Media Mining Digest 320 – Dec 29, 2017: Aging Control, AI and Kids, BBC Journalists Harassed, Behavioral Economics, Black Clergy and Politics, Blockchain Uses, Canada and China Trade, Canadian Winery Problems, Chechnya Gay Deaths, Chinese Modern Life, Climate Change Problem, College Trends, Columbian Coffee, Democracy Ends, Democratic Party Future, Dental Problems After Cancer, Detroit Agriculture, Digitized Workplace, Disabled People in Canada, Drones Deliver Blood, Education Decline in U.S., Fish Farm Pollution, Food Production Locally, Gender Issues, Guerrilla Activists, Gun Control Data, Gun Smuggling, Hate Speech on Internet, Hydro Quebec, Incontinence, Internet Hacking, Investing in Your 401k, ISIS in Canada, Jail Deaths in Canada, Khizr Khan on Hope and Sacrifice, Legal Rights Activist, Listening Devices, Mental Flow Status, Micro Lending, Mueller Investigation Overview, Negotiating, Net Neutrality, New York Produce Show, Nuclear Politics, Pizza Farmer in Wisconsin, Police Use of Force, Psychedelic Explorer, Radicals in Canada, Refugee Trends, Republican Mayor’s Success, Satellite, Sex Abuse in Congress, Sexual Abuse, Slave Trade in North Africa, Slow Medicine, Southern Movement Assemblies, State Supreme Court Justice, Surrogacy Complication, Syrian Life, Technology Concerns, Terrorism Funded by Fake Handbag, Tesla S3 Experience, Textile Pollution Control, Ticket Scalping, Trump Business Operations, Tuco the Parrot, Videogame Addiction, Viral Media, VR and Behavior Modification, Wage Trends, Wildfires in California, Wine History, Yemen Civil War

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23andMe Founder 58 mins – “Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of the popular DNA-testing company 23andMe, discusses how providing people with their own genetic data empowers consumers to make better health decisions and advances science. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, Wojcicki explains how the intense scrutiny that the DNA-testing company has received is a sign that it is disrupting the status quo.” At the link find the title, “Driving Discovery and Disruption – Anne Wojcicki (23andMe), Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Control 18 mins – “What makes our bodies age … our skin wrinkle, our hair turn white, our immune systems weaken? Biologist Elizabeth Blackburn shares a Nobel Prize for her work finding out the answer, with the discovery of telomerase: an enzyme that replenishes the caps at the end of chromosomes, which break down when cells divide. Learn more about Blackburn’s groundbreaking research — including how we might have more control over aging than we think.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Kids 19 mins – ““What these robots are really tapping into is simulated feeling and simulated empathy, and I think we are playing with fire when we offer them to our children.” At the link find the title, “Nov 27 Would you let your kids play with AI robots? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171127_48930.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Unleashes Creativity 24 mins – “Educator and entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun wants us to use AI to free humanity of repetitive work and unleash our creativity. In an inspiring, informative conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Thrun discusses the progress of deep learning, why we shouldn’t fear runaway AI and how society will be better off if dull, tedious work is done with the help of machines. “Only one percent of interesting things have been invented yet,” Thrun says. “I believe all of us are insanely creative … [AI] will empower us to turn creativity into action.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcohol History 49 mins – “Did you know that the alcohol that gets you drunk in a beer or a cocktail is actually the waste products of billions of dead yeast organisms? Or that most of our crops were initially grown to make alcohol and only later were actually used for food? These are just some of the crazy facts that we learn this week as we interview New York Times Best Selling author, Amy Stewart. Amy is the author of 7 books, and perhaps her most popular is the one we focus on this week, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks. This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Argentinian Libraries 54 mins – “The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly shaped by the city he grew up in — Buenos Aires. Philip Coulter goes on a walking tour of Borges’ Buenos Aires in the company of the celebrated writer Alberto Manguel.” At the link find the title, “Borges’ Buenos Aires: The Imaginary City, Part 1, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20171206_23303.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arms Control 90 mins – “The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty: Does it have a future? On December 8—the 30th anniversary of the INF treaty’s signing—the Brookings Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative held a panel discussion on the treaty and its future.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu..

Assisted Dying 76 mins – “Lord Joel Joffe believes that there is an ‘urgent need’ to change the law on assisted dying and will argue in his lecture that assisted dying and palliative care are essential and complementary aspects of care for people suffering from painful incurable diseases. Assisted dying: rights, choices and palliative care.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

BBC Journalists Harassed 24 mins – “The BBC is appealing to the United Nations for help after 152 of its BBC Persian staff had their bank accounts frozen and their families threatened by the Iranian government.” At the link find the title, “Dec 7 BBC alleges journalists’ families harassed, intimidated by Iranian authorities, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20171207_80732.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Behavioral Economics 60 mins – “Michael Lewis is one of the most successful non-fiction authors alive. He has been acclaimed as a genius by Malcolm Gladwell and as the best current writer in America by Tom Wolfe. In a series of titles that have sold 9 million copies worldwide, he has lifted the lid on the biggest stories of our times, enthralling readers with his knack for humanising complex subjects and giving them the page-turning urgency of the best thrillers. Liar’s Poker is the cult classic that defined Wall Street during the 1980s; Moneyball was made into a film with Brad Pitt; Boomerang was a breakneck tour of Europe’s post-crunch economy; and The Big Short was made into a major Oscar-winning film starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. In November 2017 Lewis came to the Intelligence Squared stage, where he was joined by Stephanie Flanders, former economics editor at the BBC. Discussing the themes of his latest book, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World, they explored the extraordinary story of the relationship between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky – a collaboration which created the field of behavioural economics. This is the theory which shows that human beings are not the rational creatures we imagined ourselves to be, and has revolutionised everything from big data to medicine, from how we are governed to how we spend, from high finance to football. It won Kahneman the Nobel Prize in economics in 2002 – the first time the award had gone to a psychologist.” At the link find the title, “Michael Lewis On How Behavioural Economics Changed The World, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Clergy and Politics 62 mins – “University of Kansas professor Randal Jelks teaches a class about the role of African American ministers in politics. He describes church boards and programs as ways community members gained experience running for office and organizing.” At the link find the title, “African American Ministers and Politics, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.491749.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Entertainment Television 43 mins– “In 1979, Robert Johnson was a lobbyist for the burgeoning cable industry. That’s when he got an idea for a channel called Black Entertainment Television. He started small, just a few hours of programming a week. But by the 1990s BET had become a cultural touchstone. In 2001, he sold BET to Viacom for $2.3 billion, making him the first African-American billionaire in US history. Recorded live in Washington, D.C.” At the link find the title “Live Episode! Black Entertainment Television: Robert Johnson, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171213_hibt_bet.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain in Africa 58 mins – “This episode we are very fortunate to feature two interviews from thought leaders from around the Wide Wide World of Blockchain. We begin with Tricia Martinez, from Wala a South African-based financial company bringing blockchain financial solutions to thousands across Africa and other emerging markets. Mark, Ian and Ethan ask the questions as we hear about the particular challenges facing people in those countries, and how blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies can bring benefit to the developing world just as much as the developed world. We also feature an interview (at the 29 min mark) between Ian and Blockchain Ambassador, Author, Consultant and all-round Guru, Jamil Hasan who works with organisations looking to leverage Blockchain technology, pre- and post-ICO. If you’ve got a Blockchain problem, and you can find him (which you should be able to…just click the link below) then you can hire…The J Team! To learn more about his book visit jamilhasan.com” At the link find the title, “8: Tricia Martinez CEO of Wala; Jamil Hasan,” right-click “Media files 058TBCS.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain Uses 78 mins – “Another great Blockchain conversation in store with host Ian Collins and guests Ben Gorlick and Craig Sproule from Crowd Machine crowdmachine.com” At the link find the title, “59: Crowd Machine, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 059TBCS.mp3: and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

