Media Mining Digest 326 – Feb 9, 2018: 3D Printed Drugs, Abortion Problems in Canada, Applachian Music, Assisted Death Survivor, Baby Bonds Income, Black Panther Party, Brain Aging, Cadaver Donation, Canadian Deportation Problem, Cancer Prevention, Cape Town Water Rationing, Detroit and San Francisco, Disaster Prevention, Intelligence Operations Concerns, Internet Addiction, Investment Psychologies, ISIS Bride Returns, Land Mine Removal, Loneliness Problem, Marijuana Energy Impact, Medical Implant Dangers, Mindfulness and Mindlessness, North Korea War Concerns, Pence for President, Population Explosion, Poverty Control in California, Retirement Concerns, Road Salt Pollution, Rohingya Refugees, Russian Hangover, Salvadorian Deportations, Sex Abuse by Gymnastics Coach, Sex Crimes in India, Sexual Harassment in Politics, Shingles Vaccine, South China Sea Oil Spill, Syrian War, Talk Therapy, Trump Country, Warfare Future, Women in Politics

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3D Printed Drugs 4 mins – “3D-printing is set to revolutionise the way we do chemistry, and could lead to pharmacies printing out our drugs when we need them, or even home printed prescriptions. Lee Cronin is the Regius Professor of Chemistry at Glasgow University… Lee – I wanted to see if we could take a cheap robot, a bit like a 3D printer, and use it to automate chemistry. So, one of the problems we’re having in chemistry is that only certain cooks can make certain recipes and get certain tastes, and what we wanted to do is make all recipes and all tastes available to everyone. By using a 3D printer which is really cheap and becoming very available, we could use a 3D printer in two different ways. First way, is that we use it to print a plastic object or material objects, in this case, like a test tube in which you do your chemistry. Then the 3D printer switches function and turns from test tube printing to actually moving liquids around a bit like an automatic cocktail maker in which you would add the chemicals into the test tube it’s just made to allow the chemical reaction to go. And because a 3D printer would know which order to add to the chemicals, it would be very precise and allow us to replicate our chemistry recipe and allow the thing to work in many different places and situations….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

3D Printing in Schools 47 mins “The 3D printing industry is once again stepping forward not only for it to tip but also to finally make people see the wide range it can offer. This time the field is making toys through an app called Toy Maker that lets parents 3D print toys with their kids. This is a lovely way to spend time with the the family, but Drew Taylor of AstroPrint also aims for Toy Maker to be a reference app for other 3D print designers to use. The APIs used for the app had an obvious use that AstroPrint saw to help others in the industry. With this simple app for parents, the complexities of the tech and the software and hardware are all taken away to better give enjoyment for parents printing on demand.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Abortion Problems in Canada 24 mins – “A summer funding program now requires applicants to say they support reproductive rights, but faith-based groups say they cannot in good conscience agree to it.” At the link find the title, “Jan 15 The abortion clause: Should groups that work against reproductive rights receive public funding? 2018” right-click “Media files current_20180115_66826.mp3” and select “save LinkAs” from the pop-up menu.

Activist Ai Weiwei 50 mins – “Ai, whose father was the renowned poet Ai Qing, spent his early years living in political exile with his family in Xingjian, a remote area of China. That experience, he believes, helped him empathize with the hundreds of refugees he interviewed over the course of making the film. “So since I was very young, I experienced all those very harsh political conditions like the discriminations, all those,” Ai remembers. “So that make me much easier to approach this film, Human Flow, and to see this human tragedy as part of my condition, you know.  I feel there’s some connections in there.” Climate change is one of the factors that has contributed to the global refugee crisis, Ai maintains.  One example? Drought conditions in Syria. “I think before the Syrian war there’s seven years of drought,” says Ai. “Many people think that also contribute to the upheavals in the nation.” Ai’s hope in making Human Flow is to shine a light on a worldwide crisis, “to see humanity as one, you know, human rights as one. “If someone’s right is being violated, we all get hurt,” he continues. “If we don’t have this kind of understanding the problem, you know, someday we all can be get hurt. Because if we only have for this kind of visual condition to see us as one family…then we can have our empathies and we can come up some kind of solutions.” At the link find the title, “Ai Weiwei: Human Flow, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20171231_cl1_Ai Weiwei PODCAST.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan and Iraq War P1 170 mins – “This episode is part 1 of CJ’s discussions with a longtime DHP listener & US Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, a guy who goes by “BT” on the internet. Not only does BT himself have a lot of personal experiences in these conflicts, he’s also done a lot of research about these wars and related issues. These conversations will cover BT’s experiences in those wars, and the effects of those experiences, which he’s still dealing with today. Along the way, we’ll also cover the history of these conflicts, and a variety of related issues.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 0155: A Modern-Day Grunt’s Perspective, Part 1, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL8274788864.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan and Iraq War P2 95 mins– “This is the second part of my conversation with BT, a US Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, about his experiences.” At the link find the title, “Ep. 0156: A Modern-Day Grunt’s Perspective, Part 2, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL2836885820.