Exercise your ears: the 120 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 631 for the week, to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Get all the files as a group for the next four months here, or double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source. A collection of 19,180 podcasts, listed alphabetically and grouped by topic, can be downloaded piecemeal, with files A-B at this link, files C-E link, and the remainder here. You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download at the last place, so multiple group downloads will be needed to get all files, totaling over 118GB and may take a few hours. The first entry in the collection is a text file with just titles for quicker reference. A collection of abstracts for all the podcasts is available at this link and updated quarterly. Get even the discarded material using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of the 440 sources. Exercise your ears and relax the rest.
3D Printer Conference 33 mins – “Is the 3D printing industry progressing fast enough? Is AI going to take the place of engineers and designers? Such questions were answered in Inside 3D Printing San Diego 2017. Although a smaller event compared from last year, it was the panel track and the attendees that pulled the event together and made the trip worth taking. This turned into a concentrated effort to push and put pressure on the future of the 3D printing industry. Product designers and business owners from Idaho, Colorado and even Guatemala came in to learn what they need to explore and how they can expand in terms of software, material, machinery and clients.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Affordable Care Act Details 88 mins – “The US leads the world in per capita health care spending but outcomes lag behind many countries that spend less. Dr. Andy Bindman looks at the ACA, its impact and the republican criticism of it. He explores what he thinks ought to happen to both reduce health care need and costs. (#32937)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Afghanistan Story 28 mins – “Dr Arian fled the war in Afghanistan at the age of 15 and travelled to London. He won a place at Cambridge University and studied medicine, qualifying as a doctor. Just two years from becoming a consultant in radiology, he chose to take a career break so he could help those back home. He has established a network of around 100 volunteer doctors and consultants in the West, who give free advice to hospitals in war zones, by text, What’s App, Skype and email.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aflatoxins 32 mins – “Aflatoxins are trace compounds produced by certain fungi, and represent a legitimate food safety risk. These fungi grow on corn, peanuts and other crops, especially in warm, humid areas that lack fungal control measures. They have been connected to numerous human diseases, primarily liver cancer, but also cause problems in livestock fed contaminated grain. Dr. Monica Schmidt of the University of Arizona has a good solution. Her team has expressed an RNA sequence in corn that matches the genetic sequence in the fungus. Upon invasion, the fungus takes up the RNA from the corn, and it shuts down the genes required for aflatoxin production. There are no effects on the corn kernel itself. This work shows that safer food could be produced by arming the plant with genetic defenses it could implement in fighting fungal contamination and the toxins it produces.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Air Pollution Fixes 52 mins – “Well, it’s back. Again. Bad air is choking northern Utah, and it could be around for a while. But we’re not the only ones who have to deal with toxic air pollution. These days it’s a global problem, and people everywhere are looking for solutions.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alan Alda Interview 39 mins – “…Today’s guest is actor, writer, director, and science-curious artist Alan Alda. Jason says: “I grew up watching him in reruns of MASH, where his character Hawkeye Pierce was so specific and relatable that he feels in my memory like a not-too-distant relative. And in Horace and Pete, Louis CK’s 2016 brilliant web-tv dramedy, Alan underwent a miraculous metamorphosis into a bitter, racist barman who is also a fully-fleshed human being. But wait – there’s more! For decades, Alan has been helping to heal the ancient rift between highly technical science and ordinary curiosity. Alan’s new book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? Shares what he (and science) have learned about how we can communicate better. It’s no exaggeration to say that this is a matter of life or death.” Inspired by a passage in Alan’s book, Jason puts away his interview notes. What follows is a funny, honest, connected conversation unlike anything else in the show’s two-year history.” At the link find the title, “106. Alan Alda (Actor) – The Spirit of the Staircase,” right-click “Media files PP5550286131.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Deterioriation 45 mins – “Jason Gots: I want to tell you a story. It’s November 5, 2016, a few days before Election Day. I’m staring at Facebook, promising myself I’m going to delete the app once and for all from my phone, today. Enough of the political echo chamber. Enough of the ranting. Then I’m sucked into a video, because that’s what happens. It’s CNN’s Van Jones sitting in the living room of a family in Pennsylvania. Unlike me and most every other liberal coastal elite I know, he’s talking to people who support Donald Trump for President. Listening. Trying to understand. And pulling no punches in expressing his own anger and anxiety over where our country might be headed. In the year leading up to this moment, I had seen nothing like it. And it gave me hope. I’m so happy to welcome CNN Contributor and former Obama Administration adviser Van Jones to Think Again. His new book is Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode:” At the link find the title, “121. Van Jones (social entrepreneur) – Blind Spots & Sore Spots, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP8671903291.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Exceptionalism 52 mins – “Orthodox kookiness: the true American exceptionalism? Writer Kurt Andersen and host Jason Gots discuss America’s 500 year old tendency toward passionate belief in the preposterous in this, Big Think’s latest brain-fertilizing podcast. Writer and media polymath Kurt Andersen is the NY-times bestselling author of the novels Heyday, Turn of the Century, and True Believers, and he’s the host and co-creator of the Peabody-award winning public radio show Studio 360. Kurt’s latest book Fantasyland – How America Went Haywire – is a 500 year history of a different kind of American exceptionalism. Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode: Neuroscientist Beau Lotto on diversity, Neil DeGrasse Tyson on science education” At the link find the title, “117. Kurt Andersen (writer) – The Sleep of Reason, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP8695786131.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Name Uses 28 mins – “For many within the US the word America means one thing – the United States of America. But President Trump’s use of it as a campaign tool sparked anger to the south of the US border. For those from Mexico to Chile “America” is the continent and they too are Americans. Katy Watson explores why the US became America and what it tells us about relations with the rest of the continent in the Trump era.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Anxiety Treatment 71 mins – “Professor Paul Salkovskis talks about understanding and treating anxiety.” At the link find the title, Professor Paul Salkovskis inaugural lecture: Understanding and treating anxiety , Jun 2012,” right-click “Play Now “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Asteroid Impact Discussion 42 mins -.”Students engage in a lively discussion about the short film The Day The Mesozoic Died with Andy Knoll of Harvard University; Sean Carroll, executive producer of the film; and two researchers featured in the film: Kirk Johnson, director of the National Museum of Natural History; and Tyler Lyson, postdoctoral researcher at the National Museum of Natural History.” At the link find the title, “2012 Earth History/Climate Change Discussion 2,” right-click “Media files 12Discussion2_400.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Australian Science Research 55 mins – “Count the billions. 20 billion Australian dollars equivalent to search for the Higgs Boson particle. 