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ACLU 2017 Lawsuits 51 mins – “As next week marks the opening of the 2017 term at the high court, Dahlia Lithwick speaks with David Cole, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, about some of the cases in this upcoming term, including Trump’s travel ban, a civil rights case of gay couples versus those of religious dissenters and more. Cole also discusses how citizen activism is more alive than he’s seen is his lifetime, something he illustrates in his new book, now out in paperback, Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law.” At the link find the title, “The Supreme Court Term RBG Is Calling “Momentous”, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY4272840834.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI Future 71 mins – “What has artificial intelligence (AI) brought us? Where will it lead us? The story of AI is the story of intelligence—of life processes as they evolve from bacteria to humans, where life processes define their own software, to technology, where life processes design both their hardware and software. We know that AI is transforming work, laws and weapons as well as the dark side of computing (hacking and viral sabotage), raising important questions.” At the link find the title, “Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170926_Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Anti-Racists Action Network 68 mins – “Mic Crenshaw is a hip hop artist and co-founder of the Anti-Racist Action Network that arose and was active in the 80s and 90s. The ARA is an anti-fascist organization dedicated to community defense against organized racism and fascism. Mic joins Brett to discuss the founding of the Anti-Racist Action Network and to discuss antifascism generally. Topics Include: ARA, Mic’s experience fighting fascists, the differences between antifa then and now, the role of violence in our collective fight for liberation, the Portland train stabbings and Mic’s connection to the event and one of the victims, the link between late capitalism and the conditions that give rise to fascism, the white supremacy inherent in policing, and much more.” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.
Antibiotics in Farm Animals 21 mins – “…The Animal Health Institute found Levy and offered to fund a study on behalf of farm antibiotics. That was why there were tubes of poop-stained sample swabs in the Downings’ refrigerator. They were tools that would help Levy establish, or disprove, whether resistance could migrate through the environment, from animals that had received antibiotics, to animals and people who had not. Growth promoters’ proponents hoped the answer would be no….The Downings accepted the challenge—for fun and out of curiosity, and because being unconventional had never worried them before…. There was one footnote to what Levy had found, and for years it would influence efforts to control farm antibiotic use: The Downings had not gotten sick. There are many strains of E. coli, and the one that resided in the chickens’ guts and crossed to their owners was not a disease-causing one. Instead, it was a commensal, one of the range of benign bacteria that occupy the gut and pervade the world without causing illness. On the scientists’ side, this did not diminish therisk; it only made the bacterial traffic more complicated. But it would allow those who chose not to believe in the threat to downplay the danger.” At the link find the title, “How Congress Ignored Science and Fueled Antibiotic Resistance, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files audio-dab78f73-b9c2-4024-81de-66a079702dff-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antibiotic Resistance 9 mins – “When Alexander Fleming came back from a Scottish vacation in the summer of 1928 to find his London lab bench contaminated with a mold called Penicillium notatum, he kicked off a new age of scientific sovereignty over nature. Since then, the antibiotics he discovered and the many more he inspired have saved millions of lives and spared immeasurable suffering around the globe. But from the moment it started, scientists knew the age of antibiotics came stamped with an expiration date. They just didn’t know when it was. …In 2013, then-director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden told reporters, “If we’re not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era.” Today, just four years later, the agency says we’ve arrived. “We say that because pan-resistant bacteria are now here” says Jean Patel, who leads the CDC’s Antibiotic Strategy & Coordination Unit. “Folks are dying simply because there is no antibiotic available to treat their infection, infections that not too long ago were easily treatable….” At the link find the title, “The Post-Antibiotic Era Is Here. Now What? Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files audio-ac3643ca-b551-44db-826e-f0015702de4d-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Australian Language Threat 9 mins – “At the time of white settlement, there were hundreds of indigenous languages spoken in Australia. Today just a few dozen remain. Fifteen are being passed on to children as a first language. They are very different from each other. So how do people learn a language that is not written? Steven Bird is using technology and working with remote Aboriginal communities to preserve languages, world views and culture for future generations.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Battery Developments 9 mins – “At Tesla, Peter Carlsson spent nearly five years at Elon Musk’s side, locating various parts of the Model S as the electric car company’s global supply chain manager. “The overarching goal of Tesla is to help reduce carbon emissions, and that means low cost and high volume,” Musk said back in 2006. “We will also serve as an example to the auto industry, proving that the technology really works and customers want to buy electric vehicles.” Now, as Tesla builds its Gigafactory in the Nevada desert, the company is recapitulating that mission, aiming to reduce not just the energy consumed by its cars, but the energy used to build its battery in the first place. Tesla says the factory will employ rooftop solar and wind turbines for energy, along with a closed loop water system. But Carlsson, who left Silicon Valley in 2015 for his native Sweden, wants to make his own progress toward the goal of green batteries. In May, Carlsson and fellow former Tesla executive Paolo Cerruti announced plans to build their own $4.5 billion electric battery plant to power electric cars, trucks, ships and, of course, a few Swedish snowmobiles. “We will produce a battery with significantly lower carbon footprint than the current supply chains,” Carlsson said during a September visit to his office in downtown Stockholm. His startup firm Northvolt is raising $120 million for the first phase of the plant, which Carlsson says will produce 32 Gigawatt-hours when fully running in 2023. How will they do it? Raw materials like graphite and nickel will be sourced from deposits in Sweden, while cobalt will come from a huge refiner in Finland. Renewable energy will flow from Sweden’s hydropower dams. Waste heat will be recycled to keep factory neighbors warm in the winter. Old batteries will get new life through recycling….With Carlsson, a bit of Silicon Valley’s hard-charging corporate DNA has been inserted to Sweden’s cooler corporate tech culture. Sweden is one of the greenest countries on the planet, but whether Northvolt can turn that ethos into a successful car battery might depend more on future European and American car buyers.” At the link find the title, “Can This Tesla Alum Build the World’s Greenest Battery? Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files audio-fb763dee-ee7f-4c22-bf89-185857bd8304-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Battery Research 6 mins – “Many appliances used around homes and gardens run off rechargeable batteries. Typically, these cordless drills, hedge cutters, vacuum cleaners and sanders take up to 4 hours to charge then deliver their charge in 20 minutes. A new battery technology would see an end to this. The battery uses carbon nano materials and graphene, with energy stored within an electrolyte. The cells are known a C-ion cells. As well as domestic appliances, the technology has application for stabilizing electricity grids which may be fed by intermittent sources such as wind.