British Health Service Demolition 86 mins – “In this IPR Public Lecture, Professor Allyson Pollock – Professor of Public Health Research and Policy at Queen Mary University of London – shows how the government has abolished the NHS. She explains how the new structures will operate, what this means for patient access and what needs to be done about it.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canada and China Trade 19 mins – “We like to think of ourselves as being nice and the rest of the world likes us but when it comes to these trade agreements … we’re coming across as being patronizing.” At the link find the title, “Dec 8 Trudeau’s ‘progressive’ trade agenda with China seen as arrogant, say critics, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171208_86821.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Winery Problems 21 mins -”The Current explores how interprovincial trade barriers stand in the way of Canadian wineries and what other implications a Supreme Court case involving 14 cases of beer taken across provincial borders brings to the forefront.” At the link find the title, “Dec 6 Cross-border booze case challenges interprovincial trade laws, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171206_59514.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chaos and Control 54 mins – “A parent’s fear. A child coping. The final stops of life. Winners of the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards write on the theme of “chaos and control”, and talk about where their imaginations travelled in the process.” At the link find the title, “Award-winning authors on balancing chaos and control, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20171207_58305.mp3” nd select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chechnya Gay Deaths 26 mins – “Russian journalist Elena Milashina exposed the Chechnyan “gay purge” and was forced to flee her home country after facing death threats for her reporting.” At the link find the title, “Dec 1 Meet the Russian journalist who exposed Chechnya’s anti-gay crackdown, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171201_27876.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu..

Chinese Modern Life 29 mins – “Xinyuan Wang looks at the evolving magazine scene in China. With traditional news stands disappearing, what future is there for the many publications in the Chinese market? Xinyuan also looks at what political content is permitted in magazines, and which subjects are considered sensitive. She asks younger readers how they search for material on political topics, and discovers that magazines are unlikely to be their first choice.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chrono Biology 63 mins – “Early birds and night owls are born, not made. Sleep patterns are the primary result of the highly individualized biological clocks we inherit, but these clocks also regulate bodily functions from digestion to hormone levels to cognition. Living at odds with our internal timepieces can make us chronically sleep deprived and more likely to smoke, gain weight, feel depressed, fall ill, and fail geometry. By understanding and respecting our internal time, we can live better. In this episode we interview Till Roenneberg, professor of chronobiology at the Institute of Medical Psychology at LMU in Munich, Germany, and author of the book, Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA in Laos 62 mins – “Radio producer Peter Lang-Stanton thought his father was a paper-pushing bureaucrat in the State Department. Then one day, his father revealed his double- life as a spy. Much of his father’s past was a lie; he never fought in the Vietnam War, as he said. Instead, he was involved in a covert mission in 1960s Laos under his codename: Pig-Pen. Through deep interviews with ex-CIA and a former Laotian soldier, Peter Lang-Stanton tells a story of lies and half-truths, of pride and regret.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cleantech San Diego 56 mins – “Cleantech San Diego is a nonprofit member organization that positions the greater San Diego region, including Imperial County, as a global leader in the cleantech economy. Cleantech San Diego’s members include more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment. Today we will be joined by Jason Anderson, President and CEO of Cleantech San Diego, who will discuss how his organization works to create a sustainable, resilient city of the 21st century.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Problem 55 mins – “Here are the best podcasts on global warming. Featuring: Hidden Brain, 2050: Degrees of Change, Terrestrial, Science Vs, Outside Podcast, WTF with Marc Maron.” At the link find the title “Podcasts to Help Stop Climate Change, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files podcastplaylist 20171208 58817.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

College Trends 58 mins – “Small New England colleges are competing for a shrinking number of students in the area. Some have prepared for this slowdown, which primarily has affected the Northeast and Midwest, but many have not. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, more than 40 percent of small private colleges missed their enrollment or tuition revenue goals in 2016. In New Hampshire,  Keene State College recently announced it will offer buyouts to faculty and staff to deal with declining enrollment and a tuition shortfall.  Last year, Colby-Sawyer College announced plans to drop its English and Philosophy programs to help address a budget gap and focus on more popular programs, such as nursing and business. We talk with top college officials about how their institutions are faring and what steps they’ve taken — or plan to take — to address some of these challenges.” At the ink right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Columbian Coffee 16 min – “With the peace agreement between FARC and the government, Colombians are finally enjoying their own coffee for the first time.” At the link find the title, “Nov 27 Colombians finally taste their own brewed coffee, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171127_51365.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Complementary Medicine 51 mins – “Chrissa wrote in to say that she believes that complementary and alternative medicine systems should be more important to mainstream, Western medicine.  In fact, she’s studying Ayurvedic medicine, and she wants to know if she should talk about it in her future medical school admissions applications and interviews.  Gabe Conley, Patrick Brau, Elizabeth Shirazi, and Derek Bradley (along with several other co-hosts I put the question to) offer their advice to Chrissa, which is, sure, but be careful how you do it.  And we find out just how much our crew knows about Ayurvedic medicine with a little pop quiz.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu..

Democracy Ends 54 mins – “Worst-case scenarios for democracy – especially since Trump’s victory – hark back to how democracy has failed in the past. So do we really risk a return to the 1930s? This week David argues no – if democracy is going to fail in the twenty-first century it will be in ways that are new and surprising. A talk based on his new book coming out next year. Recorded at Churchill College as part of the CSAR lecture series http://www.csar.org.uk” At the link find the title, “How Democracy Ends, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Under Fire 55 mins – “Does Democracy Have a Future? Moral and Political Argument in the Age of Trump. Harvard University political philosopher Michael Sandel delivers the 2017 LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture.” At the link find the title, “Why democracy depends on how we talk to each other: Michael Sandel, Nov,, 2017,” right-click “ideas_20171128_47641.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Democratic Party Future 22 mins – “Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has a resume that seems custom built for higher office. The young congressman sat down with Chuck and talked about what Moulton, a Marine Corps veteran, had learned about leadership while serving overseas.” At the link find the title, “Seth Moulton and the future of the Democratic Party, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 9963181f-6502-41d9-bc4a-1f4162419e41.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dental Problems after Cancer 21 mins – “People don’t think cancer will lead to dental issues. Once you’re done with the cancer, there’s nothing to cover what happens next.” At the link find the title, “Nov 29 Dave Stock beat cancer twice but faces a $10,000 dental bill,2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171129 84764.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit Agriculture 12 mins – “There’s something amazing growing in the city of Detroit: healthy, accessible, delicious, fresh food. In a spirited talk, fearless farmer Devita Davison explains how features of Detroit’s decay actually make it an ideal spot for urban agriculture. Join Davison for a walk through neighborhoods in transformation as she shares stories of opportunity and hope. “These aren’t plots of land where we’re just growing tomatoes and carrots,” Davison says. ‘We’re building social cohesion as well as providing healthy, fresh food.’” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digitized Workplace 105 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 right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu..  

