Media Mining Digest 308 – Oct 6, 2017: 9-11 Injuries, AI Use at Paypal, American Empire, American Enemies, Apartheid Decline, Automation Disruption, Blindness Story, Bone Health, Brain Protein Calendars, Brazilian Indian Massacre, Canvas Strategy, Capitalism Upgrade, Climate Change Deniers, Cold War History, Corruption Control, Cyberlaw, Dalai Lama, Degradable Bags, Democracy at Risk, Digital Doctors, Disaster Recovery, Equifax, European Future, Extreme Weather, Facebook Etiquette, Fake News in Ukraine, Farming on 2.25 Acres, Fungal Diseases, Go Green Initiative, History by Malcom Gladwell, Hookup Culture, Houston Hurricane Recovery, Human Trafficking, Hurricane Damage Costs, Independent American Voters, Information Aversion, Investigative Reporter Apuzzo on Trump, Investment Principles by Dalio, Islamic Politics, Japanese Cool Tools, Jazz Artist Fred Hersch, Katy Tur, Lead Hazards, Legal System Flaws, Medicare Discussion, Mortgage Fraud, Moth 500th Episode, Nanoparticles in Water, No Wanks, North Korea Nukes, Not Dead Yet, Opioid Epidemic in Ohio, Palliative Care Specialty, Postsecondary Education, Prison Radio, Qatar Crisis, Rape Kit, Refugees in Uganda, Robot Training, San Quentin life, Saudi Arabia in Transition, Sex Assaults on Campus, Sleep Needs, Solar Power Paint, Somalia Story, Stewardship, Suicide Prevention, Super Size Me 2, Sustainability Development Goals, Synchphonia App, Tales from the South, Terrorism Prevention, Transgender Stories, Turkey-Russia Relations, Universal Basic Income, Venomous Bites and Stings, Virtual Reality, Work Trends

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3D Scanning Problems 44 mins – “Scott Tarcy of CAD Design Help is an expert in doing engineering and CAD work in general. Scott has a lot of experience working with CAD files in his company. He has a unique perspective and has a lot of experience. Scott was very interested on our recent episode on the Matter and Form desktop 3D scanner. He was surprised that we were so pleased with it and that it actually worked for us because his experience with desktop 3D scanners has really not been that great. We’re going to talk about that in this episode. Also about really the details, ins and outs of working with CAD files that have been 3D scanned and how you can and cannot work with them. He’s also going to tell us about this new 3D Print The Future TV Show that they filmed several episodes of the first season and it launches on Amazon Instant Video. You’re going to hear about that as well.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

9-11 Injuries 51 mins – “Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, first responders rushed to ground zero in Manhattan, where they braved dangerous conditions to rescue people buried in the rubble, retrieve the remains of the dead and clear the debris. Among them was demolition supervisor John Feal. Feal arrived at ground zero on Sept. 12; just five days later, he was seriously injured when an 8,000-pound piece of steel fell and crushed his foot. He became septic from the deeply infected wound, and nearly died. The accident cost Feal half his foot — and his job. His despair grew deeper when the government denied him medical compensation for his injury. Honoring The Other Fallen Of Sept. 11: Sickened Ground Zero Volunteers Speaking with other first responders, Feal realized that he was not alone. Not only were others also being denied money to help pay for their injuries and illnesses, but the trauma was ruining people’s lives. “They were losing their homes,” he says. “They were getting divorced, or separated, or their kids were in rehab for drugs because Daddy or Mommy were miserable.” Feal formed the FealGood Foundation, which advocates on behalf of emergency personnel. He also began working to pressure Congress to pass a bill that would provide compensation for medical care and monitoring for first responders. On Dec. 22, 2010, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was passed.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan Status 58 mns – “A month after the attacks on Sept. 11, President Bush authorized strikes against Al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.  Those limited attacks have since grown into an enormous commitment, amounting to thousands of American lives and billions of dollars. Meanwhile, President Trump recently renewed American involvement there, vowing victory….” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Use at Paypal 23 mins – “The next time you don’t recognize a transaction listed on your monthly Paypal statement, rest assured: AI will likely identify the culprit and help ensure it won’t happen again. With advances in machine learning and the deployments of neural networks, logistic regression-powered models are expanding their uses throughout PayPal, Vadim Kutsyy, a data scientist at the online payments company, told host Michael Copeland on this week’s edition of the AI Podcast.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alvin Chipmunks Creator 58 mins – “Years after his father created a hit singing group of anthropomorphic rodents called The Chipmunks, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. made it his mission to revive his dad’s beloved characters. Over the last 40 years, Ross Jr. and his wife Janice have built The Chipmunks into a billion dollar media franchise – run out of their home in Santa Barbara, California. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” how Daniel Clark-Webster and his three friends came up with RompHim – a company specializing in male rompers.” At the link findthe title, “The Chipmunks: Ross Bagdasarian Jr. & Janice Karman, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170915_hibt_chipmunks.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Empire 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, and is titled “The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire.”  Our speaker is author and journalist, Stephen Kinzer.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Enemies 47 mins – “As tensions rise with North Korea, Brian, Ed, and Nathan return to our episode on enemies. What distinguishes friend from foe – both at home and abroad – and how has America dealt with our adversaries across time?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apartheid Decline 32 mins – “Back in the 1980’s, when Louis Smuts was growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, his family couldn’t go outside together without risking arrest. “My mother would always walk behind [my father] wherever they went,” he recalls. And in the car, she would sit in the back and pretend to be the family maid. At the time, Smuts didn’t understand that only white people could move freely in the city, while black South Africans were pushed to the outskirts. The country’s white-ruled government called this system by the Afrikaans word “apartheid,” meaning “separateness.” Under apartheid, white people had access to the best schools, jobs and healthcare. Smuts’ father was white and his mother was colored—a South African term for people of mixed race. They had gotten married in neighboring Swaziland, but back home their marriage was illegal. Apartheid leaders claimed that segregated cities were better for everyone, and apartheid was strictly enforced. Police would patrol neighborhoods to make sure that white people and black people weren’t living together. But the system was never airtight, and people found creative ways to slip through the cracks.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title, and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apocalypse Alternative 57 mins – ”For this week’s Team Human, Douglas is out on the road in Austin, Texas where he caught up with longtime friend and cyberculture pioneer, Jon Lebkowsky. Jon and Douglas first look back on the promise of the early cyber revolution, and then look forward to the ways in which those quirky fringe elements might be folded back into the work of promoting justice, solidarity, and even a bit of ambiguity… Whether manifested in platform cooperatives, consensus building tools like Loomio, or in the spirit of Occupy, Lebkowsky and Rushkoff retrieve the thread of radical potential as it has evolved from those early days of the internet. Douglas begins today’s show discussing his recent meeting with a group of billionaires whose fears of future social unrest have left them scrambling for apocalypse strategies to protect their wealth and lifestyle. Find out what the “insulation equation” is as Douglas challenges these executives to forgo the Walking Dead scenarios and join team human!” At the link find the title, “Ep. 55 Jon Lebkowsky “Folding the Fringes,”right-click “Media files 59c1fb320f976e1323e1dd0f.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Automation Disruption 56 mins – “AI and robots seem to be everywhere, handling more and more work, freeing humans up — to do what? Contributor Jill Eisen takes a wide-angle lens to the digital revolution happening in our working lives. Part 1 of 3” At the link find the title, “Artificial intelligence, robots and the future of work, Part 1, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170913_76872.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autonomous Vehicles Impact 56 mins – “We’re racing down the highway to autonomous cars, whether it takes 10, 20 or 30 years. But what happens to our economy, the shape of our cities, and even our century-old car-centric culture once the vehicles arrive?” At the link find the title, “Autonomy: The unexpected implications of self-driving vehicles, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170912_27705.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biogas Production 6 mins – “The fuel in natural gas and biogas is methane, produced by microorganisms. Mike Manefield has developed a synthetic molecule which when applied to a feedstock as a crystal, substantially increases the production of methane. Feedstocks can be anything organic, be it food waste, animal waste or crop residue. Some experiments using coal have increased gas production by 18 times. While anaerobic digesters are few in Australia, Germany has 16,000. Mike Manefield says 5% of the world’s energy comes from anaerobic digestion which shows the potential of his ‘magic’ synthetic crystals.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blindness Story 39 mins – “Blind Abilities brings you another installment in the series, presented by AT&T and Aira featuring individuals who have influenced the blindness community through their passions and their actions. This installment introduces Belo Cipriani. belo is an author, an eloquent advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, and so much more. Join Jeff and Pete as they explore Belo’s story, beginning with the tragic assault that led to his blindness, to his rehabilitation at Orientation College for the Blind (OCB), finishing his Masters Degree, writing his book: “Blind, A Memoir”, and his life as a gay blind person. Belo offers a deep look at his thoughts, his fears and his noteworthy attitude that its great to be blind.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bone Health 58 mins – “Osteoporosis, weakened bones, affects about 10 million Americans. But low bone density is even more common. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half of adults over 50 are at risk for a fracture. …Some of the factors that lead to osteoporosis can’t be avoided. Genetics is chief among these. If your grandparents and parents suffered from weak bones and fractures, your chances of osteoporosis are higher than average. …That doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do, however. It just may mean you’ll have to try harder to keep your bones strong. Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D and calcium is important. Not smoking-or quitting if you do smoke-is just as critical. Exercise throughout our lives sends crucial signals to our bones that we need them and helps keep them strong. To get the best benefit from exercise, it should be something in which the foot hits the ground: walking, skipping, jumping, dancing, tennis, etc. Other forms of exercise such as swimming or biking are also good for your health, but they do less to keep your bones strong. Learn how doctors detect osteoporosis with DXA technology, and how they treat it if they discover you have it. You’ll also find out why men too need to be concerned about bone health. This Week’s Guest: Abby G. Abelson, MD, FACR, is Chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Institute and Education Program Director in the Department of Rheumatologic and Immunologic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic. Her book is The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Osteoporosis.” Follow the instructions at the web site to download the free MP3.

