Media Mining Digest 324 – Jan 26, 2018: 23andMe, Adapting to Disruption, Addiction Discussion, Adoption Success, African Scientists, African SUV, Assisted Death, Bill Nye, Bitcoin Mining Cost, Black Astrophysicist, Blind Airport Access Program, Blind Science Teacher, Blockchain and Abra.com, Blockchain in Agriculture, Brain Prize Winners, Broadband in 2017, Coal and Silica Hazard, Combat Telemedicine, Coroner Interview, Creative Walking, Decision Making, Dental History, Diet Control, Disabled Fashion, Ecology Beginning, Economic Segregation, Explorer Sarah Marquis, Explosives Detector, Female Nuclear Scientist, Flu in Canada, Gender Equity, Gerrymandering, Greek Austerity Results, Hackers of Siberia, Handicapped Heroes, Health Care Issues in Africa, Herpes Virologist David Knipe, HIV Stigma, Illness and Gender, Indigenous Canadian Struggles, Information Handling, Internet Shaming Problem, Iranian Judiciary, Memory Training, Monetary Policy and Crisis, Monopoly Impact, Mud Slide in California, Mugabe’s Last Days, Music and Technology, Music and the Mind, Nanomaterials in Constructionn, Native American History Lesson, New England Journal of Medicine, NORAD, Oil Spill in East China Sea, Origins Project, Pay Equality, Payday Loans Problem, Plate Tectonics, Political Disfunctions, Political Polarization, Price Fixing Bread in Canada, Psychedelic Trip Sitter, Psychopathic Children, Putin’s Goals, Recycle Waste Crisis, Sexual Harassment Action, Sleep Loss, Smart Ice, Solar Power Overview, Spanglish, Sports Science, Startup Success Trait, Terry Gilliam, Trump Obstruction of Justice, Trump the Immigrant, Ukrainian Bakery, Voting Rights, Water Conservation, Water Desalination, Zero Mass Water

Exercise your ears: the 125 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 611 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 19,531 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.

23andMe 27 mins – “Today on our podcast, we send our spit to 23andMe and talk to a geneticist about Neanderthal grandmothers, our Japanese-Korean-ness and our very mash-y world!” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Actor Terry Crews 120 mins – “Terry Crews (@terrycrews) is an actor and former NFL player (Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles). His wide-ranging credits include the original viral Old Spice commercials, television series such as The Newsroom, Arrested Development, and Everybody Hates Chris, and films including White Chicks, the Expendables franchise, Bridesmaids, and The Longest Yard. He now stars on the Golden Globe award-winning Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In 2014, Terry released his autobiography, Manhood: How to Be a Better Man — or Just Live with One.” At the link find the title, “Terry Crews — How to Have, Do, and Be All You Want, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 5e0e91b1-34c3-4507-821b-6bb99dc06587.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Adapting to Disruption 35 mins – “While scholar Chris Kutarna acknowledges the dangers in the huge power of social media, he also sees benefits to the truths about our society that social media is exposing.” At the link find the title, “Jan 9 ‘We need to let social media run amok,’ says scholar Chris Kutarna, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180109_30223.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addiction Discussion 70 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 double click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” to download the audio file.

Adoption Success 8 mins – “Talent is universal, but opportunity isn’t, says TED Fellow Christopher Ategeka. In this charming, hopeful talk, Ategeka tells his story of being orphaned at a young age — and how being adopted gave him the chance to experience a new culture, acquire an education and live up to his full potential. “We may not be able to solve the bigotry and the racism of this world today,” Ategeka says, “But certainly we can raise children to create a positive, inclusive, connected world full of empathy, love and compassion.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Scientists 9 mins – “How can Africans find solutions to Africa’s problems? Conservation biologist Kevin Njabo tells his personal story of how he nearly became part of the group of African scientists who seek an education abroad and never return — and why he’s now building a permanent base on the continent to nurture and support local talent. “I’m not coming back alone. I’m bringing with me Western scientists, entrepreneurs and students,” Njabo says. ‘When that happens, Africa will be on the way to solving Africa’s problems.’” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African SUV 8 mins – “Joel Jackson wants to reimagine transportation around the needs of the African consumer. He’s designed an SUV that’s rugged enough for long stretches of uneven terrain and affordable enough to be within reach of those who need it most. Learn more about the challenges of mobility and manufacturing in Africa — and what a localized motor industry could mean for the future of the continent.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Altruism 30 mins – “When you think of the values emblematic of politics in the Occident, does the term “altruism” come to mind? Probably not lately. Our guest today on Sea Change Radio believes that a participatory culture with altruism at its core will be key to digging ourselves out of the mess that is our current political climate. This week we are speaking with one of the world’s leading environmental voices, George Monbiot. Acclaimed author, journalist, and activist, Monbiot talks to host Alex Wise about his latest book, “Out Of The Wreckage: A New Politics In The Age Of Crisis.” He discusses what he sees as lessons from the 2016 U.S. presidential election, why a growth-orientation on both right and left are incompatible with sustainability, and how we can infuse more altruism into our culture and politics.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Death 27 mins – “When religious health-care institutions block access to a doctor-assisted death, patients are stuck in the middle. Should the government step in?” At the link find the title, “Jan 11 Should Catholic hospitals have to provide access to medically assisted dying?, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180111_39509.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bill Nye 50 mins – “Bill Nye; Television Host, Science Educator This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club of California on November 6, 2017.” At the link find the title, “Bill Nye: The Science Guy, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20171126_cl1 Bill Nye PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bitcoin Mining Cost 21 mins – “By some estimations, bitcoin could be consuming enough electricity to power the U.S. by the middle of 2019.” At the link find the title, “Jan 2 Is bitcoin an environmental hazard? Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180102_63275.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Artists 10 mins – “An art school professor once told Deborah Willis that she, as a woman, was taking a place from a good man — but the storied photographer says she instead made a space for a good man, her son Hank Willis Thomas. In this moving talk, the mother and son artists describe how they draw from one another in their work, how their art challenges mainstream narratives about black life and black joy, and how, ultimately, everything comes down to love.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Astrophysicist 14 mins – “Jedidah Isler dreamt of becoming an astrophysicist since she was a young girl, but the odds were against her: At that time, only 18 black women in the United States had ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline. In this personal talk, she shares the story of how she became the first black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale — and her deep belief in the value of diversity to science and other STEM fields. “Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be,” she says. ‘Hold fast to those dreams and let them carry you into a world you can’t even imagine.’” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Airport Access Program 18 mins – “Aira Welcomes Memphis International Airport As The First to Join the New Site Access Airport Program. Aira presents this interview with Scott Brockman, CEO and President of the Memphis International Airport. Scott has brought his airport into a new Site Access Airport Program in which Aira Explorers will enjoy free minutes while connected to their Aira Agent. Join Pete and Scott as they discuss the workings of the program and Memphis Airport’s genuine commitment to customer service and accessibility. Learn how this new program works and how you can contact your local airport to encourage them to join the Aira Site Access Network as well. Since Pete chatted with Scott, the Minneapolis International Airport has joined as the second airport to enlist in the program.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Science Teacher 29 mins – “…Jamie Principato joins Blind Abilities over a Skype conversation to talk about what has been going on since she last joined us in the late spring of 2017. Jamie’s STEM curriculum was a great success at the Colorado Center for the Blind Summer Program. Jamie is in her senior year as a Physics Major, yet, has also began teaching at the very same university, taking on the challenges of transitioning from student to teacher in the same day. Jamie talks about STEM programs and how inclusiveness brings about more learning opportunities and Maker Spaces popping up around the states. Jamie’s hobby is science and is working on making it her career every day.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Stories 30 mins – “Peter White hosts a special Boxing Day edition called ‘m Sorry I Haven’t A Quiz’ with a panel of guests: TV journalist Kevin Mulhern, opera singer Denise Leigh, audio-book reviewer Sue Arnold and musician Dave Kent. Loosely based on BBC Radio 4 quizzes, the panel are asked to take part in games which have been given the In Touch twist. There is a special guest appearance by the doyen of radio comedy script writing, Denis Norden” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain and Abra.com 39 mins – “Extreme Tech Challenge Top Ten – January 5, 2018 by Kym McNicholas On Innovation” At the link find the title, “Extreme Tech Challenge Top Ten – January 5, 2018,” right-click “Media files Kym McNicholas on Innovation_01-05-18.