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Berkeley Free Speech Controversy 63 mins – “During his tenure as chancellor at UC Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks navigated some of the most challenging free speech controversies in the contemporary United States. In one of the most telling episodes, a February 2017 speech by the right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was shut down amid a riot by left-wing “antifa” protesters. In this talk, Dirks will reflect on challenges such as these as well as the ideological challenges to the liberal norm of free speech and the threat posed to universities by these contemporary disputes.” At the link find the title, “Nicholas Dirks: Free Speech and the University Under Assault, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171002_Nicholas Dirks Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Biohub Project 62 mins – “The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub has an audacious vision: to “enable doctors to cure, prevent or manage all diseases during our children’s lifetime.” This vision may sound outlandish at first. However, when one considers how far medicine has come in the past 100 years, this vision doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Co-presidents Joe DeRisi and Steve Quake will share insights into their quest to end disease, from advancing basic science and expanding humankind’s understanding of fundamental truth to building new technologies that can radically accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.” At the link find the title, “Chan Zuckerberg Biohub and the End of Human Disease, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170925_Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blockchain Book 74 mins- “Michael Casey is a Senior Advisor for the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT. Prior to that, he was a Senior Columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He spent 18 years covering global economic and financial trends and co-authored The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain are Challenging the Global Economic Order with Paul Vigna. In this episode, Michael and I discuss: His journey from the Wall Street Journal to the MIT Digital Currency Initiative His perspective on ICOs/token sales And how his co-author, Paul Vigna, became motivated to write a book on Cryptocurrency” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Rules 25 mins – “John Medina is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.” His latest book is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: “Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.” Dr. Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine…More on John Medina and “Brain Rules” at brainrules.net.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
British Politics 62 mins – “Is Britain facing an identity crisis? The traditional dividing lines of left and right seem to be dissolving into new political tribes – metropolitan liberals versus the culturally rooted working classes, graduates versus the uneducated, the young versus the old. In June’s general election, traditional Labour heartlands like Mansfield went Conservative, while wealthy areas such as Kensington swung to Corbyn. Britain seems utterly confused about its politics. As the far left and Eurosceptic right have gained strength, much of the country has been left feeling politically homeless. So what’s going on? How will these new alignments play out as the country faces the historic challenge of leaving the EU and forging a new relationship with the rest of the world? Are the Conservatives really up to the job, as they bicker over what kind of Brexit they want and jostle over who should succeed Theresa May? Is it now unthinkable that Jeremy Corbyn could be the next prime minister? Looming over the current turmoil is the biggest question of all: What kind of Britain do we want to live in? What are the values that should hold our society together? We were joined by Ken Clarke, the most senior Conservative voice in Parliament; Hilary Benn, Labour MP and Chair of the Brexit Select Committee; and Helen Lewis, deputy editor at the New Statesman and prominent voice on the left. Alongside them was David Goodhart, author of one of the most talked about analyses of post-Brexit Britain, and Anand Menon, a leading academic thinker on Britain’s fractious relations with the EU. The event was chaired by Stephen Sackur, one of the BBC’s most highly regarded journalistic heavyweights.” At the link find the title, “The Great Realignment: Britain’s Political Identity Crisis, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bulgarian Population Decline 28 mins – “What’s it like to live in the country with the fastest-shrinking population in the world? Ruth Alexander reports.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
C-40 Project 7 mins – “Maybe the United States is sticking with the Paris Climate Agreement? Maybe it isn’t? But even if the US bails out of the international accord to limit climate change, well, nations aren’t the only players. If every city with a population over 100,000 stepped up, they could account for 40 percent of the reductions required. But that’s no small if. “It requires drastic action in the next three or four years,” says Michael Doust, program director for measurement and planning at C40, a coalition of 90 cities trying to fight climate change. “The decisions city leaders are going to make are really going to set the tone.” So after last year’s Deadline 2020 report, in which C40 detailed the reductions cities would have to make to keep warming below 1.5 degrees by 2050, many city leaders had one critical question: How? On Monday at “C40 Talks,” part of a series of Climate Week events in New York, C40’s steering group cities announced a step toward an answer, with plans for the leadership team—New York, Paris, Mexico City, Durban, and others—to prepare and share detailed climate roadmaps as a way to spin up everyone else….” At the link find the title, “Cities Turn to Other Cities for Help Fighting Climate Change, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files audio-3f229ae5-4039-478a-bd9a-e872cb6850c5-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
C-Span Radio 42 mins – “C-SPAN Radio was launched on October 9th, 1997. To mark the 20th anniversary, we spoke with C-SPAN Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Brian Lamb about the creation of the radio station, the evolution of C-SPAN, and the importance of our mission.” At the link find the title, “Episode 30: C-SPAN Executive Chairman Brian Lamb on the Creation of C-SPAN Radio,” right-click “Media files SBLAM1006.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cancer Story 69 mins – “In 2011, when she was in her late 50s, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim Barringer asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Maynard shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn’t mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Maynard imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the 19 months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple—to be a true partner and to have one. This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Maynard’s return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.” At the link find the title, “Joyce Maynard: Love, Loss and The Best of Us, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170918_Joyce Maynard Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cancer Survivors 60 mins – “Cancer treatments have become so successful that the number of cancer survivors will reach an estimated 20 million in the United States by 2026. Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter will offer insights from her book Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, reaffirming that a big step towards recovery involves having survivors speak up about how cancer has touched their lives. Krauter is a marriage and family psychotherapist with almost 40 years of experience. Her own voyage through cancer, combined with her experience as a therapist, brings a unique perspective to her clients. Focusing on and helping others has been an important part of her recovery.” At the link find the title, “Surviving The Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170921_Surviving the Storm Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Che Guevara 28 mins – “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. His face can still be seen all over Cuba. For the Cuban Government, he is a symbol of rebellion and revolution, an icon of socialism and sacrifice. A doctor from Argentina, Guevara fought in the Cuban revolution and became a member of the government. But he left to spread socialist revolution first in the Congo, then in Bolivia where he was executed by a soldier on 9 October 1967. Five decades after his death, how important is El Che for young Cubans today?