Media Mining Digest 319 – Dec 22, 2017: 3D Buildings, Apocalypse Stories, Assaults on Medical People, Back Pain Treatment, Bitcoin History, Black Feminism, Blind Scientist, Breast Cancer Treatment, Canada and China, Canadian Dental Care, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Chokehold Book, Civil War Women Volunteers, Community Owned Energy, Contraception, Digital Jobs Forecast, Disruption Value, DNA Testing, Electric Transportation, End of Life Care, Fat Food Is Good, Federal Judgeships, Food Waste, Fracking Problems, Genetic Medicine, Guns on Trial, Harry’s Last Stand, Head Transplants, Hip Hop History, Homeboy Industries, Horses in Palestine, Immigration in America, Infection Control, Information Warfare, ISIS Fighters Return to Canada, Joe Biden and John Kasich, John Bogle Interview, Nutrition History, Oil History, Osteoarthritis Treatment, Paradise Papers, Paralyzed Man Recovery, Plastic Eating Worms, Radiographic Advances, Reporting Industry Trends, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon, Sex Assault Reporting, Smart Phone Impact, Tax Reforms, Technology Law, Transplant Medicine, Tropical Diseases in U.S., Undercover Muslim, VR Future, Waste Prevention, Women in Business

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3D Buildings 48 minsWill your next home be built by robots? We’ll look at the growing robot boom and American jobs.” At the link find the title,”Robots And Our Automated Future, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_566365832.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Academic Freedom 26 mins – “Academic freedom and hate speech: how are Canadian campuses navigating that tension in an increasingly polarized climate?” At the link find the title, “Dec 1 Where’s the line between free expression and protecting students from hate speech?, “ right-click “Media files current_20171201_59986.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aged Care Changes 46 mins – “As families gather for Thanksgiving, we look at difficult conversations many will have about eldercare. How to do it right, and with love.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimer’s 27 mins – “Every three seconds someone is diagnosed with dementia, and two thirds of the cases are Alzheimer’s Disease. As the global population ages, this is becoming an epidemic, and with no cures currently available for the collection of neurodegenerative conditions that include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease the public and personal cost is escalating. Sue Broom reports on new efforts to find ways to stop the progress of these diseases for the first time, and to bring treatment for neurodegenerative conditions in line with those of cancer and heart disease.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apocalypse Stories 51 mins – “Science fiction has always been an outlet for our greatest anxieties. This week, we delve into how the genre is exploring the reality of climate change. Plus: new words to describe the indescribable. Throughout the show: listeners offer their own new vocabulary for the Anthropocene era. Many thanks to everyone who left us voice memos!” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assaults on Medical People 12 mins – “People who go to work literally every day worried that they will be beat up or assaulted.” At the link find the title, “Nov 27 Health-care workplace violence under-reported, suggests Ontario study, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171127_75713.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asthma 50 mins – “Dr. Hiram Rivas Perez presents Asthma by discussing the definition, prevalence, risk of developing asthma, and diagnosis. He then goes on to discuss the history of asthma as well as diagnostic testing. After, he presents different treatments along with various cases as examples.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” at the bottom of the page and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Auto Fatality Database 34 mins – “In the past fifty years, the car crash death rate has dropped by nearly 80 percent in the United States. And one of the reasons for that drop has to do with the “accident report forms” that police officers fill out when they respond to a wreck. Officers use these forms to document the weather conditions, to draw a diagram of the accident, and to identify the collision’s “primary cause.” For the more than 30,000 fatal car crashes that happen each year, information gathered on the side of the road goes from the accident report form into a federal database: the Fatality Analysis Reporting System….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Back Pain Treatment 79 mins – “Discover the latest tools used to diagnose and treat back and neck pain. (#32930)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Behavior and Decisions 52 mins – “Changing people’s minds is hard. And it’s a problem a lot of people encounter on Thanksgiving. Neuroscientist Tali Sharot studies decision-making. She says we can better influence people by understanding how the brain is wired.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bitcoin History 93 mins – “Emin Gün Sirer is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University and Co-director of IC3 (Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts) He has made numerous contributions to both Bitcoin & Ethereum. His research spans, networking, distributed systems, and operating systems. Professor Sirer created Karma – the first cryptocurrency to use a distributed mint-based proof-of-work – 6 years before Bitcoin existed. In this episode, we discuss: Emin’s invention – Karma – the first decentralized cryptocurrency pre-dating Bitcoin; The pros and cons of Segwit2x (which has now been abandoned); Little-known aspects of Bitcoin’s architecture and history such as the Bitcoin Relay, Falcon, and Fiber networks, selfish mining, the lightning network, sidechains, and much more;.­We also discuss some of the relatively unknown academics who contributed the theoretical foundations to what we now know as Bitcoin.” At the link find the title, “020: Bitcoin is at $10,000 – Here’s a Brief History with Professor Emin Gün Sirer, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files Emin Gun Sirer final.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Feminism 65 mins – “Zoe Samudzi is a black feminist writer whose work has appeared in a number of spaces including The New Inquiry, Warscapes, Truthout, ROAR MagazineTeen Vogue,BGDBitch Media, and Verso, among others. She is also a member of the 2017/18 Public Imagination cohort of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Fellows Program, and she is a member of the Black Aesthetic, an Oakland-based group and film series exploring the multitudes and diversities of black imagination and creativity. She is presently a Sociology PhD student at the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences where academic interests include biomedicalization theory, productions of race and gender, and transgender health. She is a recipient of the 2016-17 Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. Her dissertation “‘I don’t believe I should be treated like a second citizen by anybody’: Narratives of agency and exclusion amongst male and transgender female sex workers in Cape Town, South Africa” engages hegemonic gender constructs in South Africa as they affect identity construction and health of transgender women and cisgender men in sex work. Zoe sits down with Brett to discuss black feminism and queer theory.” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Scientist 16 mins – “Dr. Mona Minkara and her team at the University of Minnesota recently created a STEM curriculum to be utilized by a blind camp in Lebanon. Dr. Mona Minkara is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Chemistry. Her goal is to one day obtain a faculty position that would give her the opportunity to teach and do research. Her team including John Hamill and Connor Venteicher, built a STEM curriculum for a camp in Lebanon ran by a non-profit called empowerment through Integration. Dr. Mona Minkara lost most of her sight at age 7 and now has less than 2 percent of vision in only one eye. Through her educational journey she has been very appreciative of those who helped her along the way and is committed to helping others.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain Media Sifter 56 mins – “We’re back with our regular, (OK, kind of often/sometimes) News and Events section. THEN we have a superb interview with at 22 minutes with Cyrus Clarke and John Ferreira of Media Sifter – with their help, Fake News will be a thing of the past. Media Sifter is a decentralized community platform bringing evidence back to the news.” At the link find the title, “57: Media Sifter’s Cyrus Clarke and John Ferreira, London Blockchain Summit, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 057TBCSmediasifter.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bored and Brilliant 62 mins – “My guest today, Manoush Zomorodi, is the host of Note to Self – a popular radio show and podcast on how we live with technology. An experiment she did on the show with the eager help of 20,000 fans became the subject of her new book Bored and Brilliant: how spacing out can unlock your most productive and creative self.” At the link find the title, “127. Manoush Zomorodi (journalist) – The Upside of Downtime,” right-click “Media files PP6565567104.