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anxiety and Depression 50 mins – “Father Time — “…It’s been a weird [year]…and we’re obviously not holding our breaths hoping for a respite in the next calendar year. So in anticipation of emotions of all kinds, we present The Feelings Show: three interviews from that past that helped us deal with, you know —  things. 1. Rebecca Solnit, writer and historian, on her impatience with despair and her insistence that the future is unknowable — and therefore full of potential. 2. Robert Wright [@robertwrighter], writer and theologian, on how adopting basic mindfulness techniques could improve our lives and help us avoid outrage fatigue. 3. Jad Abumrad [@JadAbumrad], host of WNYC’s Radiolab, and Eugene Thacker, professor of media studies at The New School, on nihilism’s powerful grip on our culture.” At the link right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Appalachian Music 50 mins – “A Grammy-nominated album celebrates Appalachia’s rich legacy of story songs. We’ll listen to how the ballad resonates today.” At the link find the title “’The Appalachian Ballad Tradition’ , Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_578672268.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Death Survivor 27 mins – “In our second show exploring the impact of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) we speak to Clifford Campbell. His wife Noreen was among the first to be approved for and to receive MAID. He tells Brian what it’s like to be the witness to suffering, party to assisted death, and the spouse left behind.” At the link find the title,”One year after MAID: A husband talks about being the spouse left behind, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files whitecoat-lyz3hBaLBKOEH40.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Baby Bonds Income 24 mins- “The proposal, called baby bonds, suggests giving every child born in America a lump sum payment up to $50,000. The money would have to be spent on “wealth building actions” like going to university, starting a business or buying a home.” At the link find the title, “Could the wealth gap be closed by giving babies $50,000? Some economists think so, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-U6xxBDojvqcbToc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Panther Party 90 mins – “Authors of “When Theory Meets Practice: The Black Panther Party’s Brief but Unignorable Four Years in Boston”, Prasanna Rajaskearan and Joe Tache join Brett to discuss the history and philosophy of The Black Panther Party.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Black Panthers 52 mins – “The Black Panther party emerged from the tumult of the 1960s, and it gave African-Americans a new voice and a new posture. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s film about the Panthers is told through the experiences of those who supported and opposed it. A new revolutionary culture was emerging in the 1960s, and for a short period of time the Black Panther Party was the vanguard of that change. Bold, outspoken, and idealistic, the Panthers zealously pursued their mission to upend the American establishment, and they did it with iconic style. In his latest film, documentarian Stanley Nelson chronicles the rise and decline of the Black Panther Party through the experiences of those who supported and opposed it. The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is directed by Stanley Nelson. It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Aging 48 mins – “In this episode of SFB[Sound Financial Bites], Cory Shepherd joins Paul to speak with Developmental Molecular Biologist, Dr. John Medina. Dr. Medina is an affiliate professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of Brain Rules for Aging Well and several other books such as, The Clock of Ages. Tune in to find out what happens to our bodies after the age of 30, the different ways you can slow the aging process, the benefits of practicing mindfulness, and how you can keep your brain intact in your golden years.” At the link find the title, “088 Dr. John Medina – Will Your Brain Age Well, Dec, 2017,” right-click “Media files SFB088-Will Your Brain Age Well.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cadaver Donation 46 mins – “In this episode, we talk cadavers and training in healthcare. We bring Dr. Joe Holley on the show to talk about a series of articles from Reuters news agency about the body donation system in the U.S. Joe was disheartened by the sensationalized nature of the articles and the challenges created by the difference between the article and what Joe’s experiences in real life applied science situations.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Deportation Problem 19 mins – “Fatouma Abdi says it was the government’s responsibility to ensure her brother received Canadian citizenship, given that he grew up in state care. Without it, he faces deportation.” At the link find the title, “Jan 15 ‘The government was our parents’: Abdoul Abdi’s sister says Somali refugee failed by Canadian foster system, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180115_85691.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian First Nations Suicides 21 mins – “In the first national conference involving youth leaders, politicians and social media to address the epidemic of aboriginal youth suicide — young people call for hope.” At the link find the title, “Jan 22 ‘We Matter’: Indigenous youth raise their voices in the fight against suicide, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-2KAUcaf2ItUWbJ2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Shared Future 54 mins – “Indigenous education advocate Roberta Jamieson believes Canada is at a make-or-break moment where it has a chance to recast its historically troubled relationship with First Nations for the next 150 years.” At the link find the title, “Canada’s original promise: Still waiting to be realized, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-isCrmV151jDIFp8.