Bored and Brilliant Project P1 21 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.Plus a new conversation with tech-star and NTS friend Tristan Harris, a designer once tasked with sucking your eyeballs to the screen. Now, he’s fighting the good fight to reclaim your brain.” At the link find the title, “Attention Please, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files notetoself090517_cms792757 pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bored and Brilliant Project P2 21 mins – “José Cruz is a college student, research scientist, and phone power-user. He spent 6 hours in one day on his screen. So he wanted to cut back, make more time for research, reading, and mental drift. We gave José a copy of Manoush’s new book, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self. The book has a week of challenges, and José did them all. He recorded the journey. It wasn’t easy, but boy, was there a payoff. Plus, seventh grade teacher-turned-neuroscientist Mary Helen Immordino-Yang explains why José’s week of struggle and revelation makes total neurological sense. And what we can all learn about the link between single-tasking and innovation.” At the link find the title, “Eavesdropping On Epiphany, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files notetoself091317_cms795540_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Damage 24 mins – “This year’s lecturer is Neurobiologist Colin Blakemore. A Professor of Physiology at the University of Cambridge and Director of Medical Studies at Downing College, he is the youngest person to give the Reith lectures. He explores the concepts of the brain in his Reith series entitled ‘Mechanics of the Mind’ and evaluates how our brains have shaped our behaviour and our society. In this lecture entitled ‘The Divinest Part of Us’, Professor Colin Blakemore discusses how the theory of the mind mirrors man’s social development; from Plato’s genetically-controlled meritocracy of the mind, to Franz Joseph Gall’s view of character showing through the shape of the human skull. Professor Blakemore delves into the idea of miraculous mind and explains how the scientific world has not always thought that highly of the brain.” At the link find the title, “The Divinest Part of Us, Nov, 1976,” right-click “Media files p02r7sr3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Protein Calendars 54 mins – “Seth Grant has made a career by combining his skills in molecular biology, medicine and neuroscience. Brain Science listeners may remember him best for his explorations of the evolution of the synapse (BSP 51) and in BSP 101 he told us about how small genetic changes related to synapse proteins can influence learning, but this month he shares a new paper, which describes what he calls the “genetic lifespan calendar.” The key idea is that the genes in both the mouse and human brain appear to follow a predictable schedule. Grant’s team also found that they could predict the age of a brain by looking at its transcriptome (which mRNA is present). It is important to emphasize that this is a surprising new discovery. If it is replicated by other researchers, it could open up entirely new research approaches. In this month’s podcast Dr. Grant explains how the research was conducted and some of its important implications. Dr. Grant has a long time interest in schizophrenia so he is particularly excited about how this research might explain why schizophrenia, which has a larger genetic component, usually emerges in young adulthood. We also touch briefly on the fact that there seems to be different calendars for males and females. Grant observed,”this points to the bigger picture of things. There is an organization, an architecture, that is embedded in our genome, that controls not just where every molecule is in your brain and how they’re all assembled together, but when and how they change throughout the lifespan.  It is truly a most extraordinary programming of the genome that gives this remarkable complexity of the brain in both space and in time.  And I think this is just a fantastically exciting area.”  At the link right-click “FREE: audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazilian Indian Massacre 15 mins – “By protecting large swaths of the Amazon, this is a climate assurance for all of us.” At the link find the title, “Sept 15 | Why Brazil’s Indigenous land — home to uncontacted tribes — needs to be protected: researcher, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170915_14864.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canvas Strategy 23 mins – “My job is usually to deconstruct world-class performers from business, military, entertainment, politics, or athletics, and then to tease out the routines and habits you can use. In this particular episode, I’m going to share an overarching strategy that has been used by many of the greats. That includes Ben Franklin, legendary NFL coach Bill Belichick, and many, many more. It is also how I built my network, how my first book hit the tipping point, how I became successful at angel investing, and the list goes on. Of course, if you’re interested in the networking part of it, you can also read the blog post and listen to the episode, How to Build a World-Class Network in Record Time. But that is additional credit. The secret to all of the above is the “canvas strategy.” And in this episode, Ryan Holiday, author of the new book, Ego Is the Enemy, will teach you how to apply canvas strategy to your life. (The book is also the newest addition to my book club, which can be found at Please enjoy this excerpt with Ryan Holiday from Ego Is the Enemy.” At the link find the title, “#165: The Canvas Strategy — What Ben Franklin and Bill Belichick Have in Common,” right-click “Media files e2d9fe52-6004-438a-8eaf-0acf355aca34.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Capitalism Upgrade 68 mins – “Sustaining Capitalism: Bipartisan Solutions to Restore Trust and Prosperity – The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization that delivers analysis and solutions to our nation’s most critical issues. In the 75 years since its inception in 1942, CED has addressed national priorities that promote sustained economic growth and development aimed at benefitting all Americans. These activities have encompassed the Marshall Plan in the late 1940s, education reform in the past three decades and campaign finance reform since 2000. CED’s research findings are coupled with multipronged outreach efforts throughout the country and abroad, achieving tangible impact at the local, state and national levels. With a new administration and Congress in office, and an ever-changing world anxious about its future, join a high-level conversation on how to ensure business and policy leaders can generate prosperity for all and make capitalism sustainable for generations to come.” At the link find the title, “Sustaining Capitalism: Bipartisan Solutions to Restore Trust and Prosperity, May 12, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170512_Sustaining_Capitalism_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cargo Ships 52 mins – “In our globalized world, it only takes a click to buy something from China and have it delivered right to your doorstep. But that product sailed across the ocean on a cargo ship before it got to you. Over 90 percent of global trade travels across the ocean by ship. In this episode, we’ll step on board some of these ships and meet the sailors who work there. What’s it like to live for months at sea, isolated with only your co-workers? And when a ship stops in the USA, how do sailors spend the few precious hours they have on shore?” At the link find the title, “Truckers of the High Seas, Oct, 2014,” right-click “Media files Truckers_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cassini Project Ends 9 mins – “253 EE Why NASA Is Crashing Its Cassini Spacecraft into Saturn…” At the link find the title quoted above, right-click “Media files ede_253-cy5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cassini Project Ends 48 mins – “The Cassini spacecraft and all it’s taught us about Saturn and its many moons before it burns up.On Friday morning, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft takes one last turn over Saturn and dives to a fiery destruction, like a meteor burning up in the atmosphere of the ringed planet. It will be a long-planned end to Cassini’s 20-year exploration of Saturn, its rings and its many moons. Sixty-two moons at latest count. Tracking lunar oceans, lakes, geysers and maybe cradles of life.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China in the Arctic 27 mins – “A Chinese research vessel that went through the North West passage this summer has critics worried about potential consequences to Arctic sovereignty.” At the link find the title, “Sept 15 | Critics fear China’s foray into Northwest Passage endangers Arctic sovereignty,” right-click “Media files current_20170915_89362.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Deniers 56 mins – “Global warming is “Fake News”, a “Chinese Hoax”. So says a richly funded Conservative movement that’s become a world-wide campaign. In her book, “The Merchants of Doubt”, Naomi Oreskes traces how this propaganda war started and how to fight it.” At the link find the title, “Decoding the resistance to climate change: Are we doomed?, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170914_66265.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cold War History 15 mins – “Angela Stent on George Kennan The Reith Lectures Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC’s flagship annual lecture series” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Columbian Bicyclists 28 mins – “Colombia is a country of passionate cyclists. The first bike races took place in Bogota in 1894 and by 1898 it was one of the first countries to have two purpose built velodromes. In the 1950s the great Vuelta a Colombia, a tour of Colombia, was born – 35 cyclists covered an extraordinary 779 miles in 10 stages. All over the country people listened to the commentary on radios and it began to link up Colombians in a common cause.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Commuting History and Data Collection 47 mins – “In this week’s roundtable discussion, Brian, Joanne, and Ed discuss the history behind 3 stories in the news: our lengthening work commutes, the massive data breach at Equifax, and the Census Bureau’s latest numbers on income inequality in America.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pp-up menu.

Corruption Control 174 mins – “On September 18, 2017, Brookings hosted an event to discuss new developments in how transparency, accountability, and participation initiatives can contribute to reducing corruption and achieving sustainable development.” At the link double click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar to download the audio file.

Cyberlaw 61 mins – “Berkman Klein Center Faculty Chair Jonathan Zittrain discusses the development of the Internet — from its earliest stages to its present manifestations — as a technology for good or harm, depending on the human forces that wield it.” At the link find the title,”Jonathan Zittrain on Technology for the Social Good, Sep 2017,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save target as” from the pop-up menu.