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain in Agriculture P1 21 mins – “Innovations in the agricultural industry come in many forms. From technological advances to improving farming practices, the world is slowly but surely guaranteeing safe and sustainable food sources for generations to come. But, what if we take that a step further? What if we have a system in place that enables traceability, security, improves food safety and gets everyone involved in making sure food quality is top notch? That is what the concept of Blockchain seeks to implement. In this episode, Tim discusses the concept of Blockchain and why it’s one of the most ambitious, yet sensible approaches when it comes to advancing the agricultural industry. He lays down the facts, his sources, and why it’s not so different to how Bitcoin operates. He also explains how a typical Blockchain approach would work with our current supply chain. This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: What is Blockchain and how can it affect agricultural businesses? What information does it provide farmers? Can you trust Blockchain with sensitive data? The similarities between BitCoin and Blockchain; The five areas in agriculture where Blockchain is currently being explored. The limitations of Blockchain?” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain in Agriculture P2 31 mins – “In part 1 of our Blockchain series, I discussed the concept of Blockchain and how it can impact the agricultural industry. I highlighted reputable resources, possible points where Blockchain can positively change, and how it can build trust in all market participants from beginning to end. I also compared Blockchain to BitCoin, emphasizing on their similarities, and why it is the next big thing in the agricultural industry. I also discussed the advantages farmers will reap from it and how a Blockchain system can affect our current supply chain. In this episode, I’ll explain other potential applications of Blockchain as well as some of its current limitations and scenarios where applying a Blockchain system helps improve the system for everyone involved in terms accountability and data accuracy. I’ll also explain how Blockchain can help farmers focus on farming instead of other time-consuming transactions. “At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain in Agriculture P3 43 mins – “Tomaz Levak and Ziga Drev are the founders of OriginTrail, a service that developed the first purpose-built protocol blockchain-based supply chains. Their protocol aims to bring trust into the supply chain without the need for a middleman brokering trust. The OriginTrail platform was created to bring blockchain tech to supply chains in an interoperable, scalable, and decentralized manner. In this episode, Tomaz and Ziga discuss their product and how it can solve many of the problems encountered with the current supply chain structure. They explain how their product works, the companies they are testing it on, and how it can impact the agricultural sector in the near future. They also share some of the ways you can become involved in their product, such as by being an investor. This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast: How do you get Blockchain technology to scale? What are the incentives in implementing Blockchain? When did they realize Blockchain was the solution to supply chain problems? How does OriginTrail’s protocol work? How Blockchain changes the way we do open source projects. What is Trace and can you buy it with currency or is it only acquired by participating in the supply chain? What’s the next step for OriginTrail?” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain Mesh Network 66 mins – “John is a veteran technology entrepreneur who co-founded a company called “Left” with Chris Jensen. Their mission is to use technology to change the world. Left is currently focusing on a project called RightMESH – a software-based, mobile mesh networking platform that enables users with mobile devices to connect via WiFi and Bluetooth without an internet connection. In this episode, we discuss: What a mesh network is; What WiFi is (hint: you don’t need internet for WiFi); How Blockchain solves the identity problem in a mesh network –and– The keys to success for Blockchain/Crypto entrepreneurs” At the link find the title, “023: Disrupting the Internet with Mesh Technology – John Lyotier, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files John Lyotier final.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Health 58 mins – “Dr. Wendy Suzuki tells us what lifestyle changes to make to take advantage of neuroplasticity. Regular exercise and meditation can keep the brain healthy. At midcareer, neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki had numerous scientific awards and accomplishments. She was studying what makes a brain healthy. But she didn’t have much of a life outside of the lab, and she wasn’t happy. She decided to make some changes, starting with a stop at the gym.” At the link left-click “Download the MP3,” select “MP3” from the pop-up menu that indicates a price, but the MP3 will be free.

Brain Prize Winners 27 mins – “This week’s Health Check comes from the Royal Institution in London – where the winners of the world’s biggest prize for brain research explain how the brain reacts to rewards. Vital for our survival, it ensures we enjoy the things that we need – like food. But if it goes into overdrive it can lead to obesity, gambling problems and addiction. Claudia Hammond meets the three recipients of the million Euro Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize for their research on reward. Wolfram Schultz from the University of Cambridge, has spent 30 years studying the brain cells which help to teach us what to pursue and what to avoid to maximise our rewards. University College London’s Professor Peter Dayan is fascinated by how we change our minds when rewards aren’t immediately apparent. His work shines a light on how our behaviour in the future is affected by whether we got the pleasure we hoped for the previous time. Neuro psychiatrist Professor Ray Dolan is director of the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing in Berlin. He’s used brain imaging to study the way boosting the brain chemical dopamine affects risk-taking behaviour and our ability to learn. “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in 2017 39 mins – “It is that time of year – as 2017 draws to a close, we pulled Nick, Hannah, Lisa, and myself back into a podcast to talk about the predictions we made one year ago on episode 234. And despite having to deal with our failed predictions from last year, we dive right into making more predictions for next year. Along the way, we talk about the lessons we are taking away from 2017 and thinking more broadly about 2018. We talk about net neutrality, cooperatives, preemptive state laws, consolidation, and even start with me going on a mostly-unneeded rant about radio. So give the show a listen, and then start forming your own local Broadband and Beers informal group to begin organizing locally around better Internet access!” At the link right-click “..download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Appalachia 24 mins – “With the Federal Communications Comission Republicans poised to redefine broadband to include slow, unreliable, and often bandwidth-capped mobile service, we talk with two high school students from southeast Ohio, Herron Linscott and Lilah Gagne, that have succeeded despite the lack of fixed broadband access in their homes. Soon the FCC may include those homes as having broadband though they clearly don’t fit the description of what any sane person would call advanced telecommunications. We start off episode 287 of the Community Broadband Bits podcast with Next Century Cities Executive Director Deb Socia, who reminds us why mobile Internet access is not an adequate subsitute for fixed access. Next Century Cities has launched the Mobile Only Challenge – share MobileOnlyChallenge.com around – to highlight the challenges of relying “ At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in North Dakota 27 mins – “With only about 757,000 residents and more than 710,000 square miles North Dakota is ranked 53rd in population density among U.S. states, territories, and Washington DC. There may not be many people there, but North Dakota has some of the best connectivity in the United States. Why? Rural cooperatives and independent companies have made continued investments. In episode 288, Christopher interviews Robin Anderson, Sales Manager for National Information Solutions Cooperative. Robin’s been working in the industry for years and has been involved in bringing better Internet access to rural areas in North Dakota. She has firsthand experience with the issues that arise during deployments and describes the camaraderie that grew naturally out of necessity when small, independent providers worked to achieve their goals to improve connectivity for cooperative members and rural subscribers. Robin also touches on how federal loan funding helped so many of the cooperatives get started with fiber and how they took the next steps to self-fund as the demand grew. Christopher and Robin talk about the economics of fiber optic networks for cooperatives and the reasoning behind fiber investment in rural areas. They discuss some specific examples of the way collaboration in North Dakota has resulted in better networks.” At the link “…download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Career Changes 47 mins – “Our guest this week is Mike Lewis, Founder and CEO of When To Jump. When Mike was twenty-four and working in a prestigious corporate job, he eagerly wanted to leave and pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. But he had questions: When is the right time to move from work that is comfortable to a career you have only dared to dream of? How have other people made such a jump? What did they feel when making that jump—and afterward? Mike sought guidance from others who had “jumped,” and the responses he got—from a banker who started a brewery, a publicist who became a Bishop, a garbage collector who became a furniture designer, and on and on—were so clear-eyed and inspiring that Mike wanted to share what he had learned with others who might be helped by those stories. Out of these stories came When To Jump, a community dedicated to exploring the fundamental question we all think about: when is the right time to go do what you really want to be doing? Mike is the author of the brand new book, When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn’t the Life You Want, and he is also the host of the new hit podcast, When To Jump.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cellulosic Fuel 6 mins – “Scientists in Wisconsin are reporting discovery of a way to lower the cost of converting wood, corn stalks and leaves, switch grass, and other non-food biomass materials into ethanol fuel. The process reduces amounts of costly enzymes needed to break down tough fibrous cellulose matter in biomass for fermentation into alcohol.” At the link find the tile, “New fuels: Biofuels: A more economical process for making ethanol from non-food sources,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Challenge Coins 18 mins – “You might not remember December 22, 2017 as a particularly notable day, but I will always remember it as the day the world first saw Donald Trump’s redesigned Presidential Challenge Coin. Because 99% Invisible did an episode about challenge coins and we actually offered our own coin to donors, my association with challenge coins is strong. Because of that, I was forwarded the December 22 Washington Post article about Trump’s garishly over the top challenge coin by about…9000 people. Here’s a story about challenge coins and my reaction to the Trump coin.