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Prevention 75 mins – “An unspoken fear haunts many women today—the fear that breast cancer is inevitable and that the clock is ticking. Everyone knows someone who has been affected. That’s because breast cancer has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. What can we do about it? The answer is: a lot. Research shows that breast cancer is a largely preventable disease. In this seminar, Christine Horner shares lifesaving information, including the many research-proven natural approaches—what to do and what not to do—that can dramatically protect against breast cancer and help women who have this disease improve their chances of surviving it. Horner spearheaded legislation in the 1990s that made it mandatory for insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Join us and learn over 30 different lifesaving dietary, supplemental and lifestyle choices proven to be highly effective against the development and progression of breast cancer. These same techniques also help protect against many other diseases and help one achieve and maintain excellent health.” At the link find the title, “Natural Approaches To Breast Cancer Prevention, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180117_MLF_Natural Approaches Breast Cancer Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cape Town Water Shortage 26 mins – “Cape Town’s mayor has been issuing dire warnings to citizens for months to keep the amount of water they use to less than 87 litres per person per day. The city is predicted to run out of water on April 21 [2018].” At the link find the title, “Point of no return’: Cape Town projected to run out of water by April, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-OPZnipImpP8nW05.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CEO Life 47 mins – Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “How to Become a C.E.O.” (You can subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts or elsewhere, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) Mark Zuckerberg’s dentist dad was an early adopter of digital x-rays. Jack Welch blew the roof off a factory. Carol Bartz was a Wisconsin farm girl who got into computers. No two C.E.O.’s have the same origin story — so we tell them all! How the leaders of Facebook, G.E., Yahoo!, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Virgin, the Carlyle Group, Reddit, and Bridgewater Associates made it to the top. (Part 2 of a special series, “The Secret Life of C.E.O.’s.”)” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CHIP Program 46 mins – “Nine million children and families could lose their health coverage if CHIP funding expires. We’ll go to the healthcare frontlines.” At the link find the title, “Kids’ Health Insurance At Risk As Congress Faces Funding Deadline, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_578171751.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Commerce History in U.S. 58 mins – “How much should the U.S. be open to business with other countries, and how much should we protect our industries from foreign competition? This question has been at the heart of trade policy for centuries. Now, in his comprehensive new book, author Douglas Irwin gives historical context to our current trade debates.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservationalist Goodall 51 mins – “World-renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall talks about her life’s work, the link between deforestation and climate change and why she sees reasons for hope. Yvon Chouinard, the reluctant entrepreneur who founded Patagonia, Inc., explains how charting his own path through the wilderness led him to create a multi-million dollar sporting goods company committed to environmentally responsible design and production. Jane Goodall, Founder, Jane Goodall Institute; U.N. Messenger of Peace “ At the link find the title, “Jane Goodall And Yvon Chouinard Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180114_cl1_Goodall and Chouinard_PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Detroit and San Francisco 67 mins – “San Francisco and Detroit are each home to highly diverse and vibrant communities with strong community leaders and anchor institutions, but they suffer from historic disinvestment and are in need of greater economic vitality, more investments, updated infrastructure and civic attention—especially for issues relating to children. In neighborhoods across these two geographies, community leaders, advocates and policymakers are seeking solutions and looking for equitable development strategies that can allow communities to thrive. In this forum, Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, and Tonya Allen, CEO of Detroit’s Skillman Foundation, will discuss with KQED’s Mina Kim how they have attempted to tackle the enduring challenge of strengthening communities in their regions. What have they learned? What went well? What would they do differently?” At the link find the title, “A Tale of Two Cities: Leaders from Detroit and San Francisco Discuss How to Strengthen Communities, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20171213_A Tale of Two Cities Detroit SF For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Prevention 25 mins – “Virginia Murray, public health consultant in global disaster risk reduction at Public Health England, was instrumental in putting together the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction – an international agreement which aims to move the world from reacting to disasters, to proactively preventing them. In this podcast, she explains what they learned in the process, and why science had to become storytelling, in order to make politicians pay attention.” At the link find the title, “Virginia Murray – the science of disaster risk reduction, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files 388352600-bmjgroup-virginia-murray-the-science-of-disaster-risk-reduction.