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chef Eric Ripert 112 mins – “Eric Ripert (@ericripert) is recognized as one of the best chefs in the world. In 1995, at just 29 years old, he earned a four-star rating from The New York Times. Twenty years later and for the fifth consecutive time, Le Bernardin, where Eric is the chef and a co-owner, again earned the highest rating of four stars, becoming the only restaurant to maintain this superior status for such a marathon length of time. In 1998, the James Beard Foundation named him Top Chef in New York City and, in 2003, Outstanding Chef of the Year. In 2009, Avec Eric, his first TV show, debuted and ran for two seasons, earning two Daytime Emmy Awards. It returned for a third season on the Cooking Channel in 2015. Eric has also hosted the show On the Table on YouTube, which debuted in July 2012, and he has appeared in media worldwide. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line, Avec Eric, and several other books. In this episode we discuss: daily routines, conquering weakness and anger, mindfulness and meditation, the art of hiring, and much, much more.” At the link find the title, “Eric Ripert — Lessons in Mastery and Mindfulness, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files f0fac20b-a76f-4e97-b013-37919a8e032e.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Circadian Rhythms Nobel Prize 16 mins – “The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms.” At the link find the title, “Nobel Prize Explainer: Circadian Rhythm’s Oscillatory Control Mechanism, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change Adaptation 12 mins – “We continue to not hit our targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” At the link find the title, “Oct 4 | Canadian government gets ‘failing grade’ in climate change planning, says environment commissioner, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171004_14734.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conservatism Tribalism 27 mins – “Charlie Sykes had been a proud Republican for decades. Then he had an on-air confrontation with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump that changed everything.” At the link find the title, “Oct 5 | How the right went wrong: Conservative commentator Charlie Sykes, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171005_38088.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conservative Politics 91 mins – “Graham-Cassidy goes down, Republicans embrace Roy Moore, and Trump lies about his tax plan. Then Senator Chuck Schumer joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Democratic strategy on taxes, and Ana Marie Cox joins to talk about Zuckerberg v. Trump.” At the link find the title, ““A cannibal who’s for single-payer.”Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 0d09dd9e-3993-4b81-a5ad-9bb9b9370f52.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Constantine the Great 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life, reputation and impact of Constantine I, known as Constantine the Great (c280s 337AD). Born in modern day Serbia and proclaimed Emperor by his army in York in 306AD, Constantine became the first Roman Emperor to profess Christianity. He legalised Christianity and its followers achieved privileges that became lost to traditional religions, leading to the steady Christianisation of the Empire. He built a new palace in Byzantium, renaming it Constantinople, as part of the decentralisation of the Empire, an Eastern shift that saw Roman power endure another thousand years there, long after the collapse of the empire in the West” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Coral Reef Protection 58 mins – “Off Australia’s northeast coast lies a wonder of the world; a living structure so big it can be seen from space, more intricate and complex than any city, and so diverse it hosts a third of all fish species in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef as we know it — 8,000 years old and home to thousands of marine species — is dying in our lifetime.Can We Save the Reef? is the epic story of Australian and international scientists who are racing to understand our greatest natural wonder, and employing bold new science to save it.” At the link right-click “Download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cryo-electron Microscopy Nobel Prize 11 mins – “The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy that can determine high-resolution structures of biomolecules in solution. The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy that can determine high-resolution structures of…” At the link find the title, “Nobel Prize Explainer: Catching Proteins in the Act, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media file podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cuban Illness Mystery 12 mins – “…the US Department of State recalled non-emergency personnel and families home from the embassy in Havana, citing injuries and illness among 21 people—“hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty sleeping” according to a statement from secretary of state Rex Tillerson. Those 21 people weren’t just cultural attachés. Some of the hardest-hit victims were US intelligence operatives, according to an AP story on Monday. Which is to say: Someone in Cuba has been remotely doing something mysterious to US spies’ ears and brains. Call it spook action, at a distance. Most of the reporting on this story so far has talked about some kind of a “sonic weapon” or “sonic attack,” maybe a side effect of a surveillance technology. The problem is, physicists and acousticians don’t know how ultrasound (high frequency) or infrasound (low frequency) could do what the State Department says happened to its people. That leaves two possibilities: a new sci-fi sound gun or something else….” At the link find the title, “Were US Diplomats in Cuba Victims of a Sonic Attack—or Something Else? Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files audio-471f9421-dee9-46a7-85eb-379e0f4127e8-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cultural Differences 55 mins – “Gregory Warner and Sana Krasikov have traveled all over the world. Now, they have to help their five-year-old son Joseph adjust to an exotic, foreign culture: his American kindergarten classroom.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Lin As” from the pop-up menu.
Cyberwar 37 mins – “Motherboard speaks to Ben Makuch, the host of VICELAND’s Cyberwar, about how he may have come face-to-face with a Russian DNC hacker.” At the link find the title, “Cyberwar, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
DACA Impact 26 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Julia Preston of The Marshall Project about the end of DACA, its political motivations, and what this all means for the dreamers. Do you have a question for us? Send us a tweet @realTrumpcast or use the #AskTrumpcast hashtag.” At the link find the title, “800,000 Hostages, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY9113371355.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dealing with Jerks 66 mins – “Are you stuck in a position where you need to handle demeaning and disrespectful people (i.e., jerks)? If so, you need to attend this talk by Stanford professor Robert Sutton. Besides being hilarious, Sutton’s talks are generally insightful, clear and useful. Sutton will teach us field-tested, evidence-based techniques for dealing with the jerks in our lives—especially bosses, co-workers and customers. He’ll discuss how to escape, endure, outwit, battle and disempower people who leave us feeling demeaned, disrespected and de-energized. He’ll also address how to keep our own inner jerk from rearing its ugly head. He’ll draw on his new book, The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt, inspired by thousands of emails and conversations. The American Management Association and Businessweek named Sutton one of the ten top management leaders and professors. He is a co-founder of the d.school at Stanford, a fellow at IDEO and a guest on major TV networks….” At the link find the title, “Save Your Sanity: Dealing with Jerks at Work and Elsewhere, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171002_Saving Your Sanity Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Democractic Republic Structure 66 mins – “In commemoration of Constitution Day 2017, we will explore what James Madison would think of today’s presidency, Congress, courts, and media and how we can resurrect Madisonian values today.” At the link find the title, “What would Madison think today? Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP6836023159.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dirigible Aircraft Carrier 31 mins – “The loss of the U.S.S. Akron was the biggest single tragedy in aviation history at the time that it happened.” At the link find the title, “U.S.S. Akron, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-10-04-symhc-uss-akron.