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Botnet Uses 17 mins – “When governments start pulling the strings of power with algorithms and bots… we ALL become political puppets. Listeners, it’s time to consider how online interference moves into the physical world. President Trump recently met with Russian president Vladimir Putin who told him that his country definitely didn’t meddle in the U.S. election last year, online or off. Good thing that’s cleared up. But if for some reason you’re not inclined to take either (or both) of those two men at their word, this week, some tips. How to spot a botnet. How psychometrics sells sneakers – and worldviews. And how to make sure you’re not the useful idiot. The final installment of our Nyet series, with information warfare expert Molly McKew.At the link find the title, “It’s Not Over Nyet, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files notetoself111517_cms812289_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brave New World 90 mins – “Dystopian books and films are in the zeitgeist. Reflecting the often dark mood of our times, Intelligence Squared are staging a contest between two of the greatest dystopian novels, Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Each book captured the nightmares of the 1930s and 40s. But which vision looks more prescient to us now in the 21st century? Are we living in George Orwell’s sinister surveillance state? Or in Aldous Huxley’s vapid consumerist culture? To battle it out, we are bringing two celebrated writers, Adam Gopnik and Will Self, to our stage. After Donald Trump was elected, it seemed as if Nineteen Eighty-Four had clinched it. The book shot to the top of the bestseller charts. It felt so ominously familiar. In Orwell’s dystopia, the corporate state controls the news, insisting that ‘whatever the Party holds to be truth is truth’. That sounds very like Trump’s ‘alternative facts’, and the war he is waging on the ‘fake news’ media. Orwell imagined two-way telescreens spying on every citizen’s home. Today we have Amazon’s ‘always listening’ Alexa device, while Google, Facebook and the security agencies hoover up our personal data for their own ends. Orwell also described an Inner Party – two percent of the population – enjoying all the privileges and political control. Isn’t that scarily close to the ‘one percent’, reviled for their wealth and influence by anti-capitalists today? No wonder everyone rushed out to buy the book. But Orwell’s critics say Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dated dystopia, a vision that died along with communism. The novel that better resonates with our present, they say, is Brave New World. Here Aldous Huxley imagined a plastic techno-society where sex is casual, entertainment light and consumerism rampant. There are pills to make people happy, virtual reality shows to distract the masses from actual reality, and hook-ups to take the place of love and commitment. Isn’t that all a bit close to home? Huxley even imagined a caste system created by genetic engineering, from alpha and beta types right down to a slave underclass. We may not have gone down that road, but gene-editing might soon enable Silicon Valley’s super-rich to extend their lifespans and enhance the looks and intelligence of their offspring. Will we soon witness the birth of a new genetic super-class? Both these novels imagined extraordinary futures, but which better captures our present and offers the keener warning about where we may be heading? Join us on November 28th as our advocates go head to head, with a cast of top actors who will illustrate their arguments with readings from the novels.” At the link find the title, “Brave New World vs Ninety Eighty-Four, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Breast Cancer Trreatment 84 mins – “Breast cancer screening is important for all women. Get the latest on screening tests for breast cancer and what the current recommendations are. (#32934)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Colorado 27 mins – “Fort Collins, like more than 100 communities in Colorado, had already opted out of the state law that requires a referendum prior to a city or county investing in an Internet network, even with a partner. But it went back to another referendum a few weeks ago to amend its city charter to create a telecommunications utility (though it has not yet decided whether it will partner or operate its own network). After years of sitting out referenda fights in Colorado, Comcast got back involved in a big way, spreading money across the Chamber of Commerce and an astroturf group to oppose the referendum. And just like in Scooby-Do, they would have gotten away with it… but for local grassroots organizing.” At the link right-click “… download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canada and China 19 mins – “The trip comes at a critical time for international trade relations given the uncertainties around NAFTA.” At the link find the title, “Dec 1 Trudeau’s China visit: What’s at stake?, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171201_63657.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Dental Care 75 mins – “From people struggling to pay for dental care, to the debate on whether universal dental care is feasible, to the evolution of our teeth, this is a special edition of The Current.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for November 29, 2017 – The Current, Nov, 2017,” right-click ”Media files current_20171129_48717.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carl Friedrich Gauss 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Gauss (1777-1855), widely viewed as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was a child prodigy, correcting his father’s accounts before he was 3, dumbfounding his teachers with the speed of his mental arithmetic, and gaining a wealthy patron who supported his education. He wrote on number theory when he was 21, with his Disquisitiones Arithmeticae, which has influenced developments since. Among his achievements, he was the first to work out how to make a 17-sided polygon, he predicted the orbit of the minor planet Ceres, rediscovering it, he found a way of sending signals along a wire, using electromagnetism, the first electromagnetic telegraph, and he advanced the understanding of parallel lines on curved surfaces.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cell Phone Case at Supreme Court 39 mins – “The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Carpenter v. United States, a major Fourth Amendment case asking whether a warrant is necessary before law enforcement can obtain cell site data identifying a suspect phone’s location from a service provider. Lawfare contributor and Fourth Amendment expert Orin Kerr discussed the case with Benjamin Wittes shortly after the argument.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Orin Kerr mixdown final_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cellulosic Biofuels P2 30 mins – “Michael McAdams knows biofuels. He knows the issues, the history, the players, and the future. He is passionate, well-researched, and you can hear it in his voice that he truly cares about this topic. If you listened to episode 009 you heard the basics of cellulosic biofuels. In this episode, we learn about the governmental and private industry sides of the equation. What does it take to get cellulosic ethanols up and running? What is meant by a drop-in biofuel and why is that exciting? Mike even describes some exciting work being done to turn algae into biofuels with 20x the per acre efficiency of corn. There are so many interesting aspects of this topic, we could make this a 10 part series! But sorry, we’re only doing three. Visit the Advanced Biofuels Association website to learn more about their work. Read more at” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File,” then “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Cellulosic Biofuels P3 33 mins – “This is the perfect end to our three part series on cellulosic ethanol. You have heard from Dr. Brown describing why we should care about the industry and informing us of its fundamentals. You have head from Michael McAdams describing some exciting new ideas affecting the industry and articulating how the government is involved. Now we speak with someone in private industry. Eric Mork works for ICM that designs, builds, and manages ethanol technologies and business models. One process ICM has developed solves a very practical problem: how can we get more from the plants that we already have?  They have accomplished this by retrofitting corn ethanol plants to also make cellulosic ethanol out of the non-corn residue that they get in. If you’ve ever seen a truckload of corn leave a farmer’s field, you know that there is more than corn in there! ICM’s process uses that residue to make cellulosic ethanol in addition to the corn-based ethanol that the plant is already processing. These are collaborative, interesting, and effective solutions that are going to lead us to future technologies that produce more food, fiber, and fuel using less resources. Visit ICM’s website. Read more at” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File,” then “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Daoism 43 mins – “Laszlo gives the subject of Daoism, the Daodejing and the Zhuangzi a fresh makeover, covered before in an old China History Podcast episode from days gone by. The history of Daoism is explored as well as its main characters, Laozi and Zhuangzi, and what they called for in those dark Eastern Zhou times. Daoism is both a philosophy and a religion, but this episode only explores the former. The Xuanxue thinkers Wang Bi, Guo Xiang and Xiang Xiu are also discussed, as well as the Neo-Daoism that evolved in the Han. As Daoism and Confucianism evolved in China, side by side, there was occasionally some interesting overlap. Confucians from here on out actively explored ways to reconcile their philosophy with the other major contending schools of thought, Daoism and Buddhism.” At the link right-click “Direct download: CHP-188-The History of Chinese Philosophy Part_5.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chiropractors 32 mins – “Can they help with back pain or anything else? We talk to chiropractor Carl Cleveland III, physical therapist Anita Gross, neurophysiologist Dr. Marcello Costa…and Kaity Sawrey’s parents.” At the link find the title, “Chiropractors, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT4801036980.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chokehold Book 28 mins – “This week on The Laura Flanders Show former prosecutor Paul Butler talks about his book Chokehold: Policing Black Men. And the film Dispatches from Cleveland documents the community organizing that changed the prosecutor’s office in Cleveland in the wake of the killing of Tamir Rice.  All that and Laura’s weekly commentary don’t believe the Democrat hype about Election Night 2017.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War Emancipation 70 mins – “Civil War and Emancipation Policy Professor Brian Taylor talked about the military strategy and political policy goals of emancipation during the Civil War. He spoke about how ending slavery became a major goal for the Union as the war progressed and discussed the piecemeal ways slavery was ended in border states and in Confederate territory. He argued that emancipation was a process achieved gradually, rather than happening solely by the Emancipation Proclamation or the 13th Amendment.” At the link you can watch and purchase a download. A free copy of the audio file is also included in the blog archive.

