Media Mining Digest 306 – Sept 22, 2017: African Northwest Countries, Aging Wisely, Agriculture Technology, Antifa, Australian Health Care Plan, Back Pain Solutions, Black Ad Man, Black Teachers Decline, Boredom Value, Breast Milk Business, Budgeting, Carbon Disulfide Hysteria, Charlottesville Analysis, Chokehold-Policing Black Men, Civic Participation, Climate Change Adaptation, Coal Mining Film, Cohabitation Nation, Confederate Statues, Conservatism, Contaminated Water in Texas, CRISPR, DACA Prospects, Democracy Trends, Digital Disruption, DNA Test for Racial Purity, Economic Causes, Education Costs, Education Mentors, Election Security, Emotional Support Animals, Equal Rights Amendment, First Amendment and Twitter, Football Concussions, Forest Regrowth, Gender Bias at Google, Glenn Greenwald, GMO Food Rejection, Gobi the Dog, Indigenous Canadian History, Insider Training, Jerry Lewis, John Le Carre, Kitty Genovese and Lockerbee Bombing, Medical Problems, Medical Uncertainties, Military Contaminated Water, Mo Willems Books, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Net-Square in India, Obesity Treatment, Overdiagnosis in Medicine, Overdiagnosis Prevention, Patient Education, Physics History, Plastics Impact on Environment, Prejudicial Speech, Prostate Cancer, Racist Ideas, Radical Candor, Ransom Policy, Refugees from Africa, Republicans in California, Richard Dawkins, Ricky Skaggs, Rikers Island Teacher, Robbery-Murder Story, Saudi Arabia Future, Senator Feinstein, Sepsis Treatment, Sinclair Broadcasting, Stuxnet Virus, Taliban in Afghanistan, Teen Depression, Terrorism Prevention, Tree Whisperer, Trump Corruption, Turkey Democracy Survival, Vice Magazine Founder, White Supremacists, Wildfires in Canada

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Addictive Technology 49 mins – “Adam Alter is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, and has written for the New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, WIRED, Slate, Washington Post, and Popular Science, among other publications. He’s an associate professor of marketing at New York University and also teaches in the psychology department. His fascinating and chilling new book, Irresistible: the Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping us Hooked has, among other things, convinced Jason to stop charging his cellphone in his bedroom.” At the link find the title, “93. Adam Alter (Social Psychologist) – Ping!” right-click “Media files PP5765678848.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Northwest Countries 21 mins – “The countries of northwest Africa – Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria – may look like islands of stability in a sea of Middle East turmoil. But perhaps better to see them as low coral atolls – and the sea around them is rising fast. Soref Fellow Sarah Feuer, coauthor of a presidential transition study of American challenges and policy options in northwest Africa talks about why these countries matter to the United States, what Washington can do to help preserve reform and democracy there, and what the stakes are should these islands of regional stability sink below the waves of chaos lapping at their shores. Near East PolicyCast: Conversations on Middle East issues from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” At the link click the square with three dots, then right-click “Download” to download the audio file.

Aging Wisely 49 mins – “America is a nation of “death ostriches.” By denying mortality, death ostriches reduce the odds of living as well and as long as possible. Winning the Endgame will help you optimize the rest of your life. With author Ray Brown’s help, the audience will learn how to make wise decisions based on their staying power, how to evaluate the pros and cons of selling the house, and how to manage risk. Death ostriches suffer needlessly and die badly. Exiting gracefully requires long-term planning. Winning the Endgame can help you control when, where and how well you die.” At the link find the title, “Winning the Endgame: A Guide to Aging Wisely and Dying Well, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170907_Winning_the_Endgame Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture Technology 6 mins – “Tomatoes: from your garden, they are full of flavor. They even smell good. Tomatoes from the grocery store, however, might lack that same intense taste. Depending on what variety you buy, the tomato may have been engineered or sprayed to be heavy, not flavorful. Tomatoes are sold by the pound, after all. A new bit of technology may help some farmers create a tastier tomato. Granite Geek David Brooks has been writing about this tech for The Concord Monitor and spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello about it.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.  