Disabled People in Canada 26 mins – “Canadians with disabilities and their families are raising concerns about how the Canada Revenue Agency applies tax credits — where some say those who are entitled to a break are missing out.” At the link find the title, “Dec 4 Canada Revenue Agency needs to be ‘more consistent’ with disability tax credits, say advocates, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20171204 62462.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Discovery Process 56 mins – “In this special episode of the Thought Train we bring you three fascinating lectures from our most recent Discovery Series event held at the Royal Society in London. In this podcast Professor Keith Stokes, Dr Nick Longrich and Professor Carole Mundell are on hand to deliver 15 minute lectures rugby safety, mass extinctions and space-time. In this special episode of the Thought Train we bring you three fascinating lectures from our most recent Discovery Series event held at the Royal Society in London. In this podcast Professor Keith Stokes, Dr Nick Longrich and Professor Carole Mundell are on hand to deliver 15 minute lectures rugby safety, mass extinctions and space-time.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dissenting Voices 11 mins – “Luvvie Ajayi isn’t afraid to speak her mind or to be the one dissenting voice in a crowd, and neither should you. “Your silence serves no one,” says the writer, activist and self-proclaimed professional troublemaker. In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi shares three questions to ask yourself if you’re teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down — and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones Deliver Blood 16 mins – “Keller Rinaudo wants everyone on earth to have access to basic health care, no matter how hard it is to reach them. With his start-up Zipline, he has created the world’s first drone delivery system to operate at national scale, transporting blood and plasma to remote clinics in East Africa with a fleet of electric autonomous aircraft. Find out how Rinaudo and his team are working to transform health care logistics throughout the world — and inspiring the next generation of engineers along the way.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eating Better 21 mins – “DNA: it’s the genetic information that makes plants and animals what we are. Most of the time when you hear about it in the context of food, it’s to do with breeding. But in this short episode, we bring you two DNA detective stories that show how genetic analysis can rewrite the history of agriculture and fight food fraud—at least some of the time. Listen now to hear how preserved DNA from an underwater site off the coast of Britain is helping paint a picture of how hunter gatherers in Northern Europe might first have experienced the wonders of agriculture, by trading kernels of exotic, domesticated Near Eastern wheat over long distances. We’ll also explore DNA’s role in some controversial accusations of food fraud and introduce you to the mysterious publication that defines the official standards of identity for food ingredients. And, finally, we squeeze in a short trip to Dublin’s Science Gallery, to talk to chef Clare Anne O’Keefe about a dish that was entirely inspired by Gastropod!” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Condition Issues 7 mins – “We’ve made a new show. You can subscribe to it now. It’s called ‘The Indicator’. It’s for those times you want Planet Money to explain the news, quickly. It’s short (about five minutes) and three days a week.” At the link find the title,”BONUS: The Indicator, From Planet Money, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171211_pmoney pmpodindicator.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Development 75 mins – “Simeon Djankov, creator of the World Bank’s Doing Business Report, and Matt Warner, Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Network talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the role regulation plays in economic development and the challenges of measuring regulatory barriers to new business creation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Growth 37 mins – “Economists have a hard time explaining why productivity growth has been shrinking. One theory: true innovation has gotten much harder – and much more expensive. So what should we do next?” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Decline in U.S. 51 mins – “The US ranks 31st in math skills among 35 developed countries. So what are schools in Europe and Asia doing that we aren’t? Journalist Amanda Ripley joins us to talk about The Smartest Kids in the World.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Entitlements Programs 59 mins – “Hoover Institution senior fellow John Cogan discusses his book, [The High Cost of Good Intentions], which looks at the history of federal entitlement programs in the U.S. over the past 200 years.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with John Cogan, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.492148.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Epilepsy 66 mins – “Dr Roland Jones, a neuropharmacologist from the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at the University of Bath, will explores the history of epilepsy.” At the link find the title, “Moon gods, demons and the sacred disease: A history of epilepsy and how we treat it, Nov, 2011,” right-click “Media files 241616268-uniofbath moon gods-demons-and-the-sacred-disease-a-history-of-epilepsy-and-how-we-treat-it.mp3” from the pop-up menu.

Female Entrepreneurs in Africa 86 mins – “Advancing female entrepreneurship in the developing world: A look at Africa. On December 14, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and the Africa Growth Initiative hosted a panel of experts and practitioners to assess the inroads made by African female entrepreneurs, the obstacles that need to be overcome in order to enable genuine female economic empowerment, and the most effective approaches to maximize the manifold contributions of women-owned businesses to the economy and society.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu..

Fish Farm Pollution 26 mins – “B.C. wild salmon are swimming in blood-coloured effluent from a nearby farmed-salmon processing plant, alarming scientists and activists.” At the link find the title, “Nov 30 Blood discharge spewing into B.C. ocean infecting salmon: scientist, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171130_25593.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flu Vaccines 51 mins – “Vincent and Elio discuss the reason for poor efficacy of one of the influenza virus vaccines, and using a hyperthermophilic anaerobe to produce hydrogen from fruit and vegetable wastes in seawater. Host: Vincent Racaniello and Elio SchaechterAt the link right-click TWIM#166” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Change Trends 57 mins – “Ted Genoways – award-winning author of The Chain (2014) – follows a family through a year in the life of their farm. Genoways catalogs the day-to-day struggles of the Hammond farm in a pivotal time frame: in 2014-2015, mild weather and heavy rainfall led to higher-than-expected yields, depressing crop prices and lowering profits, while encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies added to the threats facing the Hammond farm. Genoways demonstrates that family farms are far from an isolated refuge beyond the reach of global events; the family farm is increasingly at the crossroads of emerging technologies and international détente” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. .