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disinformation 30 mins – “Disinformation. It sometimes manifests in theatrical shows of ignorance, like Senior Republican Senator James Inhoffe bringing a snowball to the Senate floor as “evidence” that global warming is a hoax, or the persistent denial coming out of the ill-informed head of the current president that Harvey and Irma are unrelated to climate change. But where does the disinformation start? Sometimes the seeds of willfully inaccurate right-wing talking points are planted by more mainstream conservative thinkers like George Will, Rich Lowry, Peggy Noonan, or the latest star of the right wing elite, NY Times opinion columnist, Bret Stephens. Under cloak of sophisticated language, these opinion columnists bury grains in the fertile right-wing psyche that grow into dangerously thorny vines of falsehood. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with DC-based science communicator, Aaron Huertas, to discuss what disinformation Bret Stephens has sown lately regarding the climate. We talk about Stephens’s disregard for solutions that could fight climate change, examine the weaknesses in his research, and ponder what motivates him to reach his simplistic and misleading conclusions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doctor with ADHD 34 mins – “…David is part of our Facebook Hangout Group. He’s happy to share with us his struggles in getting into medical school. David is a former member of the military and current med student. We discuss his journey with ADHD, PTSD and what made him successful getting into med school. He talks about what he did for his personal statement and what’s he’s doing now in medical school to make sure he’s succeeding.” At the link find the title, “252: Navigating the Premed and Med School Path with ADHD,” right-click “Media files PMY252.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Dying Process 41 mins – “In this presentation, Dr. Staci Mandrola presents her original “4 Horsemen” concept which gives an idea of when people go from having years to months of time left and how treatments should be taken into consideration when the time frame becomes months or less. She also discusses code status, goals of care and how to approach these treatments. Some items in this lecture may have come from the lecturer’s personal academic files or have been cited in-line or at the end of the lecture.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Earthquake Warning System 6 mins – “On Monday night, residents of the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westwood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, and parts of the San Fernando Valley experienced a mild earthquake—a magnitude 3.6. Most people slept through the temblor and no damage was reported. But a select group of 150 LA residents got a text alert on their mobile phone a full eight seconds before the quake hit at 11:10 pm—enough time for people to drop, cover, and hold on. Along with a pinned location of quake’s epicenter, the text gave its magnitude and intensity, the number of seconds left before the shaking, and instructions on what to do. The system detects an earthquake’s up-and-down p-wave, which travels faster and precedes the destructive horizontal s-wave, and converts that signal into a broadcast warning. Other parts of the world have similar systems—but accessible to a wider population. On Tuesday afternoon, Mexico City sirens blared a few seconds before a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the capital, flattening hundreds of buildings and killing at least 200 people. When an 8.1 magnitude quake hit on September 7 off the coast of Mexico, the SASMEX alert system collecting data from sensors along Mexico’s western coast gave residents more than a minute’s warning from sirens and even news reports on radio and TV. A complementary smartphone app is used by millions of Mexicans. And Japan also has a sophisticated earthquake text-alert system, giving tsunami and earthquake warnings to the entire nation. So why is the US earthquake system stuck in beta mode with only a lucky few getting an earthquake heads-up? The LA residents received their early warning as part of a pilot study conducted by the US Geological Survey and Santa Monica-based Early Warning Labs. But experts say lack of money and bureaucratic inertia has stymied the USGS ShakeAlert warning system, despite a decade of promises and positive trial runs. The USGS has only installed about 40 percent of the 1,675 sensors it needs to protect seismically vulnerably areas of the West Coast in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Seattle, says Doug Given, who coordinates the ShakeAlert system at the USGS Pasadena office. “We still don’t have full funding,” says Given. “We are on a continuing resolution through December 8 and are operating at the level of last year’s budget.” At the link find the title, “The United States Needs an Earthquake Warning System Already, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files audio-7779b828-7217-4708-b24e-848fcd279dad-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Empathy and Grief 69 mins – “Join Kelsey Crowe, Ph.D., and Lucy Kalanithi, M.D., in a humorous, poignant and practical conversation about the need for identity, gratitude and compassion when forging connections in life’s scary, awful and unfair moments. Sharing personal stories and research, Crowe and Kalanithi will unpack idiomatic expressions in the world of suffering and offer practical tips about being there for the people we care about when it matters most.” At the link find the title, “There Is No Good Card for This, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171005_There is No Good Card_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Evolutionary Biology 44 mins – “Jonathan Losos, biology professor at Harvard and curator of herpetology at the university’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, talks about his latest book, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance and the Future of Evolution.Jonathan Losos, biology professor at Harvard and curator of herpetology at the university’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, talks about his latest book, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance and…” At the link find the title, “Does Evolution Repeat Itself? Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farming Small Farms 57 mins – “Ted Genoways – award-winning author of The Chain (2014) – follows a family through a year in the life of their farm. Genoways catalogs the day-to-day struggles of the Hammond farm in a pivotal time frame: in 2014-2015, mild weather and heavy rainfall led to higher-than-expected yields, depressing crop prices and lowering profits, while encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies added to the threats facing the Hammond farm. Genoways demonstrates that family farms are far from an isolated refuge beyond the reach of global events; the family farm is increasingly at the crossroads of emerging technologies and international détente.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Fertilizer Research 6 mins – “For the last 100 years, ever since German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch figured out how to pluck fertilizer out of thin air with brute-force chemistry, farmers have relied on an imperfect product to make their plants grow: fertilizer. Production of the stuff burns through 3 percent of the world’s natural gas annually, releases tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and runs off into rivers and streams and aquifers. Relying on fossil fuels to grow food was never exactly sustainable.” At the link find the title, “With Designer Bacteria, Crops Could One Day Fertilize Themselves, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files audio-d58bb8e2-0a56-4596-8d28-63ff3853af79-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Floating Islands 42 mins – “This week, floating cities, malaria-free mosquitos, and using evolution to inspire aircraft design.” At the link find the title, “Nature Podcast: 5 Oct 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Food Addiction 27 mins – “Is being addicted to food the same as being addicted to crack?” At the link find the title, “Can you be addicted to food? Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files whitecoat_20170909_77999.