Civil War History vs Memories 52 mins “…we’re talking about the history versus the memory of the Civil War. Yale historian David Blight says there’s a lot of misunderstanding about the period, but getting it right matters because the stories we tell about who we were then define who are now.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War Memories 75 mins – “University of Virginia professor Gary Gallagher teaches a class on Civil War memory and how people in the North and South have interpreted the legacy of the conflict from the post-war era to the present day.” At the link find the title, “Civil War Memory, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.477088.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War Women Volunteers 64 mins – “Villanova University professor Judith Giesberg and her class discuss the ways northern middle-class women volunteered during the Civil War. They focus on Louisa May Alcott’s time as Civil War nurse chronicled in her book, [Hospital Sketches].” At the link find the title, “Civil War-Era Women and Volunteerism, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.472897.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Columbia Miner Massacre 55 mins – “Colorado State University-Pueblo professor Fawn-Amber Montoya teaches a class about the Ludlow coal miners’ strike and massacre that took place in the early 20th century in Colorado.” At the link find the title, “Ludlow Coal Miners’ Strike and Massacre, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.473139.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Community Owned Energy 11 mins – “Energy has been a hot political issue in Australia for more than a decade. In a country with abundant natural resources energy prices are now among the highest in the world. The high prices produce financial stress on consumers, and drive industry offshore, taking with it jobs and support for local communities. People have had enough. Some have been building financial and physical infrastructure based on new cheap renewable energy to wrench control away from the big energy companies, placing it within local communities. Alison Crook, chair of Enova Community Energy in Byron Bay in northern NSW describes how Enova Community Energy came into being, the forces which drove communities to take on the established energy providers and the challenges they faced along the way. Now this community based company is about to compete against established energy suppliers in all major east coast markets.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Compulsive Burglar 59 mins – “San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents. Nikki Silvestri is the founder of Soil and Shadow and the the former executive director of Green for All and the People’s Grocery. Visit and to learn more about Nikki and her work.” At the link a copy can be purchased; however, a copy is also included in the blog archive.

Conservation Scientist 88 mins – “M. Sanjayan (@msanjayan) is a global conservation scientist specializing in how nature preserves and enhances human life. He serves as CEO for Conservation International, having joined CI in 2014 as executive vice president and senior scientist. He has led several key divisions including Oceans, Science, Development, Brand and Communications and Strategic Priorities. Sanjayan holds a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his peer-reviewed scientific work has been published in journals including Science, Nature, and Conservation Biology. He is a visiting researcher at UCLA and distinguished professor of practice at Arizona State University. Sanjayan has hosted a range of documentaries for PBS, BBC, Discovery, and Showtime. Most recently, he was featured in the University of California and Vox Media’s Climate Lab series.” At the ink find the title, “Preserving Human Life, Battling the Busy Trap, and How to Stay Focused — M. Sanjayan, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media Files 370d31e4-20da-44aa-8f20-32d7a58d7db5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Contraception 36 mins – “Everyone’s got a myth or two about birth control they want cleared up. Like… is ‘pulling out’ AKA withdrawal really such a bad idea? Does the pill change your brain? Are IUDs safe? And why isn’t there a pill for men, already?! We ask gynecologist Dr. Amita Murthy, neuroendocrinologist Dr. Nicole Petersen, men’s health researcher Prof. Robert McLachlan and a whole roomful of experts on sex – teenagers.” At the link find the title, “Birth Control – The Biggest Myths, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT5609892282.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Culture Food Flavors 48 mins – “Vanilla, chili, garlic, soy. We’ll taste the “Eight Flavors” that writer Sarah Lohman says now define American cuisine and culture.” At the link find the title,”Uncovering The ‘Eight Flavors’ Of Modern American Culture, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_566271027.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Jobs Forecast 103 mins – “Over the past half century, wave after wave of digital innovation has ensured that “digitalization” – the diffusion of digital technologies into nearly every business, workplace and pocket – has been remaking the U.S. economy and the world of work. On Thursday, December 7, the Metropolitan Policy Program hosted an event aimed at helping leaders understand and manage the disruption caused by digitalization.” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Disruption Value 62 mins – “Have the forces of tidiness marched too far? Would we all benefit from being a bit messy? That’s the big question that the FT’s star economist Tim Harford will be asking in this exclusive Intelligence Squared event. In Harford’s view, we need to be tidy up to a point. But in some areas of life, too much order makes things rigid, fragile and sterile. Take the office, where research shows that people are more productive and creative if they are allowed to surround themselves with a bit of clutter. Or take Donald Trump. There’s no shortage of accounts that explain how this brash reality TV star, who began his campaign for the Republican nomination as a 150/1 no-hoper, ended up as President-elect of the United States. But Harford has his own theory. Trump’s rivals were tidy-minded career politicians, surrounded by lumbering professional messaging operations. Trump deployed a strategy of chaos and improvisation, confounding his enemies with his late-night tweets and moving on before they had even had time to…” At the link find the title, “Tim Harford on the Importance of Being Messy, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNA Testing 10 mins – “262 – How Well Do Ancestry DNA Tests Actually Work?” At the link find that title, right-click “Media files ede_262-as3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

East Coast 2003 Power Failure 41 mins – “The threat of fire and fury stands at the center of all modern conflicts- nuclear bombs that can eradicate life in seconds are the ultimate weapon of war, as they pose a huge threat to centers of population. But what of the cyber war? What threat could it possibly pose to life as we know it?An episode about vulnerabilities in the power grid, with guests: Congressman Jim Langevin, Yonatan Striem-Amit, Graham Cluley, Paul Brager.” At the link find the title, “Malicious Life, episode 13: Weapons of Mass Disruption,, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files ML_Se2_Ep_04 PowerGrid_MST_V2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Econtalk Founder P2 76 mins – “Continuing with the Econtalk host on the moral aspects of economics, focused by Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments. Should we sacrifice ourselves to the machine of the economy? Smith wasn’t just all about monetary gain: how does his idea of virtue and talk of the “impartial spectator” line up with economic growth? If growth is the key to long-term happiness for the greater good (because relief from material hardship enables other kinds of moral goodness), then isn’t the moral thing to become a venture capitalist? Is it fair that entrepreneurs are rewarded over other types of created work, and does it make sense to demand that the economy be fair? It is if the function of the economy is to provide for our material needs, but what is the “function” of the economy? Is one of its functions to provide for something for all of us to do? We also talk about government itself as an “emergent order,” how to engender social change, the limits of effective government regulation, and economic existentialism.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Transportation 29 mins – “As many of us prepare for the hectic holiday hustle of planes, trains and automobiles, we might be thinking about how our travel plans are going to increase our carbon footprints. Fortunately, there are important strides being made to electrify these modes of transportation. This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from Treehugger’s Sami Grover who gives us a peek into two projects coming out of the U.K. — one will allow jets to use less fuel and emit less carbon, and the other enables trains to stop spewing dirty diesel. We talk with Grover about the current state of these technological innovations, discuss how private and public sectors are working to foster innovation, and look at other movements toward electric transit happening around the globe.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life Care 28 mins – “Victoria Bond spoke to Prof. Mohammed Khadra about his latest book, Terminal Decline. They also spoke about end of life care, and the strained Australian health budget. Ian Woolf and Julianne Popple discuss their thoughts on end of life care and euthanasia.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Family Tree Project 48 mins – “For a country that celebrates self-invention, Americans sure do love family trees.  Family history.  Genealogy is a passion for millions.  These days, genealogy is turbo-charged with all we can learn from genetic tests and DNA.  Writer A. J. Jacobs took the plunge into full genealogical, DNA discovery and came out with a tale to tell about all we know and can know these days.  It can be very surprising.  This hour, On Point: the new age of DNA-powered genealogy shaking up family trees.

