Media Mining Digest 327 – Feb 16, 2018: 3D Printing Glass, Afghanistan War Worsens, African Prisons Project, Alberta to BC Pipeline Fight, Assisted Death Doctor, Black Market Weapons, Blockchain Fundamentals, Boarder Wall with Mexico, Climate Change Disorder, Climate Change in Four Cities, Combat Life Impact, Democracy Corruption, Digital Economics, Disability Act Changes, Economic Forecast, Emotional Support Animals, Endurance, Enemies of Democracy and Reason, Gender Pay Gap, Gerrymandering, Gross National Products, Hard Things to Say, Heartbreak Addiction, Language Barriers in Medicine, Marijuana Cuisine, Medical School Parents, Millennial Farmers, Millennial Generation, Mosque Attack Survivor, Net Neutrality, Oil Pipeline, Pain Control, Palestine Conflict, Polish Death Camps, Political Corruption, Poverty, Racial Protest Problems, Racism in Canada, Refugee Children Education, Refugees in Syria, Robots on Farms and Ranches, Saudi Arabia Arms Deals, Senate Failings, Sex Harassment Complaints Trend, Social Media and War, Social Networking Impact, South Dakota Sioux, STEM Discussion, Stock Market Volatility, Toronto Serial Killer, Trump Era Politics, Trump Inc, Trumps Nuclear War, Tsunami Protection, Water Quality, Work Future

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3D Printing Glass 29 mins – “We’re going to take a real journey down a very old and really ancient material that has been used on this earth, manipulated by men for thousands of years and learn how one company is actually harnessing it and has now been able to control it through 3D printing. It’s actually very exciting. The company is MICRON3DP and they’re a company out of Israel. I’m going to have an interview with Eran Gal-or who is one of two partners in this company. Technically, he’s an industrial designer but he’s the CTO. They came up with the seed of this idea many years ago. The company is now been in existence for two years. It’s impressive what they have done. I actually have some experience with glass as a material as a design student and then even after design school, going and taking a class or two at certain places in Corning, New York and others around glassblowing. It really is an ancient craft. If you’ve never had the chance to go to Corning, New York and take a tour of some of the museums there and the factories going on and demonstrations they have, I highly recommend it. It’s quite something to learn about certainly how glass has been manipulated and manufactured over time here in the United States. Glass has been around for thousands of years and has been manipulated for ages. It’s one of the primary materials probably along with clay and wood that some of the materials that had been manipulated by men from the earliest of times. Now, MICRON3DP is doing it in a 3D printer. They have invented this way to manipulate it. MIT had also experimented with it and was developing it but MICRON3DP has taken it a lot farther.” At the link right-click “Download” and elect “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan War 46 mins – “America’s war in Afghanistan 16-years and counting. Is there any way to win or get out?” At the link find the title, “Afghanistan War Continues, 16 Years And Counting, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_582500372.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan War Worsens 25 mins– “’A series of recent terror attacks in Kabul underline how precarious life remains for those in Afghanistan. But what has triggered this spike in violence?” At the link find the title, “Chaos benefits the Taliban’: Why the war in Afghanistan is getting worse, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-SncRJqCzfDTEKOZ.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Prisons Project 9 mins – “Peter Ouko spent 18 years in Kamiti Prison in Kenya, sometimes locked up in a cell with 13 other grown men for 23 and a half hours a day. In a moving talk, he tells the story of how he was freed — and his current mission with the African Prisons Project: to set up the first law school behind bars and empower people in prison to drive positive change.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Alberta to BC Pipeline Fight 18 mins – “The trade war between Alberta and B.C. is sending a harmful message to investors overseas, says the CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.” At the link find the title, “Is Canada one country or 13? Trudeau must end the Alberta-B.C. pipeline fight, says business leader,” Feb, 2018, right-click “Media files current-sVUv514p-20180208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Husbandry Training 8 mins – “Su Kahumbu raises badass cows — healthy, well-fed animals whose protein is key to solving a growing crisis in Africa: childhood nutritional stunting. With iCow, a simple SMS service she developed to support small-scale livestock farmers, the TED Fellow is helping farmers across the continent by texting them tips on caring for and raising animals. Learn more about how this cheap innovation is helping feed hungry kids, one text at a time.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Animal Rights 57 mins – “After a photographer left his camera equipment out for a group of wild macaques to explore, the monkeys took a series of photos, including selfies. Once the photos were posted publicly, legal disputes arose around who should own the copyrights — the human photographer who engineered the situation, or the macaques who snapped the photos. This unique case raises the increasingly pertinent question as to whether non-humans — whether they be monkeys or artificial intelligence machines — can claim copyrights to their creations. Jon Lovvorn, Lecturer on Law and the Policy Director of Harvard Law School’s Animal Law & Policy Program, hosts a discussion panel featuring Jeff Kerr, the General Counsel of PETA, which sued on behalf of the monkey, and experts on copyright, cyber law, and intermediary liability issues, as well as Tiffany C. Li of Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and Christopher T. Bavitz and Kendra Albert of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic.” At the link click the square with three dots, select “Save File” and OK” from the pop-up menu.