600 billion dollars for the hundred genomes project. Billions for this and billions for that. All this while funding for scientific research is under increasing pressure. Do large teams, from different countries, often funded by government, together known as big science, produce the results? The contribution of science to a productive economy, healthy population and sustainable world often takes decades to play out and is difficult to price into tight funding budgets. But the multiples from investment are there to see including development of the internet and the mobile phone. A panel of distinguished scientific leaders dissects the challenges facing scientific discovery and the ongoing quest to explore the unknown. This panel discussion was part of the World Festival of Science held in Brisbane in March 2017.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Biased Judges 49 mins – “Much of the legal world’s attention was focused this week on Donald Trump’s attacks on Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over the Trump University fraud cases in California. The outrage centered on Trump’s insistence that the fact of Curiel’s Mexican ancestry should disqualify him from the case, considering Trump’s declared intent to build a border wall. We discuss Trump’s stance – and its historical antecedents – with Deborah Rhode, founding director of Stanford University’s Center on Ethics. And we sit down with Jeffrey Rosen to talk about the far-reaching legal mind of Justice Louis Brandeis, confirmed to the Supreme Court 100 years ago this month. Rosen is the author of the new book Louis D. Brandeis: An American Prophet.” At the link find the title, “What Would Brandeis Do? Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM9271746723.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brexit Fallout 45 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann. Topics discussed on today’s show include: -UK Property funds are in trouble post-Brexit; -What it means for interest rates to be negative. -Italian banks are in crisis.” At the link find the title, “The Fallout Edition, Jul, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM7860674935.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Campus Free Speech 78 mins – “Can diversity and free expression co-exist on our campuses? How about in our town squares, our cities, and our world? In this talk, John Palfrey — Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover, and author of the new book “Safe Spaces, Braves Spaces” — leads a discussion of two of the foundational values of our democracy in the digital age.” At the link find the title, “Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 372178094-berkmanklein-safe-spaces-brave-spaces.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Carl Zimmer 30 mins – “On May 25th, 2010 science writer Carl Zimmer gave a keynote address at the American Society for Microbiology’s General Meeting in San Diego, California. The presentation entitled “Newspapers, Blogs, and Other Vectors: Infecting Minds with Science in the Age of New Media” was given at the President’s Forum, “Telling the Story of Science.” Zimmer is a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches writing about science and the environment. In addition to writing books, Zimmer contributes articles to the New York Times, as well as magazines including National Geographic, Time, Scientific American, Science, and Popular Science. He also writes an award-winning blog, The Loom. From 1994 to 1998 Zimmer was a senior editor at Discover, where he remains a contributing editor and writes a monthly column about the brain. Zimmer also hosts “Meet the Scientist,” a podcast from the American Society for Microbiology.” At the link find the title, “MWV Episode 39 – Carl Zimmer: Newspapers, Blogs, and Other Vectors: Infecting Minds with Science in the Age of New Media, Jul, 2010,” right-click “Media files MWV39-CarlZimmerAppleDevices.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Christopher Hitchens 46 mins – “In this historic event, Stephen Fry and other friends of Christopher Hitchens came together to celebrate the life and work of this great writer, iconoclast and debater. Fry was joined on stage at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall by Richard Dawkins and the two discussed Hitch’s unflinching commitment to the truth. Hollywood actor Sean Penn was beamed in from LA by Google+ and, between cigarette puffs, read from Hitch’s acclaimed work, ‘The Trial of Henry Kissinger’. Five friends of Hitch spoke via satellite in New York: satirist Christopher Buckley and editor Lewis Lapham mused on Hitch’s prowess as a journalist. ‘Like a pot of gold’, said Lapham. Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and James Fenton delighted the audience with stories of Hitchens as a young man. Rushdie drew roars of laughter when he recounted a word game invented by Amis and Hitchens where the word ‘love’ is replaced with ‘hysterical sex’. Particular favourites included Hysterical Sex in the Time of Cholera and Hysterical Sex Is All You Need. Watching the event with Hitch at his bedside in Texas, Hitch’s wife Carol and novelist Ian McEwan provided an email commentary. ‘His Rolls Royce mind is still purring beautifully’, typed McEwan. The event was watched live by 2500 at the venue, and by thousands more in UK cinemas and online.” At the link find the link, “Stephen Fry and Friends on the Life, Loves and Hates of Christopher Hitchens, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Citrus History 45 mins – “A slice of lime in your cocktail, a lunchbox clementine, or a glass of OJ at breakfast: citrus is so common today that most of us have at least one lurking on the kitchen counter or in the back of the fridge. But don’t be fooled: not only were these fruits so precious that they inspired both museums and the Mafia, they are also under attack by an incurable immune disease that is decimating citrus harvests around the world. Join us on a historical and scientific adventure, starting with a visit to the ark of citrus—a magical grove in California that contains hundreds of varieties you’ve never heard of, from the rose-scented yellow goo of a bael fruit to the Pop Rocks-sensation of a caviar lime. You’ll see that lemon you’re about to squeeze in a whole new light.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Clean Energy 52 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. Monday, we continue our Through the Lens series with filmmaker James Redford’s latest documentary. It’s about his quest to learn more about renewable energy. Redford wanted to know just how far it can take us. So he traveled across America, from Georgetown, Texas, to Buffalo, New York, and found communities that are safer, healthier, and thriving economically because they’ve replaced fossil fuels with renewables. Redford joins us to discuss his journey and what he calls ‘the dawn of the clean energy era.’” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Clinton Conference 103 mins – “Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mark the 25th anniversary of the day he was elected as president in a sit-down interview with the Clinton Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas.” At the link find the title, “President Clinton Marks the 25th Anniversary of Election, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.491450.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Communication Trends 72 mins – “…We’ve been dreaming of this life for a long time, since before the vacuum tubes and punchcards of the ’40s, and now that we are here, some people are worried that the tech will, at best, make us lazy, and at worst make us stupid. Is all this new technology improving our thinking or dampening it? Are all these new communication tools turning us into navel-gazing human/brand hybrids, or are we developing a new set of senses that allow us to benefit from never severing contact with the people most important to us? That’s the topic of this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast, and to answer these questions we welcome this episode’s guest, Clive Thompson, who is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better. As the title suggests, he disagrees with the naysayers, and his book is an impressive investigation into why they are probably (thankfully) wrong. Thompson is a journalist whose work can be found published in Wired, The Washington Post, and the New York Times Magazine. You can learn more about him at his website.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Technology Clive Thompson_.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Confederate Monuments 65 mins – “Historical Context of Civil War Monuments Panelists talked about the historical context in which Civil War monuments were constructed and what they came to symbolize.” At the link you can listen and purchase a download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.