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Crisis Is Coming 18 mins – “Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: “We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpasses the agricultural system’s structural capacity to produce food,” she says. “People could starve and governments may fall.” Menker’s models predict that this scenario could happen in a decade — that the world could be short 214 trillion calories per year by 2027. She offers a vision of this impossible world as well as some steps we can take today to avoid it.” At the link find the title, “A global food crisis may be less than a decade away Sara Menker, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files SaraMenker_2017G.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gerrymandering Future 57 mins – “Michael Morley and Daniel Tokaji join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss Supreme Court arguments in a potential landmark case about gerrymandering.” At the link find the title, “The future of gerrymandering, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP8293599854.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gun Control Lobby 30 mins – “Americans are once again mourning after another mass shooting. We explain why elected leaders fail — despite broad public support — to pass measures like additional background checks on firearm purchases. We speak with filmmaker Michael Kirk, who made the FRONTLINE documentary Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA.” At the link find the title, “214: Why can’t Congress get anything done on guns? Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files b12c0655-2149-4ee5-b642-bd53673269b8.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Delivery Direction 90 mins – “America’s health-care system is the most expensive in the world, and it continues to face large transformations. What should these transformation look like? How can the health-care system be improved to provide patient-focused care? Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel seeks to answer these questions by looking at success on all levels, from individual physicians to for-profit companies. In a time of great change in the American health-care system, Dr. Emanuel shines a bright, diagnostic light on the state of American health care and how it should be best structured to serve the American people. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is the former chief health policy advisor to the Obama administration, and the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. His goal is to transform American health care into a system that provides higher-quality, lower-cost care.” At the link find the title, “Obamacare Architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: Where Is Health Care Headed? (SF), Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170926_Ezekiel Emanuel_SV Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hillary Clinton Interview 48 mins – “What Happened.” At the link find the title, “Hillary Clinton, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files de80ea4b-8d9f-4e8a-b1bd-57558c26be76.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hip Hop on Rikers Island 51 mins -”MC and producer Ryan Burvick takes us behind bars on Rikers Island, New York’s largest and troubled Jail. He leads a music production programme there called Beats, Rhymes and Justice, which helps inmates write rhymes, make music and imagine their future off the island in a different light. We hear from three of its students, all aged between 18-21 and awaiting trial.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hope in Prison 35 mins – “How do inmates with profoundly long sentences cope with their realities, and maintain a sense of hope and well-being as the years pass?” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Horizontal Identity 66 mins – “If you’re like most people, you wish you had the ability to make a difference, but don’t have the credentials, a seat at the table or can’t get past the gatekeepers. Innovation expert Nilofer Merchant reveals that we have now reached an unprecedented moment of opportunity for your ideas to “make a dent” on the world. The power is no longer determined by your status, but by “onlyness” — that spot in the world where only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes. She says that this new ability is already within your grasp, but to command it, you need to know how to meaningfully mobilize others around your ideas. Join us as Merchant, in conversation with Kara Swisher, shares some inspirational stories that reveal proven strategies to unleash the might of a new idea, no matter how weird or wild it may seem.” At the link find the title, “John Yoo: War with the Machines, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170919_Nilofer Merchant Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Influential Mind 68 mins – “We all have a duty to help and affect others―from the classroom to the boardroom to social media. But how skilled are we at this role, and can we become better? While many people rely on data and debate, neuroscientist Tali Sharot explains that our instincts can fail us. She argues that appealing to our emotion and curiosity are more compatible with how our minds work. In her new book, The Influential Mind, Sharot reveals how people influence and persuade each other—and how we can all get better at doing so. Join us for a discussion on the power of influence and behavior in our increasingly interwoven world—and how we can all make our minds work better.” At the link find the title,”Inside the Human Mind, with Tali Sharot, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171005_Tali Sharot_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Korean Adoptions 22 mins – “Our friends at The Sporkful have a new series about the complications of trying to pass culture to your kids through food. We’re bringing you one story from that series about Korean adoptees.” At the link find the title, “LST Presents: Your Mom’s Food, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files f3931eab-f60f-4c38-8c5e-f1e834fd1877.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kurds Review 75 mins – “Brett sits down with Dr. Thoreau Redcrow, an expert on these issues, to discuss The Rojavan Revolution, the history of Kurdish repression in Turkey, and how the Kurds in Northern Syria (i.e. Western Kurdistan) are building socialism against all odds. Dr. Redcrow is an American with a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis with a concentration in Global Conflict. He did his dissertation while embedded with the PKK in Kurdistan in 2014, coinciding with the emergence of ISIS.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Life Project 12 mins – “In March 1946, scientists began tracking almost every British baby born in a single week. What they discovered would change how we are born, grow up, raise children, live and die. Helen Pearson’s 2016 book, The Life Project, is the story of this incredible project and the remarkable discoveries that have come from it. It was named best science book of the year by The Observer and was a book of the year for The Economist. As Chief Magazine Editor for the world’s leading science journal, Nature, Pearson oversees all its journalism and opinion content. Her own stories have won accolades including the 2010 Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award and two best feature awards from the Association of British Science Writers.” At the link rind the title, “Lessons from the longest study on human development Helen Pearson, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files HelenPearson_2017.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
LIGO Project Nobel Prize 18 mins – “The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for their contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for their contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” At the link find the title, “Nobel Prize Explainer: Gravitational Waves and the LIGO Detector, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lonely in Lagos 51 mins – “Poet and journalist Wana Udobang travels round her home city, Lagos, speaking to people who are lonely and isolated in Africa’s most populous city. She meets a young gay man who opens up about his feelings of isolation in the light of strict laws on homosexuality, meets a group of displaced women who are coming together to combat loneliness in poverty, and visits a cycling club and an elderly community centre.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mao-ism 82 mins – “The Red Plains Revolutionary Group is a multi-tendency communist organization with an intrinsically Maoist inflection. Brett sits down with members of the group to discuss the philosophy of Maoism, and how that philosophy is inseparable from the practice of Maoism. Other topics include: The Black Panther Party, Antifascism, Peru and India, Leninism, Third Worldism, and what organizing looks like in a Maoist context.” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.