Dalai Lama 72 mins – “Though he holds no official worldly rank, the Dalai Lama is widely seen as one of the most insightful leaders of the modern era. His emphasis on nonviolent protest, compassion, and reason are the foundation of his teachings. With these values, Dr. Robert Thurman believes there is a powerful hope for reconciliation, peace and enlightenment. In his book, Dr. Thurman gives the detailed life story of the fourteenth Dalai Lama, from his early childhood and escape into exile, to conflicts with the Chinese Communist Party, and finally, his role as a truly global inspirational figure with special insight on Tibetan culture and identity. Dr. Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and president of the Tibetan House U.S. He has popularized the Buddha’s teachings in the West and has authored several books on Tibet, Buddhism and most recently his good friend the Dalai Lama XIV. Dr. Thurman is also the first westerner to be ordained a Tibetan monk by the Dalai Lama.” At the link find the title, “Dr. Robert Thurman: Reflections on Peace and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170911_Robert_Thurman_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Degradable Bags 6 mins – “When school student Angelina Arora saw all the plastic bags being carried out of a supermarket, she was reminded of the environmental damage produced by these one-use conveniences. She went looking for an alternative and began testing compounds made from everyday chemicals found in the home. She tested 6 substances and ran them through 5 tests. She experimented with different amounts of glycerine for endurance and vinegar as a binder. Angelina’s experiment led her to be chosen as a finalist in this year’s BHP Science and Engineering Awards.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Delusion Disorder 26 mins – “Trapped in a frightening world created by her brain, a person with delusional disorder shares what it’s like to live in fear.” At the link find the title, “Sept 14 | Delusional disorder: The undiagnosed, understudied mental illness, 2-17,” right-click “Media files current_20170914_30489.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy at Risk 68 mins – “Competitive and fair elections are the ultimate guarantor of American democracy. Yet they are facing an increasing number of challenges. The Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to Super PAC and secret money in U.S. elections. The 2016 election cycle witnessed the greatest outpouring of big money in American politics in history. The top 100 donors to Super PACs gave $1 billion, or an average of $10 million per donor, of the $1.8 billion total given to these groups. The massive sums of money raised for elections are not the only threats to their integrity.  Politicians who gerrymander distort electoral districts” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Doctors 76 mins – “Dr. Robert Wachter discusses his book “The Digital Doctor” that explores the complex interaction of medicine and information technology. Medicine is both an enormous business and a distinctly human endeavor which makes the interaction of medicine and information technology very complex. Recorded on 06/01/2017. (#32349)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Recovery 46 mins – “In the wake of NASA’s most recent mission to Saturn, we’re heading out of this world. Spaceships run on several things: fuel, physics and cash. But that last category accounts for a lot of things, like people, equipment, maintenance and time. What’s the breakdown? And what’s the value of the images and info gathered in space? Can we measure it? And, we take a look at why our Social Security numbers are tied to everything and what happens when those nine digits fall into the wrong hands. Plus, when it comes to disasters, should we invest in disaster preparedness or disaster relief? Oh, and we have a special appearance by a fizzy beverage that’s making a comeback.” At the link double click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar to get the audio file.

Diversities and Averages 30 mins – “Professor of Sociology and Director of the London School of Economics Ralf Dahrendorf gives his fourth Reith lecture from his series entitled ‘The New Liberty’. In this lecture entitled ‘On Difference’, Professor Ralf Dahrendorf discusses the concept of diversity and averages. Evaluating the socialist philosophies of different countries, he dissects the averages that are found in society and contemplates what will happen when developing countries try to reassess their status as developed countries.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Power in Hew Hampshire 58 mins – “The decision on the hydro-electric transmission project, which would bring power from Canada to New England, has been postponed yet again. We review the goals of this $1.6 billion proposal and examine how the debate around it has changed since it was first presented in 2010.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Equifax 151 mins – “Qualcomm (which is a TWiT sponsor) says Android beats iPhone. Samsung wants a folding phone. Everybody hates Silicon Valley, especially Facebook – most especially, the ex-Googlers who founded Bodega. Oxford commas, “they” as a neutral singular pronoun, and how to pronounce cuneiform. Pharma bro: do not pass go. Blueborn attack could affect 5 billion devices. Equifax – now that none of our information is private, what’s next? Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review. Welcome Alexis Ohanian Jr.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Equifax Mess 47 mins – “The story of how Equifax exposed the personal data of 143 million Americans to a lifetime of fraud and abuse can kind of make your head explode. We have to deal with credit rating agencies to operate in this world. And then, a giant one turns around and effectively throws our security and privacy in the street, and now we all have to scramble to have a prayer of not getting burned. While they still make money. Off us.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

European Future 162 mins – “On September 15, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE), in collaboration with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, hosted a half-day conference on the future of Europe and trans-Atlantic relations. Ahead of the critical elections in Germany, and following dramatic elections in France, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, CUSE scholars examined shifting dynamics across Europe and evolving views about the Euro-Atlantic partnership.” At the link double click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar to download the audio file.

Exploration 30 mins – “This year’s Reith lecturer is distinguished Professor of American history, Dr Daniel J Boorstin, the twelfth Librarian of Congress. In his Reith lectures, entitled ‘America and the World Experience’, he explores how the USA developed into the superpower it is today. In this first lecture entitled ‘The Birth of Exploration’, Dr Boorstin explains why the desire to journey to new and undiscovered lands was important in the development of the United States of America. He considers the difference between a ‘frontier’ and ‘the wilderness’ for the first colonisers of the continent and explains how a community spirit of adventure made it all possible.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Extreme Weather 54 mins – “From Katrina and Sandy to Harvey, Irma and José – how is climate change fueling these increasingly destructive hurricanes? Greg Dalton and his guests delve into the politics, costs and human causes of the megastorms pummeling our planet.” At the link find the title, “Harvey and Irma: A Hurricane’s Human Fingerprints, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170917_cl1_Harvey and Irma PODCAST.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facebook Etiquette 56 mins – “The Internet has been billed as the great equalizer, breaking down barriers and increasing access to information and ideas. At the same time, it has allowed for the proliferation of abuse online – whether in the form of hate, harassment or offensive content. The freedom to express oneself is an important principle, but should it persist unfettered? How and where should we draw the line, and who – or what – should play a role in moderating online debate? Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management, and Jonathan Zittrain, Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Harvard professor, discuss online abuse and the role that technology can play in addressing it.” At the link find the title, “The Line Between Hate and Debate on Facebook, Sep 2017” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save target as” from the pop-up menu.

