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3D Bioprinting 33 mins – “This episode we take on a future full of bioprinted replacement organs. You asked for more hopeful futures, this is about as hopeful as they get! We start by hearing a bit about what the current organ donation market is like from Christine Gentry, who donated a kidney to a stranger. Then we talk to Dr. Anthony Atala, the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and of the world’s leading regenerative medicine specialists. Dr. Atala has implanted organs grown from the cells of patients themselves in clinical trials. Then Kelly and Zach Weinersmith join us to talk about what they learned while writing a chapter about bioprinting for their new book Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. And finally, we get an impassioned indictment of 3D printing file formats from Meghan McCarthy, Project Lead for the NIH 3D Print Exchange.” At the link find the title, “Easy Bake Organs, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Advertisement Tracking 35 mins – “This year we’ve gotten one question more than any other from listeners: is Facebook eavesdropping on my conversations and showing me ads based on the things that I say? This week, Alex investigates.” At the link find the title, “#109 Is Facebook Spying on You?” right-click “Media files GLT8773340180.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
African Agriculture 43 mins – “In today’s podcast we speak with science journalist and author Mark Lynas. Mark has been a central figure in the discussion of biotechnology, particularly in regard to its role in ensuring food security in the Developing World. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s you could find Mark destroying test plots of genetically engineered crops. Later he would reconsider his view, and support the technology, especially as it can be applied to help issues of food security. Mark discusses the situation on the ground in Africa, the various threats to production, the innovations that can address them, and the resistance toward adoption of new technology.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aged Care in Australia 60 mins – “Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt addresses the National Press Club on the topic ‘Australia’s New Age of Opportunity’” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Ken Wyatt, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc_KenWyatt 2510_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aging Brain 66 mins – “Dr. John Medina has spent his career in bio-engineering, but he also has a deep interest in how the brain works. In his latest book Brain Rules for Aging Well: 10 Principles for Staying Vital, Happy, and Sharp, he presents our knowledge brain aging in an engaging manner that can be enjoyed by readers of all backgrounds. This month’s episode of Brain Science (BS 138) we discuss some of the most important principles for nourishing brains as we age. He describes what he calls the “dopamine lollipop,” which is the surge of dopamine created by activities such as teaching and physical activities like dancing. Some of his ideas reinforce what we have discussed in previous episodes, but there are new ideas that are relevant to listeners of all ages.” At the link right-click “FREE audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Agriculture Investing 39 mins – “Chris Narayanan is a US Marine Corps veteran, and the President & CEO of GA Capital, a veteran-owned investment banking firm that provides services to both companies and investors linked to the agribusiness supply chain. Chris obtained hands-on experience in the agricultural industry by being a ranch hand in his youth and working at investment banks that had agribusinesses as one of their largest clients. Because of his experience, Chris has developed extensive knowledge in valuing different types of agricultural companies and enterprises to measure investment suitability. In this episode, Chris shares his experience working on Wall Street as an investment banker. He talks about his background in agriculture and how he ended up founding his own investment banking company that primarily services that business category. He also shares tips and ideas regarding investment banking as well as his insight on the future of agricultural business investments.” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 076: Investment Banking in Agriculture with Wall Street Cowboy Chris Narayanan of GA Capital Final,” right-click “Media files 07620Investment20Banking20in20Agriculture20with20Wall20Street20Cowboy20Chris20Narayanan20of20GA20Capital20Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI Background 53 mins – “On the eve of Ken Ford’s induction into the Florida Inventor’s Hall of Fame, co-host Dawn Kernagis convinced IHMC’s director and CEO that it was the perfect time to have the chairman of STEM-Talk’s double secret selection committee take a turn as a guest on the podcast. Today’s show features part one of Dawn’s two-part interview with her STEM-Talk co-host Ken Ford. …In this episode, Ken will share some of the pioneering work underway at IHMC. Dawn also asks Ken about highly vocal critics of AI such as Elon Musk. Episode 50, the second part of Dawn’s interview with Ken, will transition to a conversation about Ken and IHMC’s research into human performance. Their conversation will cover exercise, the ketogenic diet and ketone esters with the goal of extending health span and perhaps longevity. In terms of background, Dr. Ken Ford is a co-founder of IHMC, which has grown into one of the nation’s premier research organizations with world-class scientists and engineers investigating a broad range of topics. Ken is the author of hundreds of scientific papers and six books. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tulane University. He is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, a charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE Computer Society, and the National Association of Scholars.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI Object Recognition 26 mins – “Deep learning can seem like magic. But behind that magic there’s often drudgery — painstakingly labeled data is key to many deep learning projects. “It’s something that has slowed down our industry because the reliance on human annotated data … it’s physically slow,” says Matt Scott, co-founder and CTO of Malong Technologies in a conversation with AI Podcast host Noah Kravitz. New techniques promise to free humans from this task, and set deep learning loose on a far broader set of problems — like automatically recognizing the products in our shopping carts — Scott explains. Founded in 2014, Malong — based in China — developed an AI algorithm that learns from the web’s own data, allowing it to classify images that are both “noisy” and unlabeled. “That’s sort of the context of the problem space we’re working in — how can we access this large-scale data that exists on there on the web, for example,” Scott said. Earlier this year, Scott and his team entered the WebVision challenge hosted at the CVPR computer vision conference. Competing against more than 100 companies and academic labs, Malong emerged victorious, achieving a 94.78 percent recognition rate. By contrast, human recognition clocks in at 95 percent. The platform Malong has built on this technology, Product AI, can take a small photo of a product, and then apply deep learning to parse through images and identify what it’s looking at. “To get to the next level, we’re going to have to break past the barrier of human annotation,” said Scott. “Now we are in this new area where we are not limited.” At the link click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.