MD vs PA Education 58 mins – “Savanna Perry is a PA who helps pre-PA students get into PA school? We chat to discuss the differences in the career field to help you decide. Savanna runs a podcast, The Pre-PA Club Podcast, and a website called The PA Platform. She’s also going to post this conversation on her podcast this week. We talk about some of the differences between being a PA and a physician as well as the differences between a PA student and a medical student, and finally, the differences between being a pre-PA and being a pre-med. Maybe you’re questioning yourself whether you want to be a physician or PA is enough for you. Or maybe you’re a pre-PA right now and thinking if you should go on to be a physician. We’re going to talk about the traits and characteristics you’re going to need to be a successful PA or a physician.” At the link find the title, “254: MD vs PA! Let’s Talk About it with a PA to Help You Decide,” right-click “Media files PMY254.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Post Bac Programs 45 mins – “Dr. Glenn Cummings is the Associate Dean and Director of the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. We discuss mistakes students make and so much more about postbacs. If you’re a nontraditional student, you will certainly get a lot of information from this. And even as a traditional student, there will be plenty of information for you as well. Also, don’t forget to check out all our other podcasts on MedEd Media Network. One quick thing which we didn’t get to talk about in the interview is if you’re thinking about applying to postbac programs, there is now a centralized application service for postbac programs. Not every postbac is participating in yet. As you’re doing your research and looking at postbac programs, figure out if they’re taking part in PostBacCAS. Or learn if you need to individually apply to that postbac program. From a PhD in American Literature, Glenn has been a pre-health advisor for seventeen years now. And he started for two reasons. First was he wasn’t happy with the research he did in graduate school. He knew it just wasn’t where he was headed. Second, he really wanted to do the advising piece.”[ “Postbac means “post college” but not graduate school.” At the link find the title, “253: Almost Everything You Need to Know About Postbac Programs,” right-click “Media files PMY253.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Milk Regulation 26 mins – “What does the government have to do with the price of milk? Turns out – everything. For decades, government subsidies have tried to balance supply and demand for a commodity that is produced every day, at least twice day, everywhere – and has only hours to go from the cow to the store shelf. This week, Amy Mayer of Iowa Public Radio and Harvest Public Media explains how that support has changed and what the farmers think about it.” At the link find the title, “213: Got milk subsidies? Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 3e65c26-a5b1-436c-93b8-d8730218d062.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Muharram and Ashura 44 mins – “This episode, we hear from Shias who are observing Muharram and Ashura — the commemoration of the death of the prophet’s grandson Hussein — and we talk about the power of grief to transform and empower. Plus: A conversation about what it’s like for Shia students to be in the minority in MSAs and other Muslim communities on college campuses.” At the link find the title, “Episode 36: Every Day Is Ashura And Every Land Is Karbala,” right-click “Media files PPY9306825449.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Muslim Hip Hop 38 mins – “Umi says shine your light on the world, so in this episode, we explore why for so many Black American Muslims, hip-hop feels like home. Ahmed invites Dr. Su’ad Abdul-Khabeer and musician Salima Ra, into the studio to share one album, one song, and one lyric that they’re listening to right now. Then, we talk about Dr. Su’ad’s book, “Muslim Cool — Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States.” Afterwards, we call up Al-Taw’am, the badass twin dancers you may have seen in a Brother Ali or Mona Haydar video. The two 19-year-olds talk about how they respond to folks who say dancing is unIslamic and why it’s important to build spaces for Black Muslims to express their culture.” At the link find the title, “Episode 32: “A Dope Lyric Over A Tight Beat? That’s Like An Ayah” right-click “Media files PPY9705231284.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Napoleon 60 mins – “How should we remember Napoleon, the man of obscure Corsican birth who rose to become emperor of the French and briefly master of Europe? As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approaches in 2015, Intelligence Squared brought together two of Britain’s finest historians to debate how we should assess Napoleon’s life and legacy. Was he a military genius and father of the French state, or a blundering nonentity who created his own enduring myth? Was his goal of uniting the European continent under a common political system the forerunner of the modern ‘European dream’? Or was he an incompetent despot, a warning from history of the dangers of overarching grand plans? Championing Napoleon was historian Andrew Roberts, author of, among other books, ‘Napoleon the Great’, ‘Napoleon and Wellington’, and ‘Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Gamble’. Opposing him was fellow historian Adam Zamoyski, author of, among other books, ‘1812. Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow’ and ‘Rites of Peace.” At the link find the title, “Napoleon The Great? Oct, 2014,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
NSA General Counsel 57 mins – “We have a special treat in this off-cycle episode! NSA GC Glenn Gerstell is in Austin to speak to our students here at UT, and (no doubt against his better judgment) he agreed to sit for an interview with Professors Chesney and Vladeck. The conversation focuses in particular on the nature, operation, and criticisms of Section 702 collection authority. As you probably know, Section 702 is scheduled to expire at the end of December, and there is certain to be a fascinating, high-stakes Congressional fight over its renewal in the months ahead. Tune in for our discussion of targeting, minimization, “backdoor” searches, database queries, masking, unmasking, and many other key elements in the debate! At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nutritional Eating 59 mins – “For decades, epidemiologists have noted that people who eat breakfast seem to weigh less and live longer. But it hasn’t been clear if eating breakfast helps people stay healthy, or if healthy people tend to eat breakfast. How much does that matter when people in the US appear to have switched from eating three meals every day to eating or snacking multiple times a day? Does when you eat affect your health?” At the link click “Download the MP3,” right-click “Chose CD or MP3,” and after selecting”MP3” select “Checkout” to download the file.