Crowd Behavior 70 mins – “What causes people to riot? What gives a rousing speech its power over the masses? Could you be seduced by the presence of a mob to do things you wouldn’t do otherwise? We ask these questions and more of Michael Bond, author of The Power of Others, as we examine the psychological power of crowds to alter our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.” At the link right click “Direct download: 028-Crowds-Michael_Bond.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Curiosity 46 mins – “Jason Gots: It’s 150,000 years ago. You’re a Homo sapiens, hanging out in a really cozy clearing protected from behind by a cliff wall. It’s a great spot. Temperate, isolated, pretty safe. Lots of good fruits and tubers nearby. Should you just hang out here forever? Well…you could…but something’s nagging at that medial frontal cortex of yours. There’s a hill in the distance. What’s beyond it? Something different, maybe! Something new and shiny! Maybe today you’ll just take a quick look. My guest today is neuroscientist David Eagleman. In The Runaway Species, How Human Creativity Remakes the World, David and his co-author Anthony Brandt explore that ancient tension between mastery and curiosity – the known and the unknown. And how the human imagination exploits it to make new things. Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode: Isaac Lidsky on how going blind showed one man the light, Michael Slaby on a 30-hour work week.” At the link find the title, “122. David Eagleman (neuroscientist) – Your Creative Brain, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP9428029163.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cutlery 45 mins – “Chances are, you’ve spent more time thinking about the specs on your smartphone than about the gadgets that you use to put food in your mouth. But the shape and material properties of forks, spoons, and knives turn out to matter—a lot. Changes in the design of cutlery have not only affected how and what …” At the link find the title, “Episode 1: The Golden Spoon, Sept, 2014,” right-click “Media files The_Golden_Spoon.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Death and Dying 57 mins – “Professor Allan Kellehear, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath’s Centre for Death & Society, gives an overview of the changing attitudes and behaviour of human beings and other hominids in their response to death, dying and loss over the last two million years.” At the link f ind the title, “The history of death and dying, Nov 2007,”right-click “Play Now “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dengue Vaccine Problem 108 mins – “The TWiVerinos discuss restriction of dengue virus vaccine by Sanofi, and data which suggest that Dengvaxia causes enhanced disease in previously uninfected recipients. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler” At the link right-click “Download TWiV 471”right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Earthquake Protection P1 25 mins – “Professor Andrew Plummer, Director of the Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control, discusses recreating earthquakes in a laboratory to test how buildings perform under extreme conditions.” At the link right-click “Recreating earthquakes in a laboratory, Mar, 2009,” right-click “Media files 241903160-uniofbath-recreating-earthquakes-in-a-laboratory.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Earthquake Protection P2 45 mins – “How vulnerable are our historic buildings to earthquakes and how can we preserve them from seismic tremors? Dr Dina D’Ayala from the University’s Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering discusses the development of methods to protect and preserve historic buildings from seismic damage.” At the link find the title, “Protecting and preserving historic buildings from earthquakes, Mar, 2009,” right-click “Media files 241902447-uniofbath-protecting-and-preserving-historic-buildings-from-earthquakes.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ebola Control 50 mins – “Chaos is a part of all of our lives. Sometimes we try to control it. And other times, we just have to live with it. On this week’s Radio Replay, we explore different strategies for coping with chaos.” At the link find the title, “Radio Replay: Don’t Panic! Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171221_hiddenbrain_hb chaos radio_hour-radio_replay_final final-ab5fabd9-f1fd-48bb-a439-70bfaa8c893f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Education Value 62 mins – “In this lecture Professor Steve Gough spoke to explore inconsistencies in the way we think of education, and to examine the role of human learning as our interactions with nature – particularly through economic activity – create and re-create our environment.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Educational Ranking of U.S. 52 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. A survey comparing education around the world ranks the US 31st in math among 35 developed countries. So what are schools in Europe and Asia doing that we aren’t? Journalist Amanda Ripley wanted to answer that question, so she followed three American students for a year abroad. Ripley is coming to Utah, so we’re rebroadcasting our conversation about the lessons to be learned from countries where students are excelling.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Electric Transportation Trends 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.
Epigenetic Optimization 65 mins – “If genes are the “Book of You,” then epigenetics are the dog-eared pages marking the parts you’re interested in right now. Dr. Daniel Stickler explains how to use this active overlay on genetic information to your advantage.” At the link find the title, “#208 – Optimizing Epigenetics with Dr. Daniel Stickler, Dec, 2017,” right-click “The post #208 – Optimizing Epigenetics with Dr. Daniel Stickler appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts,” right-click “Media files SDS208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Exercise Overview 57 mins – “In his inaugural lecture, Professor Dylan Thompson, highlights why physical activity today is more important than ever. The podcast covers some of the new approaches that are being used to determine the amount of exercise required for good health and points towards some practical recommendations that can help you today.” At the link find the title, “Professor Dylan Thompson inaugural lecture: Why do we need physical activity and how much is enough? Mar, 2016,” right-click “Media files 254546561-uniofbath-professor dylan-thompson-inaugural lecture why do we need physical activity and how much is enough.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Facial Recognition 60 mins – “This week we deep dive into the science of how we recognize faces and why some of us are better — or worse — at this than others. We talk with Brad Duchaine, Professor of Psychology at Dartmouth College, about both super recognizers and face blindness. And we speak with Matteo Martini, Psychology Lecturer at the University of East London, about a study looking at twins who have difficulty telling which one of them a photo was of. Charity Links: Union of Concerned Scientists Evidence For Democracy Sense About Science American Association for the Advancement of Science Association for Women…” At the link find the title, “#452 Face Recognition and Identity,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Foucault on Knowledge 22 mins – “Michel Foucault’s work explores a wide range of topics; it includes histories of both punishment and sex. He also wrote more abstractly about philosophical topics. One theme to which he kept returning, whatever the topic, was the nature of our knowledge. Susan James discusses this thread in his work in this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Susan James on Foucault and Knowledge.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fracking Exemption Problem 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.
Genetic Fallacy 39 mins – “If you traced back the ad hominem attack and the argument from authority to their shared source, you would find the genetic fallacy, a fallacy that appears when people trace things back to their sources. We often overstate and overestimate just how much we can learn about a claim based on where that claim originated, and that’s the crux of the genetic fallacy. In this episode listen as three experts in logic and reasoning explain when we should and when we should not take the source of a statement into account when deciding if something is true or false.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 076-The Genetic Fallacy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gerrymandering 38 mins – “On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in McCrory v. Harris and Bethune-Hill v. Virginia Board of Elections, two challenges to Republican gerrymandering efforts that resulted in the creation of majority-minority voting districts. At issue is whether lawmakers in Virginia and North Carolina were motivated primarily by racial considerations or only secondarily so. Marc Elias, the lawyer who represented the challengers in both cases, joins us to explain why the distinction is so critical. We also consider the revolt that’s underway in the Electoral College. A small group of electors calling themselves the Hamilton Electors are seeking to be unbound from state requirements that they vote as their state voted. Legal scholar Carolyn Shapiro explains why she believes the Hamilton Electors should be taken seriously.” At the link find the title, “Where We Draw the Line, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM8069387448.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Guantanamo 32 mins – “Seven years after ruling that detainees at Guantanamo Bay were entitled to the protections of the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court seems to have turned its back on the remaining detainees there. On this week’s episode, we ask why.” At the link find the title, “Throwing Away the Key, Mar, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM4459577307.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hands-on Education 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.