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Measures 19 mins – “Confronting global climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.” At the link find the title, “Clean Water P3 – “Episode 3 – Confronting Climate Change (Part 1): Stopgap measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Jul, 2008,” right-click “Media files GlobalChallengesEp3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coal and Silica Hazard 4 mins – “For years, women in China’s Xuan Wei County in Yunnan Province — women who never smoked cigarettes — have been plagued by lung cancer. The mortality rates among female nonsmokers are the world’s highest — up to 20 times higher than average in China. A new study sheds light on the cancer epidemic and points to an unlikely source: volcanic eruptions occurring millions of years ago.” At the link find the title, “Combating Disease: Coal from mass extinction era linked to lung cancer mystery, Apr, 2010,” right-click “Media files GC2010_Coal From Mass Extinction.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Combat Telemedicine 46 mins – “Telemedicine is a crucial capability that must be planned and practiced.  The base of knowledge that a SOF medic’s knowledge encompasses includes many areas of medicine but generally lacks the depth and experience of specialists available to consult.  This depth of knowledge is almost universally available when making a simple telephone call to any number of docs willing to take a call at all times of the day and night.  Don’t let pride or hubris prevent you from seeking advice from someone more experienced than you in taking care of critically injured, complex patients.  Telemedical consult is one of the most important core capabilities in a prolonged field care situation. BOTH the medic making the call as well as the Provider receiving the call must practice and rehearse a telemedical consult placed from a field environment.  The medic will gain confidence and be able to relay vital information efficiently in a timely manner.  The provider on the other end will have to anticipate problems that the medic may not have thought of and help create a prioritized treatment care plan from incomplete information. Trust must be built prior to an actual call being made under stressful conditions; trust in the receiving physician and, more importantly, trust in the process.  Medics may be apprehensive in calling a complete stranger if they haven’t made a test call or even better, a face to face meeting.  If you build the rapport before the crisis, this won’t be an issue.  You may even have the time to prep a draft email who you are and your equipment, training level and usually a region where you will be if you think it will be pertinent.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Teleconsultation to Reduce Risk in Austere Environments.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Concussions in Hockey 56 mins – “Game Change, the book written by NHL legend, Ken Dryden, is on one level about the increasing number of concussions hockey players have. But it’s also about changing the way decision-makers make decisions.” At the link find the title, “Changing the Idea of Hockey, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas_20180105_93807.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fro the pop-up menu.

Coroner Interview 54 mins – “We talk to Ken Holmes, who worked in the Marin County Coroner’s Office for thirty-six years, starting as a death investigator and ending as the three-term, elected coroner. A new book, The Education of a Coroner: Lessons in Investigating Death, chronicles his life spent studying death.” At the link find the title, “Lessons in Investigating Death, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files

Creative Walking 5 mins – “When trying to come up with a new idea, we all have times when we get stuck. But according to research by behavioral and learning scientist Marily Oppezzo, getting up and going for a walk might be all it takes to get your creative juices flowing. In this fun, fast talk, she explains how walking could help you get the most out of your next brainstorm.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Decision Making 15 mins – “Here’s a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that’s because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dental History 4 mins – “Today, we drill teeth. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. My visits to the dentist began in the mid-1930s. Dentistry in that remote age now seems like a brutal and primitive ritual. I was never given any anesthetic. Drills weren’t air- or water-cooled. They generated heat, and heat meant terrible pain. Tooth care is very old. Dental hygiene looms large in the ancient lore of India, where it was said of Buddha that he planted one of his tooth-cleaning sticks, and it grew into a tree. The Romans did some cavity filling. They used lead. Lead fillings were widely used in 17th-century France. The use of gold foil traces to the ninth-century court of Haroun al-Raschid. It became widespread in 19th-century Europe. The trick was (and, in a few lingering instances, still is) to tamp in layer after layer of clean gold so each layer contact-welds to the one below it….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 1455.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diet Control 59 mins – “Learn why it is time to turn the food pyramid on its head and eat fat instead of sugar or starch to control weight. For decades, we’ve been told that we need to avoid fat if we want to lose weight. So Americans turned to highly-processed low-fat foods that are full of sugar. Is it a coincidence that we are fatter than before? More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Turning the Food Pyramid Upside Down: Dr. Mark Hyman explains what went wrong and why we need to eat fat–not sugar–if we want to get thin. Does it make sense to turn the food pyramid upside down? According to Dr. Hyman, we’d be better off treating sugar as if it were a recreational drug like alcohol, to be enjoyed very sparingly. Getting far more of our calories from fat is much healthier if it is done correctly.” At the link left-click “Download the MP3,” select “MP3” from the pop-up menu that indicates a price, but the MP3 will be free.

Digital Native or Exile 27 mins – “In a repeat of a programme first broadcast a year ago, Click discusses with a panel of experts in front of an audience at Dragon Hall at the UK’s Writers’ Centre Norwich, whether the internet could be an inclusive tool for participatory democracy, or whether human nature and polarised opinion inevitably turns it into rudeness and/or toxic fury – something that one of the contributors Professor Mary Beard has experienced. But why would academics be active on Twitter or Facebook? The panel also includes Paul Bernal an expert in cyber law who reflects on the broader privacy and security dimensions of the internet. In the age of fake news how can we verify and assert the primacy of the truth; where does this leave traditional content providers like BBC, newspapers, and journals.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Disabled Fashion 14 mins – “Do you have a favorite T-shirt or pair of jeans that transforms you and makes you feel confident — makes you feel like you? That’s because what you wear can affect your mood, your health and your self-esteem, says fashion designer Mindy Scheier. Inspired by her son, who was born with a degenerative disorder that makes it hard for him to dress himself or wear clothing with buttons or zippers, Scheier set out to make clothing that works for everyone, including the differently abled. Learn more about how she’s made fashion history by producing the world’s first mainstream adaptive clothing line.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ecology Beginning 27 mins – “Maria Merian was born in 1647. At the time of her birth, Shakespeare had been dead for 30 years; Galileo had only just stood trial for arguing that the Earth moved around the Sun. And yet, here in Germany, was a child who would become an important but oft-forgotten figure of science. Aged 13, she mapped out metamorphosis, catching caterpillars from her garden and painting them in exquisite detail. At that point, most believed that caterpillars spontaneously generated from cabbages and maggots materialised from rotten meat. She later voyaged to Suriname in South America to pursue pupae further, discovering not just new species but also the conditions needed for their survival. Some call her the first field ecologist; others admire her for her eloquent brushwork. However, her studies will help today’s biologists plot which insects lived where. These data are invaluable because this could help scientists predict what species will survive climate change. Naomi Alderman discusses the life and legacy of Maria Merian with biologist and historian Kay Etheridge from Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania and biologist Kathy Willis from Kew Gardens.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Segregation 62 mins – “Inequality is an increasing problem in the Western world, leaving everyone – the rich as well as the poor – worse off. The dream of a socially mobile society is becoming an ever more unachievable myth. That’s the view of Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who came to the Intelligence Squared stage for a rare London appearance on May 20th. Stiglitz argued that inequality is not inevitable but a choice – the cumulative result of unjust policies and misguided priorities.” At the link find the title, “Joseph Stiglitz on the Great Divide, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Control 18 mins – “Can you look at someone’s face and know what they’re feeling? Does everyone experience happiness, sadness and anxiety the same way? What are emotions anyway? For the past 25 years, psychology professor Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are. She shares the results of her exhaustive research — and explains how we may have more control over our emotions than we think.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