Airplane Design 3 mins – “Episode: 1395 The World’s Worst Aircraft: learning what constitutes bad. Today, the worst airplanes ever built!” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 1395: Worst Airplanes, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170906.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alan Alda on Communicating 39 mins – “Today’s guest is actor, writer, director, and science-curious artist Alan Alda. Jason says: “I grew up watching him in reruns of MASH, where his character Hawkeye Pierce was so specific and relatable that he feels in my memory like a not-too-distant relative. And in Horace and Pete, Louis CK’s 2016 brilliant web-tv dramedy, Alan underwent a miraculous metamorphosis into a bitter, racist barman who is also a fully-fleshed human being. But wait – there’s more! For decades, Alan has been helping to heal the ancient rift between highly technical science and ordinary curiosity. Alan’s new book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? Shares what he (and science) have learned about how we can communicate better. It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a matter of life or death.” At the link find the title, “106. Alan Alda (Actor) – The Spirit of the Staircase,” right-click “Media files PP5550286131.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antifa 20 mins – “Historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray explores the contemporary anti-fascist movement, known as Antifa.” At the link find the title, “Aug 24: Anti-fascist handbook explores long history of opposition movement, 2107” right-click “Download Aug 24: Anti-fascist handbook explores long history of opposition movement” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antifa 21 mins – “Virginia Heffernan chats with Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook to figure just who the antifa are and where they come from.” At the link find the title, “The Anti-Fascists AKA The Antifa, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM7463145721.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomy History 64 mins – “On April 26th of 1920, Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis presented talks on the idea of island universes to the National Academy of Sciences.  Held at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Great Debate, as it would come to be known, would showcase two differing views of the scale and structure of the universe.  In this episode we look at the scientific developments made at the Lick Observatory at Mt. Hamilton by James Keeler and Curtis, the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ by Vesto Slipher and at Mt. Wilson near Pasadena that attempted to resolve the island universes question prior to the event itself.” At the link right-click “Direct Download Link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australian Health Care Plan 62 mins – “Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon addresses the National Press Club on Medicare.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Michael Gannon, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc_Gannon_2308_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Back Pain Solutions 24 mins – “Back pain affects most Canadians. Investigative journalist and back pain sufferer Cathryn Jakobson Ramin says it’s time to rethink treatment.” [The exercises recommended by Stuart McGill (http://www.backfitpro.com) at the podcast end can be seen at this link: https://www.nytimes.com/video/magazine/1194841000095/core-values.html] At the link find the stitle, “Aug 29 ENCORE | Chronic back pain? Journalist investigates what works and what doesn’t 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170829_75257.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bannon and Trump 20 mins – “U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon has been criticized for his right-wing influence on the presidency and many want to see him go. But will Trump let his right-hand guru go?” At the link find the title, “Aug 17: Are Steve Bannon’s days in the White House numbered? 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 17: Are Steve Bannon’s days in the White House numbered? 2017” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Ad Man 26 mins – “Tom Burrell was the first black man in Chicago advertising. He went on to change the way we think about ads, and the way advertisers think about us.” At the link find the title, “#628: This Ad’s For You, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170906_pmoney_pmpod628rerun.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Colleges 58 mins – “Historically black colleges and universities serve an important purpose in creating equal opportunity – and the majority of students on HBCU campuses identify as women. E&B unpack why this matters – especially for women of color.” At the link find the title, “What are HBCUs and why do they matter? Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-08-18-smnty-hbcu-final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Black Teachers Decline 55 mins – “There may be nothing more important in the educational life of a child than having effective teachers. But the United States is struggling to attract and keep teachers.” At the link find the title, “Keeping Teachers, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files keepingteachers_full_128.mp3” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Boredom Value 17 mins – “Today, the first book to be born out of a crowdsourced podcasting movement – our movement, dear listeners – is here. In 2015, tens of thousands of you joined me in an experiment. Could we separate from our devices just a bit, and turn them from taskmaster to tool? Could we make space for boredom, and let the brilliance in? Together, we found the answer. YES. Enter Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self. Today, we connect with Liam and Vanessa, who took part of the original challenge, to hear the surprising places the last two years have taken them.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Tells Times 48 mins – “Dean Buonomano is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at UCLA and a leading theorist on (and researcher into) the neuroscience of time. His latest book, Your Brain is a Time Machine, the Neuroscience and Physics of Time convinced Jason that time is far weirder than he knew it to be (and he already knew it was mind-bogglingly weird). In this episode: Does time exist at all, or is it an illusion of consciousness? If the latter, what’s the evolutionary advantage of seeing time as linear and one-directional? Which is right: the Einsteinian view that the universe is a four dimensional box in which all time is already present, or the “common-sense” view that time is uni-directional? How does comic timing work? What’s the evolutionary advantage of comedy? And oh so much more.” At the link find thte title, “97. Dean Buonomano (Neuroscientist) – This is Your Brain on Time,” right-click “Media files PP5537594954.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Breast Milk Business 34 mins – “Life as a budding entrepreneur isn’t exactly glamorous, and making a business come to life involves a lot of confusing, complicated, and exhausting realities. But when you have the passion to fulfill your dream, that passion can sustain you through all the hard work and long hours. And when you succeed, the results can be both incredible, and incredibly rewarding. In this episode of The Drawing Board, we talk with three passionate women who started their businesses as passion projects: Phuong Mai of P.MAI (2:00), Kate Torgersen of Milk Stork (6:20), and Kim Malek of Salt & Straw (19:00). We discover the paths they took to success, and explore the passions that fuel their work.” At the link find the title, “Episode 4: Passion Projects, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files 338836433-thedrawingboardbyudacity-episode-4-passion-projects.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband and Public Safety 89 mins – “Panel at the 2011 NIJ Conference” At the link find the title, “The National Broadband (Communications) Plan: Issues for Public Safety, Nov, 2011,” right-click “Media files nijconf2011-national-broadband-plan.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Budgeting 87 mins – “Money may be the root of all evil, but it’s certainly much easier to do good if you’ve got it. Along with wisdom and health, it’s an essential ingredient for personal freedom, and yet a discouragingly large amount of us are living paycheck to paycheck, one setback away from financial ruin. We’re talking a bit about money management today, in the hopes that we can all get financially stable or die tryin’.” At the link right-click “download” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Built Environment 47 mins – “Sarah W. Goldhagen taught for ten years at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and spent many years as the Architecture Critic for the New Republic. She’s written about buildings, cities, and landscapes for publications all over the world. Sarah’s new book Welcome To Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives is a thoroughly entertaining, eye-opening manifesto arguing that the buildings we live and work in deeply affect us, physically and psychologically, and that we can’t afford the soul-crushing architecture we mostly subject ourselves to. In this episode: why we tolerate design that’s bad for us, startling parallels between a passage from a Chekhov short story and Sarah’s book, the many ways concrete can be beautiful, and why schools shouldn’t look like prisons (maybe prisons shouldn’t, either?).” At the link find the title, “96. Sarah W. Goldhagen (Architecture Critic) – Souls & Spaces,” right-click “Media files PP5771900591.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Butter History 26 mins – “You can make it with a cow, a yak, an ox, a sheep, or even a reindeer. Food writer Elaine Khosrova pays tribute to the rich history of butter.” At the link find the title, “Aug 23: ENCORE | Where in the world is the best tasting butter? 2017,” right-click Download Aug 23: ENCORE | Where in the world is the best tasting butter?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Disulfide Hysteria 56 mins – “In a comprehensive and disturbing history of viscose rayon, or “fake silk,” Paul Blanc sheds light on the environmental and public health hazards of producing this ubiquitous textile. In Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon, Blanc asks a fundamental question: When a new technology makes people ill, how high does the body count have to be before protective steps are taken? This is a dark story of hazardous manufacturing, poisonous materials, environmental abuses, political machinations and economics trumping safety concerns. Blanc explores the century-long history of fake silk, which is used to produce products such as rayon textiles and tires, cellophane, and everyday kitchen sponges. He uncovers the grim history of a product that crippled and even served a death sentence to many industry workers while at the same time environmentally releasing carbon disulfide, the critical toxic component of viscose.” At the link find the title, “Fake Silk: The Hidden Story of a Workplace Tragedy, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170830_Fake Silk Podcast.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charlottesville Analysis 22 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Jamelle Bouie about the tragic events of this weekend in Charlottesville, VA and how this can no longer allow Americans to put their heads in the sand about what really got Trump elected.” At the link find the title, ““There’s Nothing New Under the Sun…” Aug, 2017, right-click “Media files PPY4313217238.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charlottesville Incident 20 mins – “This violent speech has to be put back where it belongs, which is in the shadows,” says author Nathan Englander. At the lind find the title, “ Aug 18: Anti-semitism in Charlottesville exposes an ‘assault on empathy,’ says Jewish author, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 18: Anti-semitism in Charlottesville exposes an ‘assault on empathy,’ says Jewish author” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charlottesville Incident 22 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Jamelle Bouie about the tragic events of this weekend in Charlottesville, VA and how this can no longer allow Americans to put their heads in the sand about what really got Trump elected.” At the link find the title, ““There’s Nothing New Under the Sun…” Aug, 2017, right-click “Media files PPY4313217238.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charlottesville Incident 57 mins – “Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson are joined by Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, to discuss President Trump’s response to Charlottesville, the impact of Charlottesville on the nation, and the upcoming Alabama Senate Race.” At the link find the title, “The “Very Fine People” Edition, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM2576518448.mp3 pp489” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charlottesville Incident Background 19 mins – “”Trump is a racist … and what Stephen Bannon and Steven Miller do are to give the policy ideas behind that racism.” At the link find the title, “Aug 14: Trump has emboldened white nationalists with racist policies, says author, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 14: Trump has emboldened white nationalists with racist policies, says author” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chokehold: Policing Black Men 60 mins – “Georgetown University Law School professor Paul Butler discusses his book, [Chokehold: Policing Black Men].” At the link find the title, “Paul Butler Discusses [Chokehold], Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.482868.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civic Participation 72 mins – “Do you want to use your power as an individual to change your community and your country? Then civic expert Eric Liu has all the tools you’ll need. Increased turbulence and grassroots movements are shaping today’s political and civic landscape, and citizen power is their driving force. But what exactly is civic power? Who has it? How can you use yours effectively? Join Liu as he shares case studies from across our historical and political spectrums that demonstrate key laws of citizen power. These laws aren’t just theoretical—Liu’s new book offers step-by-step guidance on how to make true, lasting change both as an individual and through grassroots political movements.” At the link find the title, “A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen with Eric Liu, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170822_Inforum Eric Liu Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Adaptation 47 mins – “We know climate change is a factor in the intensity of the recent Texas storm, but did you know that flooding and fires are the most common identifiers of climate change in Canada?” At the link find the title, “Sept 5: Is Canada prepared for climate change? Adaptation is key, say experts, 2017,” right-click “Download Sept 5: Is Canada prepared for climate change? Adaptation is key, say experts” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Impact – “The evidence is everywhere: forests retreating, glaciers melting, sea levels rising. And we’re only just beginning to feel the strain of climate change. Despite all of these dire events and projections, the attacks continue — on climate scientists.” At the link find the title, “Are We F–ked? Decoding the resistance to climate change, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170907_37544.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coal Mining Film 55 mins – “From National Geographic Documentary Films, From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. The film invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cohabitation Nation 47 mins – “Cohabitation nation. More unwed Americans are living together than ever before. We’ll ask who and why. We used to call it shacking up. But a couple living together before they marry is the new normal. Two out of three couples who’ve married since 2000 started out by living together. For some, it was a good first step. For many, it was just a matter of economic necessity. This hour On Point: Cohabitation Nation. How the living-together trend is remaking relationships and highlighting gender and class divisions” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Servers 99 mins – “Rick Altherr is a firmware and software designer who works on server technologies; his work on the Open Compute project has produced open source designs for hyper-scale server installations. Rick works on the platform team at Google, designing firmware and software for the servers that go into hyperscale datacenters. He does not discuss specific Google stuff. Chris was surprised when Rick walked into a meetup carrying the Zaius server under his arm….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the up-up menu.