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electrical Infrastructure 66 mins – “America’s electricity infrastructure is aging. Mason Willrich will describe the ownership and operation of this infrastructure and the web of state and federal policies that govern it. He will present a coherent national strategy for modernizing our infrastructure, including expansion of energy efficiency, wind, solar, nuclear and other carbon-free resources for power generation.” At the link find the title, “Decarbonizing America’s Electricity Infrastructure, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180118_MLF_Eletrical_Infrastructure_For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake News 49 mins – “The book that took D.C. by storm; evaluating our first year under President Trump; the story of the Pentagon Papers, from someone who helped write them; and the latest scholarly research on “fake news” — that is, using the original, vintage meaning of the term. Plus, a live report from the Fake News Awards. 1. Michael Wolff [@MichaelWolffNYC], columnist and author, on his latest book Fire & Fury and the dysfunctional Trump White House from whence it came. 2. Masha Gessen [@mashagessen], journalist and The New Yorker contributor, on her rules for surviving autocracies, one year into the Trump presidency. 3. Les Gelb, former columnist and former Defense Department official, on his experience leading the team that wrote the Pentagon Papers, subject of the new Hollywood drama, “The Post.” 4. Brendan Nyhan [@BrendanNyhan], professor of government at Dartmouth College, on his latest research on fake news consumption in 2016. 5. Bob Garfield [@Bobosphere], OTM’s glamour correspondent, reports live from the red carpet at the 2017 Fake News Awards and, folks, the stars are as stunning as the stories are shoddy.” At the link right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. .

Farming Grafted Tomatoes 84 mins – “Howard Prussack of High Meadows Farm raises crops, potted herbs, and vegetable starts with his wife, Lisa, in 30,000 square feet of greenhouses as well as out in the field in Putney, Vermont. Howard has been farming since 1971, and High Meadows Farm was the first certified organic farm in Vermont. We dig into Howard’s history and the growth of the farm, Howard’s early off-farm job and how that helped him learn the business, and the logistics of marketing to retailers. Howard also shares his tips about transplant production, training employees to water plants in the greenhouse, and the overseas education work that he has done.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flu Hazards 47 mins – “It’s the biggest flu outbreak in years, reaching epidemic levels. It could get even worse. What’s happening? And what can be done? We’re talking to experts in the field.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Power Faults 50 mins – “Call it adulation, adoration, idolization: we humans are fascinated by glamour and power. But this turns out to be only one side of our psychology — we also feel envious and resentful of the rich and powerful. In this Radio Replay, we explore the evolutionary history behind this ambivalence. Plus, we look at how we gain influence, and what happens to us once we have it.” At the link find the title, “Radio Replay: The Power Hour, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180126_hiddenbrain power hour radio replay final_mix-06585bb8-5203-4fc6-b411-dbc9211e388e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrants in California 68 mins – “David Bacon has spent his life as a union organizer and activist focused on issues related to labor, immigration and international politics. In his landmark work of photojournalism, In the Fields of the North/En los campos del norte, he combines haunting photographs with the voices of migrant farmworkers, documenting the experiences of some of the hardest-working and most disenfranchised laborers in the country: the farmworkers responsible for making California “America’s breadbasket.” José Padilla will add to Bacon’s account of abuse, which also includes sexual abuse, in the labor contractor work system. He will comment on California Rural Legal Assistance’s (CRLA) role in fighting and winning against an almost feudal labor system in America’s fields.” At the link find the title, “In the Fields of the North Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180111_MLF_Fields of the North FOR PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Canadians 53 mins – “Canadians like to pretend that Indigenous peoples have some special place, that they shape our society in some significant way, but history — as well as contemporary actions and attitudes — might suggest otherwise. In a country where just about all of us are immigrants, Indigenous people are creating new structures and rediscovering old values. A discussion from the Stratford Festival featuring Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Jarrett Martineau and Alexandria Wilson.” At the the link find the title, “First Nation, Second Nation: A discussion about the state of Indigenous people in Canada today, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-c7JF2nMyCoo86i9.