al-Shabaab in Somalia 29 mins – “Somalia’s information minister says the Somali people are more united than ever before to fight al-Shabaab.” At the link find the title, “Oct 25 Mogadishu attack unites Somalis against al-Shabaab, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171025_28517.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Amazon HQ Relocation 83 mins – “On Thursday, October 19, the Metropolitan Policy Program and CityLab co-hosted an event to address the implications for all cities beyond Amazon’s HQ2 transaction, and delve into what cities can learn from Amazon’s wish list concerning preparation for the disruptive nature of tech and retail, investment in local talent, quality infrastructure, and place-making.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Troops in Africa 48 mins – “The four American Green Berets who died in Niger. We’ll look at the mission, and the uproar over President Trump’s comments on their deaths.” At the link find the title, “Questions Swirl After 4 U.S. Troops Die In Niger, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_558816241.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Astronaut Kelly 46 mins – “Former astronaut Scott Kelly joins us to talk his out-of-this-world year in space, and where we might be headed next – think Mars.” At the link find the title, “Astronaut Scott Kelly’s View From Space, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_558608953.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Autonomous Cars 29 mins – “On the last episode of StartUp, we followed the government-sponsored desert race that launched the self-driving car industry. This week, we see what the industry looks like today. You’ve probably heard that Google, Uber, and Tesla are pumping resources into developing autonomous vehicles. But there are plenty of smaller, younger companies in the space. What are they doing to keep up with the major players?” At the link find the title, “The Race for a Driverless Future (Season 6, Episode 8), Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT8784603782.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ayn Rand 65 mins – “Jennifer Burns of Stanford University and the Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her biography of Ayn Rand, Goddess of the Market. They discuss Rand’s philosophy, her influence, her relationship with the conservative movement, and the intersection of her personal life with her philosophical principles.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bee Dieoff 33 mins– “What is killing the bees? And will we have enough food to eat if the bee-pocalypse becomes worse? We speak to Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology and Bumblebee ecologist at the University of Sussex, Judy Wu-Smart, Research Entomologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Steve Ellis, a beekeeper in Barrett, Minnesota.” At the link find the title, “The Bee-pocalypse, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT5815367896.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Behavioral Economics 19 mins – “Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Figuring that out won Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize.” At the link find the title, “#803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel,” right-click “Media files 20171101_pmoney_pmpod803.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Hat Conference 39 mins – “The Communicators interviews four researchers at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, about cybersecurity and how hackers operate.” At the link find the title, “Communicators at the Black Hat Cybersecurity Conference, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.485389.MP3-STD.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Black Lives Matter Founder 64 mins – “Co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors, and founder of its international arm Rodney Diverlus address the National Press Club in Canberra.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Black Lives Matter founders, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc_BlackLives_0111_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind College Student 21 mins – “In this SSB Success Story Leah Martinson talks about how she navigated the transition from high school to college and to the workplace. How the services at SSB assisted her decision making and helped support her goal of owning her own business as an Integrative Health Coach. Leah graduated high school and became a Massage Therapist and realized that she wanted more, and she pursued her college career at the University of Minnesota and became a Certified Health Coach and now provides services to students within the very same program. Leah also works with an organization and balances her time between work and home. Becoming a mom has changed her life and Leah is always looking for that creative solution as her business she says is always going to be a work in progress….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Michigan 29 mins – “After being told by the large telephone incumbent that he could pay a nominal fee in rural Michigan to get phone service, John Reigle built a home. And when the telephone company changed its mind after quoting an outrageous price, he created a cooperative that is building fiber networks in a very rural region of Michigan. General Manager Ron Siegel of Allband Communications Cooperative joins us for episode 276 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast. We talk about the realities of connecting the most rural unconnected, while fighting for what meager support is available from state and federal sources. Along the way we talk about how the cooperative grew up and where its future lies in an uncertain time for local networks as the federal government showers money on the biggest incumbents that aren’t really investing in rural America.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in New Mexico 26 mins – “The Kit Carson Electric Cooperative serves rural north central New Mexico and has been an early investor in a fiber-optic network that has brought high quality Internet service to a state largely stuck with 90’s era DSL from incumbent CenturyLink. Luis Reyes, CEO of Kit Carson, joins us for episode 277 to discuss how the utility is ensuring its members all have high-quality Internet access available and some of the lessons they have learned in building the network. They have seen population growth and a rise in small businesses, especially people who can work from home. One of they key lessons is how to manage sign-ups. They have a significant waiting list, from a combination of greater demand than expected and the challenges of managing the home install process. Finally, we talk about how Kit Carson is working with another local cooperative to expand that high-quality access in New Mexico.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Burr Conspiracy 19 mins – “We’re revisiting an episode from previous hosts! In March of 1805, Burr left the political sphere and moved west, but his story doesn’t end there.” At the link find the title, “SYMHC Classics: A Conspiracy Starring Aaron Burr, Oct , 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-10-20-symhc-classic-burr-conspiracy.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Canadian Indigenous Native Rights – “Why has inequality for Indigenous women been a part of law for more than 140 years?” At the link find the title, “Nov 2 | ‘This is our birthright’: Indigenous senators call on PM to end discrimination against women in Indian Act, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171102_81572.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Captain Khan’s Father 24 mins – “We all need to be heartened that the majority of America, majority of the world stands with fairness” At the link find the title, “Oct 24 ‘I know what it feels like to live under authoritarian regimes’: Khizr Khan, father of slain U.S. soldier, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20171024_35337.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Change My View 72 mins– “For computer scientist Chenhao Tan and his team, the internet community called Change My View offered something amazing, a ready-made natural experiment that had been running for years. All they had to do was feed it into the programs they had designed to understand the back-and-forth between human beings and then analyze the patterns the emerged. When they did that, they discovered two things: what kind of arguments are most likely to change people’s minds, and what kinds of minds are most likely to be changed.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 112-Change My View_rebroadcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Checklist Creation 51 mins – “The simple “to-do” list may be one of humanity’s oldest tools for keeping organized. But checklists are also proving essential in many modern-day workplaces, from operating rooms to the cockpits of jumbo jets. This week, we explore the power of the humble checklist to help us stay on track and focus on what’s important, particularly when pressure is intense and the stakes are high.” At the link find the title, “Check Yourself, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171030_hiddenbrain_hb_pr_86-5_checklists.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
China’s Leadership Change 132 mins – “On November 2, the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings hosted a two-part event to analyze the outcomes of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) 19th Party Congress “ At the link Double-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.