EuroFly Simulator 27 mins – “Blind Abilities welcomes Daniel Brown and his demonstration of EuroFly, a flight simulator for the PC. Daniel takes us to the gate, loads the passengers and heads off into the big blue skies flying this Category 2 airliner. Actually, the skies are not blue but thunder and lightning fills the audio as this audio only simulator brings us all the sounds and action with Daniel at the helm. Umm, Buckle up folks, you are in for a ride. …Eurofly is a complex flight simulator and digital atlas for the blind persons. It is based on real gps system, and contains a large map of world. Have you ever wanted to see what is under gps coordinates which you found on the internet, or have thought yourself? Enter your home city and look what is ten km to the north, south, west, east or in specific angle? Or wanted you ever to be a pilot of aircraft and take passengers from one country to other? Or fly only for fun by one from collection of planes including small airoplanes as well as big aircrafts for hundred of passengers with real parameters as can be seen on airports? If yes, this is a right solution for you.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Explorer Sarah Marquis 28 mins – “In a classic Aboriginal walkabout, Swiss explorer Sarah Marquis fished, foraged and gathered food from the wild. She discusses her Australian odyssey with Steve Backshall – himself a world-class adventurer. In 2015, Sarah spent three months walking across the Kimberley region of Western Australia. In the first few weeks she lost 12 kilos, and realised that she had to prioritise eating over anything else. This was until she struggled to find fresh water and her sense of hunger disappeared as she coped with the severe discomfort of thirst. Sarah was alone until the last week when she was joined by Krystle Wright, a photographer sent to record her adventure. Krystle describes Sarah’s suspicion of her and the frustration of watching her eat the food she had brought along.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Explosives Detector 4 mins – “Today’s solution is a new nanomaterial that could make the world a little safer by detecting and neutralizing explosives.” At the link find the title, “Promoting Personal Safety and National Security: New nanomaterial detects and neutralizes explosives, May, 2011,” right-click “Media files GC2011_ExplosiveNeutralizerFINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Nuclear Scientist 27 mins – “Philip Ball reveals the dramatic tale of Lise Meitner, the humanitarian physicist of Jewish descent, who unlocked the science of the atom bomb after a terrifying escape from Hitler’s Germany. One of the most brilliant nuclear scientists working in Germany her flight from terror cost Hitler’s regime dearly. In the early 20th Century it was barely possible for women to work in science at all and yet Einstein once called Meitner Germany’s own Marie Curie. It was Meitner’s insight that began the nuclear age and her story remains ever relevant, as the threat of nuclear conflict lies once again over the world. Philip Ball talks to historian Dr Patricia Fara about Lise Meitner and her research and to Patricia Lewis of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons or ICAN, based in Geneva, which this year was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for its work in trying to reverse nuclear proliferation, about Meitner’s legacy today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flickering Star and Jupiter 27 mins – “KIC 8462852 is otherwise an average star, about a 1,000 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. It is about 50 percent bigger and 1,000 degrees hotter than the Sun, which is not particularly peculiar. What is very peculiar is that it flickers and dims in a way that has never been observed in any star so far. This led to some intense debate amongst the astrophysics community, and the press, including the possibility that the dimming was being caused by some sort of alien megastructure – A ‘Dyson Sphere’, set up to harness the power of the star. New work sheds some light of this very strange star (spoiler alert, it’s never aliens!) Red Spot of Jupiter – The red spot visible on the surface of Jupiter is a giant storm that’s lasted over 150 years, to our knowledge. Now new results from NASA’s Juno mission shows that the storm extends deep inside the planet and is shrinking and dying out. Blue Zones – Villagrande in Sardinia is a “Blue Zone”. A Blue Zone is a ‘longevity hotspot’. A region with a much higher proportion than average of people over 100. Sardinia is not the only place where larger percentage of people get to celebrate their 100th birthday. Also Greece, Japan and Costa Rica, all have Blue Zones. Now you would expect such zones to be a perfect opportunity for scientists to try and find out the secret to a long life. But how easy would it be? Plant Nanobionics – Plants may not be the obvious starting point for new technology, but in fact they offer many advantages that our electronics do not. A team from MIT have created a glowing plant using nanoparticles that can enter previously impenetrable parts of the plant cell. Their work is part of a new field called plant nanobionics and is paving the way for plants that can light up highways.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flu in Canada 24 mins – “Australia confirmed 217,000 cases of H3N2 from June until August, and discovered the vaccine used was only 10 per cent effective.” At the link find the title, “Jan 10 This year’s flu shot may be ineffective, but you should still get it, argues Dr. Brian Goldman, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180110_67311.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Equality 15 mins – “Canada has slipped 18 places in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap rankings, falling from 19th to 35th in just two years.” At the link find the title, “Jan 10 Women still earn 25% less as Canada slips down global rankings, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180110_37092.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering 48 mins – “In the Gill case this year, the Supreme Court might determine the constitutional future of partisan gerrymandering. Scholars and advocates have been discussing the arguments at the heart of the case – as well as those involved in related cases heading toward the Supreme Court. At a December event at the National Constitution Center, Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society, Nolan McCarty, professor of politics and public affairs at Princeton University, and David Wasserman, house editor for The Cook Political Report, explored the practical effects of gerrymandering, including its impact on polarization and competitive elections. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates this discussion.” At the link find the title, “Gerrymandering and American democracy, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY9327617324.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Great Siege of Malta 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the event of which Voltaire, two hundred years later, said ‘nothing was more well known’. In 1565, Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman leader, sent a great fleet west to lay siege to Malta and capture it for his empire. Victory would mean control of trade across the Mediterranean and a base for attacks on Spain, Sicily and southern Italy, even Rome. It would also mean elimination of Malta’s defenders, the Knights Hospitaller, driven by the Ottomans from their base in Rhodes in 1522 and whose raids on his shipping had long been a thorn in his side. News of the Great Siege of Malta spread fear throughout Europe, though that turned to elation when, after four months of horrific fighting, the Ottomans withdrew, undermined by infighting between their leaders and the death of the highly-valued admiral, Dragut. The Knights Hospitaller had shown that Suleiman’s forces could be contained, and their own order was reinvigorated.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Greek Austerity Results 28 mins – “From taking power to making power, a special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressive left Syriza government, which they’d voted into office after the financial crisis, but the other things they did to meet society’s needs just might be sowing the seeds for transformation. Music featured:  “Hook or Crook” by Antibales and “Histoire De Molly” by Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal.  Please write a review where ever you subscribe to this podcast.” At the link right-click “Listen to this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hacker Interview 40 mins – “It’s the holidays and everyone’s on vacation – but the Internet never rests and neither do the bad guys in cybersecurity. So, for this holiday special, we figured we’ll air an interesting interview we did a few weeks back with Amit Serper, Principal Security Researcher at Cybereason, NotPetya vaccinator, and former cyber warrior for the Israeli government.” At the link find the title, “Amit Serper Interview- Holiday Special Episode, Dec, 2017,” right-click “ML_Se2_Ep_06, Amit Serper_MST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hackers of Siberia 28 mins – “Intellectuals banished to an inhospitable land, settled in Siberia and created a pool of talent from the time of the tsars. Generations of creative people have been perfecting their skills here ever since. These days the reputation of Russian hackers has reached every corner of the world and Siberian hackers are the best. Are these hackers likely to work for the Russian state? Or is Silicon valley a place to aspire to? Are these hackers likely to work for the Russian state? Or is Silicon valley a place to aspire to? Olga Smirnova finds out how these talented young people see their future. finds out how these talented young people see their future.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Handicapped Heroes 29 mins – “Right now there’s over a billion people on the planet living with a disability according to the World Health Organization — that is one in seven people.” At the link find the title, “Dec 28 30 years after Man in Motion tour, Rick Hansen still fighting for accessibility,2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171228_58970.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Issues in Africa 6 mins – “In sub-Saharan Africa, power outages, low technology penetration, slow internet and understaffed hospitals plague health care systems. To make progress on these problems in Malawi, TED Fellow Soyapi Mumba and his team created a new system from scratch — from the software that powers their electronic health records to the infrastructure used to support it. In this quick, hopeful talk, Mumba shares how his jack-of-all-trades mindset can help reshape health care in low-resource environments.