Farm Seed Production 85 mins – “Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds in Philomath, Oregon, supplies seed companies, farmers, and gardeners with seeds that are selected and grown in a real organic environment. With his wife and business partner, Karen, and five employees, Frank grows certified organic seeds on about eight acres. Wild Garden Seeds is unusual in the seed business because they grow everything that they sell right there in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Frank shares his story of getting started on his market garden in 1980, and how he developed a gourmet salad greens business that shipped salads to top restaurants nation-wide. This high-end salad greens business allowed and encouraged him to start selecting the best plants for organic salad production, as well as to begin to develop new, custom varieties for his farm. We also dig into his on-the-job education in seed breeding, how he and Karen made the transition from salad growers to seed company, and how Wild Garden Seeds has worked with partner farms to grow their seed business.” At the link find the title, “147: Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seeds on the Patience of Seeds, and the Art and Craft of Plant Breeding…,” right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming 20 Acres in Mississippi 83 mins – “Will Reed and his wife, Amanda, returned to Will’s home in Tupelo, Mississippi, in 2010 to start Native Son Farm with a walking tractor and an acre of production. Today, Native Son Farm has twenty acres of produce in two locations, and markets through its 200-member CSA, an on-farm retail store, farmers markets, and restaurants. Will shares the story of coming home to Mississippi, and learning to grow and sell organic vegetables in a climate where everyone said it wouldn’t work. He shares how they manage the long, intense seasons, their strategies for marketing non-southern produce in the deep south, and his involvement in the policies and politics around organic and local agriculture. We also dig into how his farm team and community rallied during health and weather crises that came just as the farm was really scaling up, and how Native Son Farm has worked to reshape the land they farm on and the community they farm in to make organic, local agriculture a resilient reality.” At the link find the title, “148: Will Reed of Native Son Farm on Coming Home to Mississippi, Surviving Adversity, and Reshaping Land and Community” right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Food Is Good 90 mins – “Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz joined Ken and Dawn remotely from a studio in New York City in mid-September for a fascinating discussion about the history and pitfalls of nutrition science. Teicholz is the author of the international bestseller, “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.” The Economist named it the number one science book of 2014 and the Journal of Clinical Nutrition wrote, “This book should be read by every scientist and every nutritional science professional.” Nina began her journalism career as a reporter for National Public Radio. She went on to write for many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Economist. She attended Yale University and Stanford University where she studied biology and majored in American Studies. She has a master’s degree from Oxford University and served as associate director of the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. “The Big Fat Surprise” is credited with upending the conventional wisdom on dietary fat. It challenged the very core of America’s nutrition policy by explaining the politics, personalities, and history of how we came to believe that dietary fat is bad for health.  Her book was the first mainstream publication to make the full argument for why saturated fats – the kind found in dairy, meat and eggs – belong in a healthy diet. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Mother Jones, the Library Journal and Kirkus Review named “The Big Fat Surprise” one of the best books of 2014. The Economist described Nina’s book as a “nutrition thriller.” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File,” then “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Federal Judgeships 28 mins – “Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes weighs in on presidential influence on the federal courts system. Plus, we talk to a political science professor about the demographic breakdown of Trump’s nominees and how it differs from that of presidents past.” At the link find the title, “Is Trump reshaping an entire branch of government — the judiciary? Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 5a20b995e4b08952b59723e9_1351620000001-300030_t_1512094113538_44100_160_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Amendment Cake Case 37 mins – “Vanita Gupta and Michael Moreland join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to preview next week’s Supreme Court arguments about a dispute over a cake shop owner’s right to not create a cake for a same-sex marriage event. Gupta is the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The Leadership Conference joined an amicus brief in this case with other civil rights groups (NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center), siding with the Civil Rights Division. Moreland is University Professor of Law and Religion and Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy at Villanova Law School. He joined an amicus brief along with 34 other legal scholars supporting the cake shop owner.” At the link find the titlek “The Masterpiece Cakeshop case, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP5154270094.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Security 56 mins – “In Canada we waste about a third of the food we produce. Yet four million Canadians experience food insecurity. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, a look at the food systems and sustainability.” At the link find the title, “The hidden power of food: Finding value in what we eat, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20171123_95115.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste 52 mins – “…we’re talking about our massive food waste problem. A full forty percent of food in America ends up in the trash. Activist Tristram Stuart joins us to talk about why we waste so much food and what we can and should do about it.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste 61 mins – “Historian Rachel Laudan talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about food waste. Laudan argues that there are tradeoffs in preventing food waste–in reduced time for example, or a reduction in food security, and that these tradeoffs need to be measured carefully when considering policy or giving advice to individuals or organizations. She also discusses the role of food taboos and moralizing about food. Along the way, Laudan defends the virtue of individual choice and freedom in deciding what to eat.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fracking Problems 29 mins – “During the 2016 presidential race, many environmentalists found it disheartening that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump actually seemed to agree on the expansion of fracking in the US. Some of us were wondering if the fight had been lost. That’s why it’s so encouraging to see good journalism persisting in the face of general indifference. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Neela Banerjee of Inside Climate News, who recently wrote an article chronicling the travails of one small, vulnerable western Pennsylvania family. Her piece also brought to light why one government contractor was reluctant to attach its name to an EPA report that downplayed the risks of fracking. We discuss how irresponsible policy can lead to devastating consequences for real people.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Francisco’s Flakes 9 mins – “A tale of award-winning flakes and delayed gratification.” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File,” then “OK” from the pop-up menu.

General Flynn Discussion 38 mins – “Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty today and agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. We put together an all-star panel to talk it through. Lawfare contributors Orin Kerr, Stewart Baker, Steve Vladeck, and Paul Rosenzweig joined Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey to go over all the angles.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Lawfare Emergency Podcast_mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Medicine 46 mins – “The cost of sequencing a human’s genome is plummeting towards zero.  (It’s not quite there yet, but it’s not hard to imagine a day in the near future when genetic sequencing is done as a matter of course, like vaccinations for newborns.) But along the easy availability of genetic information, we’ve gotten a surprise that people back in the halcyon days of Human Genome Project didn’t foresee… There’s a big difference between knowing your genetic information and knowing what to do about it. The analogy of genes as “the letters in an instruction-manual book of Life” is at least as old as the discovery of the DNA double-helix.  It’s a valuable analogy, because nucleotides as letters, codons as words is actually a startlingly close parallel. But no analogy is perfect.  And the famous DNA analogy might have skewed our assumptions about what we now call the epigenome.  Unlike the DNA sequences that directly code the manufacturing instructions of proteins, the epigenome controls which parts of the DNA instructions to execute, and when.  If we dare to extend a bit further, the epigenome would be a gigantic set of bookmarks, highlighter-pen markings, and margin notes where earlier readers have written notes to self about the really good bits. And the epigenome has proven to be more surprising, more complicated, and potentially more useful than the genome itself. Dr. Daniel Stickler is the new medical director at the NeuroHacker Collective, and a doctor who has devoted his practice toward helping people interpret their own genetic information, and optimize their personal health based on what the genes tell us – and how the epigenome can be tweaked. At his Apeiron Center (apeiron is Greek for “limitless”), he and his staff use leverage genes to deliver individualized medicine — primarily preventative medicine, aimed at optimal health and disease avoidance rather than disease management. In Episode #208, we discuss the state of the art in genetic screenings, Dr. Stickler’s feelings on “good genes / bad genes,” and the strange dichotomies that arise from working with a static genome managed by a dynamic epigenome that can change from one day to the next, one meal to the next, and in one cell versus its neighbor.” At the link find the title, “#208 – Optimizing Epigenetics with Dr. Daniel Stickler,” right-click “Media files SDS208.mp3” and select “Save Link Aas” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Grizzles 58 mins – “Bears hold a powerful place in the human psyche. At the heart of our obsession are contradictions: a magnetism that draws us in and fear that pushes us away. Molly Segal explores the stories we share about bears, what they say about us and our future.” At the link find the title, “Roaming imagination: What the stories we tell about bears say about us, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20171122_22528.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guns on Trial 47 mins – “On the heels of the Las Vegas and Texas massacres, Newtown families want gun makers held liable. They’re in court again. Could this be the way?A big gun case opening in Connecticut today. Families of the victims of the Newtown elementary school shooting going to court again to try to hold the maker of the assault-style rifle used by Adam Lanza on that terrible day liable for those deaths. Twenty-six people – mostly children – died. Remington is now a target. Federal law protects gun makers. It’s a tough case. But after Newtown and Orlando and Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, we’re watching. This hour, On Point: liability and guns” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Halifax Explosion 24 mins – “The Halifax explosion levelled most of the city, killing 2,000, and injuring 9,000.” At the link find the title, “Dec 6 ‘It’s part of the DNA of Haligonians’: 100 years after the Halifax Explosion, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171206_61653.