Chinese Investing 21 mins– “A Chinese company pays millions of dollars for a failing hotel in a small, rural town. We follow the trail of money, and it explains the world economy.” At the link find the title, “#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World,” right-click “Media 20171027_pmoney_pmpod802.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chipotle Founder 52 mins – “In 1992, Steve Ells was a classically trained chef working in a high-end restaurant in San Francisco. But after eating a burrito at a local taqueria, he got an idea: to sell burritos and earn enough money to open his own gourmet restaurant. The first Chipotle opened in Denver the following year. Bringing his culinary training to taqueria-style service, Steve Ells helped transform the way we eat fast food. PLUS for our postscript “How You Built That,” how Alexander Harik turned his mom’s recipe for za’atar spread—a fragrant Middle Eastern condiment—into Zesty Z: The Za’atar Company.” At the link find the title, “Chipotle: Steve Ells, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171027_hibt_newchipotle.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Coincidences 51 mins – “Coincidences can make the everyday feel extraordinary. But are they magical, or just mathematical? On this week’s Radio Replay, we explore our deep fascination with these moments of serendipity. New research suggests they reveal important things about how our minds work, and have a far more powerful effect on our lives than any of us imagine. We’ll also explore the phenomenon of “implicit egotism” — the idea that we’re drawn to people and things that remind us of ourselves.” At the link find the title, “Radio Replay: What’s In It For Me? Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171027_hiddenbrain_hb_radio_replay_what_s_in_it_for_me_-5cb71c4e-43ac-4b1c-93c5-b50e793929fb.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conservative Erickson 46 mins – “Big red state conservative voice Erick Erickson joins us to talk Trump, White House stability, and the country.” At the link find the title, “Erick Erickson Talks America Now, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_558346102.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
DARPA Grand Challenge 46 mins – “In 2004, the U.S. government held a race unlike anything that had come before it. It was called the DARPA Grand Challenge, and it followed a 150-mile route through the rugged Mojave Desert. The participants were cars, trucks, ATVs, and one motorcycle. The catch? Each vehicle was required to drive itself—no remote control, no human intervention. Dozens of engineers and robot enthusiasts worked relentlessly to make it happen. The Carnegie Mellon team was a favorite, but every team faced hurdles—from smashed sensors and exploding toilets to poorly placed tumbleweeds. Was the Grand Challenge too grand for its time?” At the link find the title, The Grand Challenge (Season 6, Episode 7), Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT5217659928.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dinosaurs with Feathers 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the development of theories about dinosaur feathers, following discoveries of fossils which show evidence of feathers. All dinosaurs were originally thought to be related to lizards – the word ‘dinosaur’ was created from the Greek for ‘terrible lizard’ – but that now appears false. In the last century, discoveries of fossils with feathers established that at least some dinosaurs were feathered and that some of those survived the great extinctions and evolved into the birds we see today. There are still many outstanding areas for study, such as what sorts of feathers they were, where on the body they were found, what their purpose was and which dinosaurs had them.” At the link find the title, “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disaster Recovery 12 mins– “Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20 and caused unprecedented damage affecting the island’s 3.4 million inhabitants (see Figure 1Figure 1Streets in Puerto Rico Blocked by Debris from Hurricane Maria.). Though no one in Puerto Rico was spared at least some impact, the poor and vulnerable were disproportionately affected. Loss of communication and electricity, scarcity of water, isolation of some residents, slow coordination of the aid that has been sent, and the magnitude and scope of the necessary repairs all merit a call for help from and the engagement of the global community. Indeed, Puerto Ricans and U.S. Virgin Islanders are U.S. citizens and expect the same federal aid and support during natural disasters as the rest of the United States. In contrast to sudden disasters, hurricanes often allow officials and populations a window of opportunity to prepare, evacuate people, and update emergency plans. Yet our infrastructure, including the health care infrastructure, was already in crisis, and the much milder hit from Hurricane Irma 2 weeks earlier had caused a partial collapse of the power system. In addition, the island’s economic situation, causing concerns about lack of income or reductions in wages, fueled a sense of uncertainty and despair among many Puerto Ricans, as we were faced with the most powerful hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century. We prepared for the worst while hoping for the best — and we got the worst.” At the link right-click “Download” from under the author’s picture and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Discrimination Problems 53 mins – “Let’s examine our complicated relationship with legacy. Featuring: Revisionist History, Fresh Air, Code Switch, The Secret Life of Canada, Cosby Unraveled, Stuff You Missed in History Class.” At the link find the title, “From Cosby to Wonder Woman: complicated legacies,” right-click “Download From Cosby to Wonder Woman: complicated legacies” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doug Wilder 24 mins – “Former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder (D) explains to Chuck Todd why he is withholding his endorsement in the tightening race for governor.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ebola and Eye Disease 27 mins – “[First of three items.]Around a quarter of survivors of the Ebola outbreak that started back in 2014 in West Africa have developed eye problems, including uveitis and cataracts. Dr Jessica Shantha and Dr Steven Yeh, both assistant professors of ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta US talked to Claudia Hammond about how they’ve been studying and treating the conditions. Loneliness is a huge problem amongst carers. Connecting via social media is a solution for some, but not everyone is comfortable with the technology. Roland Pease has been to Bath University to meet a team working on a project using a simple radio-like box to connect up carers so they can talk to each other. The microbiome, our personal mixture of bacteria and other microbes, varies a lot between individuals and still no one knows what’s ideal. Greg Gloor, Professor of Biochemistry at Western University in Canada and colleagues have been studying 1000 people in China from the age of three to over a hundred, including an impressive two hundred over 95 year olds. Could their microbiome hold the secrets to a long and healthy life?” At the link find the title, “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Education Technology 48 mins – “This podcast is a reflection by Dr. Wesley Fryer on some of the educational technology related challenges as well as aspirations he currently has as a school director of technology, technology integration coach, and after-school “STEAM Studio” co-teacher. These challenges include cultivating a school learning culture supportive of creativity, innovation, whimsy, and cross-curricular connections. They also include helping students transition into and succeed within a comparatively open-ended and less structured after-school learning environment, where they are invited to create, play, and express themselves while developing both digital literacy as well as artistic skills. Last of all, the challenges and aspirations include more “geeky” topics like planning for school infrastructure fiber optic line upgrades, managing bandwidth on a network with increasing numbers of IP-based surveillance cameras, learning about traffic and packet analysis tools, and firewall access reporting. Refer to the podcast shownotes for links to many of the referenced resources from this podcast including Dr. Mitch Resnik’s new book, “Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play” and the upcoming (October 2017) free online class “Learning Creative Learning” by the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten Group.” At the link find the title, “Podcast455: EdTech Struggles and Aspirations , Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-09-21-speedofcreativity.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farm Business 80 mins – “Today we’re digging back into the archives for one of my favorite interviews, our very first episode of the Farmer to Farmer Podcast, with my good friend Liz Graznak. This one was recorded in early October of 2014. In 2014, Liz was farming a little over seven acres of ground in central Missouri, and selling her certified organic produce through a CSA, farmers market, and to restaurants and grocery stores. In her fifth year of running her farm, Liz reflects on the challenges and rewards of running a business, managing employees, and doing all of the other stuff that isn’t farming, but is absolutely integral to it. We dig into some post-harvest handling, talk about winter production, and discuss how her two-year-old has changed life on her farm. Liz also shares her experience becoming part of her very conventional rural neighborhood.” At the link right click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farming in New York 79 mins – “Wendy and Asher Burkhart-Spiegel raise about twelve acres of vegetables at Common Thread CSA in Madison, New York, in the central part of the state. With twenty years of experience doing CSA, Wendy and Asher have continued to emphasize CSA in their current operation, with additional sales at farmers markets and to wholesale accounts. At Common Thread, Wendy and Asher maintain a community-focused vision for the farm. Prior to Common Thread, Wendy and Asher managed a non-profit CSA farm in Poughkeepsie, and we talk about how moving to their own farm had an impact on the experience of engaging with the community, as well as other aspects of their farming experience. We dig into their programs for subsidizing shares, their education-focused apprenticeship program, and the realities of an increasing minimum wage in New York. Out in the field, Wendy and Asher share their development of a tractor-scale permanent raised bed system, and how they’ve sourced and modified tools to support that system. We also talk about the solutions they’ve found for successfully cultivating in their raised bed system, season extension in the field and the cooler, and the planning they do for CSA program that includes boxed deliveries and free-choice on-farm pickup.” At the link right click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farming Smart 69 mins – “Farmer Jenny Quiner of Dog Patch Urban Gardens in Des Moines, Iowa talks about farm startup, growth, and unique ways to sell your product.” At the link find the title, “FSFS119: Starting and Growing an On Site Farmstand and Farm with Jenny Quiner of Dog Patch Urban Gardens,” right-click “Media files FSFS_119_2017_Jenny.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farmland Zillow 61 mins – “Steven Brockshus is the CEO and Founder of TERVA, an online real estate marketplace dedicated to empowering farmland professionals with knowledge, insights, and data. They aim to build a marketplace not only to educate, but to also connect with people looking to buy and sell farmland. He aims to bring the agricultural real estate industry online to shift the industry and how people interact and think about farmland. In this episode, Steven shares his story on how he started TERVA as well as the moments and people in his life that inspired him to do so. He talks about what it can do now and what it sets to do for farmers in the future, and why TERVA is a great resource for those planning to retire on the countryside.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” from the pop-up menu.