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Herpes Virologist David Knipe 16 mins – “David Knipe is the Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical school. A virologist, Dr. Knipe focuses his research efforts on the herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) – the virus we have to thank for genital herpes. An astonishing 20% of Americans have been infected with HSV-2, and whether they’ve had a recognizable outbreak of sores or not, they can still carry the virus. Once you contract the HSV-2 it lays low in your nerve cells, waiting for the right moment to create watery blisters that eventually burst and release more virus particles. Dr. Knipe is interested in how the cells lead these two, very different lives: quiet and quiescent inside the nerve cell and loud and lytic in the epithelium on the surface of the body. Genital herpes is no picnic, but the effects of HSV-2 infection are worst in people with depressed immune systems and in newborns; babies who pick up the virus during birth may suffer from neurological damage, brain damage, or even death. There is no cure for genital herpes, and no means of getting rid of HSV-2, only ways of managing outbreaks. But there is some hope of relief; Dr. Knipe’s lab has developed a vaccine that will enter the trial phase soon. In this interview, I asked Dr. Knipe about how he got interested in viruses, about the vaccine he’s developed and who could hope to benefit from it, and why it’s taken science so long to develop a vaccine for this extremely common disease.” At the link find the title, “MTS22 – David Knipe – Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (HSV-2), Mar, 2009,” right-click “Media files Meetthescientist-MTS22DavidKnipeHerpesSimplexVirus2HSV2262.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HIV Stigma 17 mins – “The treatment of HIV has significantly advanced over the past three decades — why hasn’t our perception of people with the disease advanced along with it? After being diagnosed with HIV, Arik Hartmann chose to live transparently, being open about his status, in an effort to educate people. In this candid, personal talk, he shares what it’s like to live with HIV — and calls on us to dismiss our misconceptions about the disease.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Illness and Gender 46 mins – “Sabra Klein addresses the question: how does biological sex influence influenza infection and vaccination? She explains her findings on inflammation differences between males and females, and how these differences can affect the outcome of disease. Klein also discusses her advocacy for inclusion of biological sex in method reporting as a means to improve scientific rigor.” At the link find the title, “073: Biological sex and influenza with Sabra Klein, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files MTM073.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Canadian Struggles 56 mins – “Three Indigenous people, Sandra Henry, Theodore Fontaine, and Brielle Beardy Linklater tell their personal stories about struggle and resilience.” At the ink find the title, “First Nations in the first person: Telling stories & changing lives, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas_20180104_94559.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Information Handling 44 mins – “After reading Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors, many of you have asked me how I process all of the information I receive. This episode will help you manage information overwhelm, recommend a few techniques for dealing with social media, and answer a few questions that have been frequently asked about building a world-class network and writing books. I hope this information strengthens the signal, discards the noise, and helps you make every piece of information that you choose to receive easier to process.” At the link find the title, “How to Handle Information Overwhelm (and Social Media), Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files 7c3ed23e-2d1a-46bf-a74a-2fadc7e345c7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Shaming Problem 14 mins – “Twitter gives a voice to the voiceless, a way to speak up and hit back at perceived injustice. But sometimes, says Jon Ronson, things go too far. In a jaw-dropping story of how one un-funny tweet ruined a woman’s life and career, Ronson shows how online commenters can end up behaving like a baying mob — and says it’s time to rethink how we interact online.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iran Protests 26 mins – “Iranians protesting their own government have sparked some difficult questions for Canada about how to react to and engage with the country.” At the link find the title, “Jan 8 | In wake of Iran protests, should Canada reopen embassy in Tehran?” right-click “Media files current_20180108_23373.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iranian Judiciary 10 mins – “A failure to act would “send a signal that we really don’t care about the brutal rape, torture and murder of a Canadian citizen.” At the link find the title, “Jan 10 Canada should work to arrest Iranian official hospitalized in Germany, says lawyer, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180110_66636.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jumbo the Elephant 26 mins – “More than a century after his untimely death, Jumbo the Elephant remains larger than life. The circus star captivated audiences during the 19th century, and now a new documentary is separating fact from legend.” At the link find the title, “Jan 5 Jumbo the Elephant: The life and mysterious death of the world’s first animal superstar, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180105_53067.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leadership 46 mins – “What do Rachel Carson, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ernest Shackleton, and Abraham Lincoln have in common, aside from being historical figures you’ve probably heard of? That’s the question my guest today tries to answer in her new book Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times. At a time when trustworthy leadership seems in short supply, it examines what real leadership is and how it comes about. Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School whose research focuses on how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact.” At the link find the title, “120. Nancy Koehn (Historian) – Holdin’ on for a Hero, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP5329917651.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Life Fulfillment 13 mins – “What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Literary Algorithms 27 mins – “Author Stephen Marche decided to write science fiction with an unlikely co-author: an algorithm. The finished product appeared in Wired magazine, complete with footnotes on how the algorithm helped craft the story.” At the link find the title, “Jan 3 Can an algorithm make science fiction better? Author Stephen Marche finds out, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180103_27914.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maker Spaces 38 mins – “With the growing implementation of engineering principles and Makerspaces in our schools, we decided to reach out to science fiction writer Cory Doctorow to chat about his most recent novel Walkaway. Set in a near future ruined by ecological and technological catastrophe, Walkaway is a story about scarcity and surviving outside the default limits of societal norms. But Walkaway also offers a glimpse into a future where today’s emerging technologies, such as 3D printers and drones, are used routinely in collaborative problem solving. Doctorow talks to us about Walkaway, the maker movement and bunch of other stuff.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Marriage Quality 27 mins – ““We’re simply asking too much and the marriage can’t really accommodate everything that we’re asking,” says Eli Finkel, author of The All-or-Nothing Marriage.” At the link find the title, “Dec 29 How ‘love hacks’ can make your marriage better: author, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171229_26424.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mars Life 57 mins – “Ponder living on Mars in this Martian mashup as we explore “The Martian,” food and sports on Mars, and more. With Neil Tyson, Bill Nye, Mike Massimino, Buzz Aldrin, Andy Weir, Mary Roach, John Oliver, Eugene Mirman, Chuck Nice, Gary O’Reilly and many others.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Memory Training 44 mins – “Luis Angel was a Memory Master Champion on FOX’s Superhuman Show. Luis also wrote a book called Better Memory Now. Listen in as they talk about how you can learn to retain more information to improve your grades! Several students are having study technique issues. They can’t study well and need better study habits. So Ryan went out and found Luis. He has competed in memory competitions and has written a book about it. Today, Ryan and Luis discuss how you as a premed can better prepare yourself to learn and better learn what you’re already studying. …So if you want to apply these techniques and take it to another level, check these out. Links: Better Memory Now by Luis Angel; Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins; Black Belt Memory program by Ron White” At the link find the title, “265: Learn How to Better Retain Information with a Memory Master, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files PMY265.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monetary Policy and Crisis 57 mins – “Professor Chris Martin investigates the country’s current financial crisis looking at the underlying cause, the symptoms and long-term effects.” At the link find the title, “Professor Chris Martin inaugural lecture: Monetary policy and the financial crisis, Nov, 2012,” right-click “Media files 241767392-uniofbath-professor chris martin inaugural lecture monetary policy and the financial crisis.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Money Issues 36 mins – “On The Gist, Mike says goodbye to Roy Moore yet again, after an Alabama judge rejected Moore’s lawsuit to contest his opponent’s Senate win. In the interview, Dan Ariely tells us “how we misthink money and how to spend smarter.” That’s the subtitle of his book on the ways we value the wrong things and fail to think long term. Ariely is the co-author, with Jeff Kreisler, of Dollars and Sense. In the Spiel, Mike looks back on the worst op-eds of 2017.” At the link find the title, “Your Brain Is Bad With Money, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM8388209568.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Money Issues 39 mins – “Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, political risk consultant Anna Szymanski, and CEO of Skift, Rafat Ali discuss: Airbnb and overtourism; Low-cost airlines; The travel industry” At the link find the title, “The Travel Edition, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM8541720807.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monopoly Impact  72 mins – “Matt Stoller of the Open Market Institute talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the growing influence of Google, Facebook, and Amazon on commercial and political life. Stoller argues that these large firms have too much power over our options as consumers and creators as well as having a large impact on our access to information.” At the link right-click “Dosnload” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mud Slide in California 19 mins – “A California resident and reporter speak about the chaos and fear they witnessed as the disaster unfolded.” At the link find the title, “Jan 11 | ‘I saw tree trunks roll up my driveway’: What it’s like to get caught up in California mudslides, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180111_90016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mugabe’s Last Days 29 mins – “An extraordinary ten days as Robert Mugabe stepped down after four decades as president. When it comes to holding onto power few can match the record of the Zimbabwean politician. He famously said, “I’ll leave the presidency when God calls me.” In the end it was the army, the people and his own party that forced him out. It didn’t go as smoothly as they hoped.