Confederate Statutes 12 mins – “”[Confederate statues] were put up mostly to be part of the legitimacy of white supremacy, of the Jim Crow system in the South, long after slavery,” says Civil War expert Eric Foner.” At the lin find teht itle “Aug 18: Confederate statues represent ‘image of America as a white society,’ says historian Deck, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 18: Confederate statues represent ‘image of America as a white society,’ says historian Deck” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu”

Consciousness Evolution 48 mins – “Daniel Dennett is one of the foremost philosophers of mind working today to unravel the puzzle of what minds are and what they’re for, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. His latest book of many is called From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds, and it’s a sweeping (but detailed) attempt to demystify how we get from inanimate matter to cathedrals, symphonies, and of course, podcasts. Andrew Keen on the Internet and social isolation and Ben Goertzel on Artificial General Intelligence.” At the link find the title, “91. Daniel Dennett (Philosopher) – Thinking About Thinking About Thinking, Mar 25, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP7121030594.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservatism 39 mins – “Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) talks about his book [Conscience of a Conservative], in which he calls for a return to core conservative principles. He is interviewed by S.E. Cupp.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Senator Jeff Flake, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.483816.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Contaminated Water in Texas 29 mins – “Contaminated drinking water is coming into the homes of tens of millions of Americans, especially in smaller, lower income communities, from aging, under-funded water treatment plant and distribution systems, poorly maintained private wells, and groundwater sources polluted by industrial dumping and agricultural waste. Experts and the GAO say it will require billions of dollars of infrastructure improvements to maintain safe water throughout the U. S. Customers of antiquated, poorly maintained, under-funded systems in rural areas, smaller communities and neglected older urban areas – who are disproportionately lower income, African-American and Latino – are most at risk. Today we’re going to Sand Branch, Texas, where 100 residents haven’t had access to clean water for decades. What’s it like to not have access to clean drinking water, and just how far do residents have to go to get it? Jimmy speaks with Brandon Kitchin, a reporter with News21’s Troubled Waters investigative team, about their deep dive into clean water access across the country.” At the link find the title, “208: The military’s toxic water,” right-click “Media files 8ca0dbe-d152-4ed9-b76f-60a01801ceb0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRISPR 24 mins – “A gene editing technology called CRISPR could allow us to change DNA, not just in individuals, but in all their future children and grandchildren.” At the link find the title, “Aug 16: ENCORE | How gene editing technology could change the course of evolution, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 16: ENCORE | How gene editing technology could change the course of evolution” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRISPR 52 mins – “Jennifer Doudna is a Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular and Cell Biology at the UC Berkeley, and until around 2012 she was quietly and contentedly studying the three dimensional structure of RNA molecules. Then she and her colleagues started looking into a thing called CRISPR-Cas9. It’s a kind of bacterial immune system, and it led to an invention that will change everything for all of humanity, forever. In this episode Jennifer and Jason discuss the implications of the gene editing tool her lab created, and how humanity should (and likely will) yield the power to rewrite our own evolutionary destiny.” At the link find the title, “105. Jennifer Doudna (Geneticist) – Intelligent Redesign?, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP1538606393.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRISPR Impact 53 mins – “Jennifer Doudna is a Professor of Chemistry and of Molecular and Cell Biology at the UC Berkeley, and until around 2012 she was quietly and contentedly studying the three dimensional structure of RNA molecules. Then she and her colleagues started looking into a thing called CRISPR-Cas9. It’s a kind of bacterial immune system, and it led to an invention that will change everything for all of humanity, forever.In this episode Jennifer and Jason discuss the implications of the gene editing tool her lab created, and how humanity should (and likely will) yield the power to rewrite our own evolutionary destiny.” At the link find the title, 105. Jennifer Doudna (Geneticist) – Intelligent Redesign?” right-click “Media files PP1538606393.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DACA Fate 50 mins – “The Trump administration has announced the end of the DACA program. We examine the rhetoric used to justify the decision. Plus: the Southern Poverty Law Center faces questions from across the political spectrum about its messaging and fundraising; and the surprising history of FEMA’s Cold War origins and what it means for emergency response today.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

DACA Politics 34 mins – “What does Trump hope will happen in Congress? With white house reporter David Nakamura, we talk to John Sandweg, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director about policy. Plus, a dreamer in the DACA program shares her story.” At the link find the title, “What does Trump really want for the ‘dreamers’? Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 59b1d8b4e4b0dc4794590f98_1351620000001-300030_t_1504827577075_44100_160_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DACA Prospects 20 mins – “The so-called “Dreamers” who came into the U.S. illegally as children have been allowed to live and work under an Obama era program. Now in a Trump era, the program has been rescinded.” At the link find the title, “Sept 5: Immigration protection for ‘Dreamers’ rescinded by Trump , 2017” right-click “Download Sept 5: Immigration protection for ‘Dreamers’ rescinded by Trump” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Play 17 mins – “Frank Langella’s career has been full of complex characters with very dark sides. In the 1970s, he starred in a production of “Dracula” that went from Broadway to the movies. This story is based on a radio interview. Three decades later, he went from the stage to the screen again: He originated the role of Richard Nixon in the play “Frost/Nixon,” won a Tony Award, then got an Oscar nomination for the movie version. His roles have continued to grapple with morality and mortality, from an aging jewel thief in “Robot & Frank” to a KGB spy on “The Americans.” In 2016, he starred in “The Father” on Broadway. He played a man being undone by dementia, a role that earned him another Tony award.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Trends 56 mins – “The CBC Massey Lectures inspire a lot of provocative questions — and thoughtful answers — in each city on the tour. In this episode, you’ll hear the best of those audience questions with a bonus: questions posed by our radio and online audiences.” At the link find the title, “The Return of History- Your Questions, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170829_63490.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Disruption 72 mins – “How do we present and disseminate news to ever-changing consumers, hungry for fast and smart information in the digital age? It’s a question that gnaws at every news organization today, from legacy newspapers like the New York Times to online startups like BuzzFeed. What’s the best way to reach and engage people when there’s an avalanche of information coming their way? To get at this question, our host Tom Ashbrook hosted a panel discussion with a few journalists turned technologists — Washington Post’s director of strategic initiatives Jeremy Gilbert, Vox.com director of programming Allison Rockey, and Gannett SVP & chief transformation officer Maribel Perez Wadsworth — at the Public Radio Content Conference in Washington. They dove into their strategies for engaging digital audiences with information they crave.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNA Tests for Racial Purity 26 mins – “White nationalists are using DNA tests to legitimize their “purity,” says sociology researcher Joan Donavan. It’s not how the test was intended to be used.” At the link find the title, “Sept 4: White nationalists are using DNA ancestry tests to prove ‘purity’2017,” right-click “Download Sept 4: White nationalists are using DNA ancestry tests to prove ‘purity’” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Epidemic 50 mins – “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled that he’d like to revamp the war on drugs. We take a look at the history of the battle, and how sensational media depictions of crack, heroin, and meth have helped fuel it. Plus: our Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Drugs Edition. Then, a look at how America’s first drug czar used racist propaganda to outlaw marijuana. And why the debate between treatment and law enforcement is blurrier than you might think.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Drugs Podcast 53 mins – “Cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and opiates. Learn how these drugs can affect our lives, with guest host Geoff Turner. Feat: Love + Radio, On Drugs, Stoner, Note to Self, Embedded, The Mortified Podcast” At the link find the title, “Podcast Playlist is on Drugs,” right-click “Download Podcast Playlist is on Drugs” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Causes 27 mins – “We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics. Plus, a report from Diverse Filmmaker’s Alliance on the Yemeni bodega workers who went on strike in New York to protest the Muslim Ban.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Costs 140 mins – “On September 5, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings launched a report on the standardized ECD costing tool (SECT), a tool developed in collaboration with the World Bank Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund.” At the link find the title, “Encouraging better financing of early childhood development programs, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170905_SAUL CUE Costing Tool_Event.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Mentors 55 mins – “It’s hard being a young person today: 1 in 6 teenagers have seriously considered suicide, 1 in 5 binge drink, and 1 in 10 experience violence in a relationship. It’s harder still for young people from marginalized backgrounds to know how to make healthy decisions, especially as many attend schools that either lack or offer limited health education. The situation has serious implications for students’ academic achievement, dropout rates and life opportunities. Though this may sound like yet another intractable socioeconomic problem, Peer Health Exchange (PHE) has made measurable progress in addressing it. This innovative nonprofit organization strives to ensure that all young people have the knowledge, skills and resources needed to make healthy decisions. PHE provides skills-based health education in urban high schools in the Bay Area and elsewhere using volunteer college students as peer instructors. And it works: PHE aggressively assesses the impact of its programs, reports its results and reinvests in its most successful efforts. Join Louise Langheier, along with several current and former PHE participants and host teachers, to hear about the value of providing these health resources to young adults through this inspirational and practical approach.” At the link find the title, “Helping Marginalized Youth Make Healthy Decisions: A Model That Works, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Mddia files cc_20170906_Helping Marginalized Youth Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Election Security 93 mins – “On September 8, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Governance Studiesprogram at Brookings hosted an event focused on the national security concerns surrounding election security in the United States.” At the link find the title, “National security imperative of addressing foreign cyber interference in U.S. elections, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170908_Saul_Election_Security.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Support Animals 48 mins – “It’s hard not to sympathize with the comfort given by an emotional support dog. You may have seen them nestled next to a passenger on a plane. Maybe nestled next to you. But the definition of an emotional support animal is so loose it’s also being fudged. People bringing pets along – to hotels, restaurants, grocery stores – just for fun, or to save a buck. And it’s not just dogs. Think pigs, ducks, snakes, turkeys. This hour On Point, we’re sniffing out the facts on emotional support animals.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Equal Rights Amendment 34 mins – “Women’s Equality is one of those bittersweet holidays. It marks the incredible effort that led to US women gaining the right to vote, while reminding us of another critical constitutional amendment that would have established true equality – but failed.” At the link find the title, “The Untold History of Women’s Equality Day, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-08-25-smnty-equality-day-final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Erdogan’s Rise to Power 27 mins – “Why is the most successful and powerful leader in modern Turkey’s history driven by insecurity and grievances? Author and Turkey expert Soner Cagaptay unpacks the ways in which Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s biography shapes his politics and the fate of his nation. Near East PolicyCast: Conversations on Middle East issues from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” At the link click the square with three dots, then right-click “Download” to download the audio file.