Healthcare Improvements 72 mins – “Professor Chris Eccleston, Dr Linda Bauld and Professor Chris Garland talk about their research and how it is helping to improve health and healthcare.” At the link find the title, “Improving health and healthcare, May, 2008,” right-click “Media files 241763088-uniofbath-robots-with-emotions-do-we-need-them.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Healthcare Issues 44 mins – “Today on Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, author of, Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss: The hidden consequences of attaching health grades to employees; The Fed’s recent rate hike; How states are suing generic-drug companies over price-fixing allegations” At the link find the title, “The Unhealthy Markets Edition, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM7933141495.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Heart Failure Diagnosis 5 mins – “UCSF cardiologist Dr. Munir Janmohamed discusses the signs and symptoms of heart failure. (#33147) ” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigrant Overview 42 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs economist Suresh Naidu joins host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann to talk about the economics of migration. Topics discussed on today’s show include: The differences between migrants and refugees. H2 visas for unskilled workers – the new American slavery? How H1 visas for skilled workers also prevent economic growth.” At the link find the title, “The Migration Edition, Aug, 2015,” right-click “ Media files SM2481741664.mp3” right-click “Media files 241605844-uniofbath-protecting-architectural-world-heritage-from-earthquakes.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration Law 35 mins – “Dahlia previews United States v. Texas – this week’s big immigration case – with Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center. She also hears from Sen. Al Franken about the latest in the standoff over Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland.” At the link find the title, “Contra Obama, Apr, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM9236728835.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Info Wars 45 mins – “We have pleasure-inducing chemical systems in our neural pathways dedicated to vision. What gives?” At the link find the title, “#188: The Pleasure of Novelty”, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files SDS188.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Intelligence Chiefs 69 mins – “Military leaders, defense experts and administration officials participate in a series of panel discussions at the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.” At the link find the title, “Intelligence and National Security, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.492555.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Failure Debate 52 mins – “This week’s podcast comes from the closing session of our recent Digital Summit with Vanity Fair. See intelligencesquared.com for more information about the summit. To many the hopes we had for the internet when it first emerged have been smashed by the revelations of government surveillance of our personal data – with the cooperation of the tech giants who know and record our every move online. But to others the technological advances of the last 20 years have opened up an unprecedented world of abundance. It’s not just as consumers of physical goods that we have benefited, but as users of information from books, websites and communication with people on the other side of the world. Is the dream a failed one, or still to come? We were joined by a panel of experts to debate the motion “The internet is a failed utopia”. Arguing for the motion were Silicon Valley’s favourite controversialist Andrew Keen and big data and financial algorithms expert Frank Pasquale….” At the link find titile, “The internet is a failed utopia, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Impact on Humanity 52 mins – “This week’s episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast features two sessions from our recent Digital Summit with Vanity Fair. In the first session, ‘Who are we on the web?’ we examined how deeply the internet is affecting us as human beings. Our panel of experts comprised blogger, journalist and science fiction author Cory Doctorow; author of ‘The Dark Net’ Jamie Bartlett; Director of the 2013 film ‘InRealLife’ Beeban Kidron; and Director of the Governance Lab at NYU Beth Simone Noveck. It was chaired by the UK editor of Vanity Fair Henry Porter. In the second session, ‘London’s star tech enterprise’ we explored how London startups can scale up and compete on the global stage, with founder of Ariadne Capital Julie Meyer; CEO of Telefonica UK (O2) Ronan Dunne; YouTube entrepreneur and founder of SBTV Jamal Edwards; CEO and co-founder of HelixNano Carina Namih; and co-CEO of Decoded Kathryn Parsons. This session was chaired by co-founder of Second Home and former Senior Policy Adviser to David Cameron…” At the link find the title, “Digital Summit Highlights: ‘London’s Star Tech Enterprise’ and ‘Who we are on the Web’ Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Pioneers 51 mins – “This week’s episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast features two sessions from our recent Digital Summit with Vanity Fair. In the first session, ‘This is For Everyone: The hopes of the pioneers’, we explored the hopes and memories of the internet’s early days – could the internet have developed in any other way than the one we know today? Our panel of experts featured former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger; entrepreneur and co-founder of lastminute.com Martha Lane Fox; journalist, blogger and science fiction author Cory Doctorow; and Chief Executive Officer of Telefónica UK (O2) Ronan Dunne. It was chaired by the UK editor of Vanity Fair Henry Porter. In the second session, ‘Artificial Intelligence: Are we engineering our own obsolescence?’ we looked forward to how we will meet the daunting but thrilling challenge of advanced artificial intelligence. We were joined by leading AI expert Nicholas Bostrom; Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College London Murray Shanahan; neuroscientist Daniel…” At the link find the title, “Digital Summit Highlights: ‘The Hopes of the Pioneers’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Investment Hazards 56 mins – “On this episode of Slate Money, financial writer Gregory Ip joins Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann to discuss: • Greg’s new book Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe• Marriott’s planed acquisition of the luxury hotel chain Starwood• Square’s IPO launch” At the link find the title, “The Hidden Danger Edition, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM1302755461.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Irregular Warfare 73 mins – “Join CJ & Bill as they discuss: Some of the post-WWII wars of ‘decolonization’ the British & French fought in places like Malaya, Kenya, & Algeria Vietnam, comparing the French performance there in the 19th century to the French & American performance there in the mid-20th century Some thoughts on the recent wars in the Middle […]” At the link find the title, “Ep. 0080: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 4), Oct, 2015,” right-click “Media files ADL3195132810.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Israeli Army 28 mins – “No institution defines Israel, inside and out, like the formidable Israeli defence force (IDF). Robert Nicholson explores how military service helps shape Israeli society, and the role the army has to play in Israel’s future. Unlike most modern armies, which tend to be professional armies composed of career soldiers and volunteers, the IDF is comprised mostly of conscripts doing compulsory military service. We hear how the IDF looks to steward their young conscripts – and what happens when this attempt at a national project meets areas of national division, inequality and controversy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jury Selection 44 mins – “Dahlia previews Foster v. Chatman, a Supreme Court appeal that contends with the problem of racial bias in the process of jury selection. Her guests include Stephen Bright, president of the Southern Center for Human Rights; and Glenn Ivey, a former prosecutor who has joined an amicus brief in support of the man at the center of Foster.” At the link find the title, “Strike Zone, Oct, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM2599996848.