Fake News 52 mins – “How did we end up here? How did America get to this post-truth moment, where the line blurs between reality and illusion? In a new book, radio host and author Kurt Andersen lays out a timeline for how we lost our collective mind. And really, it’s nothing new. America, Andersen says, has always been a country of true believers, wishful dreamers, hucksters and suckers, and we’ve always been uniquely susceptible to fantasy. Andersen joins us Wednesday to explore the 500-year history of a country going haywire. Kurt Andersen is the co-creator and host of the radio program Studio 360, which can be heard Sundays at noon on KUER. He’s also a columnist, critic, and the author of numerous books. His newest is Fantasyland–How America Went Haywire: A 500-year History At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Fake News in Ukraine 28 mins – “Fake news from Russia helped spark a real war in Ukraine. What can Ukraine’s fight against fake news teach the US?” At the link find the title, “Ukraine vs. Fake News, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170821_roughtranslation_ep2ukraine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming on 2.25 Acres 76 mins – “Laura Davis farms about two-and-a-quarter acres of vegetables at Long Life Farm in suburban Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her husband, Donald Sutherland. Laura started farming after she was laid off from her 30-year career in the medical device business, and she and Donald farm full time, selling their produce to a CSA and two farmers markets. Laura was attracted for farming through a passion for soil science, and has put a lot of effort into re-mineralizing her soils. We discuss her approach to improving the soil in order to improve her crops, and the reduced insect and disease pressure she’s seen on her farm as a result. Laura also shares her experience with a recent foray into no-till production. Laura is also an organic certification inspector, and we discuss the ways that being a certified organic farm from very early on fit into Long Life Farm’s business strategy. Laura shares her tips for record-keeping and staying in your certification agency’s – and your inspector’s – good graces.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Farming on 37 Acres 86 mins – “Jeff and Elise Higley of Oshala Farm in southwest Oregon’s Applegate Valley raise 37 acres of medicinal and culinary herbs for the wholesale herb market, as well as for direct- and value-added production. Jeff and Elise provide insights into their business model for working with medicinal herbs, and how they went about getting the business established. We discuss how they balance labor needs, infrastructure utilization, and production cycle for over 70 annual, perennial, and biennial crops, and how they have developed processes that provide their products with stand-out quality and a significant “wow factor” – something that’s surprisingly important even in the wholesale market that forms the economic backbone of their business. We also discuss property selection for medicinal herb production, how they’ve used regulatory changes as an opportunity to grow their business, and employee management in a business that is even scratchier, sweatier, and dustier than vegetable production. We also dig into the impacts of the “green rush” prompted by Oregon’s legalization of marijuana, how that’s affected their farm economics, and how they’ve adapted to those changes.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming on 5 Acres 76 mins –Shawn Kuhn of Vitruvian Farms raises about five acres of vegetables with his business partner, Tommy Stauffer, in McFarland, Wisconsin, just outside of Madison. Vitruvian Farms raises a little bit of everything, and a lot of salad greens, so we dig into the ins and outs producing 1,200 pounds of salad greens a week, from bed shaping and weed control through harvest and delivery. Shawn shares the ways they have – and have not – mechanized their salad production, and how they make this intensive level of production work on a small scale. We also look at the key success factors for their other main crops, oyster mushrooms, tomatoes, and microgreens. Most of Vitruvian Farms’ produce is sold through 45 restaurants in Madison, and Shawn shares how they got started in that marketplace and how they maintain those relationships. We dig into what quality really means when selling to restaurants, and how Vitruvian Farms gets top-notch produce to demanding chefs in a crowded marketplace.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Fear Control 46 mins – “In this episode, author and speaker, Akshay Nanavati, joins us to discuss his new book, Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth and Happiness, which uses neuroscientific and psychological research to aid personal development. Akshay talks openly about his personal journey, struggle with drugs and alcohol and post traumatic stress disorder diagnosis that led to the research in his concept of Fearvana. Akshay is a Marine Corps Veteran, adventurer, entrepreneur and success coach.At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Federal Debt Ceiling 42 mins -[First Item – 11 mins]”A week after President Trump cut a surprise deal with Democrats, and 100 years after it was created, is the debt ceiling still serving its intended purpose? Plus, inside the alt-right idolization of Taylor Swift and medieval history and how some are trying to fight back. Finally, a new book argues that we may need less technology, even–or especially–if it means we become more bored.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Film Producer Aronofsky 127 mins – “Darren Aronofsky (@DarrenAronofsky) is the founder and head of production company Protozoa Pictures. He is the acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker behind both cult classics and blockbusters, including Pi (which earned him a Best Director award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival), Requiem For a Dream, The Wrestler (the third U.S. film in history to win the esteemed Golden Lion award), Black Swan (which won Natalie Portman the Academy Award for Best Actress and garnered four other Oscar nominations), Noah (His biblically inspired epic that opened at number at the box office and grossed more than $362,000,000 worldwide), and his latest, mother!, a psychological horror-thriller film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer. In this episode, we explore a wide range of topics, including: His creative process and “nomadic writing” Work environment and highly unusual desks The “Month of Fury” How to navigate tough conversations over creativity and control Psychedelics Dealing with critics And much more… Many thanks to Peter Attia for making the introduction — check out his three previous appearances on this show here….” At the link find the title, “#263: Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky — Exploring Creativity, Ignoring Critics, and Making Art,” right-click “Media files d1969bd1-650c-448e-b4a2-273e3d81619b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Film Producer Keoghan 95 mins – “Phil Keoghan (@PhilKeoghan) has worked in television for almost thirty years on more than a thousand program episodes in more than a hundred countries. His work has earned him numerous awards, including ten prime-time Emmys. He is perhaps best known as the co-executive producer and host of CBS series The Amazing Race, currently in its twenty-ninth season. But there is much, much more to Phil’s story, including unbelievable bucket lists, near-death experiences, and more. As just one example… In 2013, he decided to retrace the 1928 Tour de France riding an original vintage bicycle, with no gears, to tell the forgotten underdog story of the first English-speaking team to take on the toughest sporting event on earth. This experience was captured and turned into the brand-new film Le Ride, a gorgeous documentary and the first to be shot on a Sony F55 camera in 4K, which is equivalent to Super 35mm film. There are many takeaways from this conversation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!” At the link find the title, “#242: Phil Keoghan — The Magic of Bucket Lists and Amazing Races,” right-click “Media files c5be9004-c63d-4b29-9c79-d9fa6ae542b9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food and Health 49 mins – “We all want to make good health decisions, but every day a new study comes out that seems to change the game. Fat’s bad for you; then it’s good. Count calories. Don’t. Add in all the marketing and news media, and it’s hard to tell the good stuff from the snake oil. James Hamblin is a doctor-turned-journalist, and in his writing for The Atlantic magazine he wades through the noise to find the signal. He joins us Tuesday to help us better understand how to listen to and take care of our bodies. James Hamblin is an MD and a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about behavioral health, nurition, culture, and preventative medicine. He’s also the host of a video series and a book, both of which are called If Our Bodies Could TalkAt the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fungal Diseases 47 mins – “Raymond St. Leger describes his work on insect pathogenic fungi. Members of this diverse group of fungi can be found as part of the plant rhizosphere, where they provide nutrients to the plant, and can also be deployed as insect control agents. Raymond discusses his work with communities in Burkina Faso, where he works with officials to educate and gain consent for use of mosquito-killing fungi to control the spread of malaria….” At the link find the title, “066: Insect-pathogenic fungi as fertilizers and mosquito control with Raymond St. Leger,” right-click “Media files MTM066.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GMO Pest Control 44 mins – “The diamondback moth is a formidable agricultural pest, causing tremendous losses on farms and requiring significant cultural and chemical-based management on both conventional and organic farms.  Dr. Tony Shelton has studied the diamonback moth for decades, and now has initiated the first open fie2ld trails of a genetically engineered sterile insect technique that could be a helpful solution.  Dr. Shelton discusses the potential risks, benefits, promises and pushbacks from proposing this technology.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Go Green Initiative 55 mins – “Long before “going green” was cool, a bunch of PTA moms banded together to start the Go Green Initiative ( The organization began with no staff, no budget, and no idea that it would soon become the world’s largest environmental education program. What began on a kitchen table in California has now spread to schools and communities in all 50 U.S. States, 36 countries and 5 continents…and we’re just getting warmed up! Tune into Go Green Radio this week to learn more about what makes the Go Green Initiative special, and follow along with a slideshow found on the Blog at ” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

History by Malcolm Gladwell 24 mins – ““History is an awful lot more than statues and names on buildings. If it was that easy to erase, we’d all be in trouble.’” At the linkf ind the title, “Sept 14 | History is ‘more than statues and names on buildings’: Malcolm Gladwell, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170914_52284.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HIV in Russia 14 mins – “Michel Kazatchkine joins us to talk about Russia’s health system and struggles with HIV/AIDS in the context of its unique history.” At the link find the title, “Russia—history and health: The Lancet: Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 28september_russia.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless Teens 24 mins – “Young adults who age out of the foster system often bring with them a lifetime of trauma. One organization is determined to make them feel at home.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Hookup Culture 26 mins – “We all know casual sex isn’t about love. But what if it’s not even about lust? Sociologist Lisa Wade believes the pervasive hookup culture on campuses today is different from that faced by previous generations. This week on Hidden Brain, we revisit a favorite episode exploring what this culture means for those who choose to participate, and for those who opt out.” At the link find the title, “Just Sex, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170925_hiddenbrain encore of episode_61, just_sex.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Houston Hurricane Recovery 28 mins – “In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, refugees and undocumented immigrants, already scared about deportation and the risks of interacting with government, must seek help from the same authorities they fear might seek to look into their immigration status. As Houston comes together, the city’s mosques and Islamic centres have opened their doors to all who need shelter. Volunteers from all backgrounds have been helping those who need rescue and immediate relief. For a brief moment, prejudices seem to melt away. But can it last through what will be a long process of rebuilding?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Growth Hormone 76 mins – “Aimee Medeiros discusses her book “Heightened Expectations” with Elena Conis. They explore the history of American’s ideas about height and how short stature, particularly in boys, became a “disease” in need of medical treatment – which spawned the multibillion dollar human growth industry. Recorded on 05/11/2017. (#32346)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking 12 mins – “Rebecca Cooney and Hanni Stoklosa discuss the distinction between human trafficking and smuggling.” At the link find the title, “Difference between human trafficking and smuggling: Sept, 2017” right-click “Media files 19sept_trafficking.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hurricane Damage Cost 46 mins -”Underwater. Devastating floods in Texas put the spotlight back on the nation’s troubled flood insurance program. We’ll take it up.The deluge continues in Houston and the flooding aftermath is intense. By the time this storm is over, houses in the region are expected to suffer up to $30 billion in damages. But the National Flood Insurance Program is already in rough shape – heavily in debt and politically at risk. Without it, how will homeowners cover their losses?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Independent American Voters 27 mins – “What is motivating Ohio’s volatile ‘independent’ voters who are not Democrats or Republicans? Michael Goldfarb travels to the key state of Ohio to meet independent voters. He explores the anger that is motivating independents and places their views in the deeper historical context of changes in American society.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Information Aversion 27 mins– “Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power…right? In this episode of Hidden Brain, we explore why we sometimes avoid information that’s vital to our well-being.” At th elink find the title, “The Ostrich Effect, Sept,”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170918_hiddenbrain_hb_82, the_ostrich_effect.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence 29 mins – “In 2014, a new research and outreach organisation was born in Boston. Calling itself The Future of Life Institute, its founders included Jaan Tallinn – who helped create Skype – and a physicist from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. That physicist was Professor Max Tegmark. With a mission to help safeguard life and develop optimistic visions of the future, the Institute has focused largely on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Of particular concern is the potential for AI to leapfrog humans and achieve so-called “superintelligence” – something discussed in depth in Tegmark’s latest book Life 3.0. This week Ian Sample asks the physicist and author what would happen if we did manage to create superintelligent AI? Do we even know how to build human-level AI? And with no sign of computers outsmarting us yet, why talk about it now?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investigator Reporter Apuzzo on Trump 23 mins – “New York Times Investigative Reporter Matt Apuzzo joins Chuck to talk about where the Mueller investigation is going, and what to expect in the coming months from the Special Counsel.” At the link double click the down-pointing arrow to get the audio file.