Fentanyl Crisis 20 mins – “Even with Narcan kits, first responders worry fentanyl is getting so powerful the antidote won’t be enough. The CBC’s Natalie Clancy looks at the raw reality of what is now considered to be Canada’s opioid crisis.” At the link find the title, “Aug 25: ENCORE | Vancouver’s opioid overdose crisis: ‘I was dead for 10 minutes’ 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 25: ENCORE | Vancouver’s opioid overdose crisis: ‘I was dead for 10 minutes’” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial and Digital Inclusion Project 84 mins – “On August 31, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings held a forum to launch the 2017 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) report and discuss key research findings and recommendations with a diverse group of financial inclusion experts.” At th elink find the title, “Building a secure and inclusive global financial ecosystem, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170831_FALK_FDIP.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Amendment 68 mins – “What makes America great? According to Floyd Abrams, it’s our exceptional protection of free speech under the First Amendment. From college campuses to cable news, the First Amendment has been at the center of many conflicts on both sides of the political spectrum. First Amendment rights, and the controversy surrounding these seemingly dry issues, have even captured the attention of President Trump on Twitter. The United States is unique in its protection of free speech, even for those we vehemently disagree with—at least for now. Though things have certainly been worse, Abrams warns we should not fall into the complacency and irresponsibility that can threaten the most valuable rights we are entitled to. Abrams is an attorney and expert on constitutional law as it relates to the First Amendment….” At the link find the title, “Floyd Abrams: The Soul of the First Amendment, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170828_Floyd_Abrams_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Amendment and Twitter 53 mins – “Can President Trump block citizens from following his own Twitter feed? The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University has filed suit on behalf of several Twitter users who were denied the ability to follow the President’s Twitter feed after they made comments critical of him. The Institute claims that the ban is a violation of a First Amendment right to free speech and free assembly, and that a public official’s social media page is a designated public forum. The Justice Department, defending President Trump, says the courts are powerless to tell President Trump how he can manage his private Twitter handle and the Institute’s requests would “send the First Amendment deep into uncharted waters.” Joining our We The People podcast to discuss these arguments are Alex Abdo, a senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute and Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. “ At the link find the title, “Trump, Twitter and the First Amendment, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP5929473406.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flood Insurance 48 mins – “Felix Salmon of Fusion, political risk consultant Anna Szymanski, Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss: Hurricane Harvey and flood insurance; Construction productivity; Tax reform.” At the link find the title, “The Rebuilding Edition, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM3576723334.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Hazards 60 mins – “What if you could get healthy by simply changing your home environment? Every day, we’re exposed to hundreds of untested chemicals: additives in food, endocrine disruptors in soap and shampoo, fumes in household cleaners. These chemicals comprise your “body burden” and can exacerbate allergies, asthma, fatigue, cough, headache and more serious health conditions.” Beth Greer had been living what she considered a healthy lifestyle when a medical crisis prompted her to reevaluate everything—from the food she ate to the personal-care products she used and the environment she lived in. She eliminated a sizable tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery by making small but powerful lifestyle shifts…In addition to experiencing firsthand the powerful benefits of holistic, toxin-free living, Greer found powerful holistic approaches that helped her teenage daughter overcome ADHD and addiction to drugs and alcohol. Greer is the host of “Kids in Crisis” radio show, where she interviews leading medical experts and treatment professionals. …Learn more at BethGreer.com.” At the link find the title, “Good Health Starts in Your Home, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170817_Good Health Starts in Your Home Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Football Concussions 47 mins – “John Urschel was the only player in the N.F.L. simultaneously getting a math Ph.D. at M.I.T. But after a new study came out linking football to brain damage, he abruptly retired. Here’s the inside story — and a look at how we make decisions in the face of risk versus uncertainty.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forest Regrowth 4 mins – “Episode: 1389 The supply of wood: trouble along the Equator, good news to the North. Today, some good news and some bad.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 1389: Regrowing Our Forests, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170825.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Bias at Google 20 mins – “Feminist critics argue James Damore’s Google “manifesto” debating a woman’s biological abilities is just another example of the enduring discrimination women face in the workplace.” At the link find the title, “Aug 16: Why the anti-diversity Google ‘manifesto’ misses the point, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 16: Why the anti-diversity Google ‘manifesto’ misses the point” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

George Orwell P1 56 mins – “His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us ‘big brother’, ‘thoughtcrime’, ‘doublethink’? Steve Wadhams delves into recordings he made with the people who knew Orwell from his earliest days to his final moments.” At the link find the title, “The Orwell Tapes – Part One, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170816_56959.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

George Orwell P2 56 mins – ““Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no escape, ‘Big Brother is watching you.'” George Orwell, 1984 Who was the man who gave us ‘big brother’, ‘thoughtcrime’, ‘doublethink’?” At the link find the title, “The Orwell Tapes- Part Two, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170823_50385.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pp-up menu.

George Orwell P3 56 mins – “His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us ‘big brother’, ‘thoughtcrime’, ‘doublethink’, whose name looms so large in this era of mass surveillance?” At the link find the title, “The Orwell Tapes- Part Three, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170830_22109.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Glenn Greenwald 53 mins – “Glenn Greenwald is one of the co-founding editors of The Intercept. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss whether America is risking a new cold war with Putin’s Russia, Julian Assange’s complicated personality, and why Trump is less unprecedented in American history than we’d like to believe.” At the link find the title “Glenn Greenwald, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY9053170886.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GM Salmon 22 mins – “Genetically modified fish is now being sold in Canada — but without any labels, who knows if you are buying it?” At the link in the title, “Aug 14: Would you eat genetically modified fish? Chances are you already have, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 14: Would you eat genetically modified fish? Chances are you already have” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GMO Food Rejection 87 mins – “Though it’s routinely claimed that producing new foods through genetic engineering is no riskier than traditional breeding—and that questioning the safety is tantamount to denying the reality of climate change—many experts assert that the facts do not support such claims; and according to the analysis in Steven Druker’s book, the claims rely on multiple misrepresentations. The Royal Society of Canada and several other scientific institutions have stated that bioengineering entails higher health risks, and several studies in peer-reviewed journals have detected harm to animals that consumed GMOs. The hazards are especially striking in light of the lessons from computer science about the unavoidable risks of altering human-engineered information systems that are much simpler and far better comprehended than bioinformation systems. Come discuss this topic with author and attorney Steven Druker.  Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who initiated a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed the agency had covered up its own scientists’ warnings about the risks of genetically engineered foods and then misrepresented the facts….” At the link find the title, “How the Health Risks of GMOs Have Been Underestimated and Misrepresented, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170815_How the Health Risks of GMOs Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gobi the Dog 24 mins – “Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.” At the link find the title, “June 22: How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner’s liferight-click “Download June 22: How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner’s life” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gross Ecosystem Product 53 mins – “It is possible to protect profits and the planet. Despite claims that a win for the environment is a loss for the economy, corporations are finding innovative ways to have it both ways. These corporations are quickly realizing that protecting watersheds and ecosystems can also protect their business. Companies in many sectors are realizing the changing climate means they need to pay closer attention to the relationship between natural and financial capital. Investors are making money by investing in habitat restoration; this is done to offset the environmental impacts of mining and other industrial activity. Gretchen Daily argues that markets and nature can live in harmony if the incentives are aligned properly. For her work demonstrating we don’t have to trash the planet to live a better life, she recently won the $450,000 Blue Planet Prize, which is considered the Nobel Prize for environmental solutions. Join us for a conversation about how business and nature can learn to play nice.” At the link find the title, “Aligning Profits with the Planet, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170903_cl1_AligningProfts.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guy Debord Book 56 mins – “On the 1967 neo-Marxist, Situtationist book. What is culture? In modern capitalism, Debord thinks that it’s all about the economy. It’s not just our jobs that keep us trapped, but our life outside of working hours is also demanded by “the system” via our activity as consumers, and this commoditization infiltrates every corner of our lives. Debord wants us to WAKE UP, break our chains, and live lives of immediacy, vitality, and authenticity. This means wrenching ourselves from “the spectacle,” which is not just the media created to distract us (per our ep. #136 on Adorno), but our whole shallow culture where technology, efficiency, and loss of aesthetic quality in favor of economic quantity all isolate us from each other so that we can’t effectively engage in political opposition. Is this all a bit exaggerated? Is the type of shallowness Debord refers to really restricted to the modern age, or to capitalism? Haven’t we always had spectacles foisted upon us to keep us in line? Mark, Seth, Wes, and Dylan delve into this prescient critique and come up firing on all four cylinders.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heart Health 21 mins – “Heart disease is the leading death for Americans today. In this special edition of the Science Physician-in-Chief of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, director of the Wiener Cardiovascular Institute at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and scientific organizer of the Academy’s upcoming conference on cardiovascular health in Barcelona, Spain has to say about heart healthy behavior in children, youth, and adults.” At the link click the square with three dots and double-click “Download” to get the audio file.

