The infected ignored health official’s pleas to seek treatment. It was so bad, the county finally paid residents to get tested. It all comes down to racial divides. Historic abuses by the medical system. And a tragic shortage of local doctors. This hour On Point, a snapshot of health care in rural America.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Strategies 64 mins – “…After the widely-disliked, much-protested American Health Care Act passed the House in March, many (including Vox’s Matt Yglesias) were skeptical it could pass the Senate. The actual policy’s coverage (or lack thereof), it was believed, would become a greater concern to several key senators, who seemed less likely than their House counterparts to be motivated primarily by the ideology of repealing Obamacare. But members of the Senate’s “Coverage Caucus” (as Vox’s Andrew Prokop nicknamed them) have proven to be less influential in the process than expected. Relying on unprecedented stealth negotiations, Mitch McConnell seems to have a plan to pass a health care bill in the Senate with the help of moderate Republicans — despite only a slight softening of the House’s version. In this week’s episode of The Weeds, Vox’s Ezra Klein, Matt Yglesias, and Sarah Kliff discuss the Republican’s health care strategy, which appears to prioritize the feat of getting a bill passed over the policy the bill contains.” 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.
Heat Domes 48 mins – “Super heat wave in the American southwest in the last week. Flights canceled. Fires unstoppable. Pets wearing booties on boiling sidewalks. Hikers, runners keeling over dead. Temps in Arizona, Nevada, California bumping 120 degrees. Palm Springs, 121. Death Valley, 125. Dashboards, steering wheels – up toward 150. Sixteen of the seventeen hottest years ever recorded have occurred since the year 2000. This hour On Point: Living in the heat dome.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Heritage Buildings 56 mins – “Across Canada, our city cores are becoming indistinguishable jumbles of tall glass buildings – new and shiny always seems to beat heritage or repurposing. Four prominent architects discuss ways to tear down the edifices of modern planning and design.” At the link find the title, “Building Tension: Preserving the past and constructing the future, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170619_26403.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigrant Activists 68 mins – “Teenage brothers Angel and Miguel worry every day about their mom. She is undocumented, and she’s put together an emergency binder telling her sons what to do if she’s picked up by immigration authorities and doesn’t come home. Kaushik came to San Francisco from India five years ago to attend college. He found a job as an app engineer, but because he’s here on a specialized work visa, he isn’t sure if he can continue living in this country. Esra, a student at San Jose State University, must think about her safety when she gets dressed in the morning. Last year, a stranger tried to yank off her hijab while she was in a campus parking garage. These real stories illustrate what is unfolding across the country and in Bay Area communities. Our panelists say that, unlike any other region, the Bay Area is equipped with the history and willpower to stand with and protect immigrants and their families at this time of crisis. In January, San Francisco, a city led by the son of immigrants, became the first city in the country to sue the president for threatening to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities. In February, Muslim artists began staging prayer sessions in public plazas throughout San Francisco to combat growing Islamophobia. In both February and April, more than 100 tech companies, including many founded by immigrants, banded together to file legal challenges to the president’s executive orders on immigration. And on May 1, tens of thousands of Bay Area residents took to the streets to demonstrate immigrants and workers’ essential contributions to society. Please join the San Francisco Foundation to hear from Bay Area leaders seeking to protect and defend immigrants (who represent more than 40 percent of Bay Area residents) so that they can continue to contribute to the economic prosperity and cultural vibrancy of the region.” At the link find the title, “NOT ON OUR WATCH: HOW THE BAY AREA STANDS UNITED, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170626_Not On Our Watch Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Impeachment Inquiry 9 mins – “What impact will former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony have on the Russia-Trump investigations?” At the link find the title, “June 9: ‘Strong case for obstruction of justice’ against Trump: historian Allan Lichtman, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170609_81365.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Intelligence and Mortality 19 mins – “Findings from a range of prospective cohort studies based around the world indicate that higher intelligence in children is related to a lower risk of all cause mortality in adulthood – and now a new study, published on bmj.com, is trying to dig into that association further, with a whole population cohort and data on cause specific mortality. Ian J Deary, professor of differential psychology at the University of Edinburgh and one of the authors of that study, joins us to discuss what this tells us, and what might be causing that association.” At the link find the title, “The Evidence Manifesto – it’s time to fix the E in EBM, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 329677590-bmjgroup-the-evidence-manifesto-its-time-to-fix-the-e-in-ebm.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Search Revelations 25 mins – “Seth Stephens-Davidowitz spent years studying millions of Google searches and gained some surprising insights into people’s real lives.” At the link find the title, “June 20: What Google searches reveal about the human psyche” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Invest Locally and Lead in Water 25 mins – “From poisoning Flint to bankrupting Main Street, can residents regain a say in what happens in their communities? In this episode, Laura discusses race, gender, and banking with Gwendolyn Hallsmith, the author of Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense, and she asks Michigan Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence who – and what – failed the people of Flint, MI. Plus an F Word from Laura on shedding light on dark money. What might media cover if they weren’t so obsessed with Donald Trump?” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Iraq War Film 20 mins – “Medic Nori Sharif takes us through five years of dramatic change in Iraq’s “triangle of death” in the the documentary, Nowhere to Hide.” At the link find the title, “June 29 | ‘Nobody’s listening’: Documentary reveals firsthand struggle of survival in Iraq, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170629_68477.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Irish Conflict 60 mins – “Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. Since 2015, the Think Again podcast has been taking us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. Timothy Spall is an extraordinary actor, best known perhaps for the many films he’s done with director Mike Leigh, including Secrets & Lies and Mr. Turner, for which he won best actor at Cannes. You may know him from a number of Hollywood films, too, including the Harry Potter series and The Last Samurai, with Tom Cruise. His latest is THE JOURNEY. It’s based on a real road trip that happened in 2006, when two arch-enemies — the heads of Ireland’s warring factions, spent about an hour together in the backseat of a car. This was the prelude to a historic peace deal, cementing the end of Ireland’s long Civil war. In this episode we dig deep into questions like what people really want from their political leaders, whether it’s possible (or even advisable) to overcome desire, and whether and when just sitting on a park bench, enjoying a tree, is enough.” At the link find the title, “104. Timothy Spall (Actor) – That Double Want,”right-click “Media files PP6570885294.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas 28 mins – “Our guest this week is Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, immigration rights activist, and founder of the non-profit group Define American. We talked with him about how the media covers the immigration issue, the rapidly changing look of immigration in the United States, President Trump’s immigration policy, and why he went public with his undocumented status in 2011.” At the link find the title, “Episode 2: Jose Antonio Vargas on Immigration Policy Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files VARGA0303.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kansas Tax Experiment 48 mins – “The state of Kansas was supposed to be the great Republican model. Cut taxes deeply, said Governor Sam Brownback, and it would be “like a shot of adrenaline in the heart of the Kansas economy.” The taxes were cut. The adrenaline never showed. Things fell apart. Last week, Kansas Republicans revolted against their hardline governor, overrode his veto, and ditched the model. This hour On Point: The Kansas Republican revolt against supply side economics, and what it means.” At the the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Kitchen Gadgets 4 mins – “…What’s the most gadget filled room in your home? If you’re like most people, it’s probably your kitchen. There are big items like freezers, stoves, dishwashers, microwaves. And then there are all those little things we couldn’t do without — coffee makers, pots, bowl scrapers, cheese graters … the list goes on and on. And to the engineer, it’s a treasure-trove. Almost every item has an elaborate history of design and redesign. Most pass into obscurity, rendered obsolete by new or better technology….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lawn Economics 30 mins – “Nearly two percent of America is grassy green. Sure, lawns are beautiful and useful and they smell great. But are the costs — financial, environmental and otherwise — worth the benefits?” At the link find the title, “How Stupid Is Our Obsession With Lawns? May, 2017,” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast053117.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Leadership Principles 62 mins – “Great bosses have strong relationships with their employees. Kim Scott has identified three simple principles for building better relationships. She will share the framework to help build, lead and inspire others to do their best. Learn more about “radical candor,” the effective management method that Scott developed from her years working at Google and Apple and from serving as a coaching executive at Twitter and Dropbox.” At the link find the title, “Kim Scott Author, Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lies and Lying 47 mins – “Honesty may be the best policy, but dishonesty and deception are part of being human. Presidents lie. And so do we all. We lie to cover up our mistakes but also to be polite — to uphold social norms. We lie to gain financial advantage but also to make people laugh. And while we are very good at lying, we are not so adept at detecting lies – which is a problem today in a world where fake news and social media are opening up a new frontier of deceit. This hour On Point: why we lie.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lifestyle Problems 95 mins – “We talk a lot about what I call “lifestyle design” around here. When people hear that term they get the general idea, because the words are common. Lifestyle – The way in which a person lives. Design – Purpose, planning, intention and thought behind an action. So lifestyle design means to put purpose, planning, intention and thought into how you live your life. So yep people generally get the basic concept, what people usually struggle with though is designing a lifestyle for today that is resilient for tomorrow. I think we have all had those moments, we are happy, really happy with our life as it is, then one or two things change and we are off the rails. Sometimes these are external factors like a job loss. Other times they are internal factors sticking with employment perhaps we realize we hate our jobs but hey it pays the bills. Those are only two examples, and no one can plan for everything but today things are even more complicated. We all know the next few decades will have more flux in them than anything man kind has yet to experience. AI and automation will replace thousands of jobs, economic reality will be hitting hard for many governments and technology gaps will make finding jobs harder than ever.” At the link find the title, “Episode-2032- Planning Your Future When the Future is Uncertain,” right-click “Media files epi-2032-uncertain-future.