Fire in Large Buildings 24 mins – “Fire is a rare but persistent danger in tall buildings. There have been several major high rise fires around the world in recent years, notable among them the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London that killed at least 80 people. That event highlights the risks that may be presented by the materials used in construction and rehabilitation. To explore the connection between building materials and fire risk, we talk with Robert E. Solomon, Division Manager for Building Fire Protection of the National Fire Protection Association.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fish Farms on Land 30 mins – “A new study suggests farmed fish could be key to feeding a growing global population. Fish are an efficient source of protein and already over half the fish we now eat are farmed. However, this phenomenal growth in the production of salmon and other popular seafood has had a detrimental effect on their wild cousins. Wild salmon numbers have fallen and conservationists blame the fish farms for the spread of disease, sea lice and the pollution of habitats. Most farmed fish also require a diet which includes smaller wild fish in order to help them create Omega-3 which has well documented health benefits for us all. This too has an impact on the wild fish stocks with many key species now under pressure. Tom Heap investigates the dramatic and novel approaches which the industry may need to adopt in order to keep up with our appetite for fish suppers and it seems the best solution for the health of our oceans might be to take the fish we eat and the food we need to feed them out of the sea altogether.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Forward 27 mins – “On paper it doesn’t make any sense. One out of every six people in the United States lack access to sufficient food, yet 40 percent of the food produced in this country goes to waste. These statistics may be staggering, but they aren’t unique to the U.S. According to the new documentary WASTED: The Story of Food Waste, more than 1.3 billion pounds of food gets thrown away across the globe each year, while 800 million people worldwide go hungry. But Rick Nahmias wasn’t thinking about these stunning figures while walking through his neighborhood in Valley Glen, California in January 2009. He was a photographer who’d worked extensively with the state’s migrant workers, but on that day he was just trying to get some exercise for his dog, Scout. Glancing at the citrus trees in the yards around him, he realized that most of the fruit — food that could feed otherwise hungry people — would fall to the ground and go to waste unless someone did something. So he did. With the help of just one other person, Nahmias set to work picking tangerines from a single backyard. By the end of the day, they’d harvested more than 100 pounds of fruit. And Nahmias knew he’d stumbled onto an idea with enormous potential. Nahmias used that idea to launch Food Forward. During the past 8 years, Food Forward has rescued more than 42 million pounds (over 140 million servings) of produce. The organization has moved beyond just harvesting backyard fruit trees and today works with public orchards and farmers markets to take food that would otherwise be wasted and use it to help hunger relief agencies across eight Southern California counties. Each month, food recovered by Food Forward feeds more than 100,000 people. And Nahmias says it’s just the beginning. Tune in and learn more about his two-birds-one-stone solution for fighting hunger and food waste.” At the link find the title, “Feeding Others by Fighting Waste, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files Crazy_Good_Turns_Food_Forward.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Funeral Costs 16 mins – “Today on the show: death. We have four stories about how people prepare for death and what they leave behind for the living.” At the link find the title, “#801: The Death Show Friday, October 20, 2017, right-click “Media files 20171020_pmoney_pmpod801v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genocide 49 mins – “Recorded on February 14, 2017 Norman Naimark, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and an expert on Eastern Europe and genocides throughout history, brings his considerable expertise to Uncommon Knowledge to discuss the history of genocides from ancient to modern times. Peter Robinson sits down with Naimark to discuss his latest book, Genocide: A World History….” At the link find the title, “Genocides: A World History featuring Norman Naimark, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171011-naimark.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gorbachev 59 mins – “Author and professor emeritus at Amherst College William Taubman discusses his biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last man to lead the Soviet Union.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with William Taubman, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.486360.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gravity Wave Detection 7 mins – “There was a new announcement from LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, recently. Gravitational waves were first predicted by Einstein. They’re ripples in the fabric of space that move at the speed of light, created by huge events – like colliding stars or black holes. Despite the magnitude of these events, Einstein thought it would impossible to observe them. However, 100 years later, scientists did find them. Two black holes collided, creating gravitation waves that were picked up by LIGO. This week, they announced a fifth detection. But this one is different, as Astronomer Royal, Professor Lord Martin Rees explained to Graihagh Jackson. …The announcement was made last Monday and the lead paper has 3,000 authors which is, I think, a record at least for astronomy, and those are the 1300 authors involved in the LIGO experiment and the gravitational wave experiment called VIRGO in Italy. Plus also the many hundreds involved in the other observatories which have looked in all other wavebands for evidence of this follow-up. They’ve been observing this object, which is in a galaxy about 100 million light years away for the last couple of months – it was actually detected on August 17th.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Greek Prime Minister 74 mins – “On Wednesday, October 18, Foreign Policy at Brookings and Brookings’s Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy hosted Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece for an Alan and Jane Batkin International Leaders Forum.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gun Violence 29 mins – “This week on The Bookshelf, author Joe Hill of Exeter, N.H. joins Peter Biello in studio. Hill’s new book, Strange Weather, is a collection of four short novels. In one, the sky rains needles that rip to pieces anyone unlucky enough to be outside. In another, a skydiver gets stuck on a cloud. And in a story without any supernatural connection, people with easy access to guns use them to devastating effect. Joe Hill is the author of many works, including the novels Horns, NOS4A2, and The Fireman.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gut Microbiome 56 mins – “Gut Revolution seeks to sort the facts from the faeces in an observational series that follows two people with debilitating gut issues on their quest for better health. Garry has tried it all to lose weight, from the Biggest Loser to meal replacement shakes. And despite temporary victories, the kilos always pile back on. Are Garry’s gut bacteria keeping him fat and can the Gut Revolution help him? Nutrition scientist Dr Joanna McMillan and her team of experts explore new and controversial science that suggests gut bacteria might just be affecting our appetites and moods.” At the link right-click “Download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Head Transplants 28 mins – “Stephen Juan talks with Lachlan Whatmore and Ian Woolf about keeping a severed head alive , Head transplants – HEAVEN? by Ian Woolf, RE: Your brains by Jonathan Coulton.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Humanitarianism 49 mins – “Information communication technologies and the data they produce are transforming how natural and manmade disasters alike unfold. These technologies are also affecting how populations behave and organizations respond when these events occur. In this talk, Nathaniel Raymond — founding Director of the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health – addresses the ethical, legal and technical implications of this pivotal moment in the history of humanitarianism.