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence Operations Concerns 39 mins – “During his career as a national security reporter for The New York Times, James Risen reported several major scoops about the CIA. Risen exposed the Bush administration’s phone surveillance program and misrepresentations of weapons of mass destruction in the Iraq War. He also published big revelations about botched national security operations in The State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. Risen recently reflected on his career for The Intercept. He talks to Bob about how difficult it was to get important stories into the Times in the lead up to the Iraq War, and why his editors sat on an important piece about warrantless wiretapping for 13 months — and what it all says about the relationship between the press and the government” At the link right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet Addiction 27 mins – “What does it mean to grow up online? Veronica Belmont investigates how the www is changing us: our personalities, our bodies, and our brains. A college student shares his experience at rehab for Internet addiction. Bestselling author Nir Eyal breaks down what apps borrow from gambling technology. Writer Heather Schwedel talks about taking a cue from Kanye and breaking up with Twitter. Blogger Joshua Cousins talks about the Internet as a lifeline, in the wake of recent natural disasters. And we challenge a group of brave volunteers with a no-smartphone challenge. IRL is an original podcast from Mozilla. For more on the series go to Looking to reset your relationship with the Internet? Check out our digital detox kit.At the link find the title, “Digital Overload, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Enclosure:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Psychologies 53 mins – “This episode sets a new record with five guests — each considered among the best in their field. It features Adam Robinson (@IAmAdamRobinson), Debbie Millman (@debbiemillman), Neil Strauss (@neilstrauss), Scott Belsky (@scottbelsky), and Veronica Belmont (@Veronica).This roundtable discussion covers topics including best investments, favorite failures, and bad advice to avoid. I really enjoyed all of the answers from the guests as there’s lots of actionable advice.” At the link find the title, “Best Investments, Bad Advice to Avoid, and Other Life Lessons, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files aca07cd4-ffea-4975-825e-daf00953ed27.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ISIS Bride Returns 24 mins – “In 2014, a 19-year-old woman, born and raised in Montreal, left her entire life behind one day to join ISIS in Syria. Her mother embarked on a perilous mission to bring her home.” At the linkfnd the title, “One mother’s mission to save her daughter from life as an ISIS bride, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-tLiaJCfh5UHM6bI.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Land Mine Removal 62 mins – “Twenty years ago, Heidi Kuhn, a former reporter for major media networks, founded Roots of Peace, a charity dedicated to removing the worldwide scourge of land mines and creating thriving farmland in countries dealing with and recovering from conflicts and economic instability. In Afghanistan, for example, over 5 million fruit trees have been planted. Kuhn, who has received numerous prestigious rewards, will discuss her work for Roots of Peace, an organization that turns seeds of terror into seeds of hope.” At the link find the title, “Roots of Peace: Mines to Vines, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20171215_Roots of Peace Mines to Vines For Podcast.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linquistics 132 mins – “Conlangers are people who design human languages, either just for fun or for use in works of fiction, often TV series or movies. My guest, David Peterson, has designed several languages, including the the Dothraki language featured prominently in Game Of Thrones. In this episode we use Dothraki (and English, and a bit of German) to introduce the basics of linguistics, i.e., the science behind natural (and in this case, designed) languages. We also discuss a few specific of Dothraki, and how it gets used in Game Of Thrones.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loneliness Problem 47 mins – “Loneliness is now an epidemic , and as bad for us as smoking. We’re looking at the high costs of emotional isolation.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Energy Impact 27 mins – “Canada needs to grow greener pot once it becomes legal, says botanist. Jan 12 Growing weed is not so great for the environment — what Canada can do to make it greener, 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180112_52755.mp3”and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Matriarchy in Animals 26 mins – “A new documentary turns our idea of who rules in the animal kingdom on its head, revealing animals like lions, elephants and baboons live in powerful matriarchies.” At the link find the title, “Jan 19. ‘Mommy Wildest’: Female-led animal families smash the patriarchy, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-EVNhk5iFTSRUSG9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Implant Dangers 46 mins ”Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Mindfulness and Mindlessness 47 mins – “Ellen Langer is a social psychologist who some have dubbed “the mother of mindfulness.” But she defines mindfulness with counterintuitive simplicity: the simple act of actively noticing things — with a result of increased health, competence, and happiness. Her take on mindfulness has never involved contemplation or meditation or yoga. It comes straight out of her provocative, unconventional studies, which have been suggesting for decades what neuroscience is pointing at now: our experience of everything is formed by the words and ideas we attach to them. What makes a vacation a vacation is not only a change of scenery — but the fact that we let go of the mindless everyday illusion that we are in control. Ellen Langer has shown it’s possible to become physiologically younger through a changed frame of mind; to find joy in what was experienced as drudgery by renaming it as play; and to induce weight loss by substituting the label “exercise” for labor.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea War Concerns 47 mins – “Hawaiians calm their war jitters and the US president and the North Korean dictator hit ‘pause’ on the threats, but the U.S. military quietly prepares for war.” At the link find the title, “The U.S. Is Quietly Preparing For ‘Last Resort’ War With North Korea, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_578384748.