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Matter of Scale 101 mins – “On this special episode, we’re going to share with you the “10 Commandments for Startup Success.” They’re drawn from the new podcast Masters of Scale, which is hosted by my friend and today’s guest Reid Hoffman (@reidhoffman). Reid has been on the show before, and you might remember him as the co-founder of LinkedIn, and the partner at Greylock who invested early in Facebook, Airbnb, Zynga, and a bunch of other startups that experience dramatic success. On this new podcast, Reid shares his theories on how companies scale from zero to a gazillion, and he tests them with famous founders like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Reed Hastings of Netflix. He and his team pulled together a special remix for us to use on today’s show — distilling the very best, most actionable advice from the first season of Masters of Scale into these 10 commandments. They’ve included a lot material that hasn’t aired yet. So even if you’re already a subscriber, you’ll hear some new things here. Stick around after we count down the 10 commandments because Reid was kind enough to answer a few of my questions.” At the link find the title, “#248: The 10 Commandments of Startup Success with Reid Hoffman,” right-click “Media files The Tim Ferriss Show-Reid_Hoffman.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Error Prevention 67 mins – “ From his perspective as head of Permanente Medical Group, Robert Pearl is responsible for the health care that is delivered to more than 4 million Kaiser Permanente members in the states of California, Virginia, Maryland and in Washington, D.C. Pearl says he has definitely seen his share of medical errors. He points out that American health care is in the bottom half of all industrialized countries, where every year hundreds of people die from medical errors and thousands die from diseases they did not have to get. Join us for a frank discussion on how to eliminate excessive costs, lack of convenience and poor quality health care and ultimately modernize and save the American health care industry.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Mental Health Apps 47 mins – “The doctor is in — online. How about a robot checking in on you once a day? Do you want online therapy sessions via your smartphone? The mental health industry is ripe for disruption. And it’s happening. There’s an app, for PTSD, opioid addiction, depression, anxiety. Less expensive, more accessible. Anonymous. But is it responsible? This hour On Point: A big rethink of how and where we manage our mental health.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Muslim Phobia 21 mins – “Muslim communities around the world are worried for their safety following the recent attacks in London and the U.S.” At the link find the title, “June 20: Muslims in U.K., Canada and U.S. fighting fear and anxiety in wake of attacks, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170620_46049.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
National Monuments 47 mins -”Mojave Trails, Vermilion Cliffs, Katahdin Woods, Bears Eyes. In all, at least ten million acres, sacred to Native Americans or treasured by backpackers. Also coveted by ranchers, loggers, and miners. The land now under federal protection as part of the national monument system. But President Trump is reconsidering. Local officials don’t like the feds controlling their terrain. This hour On Point, a battle over the national monument lands.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Newt Gingrich 29 mins– “Our guest this week is former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. We talked with him about the upcoming inauguration, and his advice to the incoming White House staff and Congressional leaders. Mr. Gingrich also explains why Donald Trump won the 2016 election and what the American people can expect from the Trump Administration.” At the link find the title, “C-SPAN Radio Podcast – Newt Gingrich on the incoming Trump Administration, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files NEWT0106.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Newton Minow 34 mins – “This week, at the annual conference of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, Bob sat down with former FCC chairman Newton Minow to survey the “vast wasteland” of television. They discuss the Kennedy administration, the changing landscape of TV, and… Gilligan’s Island.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
North Korea Kidnappings 24 mins – “A Mormon family is still searching for answers about their son who went missing in China 13 years ago.” At the link find the title, “June 22: ‘We have to keep looking’: Family believes missing U.S. student abducted by North Korea, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170622_83757.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
North Korea Options 51 mins – “Tuesday, we’re asking what the United States should do about North Korea. The secluded country has South Korea in its military cross hairs, and its goal is to pose a nuclear threat to the U.S. The regime of Kim Jong Un fired a missile last month that went farther than any attempt, and experts say it’s only a matter of time before they can reach American soil. Journalist Mark Bowden has written an article about what the United States can do to confront this threat, and he’ll join us to discuss it.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obstruction of Justice 50 mins – “In his much-anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill this week, former FBI Director James Comey described several uncomfortable interactions with President Trump that preceded his firing. The big question for all watching was: could any of those interactions be considered “obstruction of justice?” On this week’s episode, we put the question to Stanford Law School Professor Robert Weisberg. We also discuss the ongoing litigation around President Trump’s executive order on immigration with Kate Shaw, an associate professor at the Cardozo School of Law and a Supreme Court analyst for ABC News. Shaw is the author of a new article in the Texas Law Review that considers what sorts of presidential speech is and isn’t admissible in a court of law.” At the link find the title, “Nice Little FBI You’ve Got Here. Pity if Something Happened to it. Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM1162717423.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Opioid Overdoses 49 mins – “West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. ‘New Yorker’ writer Margaret Talbot interviewed addicts, their families, and health professionals to understand why. Also, actor Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Road House, The Big Lebowski) says that being cautious about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, ‘The Hero.’” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Option B 63 mins – “I learned about the depths of sadness and the brutality of loss. But I also learned that when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface and breathe again.’ – Sheryl Sandberg Sheryl Sandberg is the COO at Facebook and international bestselling author of ‘Lean In’. In 2015 disaster struck when her husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly at the age of 47. Sheryl and her two young children were devastated, and she was certain that their lives would never have real joy or meaning again. Just weeks later, Sandberg was talking with a friend about the first father-child activity without a father. They came up with a plan for someone to fill in. ‘But I want Dave,’ she cried. Her friend put his arm around her and said, ‘Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of Option B.’ Everyone experiences some form of Option B. We all deal with loss: jobs lost, loves lost, lives lost. The question is not whether these things will happen but how we face them when they do….” At the link find the title, “Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai and Adam Grant on Facing Adversity, Building Resilience And Finding Joy, Jun, 2017,”Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Origins of Man 22 mins – “Researchers say our understanding of the origin of the human species has been turned upside down with this new research.” At the link find the title, “June 9: New fossil discovery changes human origin story, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170609_97104.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Paris Accord 46 mins – “Syria, Nicaragua, and the United States. They’re the only three nations worldwide to reject the Paris climate accord now that the US has withdrawn from the agreement. President Trump says the decision will preserve American jobs and save billions of dollars. But environmentalists, many top business leaders, and even some of Trump’s own advisers are horrified. This hour On Point: how much does bailing out of the Paris pact really matter?” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Parole Board in NH 6 mins – “The New Hampshire parole board plays a key role in the state’s criminal justice system. Its nine members decide which inmates get out on parole, and which parolees return to prison. Although parole hearings are open to the public, they take place with little oversight or public scrutiny. And, unlike most legal proceedings, they can be surprisingly unrefined affairs….” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pillars of Wellness 105 mins [Starts about 15 mins in.] “Ben Page starting listening to the survival podcast in July 2008 while going to chiropractic college in Davenport, Iowa. He lived 5 miles from college rode his bike to collage. It took him depending on the season between 15 and 45 minutes to get to college. He used that time to listen to the survival podcast and learn about modern survivalism and now considers himself to be a modern survivalist. There is where his thought process went back to its roots and is why he is doing what he is doing know. Ben Page is a chiropractic physician where he focuses on what he calls the 4 vital points to wellness and how all 4 have to be in harmony to truly find wellness in ones life. He started a small family farm called Pastos Verdes Farm in southern Utah more then anything to provide for his family nutritious food that tastes good. He farms using permaculture and regenerative methods. He uses Joel Salitin’s method to raise the meat birds. He also started a podcast in english called “The Wellness Farmer Podcast” and in Spanish called “El podcast la salud integral” where he podcasts once a week about the 4 pillars to health, which are adequate movement, nutrient dense food that is grown on fertile soil without chemicals, natural internal dialogue and chiropractic care. After working with another chiropractor for 5 years he realized that he needed to move on and with the information he obtained listening to the survival podcast he started a new adventure. Ben now resides in Rosario, Argentina where he continues to serve the public as a chiropractic physician and continues to podcast about health and wellness. You could say that his business like many others was pushed forward and came into existence because of the Survival podcast.””Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Plastic Waste 59 mins – “Plastic is everywhere—in single and multiuse products and packaging. Almost all plastic ends its short, useable time in litter, waste, dumps, trash, rivers, oceans, soil or landfills. This ultimately leads to unhealthy plastic degradation and causes harm to environments throughout the world. Join us in this important discussion about Recology’s mission to achieve the best and highest use of environmentally safe and healthy resources. Learn about Recology’s challenges, work and research to create a practical system worldwide to reclaim, convert and remanufacture plastic particles and products into reusable, safe resources for healthy environments, people and populations.