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Halifax Explosion 30 mins – “Today, we’re revisiting an episode from previous hosts: the Halifax explosion, which was one of history’s worst man-made, non-nuclear explosions.” At the link find the title, “SYMHC Classics: The Halifax Explosion, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-12-02-symhc-classic-halifax-explosion.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Harry’s Last Stand P10 8 mins – “Harry Leslie Smith reads from his recently published book Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future. Britain is at its most dangerous juncture since Harry’s youth – the NHS and social housing are in crisis, whilst Brexit and an unpopular government continue to divide the country – but there is hope. Just as Clement Attlee provided hope in 1945, Labour’s triumphant comeback of June 2017 is a beacon of light in this season of discontent. Britain has overcome adversity before and will do so again – a new nation will be forged from the ashes of grave injustice.” At the link find the title, “Harry’s Last Stand Episode 10 Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files 342668358-harry-leslie-smith harrys last stand-episode-10-dont let my past be your future.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harry’s Last Stand P2 8 mins – “It’s the Second Episode of Harry’s Last Stand and as we wait for our trains in a railway pub. I have begun to tell more about my 94 years of life. I speak of my sister’s death from TB, the poverty of my youth, the madness of Brexit, the need for social justice and the dangers of Donald Trump” At the link find the title, “Harry’s Last Stand Episode 2 The brutal short life of poor people, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files 317491298-harry-leslie-smith harrys last stand-episode-2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harry’s Last Stand P3 11 mins – “In Episode 3 of Harry’s Last Stand, 94 year old Harry Leslie Smith calls out to Britain to register to vote for the upcoming General Election. He warns against the cynical politics of the Tories that has divided Britain. He speaks about his past 80 years ago, and how in a time before the NHS [National Health Service], his eldest sister Marion died a horrific death from TB in a work house infirmary. He warns that his past can become your future.” At the link find the title, “Harrys Last Stand Episode 3 The world Before the NHS when the poor died worst than animals, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files 318335071-harry-leslie-smith harrys last stand episode-3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harry’s Last Stand P4 – 9 mins – “In the fourth episode of Harry’s Last Stand. Harry Leslie Smith talks about the UK General Election, the dangers of nuclear war, the suffering caused by Tory austerity. Harry Leslie Smith also reflects on how spring always makes him remember the last days of the Second World War, when he along with an RAF unit crossed into a dying Nazi Germany.” At th elink find the title, “Harry’s Last Stand Episode 4 The Fall of Nazism 1945 & the Rise of Democracy, Apr, 2017,”right-click “Media files 319458365-harry-leslie-smith harrys last stand-episode-4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harry’s Last Stand P5 – 7 mins – “The British General Election is just weeks away and because of austerity, this maybe democracy’s last whistle stop. I have lived for 94 years and seen the evil conservative politics has done to Britain and the world. To not vote in this election is surrender to the tyranny of austerity. My past doesn’t have to be your future” At the link find the title, “Harrys Last Stand Episode 5 Austerity is the end of Hope, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files 322629476-harry-leslie-smith harrys last stand-episode-5-austerity is the end of hope.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harry’s Last Stand P9 15 mins – “I have lived almost 100 years and I am approaching the long night of nonexistence, but I am not afraid because I have survived much turmoil: the Great Depression, the second world war, the cold war, the deaths of friends and also the hardest blows to my spirit, the passing of my beloved wife and middle son. But now, as time dwindles down like a clock with an ageing battery, my heart still beats strong, content and free of rancour because of one single event that changed my life and forged a thousand moments of joy for me. Citizens of Hamburg going about their business in the streets, surrounded by bomb sites and a wrecked building with smoke still pouring from it in about 1943 ‘When off duty, I stumbled through the ruins of Hamburg, overwhelmed by the hunger, the dirt, and the simple despair of ordinary folk.’ It was there I met the woman who became my wife 70 years ago on August 16, 1947 in the shadow of that shattered German city.” At the link find the title, “Harry’s Last Stand Episode 9-Love Among the Ruins, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files 337167149-harry-leslie-smith-harrys-last-stand-episode-9-love-among-the-ruins.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Head Transplants 29 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.

Hip Hop History 58 mins -”Fordham University professor Mark Naison teaches a class on the history of hip hop and why it originated in the Bronx.” At the link find the title, “Why Hip Hop Began in the Bronx, Sept, 2017” right-click “Media files program.474121.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeboy Industries 36 mins – “Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is Barking to the Choir.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Horses in Palestine 28 mins – “Political differences are put to one side as a love for Arabian horses unites Israelis and Palestinians.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Rights Conflict 52 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University History Department, and is titled “Human Rights and Violent Internal Conflict.”  Our speaker is David Cingranelli, Professor of Political Science at Binghamton University.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Changes in America 35 mins – “America has long sold itself as “the nation of immigrants.” But when you look at our history — even the halcyon Ellis Island days — that branding has always come with an asterisk. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses… especially if they’ll work for cheap. Our guests on this episode are Hiroshi Motomura of the University of California and Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution.” At the link find the title, “222: The Changing Race of Immigration in America, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 4ba0e134-d460-4357-be30-cce95cb8eb7c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration in America 25 mins – “America has long sold itself as “the nation of immigrants.” But when you look at our history — even the halcyon Ellis Island days — that branding has always come with an asterisk. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses… especially if they’ll work for cheap. Our guests on this episode are Hiroshi Motomura of the University of California and Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution.” 222: The Changing Race of Immigration in America,” right-click “Media files 4ba0e134-d460-4357-be30-cce95cb8eb7c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infection Control 35 mins – “In March 1867, the Lancet published an article by surgeon Joseph Lister that would change the healthcare landscape completely. The article was the first of several, detailing the culmination of Lister’s life work exploring the connection between germs and infection. Fast forward a century-and-a-half and today Joseph Lister is widely known as the father of antiseptic surgery, saving countless lives both in hospitals and further afield. But how was it that Lister came to his groundbreaking conclusions? How did his colleagues react? And, looking at the present situation, what challenges might we face that Lister would be all too familiar with? This week, helping Nicola Davis delve into the life and work of Joseph Lister is Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, historian of science and author of The Butchering Art. And to help join the dots between Lister’s groundbreaking work and the challenges healthcare professionals face today – including antibiotic resistance – is chief medical officer for England and chief medical advisor to the UK government Professor Dame Sally Davies.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Information Warfare 14 mins – “Russian spy tactics have gotten an upgrade since the Cold War. This week how they work now: bad actors, active measures, advanced persistent threats. Cyberwar has its own vocabulary. So we got ourselves a tutor. Join Manoush and information warfare expert Molly McKew, who puts the fun in fundamental assault on democracy.” At the link find the title, “Spy Terms of the Internyet, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files notetoself110817_cms810649_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Institution Trustiness 47 mins – “The great trust shift. Public trust in institutions at an all-time low. But are we really living in an age of distrust? We’ll explore.” At the link find the title, “Who Can You Trust?’ Faith In Institutions Is Low As Tech Changes Everything, Nov, 2017,”right-click “Media files npr_565756475.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Fighters Return to Canada 22 mins – “The indignation … of just being fundamentally disrespected and fundamentally neglected in terms of our experience at the hands of a campaign of genocide that ISIS perpetrated against us.” At the link find the title, “Dec 4 Assyrian activist calls government policy on returning ISIS fighters ‘cruel joke’ Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171204_18238.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Fighters Return to Canada 25 mins – ”The conundrum of how to deal with foreign fighters coming back to Canada: it’s not as easy as locking them up.” At the link find the title, “Nov 27 What should Canada do with foreign fighters who return home? Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171127_20322.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Joe Biden and John Kasich 88 mins – “Former Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) speak at the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute about bridging the political and partisan divide in the Trump era.” At the link find the title, “Joe Biden and John Kasich Discuss Bipartisanship in Trump Era, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.490334.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Bogle Interview 60 mins – “John Bogle, founder of the Vanguard Group, discusses lessons learned from the 2008 financial crisis and the future of investment management in a period of global low-returns.” At the link find the title, “A Conversation With John C. Bogle, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171128 A Conversation with John C Bogle.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Justice Ginsburg 71 mins – “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke to first year law students at Georgetown Law Center on a variety of legal topics. One included the challenges and improvements through the years for women who enter the legal field. Justice Ginsburg also gave a brief overview of the upcoming 2017-18 court term and some of the high profile cases.” At the link you can watch and purchase a download. A free copy of the audio file is also included in the blog archive.