Investment Principles by Dalio 126 mins – “Ray Dalio (@raydalio) grew up a middle-class kid from Long Island. He started his investment company Bridgewater Associates out of a two-bedroom apartment at age 26, and it now has roughly $160 billion in assets under management. Over 42 years, he has built Bridgewater into what Fortune considers the fifth most important private company in the U.S. Along the way, Dalio became one the 100 most influential people in the world (according to Time) and one of the 100 wealthiest people in the world (according to Forbes). Because of his unique investment principles that have changed industries, aiCIO Magazine called him “the Steve Jobs of investing.” Ray believes his success is the result of principles he’s learned, codified, and applied to his life and business. Those principles are detailed in his new book Principles: Life and Work. In this interview, we cover a lot, including: How Ray thinks about investment decisions, how he thinks about correlation, etc. The three books he would give to every graduating high school or college senior How he might assess cryptocurrency “ At the link find the title, “#264: Ray Dalio, The Steve Jobs of Investing,” right-click “Media files 12871ab9-f085-4f1e-83db-7b088c4a2d92.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Rules 52 – “In this fun conversation between two old friends and colleagues, Tom Cock of and Paul discuss their 401k Project, John Bogel, and answers to listener/investor questions about newsletters, currency, IRAs, annuities and more. Tom and Paul produced a radio show together for more than a decade. You can also access Vestory’s free video courses on “Real Retirement Investing” online at” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

iPhone X 46 mins – “The new iPhone’s out, and it unlocks not with a fingerprint, but with your face. We’ll take a look and see where mobile phone technology and competition are.Like it or not, we live on our smartphones these days. Not everybody, but a lot of people. On Tuesday, from its new spaceship-shaped campus in California, Apple unveiled its latest versions: the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X, the first $1,000 smartphone. Facial recognition to unlock it. Wireless charging. New screen. But there is competition. Samsung’s new Galaxy does not explode, and it’s pretty great, too. Up next, On Point: Apple, Samsung, more — and the state of smartphone competition right now.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamaphobia 32 mins – “President George W. Bush, speaking at a mosque on Sept. 17, 2001: “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.” Donald Trump, campaigning for president on March 9, 2016: “I think Islam hates us.” David Yerushalmi was living in an Israeli settlement near Jerusalem speaking on the phone with his father when the planes hit the towers on Sept. 11, 2001. “We got it wrong,” Yerushalmi remembers telling his father. Before Sept. 11th, Yerushalmi thought terrorism was about nationalism, a fight over land. Afterward, he decided terrorism committed by Muslim extremists was driven by Islam itself — and underpinned by Islamic Shariah law.  So he packed up his family and moved to New York to become part of a fledgling community of conservatives who would come to be known as counter-jihadists. They had an uphill battle to fight: In the aftermath of Sept. 11, President Bush and most Americans, according to polls, did not equate Islam with terrorism. But 16 years later, even though there hasn’t been another large-scale terrorist attack on American soil committed by a Muslim, America’s perspective on Islam has changed — evidenced most notably by the election of a president who believes the religion itself hates the country. Yerushalmi is a big reason for this change of heart. He’s a behind-the-scenes leader of the counter-jihad movement, filing lawsuits pushing back against the encroachment of Islam in the public sphere and crafting a series of anti-Sharia laws that Muslims and civil rights groups decry as Islamophobic. “Do I think that the United States is weak enough to collapse either from a kinetic Jihad, meaning war, or even a civilizational Jihad that the Muslim Brotherhood talks about? No. At least not in my lifetime. But do I think it’s an existential threat that allows for sleeper cells and the Internet-grown Jihadist that we see day in and day out wreaking so much havoc here and in Europe? Yes. Do I see it as a threat to our freedoms and liberties incrementally through their so-called civilizational Jihad where they use our laws and our freedoms to undermine our laws and our freedoms? Absolutely.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamic Politics 89 mins – “The rapid succession of events of the past four years have challenged conventional wisdom on political Islam. In “Rethinking Political Islam” (Oxford University Press, 2017), Shadi Hamid and William McCants have gathered together the leading specialists in the field to examine how Islamist movements around the world are rethinking some of the their basic assumptions. The contributors, who include Islamist activists and leaders themselves, describe how groups are considering key strategic questions, including gradual versus revolutionary approaches to change; the use of tactical or situational violence; attitudes toward the state; and how ideology and politics interact. On September 25, Graeme Wood of The Atlantic and Kristin Diwan of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington joined Hamid and McCants for a panel discussion on the book’s findings and conclusions. After the discussion, the panel took audience questions. A reception and book signing followed.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

IT Pioneer 26 mins – “Hannah Devlin speaks with the IT pioneer about her life as a woman in tech, having a son with autism, and how it all led to her later role as a philanthropist. In 1962, Stephanie Shirley – now Dame Stephanie Shirley – set up the computing company Freelance Programmers with just £6. The company was one of the first to commercialise software which, until then, had often been given away for free with computers. And with a gender balance of roughly one man for every hundred women, the company was pioneering in other ways too. This week, Hannah Devlin speaks with Shirley about her extraordinary success in the tech world and her later philanthropic work, which includes setting up a school devoted to children with autism.” At the link right-click “DownloadMP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Japanese Cool Tools 54 mins – “Our guest this week is Craig Mod. Craig is a writer and designer. He’s worked extensively with Silicon Valley and Japanese start ups. He spends about two months each year walking the old pilgrimage paths and ancient highways in the mountains of Japan.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jazz Artist Fred Hersch 35 mins – “Nearly 30 years ago, Hersch was among the first jazz musicians to come out as both gay and HIV positive. His memoir looks back on that time, as well as the time he spent in a medically induced coma.This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. You could almost say my guest, Fred Hersch, returned from the dead. He’s a jazz musician and composer who has had HIV for more than 30 years. The diagnosis came at a time when he was thinking he was ready to come out. It’s hard to think of another jazz musician who was out at the time. Hersch’s new memoir “Good Things Happen Slowly” is about what it was like to be closeted in the jazz world, and then come out as gay and as having AIDS.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jones’ Act 16 mins – “The government suspended the Jones Act last week, to allow non-US ships to move fuel to victims of hurricanes in Houston and Florida. Which once again made us wonder why the act even exists.” At the link find the title, “#524: Mr Jones’ Act, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media file 20170927_pmoney_pmpod524rerun-e7a6e46b-e764-45a0-b56d-a077061008ef-cf2a29a6-b9b5-4990-a22e-bf43920eab50.mp3”and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kabul Gardeners 28 mins – “We are all familiar with the picture of the Afghan man with his large beard and Kalashnikov rifle – now meet the men with secateurs and watering cans. Gardening is in their blood and it has been forever. You can see this in Babur’s Garden, which was laid out in the early 16th Century by the man who established the Mughal dynasty in India. Largely destroyed during the civil war of the 1990s, the garden is once more a notable feature of the city, its largest public space. ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Katy Tur, Correspondent 49 mins – “During Donald Trump’s campaign for president, there were times at his rallies when he singled out one reporter for criticism. Katy Tur, who covered the Trump campaign for NBC News and MSNBC, remembers those instances vividly. Tur was working at a rally on Dec. 7, 2015, in Mount Pleasant, S.C., when suddenly Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium: “‘Katy Tur, she’s back there. Little Katy … what a lie it was … what a lie she told,'” she recalls him saying. Then, Tur says, “The entire place turns and they roar as one … like a giant, unchained animal.” Men stood on chairs to yell at her, and she began to fear for her safety. She smiled and waved in an effort to defuse the situation. Later, the Secret Service escorted her to her car. As the first network news reporter assigned to the Trump campaign full time, Tur became accustomed to jeers and threats from Trump supporters. Now she’s written a memoir about her experiences on the campaign trail, called Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kay Tur on Trump 24mins – “NBC’s Katy Tur says covering Donald Trump’s campaign made her a better reporter, despite being the target for his abuse.” At the link find the title, “Sept 13 | What NBC’S Katy Tur learned from covering Donald Trump’s campaign, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170913_28921.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Language Number Question 43 mins – “There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?” At the link click the circle with the three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead Hazards 3 mins – “There are toxins throughout our environment that can cause significant harm. Dr. Timur Durrani discusses the metal Lead, a common toxin. (#32858)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Legal System Flaws 62 mins – “Adam Benforado, Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University; Author, Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice …How can we reduce bias in our legal system? Benforado examines this critical issue from both a legal perspective and from someone who has been incarcerated. Benforado says, “The failure of our legal system has been a defining issue in the U.S. over the last year…. To make progress in our fight against abuse, unequal treatment and wrongful convictions, we must come together as a community to consider the psychological biases that share the behavior of judges, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, police officers—and all of the rest of us.” At the link find the title, “Adam Benforado: The New Science of Criminal Injustice, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files cc_20150623_benfarado.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loons in New Hampshire 16 mins – “The iconic call of the loon is one you’ll hear on ponds and lakes throughout the state. We’re checked in with John Cooley, Senior Biologist with the Loon Preservation Committee to learn a bit about the bird and the state of its welfare. Chris speaks with John Cooley at the Loon Preservation Committee about the iconic birds and their future on New Hampshire’s waters. The iconic call of the loon is one you’ll hear on ponds and lakes throughout the state. We’re checked in with John Cooley, Senior Biologist with the Loon Preservation Committee to learn a bit about the bird and the state of its welfare. First off we know there just shy of 300 pairs of loons in New Hampshire, about 200 of those pairs built a nest. And Cooley says they’re all over the state, “from Little Island Pond in Pelham near the Massachusetts border to Third Connecticut Lake just miles from Canada.” Bodies of water are his reference points because that’s where loons are happiest. In fact, that’s almost the only place they can operate with any efficiency. Loons are a little ungainly when taking off and landing, or even just trying to get around on dry land. “They’ve evolved to have their feet far back on their body,” says, Cooley. Unlike geese or other water fowl that can easily walk around on land, the loons leg placement means they flail, using their wings to assist. And so they don’t often leave the water. “They’re only on land if they’re nesting, but they won’t nest farther than a few feet from the water.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mathematics 21 mins – “As educators across the country try to recalculate teaching of math, The Current asks if the problem is calculation or communication.” At the link find the title, “Sept 14 | How anxiety around math hurts student performance, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170914_40976.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Insurance Plans 47 mins – “Democrats are now lining up for and against single-payer health care. Big push. Big battle. We’re on it.Republicans and Democrats are both rolling out health care pushes this week. For the GOP, it’s a last-ditch push to repeal and replace Obamacare. For Democrats, it’s a push completely in the other direction. A push for single-payer health care. Bernie Sanders is out front. Lots of big Democrats are signing on. Lots of Americans are sick of the way things work now. But is single-payer the way to go? It’s a hot question.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Lab Dissection 48 mins – “Donors are very important to universities and medical schools, typically contributing money to further the educational mission. Often, donors get a plaque on the wall, and some even get whole buildings named after them. But we’re also grateful for the donors who get no plaques and whose names aren’t known: those who, after they pass away, donate their bodies to medical schools so that students can use them to learn. On the afternoon of the CCOM Deeded Body Ceremony, Patrick Brau, Mackenzie Walhof, Brady Campbell, and Reed Johnson reflect on the nature of this gift, what it meant to them, and some of the unexpected things they learned. Scientists were surprised this week to find out that jellyfish sleep, perhaps just like we do…which is weird because you’d think that sort of thing would get them killed. And in the spirit of the season (interview season, that is), we discuss evidence for why you probably shouldn’t have your med school or residency interview at 30,000 feet. Would you donate your body to a medical school? Why?” At the link find the title, “The Donors Who Get No Plaques Or Portraits, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 193-the-first-patient.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicare Discussion 205 mins – “[2 parts] The current focus on improving Medicare physician payment through a variety of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) is widely perceived as a major shift away from fee-for-service, therefore reducing the importance of improving Medicare’s Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). But even if APMs eventually replace the PFS as the dominant payment methods, key aspects of the fee schedule (or an equivalent tool) will remain important and deserve attention. Not only does the PFS continue to govern nearly $90 billion in Medicare payments annually, it also serves as the basis for, among other things, setting payment rates, making real-time payments to providers, and calculating shared savings. On Tuesday, September 26, the Urban Institute, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, and the Actuarial Research Corporation hosted a one-day conference on the evolution and state of the PFS and to consider the movement to new payment models. The conference included four sessions and a brief lunchtime address, and feature experts involved in designing and implementing the PFS 25 years ago, those currently working on improvements to the PFS, and those working to design and implement new APMs and other innovations.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. The two parts are: “Session 1- Physician Fee Schedule: Origins and Evolution”, and “Session 2- Relationship between PFS and Alternative Payment Models (APMs)”.