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music and Technology 51 mins – “From the BBC Radio Theatre in London, Click brings together innovators and musicians to perform and to explore the credits and deficits of music production in the digital age. Rachel Chinouriri a performer of Zimbabwean origin and a recent graduate of the BRIT School for Performing Arts has embraced new technological tools to produce an EP in a day. Beatie Wolfe performs and discusses her recently launched The Raw Space Experience, a “world’s first” in ‘streaming’ an album incorporating real-time AR visuals. Andrew Hockey’s installation Kinetic Tones which combines open source software and hardware, contact microphones and re-purposed Newton’s cradles to create an original piece of generative music. Helen Steer brings the components of a do-it-yourself kit to make a musical instrument in the theatre. And Michela Magas, the founder of Music Tech Fest, discusses her new model for rewarding creativity, described as ‘Linux of the music industry’.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.At the link you can listen, but not download the file; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Music and the Mind 33 mins – “Happy new year! It’s a bonus podcast: episode one of the second season of Indre’s other podcast, Cadence.” At the link find the title, “Losing Genes but Gaining Music, Cadence | S02 Episode 01,, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files 57cf6616-c960-42f0-a47d-a94d0f635807.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Music Record Collectors 15 mins – For generations, record collectors have played a vital role in the preservation of musical and cultural heritage by “digging” for obscure music created by overlooked artists. Alexis Charpentier shares his love of records — and stories of how collectors have given forgotten music a second chance at being heard. Learn more about the culture of record digging (and, maybe, pick up a new hobby) with this fun, refreshing talk.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanomaterials in Construction 4 mins -”Bricks, blocks, and steel I-beams — step aside. That’s because scientists are reporting that a new genre of construction materials, made from stuff barely 1/50,000th the width of a human hair, is about to debut in the building of homes, offices, bridges, and other structures. The new report highlights both the potential benefits of these nanomaterials in improving construction materials and the need for guidelines to regulate their use and disposal. The report appears in the monthly journal ACS Nano.” At the link find the title, “Future Cities: Nanotechnology promises more sustainable buildings, bridges, and other structures, Sept, 2010,” right-click “Media files GC2010_NanoparticlesConstructionMaterialsFINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Native American History Lesson 63 mins – “Today on the NativeTalk.net radio program, we have a special one hour show discussing some of the history of the Pacific Northwest Tribes. Specifically, on their way of life including why they were considered by other tribes to be wealthy, how they gathered food, living arrangements, and their form of currency and trade. To help us discuss, as a first grade sudent himself 6 year old Puyallup tribal member Jason joins to learn things about his tribe he (and maybe you) never knew before.  One of the most important aspects of tribal life in the Puget Sound region, was the potlatch. We talk in detail about what it meant, how it was prepared, and some of the reasons a potlatch might be held. Finally, we finish with the legend of “How Raven Stole Crow’s Potlatch” which is a fantastic story that you will all enjoy.” At the link find the title, “History Lesson Of The Pacific Northwest Tribes & How Raven Stole Crow’s Potlatch, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files history-lesson-of-the-pacific-northwest-tribes-how-raven-stole-crows-potlatch.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New England Journal of Medicine 30 mins – “We feature articles on thrombectomy 6 to 24 hours after stroke, C7 nerve transfer for spastic arm paralysis, autologous stem-cell transplantation for scleroderma, and boosting hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation; review articles on acute pyelonephritis in adults and on favism and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency; a Clinical Problem-Solving article on going from A to Z; and Perspective articles on a culture of scientific inquiry, on competency-based medical education, on removing ERISA’s impediment to state health reform, and on chasing seasonal influenza.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NORAD 37 mins – “The story that circulates about how NORAD started tracking Santa is pretty heart-warming, but doesn’t completely hold up.” At the link find the title, “NORAD Tracking Santa: A Cold War History, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 2017-12-25-symhc-norad.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Spill in East China Sea 27 mins – “At the time of reporting, Sanchi, the oil tanker which collided with a cargo ship off the coast of China on Saturday, is still burning. The tanker contained about a million barrels of ‘condensate’ – a very light crude oil. Initial concerns are, of course, for the 32 crew unaccounted for, but longer term environmental damage from this toxic fuel could be serious, especially if the ship breaks up. Gut Gas Detecting Electronic Capsules – Gases produced in the digestive tract (from mouth to anus) can tell us a lot about the activity of essential and harmful bacteria in the gut and consequently about our health. Ingestible sensors (capsules that you swallow), which then detect gases throughout the alimentary tract, are now being trailed in humans as a powerful tool for monitoring human health. Chimp-Facial Portraits – A new citizen science project is being launched at the end of the month exploring relatedness in chimpanzees. In humans it seems like there is a (fairly robust) trend towards looking like your father early in life, perhaps because being recognised is important and there is little doubt about who the mother is. When it comes to chimps it is even more interesting because fathers commit a lot of infanticide- great to look like your Dad if he’s a big alpha male, but you are essentially broadcasting to all the other males that you are not theirs! The Rise of The Flowering Plant – Darwin had an ‘abominable mystery’ – he couldn’t work out why flowering plants, after they evolved in the Cretaceous, suddenly became so varied and widespread. This went against his ideas that evolution happened slowly. It turns out that flowering plants (angiosperms) evolved very early to shed unnecessary genes and therefore reduce their genomes and cell size, which meant they could pack a lot more functionality into their leaves and out-compete their non-flowering neighbours.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Origins Project 59 mins – “Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. Physicist Lawrence Krauss directs the Origins Project at Arizona State University, which fosters scientific research and collaborations on origins – of life, the universe, and everything. His own research focuses on the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, including investigations into dark matter and the origin of all mass in the universe. His latest book The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far is a deeply entertaining and informative account of the progress of knowledge in modern physics.” At the link find the title, “98. Lawrence Krauss (Physicist) – Lux Ex Machina, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP5948523047.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paraguay Drought 28 mins – “A journey up the ‘suicidal’ Pilcomayo river that separates Paraguay from Argentina… The Pilcomayo is the life-force of one of Latin America’s most arid regions. But it is also one of the most heavily silted rivers of the world. As it courses down from the Bolivian Highlands in the months of December and January, half is water, half sand. This means it often causes flooding. Or, it changes course, failing to deliver water to those who depend on it. So in order to benefit communities, this is a river system that needs careful management, and a lot of human input to ensure the water flows. Compounding the fickleness of the Pilcomayo are 3 years of drought in the region. Gabriela Torres travels north from Asuncion up the course of the Pilcomayo during the dry season, visiting communities where the wildlife is dying and the economy under threat. How will the people – and animals – cope this year?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pay Equality 57 mins- “Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and political risk consultant Anna Szymanski discuss: Iceland legislating income equality; Spotify going public; The protests in Iran” At the link find the title, “The Distinctly Nordic Edition, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1785735734.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Payday Loans Problem – “’I am on a limited income, right? So paying it back I was left with no money. I had no choice but to re-borrow.’ At the link find the title, “Jan 3 How a $200 payday loan cost over $31,000,, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180103_10520.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plate Tectonics 27 mins – “Roland Pease tells the story of how fifty years ago geologists finally became convinced that the earth’s crust is made up of shifting plates. The idea of mobile continents, continental drift, had been talked about, for example because it looked like Africa and South America had once been joined, and were now separated by the Atlantic. But given the solidity of rocks and the vastness of continents, that idea made no sense. Until plate tectonics, as it became known, gave it a scientific basis and rebuilt it into a mechanism that explained earthquakes, mountain belts, chains of volcanic islands and many other geological phenomena. Roland Pease talks to many of the key researchers in the story, now in their 70s and 80s, and finds out how their work transformed our understanding of the earth.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Disfunctions 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.” At the link find the title, “Van Jones – “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.