Kondo-ing to Declutter 35 mins – “Marie Kondo brings her world-renowned tidying expertise to Katie’s own closet, where—let’s just say—not everything is “sparking joy.” They discuss Marie’s early (and sometimes overzealous) forays into organizing and why the “KonMari Method” for cleaning up has turned into a global phenomenon. Plus, Marie explains how her young daughters have changed her approach to tidying and divulges the unnecessary object in her home that she refuses to give away. For bonus footage of Marie helping Katie confront her packed closet, head to Architectural Digest:” At the link find the title, “44. Marie Kondo in Katie’s Closet, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files f9dd5014-3a48-47d6-819b-9b68f192b36d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Korean War Conflict 56 mins – “University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Joseph Glatthaar teaches a class about the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur’s removal from command by President Harry Truman, and civil-military relations.” At the link find the title, “Korean War and Civil-Military Relations, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.473771.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Legal Controversies 65 mins – “First up: The slowly-unfolding saga of the still-unidentified U.S. citizen held in military detention in Iraq. At long last, the district court will hold an actual hearing in ACLU v. Mattis, this Thursday, as a first step towards determining whether the ACLU even has standing to seek habeas review on John Doe’s behalf. Next: Off to the Supreme Court we go!  As an initial matter, the Court has denied cert. in Jaber v. United States, letting stand a D.C. Circuit opinion finding that the political question doctrine bars adjudication of a Torture Victims Protection Act claim by relatives of Yemeni victims of an alleged American airstrike.  Then we have a preview of Carpenter (which will be argued on Wednesday), which raises the possibility that the Court will take a bite out of the third-party doctrine at least for cell-site location databases–and, in doing so, set off waves of litigation seeking similar constraints on that doctrine in other digital contexts.  Your hosts note that a decision on these lines might well set the stage for litigation testing the notion of a foreign-intelligence exception to the warrant requirement, especially in connection with government access to telephone dialing records under the USA Freedom Act. And the Supreme Court tour then winds up with quick notes on the latest twists in the Travel Ban litigation. Next up: Back to GTMO, for an update and assessment of a slew of weedy, intertwined issues involving the authority of a military commission judge to compel civilian witnesses to testify, to have the last word on whether defense attorneys can withdrawal, to enforce its views with contempt sanctions, and so much more.  All that, plus the question of how the heck to get these issues resolved and the Nashiri case moving forward again. Last (substantively): A quick review of the CFPB leadership clash, seen through the lens of how similar questions might play out in a weightier context–i.e., if the current Attorney General should decide to make a career move.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linguistic Curiosities 26 mins – ““It’s always a bit of a tragedy when a word falls out of use.” At the link find the title, “Dec 5 Meet the author on a mission to rescue ‘lost’ words, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171205_97213.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marshall Islands Fallout 28 mins – “In the 1940s and 1950s, the US conducted 66 nuclear weapons tests at the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls in the Pacific. Before the first bomb was dropped in July 1946, U.S. Navy officials persuaded 167 residents of the Atolls to be evacuated to another island “for the good of mankind”. Now a lingering remnant of this history is the Runit Dome that houses radioactive debris left over from the weapons tests. Activists are adamant that it is the source of radiation that is polluting the ocean that surrounds them. So far it is set up as a political and social issue, but what does the science tell us about what’s happening in this area? [More topics in this segment include – ]Peregrine Falcon Hunting Behaviour and Drone-Hunting Drones By analysing how a peregrine falcon chases its prey in flight, scientists have discovered that they track their prey in the same way as tracking missiles lock on to their target. This clever way of hunting on the wing is now being copied and applied to drone technology, as a way of making drone-hunting drones to try and thwart the growing number of crimes committed by these flying machines. [And…]Mongoose Gangs Welcome Immigrants Mongoose packs have been observed to be very socially inclusive to incomers. When feeding, a mob of mongooses rely on one or two individuals who act as a lookout. The lookouts signal when a predator or threat is near. By studying how much the mob trusts the lookout, researchers can tell how accepted that animal is to the group. When the lookout is a newcomer, it takes just 5 short months for the individual animal to be totally accepted. [Finally…] Moumita Dutta at the Indian Space Research Organisation Moumita Dutta chats to Bobbie Lakhera about how she became a space scientists, and how she and other women working on the Chandrayaan spacecraft are inspiring the next generation of Indian female space scientists.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Imaging 80 mins – “Get the latest on cancer detection using imaging that provides detailed pictures inside the body. Learn about Positron Emission Tomography (PET scans), and technology used to detect neuroendocrine tumors, and prostate cancer. (#32929)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Mindfulness 27 mins – “According to Robert Wright, author of Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, so much of the tribalism and animosity that fuels our political moment could be mitigated if more Americans adopted mindfulness techniques. In this podcast extra, Brooke speaks with Wright about how living a mindful life can make us savvier, saner news consumers and help us avoid outrage fatigue.”” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Parks History 70 mins – “Sonoma State University professor Laura Watt teaches a class on the evolution of a national park system and the effort to preserve pristine wilderness.” At the link find the title, “Landscape Preservation and National Parks, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.476050.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 57 mins – “This week, we discuss the hotly contested, yet challenging, topic of net neutrality. On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to hold a vote on whether to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Supporters of net neutrality argue that repealing the rules will hurt consumers, allowing telecommunications companies to charge extra to access important parts of the internet. Opponents of the net neutrality rules argue that they are a classic case of government overreach, stifling competition and innovation on the Internet.” At the link find the title, “Net neutrality at a legal crossroads, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP1271972526.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuro Law 29 mins – “The latest findings in neuroscience are increasingly affecting the justice system in America. Owen Jones, professor of law and biology at Vanderbilt University, explores where neurolaw is making its mark and where the discipline is heading. One significant finding from MRI scanners is that the adolescent brain continues to develop right into the early- and mid-twenties. The fact that we are not ‘adults’ at age 18 is having big repercussions in the legal system. In San Francisco, the entire way that young offenders of crimes such as armed robbery up to the age of 25 are treated is adapting to the brain data. More and more, neuroscientists are testifying in courts, often to mitigate sentences including the death penalty in juveniles. Other times, they highlight rare brain abnormalities that cause violent and antisocial behaviour, which helps justify a lighter sentence. However, young brains are still malleable. In Wisconsin, brain imaging of juvenile prisoners can detect psychopathic markers. Once identified, staff can employ techniques to de-programme those antisocial traits and rehabilitate prisoners to ready them for, they hope, a crime-free life outside. And this is simply the first generation of neurolaw – where to next?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroscientist Views 64 mins – “Jeff Hawkins founded Numenta in 2005, shortly after publishing his best seller “On Intelligence.” Numenta’s goal is to create a computer model of how the human cortex functions and more importantly advance our theoretical understanding of why it has the structure that it does. In BS 139 Hawkins describes some of his team’s latest research and some exciting new ideas.” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File,” then “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Neville Chamberlain 63 mins – “If ever a politician got a bum rap it’s Neville Chamberlain. He has gone down in history as the British prime minster whose policy of appeasement in the 1930s allowed the Nazis to flourish unopposed. He has never been forgiven for ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler in the Munich Agreement of September 1938, and for returning home triumphantly declaring “peace for our time”. The very word “appeasement” is now synonymous with him, signifying a craven refusal to stand up to bullies and aggressors. What a contrast to Winston Churchill, the man who took over as prime minister and who has ever since been credited with restoring Britain’s backbone. But is the standard verdict on Chamberlain a fair one? After all, memories of the slaughter of the First World War were still fresh in the minds of the British, who were desperate to avoid another conflagration. And anyway what choice did Chamberlain have in 1938? There’s a good case for arguing that the delay in hostilities engineered at Munich allowed time for military and air power to be strengthened.” At the link find the title, “Neville Chamberlain did the right thing: Appeasement of Hitler was the best policy for the British government in the 1930s, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nutrition History 77 mins – “Iowa State University professor Ruth MacDonald looks at the history of nutritional standards and government dietary guidelines. She describes the shift from preventing disease to promoting optimum health during the 20th century.” At the link find the title, “History of Diet and Nutrition Guidelines, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.480999.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil History 75 mins – “University of Notre Dame professor Darren Dochuk teaches a class about mid-20th century American oil interests. He describes the east Texas oil boom and the expansion of U.S. oil businesses abroad to places such as Saudi Arabia and Canada.” At the link find the title, “Mid-20th Century American Oil Interests, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.472058.MP3-STD.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Olive Oil 53 mins – “Olive oil’s original home lies along the shores of the Mediterranean, where its wild ancestor, the oleaster, can still be found today. Somehow, people realized that the bitter berry from these hardy trees tasted excellent when brined in salt and, even better, could be crushed to produce a liquid fat that was not only delicious but, Mueller says, burns as hot as benzene and has twice the caloric content of carbon. By the seventh century BCE, olive oil production was taking place at industrial scale: olive presses excavated at Ekron, in modern-day Israel, were capable of producing 500,000 liters of oil a year. The demand was equally enormous: olive oil powered lamps and preserved and enhanced food, and it was used an all-purpose medicine, a contraceptive—even an aphrodisiac. Olive oil was so critical to Greek and Roman culture that wars were fought over it and fortunes made, much like the petroleum sheikhs of today.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Omaha Beach 51 mins – “Professor Adrian Lewis talked about about Omaha Beach and the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy, France, during World War II. He described the German and Allied military strategies as well as the command structure on each side. He also enumerated the challenges American troops faced when trying to land on Omaha Beach and argued that the outcome was not inevitable.” At the link you can watch and purchase a download. A free copy of the audio file is also included in the blog archive.