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Infidelity 66 mins – “Ten years ago therapist and author Esther Perel took a big turn in her career. She was a psychotherapist known for her clinical work with intercultural and interfaith couples. She has since turned her attention to relationships and sex. In 2007 she wrote a book titled Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. In 2013 she did a TED Talk, The Secret to Desire in the Long Term Relationship, which has been viewed more than ten million times. Two years ago, she gave another popular TED talk, Rethinking Infidelity. That talk led to a new book, The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. Debbie talks to Esther about marriage, polyamory, and adultery. “Many affairs, if they were not discovered and they were left alone, they would die a natural death.” At the link find the title, “Esther Perel, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files Esther-Perel.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Outside Silicon Valley – “During some recent travels, I started noticing the comments and suggestions that “being part of Silicon Valley must be exciting”. As I paid more attention, it came across as almost hero worship of Silicon Valley and the companies its has launched. It’s like people believe that innovation outside Silicon Valley is a rare if not impossible occurrence. Innovation can come from anywhere such as the result Hurricane Katrina, a taxi drive in NYC working on new medical innovations and the solution to predictors killing livestock in Africa. While many of these innovations start out as solutions to immediate hyper local issues, they can and do turn into products and services that we all benefit from….Remember that innovation does not equal technology. There are an unlimited number of ways to apply innovation to what you do….” At the link find the title, “Innovation Outside Silicon Valley S13 Ep34, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files Innovation Outside Silicon Valley_S13_Ep34.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. ” At the link find the title, “Innovation Outside Silicon Valley S13 Ep34,” right-click “Media files Innovation_Outside_Silicon_Valley_S13_Ep34.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Iran Nuclear Deal 48 mins – “On Friday, President Trump came out swinging, rhetorically, on the Iran nuclear deal. Said he won’t certify Iran’s complying, even though everybody basically says they are. Said it’s terrible. Said Congress needs to fix it. Said he could still pull the US out. Now what? European allies are not buying what Trump’s selling. His own administration is divided. Critics say he’s risking war. This hour, On Point: Beyond North Korea. President Trump goes after Iran.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jimmy Fallon, etc 48 mins – “Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week: Jimmy Fallon On The School Of ‘SNL’ And His Tendency To Smile Too Much: “There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, ‘Jimmy smiles too much,’ ” Fallon says. “I think I would smile even when I was getting yelled at.” On The Centennial Of His Birth, A Look Back At Thelonious Monk’s Jazz Legacy: The jazz legend would have turned 100 today. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Monk’s music is “universally beloved, by jazz musicians across the stylistic spectrum who might agree about little else.” A Scholar And His Octogenarian Dad Take On Homer’s ‘Odyssey’: A few years ago, scholar Daniel Mendelsohn’s dad made an unusual request: He wanted to take his son’s seminar on Homer’s Odyssey. Mendelsohn looks back on that experience in his new memoir.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Language Learning 77 mins – “Many of us have studied a foreign language in school at some point, but far fewer of us seem to actually speak a foreign language as adults. What gives? Well, there are many potential reasons — it could be that conversation isn’t emphasized as the much-easier-to-grade reading and writing assignments, it could be the poor choice of languages that depend on your school, or it could be that we don’t always see quick enough growth to stay motivated. A classroom still can be a good place to start learning a language, but it’s clearly not without its drawbacks. Luckily for us language nerds, we have the internet now, and with it come nearly limitless choices on how to move forward.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Learning Process 30 mins – “In one of the most important, surprising and foundational podcast episodes a teacher can listen to, Dr. Robert Bjork from UCLA shares what research teaches us about how we learn. What are teachers doing wrong? How can we get our students to retain what we teach them? Don’t miss this episode with Tim and Scott. The Bedley Bros recommend ListenWise for every classroom. Curated NPR stories for the classroom with comprehension questions. Sign up for free today at http://www.listenwise.com” At the link double-click “Download Episode” and select “Save File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Leonardo da Vinci 47 mins – “Leonardo da Vinci was the most creative genius in history, says historian Walter Isaacson in a big new biography, and it’s hard not to believe. The man who painted the Mona Lisa was a volcano of inquiry and creativity in anatomy, mechanics, art, optics, music, birds, flying machines, geology, weaponry, the human heart. He reached across disciplines like no one before and few since. Science, art, humanities, technology. This hour, On Point: Walter Isaacson lights up Leonardo da Vinci.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Listenwise Founder 29 mins – “Tim and Scott chat with innovator and entrepreneur Monica Brady-Myerov as she shares about the power of Listenwise, a free resource for teachers to use with their classes. Listenwise curates NPR podcasts and organizes them by subject and teaching standards. And check out the quizzes! Visit http://www.listenwise.com to sign up for free! Be sure to register your class for Global School Play Day and join the world-wide movement to return unstructured play back to this generation of youngsters. It’s free and it’s powerful. Visit http://www.globalschoolplayday.com” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Manafort Arrest 19 mins – “What do developments in the Mueller investigation mean for Trump? Are indictments proof that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election? Reporter Matt Zapotosky answers these questions on a special break-in episode.” At the link find the title, “Special episode: Trump’s associates have been indicted. Can Trump himself emerge unscathed?, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 59f7cc0de4b0dc47945919f3_1351620000001-300040_t_1509411864278_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mediatization 58 mins – “[5 mins poor sound at start]Social and communication theorists Nick Couldry and Andreas Hepp draw on their recent book “The Mediated Construction of Reality” (Polity 2016) to explore what happens to the concept and practice of ‘social order’ in the era of datafication. Today we are living in an era not just of mediatization, but deep mediatization where every element of social process and social life is composed of elements that have already been mediated. This shifts the question of media’s ‘influence’ on the social into a higher-dimensional problem. Datafication is a good example of this, and its tension with classical forms of social phenomenology will be discussed in detail in the talk. Developing particularly the social theory of Norbert Elias (and his concept of ‘figuration’), Couldry and Hepp explore how social theory can help us grasp the deep conflicts that exist today between our material systems of interdependence (particularly those focussed on information technology and data processing systems) and the normative principles such as freedom and autonomy. Such conflicts as legal theorists such as Julie Cohen note are crucial to the life of democratic subjects and the orders (democratic or not) that they inhabit.” At the link find the title, “https://soundcloud.com/berkmanklein/deep mediatization social order in the age of datafication?” right-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.