Political Polarization 32 mins – “On The Gist, Mike wonders whether the “winner picked out of a bowl” antics in Virginia’s House of Delegates will really matter much. In the interview, former Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire has straightforward advice for candidates in blue-collar America: appeal to the center or lose out. Just as importantly, Altmire argues, the Democratic Party as a whole has to let them do it. Altmire’s book is Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It. In the Spiel, Mike says the economy is looking up, and that means Republicans could keep their congressional majorities in the midterms ahead—barring a foreign policy disaster, of course.” At the link find the title, “Move to the Center or Keep on Losing, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files SM9697930488.mp3” from the pop-up menu.

Price Fixing Bread in Canada 21 mins – “On Tuesday, Loblaw Companies Ltd. and its parent company George Weston Ltd. admitted to participating in a bread price-fixing arrangement that started in 2001 and lasted until 2015.” At the link find the title, “Dec 21 Bread price-fixing: Investigation into at least 7 companies, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171221_40322.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Psychedelic Trip Sitter 39 mins – “A website for people who are way too high. Plus, could LSD unlock our better selves? Does PJ even have a better self? We investigate.” At the link find the title, “#44 Shine On You Crazy Goldman, Aug, 2017,”right-click “Media files GLT8888040665.mp3” and select ‘save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Psychopathic Children 48 mins – “We talk to professor of psychology & neuroscience Abigail Marsh about her new book The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between.” At the link find the title, “How One Emotion Connects Altruists and Psychopaths, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files 05286d4a-faf0-4f9c-811f-3d0cb69c8ae0.mp3I”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Putin’s Goals 46 mins- “Behind the legend of Vladimir Putin, which America’s obsession with Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections has only bolstered, hides a complex political landscape, history and—of course—president. To dispel the myth behind Russia’s president and explore the man underneath the facade, Russia expert and staff writer for The Atlantic Julia Ioffe recently published an essay titled “What Putin Really Wants.” Last week, Ioffe joined guest host Alina Polyakova to discuss her piece, and what young Russians actually think about America’s fixation on their country.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Julia Ioffe mixdown_final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Recycled Waste Crisis 19 mins – “Summary * With China banning more recycling imports, Canadian municipalities will see no place for their mounting waste to go but into the landfill.” At the link find the title, “Dec 27 Your recycling could become trash: The ‘golden age’ of recycling is coming to an end, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20171227_87657.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refrigerators 13 mins – “The refrigerator is one of the hardest working, most used appliances in a house. Back in the day, all we had were refrigerator units with freezers on top and the main choice we had to make was color.  Remember harvest gold and avocado? Today, we have so many choices in refrigerators that I thought I’d do a quick episode covering the pros and cons of each style of refrigerator to help us choose the best fridge for our new homes. We’ll talk about top freezer refrigerators and bottom freezer refrigerators, french door refrigerators, side by side refrigerators, counter depth fridges and full refrigerator columns. Plus I’ll tell you the rule of thumb for the amount of fridge space you need in cubic feet.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Assistance 60 mins – “Speakers – Karen Ferguson, Ph.D. Executive Director for Northern California Offices, International Rescue Committee and Valerie Kurka Community Engagement Coordinator, Peace Corps Community for the Support of Refugees (an Affiliate of the Northern California Peace Corps Association)” At the link find the title, “Harm to Home: A Refugee’s Journey to the Bay, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180109_MLF_Harm to Home.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resistance Starch 62 mins – “Resistant starch… sounds interesting! And you’ve probably heard mention of it lately, but do you really know what it is? On this episode of Bulletproof Radio, hear Resistant Starch experts, Richard Nikoley and Tim Steele, talk about what it is and how to use it. The show is packed with key insights about how to figure out your own gut biome from potato starch to fecal transplants. Sound gross? It is, and fascinating! Plus you’ll hear the top 3 probiotics we can all start taking right now to improve our gut flora. Richard Nikoley is a former Navy officer, successful entrepreneur, and creator of the highly informative blog Free The Animal. He is joined by Tim Steele, aka “Tater Tot” (a nickname hinting at his experimentation with potatoes). Tim has helped the re-emergence of resistance starch as a guest writer on Free The Animal and Dr. Grace Liu’s blog, Animal Pharm.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rock Climbing in Venezuela 28 mins – “Leo Houlding is one of the most famous rock-climbers in the world. He tells adventurer Steve Backshall about the most bizarre and unforgettable experience of his life. In 2012, Leo travelled to a remote corner of Venezuela to make an attempt on the unforgiving table-top mountain Cerro Autana. It’s considered sacred by the local Pieroa people on whose land it stands. They were suspicious of Leo’s motives; they couldn’t understand why he would travel so far simply to climb. Leo says they suspected him of prospecting for diamonds. So, it was important for him to gain their trust – partly because he needed their help to carry equipment and break through the impenetrable rainforest that stood between his team and the mountain. Trust was gained by undertaking a frightening and dangerous ‘yopo’ ceremony. Yopo is a powerful hallucinogenic drug, used in shamanic ritual; it sent Leo on what he describes as a terrifying exorcism. Following the ceremony, Leo – in a fragile state – continued into the jungle on his expedition. The local people, who had been doubtful of him and his motives, were suddenly warm, friendly and helpful. Having battled plague proportions of insects, and hacked their way through almost impenetrable undergrowth, Leo and his team were finally able to attempt to scale this 1220 metre mountain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Russian Refugees 52 mins – “Stay or go? That’s the choice facing Russia’s brightest and best. As the first generation born under Putin approaches voting age, many of Russia’s young people are voting with their feet. Lucy Ash meets émigrés, exiles and staunch remainers in London and Berlin, Moscow and Saint Petersburg to weigh up the prospects for the ambitious in Putin’s Russia. The push and pull of Russia’s exit dilemma plays out in galleries and start-ups, architecture practices and universities. Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, is now campaigning for prison reform, and says her spell behind bars only fuels her sense of mission. “I really do love to be inside of this courageous community, risking their lives by trying to change their country. It gives sense to my life.” But others – from Herzen to Lenin to Khodorkovsky – have tried to influence the Russian condition from abroad. Life outside the motherland isn’t always the easy option; many struggle with feeling superfluous, with indifference or competition. Although the biggest country on earth, space for freedom of expression in Russia has been shrinking. Recently, a propagandist pop song has been urging students to mind their own business. Its lyrics include: “Kid, stay out of politics, and give your brain a shower!”, a symptom of the claustrophobic atmosphere that is encroaching on public space and personal life. Some make an exit in search of a reliable environment for their business or propaganda-free schools for their children; others are fleeing homophobia or political danger.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seeing AI 18 mins – “We’ve done some coverage on the Swiss Army Knife of Apps, SeeingAI and brushed up a bit here and there. We look at the Product Channel and hear from listeners about reading bar codes. We walk through the 3D Touch shortcut setup, hear an attempt of making music with the Light Detection channel and sort out a currency matter in no time at all.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Abuse of Actors 44 mins – “Kristin Booth and Patricia Fagan were excited to start their careers under the tutelage of Soulpepper theatre’s Albert Schultz. Years later, they are two of four women suing Schultz, alleging sexual battery and harassment.” At the link find the title, “Jan 4 ‘I was being groomed to think this was normal’: Actors sue director Albert Schultz alleging sexual harassment, 2018,” right-click “current_20180104_67967.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Education 7 mins – “As parents, it’s our job to teach our kids about sex. But beyond “the talk,” which covers biology and reproduction, there’s so much more we can say about the human experience of being in our bodies. Introducing “The Talk 2.0,” Sue Jaye Johnson shows us how we can teach our children to tune in to their sensations and provide them with the language to communicate their desires and emotions — without shutting down or numbing out.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Harassment Action 39 mins – “In the wake of #MeToo, hundreds of Hollywood A-listers are fighting back against sexual misconduct.” At the link find the title, “Will #TimesUp help curb sexual harassment? Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files 2018-01-05-smnty-timesup-final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep Loss 50 mins – “We live in a 24/7/365 go-go-go culture.  And, admittedly, there’s a lot to look at.  But taken to the extreme, the whack-a-mole nature of demands on our attention leads to cutting back on one all-too-compressible block on our schedule: the amount of sleep we get daily. Sleep Deprivation is a major, global, and growing problem.  You’ve seen the articles about going without sleep “being like you’re drunk” and weakening cognitive performance in a way that is difficult to recover from. Not all areas of the brain are equally affected, nor all our abilities when we’re sleepy.  (In some cases, there may even be upsides.  