Media Mining Digest 300 – Aug 11, 2017: 4K Computer Monitors, Actor M.B. Curtis, Addictive Technology, AI Evolution, Airbnb Chris Lehane, Alt Left Media, Antibiotic Resistance Crisis, Beneficial Bugs, Black America Incarceration, Black Presidency, Blind Guide Dogs, Blue Collar Conservative, Brain Machine Interface, Broadband Needs, BuzzFeed Co-founder, Canadian Native Youth Suicides, Canadian Wildfire, Cancer Research, Childhood Trauma, Coeliac Disease, Comey on Crime, Corruption in Illinois, Cryptocurrency Markets, Deep Work vs Multitasking, Disaster Preparedness, Ebola Lessons Learned, Female Kurdish Fighters, FISA Section 702, Food Cost, For-Profit Prisons, Freddie Gray, Gun Control Laws, Immigration Propaganda, Investing Ideas, Jon Batiste, Kenya, Learning Quickly, Medical Controversies, Meditation and Mindfulness, Minimum Wage, Missing Indigenous Women, Mosul Emergency Medicine, Myanmar Drug Addicts, NASA History, Newton Iowa Revival, Nuclear Power, Opioid Epidemic in America, Paid Family Leave, Paper-fuges, Plastic Waste, Political Power, Property Seizures Increase, Racists Ideas in America, Red Yeast Rice, Reproductive Justice, Russia and Putin, Sand Vanishes, Sex Education, Siberian Anthrax Outbreak, Solitary Confinement, Somaliland School Success, Steve Bannon and Trump, Teenage Brains, Transculture Nursing, Trump Beginning, U.S. Attorney General, Venezuela Crisis, Voting Security, Wall Street Prosecutions, War Experiences, We the People, World War One Poison Gas

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4K Computer Monitors 12 mins – “Brad Templeton is founding faculty for Computing & Networks at Singularity University, and Chairman Emeritus and futurist of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the leading cyberspace civil rights foundation. He is on the board of the Foresight Institute. He also advised Google’s team developing self-driving cars, and writes about such cars at He also advises Starship on delivery robots and Quanergy in the LIDAR space. He founded ClariNet Communications Corp (the world’s first “dot-com” company.) He also created rec.humor.funny, the world’s longest running blog.” At the link click the square with three dots and click “Download” to download the audio file.

Actor M.B. Curtis 62 mins – “Richard Schwartz captures the life of M.B. Curtis, an incredibly influential immigrant actor of the late 19th century. It is a story of immigration, assimilation, the theater and the invisible wings of comedy. It is about how one play became the way a nation examined its feelings and attitudes towards immigrants and gave audiences a chance to walk in shoes they would never have worn. Curtis was the Jewish Jackie Robinson of the stage—the first Jewish male actor who was allowed to portray a Jewish male on stage in America. His talent, creativity, fame, suffering, perseverance, dreaming and overnight rise to stardom linked him intimately with the Statue of Liberty, Mark Twain, New York, San Francisco, murder and the greatest African-American entertainment troupe of its time.” At the link find the title, “The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170711_The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addictive Technology 52 mins – “The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. One of the things that makes it harder to connect with ourselves – and thus our creativity, intuition, and wisdom – is our increasing dependence on technology. In this episode, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington explains how devices, texts, emails, constant notifications, and social media are not just distractions, but addictions. Reimagining our relationship with technology can have a transformational impact on our well-being, our capacity to tap into our own wisdom, and to make a difference in the lives of others, and on our ability to truly thrive.” At the link find the title, “Retweeting, Regramming, Reimagining our Relationship with Technology, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 6a5f7f17.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aerial Refueling 69 mins – “In late March 2017 I was participating in the media day of the European Air Refueling Training Exercise, organized by the European Air Transport Command headquartered in Eindhoven. While the planned flight on the Dutch KDC-10 did not work our for technical reasons, I recorded a follow-up interview with tanker captain Martin and boom operator Louis. We discussed a number of details around air-to-air refuelling in general and the KDC-10 in particular. The episode begins with an overview of aerial refueling that I recorded myself.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 File Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Evolution 59 mins – “In many ways, artificial intelligence has become the norm. From autopilot on airplanes to language translation, we’ve come to accept once novel concepts as just something thinking machines do. What we have ultimately learned is that human thinking is just one way of thinking. So, how far will artificial intelligence go? This episode features a conversation between Danny Hillis and Alexis Madrigal. Hillis is an inventor, scientist, author and engineer. He is co-founder of Applied Minds, a research and development company that creates a range of new products and services in software, entertainment, electronics, biotechnology, and mechanical design. Madrigal is the Silicon Valley bureau chief for Fusion, where he hosts and produces a television show about the future. He is the tech critic for NPR’s “FreshAir,” a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a former staff writer at Wired.” At the link find the title, “The Evolution of Thinking Machines, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files da0e84e8.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Airbnb Chris Lehane 43 mins – “Here at On Point, we’ve been looking a lot lately at how startups and technology are disrupting our economy — and our lives. Everything from the way we drive to the way we shop seems to be ripe for innovation. The way we travel, too, has been flipped on its head, in large part thanks to Airbnb. The Silicon Valley company has sidestepped the hotel industry by allowing homeowners to rent their extra space to vacationers. These digs can be cheaper — and sometimes, a lot nicer — than traditional accommodations. But with a large-scale disruption like this one comes questions about law, ethics and very the ways we live our lives. Today our host Tom Ashbrook is sitting down with Airbnb’s Head of Global Policy and Public Affairs Chris Lehane to talk about how we can embrace disruption. What can legacy businesses can learn from innovators like Airbnb, which has re-imagined an entire business sector?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Alt Left Media 47 mins – “It’s not just the alt-right. A vibrant alt-left media landscape is peddling conspiracies to politicians and news consumers alike. We’ll go inside. The Alt-Left Media Landscape” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Myths 56 mins – “On this week’s episode, Brian, Joanne, and Nathan explore some of the stories Americans tell about our past and find the kernels of truth that lie at the heart of a few American legends.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

American Partisanship 15 mins – “The divisiveness plaguing American politics today is nothing new, says constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman. In fact, it dates back to the early days of the republic, when a dispute between Alexander Hamilton and James Madison led the two Founding Fathers to cut ties and form the country’s first political parties. Join Feldman for some fascinating history of American factionalism — and a hopeful reminder about how the Constitution has proven itself to be greater than partisanship.” At the link find the title, “Hamilton vs. Madison and the birth of American partisanship | Noah Feldman, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files NoahFeldman_2017.mp4”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ancestry Research 66 mins – “Perceived identity has been a discussion for centuries because of its crucial and diverse psychological implications. Culture, social roles, relationships and family structure have been known to make up and create one’s sense of self. This need rests deep inside every human—to feel connected to something bigger than ourselves and to find our place in the world.  Catherine Ball will discuss how the combination of DNA and family history data provides us with better sense of identity—a deeper and empowering understanding of who we are, how we connect to society and how we’ve been shaped by human history. Recently published research enables an unprecedented look at ancestral migration patterns, including 500 million genetic relationships, and ties these groups to historical events of the past 400 years. Ball will discuss these incredibly valuable insights into our history and the forces that continue to shape our beliefs, giving us a more granular look at how immigration, geography, politics, religion and economics have shaped the world.” At the link find the title, “Ancestry’s Catherine Ball: Who Do You Think You Are? Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170717_Ancestry’s Catherine Ball Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance Crisis 56 mins – “Has the age of antibiotics come to an end? From a young girl thrust onto life support in Arizona to an uncontrollable outbreak at one of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals, FRONTLINE investigates the alarming rise of a deadly type of bacteria that our modern antibiotics can’t stop. (Updated 07/25/2017)” At the link find the title, “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria (Updated),” right-click “Media files 335116739-frontlinepbs-hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria-updated.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ari Melber 36 mins -”Ari Melber, MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent and the host of The Beat with Ari Melber, joins Chuck Todd to talk about why he became a lawyer, and what comes next for the president’s legal team.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomy Computers 5 mins – “More than 40 years before women gained the right to vote, women labored in the Harvard College Observatory as “computers” — astronomy’s version of NASA’s “Hidden Figures” mathematicians. Between 1885 and 1927, the observatory employed about 80 women who studied glass plate photographs of the stars, many of whom made major discoveries. They found galaxies and nebulas and created methods to measure distance in space. In the late 1800s, they were famous: newspapers wrote about them and they published scientific papers under their own names, only to be virtually forgotten during the next century. But a recent discovery of thousands of pages of their calculations by a modern group of women working in the very same space has spurred new interest in their legacy….” 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.