Food Flavor Factors 44 mins – “In this latest episode of Gastropod, chef and author Dan Barber takes listeners on a journey around the world in search of great flavor and the ecosystems that support it, from Spain to the deep South. You’ll hear how a carefully tended landscape of cork trees makes for delicious ham, and about a squash so cutting edge it doesn’t yet have a name, in this deep dive into the intertwined history and science of soil, cuisine, and flavor. It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time before refrigerators, before long-distance trucks and ships. Most people had to survive on food from their immediate surroundings, no matter how poor the soil or challenging the terrain. They couldn’t import apples from New Zealand and potatoes from Peru, or rely on chemical fertilizer to boost their yields. From within these constraints, communities around the world developed a way of eating that Dan Barber calls “ecosystem cuisines.” Barber, the James Beard-award-winning chef of Blue Hill restaurant and author of the new book The Third Plate, spoke to Gastropod about his conviction that this historically-inspired style of cuisine can be reinvented, with the help of plant-breeders, his fellow chefs, and the latest in flavor science, in order to create a truly sustainable way to eat for the twenty-first century.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Production Locally 57 mins – “Michael S. Carolan author of No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise in conversation with Paul Kennedy about how we can use the power of food to build a healthier food system and a healthier society.” At the link find the title, “Making a better world with a culture of ‘citizen eaters’ Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20171201_53031.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Quality in China 5 mins – “Fresh food free of chemicals and pesticides is hard to come by in China: in 2016, the Chinese government revealed half a million food safety violations in just nine months. In the absence of safe, sustainable food sources, TED Fellow Matilda Ho launched China’s first online farmers market, instituting a zero-tolerance test towards pesticides, antibiotics and hormones in food. She shares how she’s growing her platform from the ground up and bringing local, organically grown food to the families that need it.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Tech Entrepreneur 60 mins – “Make beef out of plants instead of cows and you can begin to save the planet. That’s what inspired award-winning scientist Patrick Brown to leave his professorship at Stanford University and found Impossible Foods. In conversation with Stanford Professor of the Practice Tina Seelig, Brown describes how his singular passion for impact prompted him to leave academia and become a food-tech entrepreneur.” At the link find the title, “Food Fight To Turn Back Climate Change, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files a.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Free Speech on Campus 67 mins – “It seems hardly a week goes by without another controversy over free speech on college campuses. On one side, there are increased demands to censor hateful, disrespectful and bullying expression and to ensure an inclusive and nondiscriminatory learning environment. On the other side, traditional free speech advocates charge that recent demands for censorship coddle students and threaten free inquiry. In his new book, Free Speech on Campus, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky argues that campuses must provide supportive learning environments for an increasingly diverse student body but can never restrict the expression of ideas. Come for a spirited conversation about what constitutes free speech on campus and the implications for society at large.” At the link find the title “Janet Napolitano and Erwin Chemerinsky: A Conversation about Free Speech on Campus, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171204_Ja67 minsnet_Napolitano Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Issues 53 mins – “With the shift in gender roles, many children are no longer being raised primarily by their mothers. With dual income families increasing in popularity, child care is often outsourced to a neighbor, grandparents, or a nanny. But what is the effect on children? Contrary to conventional wisdom, growing up with a working mother is unlikely to harm children socially and economically when they become adults. The working mother study, authored by Harvard Business School professor Kathleen McGinn, HBS researcher Mayra Ruiz Castro, and Elizabeth Long Lingo of Mt. Holyoke College, found that women with working mothers performed better in the workplace, earning more and possessing more powerful positions than their peers with stay-at-home mothers. In the United States, adult daughters of working mothers earned 23 percent more than those whose mothers had not worked during their during the daughters’ childhoods, earning an annual average income of $35,474 compared to $28,894. Over 33 percent held supervisory positions, compared to roughly 25 percent of their counterparts from more traditional households.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genghis Khan Legacy 53 mins – “Genghis Khan was the greatest conqueror in human history. He was a ruthless warrior known for his scorched earth tactics. So it may surprise you to learn that he was a deeply principled and passionate man, and a champion of religious freedom.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Greenhouse Gases 27 mins – “All countries are supposed to measure and report their greenhouse gas emissions but BBC environment correspondent, Matt McGrath, reveals there are gaping holes in national inventories. He uncovers serious failings in countries’ accounts of warming gases with many not reporting at all. There are disturbing signs that some banned warming chemicals, which are supposed to have been phased out completely, are once again on the rise. And evidence that worthless carbon credits are still being traded. Meanwhile scientists are growing increasingly frustrated by the refusal of countries to gather and share accurate data in the face of this planetary emergency” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guerrilla Activists 21 mins – “At some point in your life you’ve probably encountered a problem in the built world where the fix was obvious to you. Maybe a door that opened the wrong way, or poorly painted marker on the road. Mostly, when we see these things, we grumble on the inside, and then do nothing. But not Richard Ankrom. In the early morning of August 5, 2001, artist Richard Ankrom and a group of friends assembled on the 4th Street bridge over the 110 freeway in Los Angeles. They had gathered to commit a crime — one Ankrom had plotted for years….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Control Data 19 mins – “This week, three papers came out describing new approaches to folding DNA into large complex shapes—20 times bigger than previous DNA sculptures. Staff Writer Bob Service talks with Sarah Crespi about building microscopic teddy bears, doughnuts, and more from genetic material, and using these techniques to push forward fields from materials science to drug delivery. Sarah also interviews Philip Cook of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, about his Policy Forum on gun regulation research. It’s long been hard to collect data on gun violence in the United States, and Cook talks about how some researchers are getting funding and hard data. He also discusses some strong early results on open-carry laws and links between gun control and intimate partner homicide.” At the link find the title, “Folding DNA into teddy bears and getting creative about gun violence research, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files SciencePodcast_171208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Smuggling 8 mins – “On October 9th, 2015, a man named Feky Sumual walks into Stateline Guns, Ammo & Archery, a gun shop in Plaistow, New Hampshire, where he buys seven 9-millimeter handguns. Because of the number of guns involved, and because 9-millimeters are common in gun smuggling rings, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms begins to investigate….” At the link right-click the play button and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Halifax Explosion Story 7 mins – “Canadian Press reporter James Hickey was the first to file a report on the Halifax Explosion, sending out a 100-word flash bulletin to the Associated Press.” At the link find the title, “Dec 6 How reporter James Hickey broke the Halifax Explosion story, 30 minutes after blast, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20171206_52856.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hate Speech on Internet 31 mins – “Cloudflare’s Matthew Prince talks about hate speech on the internet and the First Amendment issues it raises. He questions whether he did the right thing by booting a neo-Nazi group off his service, and therefore off the internet.” At the link find the title, “Communication Communicators with Matthew Prince, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.490935.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Trends 48 mins – “‘Internet of Things’ technologies have emerged over recent years as enabling technologies for life-long healthcare. Increasingly these technologies are seen as moving health from the hospital to the home, whilst at the same time shifting responsibility for health from the clinician to Computer Scientists and Engineers. The 27th Designability Annual Lecture, ‘Data Scientist – heal thyself’, explored the possible scenarios with this vision for data-led personalised medicine.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hydro Quebec 58 mins “Sam Evans-Brown, host of Outside/In, the NHPR podcast about the natural world and how we use it, discusses the podcast’s latest series, Powerline. We hear about how the development of the world’s fourth-largest hydropower producer, Hydro-Québec, impacted French Canadians, and the indigenous people of Québec…also, how this hydropower company is connected to a controversial power project in New Hampshire, Northern Pass.“ At the ink right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Incontinence 52 mins – “Professor Alan Cottenden, from University College London, describes new technology for managing incontinence. Against the flow: Technology for managing incontinence.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infection Control 63 mins – “The TWiM team discusses the use of copper on exercise weights to reduce bacterial burden, and the mechanism of antigenic variation by which a fungus that causes severe pneumonia escapes the immune system.” At the link right-click “TWiM#165” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Hacking 49 mins – “It was yet another week of outrageous and consequential stories piling on top of one another at a head-spinning pace. A failed attempt to discredit the Washington Post. A bombshell plea from a former Trump official. A secret button. Poison in the Hague. A computer glitch that could ruin Christmas. And the FCC’s upcoming vote on “net neutrality,” a bureaucratic thicket with potentially catastrophic consequences. All of this, plus radical transparency in journalism, bots bringing down public comment and the history of America’s love of hoaxes.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download This Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investing in your 401k 61 mins – “For more than 90% of working adults, the most important investment decision is how to invest their 401k, 457, 403b or IRA. Each of the 34 points in this podcast addresses a way that is likely to produce better returns. In this podcast Paul mentions several articles: How to Turn $3000 into $50 Million30 Reasons to Fall in Love with Index Funds and The Ultimate Buy and Hold Strategy.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS in 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’, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171204_18238.mp3” and select “Save Link As” the pop-up menu.