Heirloom Avalanche 20 mins – “It’s a demographic certainty that as baby boomers age, the volume of unwanted family heirlooms will skyrocket — and families navigating this inheritance are finding it stressful.” At the link find the title, “Aug 25: How unwanted family heirlooms create a divide with aging parents, 2017” right-click “Download Aug 25: How unwanted family heirlooms create a divide with aging parents” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Highway of Tears 25 mins – “This past season, The Current hosted a series of moving public forums across the country examining the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The project was launched in October in Prince George, B.C.” At the link find the title “Aug 22: Families still full of doubts one year after MMIW inquiry, 2017” right-click “Download Aug 22: Families still full of doubts one year after MMIW inquiry” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Historical Writing 56 mins – “Has the future ever looked like the past? Sailing in the 21st century, perhaps we are in uncharted waters. A discussion from the Stratford Festival, featuring historian Margaret MacMillan, former politician Bob Rae and journalist Karin Wells.” At the link find the title, “Rear View Mirror, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170821_84676.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

History of the World 74 mins – “Today’s guest Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. Peter’s new book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, is an international bestseller, described by William Dalrymple as a ‘historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement’. At an anxious moment in Western history, Frankopan encourages us to take a historical perspective, understanding how change happens in societies and how people typically react to it. This conversation unpacks the fascinating and dense history of the Silk Road countries and digs deep into the economic and social forces that shape our lives.” At the link find the title,”110. Peter Frankopan (historian) – You Can’t Stop the Clock,” right-click “Media files PP4346682845.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hurricane Harvey Impact 20 mins – “Tropical storm Harvey has killed five people, and more than 1,000 have had to be rescued. Emergency crews are racing to keep up with calls for help.” At the link find the title, “Download Aug 28 | ‘My street looks like a river’: Catastrophic tropical storm Harvey floods Texas Deck” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Identity Politics 43 mins – “Mark Lilla is the author of The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to debate why Democrats keep losing elections, whether America really used to be more united than it is today, and how much of the Republicans’ recent success is owed to racism.” At the link find the title, “Mark Lilla, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY8808979166.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Canadian History 25 mins – “Ontario school boards are being urged to remove the name of the man considered to be the Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macondald.” At the link find the title, “Aug 28: Renaming John A. Macdonald schools is part of reconciliation, argues professor, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 28: Renaming John A. Macdonald schools is part of reconciliation, argues professor” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Insider Trading 46 mins – “Sheelah Kolhatkar is a staff writer at the New Yorker and a former “risk arbitrage analyst” for two hedge funds in New York City. For the New Yorker, Sheelah writes about Wall Street, Silicon Valley, economics and national politics, among other things. Her latest book is the New York Times bestseller Black Edge, about the largest insider trading investigation in history and the transformation of Wall Street and the U.S. economy. This week’s episode is a departure for us – a deep dive into the personalities, culture, and ideas driving the big banks and the hedge funds of Wall Street. Jason and Sheelah talk about what it was like for her as a woman in that male-dominated industry, how hedge funds have reshaped the whole Wall Street landscape and with it, the global economy, and why billionaire investors are almost required to collect Picassos.” At the link find the title,”109. Sheelah Kolhatkar (Writer, Former Hedge Fund Analyst) – The Most Dangerous Game,” right-click “Media files PP2757439156.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jerry Lewis 50 mins – “In 2005, Lewis told Terry Gross about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Marjorie Prime,’ and rock critic Ken Tucker reviews ‘Modern Pressure’ from singer-songwriter Daniel Romano.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Le Carre 50 mins – “Bestselling novelist John Le Carré is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community. “I felt I had to suppress my humanity,” Le Carré says of his time as a spy. His new book is ‘A Legacy of Spies.’ In Mike White’s new film, ‘Brad’s Status,’ a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it’s a universal situation, “but it’s definitely a waste of time and energy.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Johnstown Dam Failure 3 mins – “Episode: 1391 The Johnstown Flood. They didn’t see it coming. Today, a dam breaks.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 1391: The Johnstown Flood, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170830.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Joyce Carol Oates 52 mins – “ The writer Joyce Carol Oates grew up on a farm, tending chickens in what she describes as a very desolate part of upstate New York, and grew up to write around 90 (and counting) novels and collections of essays and short stories, many of them while teaching at Princeton University. She’s won many, many awards, including the National Book Award, the Pen/Malamud Award and the National Humanities Medal. Her powerful new novel, A Book of American Martyrs, begins with a terrible act of violence – and then deals with its complex aftermath. Today’s conversation starts there, weaving through the political and religious landscape of America, past and present. We also talk about whether writing, for Joyce, is as “effortless” as critics have described the experience of reading her. Trump comes, up, inevitably but briefly. Stick around for a fascinating discussion of the challenges early success can pose for young writers, including Oates’ former student, Jonathan Safran Foer.” At the link find the title, “94. Joyce Carol Oates (Writer) – Oh, That’s Socialism, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP2471865598.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kasparov and Chess and AI 23 mins – “In the dawning world of artificial intelligence, who is the pawn and who is the king? Garry Kasparov, the grandmaster of chess, rethinks his “rage against the machine.” At the link find the title, “Aug 17: ENCORE | Defeated by a computer, world chess champion Garry Kasparov embraces artificial intelligence, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 17: ENCORE | Defeated by a computer, world chess champion Garry Kasparov embraces artificial intelligence” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kitty Genovese and Lockerbee Bombing 29 mins – “For the month of August we’ve been running a series of interviews Bob has done over the years with documentary filmmakers. In the OTM office, the producers have been referring to the collection as “Bob’s Docs.” Over the past few weeks, we’ve gone through some of the themes of documentary film-making, from prurience to access to manipulation. This week we conclude with the personal journey. Then, Bob speaks with filmmaker Ken Dornstein about his three-part series on PBS’s Frontline called “My Brother’s Bomber” about his investigation into the 1988 Lockerbie airplane bombing. Dornstein’s brother died in the attack, and Dornstein spent years trying to locate other figures who were suspects.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Medical Problems P1 44 mins – “We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Problems P2 45 mins – “How do so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on “dream patients” who aren’t representative of a larger population. On the other hand, sometimes the only thing worse than being excluded from a drug trial is being included.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Problems P3 47 mins – “By some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what’s to be done? Our third and final episode in this series offers some encouraging answers.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Uncertainties 18 mins – “Our whole society views risk in medicine wrongly, argue Jerome Hoffman and Hemal Kanzaria from the University of California Los Angeles. In this podcast they slay some strongly held myths about medicine’s ability to heal, and say that one of our big beliefs, that death is not inevitable, is leading to overtreatment. Read their full analysis of…” At the link find the title, “”Death is not inevitable”; why society’s beliefs fuel overtreatment, Oct, 2014,” right-click “Media files 172240557-bmjgroup-whats-fuelling-overtreatment.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle-Aged Loneliness 47 mins – “Men can be funny about friendship. They have friends, buddies, from high school or college or later. But by middle age, if you really look at those friendships, a lot of them are sort of on the shelf. Work and family take a lot of time and guys can drift into a wider social isolation. That can have health consequences down the line. The U.S. surgeon general says isolation is a bigger American health problem than cancer or heart disease. This hour On Point, what’s up with men and friends?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Contaminated Water 29 mins – “The military spent decades contaminating the drinking and ground water at bases across the country and has spent billions to contain the mess. But the veterans and families who lived on those bases are still struggling with the long legacy of that toxic water and feel abandoned and betrayed by their government. Host Jimmy Williams speaks with Adrienne St. Claire, a reporter with News21 Troubled Waters investigative team about their deep dive into the impact of the military’s on-going toxic water problem.” At the link find the title, “208: The military’s toxic water problem,” right-click “Media files 28ca0dbe-d152-4ed9-b76f-60a01801ceb0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mo Willems Books 47 mins – “Mo Willems writes and illustrates the children’s books that make everybody laugh. Kids and adults. They’re not funny in a cheap way. They’re funny in a deep way. Or a way that makes you think. Makes you recognize our foibles. And laugh. Their names are gently funny. “Elephant and Piggie.” “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” “Knuffle Bunny.” (Yes, he says ka-nuffle.) This hour On Point, hero of the bedtime, bath-time, naptime read, Mo Willems.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson 45 mins – “100 episodes in, like the universe itself, the show continues to expand and accelerate at speeds that boggle the imagination. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the spiritual heir to Carl Sagan in getting us all worked up about the Cosmos. He’s been appointed to special NASA commissions, hosted multiple TV specials and podcasts, and written many excellent books, the latest of which is Astrophysics for People in A Hurry – a succinct, wryly funny book that’s surprisingly informative for its size – it has the informational density of a black hole. In This, Our 100th Episode: Can Neil tell the entire history of the universe in 30 seconds? When is it possible to move faster than the speed of light? Why is “dark matter” a terrible name for dark matter? And what does Neil’s esteemed colleague Lawrence Krauss have in common with a pit bull?” At the link right-click “Media files PP5768874753.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Net-Square in India 27 mins -”Cybersecurity researcher Saumil Shah describes how today’s cyberattacks and ransomwares operate, and how cybersecurity firms work to quash cyber attacks. He is interviewed at the Black Hat cyber conference.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Saumil Shah, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.483791.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obesity Treatment 55 mins – “In this presentation, Dr. Betty Villafuerte discusses complications-based approaches to guide treatment modality of obesity. She them reviews treatment guidelines on lifestyle modifications and the use of pharmacotherapy in managing obesity. Finally, she examines the role of meal frequency, meal timing, lifestyle behavior, and intelligence on obesity. Some items in this lecture may have come from the lecturer’s personal academic files or have been cited in-line or at the end of the lecture. For more information, see our citation page.“ At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overdiagnosis in Medicine 24 mins – “In this interview from Preventing Overdiagnosis 2017 (preventingoverdiagnosis.net) Stacy Carter, associate professor at Sydney Health Ethics – and the author of a recently written BMJ essay the ethical aspects of overdiagnosis, joins us to talk about how the cultural context of medicine seeps into our decision making processes and affects how…” At the link find the title, “Preventing Overdiagnosis 2017 – Stacy Carter on the culture of overmedicalisation, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files 338303261-bmjgroup-preventing-overdiagnosis-2017-stacy-carter-on-the-culture-of-overmedicalisation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overdiagnosis Prevention 32 mins – “The Preventing overdiagnosis conference covers how physicians, researchers and patients can implement solutions to the problems of over diagnosis and overuse in healthcare. If you’re a doctor on twitter, you’ve probably come across our guest – Vinay Prasad, assistant prof. of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, and author of the book Ending Medical Reversal.” At the link find the title, “Preventing Overdiagnosis 2017 – Vinay Prasad, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files 338573599-bmjgroup-preventing-overdiagnosis-2017-vinay-prasad.mp3” and select “Save Link A”’ from the pop-up menu.