At Risk Kids Help 51 mins – “Good intentions are nice, but with so many resources poured into social programs, wouldn’t it be even nicer to know what actually works?” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australia Data Mining 59 mins – “Professor Graeme Samuel, Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School, Chair of the Monash Business School Business Advisory Board and Chair of Data Governance Australia, addresses the National Press Club.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Professor Graeme Samuel, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc_Samuel_1207_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beneficial Bugs 57 mins – “Although ticks, mosquitos, and emerald ash borers get all the attention, New Hampshire is full of beneficial insects.  From predators to parasites to pollinators, countless species enhance our ecosystem. We identify these helpful insects and learn how they help in our gardens, forests, and even in harsh mountain environments.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Big Data Biases 16 mins – “Why do so many companies make bad decisions, even with access to unprecedented amounts of data? With stories from Nokia to Netflix to the oracles of ancient Greece, Tricia Wang demystifies big data and identifies its pitfalls, suggesting that we focus instead on “thick data” — precious, unquantifiable insights from actual people — to make the right business decisions and thrive in the unknown.” At the link find the title, “The human insights missing from big data | Tricia Wang, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files TriciaWang_2016X.mp4”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black America Incarceration 48 mins – “James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. His book is ‘Locking Up Our Own.’ Also, critic John Powers reviews the novel ‘Beautiful Animals’ by Lawrence Osborne.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Land-loss 51 mins – “For Eddie Wise, owning a hog farm was a lifelong dream. In middle age, he and his wife, Dorothy, finally got a farm of their own. But they say that over the next twenty-five years, the U.S. government discriminated against them because of their race, and finally drove them off the land. Their story, by John Biewen, was produced in collaboration with Reveal.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Presidency 57 mins – “In his book “The Black Presidency,” Michael Eric Dyson explores the powerful, surprising way the politics of race have shaped Barack Obama’s identity and groundbreaking presidency. How has President Obama dealt publicly with race —as the national traumas of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott have played out during his tenure? What can we learn from Obama’s major race speeches about his approach to racial conflict and the black criticism it provokes? Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University. A former factory worker, an ordained Baptist minister and a onetime church pastor, Dyson earned a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton, and has also taught at Brown, Columbia, the University of North Carolina, DePaul University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dyson has written 17 books, including national best sellers on the Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and the rapper Tupac Shakur. This episode features his conversation with the Aspen Institute CEO and president Walter Isaacson.” At the link find the title, “The Black Presidency, Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files 12741cde.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Battery 16 mins – “The Harbolt Company is a supplier of not only devices and accessible ones at that, Brent Harbolt educates and demonstrates the products he makes available to the Blindness community. From obscure items to gadgets that just work and are accessible, Brent gives audio descriptions and demos so you can get a good idea of the products available on the web site. Be sure to check out all the many products available on-line and all the deals available on the highly accessible site.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Digital Aids 20 mins – “A look at the range of specialist and non-specialist gadgets available for identifying objects and travelling around. Joining Peter to share their experiences of solutions offered by technology are guests Jackie Brown, the incoming chair of the British Computer Association of the Blind, and Dave Williams, a freelance trainer on technology.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Guide Dogs 6 mins – “Attending a NFB Convention with a Guide Dog may seem a bit of a wonder and Lori Thompson talks about how she does it with her Guide Dog Logan. From managing the crowds and relieving her dog, Lori enjoys navigating and going about her way with Logan — her guide dog and companion at the NFB17 convention. You will also here from Julie Johnson, owner of On The Go, which sells Guide and Service dog gear. We hope you enjoy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blue Collar Conservative 26 mins – “This week we look at President Reagan’s efforts to reform the tax code in the 1980’s with Henry Olse, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the author of “The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism” At the link find the title, “Episode 20: Henry Olsen on Reagan-Era Tax Reform, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files SBOLS0714.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Aging 59 mins – “Our brains are getting older, but there’s still much to be optimistic about. Neuroscientists Susan Greenfield and Gary Small discuss the aging brain with journalist Sam Kean.” At the link find the title, “Gray Matter: The Brain after 50, Oct, 2015,” right-click “Media files 66042700.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Control Device 39 mins – “Almost a year ago, I interviewed Nick Titus who was soon to be a High School Senior about his science fair project that was quickly becoming an innovation that could impact the lives of those who had lost mobility. To get an update, I invited Nick back to the show to share an update. To start off, Nick and his friends have decided to take a “gap year” and skip college to start a business. That business is Myonic. Myonic is taking what started as Nick’s science fair project to hack a TENS device so that people who had suffered a spinal cord injury or stokes could regain movement….” At the link find the title, “Skipping College To Start A Business S13 Ep19, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files Skipping College To Start A Business_S13_Ep19.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Machine Interface 26 mins – “Researchers are connecting human brains via computer and have seen one person’s brain move another’s body — but it comes with ethical issues.” At the link find the title, “July 12: ENCORE | How brain-machine connections can help paraplegics move again, 2017,: right-click “Media files current_20170712_34891.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Needs 82 mins – “The Trump administration has laid out an aggressive vision for a $1 trillion national infrastructure plan to fix the nation’s roads, bridges, tunnels, railroads, and even expand broadband access. Recent action also suggests that Congress has recognized the importance of broadband as the next critical infrastructure asset—and there appears to be bipartisan support to ensure that 21st century technology is available to all communities, especially among rural areas and tribal lands. As the U.S. government considers the specifics of a potentially massive investment in infrastructure, how will broadband be integrated into the broader plan and possibly be aligned with other asset improvements for more intelligent design? On July 24, 2017, Brookings’ Center for Technology Innovation hosted a forum focused on the inclusion of broadband in the president’s infrastructure plan. What lessons can be learned by the administration from the 2009 National Recovery Act, the Federal Communications Commission’s successful spectrum incentive auctions, and the increasing private investments into broadband networks by service providers? Where are the synergies between the administration’s goals and the movement toward smart cities and the deployment of 5G wireless technologies? How will the pending infrastructure plan promote a long-term vision for increased build-out in rural areas and on tribal lands?At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Brooks and Couric Dialogue 59 mins – “I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it, David Brooks has said about his experience writing his latest New York Times bestseller about personal virtues and honesty in a materialistic age. Katie Couric explores this journey with the deeply thoughtful author.” At the link find the title, “The Road to Character – David Brooks and Katie Couric, Jan, 2016,” right-click “Media files 2d8580d3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bumblebees 60mins – “This week we’re learning about the fascinating lives of bees, and the important role they play in our global ecosystem. We’ll speak to University of Sussex biology professor Dave Goulson about his book “A Sting in the Tale: My Adventures with Bumblebees.” And we’ll talk to Jocelyn Crocker, founding member of YEG Bees, about the rewards and challenges of urban beekeeping.” At the link find the title,”#432 A Sting In The Tail” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