Jail Deaths in Canada 21 mins – “There have been 10 questionable deaths since 2009 inside the the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre in London, Ont., according to an investigation by the CBC’s Fifth Estate.” At the link find the title, “Nov 30 Why are so many inmates dying in this Ontario jail? Fifth Estate investigates, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171130_42583.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jerusalem Embassy Problem 12 mins – ““It’s not so much what President Trump announces today. It’s how does that fit into a larger vision of how you move from chronic confrontation and conflict to a path of peace.” At the link find the title, “Dec 6 Trump’s plan to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem divides Israelis and Palestinians, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171206_62572.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Khizr Khan on Hope and Sacrifice 62 mins – “One of the most memorable speeches from last year’s Democratic National Convention was given by Gold Star parent Khizr Khan. With his wife Ghazala by his side, Khan spoke about equality, sacrifice and the ideals symbolized by the U.S. Constitution. Khan’s son Humayun Khan, a U.S. Army captain, was killed in the line of duty in Iraq and posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. “Like many immigrants, we came to this country empty-handed,” Khan said. “We believed in American democracy—that with hard word and the goodness of this country, we could share in and contribute to its blessings.” From his family’s move from Pakistan to becoming an American citizen, Khan shares his personal story of immigration, courage and patriotism.” At the link find the title, “Khizr Khan: Hope and Sacrifice, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171205_Khizr Khan_Podcast.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Large Hadron Collider 53 mins – “Particle Physicist Dr Glenn Patrick talks about the Large Hadron Collider. Based at CERN, in Geneva, the collider is the largest scientific machine in the world. It started operation in the summer of 2008 and aims to produce colossal amounts of data, which thousands of scientists around the world will analyse to further our understanding of the universe.” At the link find the title, “The rise of the Grid and the Large Hadron Collider, May, 2011,” right-click “Media files 241748685-uniofbath-the-rise-of-the-grid-and-the-large-hadron-collider.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Legal Rights Activist 34 mins – “On this episode, we revisit Edward Blum, a self-described “legal entrepreneur” and former stockbroker who has become something of a Supreme Court matchmaker: he takes an issue, finds the perfect plaintiff, matches them with lawyers, and helps the case work its way to the highest court in the land. His target: laws that differentiate between people based on race — including ones that empower minorities. More Perfect profiled Edward Blum in season one of the show. We catch up with him to hear about his latest effort to end affirmative action at Harvard. 

Listening Devices 27 mins – “An incomplete list of objects that are listening to us: Siri. Alexa. Google Home. The Nest. Our cars. Our smart TVs.  Cayla dolls. All these listening devices raise digital privacy concerns, of course. But recordings can be really useful, too. If only there was tape from a courthouse hallway in Alabama, circa 1979. A mall in Gadsden, Alabama, early 1980s. A Congressional office building, a USO tour. You never know when a transcript of your everyday life might come in handy. The transcribed life is closer than ever. In this repeat episode, one intrepid woman records every single minute of her life, for three straight days. And then lets us listen in. To a lot of mundane minutia, and one extremely uncomfortable interaction. Tape can change things. Knowing we’re being recorded can modify behavior. It can create accountability. But it doesn’t erase power dynamics. The Access Hollywood recording of then-candidate Donald Trump joking about grabbing women. The audio of Harvey Weinstein in a hotel hallway, admitting to groping Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. Sometimes, a tape doesn’t make a bit of difference. At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Market Design 50 mins – “Our guest this week, Alvin E. Roth, is one of the world’s leading experts on matching markets. He has even designed several of them, including the exchange that places medical students in residencies and the system that increases the number of kidney transplants by better matching donors to patients. Alvin is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He is also the Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard University. He works in the areas of game theory, experimental economics and market design. He is also the author of the fantastic new book, Who Gets What — and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design, and in 2012 he won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design” …whatever that means.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Martin Luther Reformation 56 mins – “It has been 500 years since Martin Luther supposedly nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. A look at Martin Luther’s legacy, and why he still evokes impassioned debate today.” At the link find the title, “How Martin Luther invented the modern world, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20171129_54755.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Flow Status 55 mins – “In this episode we interview Steven Kotler, author of a number of best selling books including, The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. Drawing on over a decade of research and first-hand reporting with dozens of top action and adventure sports athletes like big wave legend Laird Hamilton, big mountain snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and skateboarding pioneer Danny Way, Kotler explores the frontier science of “flow,” an optimal state of consciousness in which we perform and feel our best. We discuss how these athletes are using flow to do the impossible and how we can use this information to radically accelerate performance in our own lives. Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His books include The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His work has been translated into thirty languages and his articles have appeared in more than seventy publications, including New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, and Forbes. You can find him online at www.stevenkotler.com or writing Far Frontiers, a blog for Forbes.com: www.forbes.com/sites/stevenkotler.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Micro Lending 57 mins – “James Alexander, a highly practical business creator and innovative strategist, is a co-founder and Board Director of Zopa, the marketplace where people meet to lend and borrow money. In this wide ranging lecture, James, who is a superb speaker, will touch on a number of topics including how to make the most of opportunities in building a successful career. This is an opportunity for you to learn from someone who has been hugely successful in the business world.” At the link find the title, “What world do you see? Jun, 2010,” right-click “Media files 241780045-uniofbath-what-world-do-you-see.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Changes 87 mins – “On December 11, University of Nevada, Las Vegas hosted a debate on the changing role of America’s military, convened by the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program and the Charles Koch Institute, in partnership with POLITICO.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK”.