Mortgage Fraud 87 mins – “From acclaimed director Steve James, the little-known story of the only U.S. bank prosecuted in relation to the 2008 financial crisis.” At the link find the title, “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 342902682-frontlinepbs-abacus-small-enough-to-jail.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moth 500th Episode 57 mins – “On this special 500th episode of the podcast, we dig through our archives and pick some of our favorite stories that have been shared on The Moth stage. Catherine Burns, The Moth’s Artistic Director, and George Dawes Green, The Moth founder, join Dan Kennedy in hosting.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanoparticles in Water 27 mins – “Professor Thilo Hoffman, University of Vienna Department of Environmental Geosciences, is studying the role of nanoparticles in water. Are they harmful? Is it easy to remove them? How would we remove them? To answer some of these questions, listen in to this edition of Science Studio.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New Hampshire Night Life 51 mins – “The Granite State is graying and has been for decades – so what does that mean for the state’s younger population? Today, we’re taking to the streets to investigate one listener’s question: Why does Portsmouth shut down at 9:00pm? Then, we talk to Stay, Work, Play New Hampshire – whose goal is attracting more 20 and 30 somethings to the state, and we’ll learn about the built-in advantages of living in a state the size of New Hampshire. And we’ll hear from singer and cellist Ben Sollee ahead of his performance in Concord at the Cap Center.” At the link right-click the play button, right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