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Justice Ginsburg 38 mins – “We kick off a brand new season of our podcast with an episode devoted to the member of the Supreme Court bench who has garnered by far the most headlines since our last episode. That’s right, it’s the slavish fangirl edition of Amicus, in which we cave to the pressure of our listeners and fête the woman who had the temerity to call Donald Trump a “faker” this past July. Joining us to discuss the cultural phenomenon that is Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is MSNBC national reporter Irin Carmon, co-author of the bestselling biography Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We also hear from Cooper Sirwatka, a New York attorney and proud wearer of a full-color RBG tattoo.” At the link find the title, “Notorious RBG, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM3451108800.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Khizr Khan 58 mins – “Gold Star father Khizr Khan recalls his immigration to America and offers his thoughts on what it means to be an American. He is interviewed by Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA).” At the link find the title, “After Words with Khizr Khan, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.488754.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lethal Injections 29 mins – “As the Supreme Court prepares to revisit the constitutionality of lethal injection, Dahlia Lithwick speaks with two experts about the controversial drugs being used for execution and whether the capital punishment system can be repaired. This week’s excerpts from the Supreme Court’s public sessions were provided by Oyez, a free law project at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. More information on our show page.” At the link find the title, “Botched Protocols,” right-click “Media files SM8121702841.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Disparities 83 mins – “Medical research over the last two decades has clearly documented that people of lower socioeconomic status and from minority racial and ethnic backgrounds have worse health, worse access to medical care and often receive a lower standard of health care. Dr. Dean Schillinger and Dr. Alicia Fernandez explore the challenges and successes of caring for vulnerable populations. (#32936)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Metabolic Health Impact 49 mins – “This episode of the podcast (Episode 381) we have guest Dr. Nasha Winters. Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO, L.Ac, Dipl.OM is the visionary and CEO as well as best selling author, lecturer, and the primary consultant of Optimal TerrainTM. Informed by more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry and a thought leader in personalized precision medicine, Dr. Nasha works to educate clients, doctors and researchers world wide on how to apply integrative oncology philosophically and therapeutically. Listen in as we discuss the roots and causes of cancer and its relation to metabolism, genetics, stress, and what you can do to prevent and combat cancer.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Migration Stories 29 mins – “This week, we bring you two stories about long journeys home, from an Iranian-American biologist and a psychologist who survived Chernobyl. Part 1: Biologist Maryam Zaringhalam is visiting her family’s home country of Iran when the travel ban goes into effect in January 2017. Part 2: Chernobyl survivor Janina Scarlet flees the Soviet Union with her family as a child, only to find new challenges in America. Maryam Zaringhalam is Story Collider DC’s newest co-producer. She’s a molecular biologist who traded in her pipettes for the world of science policy. She comes to DC from the concrete jungles of New York, where she received her PhD from The Rockefeller University. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a scientist, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Her book, “Superhero Therapy” released on December 1, 2016 in the U.K. and on August 1, 2017 in the U.S.” At the link find the title, “Migration: Stories about journeys home, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files TSClive342_Migration_Zaringhalam_Scarlet.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mini Stories 39 mins – “At the end of last year, we started a tradition of collecting new short pieces by 99% Invisible producers into “mini-story” episodes. By popular demand, we are back at it again with tales of iceberg ships, famous ruins, sackcloth dresses, innovative instruments and more.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mueller Investigation 62 mins – “The Mueller investigation keeps keeping on as subtweets, speculation, and objections mount. Dahlia Lithwick speaks with Andrew Wright, a former associate counsel to President Barack Obama about the latest developments. Plus a deep dive into the oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case with Roberta Kaplan, who successfully argued Edie Windsor’s case against the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.” At the link find the title, “Probing the Mueller Probe, and Inside the Chamber for Masterpiece Cakeshop, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY9048445107.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Muslim Girl Interview 39 mins – “…Amani Al-Khatatbeh is the founder and editor of Muslimgirl.com, the number one Muslim women’s blog in the United States. She regularly provides commentary on social, cultural, and political issues through outlets such as CNN, Al Jazeera, and the BBC, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, and made Forbes’ 30 under 30 list. Her new book is called Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age. In this episode, Amani and Jason wrestle with tough questions about identity, power, and Islamic feminism.” At the link find the title, “80. Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (founder: MuslimGirl) – Who Tells Your Story?” right-click “Media files PP2939768156.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Native American Rights 33 mins – “Dahlia speaks with attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle about Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a major Native American rights case argued at the Supreme Court earlier this month.” At the link find the title, “Judging Tribal Courts, Dec, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM7749813583.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview 45 mins – “…Neil DeGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the spiritual heir to Carl Sagan in getting us all worked up about the Cosmos. He’s been appointed to special NASA commissions, hosted multiple TV specials and podcasts, and written many excellent books, the latest of which is Astrophysics for People in A Hurry – a succinct, wryly funny book that’s surprisingly informative for its size – it has the informational density of a black hole….” At the link find the title, “100. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist) – The Only “-ist” I Am,” right-click “Media files PP5768874753.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Net Neutrality 7 mins – “From our new podcast, The Indicator: Opponents of net neutrality argue that the government should get out of the way and let the market work, that’s what leads to better service and more choice. We examine that logic.” At the link find the title, “BONUS INDICATOR: Forget Neutrality, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171218_pmoney pmpodindicator01182017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Net Neutrality 58 mins – “Gus Hurwitz and Travis LeBlanc join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for an engaging debate about the potential repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules.” 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.