BuzzFeed Co-founder 55 mins – “In 2001, when most of us had no idea what it meant to “go viral,” Jonah Peretti shared an email prank among his friends — and saw it spread to millions. That began his fascination with how information spreads, and set him on the path to launch two of the most powerful media organizations of the Internet age: The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. Recorded live in New York City.” At the link find the title, “Live Episode! BuzzFeed: Jonah Peretti, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170725_hibt_45.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Cap and Trade 54 mins – “New plan would extend cap-and-trade through 2030, aquariums try to reduce plastic waste, Two Bit Circus combines old-fashioned showmanship with lasers and robots.” At the link find the title, “CA lawmakers release plan to extend cap-and-trade, aquariums battle plastic waste, high-tech carnival comes to LA, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files SHOW_071117-d4aefbfa.mp3”and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Housing Bubble 21 mins – “Canada’s overheated market finally shows signs of cooling. But is it a blip, a soft landing, or the bursting of a bubble? Should Canadian homeowners be concerned their properties will continue to decrease in value?” At the link find the title, “July 19: How worried should Canadians be about the real estate slowdown?” right-click “Media files current_20170719_63612.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Native Story 56 mins – “By reconnecting with his birth mother PhD student Jesse Thistle came to understand the effects of intergenerational trauma. His award-winning research shines a light on the struggles and the resilience of Métis communities in northern Saskatchewan.” At the linkf ind the title, “Return of the Michif Boy: Confronting Métis trauma, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170703_67471.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Native Youth Suicides 21 mins – “Sexual abuse is being understood as the continuation of a shared legacy that dates back to residential schools.” At the link find the title, “July 21: ‘It’s an epidemic’: Sexual abuse and suicide rate among Indigenous youth,” right-click “Media files current 20170721_40894.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Publisher Changes 21 mins – “McClelland & Stewart published Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler — to name a few. So how was this Canadian cultural literature staple sold to a foreign multinational despite Canada’s national ownership rules, asks author Elaine Dewar.” At the link find the title, “July 14: How Canada’s book publisher McClelland & Stewart became German-owned: author, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170714_24671.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Wild Fire P5 9 mins – “Cache Creek, B.C., was the first community to be ordered to evacuate in this summer’s wildfires. But as mayor John Ranta explains, the town’s residents are finally allowed to come home.” At the link find the title, “July 18: Cache Creek, B.C., residents — forced out by wildfire — now set to return home,” right-click “Media files current_20170718_42141.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Wildfire P1 50 mins “From inside the chaos and pain at B.C.’s Kamloops evacuation centre, to how recent wildfires could have been avoided if valuable lessons from Fort Mac hadn’t been ignored … This is a special edition of The Current with Laura Lynch.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for July 17, 2017 – The Current,” right-click “Media files current_20170717_76257.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Wildfire P2 50 mins – “From the town of Ashcroft coming together after a fire forced 80 residents to leave their homes, to volunteer firefighters protecting their communities in B.C., and finally a sign of hope as Cache Creek reopens … This is The Current with Laura Lynch.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for July 18, 2017 – The Current,” right-click “Media files current_20170718_60081.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Wildfire P3 – ““I was able to able to grab my cameras that were right by the door and a photograph of my boys off the wall. That was it. And then I left.” At the link find the title, “July 10: ‘I just wanted my dog’: Cache Creek, B.C., evacuee flees home amid raging wildfires, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170710_67980.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Wildfire P4 20 mins – “​In this special edition of The Current, Laura Lynch speaks to evacuees about the horror of leaving their homes and the fear of what’s next.” At the link find the title, “July 17: ‘I want to go home’: B.C. wildfire evacuees seek refuge in Kamloops,” right-click “Media files current_20170717_15611.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Wildfire P6 15 mins – “Even after the Fort McMurray fires, Ed Struzik says Canada has failed to make changes needed for forest management and wildfire research.” At the link find the title, “July 17: Intense wildfires ‘inevitable,’ says environmental writer and expert,” right-click “Media files current_20170717_42352.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Research 66 mins – “Cancer is the second leading cause of death among adults in the US and cancer care costs $125 billion a year. In this episode we hear from medical experts who have researched, written, and made progress in the fight against cancer.” At the link find the title, “Cancer: Breakthroughs and Challenges, “ right-click “Media files e73831be.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Childhood Trauma 44 mins – “Evolving brain science has taught us much about the impact of trauma on developing brains. As a foster parent and as CEO of Lincoln, a Bay Area nonprofit serving children and youth, Christine Stoner-Mertz brings a deep understanding of the many ways trauma associated with poverty, community violence and mental health challenges impact children’s growth and development. She will discuss these impacts and the urgency to develop policies that support early screening and interventions for at-risk children. Stoner-Mertz is driven by the belief that every young person deserves a family, and every parent wants his or her child to succeed despite the challenges of poverty, trauma, substance use and limited educational resources. She received her MSW from the University of Michigan and is a licensed clinical social worker. She has served on several state and local association boards and was a recipient of the Exemplar Award from the National Network for Social Work Managers….” At the link find the title, “Begin with the End in Mind: The Impact of Trauma on Children’s Brains and Bodies, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170717_Begin With the End in Mind Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chimpanzee Research 56 mins – “A look at the work of evolutionary anthropologist and University of Toronto PhD student Iulia Badescu who spent a year camped out in a Ugandan jungle to observe chimp parenting.” At the link find the title, “The Post-Modern Chimpanzee’s Guide to Parenting, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170717_19360.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chip Implant 27 mins – “Tesla builds a battery for South Australia, Programmable dress by Ian Woolf, Meow Ludo Meow Meow talks about his implanted transport chip.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “save link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Cloud Modeling 12 mins – “Climate change is real, case closed. But there’s still a lot we don’t understand about it, and the more we know the better chance we have to slow it down. One still-unknown factor: How might clouds play a part? There’s a small hope that they could buy us some time to fix things … or they could make global warming worse. Climate scientist Kate Marvel takes us through the science of clouds and what it might take for Earth to break its own fever.” At the link find the title, “Can clouds buy us more time to solve climate change? | Kate Marvel, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files KateMarvel_2017.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coeliac Disease 12 mins – “Peter Green from Columbia University, New York City, discusses a Seminar which gives an up-to-date analysis of an increasingly prevalent disease that affects around 1% of the global population.” At the link find the title, “Coeliac disease: The Lancet: July 28, 2017,” right-click “28 July coeliac” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Colorado River Water 52 mins – “36 million people rely on the Colorado River for water, but how often do they think about what happens downstream? Journalist and New Yorker staff writer David Owen wanted to understand the ecosystem, culture, and politics that surround the crucial waterway, so he trekked from the headwaters to the once-lush, now desert terminus. The result is his latest book, and Wednesday, Owen joins Doug to explain “Where the Water Goes.” David Owen is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of 14 books. This latest is called Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comey on Crime 42 mins – “In this episode FBI Director James Comey speaks with Brooke Masters of the Financial Times about terrorism, cybercrime, an uptick in violence in minority communities in the US and Apple’s refusal to hack into the iPhone of a terrorist.” At the link find the title, “The Complexities of Today’s Security Challenges, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files d86d3c72.mp3 james comey” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Connective Tissue 82 mins.– “Fascia, or connective tissue, helps muscles communicate. See how to keep this important part of your body supple to improve your mobility and decrease pain. Recorded on 05/09/2017. (#32389)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consciousness 17 mins – “Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.” Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence. ” At the link find the title, “Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files AnilSeth_2017.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corruption in Illinois 30 mins – “…Illinois has been operating without a budget for two years now, as the state legislature has been unable to pass a budget up that will not increase the deficit and also satisfy the requirements of Governor Rauner. The Illinois legislature has managed to keep the state running through temporary stopgap measures, but as the state’s debts continue to rise to more than $150 billion, stopgap measures and the lack of budget will no longer be able to keep the state running. Illinois has been plagued with financial issues during the last several years, even being unable to provide lottery winners with their winnings. The state has been running a deficit for thirty-five years now. If a new budget isn’t passed by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year, the Illinois bond rating will be downgraded even more than it already has, and Illinois stands to lose millions of dollars in federal funding. To pass a new budget, the plan will have to be passed by a three-fifths majority vote in the Illinois House. As it stands, if Illinois’s bond rating is downgraded, Illinois will be the first state since 1970 to lose investment-grade status.” At the link find the title, “The Budget Crisis in the Land of Lincoln, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170626-rauner.