Microbiome Research 43 mins – “Jack Gilbert talks about his studies on microbiomes of all sorts. He describes the origin of the Earth Microbiome Project, which has ambitions to characterize all microbial life on the planet, and talks more specifically about the built microbiome of manmade ecosystems such as hospitals. Gilbert explains how advances in scientific techniques have driven past microbiome-related discoveries and will continue to do so in the future.” At the link find the title, “068: Microbiomes everywhere with Jack Gilbert,” right-click “Media files MTM068.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Migrant Health Issues 58 mins – “ In Iowa and many other states, migrant workers are a big part of the economy. Many of these people don’t have time for and can’t afford regular medical care. But leaving them without care isn’t an option, either. Fortunately, there are organizations which engage with this population. The Carver College of Medicine, for instance, has a very strong emphasis on learning through serving the medically underserved. By setting up migrant health clinics where those workers live–in their often temporary and extremely basic housing communities–students can learn about the practice of medicine outside a doctor’s office or hospital while bringing badly needed healthcare to those who’d otherwise forgo it. Second-year med student Jesse White suggested a show on working with these populations. Joined by fellow second-year Erin Steele and retired Physician Assistant Peg Bouska, we discuss the non-ideal world of practicing medicine without the right spaces, equipment, systems, and tools…and what students learn about medicine by doing so.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ocean Acidification 24 mins – “People in two communities – one in Alaska, one in New York State – wrestle with questions about energy and the environment. We listen in on democracy close to home. Stories by John Biewen and Jon Miller, edited by Deb George.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Oysters in New York 48 mins – “…In 2013, the federal government launched its Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and staged an architectural competition called Rebuild by Design. Orff’s firm SCAPE submitted an oyster-centric proposal called Living Breakwaters.The project received 60 million dollars of funding and will be carried out by the New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. Now SCAPE is in the process of designing artificial oyster reef breakwaters off the south coast of Staten Island, which was once an epicenter of the city’s oyster economy and was also hit particularly hard during Sandy.The design has evolved a lot from the original rope-based proposal. The plan now is to build a necklace of offshore breakwaters out of large rocks and stones, and seed them with oysters so they grow into reefs.Much like a natural oyster reef, the Living Breakwaters are designed to break up dangerous waves before they reach the shore. These will reduce coastal erosion, build beaches, and make storms less dangerous, but they won’t keep flood water out altogether.This project also aims to enhance the coast by reviving its ecosystem. In addition to reducing waves and filtering water, the living breakwaters will provide some of the habitat that oyster reefs once did. With the help of marine scientists, the landscape architects designed pockets within the breakwater structure they call “reef streets,” that provide shelter for juvenile fish. Of course, to realize this vision, Living Breakwaters is going to need a lot of oysters….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Political Accommodation 31 mins – “Things in Britain are changing rapidly. In Scotland the MacAlpin dynasty is rising, and with it comes the merging of the Scottish and Pictish cultures. A similar blending is happening in the Anglo Saxon regions. As we’ve see in the last few episodes – cities are changing, economies are emerging. And the sudden appearance of new placenames – some which are Danish and others that are a blend of Danish and Old English – tell us that cultures are changing too.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
President Pence 43 mins – “Though President Trump ran as an outsider, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as “the connective tissue” between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery 19 mins – “We need power as soon as possible. Otherwise, this is going to become a time bomb.” At the link find the title, “Nov 2 Puerto Rico still without power more than a month after Hurricane Maria, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171102_90496.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Racism on Campus 21 mins – “Racism, free speech, disciplinary decisions and the controversy engulfing Dalhousie University.” At the link find the title, “Oct 30 | ‘I have sex. Get over it’: Disability activists call for sex education, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171025_86738.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ruminant Revolution 37 mins – “Dr. Peter Ballerstedt is a Doctor of Animal Nutrition and is an expert in forage and ruminant nutrition in agriculture. He stepped out of the agriculture industry for some time and ventured in the tech world for many years. He came back because he realized a fantastic source of health could be found through leveraging animal agriculture, specifically ruminants. A stern believer in grass-based animal nutrition, Peter calls this – the potential of ruminants to lead the way towards healthier diets – the Ruminant Revolution. In this episode, Peter discusses what his Ruminant Revolution is all about. He addresses the need for ruminants and why it’s one of the best sustainable options to support an ever-growing human population. He also dives in on some facts regarding cultivable lands and current innovations in the ruminant agriculture industry.” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 077: A Ruminant Revolution with Dr. Peter Ballerstedt,” right-click “Media files 07720FOA20A20Ruminant20Revolution20with20Dr.20Peter20Ballerstedt20Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Russian and the West 57 mins – “Panelists discuss the history of Russian foreign policy, and how themes seen through the last century of Russia’s relationship with the West might affect present and future U.S.-Russia relations.” At the link find the title, “Russia and the West: A Historical Perspective,, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171025 Russia and the West.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Russia Sports Doping 60 mins – “On Thursday, Oct. 19, director Bryan Fogel, visited Washington for a screening of “Icarus” hosted by Governance Studies at Brookings. After the screening, Fogel joined a panel alongside “Icarus” producer Dan Cogan, Brookings Senior Fellow Benjamin Wittes, Brookings President Strobe Talbott, and The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe to discuss the similarities between Russia’s doping scandal and compromise of the 2016 U.S. election, as well as the societal implications of these corruptions.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science Cool Tools 46 mins – “Our guest this week is Simon Quellen Field. Simon is a chemist and former Google software engineer and is the author of over a dozen books, including Gonzo Gizmos, Return of Gonzo Gizmos, Culinary Reactions, Why is Milk White, Elements Vault, Why There’s Antifreeze In Your Toothpaste, Electronics for Artists and, most recently, Boom!: The Chemistry and History of Explosives. He’s the author of the science toy website SciToys.com and several novels.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sex Activity by the Handicapped 36 mins – “People don’t know how to understand disabled bodies as desirable.” At the link find the title, “Oct 30 | ‘I have sex. Get over it’: Disability activists call for sex education, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171030_92687.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sexual Assaults on Campus 51 mins – “The origins of the viral anti sexual harassment campaign” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sexual Harrassment Stories 48 mins – “With two short words, women around the world are shining a light on the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and assault.” At the link find the title, “#MeToo: Women Share Stories Of Sexual Harassment, Assault, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_558587763.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sexual Violence 21 mins – “If we are too careless with our language, we trivialize the real assault problems and the victims of real assault.” At the link find the title, “Oct 24 ‘Unfair to men’: Margaret Wente criticizes #MeToo campaign for ramping up outrage, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171024_78908.