Architecture Failings 14 mins – “If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never need to stand in pointlessly long bathroom lines again. Lines like these are representative of a more serious issue, Cary says: the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honored and seen — but the flip side is also true. Cary calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few. “Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a questions of aesthetics,” he says. “They literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve.” And we all deserve better.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Assisted Death Doctor 27 mins – “Sabine Netters is an oncologist in The Netherlands – where assisted dying is legal. There doctors actually administer the drugs to help their patients die (unlike proposed legislation in the UK). In this moving interview, Sabine explains what was going through her head, the first time she helped her patient die – and how in the subsequent years, the emotional toll hasn’t lessened. She explains why she believes that in certain circumstances, euthanasia can be the ultimate caring act. Read her essay: the link find the title, “How does it feel, to help your patient die?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 396294450-bmjgroup-how-does-it-feel-to-help-your-patient-die.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Autism and Minecraft 11 mins – “The internet can be an ugly place, but you won’t find bullies or trolls on Stuart Duncan’s Minecraft server, AutCraft. Designed for children with autism and their families, AutCraft creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for kids who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers (and who might be singled out elsewhere). Learn more about one of the best places on the internet with this heartwarming talk.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Black Market Weapons 56 mins – “In a UBC Wall Exchange talk from Vancouver, former South African politician and current U.K. corruption researcher Andrew Feinstein argues that the arms trade does not make us more secure. In fact, he contends that it fuels conflict, undermines economic progress and democracy, and — with its unintended consequences — endangers citizens everywhere.” At the link find the title, Andrew Feinstein exposes “the shadow world” of global arms, Jan, 2018,”right-click “Media files ideas-sY4kU3xYDHHkqGG.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Panther Movie 26 mins – “The release of Black Panther is being seen as a watershed moment for black representation in popular culture, and is capturing the global imagination.” At the link find the title, “Black Panther puts black lives on screen: How an African superhero is turning a fantasy into reality, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-kNki7wTd-20180208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain Fundamentals 24 mins – “Alex Danco is an Associate and member of the Discover Team at Social Capital, a partnership consisting of philanthropists, capitalists, and technologists who together share the same goal of funding startups and ideas that can create value and change on a global scale. Alex is fond of thinking and writing about the future, and has authored a number of blogs that discuss the future of human society and technology all over the web. This penchant for futurism has made him grow fond of little yet novel ideas that just need a bit of capital to get started. In this episode, Alex explains how Blockchain works. He discusses what made Blockchain a necessity, how it was initially conceptualized, and why Bitcoin paved the way for its mainstream introduction. He also describes just how cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum have value, and why they are not that different from gold.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Boarder Wall with Mexico 32 mins – “When current President Donald Trump took office, he promised to build an “an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall.” The first part of this episode by Radio Diaries tells two stories of what happens when, instead of people crossing the border, the border crosses the people. Then, in part two of the show, Avery Trufelman takes a closer look at eight current designs that have been turned into prototypes near the border in California.” At the link right-click the down pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Rocket Program 19 mins – “The latest launch from SpaceX has highlighted Canada’s lack of a rocket launch program. If the world is ready to look to the stars again, are we about to be left behind?” At the link right the title, “Failure to launch: Canada’s lack of a rocket program leaves us grounded, say experts, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8RSLywn9-20180207.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CEO Lives 46 mins – “No, it’s not your fault the economy crashed. Or that consumer preferences changed. Or that new technologies have blown apart your business model. But if you’re the C.E.O., it is your problem. So what are you going to do about it? First-hand stories of disaster (and triumph) from Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella, Jack Welch, Ellen Pao, Richard Branson, and more. (Part 4 of a special series, “The Secret Life of C.E.O.’s.”)” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Disorder 58 mins – “Global warming is “fake news”, or a “Chinese hoax”. So says a richly funded conservative movement that’s become a world-wide campaign. In her book, “The Merchants of Doubt”, Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes traces how this propaganda war started and how to fight it. Part 2 of a series on the resistance to climate change science.” At the link find the title, “Decoding the resistance to climate change: Are we doomed?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-xjsWLfVw-20180209.