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cryptocurrency 82 mins – “Bailey Reutzel is an independent freelance journalist covering the intersection of finance, culture and technology. She started writing about bitcoin in early 2013 for American Banker and PaymentsSource and has since become one of the leading journalists covering cryptocurrency, blockchain and everything in between for publications such CoinDesk and Digital Transactions. Because of her expertise in the area, she has been asked to appear on various YouTube videos and podcasts discussing the industry, most recently on Boulder, Colorado’s local radio station KGNU for the Co-Op Power Hour. Wanting to explore the interactions everyday people have with money, including this new evolution of money, Bailey headed out on a six-month, 48-state drive blogging project called Moneytripping in the summer of 2015, where she covered bitcoin and blockchain wherever she found it. The blog is currently being turned into a Gonzo-style novel on American politics, economics and culture. Bailey joins us today to discuss “Cryptocurrency in the Real World: Who’s Using and For What?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cryptocurrency Markets 35 mins – “Our guest this week is Noah Thorp. Noah is founder of a tech innovation network called CoMakery. Previously, he co-founded a holacratic blockchain prototyping studio. He was the VP of Engineering at Nasdaq Private Market, and he ran a record label where he wrote algorithmic music and pressed obscure records on thick Czechoslovakian vinyl.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybersecurity 27 mins – “In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek speak with Denver Edwards about cybersecurity. In their discussion, they address the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) cybersecurity framework and how it relates to the FTC’s work. They also talk about how a company can use the NIST framework along with FTC guidance in order to minimize security risks. They conclude the episode with predictions regarding how the Trump Administration will handle cybersecurity.” At the link find the title, “Cybersecurity 2.0: Creating Order from the Regulatory Landscape to Build a Strategic Advantage, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files episode 81” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Death with Dignity 66 mins – “How can our medical and social systems support or hinder dying? Do we have the right to bend the arc of our own death, or that of a loved one? How can we approach the final passage with grace? Dan Diaz (the husband of Brittany Maynard, who died in November 2014 from a brain tumor) discusses the matter with BJ Miller (executive director of Zen Hospice Project and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UC San Francisco), Samuel Kargbo (director of policy and planning at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone) and journalist and author Courtney E. Martin.” At the link find the title, “Facing Death with Dignity and a Plan, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files 03682749.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Work vs Multitasking 36 mins – “When your phone buzzes or a notification pops up your screen, do you stop what you’re doing to look and respond? That’s what many of us are doing. Even though we think we should be less distracted by technology, we haven’t admitted the true cost of these interruptions. This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with the computer scientist Cal Newport about how to cultivate our attention, and what we gain by immersing ourselves in meaningful work. It’s part of our series You 2.0, in which we’ll explore how we can all make better decisions and cope with the messiness of daily life.” At the link find the title, “You 2.0: Deep Work, “ right-click “Media files 20170724_hiddenbrain 79.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Commission 21 mins – “From the launch of The Lancet’s Commission Dementia prevention, intervention, and care, listen to Alistair Burns, Charles Alessi, and Helen Kales provide their views on the importance and future use of the Commission.” At the link find the title, “Dementia Commission launch: The Lancet: July 27, 2017,” right-click “Media files 28july.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Preparedness 28 mins -”This week, we look at part 2 of our Preppers and disasters episode. We have fellow podcaster Brian Duff on the show, courtesy of our good friend, Kevin Reiter from the Wilderness Safety Institute. Brian’s podcast is called the Mind 4 Survival Podcast ( Also on the show is our weather expert Kyle Nelson and our sponsor, Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. Kyle Nelson, Kevin Reiter, and Brian Duff all talk some about the possibility of a solar flare. They also talk about EMP or an Electro-Magnetic-Pulse that something could be used as a weapon against modern western societies to take down their electrical technology. Kyle talks about a new weather satellite sent up that also had EXIS sensors (Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors) installed to detect large solar flares. Brian also shares his experiences in South Sudan as a paramedic. He talks about the challenges of dealing with patient care in that kind of austere environment. Given all the places he went in the Middle East and Africa, Brian said he’d most like to return to Africa for the way it challenged his medical skills on a consistent basis. Kicking off part two of this episode, Kyle asks about how Dan’s ski patrol experience translate into his current skill set and the humanitarian mission. Dan talked about the second half of his mission in Iraq where he moved to Mosul during the battle to retake the city from ISIS. His team’s job was to provide trauma care at a stabilization point near the front lines. During this part of the mission, Dan and his team treated combat related injuries in both civilian and military personnel. This led to him dealing with multiple mass casualty incidents related to the fighting and liberation of parts of the city. They also had to treat some enemy combatants (members of ISIS). The primary impact on Dan and his team was witnessing the massive humanitarian impact and crisis on the local populace. On the show with Daniel were hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley. Also on the show were Kyle Nelson, our disaster weather expert, and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Trial Questions 32 mins – “If you’ve listened to more than one of our podcasts, you’ll probably be aware of the problem of the opacity of clinical trial data – trials which are conducted by never see the light of day, or results within those trials which are never published. Pharmaceutical companies have their own policies on what they are willing to make public, when, and for the first time a new audit, published on, collates and analyses those policies. To discuss that study I’m joined by two of the authors – Ben Goldacre, senior clinical research fellow at, and Carl Heneghan, director of, Oxford’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.” At the link find the title, “Auditing the transparency policies of pharma, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 335242142-bmjgroup-auditing-the-transparency-policies-of-pharma.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Lessons Learned 55 mins – “During the Ebola crisis, strong grassroots relationships and homegrown leadership made the difference between life and death. Drawing on that learning, movers and shakers from the Aspen New Voices Fellowship will share their stories about the silo-busting connections that can be forged under stress. From Sierra Leone to Nepal, these kinds of bonds keep our most vulnerable communities healthier and safer in perilous times. Aspen New Voices Fellows: Rubayat Khan, Relebohile Moletsane, Serufusa Sekidde, David Kuria, Kopano Mabaso, Abraham Leno, Samuel Kargbo, ElsaMarie D’Silva, Esther Ngumbi” At the link find the title, “Undaunted: Stories from the Frontlines of Global Health, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files f1acafe1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Einstein’s Creativity 56 mins – “Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity, this talk takes a look at Albert Einstein’s creativity. Where did it come from, how was it reflected in his life, and what can we learn from it? Biographer Walter Isaacson brings the physicist’s creativity to life through historical details and insights Isaacson uncovered in his book ‘Einstein: His Life and Universe.’” At the link find the title, “Einstein’s Creativity, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files 67d903c5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronic Eyeglasses 27 mins – “Automatic glasses by Ian Woolf, Nathan Waters talks about changing to a better society with Peerism,” At the link right-click “download MP3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Work by Nonprofits 29 mins – “In physics, electricity is power. Electricity can also be power, though, in the sense that it creates opportunity for the pursuit of social capital and positive outcomes. This week on Sea Change Radio, we highlight the efforts of two nonprofits that are working to bring clean, affordable energy to some of the most under-resourced people on the planet. First, we hear from Anya Cherneff of Empower Generation who gives us a snapshot of her organization’s efforts to bring electricity to people in Nepal, and how it connects to fighting human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Then, Moira Hanes from Empowered By Light talks about the difference her organization has made both in Nepal and Zambia.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Everglades Agriculture 123 mins – “Over the past century, large-scale sugar cane cultivation was developed in what became known as the Everglades Agricultural Area, the region just south of Lake Okeechobee, historically a part of the Everglades ecosystem which was drained in the early- to mid-twentieth century. However, making sugarcane cultivation in this area feasible & profitable has required massive amounts of government subsidization, including: draining the land in the first place & maintaining flood control infrastructure ever since; funding soil experiments; assisting sugar companies in finding cheap, controllable labor until the coming of mechanization in the 1990s; and keeping out foreignsugar & keeping the US sugar price artificially above the world price (usually 2-3x higher.) The sugar companies that receive all of this welfare often get to “profit” immensely, and up until a few decades ago were allowed to wreck havoc on South Florida’s ecosystem with impunity.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FDA Verification Speed 22 mins – “The FDA faces perpetual criticism that it is too slow in it’s approval process for getting drugs to market, but one former FDA employee Tom Marciniak, and one professor, Victor Serebruany from Johns Hopkins University have analysed that process and disagree. Tom Marciniak has been a commentator on the approval process, both critical of industry and the FDA in The BMJ – and in this interview he talks about that process, his new analysis, and how he thinks we could be more sure about the safety and efficacy of drugs coming onto the market.” At the linkf idn the title, “Is the FDA really too slow? Jul, 2017,”Media files 332734895-bmjgroup-is-the-fda-really-too-slow.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Kurdish Fighters 28 mins – “On the frontline with the female Kurdish fighters liberating Raqqa from the group that calls itself Islamic State and fighting for recognition of their own rights as women.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