Patient Education 13 mins – “This week we’re at the over diagnosis conference in Quebec Canada, Preventing overdiagnosis covers how physicians, researchers and, to some extent, what patients can implement solutions to the problems of over diagnosis and overuse in healthcare. One of those patients is Carolyn Canfield – who describes herself as an independent citizen patient – and who’s also on the BMJ’s patient panel.” At the link right-click ‘Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physics History 58 mins– “Physicist Lawrence Krauss directs the Origins Project at Arizona State University, which fosters scientific research and collaborations on origins – of life, the universe, and everything. His own research focuses on the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, including investigations into dark matter and the origin of all mass in the universe. His latest book The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far is a deeply entertaining and informative account of the progress of knowledge in modern physics. In this episode: To what extent and in what sense does science represent “reality”? You don’t have to paint like Picasso to enjoy a Picasso…so why are non-scientists often reluctant to engage with complex scientific concepts? Is tribalism an essential part of human nature? A passionate, witty back-and-forth with a leading physicist who is also one of our most poetic defenders and explainers of science….” At the link find the title, “98. Lawrence Krauss (Physicist) – Lux Ex Machina,” right-click “Media files PP5948523047.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastics Impact on Environment 33 mins – “Nicola Davis delves into the world of plastics to find out exactly how and why they became so widespread, and what can now be done to curtail the ever-present problems they can cause” At the link find the title, “Plastics: a villainous material? Or a victim of its own success? – Science Weekly podcast, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files 28-48000-gnl.sci.170830.ms.plastics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Polarization 52 mins – “Universities are supposed to be dedicated to the exchange of ideas. But according to social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, campuses now skew so far to the left that they’ve become “political monocultures” At the link find the title, “The Politics of the Professoriat: Political diversity on campus, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170908_46795.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Plant Pollution 6 mins – “States participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, are looking towards the future. For the past two years, the nine states have been trying to determine how to clean up power plant pollution in New Hampshire and across the region after the year 2020. A new set of draft proposals lays out how RGGI might do that. State climate campaign director for Environment New Hampshire Travis Madsen spoke about this with NHPR’s Peter Biello….” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prejudicial Speech 30 mins – “Several weeks ago, white supremacists took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, in a demonstration that left many Americans asking a lot of questions. Who are we as a nation? What do we stand for, and what do we tolerate? The United States goes further than many other countries to protect speech — even hate-filled speech like that used in Charlottesville. In this episode, we look at how people use free speech arguments, and why the motivations behind these arguments may not be apparent — even to the people making them.” At the link find the title, “Hiding Behind Free Speech, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170904_hiddenbrain_hb_chris crandall spotlight_final_mix.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prostate Cancer 57 mins – “In this lecture, Dr. Padmini Moffett presents Genitourinary Cancers with a quick overview on the different types of cancer like prostate cancer, renal cell carcinoma, bladder cancer, and testicular cancer as well as the risk factors for these types of cancers. After, she discusses diagnosis and concludes with treatment and risk factors involved with each treatment method. Some items in this lecture may have come from the lecturer’s personal academic files or have been cited in-line or at the end of the lecture. For more information, see our citation page. Disclaimers ©2016 LouisvilleLectures.org “ At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racial Desegregation 72 mins – “Across the country, the challenges of growing extremism, xenophobia, violence and filter bubbles, alongside a lack of mutual understanding and collective responsibility, plague communities and the country at large. Can public education be a part of the solution, or will it crumble in today’s political climate? Over the last 30 years, education reform has drastically changed American schools: The slashing of public dollars, the backlash against racial integration, test-and-punish policies, and other shifts have increased inequities and caused other divisions within our public school system. In just the past decade, the per-student funding gap between rich and poor schools has grown 44 percent, and public schools are more segregated by race and class today than they were shortly after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. The Trump administration heralds school choice and vouchers as the best solution to issues facing education, but access to and the quality of these systems are hotly debated. This leaves the American public with lots of questions: Can the promise of public education stand up to the current state of the country? Are there ways to uphold public schools as a bastion of democracy, civic engagement and inclusion? How can parents and citizens help revive the promise of public education? How can choice policies improve to serve disabled students, black children and English learners more equitably?” At the link find the title, “Back to School: What Is the Purpose of Public Education? Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170824_Inforum_Back to School for Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racist Ideas 64 mins – “Kendi’s National Book Award-winning study argues that racism in America has grown from deliberate policies rather than from emotional responses like fear or hatred. Starting with the Puritans, Kendi traces the development of racist ideas and their effect on racist practices through the lives of five thinkers, discussing Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis. Within these profiles Kendi, professor of history and international studies at American University, identifies three strains of thought about race: segregation, antiracism, and assimilation; outlines their differences, and points to how each can be discredited in order to free the nation for the post-racial era it has long yearned for. Kendi is in conversation with Wesley Lowery, a national correspondent for The Washington Post and author of They Can’t Kill Us All.” At the link find the title, “Ibram X. Kendi: Live at Politics and Prose, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY5141078909.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radical Candor 47 mins – “What makes a good boss? Or a bad one? There are a thousand answers. My guest today Kim Scott says it boils down to candor. Radical candor. Handled badly, it can make a boss seem like a first class jerk. She should know, she says. She was once a terrible boss in Silicon Valley. But handled humanely, radical candor is the key, she says. You may have your own opinion. This hour, On Point: Radical candor and the art of being a good, effective boss.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransom Policy 21 mins – “When someone has been kidnapped, what do you do? If you pay ransom, you create a market for hostages. If you don’t, people die. Different countries have different policies with different results.” At the link find the title, “#792: The Ransom Problem, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170901_pmoney_pmpod792.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransomeware History 38 mins – “A global FBI manhunt for the world’s most wanted cyber criminal ends in the capture of a massive criminal network, but with the escape of the man himself. Security experts who operate within the gray areas of morality develop botnets that destroy personal devices infected with malicious botnets in what they call “the chemotherapy of the internet”. Ransomware and botnets are at the center of this final episode of the first season.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow near the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rebel Media 19 mins – “Ezra Levant, the self-proclaimed commander of right-wing media site, The Rebel, has been accused of hosting coverage tolerant of white supremacists in Charlottesville, seen star contributors leave, and watched politicians keep a safe distance.” At the link find the title, “Aug 22: Is there a future for right-wing Rebel Media? 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 22: Is there a future for right-wing Rebel Media?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Redwood Trees 3 mins – “Episode: 1392 The nature of fog and of redwood trees. Today, fog in the forest.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 1392: Fog In The Woods, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170901.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugees from Africa 22 mins – “A new Oxfam report finds Libyans are exploiting African migrants for profit and abusing them while in detainment.” At the link find the title, “Aug 15: Oxfam report reveals migrants in Libya suffer harrowing abuse and exploitation, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 15: Oxfam report reveals migrants in Libya suffer harrowing abuse and exploitation” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Republicans in California 68 mins – “In a climate of seemingly unprecedented polarization, can Republicans in California make a comeback? It may seem daunting, but as the mayor of California’s second most populous city, Kevin Faulconer strives to appeal to all. Elected 36th mayor of San Diego in 2014 after a highly publicized special election, Faulconer easily won reelection in 2016. He has focused on improving infrastructure, reducing homelessness and creating neighborhood safety initiatives. He has joined Democrats with a strong commitment to environmental protection and a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, which have put him in direct opposition to the Trump administration and other Republicans on the national stage. Will Kevin Faulconer popularize his brand of Republicanism in California? What is next for the mayor of San Diego in his second term? Faulconer has maintained his desire to stay in the city, but Republicans in California are eager to put forward strong candidates for the gubernatorial race in 2018.” At the link find the title, “Kevin Faulconer: The New California Republicans, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170815_Kevin_Faulconer_Podcast.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Richard Dawkins 48 mins – “ Today’s guest is internationally best-selling author, speaker, and passionate advocate for reason and science as against superstition Richard Dawkins. …In this episode, which Dawkins described as “one of the best interviews I have ever had,” Richard and Jason talk about whether pescatarianism makes any sense, where morality should come from (since, as Hume says, “you can’t get an ‘ought’ from an ‘is’, so you can’t get morality from science), the greatness of Christopher Hitchens, and the evils of nationalism.” At the link find the title, “112. Richard Dawkins (biologist) – Red in Tooth and Claw,” right-click “Media files P1377321028.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ricky Skaggs 49 mins – “Mandolin and guitar legend Ricky Skaggs came up early in an old-time musical tradition, went out and made his hits on the country music charts, helped spark the “new traditionalist” movement, then watched as country went more and more to pop. Ricky Skaggs went home, to God and bluegrass, and 14 Grammys. Now he’s touring, watching his nation and his industry. Listening. This hour On Point, Ricky Skaggs is ready to make some music.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rikers Island Teacher 52 mins – “ Liza Jessie Peterson is an actress, poet, playwright, and arts-educator who’s been working with adolescent boys and girls incarcerated on Rikers Island for the past 18 years. Her fierce, funny, powerfully written new book is All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids At Rikers Island. The loving and specific portraits she paints of her students highlight the cruelty of the systems (economic, school, police, prison) that fail so many young black men, landing them and keeping them in prison. In this episode we talk about cultural icons and the realities behind them, hip-hop, the trauma of poverty and the tragedy of the American prison system, and how to make impossible situations better.” At the link find the title, “103. Liza Jessie Peterson (Playwright, Arts-Educator) – The Sleeping Giant,” right-click “Media files PP2615579172.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robbery-Murder Story 25 mins – “”[There’s a] paradox of being very good friends with Glen, who I respect and love very deeply, and I loved my father very deeply.” At the link find the title, “Aug 24: ENCORE | How one woman came to forgive the man who murdered her father 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 24: ENCORE | How one woman came to forgive the man who murdered her father” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roxane Gay Author 48 mins – “Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss Radio is back with a vengeance. In the first new episode, you’ll get a quick preview of what’s on girlboss.com with editorial director Jerico Mandybur—plus, a conversation with one of the most prolific writers of our time, Roxane Gay. Covering everything from Gay’s latest work, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, fatphobia, to writing and the meaning of “success,” get ready for a warm and stimulating conservation—the first of many.” At the link find the title, “The Return of Girlboss Radio with Guest Roxane Gay, Aug, 2017,” right-click ‘Media files DGT5306627912.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Arabia Future 32 mins – “Donald Trump is making his first foreign trip as president to the Middle East, with his initial stop in Saudi Arabia. President Trump will arrive in a kingdom on the precipice of major changes, including a youth boom, technological revolutions, a possible succession to a younger generation of royal leadership, and an ambitious economic reform program dubbed “Vision 2030.” Gulf and energy policy scholar Simon Henderson explains the political, economic, and social changes facing Saudi Arabia, and what the future holds for the kingdom, for its Arab neighbors, and for Washington’s relations with Riyadh. Near East PolicyCast: Conversations on Middle East issues from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” At the link click the square with three dots, then right-click “Download” to download the audio file.