One Child Policy 28 mins – “For years China’s one-child policy meant that many pregnancies were terminated, some people did break the law and had second children, we hear Kati’s story.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Osteoarthritis Treatment 83 mins- “Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition of the joints, often occurring often in knees, hips, lower back and neck, and fingers. Get the latest on what you can do to prevent, detect and treat the condition. (#32935)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Paradise Papers 49 mins – “Another massive data leak has cast scrutiny on the world of the ultra-wealthy, but some doubt whether much will change. A look inside the Paradise Papers and at the secretive industry of “wealth management” that makes sure the wealthy remain rich and hidden. Also, in the wake of the shuttering of Gothamist and DNAinfo, how journalism is contending with its “billionaire problem,” and a look at the recent standoff between Disney and journalists. Finally, the story of how a Syrian man’s journey to the West found him experiencing America’s Wild West in Sweden.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paralyzed Man Recovery 43 mins – “Today we bring you an episode from one of our favorite shows, Heavyweight.” At the link find the title, “Presenting: Heavyweight, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT6880820308.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parts vs Whole 49 mins – “What can we learn from a mere handful of dirt? For Nikki Silvestri, soil is both a metaphor and the literal “fertile” ground through which complexity and diversity thrive. Having worked on issues of food systems, sustainability, and public health, Silvestri describes soil as the link through which to engage in the work of building community, resilience, and social equity. Today, in her conversation with Douglas Rushkoff, Silvestri offers a unique approach to systems thinking, grounded in a deep sense of humility in the face the immensely complex natural systems that thrive just below our feet.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 64 Nikki Silvestri “More Than Mere Dirt”, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 5a1e71df4c93156567474948.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Photography History P1 33 mins – “The Lumières are often associated with early film technology, but that wasn’t the only area where they innovated.” At the link find the title, “The Lumière Brothers, Part 1, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-11-27-symhc-war-lumiere-brothers-1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Photography History P2 32 mins – “Despite the huge impact the Lumières made with their multi-function motion picture camera, they didn’t stay in the movie business.” At the link find the title, “The Lumière Brothers, Part 2,” right-click “Media files 2017-11-29-symhc-war-lumiere-brothers-2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Eating Worms 5 mins – “The world is being covered in plastic says 14-year-old Ebony Wallin. Ebony was a runner up in this year’s Bragg Student Prize for Science Writing. Ebony wrote about the problems posed by plastic and a potential solution following the discovery that some caterpillars can eat the thin polyethylene used to make many plastic shopping bags. The ability of the waxworm caterpillar to digest plastic is thought to lie in the caterpillar’s gut bacteria.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Proof of Concept Centers 20 mins – “How can we do more without causing less strain on the environment? In this podcast we continue our discussion with New York entrepreneurs participating in the state’s Proof of Concept Centers program. This time, we take a deeper look at two companies addressing garbage and energy storage by taking on what some may think of as the smaller aspects of these problems.” At the link right-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prostate Cancer 84 mins – “Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men. Get the latest on risk, detection and treatment. (#32931)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Radiology Advances 83 mins – “Machine learning can augment clinical and research activities in many ways. Find out the latest on the future of machine learning in clinical imaging. (#32933)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reporting Industry Trends 58 mins – “Bob Schieffer, former host of CBS’s Face the Nation, examines the impact of changing technology on journalism. He’s in conversation with Susan Glasser of Politico.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Bob Schieffer, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.487819.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Satellites P1 27 mins – “We really are going to space.” At the link find the title, “SPACE 1: We’re Going To Space, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171129_pmoney pmpod808v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Satellites P2 24 mins – “We hitched a ride on a satellite. Now we have to figure out what we’re going to do up there.” At the link find the title, “SPACE 2: Wait, Why Are We Going To Space? Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171201_pmoney pmpod809_v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Satellites P3 23 mins – “We found a satellite. We tried to figure out what it would do. Now we need to choose our rocket.” At the link find the title, “SPACE 3: Rocket Shopping, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171206_pmoney pmpod810.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Arabia 44 mins – “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, America’s longtime ally in the Middle East, faces a tumultuous future. Plummeting oil prices, an ongoing royal purge, and Yemen’s civil war across the border have thrust the kingdom into a domestic and international maelstrom. But what role does the United States play in Saudi Arabia’s changing position? To address that question, Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently discussed his new book “Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and America Since FDR” at a Brookings event. Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, moderated the conversation in which they discussed the state of U.S.-Saudi relations, the historical events that have precipitated Saudi Arabia’s current situation, and the future of the kingdom.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Bruce Riedel mixdown_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Arabia and Lebanon 47 mins – “A purge and palace intrigue in Saudi Arabia. Lebanon’s prime minister resigns. We try to pull back the curtain on what’s really going on in the Middle East. It’s been a wild set of days for Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.  A Saudi crown prince, cracking down.  Purging princes right and left.  Seizing cash.  Locking up billionaires.  Lebanon’s prime minister, telling his country from Saudi Arabia that he’s resigning.  That he fears for his safety.  Looking like a hostage.  Then coming on TV to say maybe he won’t resign.  Missiles, flying.  Hezbollah, Iran, Saudis circling.  Jared Kushner in town. This hour, On Point:  A purge of princes, and what is going on in the Middle East.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Assault Reporting 48 mins – “ Before they broke ‘The New York Times’ story detailing sexual harassment allegations against film executive Harvey Weinstein, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey had to convince Weinstein’s victims to talk to them.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Assault Reporting 50 mins – “As allegations of sexual misconduct continue to dominate the news, a look at how we are dealing with high-profile offenders and who is being ignored. Plus, a critical reexamination of Bill Clinton’s reputation, the difficulty of processing good art made by bad people, and how to brace ourselves for the potential backlash.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Discrimination 59 mins – “’Equal protection of the laws’ was granted to all persons by the 14th Amendment in 1868. But for nearly a century after that, women had a hard time convincing the courts that they should be allowed to be jurors, lawyers, and bartenders, just the same as men. A then-lawyer at the ACLU named Ruth Bader Ginsburg set out to convince an all-male Supreme Court to take sex discrimination seriously with an unconventional strategy. She didn’t just bring cases where women were the victims of discrimination; she also brought cases where men were the victims. In this episode, we look at how a key battle for gender equality was won with frat boys and beer.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shanghai’s Lost Battalion 27 mins – “The Chinese Nationalists are loosing the battle of Shanghai. Yet, Chiang has to hold on as the League of Nations will soon be discussing the conflict. Then U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt steps into the fray by criticizing Japan’s aggression. Still, it seems that Chiang’s holdings north of Shanghai will have to be abandoned. Yet, to make sure the world doesn’t forget about the Chinese, 1000 soldiers will be left near the Foreign Settlements, so the westerns can watch these men be slaughtered and write home. These victims will be remembered as China’s Lost Battalion.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode 209-12317_10.14_PM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smartphone Impact 52 mins – “Psychologist Jean Twenge joins us to talk about the kids these days. She says teenagers today are different than the Millenials that preceded them. They’re more depressed, more suicidal and less independent. The reason? It could be smartphones.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stereotypes 39 mins – “Back in 1995, Claude Steele published a study that showed that negative stereotypes could have a detrimental effect on students’ academic performance. But the big surprise was that he could make that effect disappear with just a few simple changes in language. We were completely enamoured with this research when we first heard about it, but in the current roil of replications and self-examination in the field of social psychology, we have to wonder whether we can still cling to the hopes of our earlier selves, or if we might have to grow up just a little bit.