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Panama Papers Iceberg 19 mins – “In 2016 , the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released The Panama Papers — a massive cache of 11.5 million records leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca — revealing that several heads of state have been sheltering their personal wealth in offshore accounts to evade taxes. This wasn’t surprising, after all dictators are known for draining public coffers and hoarding the ill-gotten funds in secret accounts. What’s more disturbing is learning that well-known global corporations and civic leaders have been doing the same thing for decades, and getting away with it. …The reason banks and financial institutions are ignoring regulations comes down to simple economics. The organized criminal economy is over $2 trillion a year, and someone has to launder it, says journalist Drew Sullivan, co-founder and editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and a 2014 Institute for the Future (IFTF) Fellow. “You can either be a bank that takes that money or a bank that doesn’t take that money. Because nobody is penalizing you seriously for this, and nobody holds it against you, you don’t get a reputation of being a bad bank, and you can keep doing this.” These slap-on-the-wrist fines are simply the cost of doing business, says Sullivan, who compares the bank’s criminal behavior to the Koch Brothers’modus operandi: violate sanctions and fight the fines in court for as long as possible. “It’s a risk minimization plan, rather than honorable business,” he says. I interviewed Sullivan in 2016 shortly after the release of the Panama Papers.” At the link left click the square with three dots, left-click “Download,” select “Save File” and “OK” to get the file.

Parenting Science 59 mins – “There’s an entire section of the bookstore devoted to child-rearing, but what’s really behind the advice? We look at the sociology, psychology, research, and opinion included in those parenting manuals, and how to sort out what’s useful and what isn’t.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pence for President 51 mins – “…Journalist McKay Coppins has written a profile of the nation’s second in command. It details Pence’s religious and political conversions, his lifelong ambition for power, and his unlikely partnership with Donald Trump. As Coppins writes, Pence believes God himself willed that he should rise to such political heights, which could make him a threat to his boss. Coppins joins us to talk about Pence’s past and where he hopes to be in the future.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Performance and Profitability 62 mins – “When it comes to recruiting, motivating and creating great teams, Patty McCord says most companies have it all wrong. She argues that the old standbys of corporate HR—annual performance reviews, retention plans, employee empowerment and engagement programs—often end up being a waste of time and resources. McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix for 14 years and helped create the company’s culture deck. Since its posting, the culture deck has been viewed more than 15 million times. She draws on her experience and offers a different path for creating a culture of high performance and profitability.” At the link find the title, “Patty McCord: Building Culture, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180118_SV Patty McChord For Podcast_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Population Explosion 47 mins – “Earth’s population is expected to hit 10 billion people by 2050. Can we avoid a global catastrophe? We’ll talk to Charles C. Mann, the author of “1491” and “1493” and the new book “The Wizard and the Prophet” about two scientists with different ideas about our future.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Control in California 48 mins – “Two of five Californians live in poverty or just above the poverty line. A staggering three out of four couldn’t weather an emergency expense of $700 or more. In these tough economic times, progressive entrepreneur Joe Sanberg hopes to create a future where everyone who works can afford life’s basic needs. This is why Sanberg has been the leading advocate for a California state earned income tax credit (CalEITC), a cash back tax refund that works in tandem with the federal EITC to ensure that all who work are able to afford life’s basic needs. After successfully advocating for the state-level credit to be adopted, Sanberg created the grassroots campaign CalEITC4Me to connect working Californians to $2 billion of state and federal credits since 2015. Last spring, his organization won a massive expansion of the credit so that three times more families—1.7 million—will be eligible to earn the credit. Sanberg is also co-founder of, a socially conscious online financial firm that puts people and the planet first. In his advocacy and entrepreneurial pursuits, Sanberg focuses on keeping the dignity of the human experience central. Join an uplifting and time-sensitive conversation with Sanberg about how we advance public policies that address California’s economic crisis.” At the linkf idn the title, “Entrepreneur Joe Sanberg: Ensuring Everyone Who Works Can Achieve Life’s Basic Needs, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180110_Joe Sanburg Lifes Basic Needs For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prehistoric Cave Drawings 54 mins – “Neil Sandell introduces us to the French archaeologist Jean Clottes, a man who’s devoted his lifetime trying to decipher the rich, enigmatic world of cave art.” At the link find the title, “Decoding pre-historic art with Jean Clottes, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas 20180115_81486.