Senator Feinstein 69 mins – “Senator Dianne Feinstein is one of the most accomplished women of our time, serving California in the U.S. Senate for nearly 25 years. During her tenure, she has served on numerous Senate committees and has pioneered many indelible legislative achievements. Before serving in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein was the first female president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the first female mayor of San Francisco. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992 with former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in the Year of the Woman, eventually becoming the first woman to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Intelligence Committee and Rules Committee. She has established a reputation as a bipartisan leader willing to work with both sides of the aisle to solve difficult problems.” At the link find the title, “Senator Dianne Feinstein, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170829_Dianne Feinstein Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sepsis Treatment 27 mins – “[First of three items.] A dose of “good bacteria” has helped to cut the number of babies’ deaths from sepsis in a trial in India. Sepsis occurs when the body is overwhelmed by infection and then turns against itself. The study – which involved giving babies a mixture of probiotics and prebiotics – was stopped early, so that all babies could benefit from the preventative treatment, which reduced deaths by 40%. When people hear voices in their heads, it can be a symptom of schizophrenia, but not always. Some people hear voices and don’t have any other problems. But where these voices come from in the brain is still something of a mystery. So a team at Durham University has been scanning the brains of people who hear voices and others who don’t – to see who’s best at detecting words in distorted sounds. Amateur and professional musicians alike feel nervous before a performance and stepping out onto a stage in front of an audience can make them freeze. Some of the talented music students at the Royal College of Music in London have been trying out a digital mock-up of a performance – complete with grim-faced judges on a screen – to practise their strategies for overcoming anxiety.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sinclair Broadcasting 47 mins – “Americans are more likely to get their news from local television stations than from cable or network programs. But that could change. The Sinclair Broadcast Group, already the nation’s largest owner of TV stations, is snapping up more. And it’s making them carry Sinclair’s own programming, often with a conservative slant. The FCC so far approves. This hour On Point: Sinclair Broadcasting on the march, and what it means for local TV.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sinclair Broadcasting 50 mins – “1. Sinclair Broadcasting is poised to expand to more households. Felix Gillette of Bloomberg discusses the company’s frugal — and right-wing — approach to local news. 2. Richard Andrews, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Policy at UNC Chapel Hill, and William Ruckelshaus, former EPA administrator, help us understand the history of the EPA and how the environment became a political battleground. 3. Heidi Cullen, chief scientist at Climate Central, explains how climate attribution science can help us better describe global warming’s role in extreme weather events. 4. Slate columnist Dan Engber explores how the idea of a great garbage patch in the Pacific has helped us make sense of a changing climate that can be hard to visualize.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Streaming Entertainment 47 mins – “Last week it was Disney on the move, announcing it will launch two Netflix-style video streaming services. One for sports – they own ESPN. One for Disney entertainment – think Frozen, Mulan, Bambi. That was all big news. This week, Netflix struck back. Announced they’ve stolen super hit maker Shonda Rhimes from ABC and the Disney empire. The Grey’s Anatomy creator will now create for Netflix. Apple and Facebook are pushing in as well. This hour On Point: the new battle to be streaming content kings” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stuxnet Virus P2 27 mins – “Stuxnet was a weapon, a kind of a smart bomb- perhaps one of the smartest bombs ever created. A bomb that couldn’t rely on operators, cameras, and laser targeting, instead it had to “think” its way to its destination. An invisible commando unit, dropped deep behind enemy lines. And its payload- not explosives, but lines of code. Part two of the three part Stuxnet series explores how the first bits of code were weaponized.With special guests: Andrew Ginter, and Blake Sobczak.” At the link find the title, “Malicious Life, episode 8: Stuxnet, part 2, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files ML_Stuxnet_Ep02_MST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taliban in Afghanistan 18 mins – “U.S. President Trump’s recent change of heart to now send troops into Afghanistan to “defeat the enemy” is not a strategy at all, says Jeffrey Sachs.” At the link find the title, “Sept 4: Why the U.S. ‘war machine’ is driving troops into Afghanistan: Jeffrey Sachs, 2017,” right-click “Download Sept 4: Why the U.S. ‘war machine’ is driving troops into Afghanistan: Jeffrey Sachs” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teen Depression 48 mins – “Over the past decade, clinical depression is up among American adolescents and young adults.  American teens are feeling it. And especially teenage girls. Why? We’re asking today. Is it’s the times, or expectations, or fears? New social pressures? Social media? How can we recognize it? Help head it off? And when it really comes – depression, beyond the blues or a little teenage angst – what do we do about it? This hour On Point, combating teenage depression, and especially the challenges of girls.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teen Reporters 54 mins – “This episode is all about those tough moments that help you pass through the portal into adulthood. Featuring: Strangers, Wisdoms, Short and Curly, Outside Podcast, The Spoke, Unconditional.” At the link find the title, “Something We Can All Relate to: Growing Pains,” right-click “Download Something We Can All Relate to: Growing Pains” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Telegraph Invention 3 mins – “Episode: Early inventions of the electric telegraph. Today, we look at ninety years of electric telegraphy before Morse.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 1393: Inventing the Telegraph, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170904.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism Prevention 37 mins – “Defending against terrorism requires more than stopping or catching terrorists. Just as important as military and law-enforcement actions against active terrorists are broader government and community efforts to prevent individuals from adopting extreme ideologies in the first place, and countering the attraction of violent methods for those already radicalized. Counterterror expert Matthew Levitt discusses a new bipartisan report that aims to help the new U.S. administration improve and broaden our efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism (PCVE). Read their report at http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/pcve. Near East PolicyCast: Conversations on Middle East issues from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” At the link click the square with three dots, then right-click “Download” to download the audio file