Net Neutrality 30 mins – “Two telecommunications advocates, Gigi Sohn and Robert McDowell, talk about how the internet is regulated. The FCC is to vote Dec. 14 on reversing rules that call for the internet to be regulated like a utility.” At the link find the title, “Communicators Roundtable Discussion on Net Neutrality, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.492663.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Net Neutrality Discussion 32 mins – “The FCC will vote later this week to repeal net neutrality protections. Radio Motherboard talks to BoingBoing co-founder and Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Cory Doctorow about what the next steps are to protect the open internet.” At the link find the title, “Net Neutrality, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nikolai Vavilov and the Lysenko Affair 43 mins – “Nikolai Vavilov was a Russian scientist in the early 1900’s. He was known for his characterization of plants, understanding crop domestication, and the centers of origin for many species. He traveled the world with expedition parties to identify and characterize plant species. His collections of seed and samples were extensive, and he was noted as one of the great scientists of the time, and understood inheritance while scientists were developing the concept of a gene. However, as Stalin rose to power Vavilov’s work was less appreciated. His Darwinian concepts were inconsistent with the interests of the government doctrine, which would ultimately lead to his imprisonment and slow execution. The story is told by Dr. Jules Janick, Distinguished Professor at Purdue University. In the second half of the podcast I speak with Natalie Newell, Director and Producer of the Science Moms documentary. The film provides interviews with five different mothers that are forced to navigate a maze of parenting misinformation available on the internet. They also are scientists or science communicators, providing unique insights and analysis of moms tired of attempts of shaming and manipulation, driven by unscrupulous marketers and activists. We also address the claims that it was “all paid for and developed by an agrotech PR firm.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nitrate Water Hazard 7 mins – “Nitrates contaminate drinking water in communities throughout Australia. The Western Desert Kidney Project studied the Goldfields region of Western Australia and found clusters of multiple chronic illness linked to contaminated water. For the last decade, the WA Govt has issued water safety exemptions allowing towns large and small to use bore water with nitrate concentrations above safe levels. Now there is an epidemic of kidney problems. Jeff McMullen reports.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nursing Homes 27 mins – “Sharron Cooke and Devora Greenspon speak frankly about life in long-term residential care.” At the link find the title, “Just Ask Me – Seniors talk about long-term care, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files whitecoat_20171216_12922.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obamacare Subsidies 26 mins – “From the beginning of American politics, politicians have been using the term “bailout” as a political cudgel. In this week’s podcast, Jimmy speaks with two experts who explain the what, when, why, where, and how of government bailouts.” At the link find the title, “217: When politicians scream “bailout,” what do they really mean? Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files dbb3b530-101d-4c5d-8923-9c44f19da77d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Opioid Grey Death 71 mins – “Join Dan (@drusyniak) &howard (@heshiegreshie) as they explore the neurobehavioral underpinnings of addiction. Learn about the Google Maps of the motivational system of the brain and gain insight into why psychiatric patients and adolescents are such vulnerable populations. And make sure that you check out Dr. Andy Chambers book, The 2 x 4 Model: A Neuroscience-Based Blueprint for the Modern Integrated Addiction and Mental Health Treatment System. Here is a link to the Robinson and Berridge article from 1993 cited by Dr. Chambers, The Neural Basis of Drug Craving: An Incentive-Sensitization Theory of Addiction.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Opiates Lecture 48 mins – “Dr. Frank Parker discusses Opiates by first conducting a 14 question Controlled Substance Guideline Quiz. After, he gives a quick mini-lecture on Opioid Prescription Discussions with the use of various examples and videos.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Polarized Populations 32 mins – “Divisions between left and right, young and old, metropolitan and rural have never been greater. How can we connect with those we disagree with? And what happens if we fail?” At the link find the title, “Poles apart: how do we save society? – Science Weekly podcast, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 12-58555-gnl.sci.171213.ms.polarised populations how do we save society.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Power Grid Restoration 21 mins – “Hurricanes and tornados can be devastating to infrastructure. The electric power grid is particularly vulnerable because it is both exposed and extensive. In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey along the Gulf Coast, Irma in Florida, and Maria in Puerto Rico demonstrated the risks of that vulnerability. To help us understand what it takes to restore power, and in the long run, to increase the resilience of the grid, we talk with Mike Vaughn, Vice President of Assets for the Entergy Corporation, producer and distributor of electric power the Gulf region.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presidential Impact 50 mins – “Are trends in global politics simply the result of large impersonal structural forces, or does human agency matter? For example, would America have become the dominant country in the 20th century regardless of who was president? To what extent did leaders matter, and if so, what kind of leader? Leadership theorists focus their attention on what they call transformational leaders, but were “transformational” leaders like Woodrow Wilson and Ronald Reagan really more important than “transactional” leaders like Eisenhower and the first Bush? What are the lessons we can draw for leadership and foreign policy in this century?” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Prosperity Decline 52 mins – “Monday, we’re wading into the debate over the GOP tax cut plan. Who will it benefit the most? Some economists contend it’s an act of pure greed and “daylight robbery,” while others say trickle-down tax cuts can restore American prosperity. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives recently passed a tax reform bill that includes major tax breaks for corporations. Supporters say the cuts will put more money in business coffers, leading to more jobs and higher wages. But what’s the truth? Do tax cuts for businesses really work like that in real life? Or are they demonstrations of selfish greed, pure and simple? A pair of leading thinkers on U.S. economic policy join us Monday to discuss the costs and benefits of corporate tax cuts.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Public Broadcasting 56 mins – “To mark the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, the Library of Congress and WGBH host a series of discussions to reflect on the bill, the creation of PBS & NPR, and the state of public media today.” At the link find the title, “Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 50th Anniversary, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.490619.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Public Health 62 mins – “In this Presentation Dr. Boris D. Lushniak discusses the core public health functions: assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk, the formulation of public policies, and to assure that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care. Keeping these functions relevant throughout his talk, Dr. Lushniak discusses various skin cancers and conditions. He then concludes his presentation explaining how dermatology fits into the public health model.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Public Libraries History 53 mins – “University of Bath librarian Howard Nicholson provides an outline of the history of public libraries.” At the link click the square with three dots, double-click “Download,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Robots with Emotions 50 mins – “Dr Joanna Bryson, an expert in machines that have their own artificial intelligence, explores the issues associated with the concept.” At the link find the title, “Robots with emotions – do we need them? Mar, 2011,” right-click ‘Media files 241763088-uniofbath-robots-with-emotions-do-we-need-them.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Salt History 45 mins – “Salt is a magical substance. It reduces bitterness, enhances sweetness, boosts flavor, and preserves perishable foods. Without it, we would die: the human body can’t make sodium, but our nerves and muscles don’t work without it. It was considered rare until quite recently, so it’s hardly surprising that, throughout history, salt has been the engine …” At the link find the title, “The Salt Wars, Aug, 2016,” right-click “The_Salt_Wars.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Scams 50 mins – “Felix Salmon of Fusion, emerging-markets expert Anna Szymanski, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann are joined by Call Your Girlfriend podcast host Aminatou Sow to discuss:; Amanda Chantal Bacon and GOOP; Pyramid schemes and Herbalife; Email scams” At the link find the title, “The Scams Edition, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM1862340225.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Scandinavia 71 mins – “Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and political risk consultant Anna Szymanski are joined by Financial Times journalist Robin Wigglesworth to discuss: The size of the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund; Scandinavian economics; The 30th anniversary of Black Monday,” right-click “Media files SM7749448612.