See Episode #91.) Dr. Whitney, from Washington State University, studies the fine-grained details about a lack of sleep’s effects on vigilance, psychomotor performance, situational awareness, mood, and a variety of other factor which don’t always move in lockstep.” At the link find the title, “#213: Sleep Deprivation with Dr. Paul Whitney,” right-click “ “Media files SDS213.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smart Ice 24 mins – “SmartICE is a company that puts sensors in sea ice to stop people falling through, and they’re teaming up with Inuit communities to make it even more effective.” At the link find the title, “Jan 4 As ice thins underfoot, technology is combining with traditional Inuit knowledge to save lives, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180104_90597.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Power Overview 26 mins – “’Solar energy’ harnesses the energy of the sun to power your house. A 2017 report from the International Energy Agency says that solar energy has become the world’s fastest growing source of power– marking the first time that solar energy’s growth has surpassed that of all other fuels.. Most people who want to install a solar panel system are motivated to do so either because saving the planet is important to them and/or because saving money on their utility bills is important to them.  Either way, solar panel systems are tremendously beneficial. This week’s episode will give you a basic overview of solar power systems, including the pros and cons of the different types of solar panels, the average cost, and the amount of maintenance needed.  We’ll also talk about leasing solar panels. Before our mini lesson, we’ll go over a few pro terms:  On the grid, zero energy homes, and off the grid.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spanglish 25 mins – “One in 10 people in the U.S. speaks Spanish at home. What happens when they mash with the rest of America? On today’s episode, una conversacion con Ilan Stavans, the world’s expert in Spanglish. Mexican-Jewish-American Mash-Up Stavans is a professor of Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst College. ¡Vamos!” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Sports Science 60 mins – “This week we’re exploring the ways that science and technology are changing sports, on and off the playing field. We’ll speak to journalist Mark McClusky about his book “Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes – and What We Can Learn from Them.” And we’ll get the scientific perspective on sports supplements with Dr. Bryan Chung, founder of Evidence Based Fitness.” At the link find the title, “#454 Sports Science,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Startup Success Trait 6 mins – “Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed. So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terry Gilliam 63 mins – “Terry Gilliam is one of the most multifaceted, visionary talents alive. He first found fame as a member of Monty Python, the surreal comedy troupe that has had a cult following since its inception in 1969 right up to today. Had Gilliam stopped there, his artistic immortality would have been guaranteed. But over the decades his talent has rampaged across different genres – comedy, opera and above all cinema. He ranks among the tiny handful of film directors the world’s leading actors will drop everything for. Hollywood royalty including Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, Robin Williams, Uma Thurman and Johnny Depp have flocked to work on his masterpieces Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. In October 2015, Gilliam made an exclusive appearance at Royal Festival Hall, presented by Intelligence Squared and Southbank Centre. Joined on stage by BBC arts editor Will Gompertz, he took us on an immersive, multimedia journey through the many inspirations he has drawn on — from the Bible and Mad magazine to Grimm’s fairy tales and the films of Powell and Pressburger. Listen as we venture inside the mind of the filmmaker once described as ‘half genius and half madman’, whose popularity has remained undimmed for almost half a century.” At the link find the title, “Inside The Head Of Terry Gilliam, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Obstruction of Justice 50 mins – “This evening, the New York Times published a story with new details of significance to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation regarding the President and obstruction of justice. Michael Schmidt reports, among other news, that President Trump instructed White House Counsel Don McGahn to attempt to prevent Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself in the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. We put together a special edition podcast with Schmidt, and Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Jack Goldsmith, and Bob Bauer to discuss what the story might mean for the future of the investigation. Warning: the audio is a recorded conference line and therefore somewhat rougher than usual.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Special_Edition_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump the Immigrant 16 mins – “Donald “America-is-ruined-I’m-gonna-deport-all-the-immigrants” Trump is the emblem of all that is anti-mashy, right? Well, not exactly. Because it turns out, The Donald actually has a super rich, beautiful, complex immigration and Mash-Up American family narrative of his own. True story! The Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael D’Antonio explores all this and more in his incredible biography, “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Trypanosomes 28 mins – “Dr. Vernon Carruthers is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Carruthers’ expertise on parasites seeks to understand survival strategies employed by microbial pathogens during infection. We discuss his recent studies and discoveries on parasites on this edition of Science Studio.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukrainian Bakery 27 mins – “Lucy Ash meets the staff and customers of a bakery which is the one bright spot in war-torn east Ukraine. The war there between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian army has dropped out of the headlines and there seems to be little political will to make peace. More than 10,000 people have been killed and as it enters its fourth year, this has become one of the longest conflicts in modern European history. But in the frontline town of Marinka there’s one bright spot amidst the gloom – the bakery. It’s the first new business in the town since the fighting began and it is bringing some hope and comfort to its traumatised citizens. We meet staff and customers from the bakery to explore a community living on the edge. “The aroma of fresh bread,” says the man behind the enterprise, ” gives people hope. It smells like normal life.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights 69 mins – “Sometimes the technical stuff is how you get to the crucial stuff. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a case about Ohio’s voter purge, and the case rests on some sticky statutory interpretation questions. Up to 1.2 million voters may have been purged from Ohio’s rolls after they sat out a couple of elections and in this episode of Amicus, Dahlia Lithwick does a deep dive into the technicalities of the case. Dahlia and her guests also use this moment to take stock of the state of voting rights in the US. Dahlia talks with Mayor Joseph Helle of Oak Harbor, Ohio, a veteran who came home to find he’d been purged from the rolls after not voting while on active duty, and to the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, Dale Ho. Ho even cites his favorite Justice Antonin Scalia opinion.” At the link find the title, “The Right Not to Vote, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2504965784.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Conservation 11 mins – “According to the UN, nearly one in three people worldwide live in a country facing a water crisis, and less than five percent of the world lives in a country that has more water today than it did 20 years ago. Lana Mazahreh grew up in Jordan, a state that has experienced absolute water scarcity since 1973, where she learned how to conserve water as soon as she was old enough to learn how to write her name. In this practical talk, she shares three lessons from water-poor countries on how to save water and address what’s fast becoming a global crisis.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Desalination 19 mins – “How chemists are using desalination to provide a thirsty world with clean drinking water.” At the link find the title, “Episode 2 – The Crisis in Clean Water (Part 2): Water Desalination, Jul, 2008,” right-click “Media files GlobalChallengesEp2.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Purification 19 mins – “How chemists are providing a thirsty world with clean drinking water.” At the link find the title, “Episode 1 – The Crisis in Clean Water (Part 1): Water Purification, Jun, 2008,” right-click “Media files GlobalChallengesEp1Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wolf-Hircshhorn Syndrome 12 mins – “Heather Lanier’s daughter Fiona has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic condition that results in developmental delays — but that doesn’t make her tragic, angelic or any of the other stereotypes about kids like her. In this talk about the beautiful, complicated, joyful and hard journey of raising a rare girl, Lanier questions our assumptions about what makes a life “good” or “bad,” challenging us to stop fixating on solutions for whatever we deem not normal, and instead to take life as it comes.” At the link left-click the share circle, right-click “download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zero Mass Water 29 mins -”In our household we do our best to avoid buying bottled water – we’re keenly aware of what those darn plastic bottles are doing to the environment. Instead, we just drink our tap water – it’s safe and delicious, because we live in San Francisco, and our water is sourced from the magnificent Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. But not everyone in the United States can rely on their tap water to be safe. The horrifying reports of lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan and other locations across the United States are a stark reminder of the inadequacy of local water infrastructure. What alternative do communities like that have? Our guest today on Sea Change Radio believes he has an answer. Zero Mass Water CEO and founder, Cody Friesen has launched a product called Source which uses special solar panels called hydropanels to transform humidity in the air into enough drinking water for most families to live comfortably. Friesen describes how his company’s technology works (even in arid climates), how much it costs, and what it could mean for populations who rely too heavily on bottled water.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

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