Tesla 53 mins – “It’s crunch time as Tesla begins production of its Model 3 sedan this summer and races toward its goal of making 500,000 cars a year. Morgan Stanley says that production level won’t be reached until 2024. Still, the stock market considers Tesla a tech company with a value higher than Ford and General Motors, both of which produce far more cars and generate higher profits. But exorbitant valuation brings intense scrutiny, and cracks are starting to show in Tesla’s shiny exterior. Consumer Reports recently downgraded the Tesla Model S rating due to concerns about its emergency brake. Controversy is also swirling around how often Tesla’s factory workers get injured and how often its cars are involved in crashes. Ashlee Vance wrote Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, a best-selling biography on Elon Musk. It stands as the definitive profile of the genius driving Tesla, SpaceX and Hyperloop. Join us for a conversation about the enigmatic man and his efforts to change and save the world.” At the link find the title “Tesla: Impossible Until It’s Not, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170820_cl1_Tesla.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tree Whisperer 47 mins – “We walk in the forest and it feels wonderful. Alive. More alive than we know, says German forester Peter Wohlleben. The German woodsman has become a sensation in his home country writing about the secret life of trees in very human terms. About how trees talk and band together and defend themselves. Care for their young and old. Communicate through roots and sense and sound. Up next, On Point: The hidden life of trees.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Corruption 26 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to The New Yorker staff writer, Patrick Radden Keefe, about his latest piece “Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington” – a story about how an obscure EPA rule brought down the billionaire Trump adviser.” At the link find the title, “The Corruption of Carl Icahn, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY2627276980.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Priorities 38 mins – “After a surprising presidential election, Americans and foreign leaders have closely watched the executive transition for clues to American priorities and policy under the Trump administration. What does Donald J. Trump’s victory tell us about American politics – and how will our allies and adversaries respond? Near East PolicyCast: Conversations on Middle East issues from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” At the link click the square with three dots, then right-click “Download” to download the audio file.

Tunneling History 4 mins – “Episode: 1388 A short history of tunneling. Today, let’s tunnel our way through history.” At the link find the title, “Engines of Our Ingenuity 1388: A Short Discourse On Tunneling, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files KUHF_20170823.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turkey Democracy Survival 31 mins – “Can Turkish democracy – and Turkey’s strategic relationships with Europe and the United States – survive Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasing consolidation of domestic political power? Three Turkish experts, including the author of a timely new book on Erdogan’s rise and ambitions, discuss the country’s likely future. Near East PolicyCast: Conversations on Middle East issues from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” At the link click the square with three dots, then right-click “Download” to download the audio file.

Vice Magazine Founder 41 mins – “We’re hard at work planning our upcoming live show, so we bring you this favorite from the last year: VICE. Suroosh Alvi was a recovering addict when he started a scrappy underground magazine in Montreal. It grew into a multi-billion dollar company that has shaken up the world of journalism. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” we check back with Kent Sheridan of Voila Coffee, a company aiming to make instant coffee with the quality of a four-dollar pour over.” At the link find the title, “VICE: Suroosh Alvi, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170901_hibt_vice.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Supremacists 20 mins – “A look into the white supremacist mindset from someone who was once himself a true believer – but now works to convince others to give up on hate.” At the link find the title, “Aug 15: ‘Ideology on violent far right is just as toxic as ISIS’, says former white supremacist, 2017,” right-click “Download Aug 15: ‘Ideology on violent far right is just as toxic as ISIS’, says former white supremacist” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Supremacists 47 mins – “Charlottesville was rough enough. Now, far-right rallies are planned for nine more cities across the country this weekend. White supremacists have expressed gratitude for and encouragement from President Trump’s remarks this week. Steve Bannon has now called them clowns, but he’s encouraged them in the past. Who are they? Charlottesville saw old-fashioned swastikas and KKK regalia. But also polo shirts and chinos. This hour On Point: Who is the white supremacist movement now?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfires in Canada 24 mins – “Fire chief Stan McCarthy on the unimaginable summer of 2017 — 41 days straight fighting B.C.’s worst forest fires on record.” At the link find the title, “Sept 4: B.C.’s wildfires spark mental health concern for firefighters: chief 2017,” right-click “Download Sept 4: B.C.’s wildfires spark mental health concern for firefighters: chief” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Writers Experience 48 mins – “Elif Batuman has written articles for the New Yorker on everything from the horrible-smelling “corpse flower” to the complex politics of present day Turkey, her parents’ native country. Her first book, The Possessed, was a series of “comic, interconnected essays about Russian Literature.” Her latest, “The Idiot”, is a lucid, disarmingly funny coming of age novel set in 1995. Jason calls it “one of the most delightful books” he’s read in years.” At the link find the title, “92. Elif Batuman (Writer) – The Worst Appetizer in America,” right-click “Media files PP4327957118.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Writers Life 62 mins – “Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. …100 episodes in, like the universe itself, the show continues to expand and accelerate at speeds that boggle the imagination. One of seven siblings, Paul Theroux is the author of over 50 works of fiction and non-fiction, including The Great Railway Bazaar and The Mosquito Coast. His latest novel Mother Land is a scathing, semi-autobiographical, often painfully funny portrait of a mother’s long and insidious reign over her seven children. In this episode, Paul talks about the claustrophobia of big families, the mass migrations of peoples, colonizing Mars, and an important difference between humans and cockroaches.” At the link find the title, “102. Paul Theroux (Writer) – Saintly & Scowling,” right-click “Media files PP6202814314.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II in China 39 mins – “After the clash at the Marco Polo bridge, the Japanese Military decides to occupy northern China. Defying them are the forces of Chiang Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong, as they come to an understanding and put on hold their civil war. After the episode I discuss the film Dunkirk and the events of the Alt Right in Charlottesville, VA.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_200-81317_12.39_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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