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science Disparities 29 mins – “Science is a required subject from kindergarten through 12th grade. It is not only a set of facts, it’s a way of thinking that has served as the engine for change. Yet, in the political landscape of the U.S., science has somehow become a controversial, and even divisive topic. How have we arrived at this reality wherein some people actively oppose the systematic search for knowledge? This week on Sea Change Radio, we check in with science communicator Aaron Huertas about his advocacy work. We discuss the fight for science justice, talk about the intersection of religion, science and politics, and look at some examples of how political divisions in this country damage the science community, and ultimately, all of us.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Science of Interaction 52 mins – “Professor Stephen Payne from the University of Bath, will discuss how his research combines an understanding of the human mind with the design of interactive systems.” At the link find the title, “Stephen Payne inaugural lecture: The Science of interaction between humans & computers, Jun, 2010,” right-click “Media files 241774197-uniofbath stephen-payne inaugural lecture-the science of interaction between humans-computers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Security Challenges 51 mins – “Professor Adrian Hyde-Price from the University’s Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies examines the nature and causes of contemporary war and conflict, and considers the prospect of peace in the 21st Century.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sexual Harassment 58 mins – “Gail Heriot and Diane Rosenfeld join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss how several federal laws may work to address sexual harassment and assault claims. Gail Heriot is Professor of Law at the University of San Diego Law School and a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She is also a contributor to our Interactive Constitution on the 19th Amendment. Diane Rosenfeld is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Director, Gender Violence Program, Harvard Law School. She previously served as the served as the Senior Counsel to the Office of Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice.” At the link find the title, “Sexual Harassment Law Under the Constitution, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP4876680476.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Skill Acquisition 53 mins – “Professor Stephen Payne from the University of Bath, will discuss how his research combines an understanding of the human mind with the design of interactive systems.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Small Cap Value Asset Class 45 mins – “Small cap value continues to be an asset class that Paul recommends for all investors. Of course, for retired investors it may be a very small part as their position in equities is low. For first-time investors following Paul and Chris’ target date fund recommendations, the super-charged asset class may take up the entire portfolio. Most investors will be surprised to learn that small cap value is low risk compared to the conservative S&P 500. In this discussion Paul references this study by Chris Pedersen, Resilency: How Fast Do Different Asset Classes Recover? “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Speechwriters for Presidents 82 mins – “A panel of presidential speechwriters from the Nixon to the Obama administrations discuss the state of White House speechwriting and the future of presidential rhetoric.” At the link find the title, “Presidential Speechwriters Discuss State of Speechwriting and Rhetoric, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.489273.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stem Cell Medicine 45 mins – “Professor Melanie Welham and Dr Paul De Bank from the University’s department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology talk about stem cell research and regenerative medicine.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stuffocation 52 mins – “Monday, we’re talking about your “stuff” and whether it makes you happy. The writer and futurist James Wallman says it’s time to start focusing on what you do instead of what you have. Monday, we’re talking about your “stuff” and whether it makes you happy. The writer and futurist James Wallman says that over the 20th century we moved from a problem of scarcity to a problem of “stuffocation.” It’s that overwhelmed feeling when you open your bursting closet or walk into a room stacked with belongings. Wallman argues that we’re reaching a tipping point though, and he joins Doug to explain how more people are focusing on what they do rather than what they have to bring them joy.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Supreme Court Clerk 57 mins – “Attorney Tiffany Wright talks about growing up in Washington, DC, and the obstacles she overcame to become a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Tiffany Wright, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.490952.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Supreme Court Future 56 mins – “In a special We The People podcast event, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen talks about the importance of the Supreme Court’s future at the famed Chautauqua Institution. Rosen spoke to an enthusiastic crowd on July 26, 2017 at the Institution in the southwestern part of New York State, which was founded in 1874. Among the upcoming cases Rosen discussed were free speech and privacy issues in front of the Supreme Court during its next term, which starts in October. In particular, the case of Carpenter v. United States is expected to be one of the biggest decisions of the upcoming term, Rosen said. The Carpenter case involves the ability of police to seize a cellphone using a statute, and not probable cause under the Fourth Amendment, to see information about its user’s locations over a several-month period. Also, Rosen previewed an important religious freedom case before the Court in its next term, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, about compelled free speech.” At the link find the title, “Jeffrey Rosen at the Chautauqua Institution, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Jeffrey Rosen at the Chautauqua Institution, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP6194057880.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Supreme Court Operations 30 mins – “In anticipation of big decisions on marriage equality and Obamacare, many are talking about the balance of political power on the Supreme Court. Dahlia Lithwick speaks with two court watchers about the extent to which the Justices are political actors.” At the ink find the title, “The Politics of Law, Apr, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM1589591994.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sustainable Future 57 mins – “In this lecture, Mr Simon Garrett, Head of Learning at Bristol Zoo, asks the controversial question of how much wildlife we actually need, or even like in this thought provoking insight into the future.” At the link find the title, “Sustainable future for wildlife and people, Apr, 2013,” right-click “Media files 240965447-uniofbath-sustainable-future-for-wildlife-and-people.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Temperature History 26 mins– “Average body temperature is 37°C, right? That was the conclusion of Carl Wunderlich in his magnum opus, The Course of Temperature in Diseases – Wunderlich published that in 1868, following his extensive collection of body temperature readings – and 37°C stuck. But, it’s not as simple as that Philip Mackowiak, emeritus professor of medicine, and now history of medicine scholar in residence, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been interested in temperature for a long time. He joins us to explain how Wunderlich measured temperature, and what he actually found.” At the link find the title, “Taking the temperature of 37°C, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 369018470-bmjgroup-taking the temperature of 37c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Town Hall Debate 58 mins – “In late 2014 and early 2015, the city of Starkville, Mississippi, passed an anti-discrimination measure that lead to a series of public debates about an issue that people there had never discussed openly. In this episode, we spend time in Starkville exploring the value of argumentation and debate in the process of change, progress, and understanding our basic humanity.” At the link right-click “ Direct download: 107-Debate.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump and FCC 29 mins – “We revisit the president-press relationship with media columnist Margaret Sullivan and talk to reporter Aaron Blake about President Nixon. Plus, Georgetown’s Andrew Jay Schwartzman explains limitations of the Federal Communications Commission.” At the link find the title, “Is it within a president’s power to strip broadcast licenses? Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files 59e003eae4b0dc479459175f_1351620000001-300040_t_1507853296063_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Ethics 30mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Walter Shaub about the Office of Government Ethics, principled governance, and what it’s like to run a federal agency.” At the link find the title, “Acting Ethically in The Fog of War, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM2982392785.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump vs Supreme Court 50 mins– “In the wake of the unceremonious termination of FBI director James Comey this week, one previously unfamiliar name has dominated the news cycle: Rod J. Rosenstein. The former federal prosecutor became the U.S. Deputy Attorney General just over two weeks ago, and since then, has found himself at the center of storm around President Trump’s most high-profile firing to date. Leon Neyfakh has been covering Rosenstein for the past few weeks, and joins us to talk about whether anyone at the Department of Justice can remain neutral in these polarized times. We also speak with University of Virginia School of Law professor Micah Schwartzman about this week’s oral arguments in one of the lawsuits challenging President Trump’s revised travel ban. Schwartzman is among a group of constitutional law scholars who filed an amicus brief arguing that the executive order violates the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.” At the link find the title, “Animus Amicus, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM1491650152.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tulip Mania 32 mins – “Freelance garden historian Russell Bowes brings the story of the tulip to life with power, passion and petals!” At the link find the title, “The tale of the tulip , Mar 2011,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