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suffering Lessons 39 mins – “Rabbi Steve Leder, senior rabbi at the oldest synagogue in Los Angeles, sits down with Brian to discuss the subject of his new book: how suffering can be transformational. Rabbi Leder details the change he experienced following a car accident that briefly left him dependent on opioids and eating them “like they’re candy.” He also offers advice on how to help loved ones coping with trauma and why to avoid saying, “Let me know if you need anything.” Plus, insights from Maimonides on the steps it takes to earn forgiveness.” At the link find the title, “45. Rabbi Steve Leder: Transformed By Pain, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files aeae3845-2803-40b4-bd45-44c7a25df9ca.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Suggestible You 32 mins – “Journalist Erik Vance talks about his first book, Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal.” At the link right-link the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tax Havens 48 mins – “Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is ‘Secrecy World.’ Also, critic at large John Powers reviews the book ‘The Dawn Watch.’” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tax Reforms 19 mins – With Republicans pushing ahead on their plan to overhaul taxes for the first time in 30 years, we revisit an episode of DeocdeDC that explained how that reform 30 years ago actually came together. Jimmy speaks with two major players in that effort – Pam Olsen of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and former Congressman Bill Archer.” At the link find the title, “Revisiting how tax reform really works, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 6832f2ce-8d81-413c-bcb6-bed77b0e79c6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Law 128 mins – “Accountability by design, AI building better AI, the Trump Administration’s extreme vetting initiative, Bitcoin economics, the Supreme Court Carpenter case and what it means for privacy, Animoji Karaoke and more!” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transplant Medicine 56 mins – “Dr. Hillard M. Lazarus presents “Allogeneic Transplants: No Such Thing as a Normal Donor” by first explaining how allogeneic blood and marrow donors are not normal patients: they’re not patients at all! These donors are altruistic persons who are saving a life as well as putting themselves at risk for incurring problems. Dr. Lazarus goes into great detail about Allogeneic Transplants and the importance of this discussion.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tropical Diseases in U.S. 49 mins – “Peter Hotez talks about neglected tropical diseases: what are they, where are they found, and where did the term “neglected tropical disease” come from, anyway? Hotez discusses some of the strategies his and other groups are using for vaccine development, and his work as an advocate for childhood vaccines and global health. Julie’s biggest takeaways: Renaming “other diseases” – a large collection of disparate diseases such as schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (also called river blindness) – as “neglected tropical diseases” by Hotez and colleagues was integral to bringing attention to the diseases of the bottom billion, people that live on less than one U.S. Dollar per day. Neglected tropical diseases are often chronic and debilitating without high mortality. These diseases trap people in poverty due to their long-term effects. The NTDs are often associated with terrible stigma that can lead to additional challenges for affected populations. Neglected tropical diseases are found worldwide, in rich and poor countries. The poorest peoples living in the G20 countries (and Nigeria) now account for most of the world’s NTDs. Parasitic infections present challenges for vaccine design, but reverse vaccinology may be a useful strategy. Reverse vaccinology mines genomes to identify promising vaccine candidates in silico, which are then narrowed sequentially for those that are expressed on the bacterial surface, immunogenic, and ultimately protective against disease. This strategy has worked for Neisseria meningitidis, and Hotez is hopeful that it will produce effective vaccines for the parasitic infections he studies. The tradition of individual fields and departments, combined with the old-fashioned notion that scientists needn’t spend their time engaging with the public, has led to flatlined budgets and the rise of anti-science movements. Scientists need to engage the public to ensure the future of science and science-based policy.” At the link find the title, “071: Neglected Tropical Diseases and Vaccine Advocacy with Peter Hotez, Dec 07, 2017,” right-click “Media files MTM071.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Russia Links 49 mins – ““The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary,” says ‘Guardian’ reporter Luke Harding. His new book is ‘Collusion.’ Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘Call Me By Your Name.’” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Typewriter History 52 mins – “Filmmaker Doug Nichol’s new documentary is a tribute to typewriters. In an age of high-tech, do-it-all gadgetry, the typewriter may be on the edge of extinction, but it still offers artists of all stripes unique access to the creative spirit.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Uber Hacking Story P2 60 mins – “After a secret breaks in the news, Reply All re-examines how Alex Blumberg’s Uber account was hacked. This episode is a follow up to #91 The Russian Passenger and #93 Beware All.” At the link find the title, “#111 Return of the Russian Passenger, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT5352619491.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Undercover Muslim 59 mins – “Muslim American federal agent Tamer Elnoury discusses his experience fighting domestic terrorism in America. He is interviewed by Michael German, author of [Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Tamer Elnoury, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.489398.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

VR Future 57 mins – “Jaron Lanier is one of the foremost digital visionaries of our times. One of Silicon Valley’s key early innovators, this dreadlocked digital prophet has been dubbed the ‘father of virtual reality’ and named as one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world. A former goatherd and midwife, and a virtuoso player of rare instruments, Lanier is sometimes called the ‘alternative Steve Jobs’. Neither a tech optimist nor a doom-monger, he is unique for always seeing the opportunities offered by technology as well as the dangers. In bestsellers such as You Are Not A Gadget and Who Owns the Future? he sounded an early warning about the perils of the internet – describing the tech giants as ‘spy agencies’ and ‘lords of the clouds’ for the way they reduce the value of humans to that of the data they provide. But he has also proposed another, more imaginative way to use technology. A ‘human-centered approach’, he argues, ‘leads to more interesting, more exotic, more wild, and more heroic adventures than the machine-supremacy approach, where information is the highest goal.’ Now Lanier is going back to the field where he did his pioneering work in the 1980s: virtual reality. VR has become the new frontier of human engagement with tech, and has become a medium that has transformed surgical trials, aircraft design and the treatment of injured war veterans. But it is not only about design, games and headsets, as he argues in his new book, Dawn of the New Everything. Virtual reality can extend the ‘intimate magic’ of childhood into the adult world, Lanier says, and allow us to imagine life beyond the limits of biology. But it will also test who we are. In the same way that he foresaw the dangers of web 2.0, Lanier offers a warning. Virtual reality has the potential to isolate us from each other – and render us even more in thrall to predatory tech companies. Lanier was joined om conversation by Economics editor at the BBC, Kamal Ahmed.” At the link find the title, “Jaron Lanier on the Future of Our Digital Lives, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vulcanologist Politician 63 mins – “284. Jess Phoenix, vulcanologist running for Congress” At the link find the title by that number, right-click “Media files geeksguide284final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Waste Prevention 58 minsWe’re facing what could be a devastating crisis—how to feed ourselves without destroying the ecosystems we depend on. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph we seek out creative solutions to a looming disaster.” At the link find the title, “Confronting the ‘perfect storm’: How to feed the future, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20171116 45886.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Business 61 mins – “Elizabeth Proust, Jane Halton, and Peggy O’Neal address the National Press Club on levelling the playing field for women in public life.” At the ink find the title, “National Press Club: Women in business, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files NPCc_PublicWomen 0612_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Working Women P1 63 mins – “Continuing the conversation on role overload, E&B interview author Tiffany Dufu on working parenthood – and how she’s learned to “drop the ball” on parenting perfection.” At the link find the title, “Role Overload: Working Mothers, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-11-22-smnty-tiffany-dufu-final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Working Women P2 56 mins – “Single women aren’t always included in conversations about role overload. B&E talk with writer Julia Carpenter about what this looks like for all the single ladies. Learn more about today’s interview guest, Julia Carpenter, at” At the link find the title, “Role Overload: Single Ladies, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-11-29-smnty-julia-carpenter-final.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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