Monument Size Reduction in Utah 53 mins – “As a real estate mogul, President Trump is impressed by how much open land Utah has. As president, he wants less of it protected as national monuments. So he cut out two million acres of monument lands, to the delight of some and the anger of others.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moon City Author 46 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes Andy Weir, best-selling author of “The Martian,” to talk about his new book, “Artemis” – a heist/crime novel that happens to be set on the Moon. Neil and Andy explore the unique, science-infused creative process that went into the novel, and much more. Special thanks to Audible for making this bonus episode possible.” t the link find the title, “A Conversation with Andy Weir – Special Bonus Episode, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files 362815847-startalk-a-conversation-with-andy-weir-special-bonus-episode.mp3”and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mueller Investigation Overview 47 mins – “Robert Mueller is conducting a “full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election,” and any possible links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. Any such links could be called collusion, but is collusion a crime? ‘New Yorker’ staff writer and CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the Mueller investigation and the approach President Donald Trump’s legal team is taking.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mushrooms Surge 101 mins – “It’s fungal intelligence that I will be exploring today with the brilliant Peter McCoy. Peter is self-taught mycologist with 15 years of accumulated study and experience, Peter is an original founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the skills needed to work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. Peter is also author of the book Radical Mycology, an in depth and comprehensive look at mycology and mushroom cultivation. This book is a beast, it’s nearly 700 pages, and covers a variety of topics related to mycology, some common, so not so common. There’s a ton of interest concepts and ideas in that book, a few of which we will be exploring today. In this episode, we get into a wide variety of subject matter related to mycology from Remediation, importance of mycorrhizal fungi, fungi with annual crops, future of medicinal mushrooms and medicine, marketing versus effectiveness in some mushroom based products, and future of psilocybin mushrooms in medicine.” At the link find the title,”VOC Replay: The Rise of the Mushroom with Peter McCoy, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files PVP132-REPLAY.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Negotiating 50 mins “In this episode, Wharton Business School professor Maurice Schweitzer helps us unpack the psychology of when and how to interact with people as our friends and our foes, and how we can use this knowledge to get the best outcomes in life. Insights from Maurice can help us in business (how to build trust, gain power, nail a job interview, and negotiate a raise) and in our personal lives (how to increase our motivation and our happiness, how to deal with deception, how to know what your best friend really wants, and how to deliver an effective apology). Drawing on cutting-edge research in psychology, economics, sociology, political science, neuroscience, and animal studies, Maurice explains the science behind emotions, how they affect your decision making, and how to utilize this new knowledge to create mutually beneficial interactions. Maurice is the author of the brand new book, Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both. Maurice Schweitzer is the Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on emotions, ethical decision making, and the negotiation process. He has published in Management, Psychology, and Economics journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Management Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and the American Economic Review.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 10 mins -”263 – The End of Net Neutrality: What It Means For Science (and You), Nov 27, 2017,” At the link find that title, “263,” right-click “Media files ede_263-ui3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 24 mins – “The FCC’s upcoming vote on whether to repeal “net neutrality” in the U.S. could have sweeping implications for Americans, but Canadians also have a lot to lose.” At the link find the title, “Dec 8 Q&A: What would a U.S. repeal of net neutrality mean for Canadians? 2017” right-click “Media files current_20171208_42341.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 29 mins – “FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr talks about net neutrality, the Justice Department’s effort to sue AT&T over its plan to buy Time Warner, media ownership rules, internet privacy, and whether Google, Facebook, and others should have new regulation.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.492029.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 42 mins – “Harvard Law Professor Susan Crawford on the risks of the FCC’s plan to do away with net neutrality rules and why she believes the agency should be focused instead on ensuring that all Americans have access to cheap, world class internet access. Then, Charlie Savage of the New York Times on how President Trump is reshaping the U.S. judiciary.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Net Neutrality 46 mins – “Is this the end for net neutrality? President Trump’s FCC chief moves to eliminate it. What could your Internet look like when the net isn’t neutral?” At the link find the title, “FCC Moves To Kill Net Neutrality — Now What? Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_567007074.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 58 mins – “Next week, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a proposal to reverse current rules governing internet service providers like Comcast or Verizon.  We examine what it might mean for those who create on-line content, those who distribute it, and customers seeking information and entertainment.“ At the ink right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New York Produce Show 26 mins – Five reporters go to the New York Produce Show and Conference, each on a mission.” At the link find the title, ““#813: The Produce Show, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171215_pmoney pmpod813v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Politics 58 mins – “Jennet Conant recounts the career of her grandfather, James Conant, administrative director of the Manhattan Project and later president of Harvard University.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Jennet Conant, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.489113.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Weapon Science 151 mins – “In this episode we chat about the science and engineering involved in nuclear weapons. Our guest is Alex Wellerstein of the Stevens Institute of Technology. We talk about atomic bombs as well as hydrogen bombs, how to refine the necessary fuels as well as a little bit of history.” At the link and bottom of the page right-click “Download MP3 File Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organic Goods 39 mins – “In 1970, Tom Chappell took out a $5000 loan to launch a natural products company called Tom’s of Maine. Working out of a warehouse in Kennebunk, Maine, he created soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste free from added chemicals, and sustainable for the environment. When he sold the company three decades later, Tom’s of Maine had become one of the largest natural products brands in the world. PLUS for our postscript “How You Built That”, we check back with Paul Kaster, who two years ago started a company that makes wooden bowties, and is now starting Carbon Cravat — which makes bowties out of carbon fiber.” At the link find the title, “Tom’s Of Maine: Tom Chappell, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171208_hibt_tomsofmaine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parenting Models 30 mins – “Many parents think they can shape their child into a particular kind of adult. Psychologist Alison Gopnik says the science suggests otherwise. She thinks we’d all be better off if we had a different understanding of the relationship between parents and kids.” At the link find the title, “Kinder-Gardening, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171211_hiddenbrain hb alison gopnik-mix_4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pharmaceutical Production Research 48 mins – “Dr. B. Frank Gupton, Virgina Commonwealth University Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, shares details on his latest innovative research. He is focused on the development and application of new technologies that will streamline organic synthesis through process intensification. The overall interest is in applying these principals towards the development of new catalyst systems that can be used in concert with continuous chemical processing (flow reactor technology) to streamline the synthesis of pharmaceutical active ingredients (API’s).” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pizza Farmer in Wisconsin 65 mins – “Heather Secrist raises two acres of vegetables, as well as pastured pork and lamb, on sixteen acres at Suncrest Gardens Farm in the rural hills of Cochrane, Wisconsin – and turns it all into pizzas and other value-added foods. With sales on farm during pizza nights and a new “garden café”, as well as to a farmers market in Winona, Minnesota, Heather has developed a business model that works for herself and for her family. Heather returned to the region where she grew up on a family farm to start Suncrest Gardens Farm in 2003, and has been making pizza for on-farm pizza nights since long before it was cool. She shares with us how she grew the farm and value-added operation to provide her with a full-time living, including developing the infrastructure, marketing to regular and occasional customers, and how she’s negotiated the regulations for her small-scale processing facility, as well as how her marketing strategy has evolved through the years.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Police Use of Force 68 mins – “On a fall afternoon in 1984, Dethorne Graham ran into a convenience store for a bottle of orange juice. Minutes later he was unconscious, injured, and in police handcuffs. In this episode, we explore a case that sent two Charlotte lawyers on a quest for true objectivity, and changed the face of policing in the US. The key voices: Dethorne Graham Jr., son of Dethorne Graham, appellant in Graham v. Connor; Edward G. (Woody) Connette, lawyer who represented Graham in the lower courts; Gerald Beaver, lawyer who represented Graham at the Supreme Court; Kelly McEvers, host of Embedded and All Things Considered. The key case: 1989: Graham v. Connor” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Precarious Work 56 mins – “For most of the 20th century, everyone, from the janitor on up to the CEO, was employed by the company. But now large corporations are outsourcing work to small companies. A lecture and interview with scholar and former Obama appointee David Weil.” At the link find the title, “Precarious Work: David Weil on the disappearing company job, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20171205_41407.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychedelic Explorer 100 mins – “DISCLAIMER: DO NOT CONSUME ANY DRUGS WITHOUT CONSULTING A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.JAMES FADIMAN, Ph.D., did his undergraduate work at Harvard and his graduate work at Stanford, doing research with the Harvard Group, the West Coast Research Group in Menlo Park, and Ken Kesey. He is the author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide.Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” Jim Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this episode, we discuss the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelics when used for spiritual purposes (high dose), therapeutic purposes (moderate dose), and problem-solving purposes (low dose). Fadiman outlines best practices for safe “entheogenic” voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience–from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.We also discuss new uses for LSD and other psychedelics, including extremely low doses for improved cognitive function. Cautioning that psychedelics are not for everyone, he dispels the myths and misperceptions about psychedelics, which are commonly circulated in textbooks. Fadiman explain how — in his opinion — psychedelics, used properly, can lead not only to healing but also to scientific breakthroughs and spiritual epiphanies.” At the link find the title, “Ep 66: The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide – Risks, Micro-Dosing, Ibogaine, and More,” right-click “Media files ae1b609a-106c-486e-a62b-2f4b410b33da.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Radicals in Canada 19 mins – “Critics accuse police of “normalizing” fascist groups after a Quebec City far-right protest left 44 counter-protesters arrested.” At the link find the title, “Nov 28 Are actions of police legitimizing far-right groups in Quebec? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171128 87617.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Trends 43 mins – “This week we talk to former Foreign Secretary David Miliband about his new book Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time. He explains what the refugee crisis tells us about the state of world politics and why it is both so essential and so hard to tackle it. We also talk about climate change, Brexit, the failures of the Blair government and the fate of social democracy in the new ‘age of extremes’. David Miliband is currently Chair and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).” At the link find the title, “David Miliband, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Renewable Energy in Utah 53 mins – “There’s a lot of talk about renewable energy these days. But what’s really happening? Will renewables ever replace fossil fuels? In a new documentary, filmmaker James Redford travels the country to find out just how far renewable energy can take us.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Republican Mayor’s Success 14 mins – “Conventional wisdom says that to win an election, you need to play to your constituencies’ basest, most divisive instincts. But as a candidate for mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, G.T. Bynum decided to skip the smear campaigns, tell voters what he wanted to accomplish and give them ways to measure his success — and it led him to win the election. In a hopeful, funny talk, Bynum shares how he’s tackling his city’s most pressing issues and says that we need to set aside philosophical disagreements and focus on the aspirations that unite us.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russ Roberts 47 mins – “Russ Roberts – Our guest this week is the host of the extremely popular EconTalk podcast.  In this episode talk economics, education, passion, and more! Although sometimes Economics can seem dry and boring, Russ has made a living out of making it understandable and bringing it to the masses. Russell Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He tries to make economics understandable to a general audience. Roberts hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk–hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Nassim Taleb, Christopher Hitchens, Jimmy Wales, Joseph Stiglitz, and John Bogle. EconTalk was named podcast of the year in the 2008 Weblog Awards. His latest book is The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Satellites P4 26 mins– “We’ve got a satellite. We got a rocket. We’re heading to the launch pad.” At the link find the title, “SPACE 4: 3 2 1, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171208_pmoney pmpod811_v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Segregation in Georgia 50 mins – “In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out. Patrick Phillips, author of ‘Blood at the Root,’ tells the story. Film critic David Edelstein reviews ‘I, Tonya.’” At the link find the title, “Dec, 2017 The ‘Racial Cleansing’ Of Forsyth County, GA,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Abuse 46 mins – “Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the #MeToo silence breakers. Where does the movement go?” At the link find the title, “Time’s Person Of The Year: People Who Broke Silence On Sexual Abuse, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_569167217.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Abuse 47 mins -”Journalists Jane Mayer and Rebecca Traister look back on Clarence Thomas’ 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings, in which Hill’s testimony brought sexual harassment into the popular consciousness. “She served as kind of a canary in the coal mine for women about what happens when you do speak up against a powerful man, even though she hadn’t even asked to speak up,” Mayer says.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Abuse in Congress 30 mins – “Congress is considering changes to the way it handles sexual harassment complaints after its current rules have been called onerous by critics. We take stock of what might change with Patrick Terpstra of the Scripps Washington Bureau, and we speak with the lawmaker who helped shape the system, retired Rep. Chris Shays, who says it’s imperfect but is a vast improvement over what came before.” At the link find the title, “223: This is what happens when Congress polices itself, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 5eab98a8-d3b8-496f-9296-df43ab8eee5f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slave Trade in North Africa 46 mins – “Slaves on the auction block in 2017 in North Africa. We’ll investigate.” At the link find the title, “Slave Trade Sweeps Up Migrants In North Africa, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_567539447.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu..