UN History 69 mins – “Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and co-ordinator of the UN Intellectual History Project draws on the 17-volume official history of the UN” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Union Dues 39 mins – “This week, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could undercut the ability of public sector unions to raise money. Dahlia is joined by Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro and U. of Michigan’s Sam Bagenstos, who submitted briefs on opposite sides of the case.” At the link find the title, “Labor Pains, Jan, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM8028510180.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vietnam War 45 mins – “Recorded April 11, 2017 Historian James Wright, author of Enduring Vietnam: An America Generation and Its War, joins Peter Robinson on Uncommon Knowledge to discuss the challenges and successes of the Vietnam War. They discuss why the Vietnam War mattered, how the United States entered the war, the changing feelings of Americans at the time of the war, and much more. Wright expands on how the Vietnam War fit into the greater strategy of the United States in the Cold War and why the United States entered it. He argues against the common idea that the baby boomer generation was the “Me Generation” in that 40 percent of them enlisted or were drafted into combat. He argues that we need to recognize that the baby boomer generation served our country in this war because most people today have not had to deal with the challenges faced by many during the draft. Wright interviewed more than one hundred people for the making of this book; in it, he discusses some of the stories he learned from the many soldiers who fought in the war. He tells the story of Hamburger Hill and how the Americans fought to take and then hold the A Sau valley in South Vietnam. He writes how he believes this was an important battle in the Vietnam War even though many professors he’s talked to at West Point and the Army College do not teach it. Wright discusses the changing attitudes of Americans toward the war after four years, and how as the number of people drafted and the number of casualties increased, Americans began turning against the war. He goes into detail about the strategies Nixon began to implement a phase-out for Americans in the war and start handing more combat and control over to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. In the end, Wright argues that, even though Americans pulled out of the war because communist Vietnam did not prove to be a threat afterward because of their long-standing mistrust of China, the United States didn’t fully lose.” At the link find the title, “Enduring Vietnam with James Wright, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20171221-wright.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Violence Decline 87 mins– “In 2011, we welcomed world renowned American cognitive scientist Steven Pinker to the Intelligence Squared stage. He argued that, contrary to popular belief, we are living in the least violent period of history, and that even the horrific carnage of the last century, compared to primitive societies, is part of this trend. Pinker claimed that, thanks to the spread of government, literacy and trade, we are actually becoming better people. He was in conversation with Matt Ridley, One of the UK’s most popular science writers, whose books – including the award-winning ‘The Rational Optimist’ – have sold over a million copies and been translated into 30 languages.” At the link find the title, “Steven Pinker on The Better Angels of Our Nature, Jan, 2017,” right-click “media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Voting Rights 33 mins – “To mark the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Dahlia sits down with The Nation’s Ari Berman to discuss the decades-long campaign to roll back the achievements of the landmark 1965 legislation.” At the link find the title, “Sock the Vote, Aug2, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM4868397663.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Voting Rights Case 43 mins – “In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v Holder, many states made changes to their voting laws that may disproportionately harm minorities. This week, lawyers in Ohio filed an emergency motion with the Supreme Court requesting a suspension of voting restrictions in their state. One of those lawyers, Subodh Chandra, joins us to explain why. We also speak with Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, about the potential impact of Donald Trump’s recent warnings about vote-rigging. She explains why long-term neglect of our voting infrastructure is a much bigger threat than either vote tampering or self-styled poll watchers.” At the link find the title, “Intimidation Nation, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM1191970108.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
War on Terror 46 mins – “Have the West’s efforts to eradicate Al-Qaeda around the world simply been fuelling the flames of hatred and violence? Or would we have suffered even more atrocities if we’d left the militants to plot in their hiding places? Is the US right to be pursuing its hard line against militants in countries such as Pakistan and Yemen? These are just some of the questions explored in this Intelligence Squared debate from September 2011, which saw former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf and former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Colleen Graffy defend the motion. Opposing the motion were former French foreign minister and co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières Bernard Kouchner and former UK Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York Sir Jeremy Greenstock. The debate was chaired by BBC World News presenter Zeinab Badawi.” At the link find the title, “The War on Terror was the right response to 9/11, Jan, 2015,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Watergate 7 mins – “Trumpcast presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate. People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life.” At the link find the title, “Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate Martha, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files PPY4055665407.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
White House Corruption 56 mins – ““[N]o person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” These words, from Article I of the U.S. Constitution, make it unambiguously clear to many legal scholars that Donald Trump will be committing an impeachable offense by not relinquishing an ownership stake in his multiple companies before Jan 20. Zephyr Teachout is among those scholars, and joins us to explain why corruption in the presidency was such anathema to the nation’s founders. In the remainder of today’s episode, we share a few highlights from a recent symposium about the current state of free speech on campus. The event was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. You can watch videos of the entire two-day event here.” t the link find the title, “Corruption in the White House, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM3041126757.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
William Gibson Interview 78 mins – “On 5th October 2010, Intelligence Squared paired author William Gibson with popular blogger and science fiction writer Cory Doctorow in a wide-ranging conversation that gives a fascinating insight into the mind of the man heralded as the ‘architect of cool’.” At the link find the title, “William Gibson on ‘Zero History’, with Cory Doctorow, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wine Glasses History 33 mins – “Wine glasses come in a range of sizes, but the average wine glass in the UK today can hold almost ½ a litre. That wasn’t always the case – and a new analysis, on bmj.com takes a look at the changing size of wineglasses from 1700 until now. To discuss how the size of glass affects consumption we’re joined by Theresa Marteau, director of the…” At the link find the title, “Small, medium, or a pint of wine? Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 369431402-bmjgroup-small-medium-or-a-pint-of-wine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Works Projects Administration 51 mins – “In the middle of the greatest crisis it had faced since the Civil War, the American government looked to the arts to both help lift the national spirit and spread the message of the New Deal. That collectively the people could renew American democracy and create a better tomorrow. More practically it was an extension of Federal Relief for 40,000 unemployed actors, musicians, writers and artists across the nation. On the government payroll and under the auspices of Federal One, a host of talents from Jackson Pollock to Arthur Miller, Orson Welles to Zora Neale Hurston helped democratise art; for the people, by the people with the people. The writer Marybeth Hamilton begins her journey through this remarkable but short lived experiment with the fine arts. Across the nation artists painted epic murals in small towns and vast cities that valorised work and workers or America’s democratic past. Community art centres brought artists, students and the public together to learn, experiment and explore the possibilities of art for all. You could find art going on at subway stations, sewerage works and public schools and a hospital, school or public institution could loan a work for a few dollars. All of this was to provide employment in a time of crisis and renew American democracy but it raised deep questions about the role of art and who got to own it or see it. For its many critics, programmes like Federal One bred radicalism and dissent- subverting a nation. But for the many touched by those days, it was an unforgettable experiment in art and democracy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wounded Healers Value 27 mins – “How peer support workers help people with mental health crises in the ER of the North Bay Regional Health Centre.” At the link find the title, “WCBA – Wounded Healers, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files whitecoat_20171209_74307.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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