No Wanks 60 mins – “Right-wing groups like the Proud Boys say they have no tolerance for racism or white supremacist groups. Their leader Gavin McInnes disavowed the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. But the Proud Boys believe “the West is the best,” which, one of them points out, is not such a big jump from “whites are best.” And one of the Proud Boys organized the Charlottesville rally. (The group now claims he was a spy.) What should we make of groups like this?”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Norman Mailer on Kennedy 26 mins – “Before anyone foresaw a time when a television celebrity could become president, Norman Mailer wrote in Esquire that John F. Kennedy was a mythical hero who could finally unite the business of politics with the business of stardom. His legendary 1960 reported essay, “Superman Comes to the Supermarket,” about JFK and the Democratic political convention, changed the rules for how we understand our political candidates as brands, and how we’re allowed to write about them. Mailer archivist and biographer J. Michael Lennon joins host David Brancaccio to discuss Mailer’s legacy, what his essay wrought, and how it continues to ripple through our political culture and be proven prescient again and again.” At the link find the title, “Superman Comes to the Supermarket, by Norman Mailer, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files Esquire-Classic_-Superman-Comes-to-the-Supermarket-by-Norman-Mailer.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Nukes 45 mins – “New Yorker writer Evan Osnos visited North Korea in August to understand what they really mean when they talk about nuclear war. He found that nuclear weapons are an essential part of their society. This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. My guest, New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos, went on a reporting trip to North Korea at a dangerous time. It was last month, three days after President Trump tweeted that military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded should North Korea act unwisely. Osnos went to North Korea to see what he could learn about the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and his nuclear strategy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Not Dead Yet 46 mins – “Joyce welcomes Diane Coleman, the president of Not Dead Yet, a national disability rights group which she founded in 1996 to give voice to disability rights opposition to legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. She will discuss the mission of this organization in depth, as well as her testimony that she has given four times before Subcommittees of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. She is a well-known writer and speaker on assisted suicide and euthanasia topics.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opiate Prescriptions 4 mins – “Dr. Lawrence Poree considers the recent history of prescription painkillers including legal and political aspects. (#32862)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Epidemic in Ohio 47 mins – “We hear all the time about the opioid and heroin crisis. But some of us live that crisis intimately and some of us don’t. If you don’t, a new report from the Cincinnati Enquirer will shake your world. Either way, it will break your heart. Sixty journalists fanned out for one week over greater Cincinnati. They found the drugs, the needles, the despair and depravity everywhere. A flood of its own.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Oppenheimer 29 mins – “Brian Cox on Robert Oppenheimer The Reith Lectures Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC’s flagship annual lecture series” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pain Killing Spit 2 mins – “Have you ever wondered if Mom’s kissing a boo boo actually makes it better? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying: Score one for mom . . . yes! At least, that’s according to researchers at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. It turns out, human saliva contains a pain killer more powerful than morphine. Called Opiorphin, it works in the nerve cells of the spine. It prevents the destruction of enkephalins, natural chemicals that regulate the body’s response to pain….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Palliative Care Specialty 77 mins – “How can you live well with an incurable disease? Dr. Steven Pantilat, an expert in hospice and palliative care, talks with journalist Katie Hafer about innovative approaches for dealing with serious illness. Recorded on 06/08/2017. (#32350)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Postsecondary Education 105 mins – “Too many disadvantaged college students in America spend time and money on coursework without graduating or earning credentials, while others earn degrees or certificates that hold little labor market value. Many of these students also struggle to pay for college, and some incur debts they have difficulty repaying. In “Making College Work,” a new book from the Brookings Press, Harry Holzer of Georgetown University and the Urban Institute’s Sandy Baum propose a range of policy solutions aimed at alleviating difficulties faced by too many of America’s college students, including weak academic preparation, financial pressures, and institutional failures that create barriers to success. On September 20, the Center on Children and Families at Brookings hosted an event on the need for better and varied pathways to college and the job market. At the beginning of the event, Holzer and Baum provided an overview of their recent book and policy recommendations, including better financial aid and academic supports that target individual students, as well as stronger linkages between coursework and the labor market and more structured paths through the curriculum. A panel discussion with experts and practitioners in the field of education followed. After the program, speakers took audience questions.” At the link right-click “Download the audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pregnant Women with HIV 26 mins – “A new Rapid Recommendation from The BMJ suggests that for pregnant women, they may wish to avoid certain antiviral treatments for HIV. This recommendation differs from the WHO’s, and to discuss why that is, and what makes that difference important, we’re joined by Reed Siemieniuk, a physician and methodologist from McMaster University, and Alice Welbourn, campaigner for gender and sexual and reproductive health rights, in the context of HIV and violence against women. A new Rapid Recommendation from The BMJ suggests that for pregnant women, they may wish to avoid certain antiviral treatments for HIV. This recommendation differs from the WHO’s, and to discuss why that is, and what makes that difference important, we’re joined by Reed Siemieniuk, a physician and methodologist from McMaster University…” At the link find the title, “HIV in pregnancy – “without the big picture, people aren’t going to be able to take the medication, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 342512469-bmjgroup-hiv-in-pregnancy-without-the-big-picture-people-arent-going-to-be-able-to-take-the-medication.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Radio 51 mins – “The United States has the world’s largest prison population. In 2012, there were 2.3 million people in American prisons or jails – and even more under some kind of “correctional supervision.” In fact, if you added up all the people in America in prison, on probation, or on parole, it’d total about 6 million – just a little smaller than the population of New York City. The system is vast, but how well is it working? In this episode, we explore how a few communities across the country have responded creatively to problems with police, courts, and prisons.” At the link find the title, “American Justice, Oct, 2014,” right-click “Media files Justice_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Qatar Crisis 63 mins – “The distinguished panel will discuss the escalation of tensions between Qatar, a tiny, oil-rich state, and the Persian Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, all of which broke diplomatic relations with Qatar because of its support of the Islamic State, its sponsorship of Al Jazeera and its close ties to Iran. Adding to the difficult situation is the fact that the United States has a huge airbase and more than 10,000 troops in Qatar.” At the link find the title, “The Qatar Crisis, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170908_Qatar_Crisis_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rape Kit 6 mins – “Hundreds of thousands of women have been raped as part of conflicts in Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere. Figures are seen as very conservative as only about 10% of rapes are reported. Lisa Smith has developed a self-examination swab designed for women to collect DNA evidence to a standard accepted by courts.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugees in Uganda 27 mins – “Last year Uganda took in more refugees than any other country. But how do the South Sudanese, fleeing civil war, transform the African Bush into a new home? Ruth Alexander reports.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Relationships 124 mins – “I’ve wanted to speak with psychotherapist Esther Perel for years. In a cover story, The New York Times called her the most important game changer in sexuality and relational health since Dr. Ruth. Her TED talks on maintaining desire and rethinking infidelity have more than 17 million views, and she’s tested and been exposed to everything imaginable in thirty-four years of running her private therapy practice in New York City. In this episode, Esther and I explore: How to find (and convince) mentors who can change your life. What she’s learned from Holocaust survivors. Polyamory and close cousins. Is there such a thing as too much honesty in relationships? Can we want what we already have? Why do happy people cheat? And much more. Esther is the author of the international bestseller Mating in Captivity, which has been translated into 26 languages. Fluent in nine of them (I’ve heard her in person), this Belgian native now brings her multicultural pulse to her new book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (October 2017, Harper Collins). Her creative energy is right now focused on co-creating and hosting an Audible original audio series, Where Should We Begin. Show notes and links for this episode can be found at” At the link find the title, “#241: The Relationship Episode: Sex, Love, Polyamory, Marriage, and More (with Esther Perel),” right-click “Media files e4cf219a-1a1f-4f4d-98b2-b68ef2e87e1e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Training 24 mins – “The robots that have taken on tasks in the real world – which is to say the world where physics apply – are primarily programmed to do a specific job, such as welding a joint in a car or sweeping up cat hair. So what if robots could learn, and take it a step further – what if they could teach themselves, and pass on their knowledge to other robots? Where could that take machines, and the notion of machine intelligence? And how fast could we get there? Those are the questions our guest Sergey Levine, an assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, is finding answers to.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 37: Sergey Levine on How Deep Learning Will Unleash a Robotics Revolution,” right-click “Media files 340089852-theaipodcast-ai-podcast-sergey-levine.mp3” and select “Save Link As”from the pop-up menu.

San Quentin Life 32 mins – “The color of your skin influences your life in prison, from sharing food to celebrating birthdays. Meet Andrew Sabatino (Drew Down) and Arthur Snowden (AR), two guys whose close friendship often challenges the unwritten rules of race relations on the inside. Thanks to Drew Down and AR for sharing the story of their friendship. It’s a big deal to talk about race in prison, so thanks also to Lonnie Morris, Lemar, Phil Melendez, Wayne Boatwright, Charlie and Mesro El-Coles for stepping up.” At the link find the title, “Unwritten, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files Unwritten_A.mp3”and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Arabia in Transition 89 mins – “Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s founding in 1932, the royal family has derived its power primarily from the country’s enormous oil wealth. With the country now experiencing an acute economic challenge due to low oil prices, the royal family has generated a new blueprint, known as “Vision 2030,” outlining its plan to modernize its economy and society while allowing it to maintain its hold on power. The plan includes greater integration of women and young Saudis into the workforce, largely out of economic necessity. Meanwhile, Saudi Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior Mohammed bin Nayef has been removed from the royal line of succession and replaced by King Salman’s son, Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. The defense minister’s appointment marks the beginning of a new era in royal family power succession. Bin Salman’s appointment also comes as he manages Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, which has brought malnutrition and starvation to Yemen’s people, and been labeled by the United Nations as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world. In a new paper titled “Saudi Arabia in Transition,” Karen Elliott House, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who has visited Saudi Arabia for nearly 40 years and a current senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, analyzes the progress the Saudis have made and the challenges they face in implementing Vision 2030 amidst the recent changes in leadership.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

School Bus Driver Shortage 58 mins – “A school bus driver shortage in New Hampshire, and nationally, is making it difficult for some kids to get to school. It’s forced the Northwood district to struggle with the start of the school day, and the town of Wakefield to delay school for two weeks.  Then there’s the question of when that first day should be: Governor Sununu set off a statewide debate recently, saying he thinks the first day of school should be after Labor Day – we examine that issue as well….” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.   