FISA Section 702 42 mins – “On December 31, 2017, Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act will sunset. Officials insist that the provision authorizes critical intelligence gathering, but as of yet, Congress has not signaled whether it will give a clean reauthorization of the bill, pass it with amendments, or allow it to lapse altogether. In this week’s podcast, Susan Hennessey sits down with FBI General Counsel Jim Baker and the Bureau’s Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch Carl Ghattas to discuss the legal and operational elements of Section 702.” At the link find the title, “Jim Baker and Carl Ghattas on Section 702,” right-click “Direct download: BakerGhattas2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Cost 62 mins – “Tamar Haspel, who writes “Unearthed,” a column on food and agriculture at the Washington Post, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a wide variety of issues related to the cost of food and how it’s produced. Topics discussed include why technology helps make some foods inexpensive, how animals are treated, the health of the honey bee, and whether eggs from your backyard taste any better than eggs at the grocery.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Footwear 39 mins – “The human foot is an evolutionary masterpiece, far more functional than we give it credit for. So why do we encase it in “a coffin” (as one foot scholar calls it) that stymies so much of its ability — and may create more problems than it solves?” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

For-Profit Prisons 73 mins – “In 2016, the Obama administration declared that the federal government would begin phasing out the use of private, for-profit prisons in the justice system. This move came in response to a Justice Department report that showed private prisons did not save money and were less safe than public facilities. In early 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded this decision. Today, the debate continues: Should the American criminal justice system include private, for-profit entities? Or should the prison system at the state and federal levels be run by the government? Join our panelists for a conversation about the state of the American criminal justice system and private prisons. Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer, who reported on his four-month stint as a private prison guard, will share his experience and insights from inside a private prison. Alysia Santo, a staff reporter at the Marshall Project, a nonprofit outlet that features journalism on criminal justice reform, recently exposed the deadly conditions on board a private prisoner transportation van. Jeanne Woodford, former warden of San Quentin State Prison and former undersecretary for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will offer her perspective from decades of experience within the criminal justice system.” At the link find the title, “For-Profit Punishment? The Private Prison Question, J” right-click “Media files cc_20170718_Inforum For Profit Punishment_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Freddie Gray 56 mins – “In a bid to instill civic pride forty years ago, Baltimore was officially named “Charm City”. Today, some call Baltimore a war zone -over 300 homicides per year amid 16,000 vacant homes. Mary O’Connell takes us inside America’s great racial divide.” At the link find the title, “The shadow of charm city: Inside America’s great racial divide, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170707_98660.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Game Brains 47 mins – “Behind the game-face is a game-brain. This is the basic thesis of Dr. John Sullivan, a Clinical Sport Psychologist and the CEO of Clinical & Sport Consulting Services, where he helps prep the brains of elite performers in professional sports, military special forces, and more. Dr. Sullivan, himself a former NCAA Division 1 athlete, consults on everything from nutrition (spoiler: he likes turkey and bananas) to sleep-cycle regulation with photobiomodulation to help the world’s greatest “jocks” use the three pounds of tissue for which they get little credit, but rely on for everything. The brain, Sullivan reminds us, is responsible for everything from the electrical strength behind muscle contractions to the all-important split-second decisions as to which enemy on my field of play is the important one I should direct my attack towards?  In games where milliseconds matter, time can’t be wasted on decisions that divert power production the wrong way. …One of the key pieces of training that Sullivan tries to instill in his clients is using biometric tracking technology to learn to “read their bodies” — eventually without biometrics.  The technical tools are like the training wheels, a Rosetta stone for our own pulse, mood, posture — allowing us to judge our intuitions against something concrete, so that later we can self-assess when there’s no time to check your app’s read-out. His approach is a nuanced balance of fast and slow, explosive force and deep restfulness.” At the link find the title, “#189: Head in the Game with Dr. John Sullivan,” right-click “Media files SDS189.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Game of Thrones Star 54 mins – “Dragons, violence, magic & more: Explore “Game of Thrones” through the lens of science, with Neil deGrasse Tyson, actor Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), comic co-host Michael Ian Black, author Helen Keen, and psychologist Travis Langley.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gastrophysics 24 mins – “Why do we like food? It’s more than just taste. We bring you a lesson in gastrophysics and a new way to look at eating what’s on your plate.” At the link find the title, “July 11: Gastrophysics explains how potato chips can taste even better, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170711_61434.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

General Theory of Relativity 22 mins – “Continuing our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the General Theory of Relativity, this talk features theoretical physicist Brian Greene. Arguably one of the best and most entertaining explainers of all things cosmic, Greene gives a refresher on what the theory is, and why we should care. He also sheds light on the exciting advances science has made in understanding black holes.” At the link find the title, “Celebrating Einstein with Brian Greene, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files a303eb40.mp3 briane greene” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering in Utah 52 mins – “…we’re talking about a proposed ballot initiative aimed at addressing perceived flaws in how Utah draws its electoral districts. Redrawing district lines to benefit the political party in power, AKA gerrymandering, is almost as old as America itself. But the bi-partisan organizers behind the initiative say the way electoral boundaries are drawn in Utah allows politicians to choose their voters, when it should be the other way around. We’ll talk about their efforts, and we hope to hear from you, too.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Global Value Chains 94 mins – “Global value chains (GVCs) break up the production process so that different steps occur in different countries. Two-thirds of world trade now takes place in value chains that cross at least one border during production. GVCs are having a profound impact on rich and poor countries alike. They also complicate trade analysis as statistics based on gross value rather than value added are often misleading. Drawing on data on the value added in trade over the past 20 years, the World Bank, World Trade Organization, and other partners have produced the first GVC Development Report. On July 20, the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution hosted a panel, including some of the authors of the report, to examine the research’s main findings and policy implications. What are the roles of developed and developing countries in GVCs? What are the distributional implications within countries? Why are so few developing locations involved and how can more developing countries participate? How are GVCs facilitating trade in services (with nearly half of the value added in world trade now coming from service sectors)?” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Control Laws 47 mins – “After the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise, some lawmakers want to loosen gun laws. We’ll look at America’s new “gun battle.” At the link Tensions Rise In America’s Gun Debate” 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 Plan for Children 47 mins – “The Senate health care bill would leave millions of disabled children without Medicaid. We’ll dig into that.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