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Police in Oakland 26 mins – “’This Golden State’ Oakland Police Chief Blues: It’s a warp speed game of Police Chief musical chairs. Randy Shandobil interviews former SF Police Chief Tony Ribera who talks about why Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf might have real trouble attracting a new full-time chief, a police morale problem and how the mayor’s tough words could do more damage than good. OPD: Three chiefs in eight days and now no real chief at all, in large part because of a growing sex scandal and officers exchanging racist texts.” At the link find the title, “Oakland Police, The New Chief Blues Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files 270577658-shandobilcomcastnet-fixing-the-oakland-police.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Police Shooting Black Men 47 mins – “Three trials in the face of the nation last week. All of police who killed black men. All with enormous questions about the justice of those killings. And all the police walked. Again. After all the dash and bodycam video, zero convictions. Philando Castile, Samuel Dubose, Sylville Smith – all dead. The police, all free. It’s an utterly familiar pattern. And yet, we can’t let it go. Is this how we police a race line in this country? This hour On Point: The problem we can’t shake.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Policing Concepts 54 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? J” right-click “Media files ideas_20170615_17984.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Prison Concepts 65 mins – “A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers had been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, with more than 30 Emmys and many other distinguished awards. Yet Moyers says Rikers: An American Jail is the most important film that he has ever worked on. Mass incarceration in America, with over 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons, is the human rights crisis of our time. To understand the human toll of imprisonment, Moyers believes Rikers Island is a good place to start. One leader in criminal justice reform said, “Rikers is every jail, and every jail is Rikers.” Rikers: An American Jail brings us face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement, and the many challenges of returning to the outside world. Moyers joins John Boland, Lenore Anderson and LaDoris Cordell to reflect on what factors have brought America to this human rights crisis, discussing the political climate for criminal justice reform and the importance of confronting what is being done in our name, with our tax dollars, purportedly for our safety. Join us for this important program that transcends Rikers and brings up issues that impact all Americans.” At the link find the title, “Bill Moyers: Screening and Discussion of Rikers: An American Jail, May 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170519 Bill Moyers Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Public Broadcasting 56 mins– “A panel discussion on the challenges faced by public broadcaster with James Harding from the BBC; Jennifer McGuire from the CBC and Michael Oreskes from NPR. Simon Houpt moderates the conversation.” At the link find the title, “Does public broadcasting have a future? May, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170526_19470.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Respiratory Disease 57 mins “Michele updates the TWiMers on Legionella in the Flint water supply, and Elio informs us about how horizontally acquired biosynthesis genes boost the physiology of Coxiella burnetii. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, Michael Schmidt and Michele Swanson” At the link “Right click to download TWiM#155” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rikers Island Kids 55 mins – “Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. Since 2015, the Think Again podcast has been taking us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. Liza Jessie Peterson is an actress, poet, playwright, and arts-educator who’s been working with adolescent boys and girls incarcerated on Rikers Island for the past 18 years. Her fierce, funny, powerfully written new book is All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids At Rikers Island. The loving and specific portraits she paints of her students highlight the cruelty of the systems (economic, school, police, prison) that fail so many young black men, landing them and keeping them in prison. In this episode we talk about cultural icons and the realities behind them, hip-hop, the trauma of poverty and the tragedy of the American prison system, and how to make impossible situations better.” At the link find the title, “103. Liza Jessie Peterson (Playwright, Arts-Educator) – The Sleeping Giant,” right-click “Media files PP2615579172.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rituals 19 mins – “Why does apparently trivial ritual play such an important part in some ancient Chinese philosophy? Michael Puett, co-author of The Path, explains in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Michael Puett on Ritual in Chinese Philosophy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Saudi Woman Driver 56 mins – “This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Manal al-Sharif, who was named one of Times‘ 100 most influential people in 2012 and received the Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, went from being a niqab-wearing conservative to one of the most eminent voices of the women’s rights movement in the Middle East. Although she was the first woman to work in the information security division of Armco, she was forbidden to drive off campus. In 2011, when she learned the driving ban for women was custom and not law, al-Sharif became the face of the Women2Drive movement. She was imprisoned after posting a video of herself driving. Al-Sharif will describe her fascinating story and provide an enlightened look at the current state of women in Saudi society. “ At the link find the title, “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170619_Daring_to_Drive_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Scams 46 mins – Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann are joined by Call Your Girlfriend podcast host Aminatou Sow to discuss: Amanda Chantal Bacon and GOOP; Pyramid schemes and Herbalife; Email scams” At the link find the title, “The Scams Edition, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM1862340225.