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sharing Cities 49 mins – “Playing for Team Human today is Neal Gorenflo from Shareable.net. Neal joins Douglas to spread the word about Shareable’s latest resource, Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons. Sharing Cities is an inspiring collection of 137 case studies and policies across a wide spectrum of issues that show how empowered communities are building citizen-run, democratic solutions using commons thinking. Whether it be the grassroots artist organization Club Cultural Matienzo (CCM) that formed in Buenos Aires to build a cultural commons for the local arts scene in wake of a tragic nightclub fire, or land stewardship activists in Brooklyn reclaiming public space for urban farming and community gardening, Sharing Cities is filled with projects and policies ready to replicated and implemented in your community. You can Contribute to Shareable for a hard copy or E-Book copy, or download a free pdf of Sharing Cities from Shareable.net:…With the backdrop of worsening income inequality, climate change, and fiscal challenges, the growth of self-organized, democratic, and inclusive means for city dwellers to meet their own needs by sharing resources couldn’t be more relevant. These cases and policies taken together offer a new vision for cities that puts people – not the market, technology, or government – at the center, where they belong. More than that, the book represents a claim on the city run by people – a claim increasingly being made by city-residents the world over. This book was written for a broad audience, but may find special resonance with those who share this people-first vision of cities and want to act on it. Written by a team of 15 fellows with contributions from 18 organizations around the world, “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” not only witnesses a movement, but is a practical reference guide for community-based solutions to a range of challenges cities face such as affordable housing, sustainable mobility, and more.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 60 Neal Gorenflo “Sharing Cities” right-click “Media files 59ea2c218a8698db4cadfd9d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Simpsons P1 54 mins – “For our 999th and 1,000th episodes, we go down the rabbit hole on a TV show that quite literally altered popular culture as we know it. The Simpsons has been around since Josh and Chuck were in grade school, and is still cranking out episodes today. Join us for two very special episodes as we pay tribute to The Simpsons, and celebrate a milestone of our own – numbers 999 and 1,000!” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Simpsons P2 64 mins – “Today concludes our two part celebration of one of the greatest TV shows of all time – The Simpsons! It also officially marks our 1,000th episode. Can you believe it? We sure can’t. So join us today as we wrap up our tribute to America’s favorite TV family and hit the 1,000 mark.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Soldiers of Fortune 54 mins – “An estimated 200 American volunteer soldiers have joined the fight against the Islamic State. They’re part of a much longer tradition of freelance fighters, like early 19th century American privateers who fought in Latin America’s wars of independence and those who participated in the Spanish Civil War. On this episode, Ed, Brian and Joanne explore when and why Americans signed up to fight for other countries’ causes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Soviet Female Sniper Corps 54 mins – “Dr. Lyuba Vinogradova discusses her research and the resulting book that covers the young women of Stalin’s USSR, who are conscripted to the Sniper Corps.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_206-102017_8.40_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spanish Civil War with Picasso 43 mins- “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the context and impact of Pablo Picasso’s iconic work, created soon after the bombing on 26th April 1937 that obliterated much of the Basque town of Guernica, and its people. The attack was carried out by warplanes of the German Condor Legion, joined by the Italian air force, on behalf of Franco’s Nationalists. At first the Nationalists denied responsibility, blaming their opponents for creating the destruction themselves for propaganda purposes, but the accounts of journalists such as George Steer, and the prominence of Picasso’s work, kept the events of that day under close scrutiny. Picasso’s painting has gone on to become a symbol warning against the devastation of war.” At the link find the title, “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Story Telling 38 mins – “One of the most effective ways to change people’s minds is to put your argument into a narrative format, a story, but not just any story. The most persuasive narratives are those that transport us. Once departed from normal reality into the imagined world of the story we become highly susceptible to belief and attitude change. In this episode, you’ll learn from psychologist Melanie C. Greene the four secrets to creating the most persuasive narratives possible.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 113-Narrative_Persuasion.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Surveillance Policy 44 mins – “In his recent book Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA, civil liberties activist and former intelligence official Timothy Edgar calls for a renewed conversation on mass surveillance reform in the global and digital age. This month, Benjamin Wittes interviewed Edgar on his new book at the Hoover Institution’s regular book soiree. They discussed Edgar’s work as both an ACLU lawyer and an intelligence official in the Bush and Obama administrations, the substantive reform agenda Edgar envisions for mass surveillance, the nuances of protecting privacy in a global landscape, and much more.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Hoover Event mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Syria’s Fall and ISIS Appearance 36 mins – “Panelists will discuss National Geographic Documentary Films’ Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, as well as the Syrian war and its political and social consequences.” At the link find the title, “Documentary Screening and Discussion of ‘Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS’, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171025 Screening of Hell on Earth.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Syrian War Reporter 36 mins – “Panelists will discuss National Geographic Documentary Films’ Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, as well as the Syrian war and its political and social consequences.” At the link find the title, “Documentary Screening and Discussion of ‘Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS’, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171025 Screening of Hell on Earth.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Teacher Training 46 mins – “This podcast features a recording of Dr. Wesley Fryer’s opening keynote address at the 2017 KVATE (Kaw Valley Academy of Technology and Education) Conference on July 24, 2017, in St. Marys, Kansas. The title of the keynote was, “Inspiring Student Creativity with Media.” In addition to highlighting examples of “WOW work” by students (borrowing a wonderful term from Seesaw professional development coordinator Angela Gadtke @MrsGadtke) the keynote also included a “digital magic trick” demo using the new iOS app by Microsoft, “Seeing AI.” Google Slides shared during this keynote, including links to all referenced student examples and other resources, are available in the podcast shownotes or directly using the shortened web link http://wfryer.me/kvate2017. Check out the podcast shownotes for additional KVATE resources and links. If you listen to this podcast, please provide feedback to Wes either with a comment on this post or by sending a Twitter reply to @wfryer. Thanks for listening to Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcasts! Please subscribe using PocketCasts or in your own favorite podcatcher application.” At the link find the title, “Podcast454: Inspiring Student Creativity with Media #KVATE2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-07-25-speedofcreativity.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tech Impact 45 mins – “Net impresario Tim O’Reilly now recognizes how the short-term focus of digital business is draining the real economy. Its algorithms have been programmed to extract value from us all. For O’Reilly, however, the solution is not to eliminate algorithms, but to write better ones. If there’s an argument to made for technosolutionism, O’Reilly makes as good a case as there is. Rather than confronting O’Reilly on their differences, Rushkoff engages him, pushes gently, finds common ground, and looks to develop a shared approach to our economic woes. Also, Rushkoff opens the show with a question: while the advance of technologies and our eagerness for the new may be inevitable, where in the process of on-boarding might we fold in human values?” At the link find the title, “Ep. 61 Tim O’Reilly “Solving for Economic Inequality?” right-click “Media files 59f94a91d845458729b3212f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Technology Change Resistance 4 mins – “….The history of technology is filled with inventions that looked good, then got put on hold until we caught up with them. Take feedback control: Hellenistic engineers invented all kinds of liquid-level controllers during the last few centuries BC. They created devices to control the level of oil in a lamp or the flow of liquid into a water clock. They invented a bowl that refilled itself automatically as guests ladled wine from it. Then the Romans took over Egypt (where all this invention was going on), and feedback control vanished from the human scene for two millennia. It could’ve served all kinds of needs, but it disappeared. Imperial Rome didn’t want the control of anything out of imperial hands. Not until the extraordinary epoch of 18th-century revolution could this radical idea resurface to regulate liquid levels in steam boilers and to keep windmills facing into the wind….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Teen Angst 51 mins – “Debbie talks to author and researcher Brene Brown about belonging, courage, and vulnerability.” At the link find the title, “Brené Brown,” right-click “Media files Brene-Brown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Teen Anxiety Crisis 46 mins – “American teens are suffering record anxiety. We’ll look at why. And what helps?” At the link find the title, “Teen Anxiety On The Rise, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_558827150.