High Noon Allegory 52 mins – “The film High Noon was a hit when it debuted in 1952, and it remains a revered Hollywood classic. But the tale of a sheriff awaiting a showdown held deeper meaning for screenwriter Carl Foreman. For him, it was a political parable. Communist fear gripped the nation, and Foreman was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities to answer for his past. Journalist Glenn Frankel has written a book about the making of High Noon and its high-stakes allegory. He joins us Thursday to talk about it. Glenn Frankel was a staff writer at the Washington Post for 27 years, during which time he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. He’s the author of several books including The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. His latest is called High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HIV Injectable Drugs 27 mins – “Could future of treatments for HIV be revolutionised by an injection? HIV/Aids researchers from around the world have been meeting in Paris this week. Anti-retroviral drugs have transformed HIV into a manageable long-term condition. But taking the medication for a lifetime could involve up to 20,000 tablets. So Professor Joe Eron and colleagues from the United States tested an injectable, slow-acting form of the medication, which releases over one month or two. The jab performed as well as the daily tablets, keeping the virus at bay. Last year 2,500 people died from opioid-related overdoses in Canada – a figure that’s grown because street heroin is now often combined with an even more powerful drug – fentanyl. Now the health minister Jane Philpott – a former doctor herself – believes it’s time for a bold, approach – to make clean heroin available to addicts. People love to watch dancers moving perfectly in time – whether it’s a ballet or a flashmob. But what’s so special about synchronised movement? Dr Guido Orgs, who’s both a lecturer in psychology at Goldsmiths University of London and a professional dancer, says audiences love it when dancers stop together, perfectly in time. Saturday Night Fever and Michael Jackson’s Thriller are famous examples of this precise art.?” At the link click “Download,” right-click desired quality and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Homo Deus 56 mins – “In his book “Homo Deus”, Yuval Harari argues that humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: advances creating networked intelligences will surpass our own in speed, capability and impact. But where will this leave us?” At the link find the title, “How humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: Yuval Harari , Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170719_33647.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Propaganda 63 mins – “Two towns where people got really upset about undocumented immigrants, even though in both places, that did not seem to be the most important thing happening at all. One of the towns, a small town in Alaska, has no undocumented immigrants at all, but the possibility of them arriving put the whole town at each other’s throats.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Concepts 40 mins “I am a student of approaches for innovation – how ideas are conceived and turned into valuable products and services. However, my guest introduced me to a new line of thinking — an approach to innovation I had not previously been exposed to and for that I’m thankful. I now have another tool in my innovation toolbox and you will too after hearing Scott Bowden share how innovations throughout history can provide modern ideas and help solve problems we face today. After spending nearly 20 years at IBM, Scott is now traveling the globe to investigate and share how historic innovations provide lessons for the modern-day innovation practitioners – you and me. Scott shares several examples of historic innovations and I hope you find them as interesting as I did. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investing Ideas 38 mins – “Covering a lot of ground in this podcast, Paul discusses rebalancing your portfolio, an AARP article on “What to expect in your 70s and beyond,” the new Callan Periodic Tables for U.S. Equity Investment Returns, the Lipper Performance Report for the 25 Largest Funds, and an update on his recommended portfolios at Motif Investing.   See the Callan Periodic Tables for U.S. Equity Investment Returns: See the Lipper Performance Report for the 25 Largest Funds: the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jefferson Legacy 56 mins – “In honor of President’s Day, biographer Jon Meacham explores Jefferson’s complicated legacy and suggests how we might reclaim the Jeffersonian insistence that political leaders be conversant with the philosophical and cultural currents of their time. Meacham wrote the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.” At the link find the title, “Thomas Jefferson: An American Original, Feb, 2016,” right-click “Media files b88473f9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jews in Bollywood 27 mins – “Bollywood is famous for its songs, dancing, long running times, and racy heroines. But at the beginning, Bollywood did not even have heroine. The earliest silent films were all-male productions, with men wearing saris and playing women’s roles. In the 1920s and ’30s, Bombay’s Hindu and Muslim women would not act on screen; there was a taboo against women showing their bodies. But another community in Bombay soon stepped in. Noreen Khan explores the untold story of how Jewish women became the first female superstars of Indian cinema.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Job Loyalty 71 mins – “Much has been lost over the last 70 years. Big businesses once took responsibility for providing their workers and retirees with an array of social benefits. Post World War II, these companies believed that worker pay needed to be kept high in order to preserve morale. Productivity boomed. Rick Wartzman illustrates how much things have changed since then. Job security, steadily rising pay, guaranteed pensions, and robust health benefits were once thought to contribute to worker morale and to keep the company humming, but these benefits are now gone. Wartzman will trace the ups and downs of four corporate icons–General Motors, General Electric, Kodak and Coca-Cola—and the erosion of the relationship between American companies and their workers. Wartzman also addresses what can be done to rebuild the work force and help resurrect the middle class. Before joining the Drucker Institute in 2007 as its founding executive director, Wartzman worked for two decades as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. While business editor of the LA Times, he helped shape a three-part series on Walmart’s impact on the economy and society, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.” At the link find the title, “The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170718_The End of Loyalty Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Joe Biden 50 mins – “Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. Biden discussed root causes of poverty and inequality in America. He separately addressed topics related to terrorism, ISIS, and Syrian refugees.” At the link find the title, “Vice President Joe Biden, Dec, 2015,” right-click “Media files f38a8807.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jon Batiste 55 mins – “At 28, musician Jon Batiste is considered by many to be one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today. His modern take on the American songbook — equally influenced by his passion for jazz and classical styles, which he calls “Social Music” — attracts critical acclaim as well as audiences across all demographics. These two New Orleans natives will discuss Batiste’s music, their hometown, the importance of music education, and the state and future of American musical traditions more broadly. Batiste demonstrates much of the music they discuss on his melodica.” At the link find the title, “American Musical Traditions, Apr, 2015,”right-click “Media files 94c3d1f6.mp3 Jon Batiste” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Kasmir Conflict 29 mins – “Kanishk Tharoor explores artefacts and landmarks caught up in India and Pakistan’s independence in 1947. In this episode, the life and times of the Palladium cinema. The Palladium was one of Srinagar’s oldest and most popular movie theatres. It was on Lal Chowk, a square in the heart of the city. From the 1940s, the building was the backdrop to many of Kashmir’s major political events. Today it stands in ruins, an unexpected casualty of the ongoing conflict, and now, there are no public cinemas left in Srinagar.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kenya 93 mins – “Kenyans returning to the polls on August 8 will choose from a multitude of candidates that are seeking offices from president to governor, and parliament to county assembly. As the economic and political hub for East Africa, this is Kenya’s sixth set of national elections since the end of the one-party state in 1991, and second since the introduction of a new constitution in 2010. It falls a decade after the worst electoral clashes in Kenyan history, when more than 1,100 people were killed and 650,000 displaced. Given this history, and rising political tensions, many fear the potential of violence ahead. While the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is presently favored, regionalism and ethnic divisions continue to overshadow important electoral concerns over economic development, regional security, and political change.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Leader Guide Dogs 6 mins – “Pete Lane hits the floor of the NFB17 Exhibit Hall floor and talks the LeaderDogs for the Blind representative about the programs they offer and how you can contact them for more information. From summer camps, to advance training, LeaderDogs has a program that fits any individual. We hope you enjoy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Learning Quickly 57 mins – “Best-selling author of “The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything Fast!” Josh Kaufman shares universal, field-tested approaches to effective learning and rapid skill acquisition in adults.” At the link find the title, “How to Learn Anything Fast, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 925ee41a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Life Expectancy Change 30 mins – “The increase in life expectancy in England has almost “ground to a halt” since 2010 and austerity measures are likely to be a significant contributor. In this podcast Michael Marmot, director at University College London’s Institute of Health Equity, joins us to discuss what might be causing that drop off, and why a decrease in early life chances is particularly problematic.” At the link find the title, “What’s going on with life expectancy? Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 334173429-bmjgroup-whats-going-on-with-life-expectancy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Low Vision Resources 69 mins – ‘Low vision occurs when a person’s vision cannot be corrected with contact lenses or glasses. This talk will briefly review common conditions that may result in low vision, what is involved in a low vision evaluation, and what supportive services and resources are available in the San Francisco Bay Area.” At the link find the title, “I’m Not Blind, But I Can’t See: Resources for Those with Low Vision, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170712_I’m_Not_Blind_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mars Primer 27 mins – “Dr. Jim Murphy, Associate Professor in New Mexico State University’s Astronomy Department will give us a primer on Mars.  What is the composition of the Martian atmosphere, and how do scientists determine that information?  Martian weather has many similarities with Earth’s weather: seasons, dust storms, and weather systems.  The Martian day is also very similar to Earth’s 24-hour cycle.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Controversies 59 mins – “Despite medical advances and the application of scientific principles to modern medicine, there seems to be increasing controversy about the “right” diagnostic and treatment choices, even for very common medical issues – such as how best to treat high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol; whether to take vitamins, and who should be screened for cancer with mammograms and PSA. Doctors Jerome Groopman, chair of Harvard Medical School, and Pamela Hartzband, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, discuss why experts disagree, why there isn’t a clear “right” answer, and what patients need to know to make decisions in the face of conflicting information.” At the link find the title, “When Experts Disagree – The Art of Medical Decision Making, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files 6f552a49.mp3 Jerome Groopman Pamela Hartzband” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medication and Mindfulness 44 mins – “Meditation and mindfulness have gone mainstream. From improvements in perception to body awareness, to pain tolerance and emotion regulation, to an increase in complex thinking and a sense of self, two experts in the field explore the benefits and outcomes of these practices. Featured speakers: Richard Davidson, William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin and Robert Roth, Executive Director, David Lynch Foundation. Their discussion is moderated by documentary filmmaker Perri Peltz.” At the link find the title, “Meditation and Mindfulness – Going Beyond the Buzzwords” to listen, but downloads are not available; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Minimum Wage Debate 47 mins – “While some states raise the minimum wage, Missouri’s rolling it back. We’ll dive into the nation’s wage battle.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Missing Indigenous Women 21 mins – “After the latest resignation from the MMIWG [Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls] inquiry, families want all commissioners to resign, pointing to a dysfunctional process.” At the link find the title, “July 12: ‘There’s a lot of disrespect’: Families want all MMIWG inquiry commissioners to resign, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170712_22539.mp3 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mosul Emergency Medicine 31 mins – “Humanitarian missions as a war-zone medic in areas of conflict is our topic this week. Our guest this week is Daniel Taylor, a paramedic from New York’s Hudson Valley. He has come on the show in the past and returns this week to talk about his recent trip to Iraq on a humanitarian mission. The first part of the mission was in the Kurdistan region.