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Privatization 65 mins – “When the tough-on-crime politics of the 1980s overcrowded state prisons, private companies saw potential profit in building and operating correctional facilities. Today, more than 100,000 of the 1.5 million incarcerated Americans are held in private prisons in 29 states and federal correctional facilities, with annual revenues of $5 billion. Lauren-Brooke Eisen’s work blends investigative reporting with quantitative and historical research to examine private prisons through the eyes of inmates, their families, correctional staff, policymakers, activists, Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees, undocumented immigrants, and the executives of America’s largest private prison corporations. Neither an endorsement nor a demonization, Eisen’s Inside Private Prisons details the complicated and perverse incentives rooted in the industry, from mandatory bed occupancy to vested interests in mass incarceration. This book is a blueprint for policymakers to reform practices and for concerned citizens to understand our changing prison systems.” At the linkf idn the title, “Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180116_MLF_Private Prisons For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Race in American 49 mins – “Is there a better way to talk about race and social justice? On Martin Luther King, Jr Day, we’ll try.” At the link find the title “’So You Want To Talk About Race’, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_578171793.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Regulation Size 69 mins – “We’re working on the next batch of episodes for season two, but this week we’re taking a quick break over the holidays to bring you a sort of reporter’s notebook, a glimpse behind the scenes. First we’re going to answer some of your questions about the stories we’ve brought you so far in this season. Then, because regulations have been in the news so much, we’re also wanted to give you some helpful context for what you’ve been hearing….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Resolving Dilemmas 68 mins– “At a time when political divisions make progress in addressing difficult issues rare across our country, Commonwealth Club President Gloria Duffy takes us inside five public policy dilemmas in which she has been personally involved and the approaches that have resulted in success. The cases range from an environmental conflict over San Jose’s central park to handling sexual misconduct on a college campus to removing nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union. Join us for this discussion of the values and strategies Duffy has repeatedly seen work in resolving our most difficult issues.” At the link find the title, “Dr. Gloria Duffy: Getting Things Done, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_21080118_FEA_Gloria Duffy Getting Done For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Concerns 47 mins – “We’re talking to Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor, about her bold plan to rescue retirement for people who haven’t saved enough. Ghilarducci’s plan involves requiring individuals to set aside a certain amount of money, and requiring employers to match it. It would also involve government help to make up the gap for lower-income people. It’s called a Guaranteed Retirement Account. Ted Benna, called the “father of the 401(k),” also joined us. Though he came up with the idea that would come to dominate retirement, he says it was never meant to be the primary move of retirement, and that its costs are out of whack.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Road Salt Pollution 21 mins – “Scientists are calling on Canadian cities to stop using road salt because it’s toxic to the environment and causes billions of dollars of damage to infrastructure and cars.” At the link find the tile, “Beet juice and cheese brine: what cities are spreading on streets to replace corrosive road salt, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-RVCgNR5IM2hWDzi.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rohingya Refugees 18 mins – “The repatriation deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh has been delayed, raising questions about what the safety of those Rohingya that do eventually go back.” At the link find the title, “Jan 22 Bangladesh postpones plan to send Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-CXQWmlBJZwdQzAU.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Hangover 45 mins – “This week on the Lawfare Podcast, the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent Shaun Walker joined special guest host Alina Polyakova to discuss his new book “The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past.” They discussed Putin’s use of Russian history as political strategy, the pulse of Russian politics as its elections approach in March, the changing landscape of Russia’s outer cities, and much more.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Alina-Shaun Walker mixdown_final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salvadorian Children Deportations 24 mins -.”Parents with children born in the U.S. now face choice of separation or uprooting them to one of the most dangerous countries in the world — could Canada be another option?” At the link find the title, “Jan 12 Trump’s alleged ‘s—hole countries’ comment frames plight of 200,000 Salvadorans facing deportation, 2018,” right-click “Media files current 20180112_71340.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seed Starting for Gardens 68 mins – “Last week we talked about a lot of great new plants to grow for 2018 so today is a good time to talk about starting all those seeds you’ve ordered or will be ordering this month.  Today’s show was prompted by a question about leggy seedlings of tomatoes grown for market sales, but I think it will help everyone. Today’s show includes a segment from a show back in 2012.  I am doing this to help save my voice during my cold (dubbed snot slinger flu).  More so however, because I think this information is imperative to understanding how to get best results with seed starting, and frankly the way I teach it hasn’t changed in all these years.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Abuse by Gymnastics Coach 21 mins – “Dozens of women have been delivering victim impact statements at the trial of former U.S. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, but one woman says repeated opportunities to stop him were missed.” At the link find the title, “Jan 19 ‘He could have been stopped in 1997’: Survivor of Larry Nassar’s alleged sex abuse says victims were ignored, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-aDebLRj82DodRte.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Abuse of Gymnasts 47 mins – “The story of USA Gymnastics, Michigan State, serial sexual abuser Dr. Larry Nassar and the female athletes who spoke out to bring him to justice — life in prison.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Crimes in India 28 mins – “Rema Rajeshwari is a rare figure in a country where women make up only 7 per cent of police officers, and she’s at the forefront of pushing change in how the country deals with sexual violence against women.” At the link find the title, “Jan 15 ‘Change is slow’: Female superintendent of police in India tackles sexual violence and harassment 2018,” right-click “Media files current_20180115_76463.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Harassment in Politics 21 mins – “Three former political staffers say Parliament Hill is rife with a culture of harassment.” At the link find the title, “Propositioned, groped, assaulted in the lobby: Staffers reveal culture of harassment in politics, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-Gbq1sx2o5p80rBR.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Harrassment Discussion 27 mins – “What role do men play in the #MeToo movement? Our male panel explores the question and looks at how to take ownership of their part in moving this forward.” At the link find the title, “’It’s about safety, it’s about humanity’: What the #MeToo movement means to men, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-9WHioG3qjD8LZfE.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shingles Vaccine 26 mins – “As the cases of shingles rise, especially among seniors, advocates are pushing for provincial governments to cover the cost of a new and effective vaccine.” At the link find the title, “New shingles vaccine should be free, argues seniors advocate, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-mmY3XpvIRPrvZol.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South China Sea Oil Spill 21 mins – “It’s an oil spill the size of Paris. But only now is the world’s attention catching up with the vast scale of the disaster in the East China Sea — the largest tanker spill in decades.” At the link find the title, “Why more people aren’t talking about the Asian oil spill as big as Paris, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-6dc8WuGyTq1AEt0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sudan Catastrophe 57 mins – “Rebecca Tinsley, who graduated from the London School of Economics and was a BBC reporter, became a humanitarian after reporting on the war in Darfur. She will discuss her work for Waging Peace, the first nongovernmental organization (NGO) she founded. She will also discuss Sudanese dissidents and her second NGO, Network for Africa, which helps forgotten survivors (e.g., former child soldiers in Uganda) as well as communities torn apart by war and genocide. She will sign copies of her novel, When the Stars Fell to Earth, which is centered around the conflict in Darfur.” At the link find the title, “Network For Africa And Waging Peace: Helping Forgotten Victims Of Violence, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180112_MLF Networking for Africa For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian War 21 mins – “A U.S. commitment not to withdraw from Syria could have prompted Turkish aggression against Syrian Kurds.” At the link find the title, “Will Turkish airstrikes reignite war in Syria? Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-QZC8sIJJfveuVBh.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Talk Therapy 47 mins – “Psychologist Enrico Gnaulati is on a mission: to save talk therapy. His new book explores the ways, as the subtitle says, “health insurers, big Pharma, and slanted science are ruining good mental health care.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Country 56 mins – “It’s been one year since Donald Trump’s inauguration. His official swearing-in compelled many Americans reflect on what America actually is now, politically, socially and culturally. Contributor David Zane Mairowitz is originally from America, and has been living in Europe for over fifty years. He returned to the U.S. in the spring of 2017 to travel through six southern states, where he recorded his encounters with everyday people at restaurants, churches — and gun shows. His aim: to gain insight into an America he’s now struggling to comprehend.” At the link find the title, “Travels through Trump’s America one year later, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-MwuOEp8XUgzyrp4.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vietnam War 49 mins – “Historian Max Boot on Cold War-era soldier-spy Edward Lansdale, the American maverick who thought he knew how to win the Vietnam War.” At the link find the title, “’The Road Not Taken’ In Vietnam, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_578917109.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Warfare Future 65 mins – “On January 25, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a discussion on the future of warfare and multi-domain battlespaces. General James M. Holmes of the U.S. Air Force, and commander of Air Combat Command, gave the opening remarks. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon then joined General Holmes for a discussion, adding his own perspective.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Politics 24 mins – “In the United States, women have reacted to the election of President Donald Trump by running for office in record numbers.” At the link find the title, “Breaking up the Old Boys club: #MeToo is encouraging women to run for office, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-XHADJLPjXeUZOmw.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.


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