Sleep Aid 7 mins – “There’s nothing quite like a good night’s sleep. What if technology could help us get more out of it? Dan Gartenberg is working on tech that stimulates deep sleep, the most regenerative stage which (among other wonderful things) might help us consolidate our memories and form our personalities. Find out more about how playing sounds that mirror brain waves during this stage might lead to deeper sleep — and its potential benefits on our health, memory and ability to learn.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Slow Medicine 67 mins – “Since the turn of the century, new developments in technology have forever changed the way patients experience health care. From highly advanced surgical robots to quick and convenient telemedicine apps, the practice of medicine has become significantly more efficient than before. Indeed, the average time a doctor spends with a patient has been cut down to less than 10 minutes. Is this newfound efficiency leading to better health outcomes or lower costs for patients? Victoria Sweet, a veteran physician and acclaimed author, argues the opposite: that the drive for efficiency and the incorporation of new technology has actually changed American health care for the worse. In her new book, Slow Medicine, Sweet boldly challenges the impersonal health care status quo, making the case that doctors must slow down, take the time to form connections with their patients, and carefully consider their patients’ circumstances until the right diagnoses and treatments can be determined. Drawing on historical research, interviews with health care professionals around the country and her own experience working at a hospital for the impoverished in San Francisco, Sweet dismantles conventional thought about the construction of the modern American health-care system.” At the link find the title, “Dr. Victoria Sweet: Slow Medicine, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20171130_Victoria_Sweet_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Snails 29 mins – “Though Gastropod is, as regular listeners know, a podcast about the science and history of all things gastronomical, we do share a name with Gastropoda, the taxonomic class that includes slugs and snails. And, as it turns out, the history and science of heliciculture, or snail farming, is completely fascinating. Join Cynthia on a trip to rural Washington State to learn how to raise snails and whether fresh and vacuum-packed taste any less rubbery than canned. Plus, you’ll hear about the earliest evidence for human snail consumption, how the Romans fattened theirs up, and all about the bizarre world of snail sex.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Southern Movement Assemblies 29 mins – “This week’s Laura Flanders Show comes from Whitakers, North Carolina and the annual gathering of the Southern Movement Assemblies — a living experiment in popular democracy and local self governance. Plantation politics, monopoly capitalism, incarceration instead of peace: a lot of the worst of the American experience has it roots in the US South, but so does much of the best, from slave revolts, to abolition, to organized labor and civil rights. If the country goes as the South goes, what grassroots progressives do here matters. For this special episode we partnered with Project South, an anchor organization of the Southern Movement Assemblies, and Laura was joined by co-host LaDie Mansfield.” At the link find the title, “Special Report: Self Governance – The Southern Movements Way, Dec, 2017,” right-click “lfs_ep176_southern_report.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Speech Writing 99 mins – “For 15 years, Intelligence Squared has vigorously championed the spoken word. The finest speakers from across the globe have come to our stage — to argue, to move, to persuade and change minds. Their speeches epitomise the vital role that public speaking plays in our lives. To celebrate the power of oratory, we held a major event which will showcase how great speeches have swayed the course of history and demonstrate how, more than ever, we need them to help define our values and who we are. Barack Obama’s director of speechwriting, Cody Keenan, shared his experience of helping craft the presidential speeches that moved the hearts and minds of millions around the world. Alongside him was be Philip Collins, Tony Blair’s former speechwriter and Times columnist, whose new book argues for the importance of speeches in protecting and promoting democracy. With Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis in the chair, Keenan and Collins unpacked the tricks and techniques that have been used by the most brilliant orators down the centuries and which are still working their magic today. Bringing this all to life were star actors Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Irons and Simon Russell Beale, who will perform extracts from remarkable speeches – some familiar, others that will surprise – from different continents and eras. What is it about a great speech that can give voice to people’s intense but unarticulated feelings? What is that special alchemy of words and personal charisma that makes us as susceptible to dangerous demagogues as to the morally uplifting oratory of a Mandela, a Martin Luther King or a JFK?” At the link find the title, “Words that Changed The World, with Jeremy Irons and Carey Mulligan, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

State Supreme Court Justice 53 mins – “Thursday, Doug talks to Christine Durham, who has just retired after 35 years as Utah’s first female Supreme Court justice. But Durham has also been called the person who has done more for Utah’s judicial branch than anyone else – man or woman.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Cake Case 53 mins – “Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case of the Colorado baker who refused to make a custom wedding cake for a gay couple. Court observers Amy Wildermuth and RonNell Andersen Jones join us to talk about what happened.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surrogacy Complications 24 mins – “I just thought of it as, ‘Wow, you learn something new every day’ because I didn’t know that identical twins can come out not looking identical.” At the link find the title, “Dec 5 How a surrogate twin pregnancy turned into a custody battle over unrelated babies, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171205_51936.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Swastika History 52 mins – “The swastika evokes visceral reactions in the Western world, but for years it symbolized good fortune and well-being. We talk to designer Steven Heller about the swastika’s history, and ask if it can ever be seen in its original context again.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Life 68 mins – “Saria’s story: Life as a Syrian refugee. On December 6, the Brookings Institution hosted Saria Samakie, in conversation with Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow and former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Samakie and Duncan candidly discussed what it is like to be a Syrian refugee in America today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu..