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sea Power 46 mins – “James Stavridis rose through the ranks of the US Navy to commander. Went on to become supreme commander of NATO. All those US military engagements you remember from the news? Gulf War, Haiti, Bosnia, Iraq 2003? He was on the bridge or in the command center. The ocean is still his touchstone as he watches this century’s geopolitics unfold today. This hour On Point: Retired Adm. James Stavridis on a world of challenges, on the ocean and on land.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Shock Politics 27 mins – “The lines between politics and branding have been blurred, not just in recent years, but in a gradual effort by corporations to commodify media and politics. So says our guest this week, Naomi Klein, joining Laura to discuss her most recent book No Is Not Enough. How will the movements of resistance and creation challenge a “reality tv politics?,” and where is it already happening? Klein sets out the map. Plus, a short report on water protector Red Fawn Fallis, who faces an imprisonment for life sentence as a result of her participation in the Standing Rock protests of 2016. And an F-word from Laura on the manifestos, Labour and Leap — how their forward-looking ideas can guide us to alternative models of energy, economy, and equity. Music featured comes by way of Selan and Raye Zaragoza entitled “Water Is Life”.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Smartphone Impact 23 mins – “Think back to June 2007. Taylor Swift had released her first single, Barack Obama was running a long-shot campaign for the presidency, and the iPhone was about to change everything. That first iPhone had no GPS, no video, no app store. No Candy Crush, no Instagram, not even Google. So how did it take over our brains and the world? In the past decade, smartphones have displaced most of the things in our pockets. Calendars, datebooks, the Walkman. Watches, address books, business cards. Tickets, boarding passes, keys. Cash. Eye contact. Boredom. This week, what we’ve gained, and what we’ve lost, thanks to the iPhone. With David Pogue, one of the first four (non-Steve Jobs) humans to get his hands on one, and Adam Greenfield, author of Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Social Conflict 56 mins – “Sociologist Aladin El-Mafalaani sees anti-immigrant cries to build walls, and hate-fuelled politics counter-intuitively: a sign that integration is working. Conflict, he argues, is the necessary consequence of new arrivals at a metaphoric dinner table.” At the link find the title, “Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170629_84215.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Steve Hilton 44 mins – “Steve Hilton was the man behind David Cameron’s push to remake British politics. Things didn’t work out so well there. Now he’s trying to launch a new political revolution – from sunny California.” At the link find the title, “He’s One of the Most Famous Political Operatives in America. America Just Doesn’t Know It Yet. Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast060717.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Supreme Court Activities 50 mins – “Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute break down the busy final days of the Court’s 2016-2017 term. Today’s show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.” At the link find the title, “What just happened at the Supreme Court? Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP3339261081.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Taxis and Uber 25 mins – “On the night that Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban executive order was announced, thousands headed to airports to protest the detention of refugees who had arrived after the order went into effect. The same night, taxi workers across New York City famously went on strike in solidarity with those protesting at airports. In this latest podcast, Laura speaks with Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Worker’s Alliance (NYTWA), the union that called for the solidarity strike in the name of the many Muslim, refugee, and immigrant workers who drive the city’s taxis. Desai takes on — amongst other things — the issue of Uber and Lyft as Trumpian institutions, not just through affiliation, but through their very working model. NYTWA’s strike was the first workforce strike against the Trump administration, and against what is, according to Desai, a deeply anti-labor government.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tech Gentrification 47 mins – “verybody wants a little, or maybe a lot, of high tech economic action in their backyard, right? The money, the jobs, the flash, the cappuccinos. Tech startups have turned a bunch of cities into megastars. But watch out, says my guest today, urban development guru Richard Florida. Those tech startups can also tear cities apart. Drive housing prices out of sight. Drive out the middle class. Shred the fabric. This hour On Point: Richard Florida on the unaffordable urban paradise.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Texas Clean Energy 58 mins – “ When Californians think of Texas, images of JR Ewing and pump jacks quickly come to mind. But the Lone Star State is greener than you think. It leads the country in wind power, thanks to a law signed by Governor George W. Bush. Texans also claim the state can comply with President Obama’s Clean Power Plan with technologies and policies already on hand. Ranchers and former oil men are dipping their toes into renewable energy. What else is in the clean energy pipeline? Join a conversation with Texas energy leaders about fossil fuels and renewables in America’s most prominent energy-exporting state.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Threat Analysis 47 mins – “Richard Clarke, the nation’s former counter terrorism czar, warned the White House about the grave threat posed by Al Qaeda before 9/11…and was ignored. Now he’s back with a new warning. In a new book he explains: experts he calls ‘Cassandras’ are sounding the alarm about a new host of existential threats from cyberattacks to climate change. And they’re getting ignored. This hour On Point, heeding warnings in a dangerous world.