Moth Radio Hour 56 mins – “Ali Al Abdullatif encounters the kindness of patriots. Aidan Greene desperately tries to hide his stammer. Chris Herbert takes a wild career detour in Public Relations. Rachel Ogilvy is forced to make a huge decision in the face of a health scare.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myanmar Drug Addicts 28 mins – “A vigilante drug squad tackles a heroin epidemic in northern Myanmar’s jade mines, conducting door-to-door raids and forcibly detaining drug users in make-shift rehab centres.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NASA Flight Research 120 mins – “As part of my trip to the US earlier this year I visited NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. I conducted six interviews over two days, the ones concerning subscale research (i.e., on model airplanes) are in this episode. We start with a conversation about flying wings in general and Prandtl-D in particular with Armstrong’s Chief Scientist Al Bowers. Next, we chat about flutter research and the X-56 with project lead Cheng Moua. Finally, we talk to Matt Moholt about his project, the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 File Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NASA History P1 15 mins – “The U.S. government created the N.A.C.A., the forebearer to NASA, to help the U.S. catch up with the aviation advances by many of the great powers of Europe. Daily Press reporter Mark Erickson and senior curator at the National Air and Space Museum Tom D. Crouch talk about what it took to catch up, from wind tunnels to World War II. Daily Press reporter Jane Hammond hosts.” At the link find the title, “Episode 1 of The Unknown and Impossible: A fresh start, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 333033060-daily_press-episode-1-of-the-unknown-and-impossible-a-fresh-start.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NASA History P2 15 mins – “The United States didn’t always lead in aviation, aeronautics and space. After a pioneering flight by the Wright Brothers in 1903, the U.S. fell behind other countries in aviation. Daily Press reporter Mark Erickson, National Air and Space Museum senior curator Tom D. Crouch, NASA historian Andrew Chaikin and former NASA planetary scientist Joel Levine join the second episode to discover how America caught up? Daily Press reporter Natalie Joseph hosts.” At the link find the title, “Episode 2 of The Unknown and Impossible: Catching Up, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 333131141-daily_press-episode-2-of-the-unknown-and-impossible-catching-up.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NASA History P3 12 mins – “NASA Langley might conjure thoughts of space, but the research center has been a laboratory for aviation. The plane you just flew on? Almost of its components tie back to Langley. Langley has been on the precipice of innovation from its inception, and the push to develop new tools continues. Daily Press reporter Mark Erickson, senior curator at the National Air and Space Museum Tom D. Crouch and retired engineer Norman Crabill appear in the third episode hosted by Jonathan Heeter.” At the link find the title, “Episode 3 of The Unknown and Impossible: Innovation and Aviation, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 333131718-daily_press-episode-3-of-the-unknown-and-impossible-innovation-and-aviation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NASA History P4 15 mins – “The history of aviation, aeronautics and space changed with the introduction to Project Mercury and the Mercury 7 astronauts based here in Hampton. Retired NASA flight director Chris Kraft, author and journalist Andrew Chaikin and historian James R. Hansen talk about the push to space. Daily Press reporter Jane Hammond hosts.” At the link find the title, “Episode 4 of The Unknown and Impossible: Project Mercury, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 333132427-daily_press-episode-4-of-the-unknown-and-impossible-project-mercury.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NASA History P5 15 mins – “While the Space Task Group left Hampton, NASA Langley continued important ties to the space program going forward. Langley contributed to Gemini, the Lunar Orbiters, Apollo, the Space Shuttle and Viking. Historian James R. Hansen, author Andrew Chaikin and Apollo engineer Ed Kilgore talk about Langley’s ties to space after Mercury. Daily Press reporter Jane Hammond hosts.” At the link find the title, “Episode 5 of The Unknown and Impossible: Space Beyond Mercury, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 333133328-daily_press-episode-5-of-the-unknown-and-impossible-space-beyond-mercury.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NASA History P6 15 mins – “Despite its central place in aviation history, NASA Langley had avoided the spotlight of Hollywood until a Hampton native wrote a book about the unsung mathematicians of Langley. Daily Press reporter Mike Holtzclaw, “Hidden Figures” author Margot Lee Shetterly and actors Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae talk about Langley’s brush with Hollywood. Daily Press reporter Natalie Joseph hosts.” At the link find the title, “Episode 6 of The Unknown and Impossible: Langley and Hollywood, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 333133958-daily_press-episode-6-of-the-unknown-and-impossible-langley-and-hollywood.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NASA History P7 16 mins – “Authors and NASA employees discuss what’s ahead for NASA Langley in the next 100 years in our final episode of The Unknown and Impossible. Spoiler alert: It probably involves Mars. Retired NASA flight director Christopher Kraft, historian James R. Hansen, current engineers Kyle Ellis and Pat Troutman talk about Langley’s role going forward. Jonathan Heeter hosts.” At the link find the title, “Episode 7 of The Unknown and Impossible: The Next 100 Years, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 333134508-daily_press-episode-7-of-the-unknown-and-impossible-the-next-100-years.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New Orleans Mayor 72 mins – “New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu talks about his family’s deep political roots in the South, rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, his decision to remove Confederate monuments from his city, and why Democrats can’t write off another Trump victory At the link find the title, “Ep. 163 – Mitch Landrieu,” right-click “Media files qstlkn.1-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Newton Iowa Revival 18 mins – “For more than a century, Newton, Iowa, was the quintessential company town. Maytag started building washing machines there in 1893. The company grew into a global brand, and Newton, a city of 15,000, prospered along with it. When Maytag closed its doors in 2007, it was a rough transition. At the time, some 2,000 people were building washers and dryers at the old Maytag manufacturing facility. The cavernous building is the size of seven average-sized Walmarts….” 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.

Novelty Chemistry for Brains 45 mins – “Taking Advantage of Your Brain’s Chemistry – Humans are naturally prone to taking advantage of novelty.  As Dr. Biederman puts it, we’re all infovores to various extents. The key is to recognize that, although we’re all driven by novelty, we’re not all engaged by the same novelty.  So seek out the new information that calls to you, and avoid being bogged down in daily administration. Routine tasks suppress our desire for new stimuli. And while you’re at it, knock off the celebrity gossip rags.  Tune in to the episode to find out why.” At the link find the title, “#188: The Pleasure of Novelty,” right-click “The post #188: The Pleasure of Novelty appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts” right-click “Media files SDS188.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power 57 mins – “Nuclear provides about a third of New England’s electricity, but that’s changing, as old plants in Vermont and Massachusetts shut down.  Still, there’s huge debate over whether to build the next generation of nuclear.  Is it a reliable, carbon-free energy source…or is it too dangerous and expensive?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Epidemic in America 52 mins – “The journalist Sam Quinones has called opiate addiction “the closest thing to enslavement that we have in America today.” It’s a scourge fueled by pharmaceutical companies and drug cartels, and it takes advantage of some heavy cultural baggage on either side of the border. Poor people in Mexico are looking for a leg up, while disaffected people in the world’s richest country just want to check out. Quinones joins us Monday to discuss the culture of the opiate epidemic. Sam Quinones is a journalist, former LA Times reporter and author of three books. His latest is called Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate EpidemicAt the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organic Vegetable Farm 80 mins – “Chris Jagger is the owner and operator of Blue Fox Farm, an organic vegetable farm in the Applegate Valley of southern Oregon. He is also the owner and head consultant for Blue Fox Agricultural Services, a full-service agricultural supply and consultation company focusing on ecological solutions for the modern farmer. Both his farm and his agricultural services use living soils as a foundation to scale farming operations efficiently and profitably. We discuss the changes Chris has seen in the organic and local marketplace and labor environment, and how Blue Fox Farm has worked to downsize in response to those changes. Chris shares how he has worked to determine what makes money with a sensible approach to crop budget analysis. We also dig into how Blue Fox Farm is getting better crops on a smaller piece of land, the economics of scaling up and scaling down, salad mix production, and mechanization and the choices Blue Fox Farm has made around that. It’s worth noting here that Chris rounds out his involvement with the agricultural community by hosting the Living Soils Symposium each March. The symposium is an interactive conference for farmers, interested in regenerative farming techniques, to exchange knowledge and gain insight in a peer-to-peer environment.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paid Family Leave 45 mins – “The growing call for paid family leave. Washington State just passed it. Ivanka Trump is pushing for it. We hear the debate around an idea whose time may have come.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Paper-fuges 15 mins – “Inventor Manu Prakash turns everyday materials into powerful scientific devices, from paper microscopes to a clever new mosquito tracker. From the TED Fellows stage, he demos Paperfuge, a hand-powered centrifuge inspired by a spinning toy that costs 20 cents to make and can do the work of a $1,000 machine, no electricity required.” At the link find the title, “Lifesaving scientific tools made of paper | Manu Prakash, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files ManuPrakash_2017U.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paranormal Projects 53 mins – “If you’re a skeptic, you’re going to be outraged by the “scientific projects” conducted by the U.S. government into mind reading and other paranormal phenomena. For more than 40 years the government hired magicians and hypnotists to try to figure out what the enemy was up to. Investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen’s latest book tells the story of this top secret program, …and she joins us to explain what would make people spend so much time, energy, and money on such strange ideas. Annie Jacobsen is the author of Area 51 and The Pentagon’s Brain, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in history. Her new book is called Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigation Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis.At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patient Whisperer 17 mins – “When Greg Stone’s comedy career wasn’t working out, his mom told him to get a job working with her in the ER. Greg Stone is a comedian living in New York. You can find more details about his work at www.gregfstone.comAt the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Waste 27 mins – “[first item] More than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s. Plastic is low cost, easy to manufacture and versatile, which is why it has permeated throughout our daily lives, from shopping bags to bottles. A new global study has quantified the production and consumption of plastic over the decades. Revealing a very big problem. If our current rate of plastic waste generation continues, it’s predicted that by 2050 there will be over 13 billion tonnes of it discarded into landfills and the environment around us….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Power 57 mins – “Lawrence Lessig (professor at Harvard Law School) says there’s a profound loss of confidence by Americans in their government. In this Aspen Lecture, Lessig shows exactly why Americans are right, and just how we could restore the rightful sense that we have a government that represents us.” At the link find the title, “How Democracy Gets Restored, Mar, 2015,” right-click “Media files 9a21433e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Trends 37 mins – “…After tackling the social impact of branding and corporate dominance in No Logo, then the use of crises to further political agendas in The Shock Doctrine, and the problem of political apathy in the face of climate change in This Changes Everything, activist and author Naomi Klein is back with a book that unites all her previous targets: No Is Not Enough. Written in just months after Donald Trump’s election, No Is Not Enough is a powerful call to arms in the Trump era. Klein warns readers to be aware of the shock tactics employed by the Trump administration, in which crises are exploited in order to impose a sinister political agenda on a distracted public….” At the link right click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Posting Kid Photos 23 mins – “…Do your parents post pictures of you? Or did they when you were younger? Do you post pictures of your kid? Let us know. Our team made two surveys—one for parents and guardians, one for teens and young adults. Take just a couple minutes to answer, then share the surveys with your networks. It’s all research for an upcoming episode….” At the link right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poughkeepsie Serial Killer 24 mins – “Journalist Claudia Rowe on the murders of eight women in the town of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in the 1990s.” At the link find the title, “July 10: ENCORE | How a serial killer taught a reporter the complicated meaning of evil, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170710_62858.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Property Seizures Increase 49 mins – “Attorney General Sessions says he will expand property seizures, people lose money to a Venmo scheme, Cabin overnight bus includes full sleeping cabins.” At the link find the title, “Use of property seizures set to expand, preventing Venmo fraud, new bus provides a comfy ride from LA to SF, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files SHOW_072017-d5a605a4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychological Study Trusthworthiness 10 mins – “This is Episode 8 of PsychCrunch, the podcast from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest, sponsored by Routledge Psychology. Can we trust psychological studies? We speak to Brian Earp, of Oxford University and Yale University, about how to respond when we’re told repeatedly that the veracity of eye-catching findings, or even cherished theories, has come under scrutiny. Brian also talks about his own experience of publishing a failed replication attempt – a must-listen for any  researchers who are fearful of publishing their own negative findings. Find Brian on Twitter @BrianDavidEarpAt the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Qatar and Terrorism 26 mins – “Gulf politics scholar and former intelligence analyst Lori Plotkin Boghardt explains the Qatar crisis – what it is, why it’s happening now, and how it could affect American interests and alliances in the Middle East.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racist Ideas in America 53 mins- “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and is titled “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.”  Our speaker is University of Florida Assistant Professor of African American History, Ibram X. Kendi.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radical Extremism 44 mins – “As radical extremism in the Middle East continues to undermine global security, it’s crucial to understand and counter its roots and appeal. This episode features a discussion between David Ignatius, columnist for the Washington Post, Farah Pandith, who’s with the Council on Foreign Relations and Nicholas Burns, director of the Aspen Strategy Group. How do we confront radicalism in the Middle East? What does this nightmare mean for the United States? And, what about the refugee crisis? The panelists also give thoughts on what the next president should be thinking about.” At the link find the title, “Leading the Response to Radical Extremism, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 3d0d4925.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rat Eradication 24 mins – “Rats are the scourge of the Haida Gwaii archipelago in B.C., decimating seabird population. After efforts to eradicate the rode” At the link find the title, “ July 21: ENCORE: Parks Canada calls for rat tails and ears to trace rodent’s move to Haida Gwaii,” right-click “Media files current_20170721_35264.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Red Yeast Rice 58 mins – “[second item]…Many people have turned to the popular supplement red yeast rice as an alternative to statin drugs for lowering cholesterol. Where does red yeast rice come from and how well does it work? (The article on red yeast rice causing less muscle fatigue than simvastatin was published in BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, May 18, 2017). What should you know about potential downsides, such as contamination with citrinin? A recent analysis showed that over-the-counter red yeast rice supplements are not labeled with the amount of active ingredient. This research, funded by Consumer Reports, was published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology (June 23, 2017). We discuss the difficulties of purchasing a reliable brand of red yeast rice with Dr. Tod Cooperman of” At the link you can listen and purchase the podcast; however, a copy is also included in the blog archive.