Technology Concerns 66 mins – “Since the rise of the web in the 1990s, technological skeptics have always faced resistance. To question the virtue and righteousness of tech, and especially computing, was seen as truculence, ignorance, or luddism. But today, the real downsides of tech, from fake news to data breaches to AI-operated courtrooms to energy-sucking bitcoin mines, have become both undeniable and somewhat obvious in retrospect. In light of this new technological realism, perhaps there is appetite for new ways to think about and plan for the future of technology, which anticipates what might go right and wrong once unproven tech mainstreams quickly. In this conversation, author and an award-winning game designer Dr. Ian Bogost considers a technology that has not yet mainstreamed—autonomous vehicles—as a test case on how we should think about the future of tech. More info on this event here: cyber.harvard.edu/events/2017/luncheon/12/Bogost” At the link click the box with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorism Funded by Fake Handbags 12 mins – “What’s the harm in buying a knock-off purse or a fake designer watch? According to counterfeit investigator Alastair Gray, fakes like these fund terrorism and organized crime. Learn more about the trillion-dollar underground economy of counterfeiting — from the criminal organizations that run it to the child labor they use to produce its goods — as well as measures you can take to help stop it. “Let’s shine a light on the dark forces of counterfeiting that are hiding in plain sight,” Gray says.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tesla S3 Experience 126 mins – “We do a deep dive into living with the Model 3 for two weeks and over 1,000 miles. Caleb drove the Model 3 from Palo Alto to LA and back and lived with it for two weeks. We discuss everything about the vehicle from Autopilot, to the interior, to ergonomics to the UI, and more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Textile Pollution Control 13 mins – “Natsai Audrey Chieza is a designer on a mission — to reduce pollution in the fashion industry while creating amazing new things to wear. In her lab, she noticed that the bacteria Streptomyces coelicolor makes a striking red-purple pigment, and now she’s using it to develop bold, color-fast fabric dye that cuts down on water waste and chemical runoff, compared with traditional dyes. And she isn’t alone in using synthetic biology to redefine our material future; think — “leather” made from mushrooms and superstrong yarn made from spider-silk protein. We’re not going to build the future with fossil fuels, Chieza says. We’re going to build it with biology.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ticket Scalping 48 mins “The public has almost no chance to buy good tickets to the best events. Ticket brokers, meanwhile, make huge profits on the secondary markets. Here’s the story of how this market got so dysfunctional, how it can be fixed – and why it probably won’t be.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Steele Dossier 26 mins – ““This is one group of Americans, basically, allegedly kind of seeking the help of a traditional enemy of the United States to try to discredit and chop the legs of political opponents. This is new territory.” At the link find the title, “Nov 30 Trump-Russia ‘scandal bigger than Watergate,’ says author and reporter Luke Harding, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171130_71137.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Background 59 mins – “Daily Caller News Foundation Editor-in-Chief Christopher Bedford examines Donald Trump’s leadership as a businessman, politician, and president of the United States.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Christopher Bedford, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.489834.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Business Operations 27 mins – “As a businessman, President Trump is known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business.” At the link find the title, :#812: High Rise, Low Return, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171213_nprpolitics_pmpod812v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tuco the Parrot 54 mins – “Michael Enright speaks to three people who are changing the way we think about our relationship with the natural world, from one-on-one relationships with animals to the massive, unwieldy issue of our impact on a geological scale.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files on changing the way we think about the natural world,” Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20171204_55595.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Game Addiction 107 mins – “World-renowned psychologist Professor Richard Ryan talks about why video games are so addictive and why people can’t wait for the weekend.” At the link find the title, “On the secrets of human motivation, Nov, 2011,” right-click “Media files 241603998-uniofbath-on-the-secrets-of-human-motivation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vietnam War 93 mins – “On December 12, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings convened a panel of experts on Vietnam.” At the link click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save As” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Viral Media 10 mins – “What’s the secret to making content people love? Join BuzzFeed’s Publisher Dao Nguyen for a glimpse at how her team creates their tempting quizzes, lists and videos — and learn more about how they’ve developed a system to understand how people use content to connect and create culture.” At the link right-click “Share,” right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virus Shells 31 mins – “This week, electric eel inspired batteries, virus inspired protein shells, and modelling magma viscosity.” At the link find the title, “14 December 2017: Volcanoes, viruses & electric eels,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

VR and Behavior Modification 46 mins – “Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier now says VR could be the “evilest invention of all time.” He makes the case.” At the link find the title, “Could Virtual Reality Become ‘The Evilest Invention Of All Time’? Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_567277958.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

VR Uses 58 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” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wage Trends 56 mins – “Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and political risk consultant Anna Szymanski are joined by author Rachel Schneider to discuss: The Financial Diaries, by Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider; Affirm and financing consumer purchases; Amazon’s new second headquarters” At the link find the title, “The Consumption Smoothing Edition, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM9597885198.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Whipworms 99 mins – “The TWiPians solve the case of the Woman With Anemia, Eosinophila, and a Worm in Her Intestine, and discuss a study on the function and druggability of two malarial aspartate proteases. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, and Daniel GriffinAt the link right-click “TWIP#143” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfires in California 47 mins – “Updates on the Thomas, Rye and Skirball fires. Plus, ways to keep your home safe against flames, then FEMA efforts in Southern California.” At the link find the title, “Eye on fires: the latest on all the blazes in CA, keeping your home safe and lessons from the NorCal fires, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files SHOW_120717-0ef824bc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wine History 6 mins – “Are you a wine buff with a penchant for a more mature vintage? If so, you may be interested to hear that archaeologists working in Georgia have discovered the world’s oldest evidence of imbibing. Shards of pottery dating back about 8000 years have turned up with wine residue still stuck to them. Georgia Mills spoke to Andrew Graham…At the right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woolly Mammoth 51 mins – “Believe it or not, scientists are actually trying to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction. It’s not going to be easy, but if they get it right, and if they manage all the legal and ethical hurdles, the results could actually help save the world.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II Discussion 30 mins– “Recorded on October 23, 2017 Could the Axis powers have won? What are the counterfactuals for World War II? Find out in part two of this episode as military historian, editor of Strategika, and Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson joins Peter Robinson to discuss his latest book, The Second World Wars. Victor Davis Hanson explains the counterfactuals of World War II, the “what-ifs” that easily could have changed the outcome of the war. If Hitler had not attacked Russia or the Japanese had not attacked Pearl Harbor, the USSR would have never turned on Germany and the United States would have never entered the war. Hanson argues that the leaders of the Axis powers overreached in their strategies, which ultimately caused their downfall. Hanson also explores the counterfactual surrounding the American commanders and the “what-ifs” that could have prevented American success in the war. Victor Davis Hanson also reflects on his own family history and connections to World War II and how it shaped him as both a person and a scholar in his life today. He talks about his motivations to write his latest book, The Second World Wars, and how his family history and the current political climate inspired him to write it.” t the link find the title, “Part 2: The Second World Wars with Victor Davis Hanson, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171212-VDH-UK-part-2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yemen Civil War 19 mins – “Yemen likely headed into further chaos and bloodshed after rebel forces have killed former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to political watchers” At the link find the title, “Dec 5 What’s next for Yemen after killing of former president? 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171205_78093.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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