Sex Assaults on Campus 47 mins – “Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks students accused of campus sexual assault aren’t getting a fair shake. And she’s going to change that.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos moved in big last week on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, pushing back on Obama-era policy under Title IX that has compelled colleges and universities to get much tougher on sexual assault. The message from DeVos last week is the pendulum has swung too far toward victim’s rights. The rights of the accused need more attention. That is getting attention all over. ” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sight Mechanics 30 mins – “Neurobiologist and lecturer of Physiology at the University of Cambridge explores human sight in his third Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Mechanics of the Mind’. We build up a miraculous understanding of the world around us by interpreting the light that enters our eyes. Professor Blakemore explains how the brain interprets these lights to create sight. In this lecture entitled ‘An Image of Truth’, Professor Blakemore argues that our perception provides us with a representation of our world, which we trust as a measure of reality, but what happens when this part of the brain is affected? To answer this question he shows how science uses case studies to investigate and develop our understanding.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep Needs 30 mins – “Neurobiologist and lecturer of Physiology at the University of Cambridge Colin Blakemore explores the human need for sleep in his second Reith lecture from his series entitled ‘Mechanics of the Mind’. In this lecture entitled ‘Chang Tzu and the Butterfly’, Professor Colin Blakemore examines the human need for sleep. The study of human sleep remains the most direct experimental approach to the question of consciousness. Our nightly appointment with death is the most profound loss of awareness that most of us are likely to experience throughout our lives. We shall spend more than 20 years of our lifetime asleep-unconscious, almost oblivious to the demands, the joys and the dangers of the world around us. The problem of human consciousness has stirred up fierce debate between the reductionists and holists and Professor Blakemore asks the question, why do we sleep?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Power Paint 6 mins – “The key element of silicon solar cells is the semiconductor, which is usually a semi-rigid or glass-like material. Researchers at the University of Newcastle have developed a liquid which behaves like a semiconductor. Being a liquid, it can be applied by printing, coating or painting. One substrate being used is very thin PET plastic. The semiconductor is printed straight on the plastic in a series of layers. The result is then laminated. Interestingly this new cell works better in low light conditions than full light and continues to work in cloudy conditions. While the efficiency is low, so too is the cost, making it a contender for cheap mass production. Developer Paul Dastoor says his vision is for every roof of every building of every city in the world covered in a coating which generates power.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Somalia Story 37 mins – “This week, we are presenting a story from NPR foreign correspondent Gregory Warner and his new globe-trotting podcast Rough Translation. Mohammed was having the best six months of his life – working a job he loved, making mixtapes for his sweetheart – when the communist Somali regime perp-walked him out of his own home, and sentenced him to a lifetime of solitary confinement.  With only concrete walls and cockroaches to keep him company, Mohammed felt miserable, alone, despondent.  But then one day, eight months into his sentence, he heard a whisper, a whisper that would open up a portal to – of all places and times – 19th century Russia, and that would teach him how to live and love again.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Starbucks Founder 49 mins – “During his first visit to Seattle in 1981, Howard Schultz walked into a little coffee bean shop called Starbucks and fell in love with it. A few years later, he bought the six-store chain for almost 4 million dollars, and began to transform it into a ubiquitous landmark, a “third place” between home and work. Today Starbucks is the third largest restaurant chain in the world, serving about 100 million people a week. Recorded live in Seattle.” At the link find the title, “Live Episode! Starbucks: Howard Schultz, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170927_hibt_starbucks.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stewardship 56 mins – “In 1968, Paul Ehrlich and his wife, Anne, published the book, The Population Bomb, which shook the world as it discussed the connection between environmental degradation and exponential human population growth. Though critics abound, many subsequent scholars and activists have continued the push for humane, science-based public policy to address the quandary of providing a good standard of living for all while faced with the constraints of earth’s finite resources. Today, Dr. Ehrlich and his co-author, Michael Charles Tobias – CEO of the Dancing Star Foundation, will join us to discuss his newest book, Hope on Earth, which covers some of the most pressing environmental concerns of the moment.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stormwater Management 27 mins – “Managing and treating stormwater is a challenge to many cities. Building treatment plants with sufficient capacity to process large volumes of runoff that occur occasionally is not cost effective. The District of Columbia, facing a Federal consent decree to treat its stormwater, has been building subterranean storage tunnels but is now testing green treatment options that, if they work, could save much money in the long run. This experiment is funded with an unusual bonding arrangement in which lenders are betting on its success. To learn about this approach we talk with George Hawkins, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of DC Water.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Suicide Prevention 27 mins – “Bonnie Bricker’s son, Reid had serious mental-health problems. When he became an adult, she was often left out of the loop when it came to his care. She’s now working to change the system to help others in distress – and their loved ones.” At the link find the title, “They never should have let him go, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files whitecoat_20170915 75206.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Super Size Me 2 24 mins – “Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock takes aim at the chicken and fast-food industry in the film Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” At the link find the title, “Sept 15 | Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock targets ‘Big Chicken’ in his new film, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170915_32612.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainability Development Goals 32 mins – “ When the UN announced its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, it was clear that the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were even more ambitious than the previous Millennium Development Goals. It was also clear that collaborative partnerships will be the key to achieving them. In this podcast you’ll hear how the Academy, business leaders, academia, and government are working together to help make the world a better place for all. You’ll also hear from young students working on international teams to tackle some of these same challenges, which might inspire you to think about what you can do in your community to help achieve the SDGs.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Swastika 51 mins – “The swastika. Few symbols, few words even, evoke such visceral reactions in the Western world. It stands for genocide and hatred. But it wasn’t always that way. For centuries it symbolized good fortune, success, and well-being. It held deep religious and spiritual meaning for people around the world. Graphic designer Steven Heller has long been fascinated by the swastika, and he joins us Monday to discuss its power and history. Can it ever be seen in its original context again? Steven Heller is the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design/Designer as Author and Entrepreneur program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he lectures on the history of graphic design. For 33 years he served as an art director at the New York Times. He’s the author more than 170 books on graphic design and popular culture, including his 2000 title The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption? At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syncphonia App 12 mins – “When children join in orchestra rehearsal at school, responses can be mixed. Those students who keep up with the group enjoy the experience. Those who struggle to keep up feel despondent, are discouraged and may even drop out. Lecturer in music technology Chris Kiefer and Research Fellow Alice Eldridge have designed an app for iPads which helps students keep up with the orchestra. Similar to karaoke, bars and beats are highlighted. Early results suggest students can tackle more complicated pieces, and longer pieces with enhanced enjoyment.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tales from the South 29 mins – “Featuring stories from Jones-Taylor, Robbins, Maia. Music by The Salty Dogs.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism Prevention 42 mins – “The White House is hosting an anti-terror summit next week. Summits being what they are, we try to offer some useful advice.” At the link click the circle with the three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Theory of the Mind 30 mins – “This year’s lecturer is Neurobiologist Colin Blakemore. A Professor of Physiology at the University of Cambridge and Director of Medical Studies at Downing College, he is the youngest person to give the Reith lectures. He explores the concepts of the brain in his Reith series entitled ‘Mechanics of the Mind’ and evaluates how our brains have shaped our behaviour and our society. In this lecture entitled ‘The Divinest Part of Us’, Professor Colin Blakemore discusses how the theory of the mind mirrors man’s social development; from Plato’s genetically-controlled meritocracy of the mind, to Franz Joseph Gall’s view of character showing through the shape of the human skull. Professor Blakemore delves into the idea of miraculous mind and explains how the scientific world has not always thought that highly of the brain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Stories 50 mins – “It’s estimated that there are nearly 1.5 million people in the U.S. who identify themselves as transgender. That’s more than a million people with families, communities and stories we are only just starting to hear from. When someone transitions, the impact of that decision ripples beyond them to the people often closest to them: their families. In this hour of radio, we tell stories of trans people and their families at many different moments of life, from childhood to adulthood to elders, as parents, as spouses and as kids, themselves.” At the link find the title, “Trans Families, Sept, 2014,” right-click “Media files TransFamilies_Podcast.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turkey-Russia Relations 95 mins – “The history of Turkish-Russian relations is replete with sudden outbursts of anger and unexpected rapprochements. Even in just the past couple of years, Moscow and Ankara swung from conflict to reconciliation with startling speed. Fewer than six months after Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet near Syria in November 2015, the two countries concluded deals on a gas pipeline and a nuclear plant. Following the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara in December 2016, they collaborated on a framework to stop the fighting in Syria. Moving forward, fluctuations will likely continue to characterize this ever-uncertain relationship. In the latest Turkey Project Policy Paper, “An ambiguous partnership: The serpentine trajectory of Turkish-Russian relations in the era of Erdoğan and Putin,” Pavel K. Baev and Kemal Kirişci explore the main areas of interaction between Ankara and Moscow. They discuss the implications of these shifting dynamics on Turkey’s relations with its trans-Atlantic allies, particularly the United States and the European Union.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Universal Basic Income 30 mins – “The idea of a universal basic income has been around for a long time — Thomas Paine, a founding father of the United States, talked about it centuries ago. As recently as the 1960s and 70s, limited UBI studies were run in parts of the US. President Nixon even brought up the idea of an income floor for families in a State of the Union address. There’s been a lot of recent excitement around the idea, especially after an experiment launched by the Finnish government started in early 2017. It has the public and the media wondering: how will recipients react to getting this unconditional source of income? The experiment itself is fascinating, not just because of what Finland is testing but also how they are testing it. Finland is trying out a unique, design-oriented way of thinking about government. Rather than rolling out laws on a massive scale, they are trying to craft legislation in stages, with user feedback, just as one would create a piece of design.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title, and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Utopias 50 mins – “When Mormon pioneers rolled into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, they brought with them a new theology, a short but intense history of persecution, and dreams of a new kind of society. 166 years later, Salt Lake City remains deeply influenced by Mormon culture, but defies easy categorization. With a large and politically active gay scene, one of the biggest Polynesian populations in the country, and a steady stream of new migrants, the city is full of vibrant contradiction—and sometimes conflict.” At the link find the title, “SortingofAmerica_Podcast.mp3, Salt Lake City: Updating Tradition, May, 2014,” right-click “Media files SLC_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Venomous Bites and Stings 43 mins – “In the wilderness there is an obvious danger of being bitten by snakes, insects and arthropods. Dr. Susanne Spano offers advice on what to do in case you meet are bitten by a venomous creature far from medical help. Recorded on 05/24/2017. (#32546)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vikings Decline 65 mins – “In the year 1000 AD, at the annual Althing (national assembly) in Iceland, a decision was made to make Christianity the official religion of the island. The road from paganism to Christianity was not, however, completely smooth, nor did the conversion process happen as abruptly as the political decision implied. A key text describing the declaration at the Althing appears in Njal’s Saga, and it will form the basis for this lecture, along with two medieval Icelandic short stories that illustrate how Christianization began to take shape in the North. The continued presence of the pagan past in modern Scandinavia can be traced in literature, artifacts and enduring cultural practices, indicating that while the Scandinavians eventually embraced Christianity and then secularism, they did not leave their Viking identity behind.” At the link find the title, “The End of the Vikings, Feb, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170223_The_End_of_the_Vikings.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Reality 57 mins – “Imagine you could make a copy of a loved one. A digital clone with a life of its own – their Avatar. That’s the dream of biomechanical engineer, Dr Jordan Nguyen, and he says we have the technology to do it right now in the form of Virtual Reality. VR might be thought as way to play games but as Jordan discovers, it’s so much more. VR is being used to face phobias, to combat trauma and in the case of one Newcastle man, Angus, help to re-verse the effects of a catastrophic spinal injury.” At the link right-click “Download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Work Trends 12 mins “We’ve heard a lot of rhetoric lately suggesting that countries like the US are losing valuable manufacturing jobs to lower-cost markets like China, Mexico and Vietnam — and that protectionism is the best way forward. But those jobs haven’t disappeared for the reasons you may think, says border and logistics specialist Augie Picado. He gives us a reality check about what global trade really looks like and how shared production and open borders help us make higher quality products at lower costs.” aAt the link find the title, “The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files AugiePicado_2017S.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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