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Terrorism Control in U.S. 29 mins – “Reporter David Nakamura helps us answer: Can Trump keep us safe from terror attacks? We talk to an expert to learn how terrorist groups recruit. Plus, we examine how much power presidents have to influence counterterrorism policy.” At the link find the title, “How much power does a president have to prevent terrorist attacks? Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 9fbdd4be4b0a1537114fb4b_1351620000001-300040_t_1509678422706_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Testing New Medicines 49 mins – “Clinical trials to evaluate new drugs are typically built around one design, the randomized controlled trial, but this method has come under scrutiny in recent years for being expensive, lengthy, and cumbersome. In this podcast you’ll hear from experts asking if alternative designs would be better for determining the safety and efficacy of new therapies. This podcast was produced following a conference on this topic held in partnership between the NYU School of Medicine and the Academy. It was made possible with support from Johnson and Johnson.” AT the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Travel Podcast 49 mins – “We adventure with the overlanding couple behind Let’s Not Panic, talk traveling while black and female with Aminatou Sow, and hear tales of survival from the Outside Podcast. Plus, a National Geographic explorer tells us her podcast picks for trekking to far-flung locales.” At the link find the title, “Adventure Times! Podcasts Celebrating Travel and Exploration (Encore), Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171102_biglisten_ep_31_repod-7d92f83b-22db-44df-a8c6-32410defa4ab.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Debate with Gingrich 98 mins – “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Kimberly Strassel debate E.J. Dionne and Andrew Sullivan at the bi-annual Munk Debates in Toronto. The topic of the debate is the Trump presidency and its effect on the future of American democracy.” At the link find the title, “E.J. Dionne and Newt Gingrich Debate Future of American Democracy, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.488866.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Dissected 38 mins – “Republicans and Trump, after the indictments: Michelle Goldberg, op-ed columnist at The New York Times, looks at why some Senate Republicans have broken with Trump—and why the rest have not, even after special counsel Robert Mueller has made it clear he’s just getting started with criminal charges against Trump’s associates. Also: Tony Schwartz knows a lot about Trump—in fact, he wrote Trump’s bestselling memoir The Art of the Deal. That classic of modern literature spent forty-eight weeks in 1987 on the Times best-seller list, and more than a million copies have been sold. When Mueller’s prosecutors close in on Trump, will he become more cautious and careful? Schwartz’s answer is a short one: “Not a chance in hell.” Plus: The arrest of Trump’s campaign chief Paul Manafort on Monday on multiple felony charges is only the beginning of the results of the work of special counsel Robert Muller. The political implications for Trump are ominous. Bob Dreyfuss explains.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the bog archive.
UFO’s 64 mins – “On this week’s episode, Nathan, Brian and Ed discuss things in the sky we can’t explain – unidentified flying objects. What the heck are they? And what do they say about American history?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Uganda Bananas 54 mins – “Uganda is at an interesting precipice. They have invested in biotech solutions to solve problems in their central food staples, namely the matooke. The matooke is a starchy banana, and while a cornerstone of the diet, it is threatened by disease. Most people are farmers, and tend to ‘gardens’ of 2-3 acres, these are subsistence farmers that use the gardens to feed their families. Xanthamonas bacterial wilt can destroy entire stands of trees. But scientists in Uganda have used breeding and genetic engineering to generate genetic lines that stop major diseases. The sad part is that the improved plants are not allowed to be distributed due to the lack of a national biosafety law. The second part of the podcast is an interview with Dr. Clet Masiga. He is a trained crop scientist, but also a farmer, and I spoke to him on his farm about the needs of Ugandan farmers, changes in policy, and broken down cars. Most of all, you need to understand that providing the best technology to people in need is simply justice. Justice.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Unemployment Rates 7 mins – “According to GAO’s analysis of data in the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS), on average, low-wage workers worked fewer hours per week, were more highly concentrated in a few industries and occupations, and had lower educational attainment than workers earning hourly wages above $16 in each year GAO reviewed—1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2016. Their percentage of the U.S. workforce also stayed relatively constant over time. About 40 percent of the U.S. workforce ages 25 to 64 earned hourly wages of $16 or less (in constant 2016 dollars) over the period 1995 through 2016. The combination of low wages and few hours worked compounded the income disadvantage of low-wage workers and likely contributed to their potential eligibility for federal social safety net programs. About 20 percent of families with a worker earning up to the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour), 13 percent of families with a worker earning above federal minimum wage to $12.00 per hour, and 5 percent of families with a worker earning $12.01 to $16 per hour were in poverty in each year GAO reviewed (see figure).The extent of poverty varied considerably by the type of family in which a worker lived. For example, single-parent families earning the federal minimum wage or below comprised a higher percentage of families in poverty. In contrast, married families with no children comprised the lowest percentage of families in poverty, and generally had family incomes at or above the poverty line.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Links As” from the pop-up menu.
Video Game Value 28 mins – “If you’ve ever played video games, or swapped tiles around on Candy Crush, you know the feeling of winning. Like a light in your brain, a mental fist pump. But you probably also know that guilty feeling after realizing you’ve spent 30 minutes plugged in. That worry, when your kid spends hours on the console. Jane McGonigal, game researcher and futurist, is here to take away some of that guilt. She’s a champion of gaming as a form of self-help. Because, Jane says, that light you feel when you unlock a level – that’s your mind being altered. Slightly.
Wine Country Wildfires 48 mins – “Toting up the damage and lessons learned from the deadly, devastating California wildfires.” At the link find the title, “California Fires Leave Dozens Dead, Communities In Ruins, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_559091725.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women Motorcyclists 38 mins – “Ana Carrasco recently became the first woman to win a world championship motorcycle race, sparking a conversation about the rising numbers of women riding motorcycles for sport and leisure. E&B look at the future, present, and past of women who ride.” At the link find the title, “Motorcycle Mavens, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-10-25-smnty-motorcycling-final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women’s Right to Vote 4 mins – “. Following an arduous, decades long effort by suffragists, in 1919 the U. S. Congress passed the nineteenth amendment giving women the right to vote. But the battle wasn’t over. The amendment still had to be ratified by three-fourths of the states. And there remained strong pockets of opposition, primarily in the South….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Workplace Relations 62 mins – “In today’s work environment, our success is heavily dependent on our ability to consistently deliver strong results. And although there are multiple inputs that lead to our results, there is one secret weapon that outweighs everything else. The key to success ultimately lies in the strength of our relationships. You may be thinking to yourself, “But wait, we are talking about business! With all of the demands on my time, I don’t have the luxury to think about something soft and fuzzy like relationships.” But the truth of the matter is, given the complex and global nature of business, almost everything we accomplish happens with and through other people. So how do you improve these relationships and leverage them to create a true competitive advantage for your organization? This week on the podcast we answer this question and more as we talk with Todd Davis, author of the brand new book, Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
WWII Shanghai Battle P4 33 mins – “The Chinese Nationalist forces have pulled back from the coast, yet are determined to establish their own Maginot Line. But as both sides have reinforcements in route, the fighting around Shanghai will continue. Thus giving the world, its first large clash, using modern weapons within a civilian population, five years before Stalingrad.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_207-103017_7.31_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
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