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tick Season Trend 47 mins – “If you want to know how bad a tick season we’re going to have for Lyme disease, count the mice. Mice carry Lyme. Ticks love mice. And the numbers this year are plague-level. It’s going to be a rough season for Lyme disease, which is spreading ever further into the country. And it’s not just Lyme that ticks are carrying these days. A new tick-borne virus – Powassan – can kill you. Leave you paralyzed. This hour On Point: bracing for a bad season of ticks and disease.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tom Steyer 26 mins – “San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer is the new campaign money king. Published reports say he’s given twice as much political money as the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and George Soros combined. But Steyer’s money is a double edged sword. The more the environmentalist gives, the more people wonder about his true motives. This Golden State’s Randy Shandobil asks Steyer about his political ambitions, about potentially running for Governor against Gavin Newsom, about Newsom’s record on climate change and about lessons learned from the long list of wealthy, self-funded candidates who’ve run for higher office in California and lost. Is Steyer worried about political consultants becoming yes-men because he pays so well?” At the link find the link, “What’s Tom Steyer Really Want? “ right-click “Media files 282643165-shandobilcomcastnet-steyer-master-mono.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Transgender Deaths 27 mins – “The chorus for radical action demands a versatile effort: it needs people power, initiative, and funding, but if we’re caught between offense and defense, how do we take time to insure the well-being of our most vulnerable communities? The Laura Flanders show this week features Adaku Utah, founder of healing collective Harriet’s Apothecary, and J Bob Alotta, executive director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, which supports grassroots LGBTQ efforts across the globe. Utah and Alotta discuss what healing and healing justice would look like for communities under attack and in particular, for trans women of color and gender non conforming people. It’s not enough to fund direct action or leadership training, say our guests; activist organizations have a responsibility to help their concerned communities heal from trauma, and to empower them towards fellowship and autonomy. Adaku Utah is a master herbalist, educator, and artist who is “armed with the legacies of a long line of healers, witches, priestesses and fearless women who refused to shut up.” J Bob Alotta is a filmmaker, global activist, and one of the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trent Lott 26 mins – “Our guest this week is former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. We talked with him about how the Senate has changed since he left in 2007, what he thinks needs to be done to get both parties to work together, and lessons from Watergate, the Clinton impeachment trial, and some of the grand political bargains of the 1980’s and 1990’s.” At the link find the title, “C-SPAN Radio Podcast – Trent Lott on Making Congress Work Again, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files LOTT0210.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump and the Press 47 mins – “It’s been fireworks in the Trump White House press briefing room right from the start. Donald Trump savaged the press on the campaign trail. As president, he went after the press as “fake news” and “enemy of the people.” His briefers say they can’t catch a break from the news media. They’ve shut down cameras and microphones. Attacked and attacked. This week, it’s really blown up. This hour On Point: What is going on with the White House and the press?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Con Law 10 mins – “Welcome to “What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law”! Every week Roman Mars (99% Invisible) will host a fun, casual Con Law 101 class that uses the tumultuous and erratic activities of the executive branch under Trump to teach us all about the US Constitution.” At the link find the title, “0- Intro to What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files Trump_Con_Law_Ep_0_Part_1_F01.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump EPA Rollback 50 mins – “President Trump promised to get rid of regulations, and at the EPA, he seems to be following through: New York Times reporter Coral Davenport details the EPA’s unprecedented regulatory rollback effort and it’s move away from policies related to climate change. Then, Diana Nyad, epic swimmer and athlete extraordinaire, describes her new passion for getting us all out walking. In “From the Archives” this week: The GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hit a speed bump this week. Critics of the current Republican plan are especially concerned about proposed cuts to Medicaid. In fact, Medicaid has been a sticking point for years — and in November of 2010, Diane and her guests discussed how the ACA was going to change Medicaid.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Trump’s First Hundred Days 27 mins – “Our guest this week is presidential historian and author Richard Norton Smith. We talked with him about using a president’s first 100 days in office as a measurement of success and why FDR set a standard that may not be matched. 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 10: Richard Norton Smith on President Trump’s first 100 Days,” right-click “Media files SBSMI0428.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump’s Lies 24 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to New York Times columnist David Leonhardt about his piece, Trump Lies, where he catalogued nearly every outright lie Trump has told since taking the oath of office.” At the link find the title, “All the President’s Lies, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY4028979588.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trumpcare 71 mins – “Where is health care in the U.S. headed under the Trump administration? What do recent changes mean, and how will they affect consumers? Where should we be heading and why? Now that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) has passed in the House, health care reform remains a hotter topic than ever. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has proposed turning Medicare into a voucher program and funding Medicaid through block grants to states. Congress continues to discuss eliminating the individual mandate and providing more flexibility in terms of which benefits insurers must offer. Conservatives claim these changes would provide greater choice to consumers and more value to the federal budget, while progressives argue that these changes would reduce access to care and worsen health outcomes. We’ll hear from two former senior officials on the ongoing efforts to repeal or repair the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Andy Slavitt recently stepped down as acting administrator for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Barack Obama. Gail Wilensky held the same post under President George H.W. Bush. Both experts continue to speak out from differing perspectives on Medicare and Medicaid as well as broader reform issues. Join us for a spirited discussion on the problems and prospects of U.S. health care.” At the link find the title, “U.S. HEALTH CARE UNDER TRUMP: FORMER MEDICAID/MEDICARE CHIEFS SQUARE OFF, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170627_US_Health_Care_Under_Trump_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
TWIV Letters 110 mins – “The glorious TWiVerati un-impact their email backlog, anwering questions about viruses, viruses, viruses, viruses, viruses, and more. You should listen – our fans ask great questions! Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler” At the link right-click “Download TWiV 447 “and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ultramarathoner’s Dog 24 mins – “Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.” At the link find the title, “June 22: How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner’s life” right-click “Media files current 20170622 35424.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Upper Middle Class 48 mins – “We all know about the one percent — America’s ultra-wealthy whose wealth has exploded in recent years to towering heights. What we don’t talk about so much is the twenty percent — America’s upper middle class, who have also done very well, thank you, while the 80 percent has flat-lined. The twenty percent, says my guest today, sees itself as deserving, meritocratic winners, but they are buttressing their status — and their childrens’ — with old-fashioned class barriers. This hour On Point: the hold of the 20 percent.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Water System Modernization 51 mins – “Californians are accustomed to living through wet times and dry times, but lately things are getting more extreme and much more difficult to predict. After five years of severe drought, Californians are now talking about what it means to have too much water. The end of the drought is a blessing, but the state may need to find $50 billion to repair dams, roads and other infrastructure threatened by floods. The damaged spillway at Oroville Dam highlighted what happens when the state doesn’t keep its water system in good working order. How is California preparing for the whiplash of going from really dry to really wet years? What will it take to fix the system that delivers the water that keeps us alive and lubricates our economy? How will state and federal governments work together to modernize the water systems responsible for growing the food that lands on our dinner tables?” At the link find the title, “WATER WHIPLASH, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170625_cl1_Water Whiplash_PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
White House Reporter 32 mins – “Maggie Haberman is White House Correspondent for The New York Times and an analyst for CNN. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss the anxiety and stress that come with reporting nonstop news, whether the media was fair to Hillary Clinton, and what people don’t get about the President.” At the link find the title, “Maggie Haberman, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY1534017082.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women and Islam 68 mins – “What does it mean to be a Muslim woman? Join us for this special community forum to learn how Islam intersects with gender in today’s world.” At the link find the title, “Women and Islam, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170522_Women_and_Islam_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women in Politics 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! Jun, 2017,” 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.
Writers on Writing 56 mins– “The novel — an art form that’s centuries old — still has the capacity to hold our attention from subway commute to library chair. But we tell ourselves we’re in a different era now. What’s to become of serious writing in our hyperfast, overcaffeinated, age.” At the link find the title, “The Challenge of Words: What’s to become of serious writing in the digital age?” right-click “Media files ideas_20170606_32937.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Young Activists 55 mins – “President Trump’s bold dismissal of climate change as a legitimate concern is energizing a new generation of teenage activists. Some are marching in the streets. Others are taking the federal and state governments to court, attempting to apply an ancient legal doctrine to the climate fight. It’s a longshot move that has been inching its way through U.S. courts for years and is now moving forward in Oregon. Digital natives are known for short attention spans and thinking that being a “clicktivist” qualifies as civic engagement. Do teenagers have a chance to be heard and make an impact on an issue so complex and massive as the world’s energy system? How are young advocates using social media to advance their cause? Join us for a conversation about kids confronting powerful institutions and finding their own power and voices.” At the link find the title, “Youth in the Streets and in the Courts, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170402_cl1_Youth in the Streets PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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