Peer Review in Medicine 15 mins – “One of the hurdles that anyone who submits research or analysis to The BMJ has to deal with is peer review. The problems of the process, and some of the potential solutions, was a big part of the Peer Review Congress which took place last week. In this interview, Sophie Cook, The BMJ’s UK research editor, talks to Lisa Bero, who’s a professor of evidence based medicine at Sydney University, and spends a lot of time investigating the integrity of health research.” At the link find the title, “The problems with peer review, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 343060321-bmjgroup-the-problems-with-peer-review.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Poverty Reversal 49 mins – “Leila Janah is the CEO and founder of Samasource, Samaschool, and LXMI. Her new book, Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time, details her journey to bring tech jobs to people living in poverty around the world.” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Poverty Solution 74 mins – “According to serial social entrepreneur Leila Janah, giving work is the most effective means of reducing poverty, and she and her company, Samasource, are a big part of the solution. Janah and her team go into some of the world’s poorest communities—from right here in California all the way to Kenya—and train individuals in digital work for tech titans like Google and Microsoft. Samasource’s model—which addresses the causes, not just the symptoms, of poverty—gives work, not aid, helping individuals access dignified, steady, fair-wage work and ensuring they can gain the tools to change their own lives for the better. Janah’s new book, Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time, shares the stories of those who have benefitted from Samasource’s groundbreaking business model and demonstrates how entrepreneurs and individuals can be a part of the movement to eradicate poverty across the globe.” At the link find the title,”Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time, with Leila Janah, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171003_Inforum Leila Janah Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Precision Medicine 30 mins – “This week we discuss precision medicine and genetic testing with Dr. Jill Hagenkord, Chief Medical Officer at Color Genomics, which provides genetic testing for hereditary cancer and high cholesterol risks as well as preventative health services, including genetic counseling. We spoke to her about recent breakthroughs in cancer research and precision medicine, the benefits of testing for cancer-causing gene mutations, and what it means for patients, families, and medical providers.” At the link find the title, “Episode 27: Dr. Jill Hagenkord on Precision Medicine and Genetic Testing,” right-click “Media files SBHAG0915.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presidential Ethics 74 mins – “Richard Painter is recognized as one of the leading experts and commentators on presidential ethics. He served under President George W. Bush and was vice chair at the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, D.C. He will reflect on his time in the White House and offer his thoughts on issues facing the current administration.” At the link find the title, “Richard Painter: Ethics Standards and the President, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170919 Richard Painter Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presidential Pardon Law 27 mins – “Brian Kalt and Margaret Love join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen in a broad-ranging discussion about the President’s constitutional powers to issue pardons.” At the link find the title, “Presidential pardons and the rule of law, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP8563626822.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Putin Background 30 mins – “This week we look into the background of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Sam Greene, the Director of the Russia Institute at King`s College London. We spoke with him about how Putin’s time in the KGB shaped his political philosophy, his rise to power in Moscow, and how Putin views his role in the Russian Government.” At the link find the title, “Episode 28: Sam Greene on Vladimir Putin,”right-click “Media files SBGRE0922.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rainforest Connection 28 mns – “Do you have a drawer somewhere filled with old cellphones collecting dust? Wouldn’t it be great if there were a way to put those phones to good use? This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, Topher White, is making a difference using those dormant phones. His organization, Rainforest Connection up-cycles defunct phones with solar charging technology and then places them strategically in rainforests all over the world to monitor human activity like poaching and deforestation. After listening to how Rainforest Connection is making use of old phones, you may find yourself digging around that drawer to see what you’ve got to send them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ranger Bank Robber 26 mins – “A daring daylight bank heist carried out by members of an elite U.S. military squad is the incredible true story of Ranger Games.” At the link find the title, “Oct 4 | The incredible story of how a U.S. commando betrayed his family and robbed a bank, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171004_81937.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Refugees in Bangladesh 19 mins – “Nothing prepared me for seeing it because the simplest way to describe it is that there were people absolutely everywhere.” At the link find the title, “Oct 5 ‘It’s a mass of humanity’: CBC’s Nahlah Ayed on Rohingya refugee crisis, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171005_36965.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Retina Replacement 4 mins – “Until now, replacement retinas have consisted of hard materials, which can lead to inflammation or scarring. A PhD candidate at Oxford University, Vanessa Restrepo-Schild has led a team producing a new synthetic, double-layered retina which closely mimics the natural human retinal process. The replica retina consists of soft hydrogels and biological cell membrane proteins. The cells act as pixels, detecting and reacting to light to create a grey scale image. Currently Vanessa is trying to incorporate the photoreactive cells with cultured cells, which might be able to stimulate the neurons at the back of the eye as does a working retina.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Salt and Sugar and Hearts 58 mins – “Is cholesterol the main problem leading to clogged arteries and heart attacks? It certainly is important, but a brand-new study suggests that inflammation may also be critical. The study was called CANTOS (for Canakinumab Antiinflammatory Thrombosis Outcome Study). Canakinumab (Ilaris) is a medication that is approved for treating inflammatory diseases such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Although it has no impact on cholesterol, it reduced heart attacks and strokes. Lead author Paul Ridker, MD, explains the findings. We’ve long been told to cut back on salt. But should you really throw out your salt shaker and eat only low-sodium food? One researcher urges us not to go overboard. Sodium is an essential nutrient, and a stringent low-salt diet can have some unexpected complications.” At the link click “Download the MP3,” right-click “Chose CD or MP3,” and after selecting”MP3” select “Checkout” to download the file.
Secretarian Violence in Britain 27 mins – “Manveen Rana uncovers hate speech, sectarianism and support for Pakistani militant groups in some of Britain’s Urdu language newspapers, radio stations and TV channels.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Simplifying Science 62 mins – “On 2nd October, Intelligence Squared brought together two of the world’s best-loved masters of explaining and popularising science, who lifted the lid on the technology we love and on the cutting edge of current scientific research. Randall Munroe is a physicist who once built robots for NASA. His webcomic xkcd uses simple cartoons and diagrams to make science funny, touching and incredibly clear. It gets a billion hits a year. In his latest series, Munroe has simplified the workings behind everything from space rockets to smartphones, while using only the thousand most common words in the English language. On stage with Munroe was Oxford’s professor for the public understanding of science Marcus du Sautoy, who has won a wide following through his bestselling books and TV programmes explaining the elegance and complexity of mathematics. While Munroe unpicked the detailed mechanics behind such technological breakthroughs as the large hadron collider at CERN, du Sautoy will examined some of the broader, philosophical questions about the nature — and limits — of scientific enquiry itself. Join Munroe and du Sautoy for this far-reaching exploration of the technology that drives our world, and have your chance to put your questions to two of the sharpest minds in science.” At the link find the title, “Randall Munroe with Marcus du Sautoy on Making the Complicated Simple” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Equality 21 mins – “The student protest of a university event which asked if social inequality is “a real problem,” raises questions about a lack of diversity in Canada’s academic institutions.” At the link find the title, “Oct 6: U of T students protest lack of diversity on all-white social inequality panel, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171006_92073.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Solar Energy and Minorities 29 mins – “Our guest this week on Sea Change Radio, Gilbert Campbell III, the Co-Founder of Volt Energy, is here to remind us that sustainable energy is good, not only for the earth, but also for business. Campbell’s company, based in Washington, D.C., builds and operates solar projects, electric-vehicle charging stations, and offers energy storage solutions. We discuss how Volt Energy’s business model works, why there are not nearly enough minority-owned businesses in the renewable energy space, and the challenges of interacting with a new Administration that is openly hostile to science and minorities.