Reproductive Justice 31 mins – “The GOP’s anti-Obamacare push is defeated for now. But what if the debate over healthcare was as much about human and community health as it is about partisan politics? This week on the LF Show, health crusaders Loretta Ross and Lynn Paltrow explain why reproductive justice requires racial and class equity and Laura celebrates Oregon’s new Reproductive Health Equity Act which moves everyone forward, together, regardless of income, citizenship status, and gender identity.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retail Arbitrage 15 mins – “Sam Cohen buys stuff at big retail stores, then turns around and sells it on Amazon for a quick profit. It defies economic logic. But somehow, there’s a whole multimillion-dollar industry doing this.” At the link find the title, “#629: Buy Low, Sell Prime, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170726_pmoney_pmpod629rerun.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

River Wiggles 12 mins – “Rivers are one of nature’s most powerful forces — they bulldoze mountains and carve up the earth, and their courses are constantly moving. Understanding how they form and how they’ll change is important for those that call their banks and deltas home. In this visual-packed talk, geoscientist Liz Hajek shows us how rocks deposited by ancient rivers can be used as a time machine to study the history of the earth, so we can figure out how to more sustainably live on it today.” At the link find the title, “What rivers can tell us about the earth’s history | Liz Hajek, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files LizHajek_2014X.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robert Frost 7 mins – “Robert Frost is one of America’s best-known and beloved poets. He lived many places over the span of his 88 years: San Francisco, Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, and Vermont. And then there’s the house in Franconia, New Hampshire. From 1915 to 1920, Robert Frost lived on Ridge Road. There he wrote poems, cared for animals, and raised a young family. That home is now known as The Frost Place, run by a nonprofit dedicated to Frost’s memory and legacy. This weekend, it’s celebrating its fortieth anniversary….”  At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robots Displace People 52 mins – “Robots have been displacing human workers since the dawn of the industrial revolution, and that’s not about to change. If anything, says the futurist Martin Ford, the accelerating pace of tech innovation means that robots will be taking more jobs, including some we thought couldn’t be automated. White-collar workers like paralegals, journalists, even teachers, may soon find themselves replaced by artificial intelligence. Ford joins us Tuesday to explain what the rise of the robots means for the future of work. Martin Ford is a futurist who studies the impact of rapid technological innovation on the economy, job markets, and society. He’s the author of two books, including his latest, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russia and Putin 49 mins – “This episode features Nicholas Burns and Strobe Talbott discussing Russia and Putinism. Burns is director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Talbott is an ASG member and president of the Brookings Institution. In this discussion, they follow up on a lecture Talbott gave at the Aspen Institute back in August. That lecture, entitled “Putinism: The Back Story”, focused on Russia’s current policies, turning a lens on what Talbott asserts are the undoing of recent reforms. (Watch the full lecture: Here, Burns asks Talbott to reflect on what has changed, and what hasn’t, over the last eight months.” At the link find the title, “On Russia and Putinism, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files 2ec02a1a.mp3 Burns and Talbott” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Samuel Adams Founder 39 mins – “We’re hard at work planning our upcoming live shows, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: Samuel Adams. In 1984, Jim Koch felt suffocated by his cushy but boring corporate job. So he left, dusted off an old family beer recipe, started Sam Adams, and helped kickstart the craft beer movement in America. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” we check back with Kaitlin Mogental who is making packaged snacks out of the leftover fruit and veggie pulp from LA juice bars.” At the link find the title, “Samuel Adams: Jim Koch, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170720_hibt samadams.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sand Vanishes 27 mins – “Yogita Limaye investigates concerns, highlighted in a United Nations study, that vitally important reserves of sand are running out, with serious consequences for human society and the planet. Nearly everything we build in the modern world has a concrete foundation and you cannot make concrete without sand. But it takes thousands of years to form and we’re consuming it faster than it is being replenished.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Research Problems 64 mins – “Richard Harris says that American taxpayers spend more than $30 billion every year to fund biomedical research and that half of all the studies funded cannot be replicated. He says this biomedical research, anchored in a system that often rewards wrong behaviors, is needlessly slowing the search for new treatments and cures. To get and keep a job in research or in academia, Harris says, scientists need to publish results rather than get the right answers. It’s simply too easy for these scientists to use bad ingredients, poor experimental designs or improper methods in analyzing their results. Join us for a startling discussion on how sloppy science has dangerous consequences for all of us. Harris is one of the nation’s most celebrated science journalists, covering science, medicine and the environment. Now in his 30th year at NPR, his latest research concerns medical science, or the lack thereof.” At the link find the title, “Richard Harris and Mary Roach: Is Sloppy Science Killing Us? Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170713_Richard Harris and Mary Roach_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Education 15 mins – “A YouTube sex empress is making waves.” At the link find title, “Hunter Green Thong, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT6799727670.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Siberian Anthrax Outbreak 6 mins – “246 EE Will the Thawing of Arctic Ice Release Diseases?” At the link find the title, “246,” right-click “Media files ede_246-vq0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Protests 33 mins – “In this History Grab Bag, Nathan, Ed, Brian and Joanne discuss the history behind stories in the news. They look at the changing nature of student protests on campuses and the reaction to the first time a woman is cast to play “Doctor Who,” the title role in the BBC’s hit sci-fi TV series. They also talk about the Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solitary Confinement 46 mins – “Hear what former prisoner Shaka Senghor, who was incarcerated for 19 years and now directs strategy for the bipartisan initiative #cut50, has to say about President Obama’s recent pledge to end solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level offenders. Senghor shares his insights from seven years in solitary in one of the nation’s most violent prisons. Since 1980, the number of people incarcerated in the United States has more than quadrupled; the US now has the largest prison population in the world.” At the link find the title, “Solitary Confinement Through the Eyes of a Former Prisoner, Feb, 2016,” right-click “Media files 6d9f1062.mp3 shaka sengor” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Somaliland School Success 21 mins – “Abdisamad Adan is one of the first students from Somaliland ever admitted to a top-tier, Western university. And it’s thanks to a school, set up by a former Wall Street hedge fund manager, that helps young people in Africa get ahead.” At the link find the title, “July 19: ENCORE: Somali school paves way for students to get into Harvard, MIT,” right-click “Media files current_20170719_32322.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spanish Lottery 27 mins – “Sodeto is one of about 300 little farming villages that the dictator Francisco Franco built in Spain in the 1950s, in an effort to bring people and agriculture to isolated places. All the towns built during this time look similar, and Sodeto is no exception — there’s a church in the center of town and one bar, which is also the one restaurant, which is also the one place to hang out. The houses are the color of sand, and each has a red-tiled roof. About 200 people live in the town. Sodeto is not the kind of place that makes news. But all that changed in 2011 when almost everyone in this little village won a piece of the biggest lottery jackpot in Spain….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Starbury Sneakers Story 24 mins – “Most athlete endorsements make a product more expensive. But what happens when an NBA All-Star uses his name to make a sneaker much, much cheaper? On today’s show: How that worked out.” At the link find the title, “#785: The Starbury, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170721_pmoney_pmpod785.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steve Bannon 47 mins – “In August 2016, three months before the presidential election, Republican nominee Donald Trump was behind in the polls. Instead of staying on message, the candidate was engaged in a politically damaging fight with the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq. On Aug. 17, in an effort to change course, the Trump team appointed Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of the conservative Breitbart News, to lead the campaign. Journalist Joshua Green of Bloomberg Businessweek says the switch would prove to be a turning point. “[Trump] was headed toward a pretty serious loss, and Bannon brought his wealth of anti-Clinton knowledge into the campaign and managed to keep Trump focused on a target,” Green says….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teacher Creation 56 mins – “We’ve all had great teachers who opened our minds — and maybe even changed our lives. But how can we make every teacher a star teacher? Elizabeth Green’s New York Times best-selling book ‘Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone)’ presents teaching as a complex skill — one that requires infrastructure for support and training. She gives examples of the methods America’s best educators are using in the classroom, as well as how Japan’s education system has adopted policies that have changed teachers across the country. Green discusses her book with Stanford University’s renowned mathematics education professor Jo Boaler. Boaler is co-founder of YouCubed, and online resource for educators and families.” At the link find the title, “Building a Better Teacher, Oct, 2015,” right-click “Media files dd72dc26.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teenage Brains 45 mins – “Raising a teenager can be a lot of work and there’s hard science behind why adolescence is so challenging. Laurence Steinberg authored the book “Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence.” In this episode, he talks about how brain development doesn’t stop at age three. There’s another period where the brain is malleable: during adolescence. These years are key in determining individuals’ life outcomes. How should we change the way we parent, educate, and understand young people?” At the link find the title, “Building Better Teen Brains, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files 01d3d06c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teens and Tech 58 mins – “What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? Youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd talks with The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin about what Boyd sees as the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media, exploring tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Boyd argues that society fails kids when paternalism and protectionism hinder their ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. How will emerging technologies continue to impact a new generation of Americans?” At the link find the title, “Kids These Days: Technology and Culture in American Life, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files 56961f69.mp3 danah boyd” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thoreau 52 mins – “Henry David Thoreau famously went to Walden Pond to “live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” But as the scholar Laura Dassow Walls shows in a new biography, there was much more to Thoreau’s life and work than his brief experiment at Spartan living in the woods. He was an inventor, a manual laborer, a gifted naturalist, a writer of great originality, and an uncompromising abolitionist. Walls joins us Monday to explore Thoreau’s profound, complex, and influential life. Laura Dassow Walls is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at Notre Dame University’s Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science. Her new book is called Henry David Thoreau: A Life At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transcultural Nursing 19 mins – “In this podcast Dr. Norma Cuellar, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing interviews Dr. Linda Phillips, primary author of “Developing and Proposing the Ethno-cultural Gerontological Nursing Model” published in the March 2015 issue. The article describes the development of a new theoretical model for explaining health outcomes and health responses for older adults in unique ethno-cultural groups and to discuss implications and applications of the model to transcultural gerontological nursing practice. Dr. Phillips is Professor Emerita at the UCLA School of Nursing. She is a fellow of the Gerontology Society of America and the American Academy of Nursing. Her team includes Benissa Salem, Kia Jeffers, Haesook Kim, Maria Elena Ruiz, Nancy Salem, and Diana Woods.” At the link right-click “Direct download: TCN_26_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Phobia 29 mins – “Although cities across the country have announced themselves as sanctuaries, the queer and trans communities who defined this movement have been routinely failed by those same cities’ adherence to regressive policing tactics. This week, Jennicet Gutiérrez, of La Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement, and Hamid Khan, of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, join Laura to take measure of the contradictions found in state sanctioned surveillance of so-called sanctuary communities.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Beginning 48 mins – “Americans used smartphones to record their stories from the start of Donald Trump’s presidency. A simple conversation in a bar triggers an attack which leads to a prison sentence. This is the first of four podcasts about the real lives of Americans and what they want from their president. The Response: America’s Story is from The BBC World Service with American Public Media. This episode was compiled and recorded in Charleston West Virginia, with insights from Roxy Todd of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Rollback Questions 47 mins – “A ProPublica and New York Times investigation of President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks raises red flags. We’ll dig in. Trump’s Government Regulation Rollbacks” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Trumping the Climate 46 mins – “The Trump administration’s determination to revive coal mining and domestic oil drilling is causing concern that international efforts to combat climate change will crumble. But how far will the new Trump team be able to shrink rules created under President Obama and as far back as President Nixon? U.S. Senator John McCain recently cast a deciding vote against a Republican effort to roll back restrictions on methane, a powerful heat-trapping gas. California, long the vanguard of environmental protections, vows to keep forging ahead with its climate agenda. What are the new politics of carbon? How much change will the Trump administration really bring to the climate change fight? What are energy investors and companies doing in the new political context? Join a conversation about energy, markets and the mainstream news media.” At the link find the title, “Trumping the Climate: Coming in Hot, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170716_cl1 TrumpingTheClimate.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. At the link find the title, “Trumping the Climate: Coming in Hot, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170716_cl1_TrumpingTheClimate.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Attorney General 26 mins – “Can a president fire the attorney general? How much influence does a president have over the Justice Department? Reporter Ashley Parker, historian Tim Naftali and law professor Steve Vladeck on the politics, historical context and legal limitations.” At the link find the title, “Is it unusual for a president to publicly berate members of his own cabinet? Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files 597a5445e4b0b07aa660ab98 1351620000001-300040_t_1501189194768_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US Business Leadership Network 56 mins – “Joyce welcomes Jill Houghton, executive director of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN). The USBLN embraces the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the labor force and marketplace; assists in career preparation for, and employment of, people with disabilities; improves customer experiences for people with disabilities; and promotes the certification and growth of disability-owned business enterprises. Ms. Houghton will discuss the USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP). The DSDP offers businesses owned by individual(s) with a disability, including service disabled veterans, an exciting opportunity to increase their access to potential contracting opportunities with major corporations, government agencies, and one another. Through the DSDP, businesses can obtain Disability-Owned Business Enterprise Certification and get connected to a nationwide network of corporate and government procurement professionals, disability advocates, and others.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vegetative States 56 mins – “Philosophy PhD student Andrew Peterson is embedded with scientists at the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University and considers the ethical and moral questions emerging from this cutting edge research.” At the link find the title, “The Open Mind: Are ‘unconscious’ patients more conscious than we think? Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170710_35556.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Venezuela Crisis 21 mins – “Many Venezuelans are seeking refuge in Canada to escape the violence and economic turmoil that continue to escalate in their country.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for July 11, 2017 – The Current,” right-click “Media files current_20170711_33339.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Security 20 mins – “Cybersecurity reporter Kim Zetter warns that our election systems, including our voting machines, are vulnerable to hacking: “We can’t rule out that elections haven’t already been manipulated.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wall Street Prosecutions 49 mins – “Only one corporate executive was convicted after the financial meltdown of 2008. Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘ProPublica’ reporter Jesse Eisinger’s new book ‘The Chickens*** Club’ is about why the Department of Justice reaches settlements with banks and corporations and fails to prosecute executives. Also, commentator Mat Johnson shares a story about losing his hard drive.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Experiences 74 mins – “Winner of the 2014 National Book Award, “Redeployment” takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Author Phil Klay reads from and discusses this collection of short stories which asks readers to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven are themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival. the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of the chaos. NOTE: Contains graphic scenes that may not be suitable for everyone.” At the link find the title, “’Redeployment’ author Phil Klay, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files 7c40517a.mp3 Phil Klay” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

We the People 12 mins – “It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism — all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. “Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?” asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of “me” to the politics of “all of us, together.” At the linkf idn the title, “How we can face the future without fear, together | Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files RabbiLordJonathanSacks 2017.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Well Being Skill 44 mins – “Scientific evidence suggests that we can change our brains by transforming our minds and cultivating habits of mind that will improve well-being. These include happiness, resilience, compassion, and emotional balance. Each of these characteristics is instantiated in brain circuits that exhibit plasticity and thus can be shaped and modified by experience and training. Mental training to cultivate well-being has profound implications for schools, the workplace, and society as a whole. Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Davidson has published over 320 articles and edited 14 books, including The Emotional Life of Your Brain. NOTE: Davidson shared a couple of short video clips during his talk at the Festival. The first shows video games developed for kids to cultivate habits of kindness and pro-social behavior. The second is a demonstration of the preschool kindness curriculum that he refers to in the podcast. Watch here:” At the link find the title, “Circuit Training for Your Brain: Well-Being Is a Skill, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files 5dedf24b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

WW One Poison Gas 7 mins Mike Freemantle introduces a chemical weapon developed in the first world war that fortunately failed to live up to its terrible potential” At the link find the title, “Diphenylchlorarsine: Chemistry in its element, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files Ciie_Diphenylchlorarsine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Retired knowledge nut.
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