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Soviet Containment Policy 15 mins – “…During the late 1940s, his writings inspired the Truman Doctrine and the U.S. foreign policy of “containing” the Soviet Union. His “Long Telegram” from Moscow during 1946 and the subsequent 1947 article “The Sources of Soviet Conduct” argued that the Soviet regime was inherently expansionist and that its influence had to be “contained” in areas of vital strategic importance to the United States. These texts provided justification for the Truman administration‘s new anti-Soviet policy. Kennan played a major role in the development of definitive Cold War programs and institutions, notably the Marshall Plan….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Special Needs Education in Canada 75 mins – “The Currents hosts a special live, national call-in show, exploring the question: Is the public school system working for kids with special needs?” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for October 3, 2017 – A National Call-In Special (Eastern Time Zone), Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171003_41138.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spouse of Doctor 46 mins – “Today’s podcast is special because this is not only for you as premeds, but also, for your significant other. Share this podcast with your loved one who is going through this process with you. This will help both of you. Sarah Epstein is a Marriage and Family Therapist and her husband is a second-year emergency medicine resident. They started dating when he was starting to study for the MCAT. Sarah is the author of Love in the Time of Medical School. We talk about how you can keep your relationships strong. In her book, she talks about helping keep relationships going through the stressful time of being a premed, being a medical student, and being a physician.” At the link find the title, “251: How to Protect Your Relationships as a Premed and Med Student,” right-click “Media Files PMY251.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Summer of My Dream 32 mins – “David Mallett stops by the Folk Show with a sample from his tender heart” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sun Studies 28 mins – “Lucie Green studies the sun – that giant, turbulent ball of burning gas at the centre of our solar system. Her first ambition was to become an art therapist, but she soon switched from art to astrophysics, and before long had fixed her gaze on our local star. It may be 93 million miles away, but the sun’s extensive and ever changing magnetic field determines the ‘weather’ throughout our solar system. Under a worst-case scenario, bubbles of super-hot plasma and streams of high energy particles – spat out when the surface of the sun erupts – can hurtle towards planet earth, damaging communication and navigation satellites and bringing down electrical power supplies.Thanks to the work that Lucie and others have done to raise awareness of these coronal mass ejections, solar belches as Lucie likes to call them are now a recognised threat to national security, alongside flooding, pandemic flu and terrorist attacks.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Tanzania 60 mins – “Journey to Tanzania with Don Koss, a highly respected photographer and researcher. With over forty years of adventures, Koss will share his reflections about life, habitat and cultural changes in one of the oldest known human inhabited areas in the world. His incredible collection of photographs tell of a land of geographical extremes and extraordinary wildlife. Don will provide examples of his outstanding collection of photographs, sharing visual outlines of Tanzania and its people, wildlife and environment. Join us for an incredible odyssey though the eye of an explorer.” At the link find the title, “Tanzania: Country, People, Wildlife and Environment, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170918_Tanzania Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tech Company Regulation 24 mins – “This week we examine the debate over regulating some of the biggest tech companies in the world including Facebook, Google and Amazon. Our guest is David McCabe, who covers the intersection of technology, policy, and politics for Axios.” At the link find the title, “Episode 29: David McCabe on Regulating Technology Companies,” right-click “Media files SBMCC0929.mp3” and select save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tet Offensive 66 mins – “Journalist Mark Bowden: The Vietnam War’s Turning PointMark Bowden hasn’t written a book about a military battle since his No. 1 New York Times best seller Black Hawk Down. His most ambitious work yet, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the Vietnam War. By January 1968, despite an influx of half a million American troops, the fighting in Vietnam seemed to be at a stalemate. Yet Gen. William Westmoreland, commander of American forces, announced a new phase of the war where, he stated, “the end begins to come into view.” The North Vietnamese had different ideas. In mid-1967, the leadership in Hanoi had started planning an offensive intended to win the war in a single stroke. Part military action and part popular uprising, the Tet Offensive included attacks across South Vietnam, but the most dramatic and successful would be the capture of Hue, the country’s cultural capital. At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, 10,000 National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts. The commanders in country and politicians in Washington, D.C. refused to believe the size and scope of the Front’s presence….” At the link find the title, “Journalist Mark Bowden: The Vietnam War’s Turning Point, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170925_Mark_Bowden_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the popup menu.
Trump Political Impact 69 mins – “How did we get here? And what do we do now? In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, even the most seasoned political pundits and policy wonks were left reeling. Brookings Senior Fellow Thomas E. Mann has co-authored a new book, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, to answer both how President Trump came to be and where everyone else can go from here. Mann provides a roadmap to understand politics’ latest existential crisis, and a call to action to become more politically engaged. Mann, along with E.J. Dionne and Norman Ornstein, contend that while Donald Trump’s personality and disposition are quite unique, the rise of “Trumpism” began decades ago. Their book provides a historical understanding of the political movement that has surprised nearly everyone.” At the link find the title, “Thomas Mann: One Nation After Trump, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170921_Thomas Mann Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Universal Basic Income 24 mins – “A universal basic income isn’t a new idea, but it’s getting traction in politics today. It’s a different type of safety net: free cash from the government, with absolutely no strings attached. It’s never been tried in the US in a pure form, but we have had experiments that came close. Ioana Marinescu, a professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, walks us through some of those experiments, and tells us how this whole idea might work.” At the link find the title, “212: What if the government gave everyone free money? Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 48376c96-211f-4e21-b48d-32d3c2742358.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vision Care 58 mins – “Being able to see is something most of us treasure, especially if we imagine being deprived of good vision. But do we know how to take care of our eyes to keep them healthy and working well? Our guest, Dr. Peter McDonnell, is an ophthalmologist. He describes the most common problems that can rob us of our eyesight and what we can do to prevent them.” At the link click “Download the MP3,” right-click “Chose CD or MP3,” and after selecting”MP3” select “Checkout” to download the file.
VR Uses 58 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.
War with Machines 63 mins – “The way we wage war is changing. There are various national security challenges in our modern world, such as international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The advent of new technologies such as drones, autonomous robots and cyber weapons are quickly developing in response to these threats. What are the consequences of using these new technologies? Are they an effective means of solving complex security problems? John Yoo is a professor at Berkeley Law School. Previously, Yoo served as deputy assistant attorney general under the George W. Bush administration. Join us as he discusses both the future of war and how technology can make it less destructive.” At the link find the title, “John Yoo: War with the Machines, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171002_John Yoo Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
White Supremacy Discussion 80 mins- “Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are joined by Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and former executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, to discuss white supremacy, Democrats in Texas, and the 2016 election coverage. Plus, the team takes questions from the audience. This show was recorded as part of the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.” At the link find the title, “Trumpcast Live From the Texas Tribune Festival, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY5592529138.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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