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change in Four Cities 64 mins – “How are cities coping with political and climatic upheaval? Battles over immigration, sanctuary status, federal funding and other hot-button issues are creating tension between local and federal government at a time when the impacts of climate change are hitting home. Miami and Houston are recovering from epic storms that were amplified by a climate destabilized by burning fossil fuels. Both cities have dynamic mayors advancing economic recovery in a time when the federal government—aside from disaster relief—is providing less money to cities for infrastructure and other projects that have traditionally facilitated civic development. Miami voters reached into their own pockets to fund $400 million in Miami Forever bonds to deal with rising seas and other climate impacts. Newly-elected Mayor Francis Suarez is now tasked with figuring out how to spend that money to prevent his city from more sunny day flooding. Houston is still waiting for Congress to finalize funds to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey, which brought unprecedented rain bombs down on a city that largely has been paved over. What is Mayor Sylvester Turner doing to restore its economy, create jobs and prepare for a volatile future? A Democratic mayor in one of the reddest states in the country, Steve Benjamin blasted Donald Trump for leaving the Paris climate accord and is spearheading a push for cities across the country to run on 100 percent renewable energy. As the new chief of the United States Conference of Mayors, how does Benjamin think cities can advance a clean energy economy while also addressing housing, jobs, equity and other pressing concerns?” At the link you may not find a file to download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Coastal Management 55 mins – “On November 13-14, 2017, the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Honda Marine Science Foundation convened and facilitated a forum on “Sato-umi in the Anthropocene.” The forum was designed to explore a number of approaches to “integrated” coastal management, in particular those that cross the land-sea boundary, some of which have been practiced for thousands of years, to see if lessons could be extracted to elevate awareness and stimulate action to reduce vulnerability in the “new normal” of rising sea level. Join us as we talk with forum speakers, Drs. Jerry Schubel, Mike Orbach, and Jim Fawcett, to learn ways humans can manage our coastal areas more sustainably.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Combat Life Impact 43 mins – “It is a universal fact that dogs are man’s best friend. But there are times when cats can do a better job, like purring to make your brain feel lighter. The story of Sophia the bionic cat starts with army veteran Karolyn Smith who had a difficult time transitioning from her service. Both Sophia and Karolyn were disabled and chose each other as they keep moving forward with their lives. Just like Karolyn’s life was saved by technology, she wanted to do the same to Sophia who was found with her umbilical cord tied to her paw. The vets had to amputate the leg. With the help of 3D printing, Karolyn gave her a second chance in life with her prosthetic leg that shed more light to 3D printing innovation. Karolyn shares her inspiring story and how she didn’t let her lack of experience and lack of technology stop her from being an entrepreneur.” [Here’s a link to an article on the same topic with pictures.] At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crustacean Pain 24 mins – “As Switzerland bans boiling lobsters live, is it time to show these creatures we care about their feelings — even if many scientists argue they don’t have any?” At the link find the title, “Should boiling lobsters alive be banned? Experts disagree on whether crustaceans can feel pain, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-QfNOv6Pr-20180205.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Advanced Directive 49 mins– “While you’re still of sound mind, should you lay out the medical care you want if you’re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Now, you can.” At the link find the title, “A Living Will For Alzheimer’s, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_583439074.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Corruption 69 mins – “While much of the country has been focused on the Trump–Russia investigation, conservative author David Frum has been monitoring the strain the new president is placing on the traditional limits of the Oval Office. During his own White House tenure as George W. Bush’s speechwriter, Frum witnessed the ways the presidency is limited not by law but by tradition, propriety and public outcry. Frum argues the traditional limits of the Oval Office have been weakened. In his new book, Trumpocracy, Frum outlines how he thinks President Trump could push America toward illiberalism, what the consequences could be for our nation and our everyday lives, and what we can do to prevent it. Join one of America’s leading conservative pundits for a conversation about our changing democracy and where the country is heading.” At the link find the title, “David Frum: The Corruption of American Democracy, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180215_FEA David Frum For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democratic Protests 10 mins – “The democratic process is messy, complicated and often inefficient — but across Africa, activists are redefining democracy by putting protest at its center. In an illuminating talk, political scientist Zachariah Mampilly gives us a primer on the current wave of protests reshaping countries like Tunisia, Malawi and Zimbabwe — and explains how this form of political dissension expands our political imaginations beyond what we’re told is possible.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Digital Economics 56 mins – “AI and robots seem to be everywhere, handling more and more work, freeing humans up — to do what? Contributor Jill Eisen takes a wide-angle lens to the digital revolution happening in our working lives. What will happen when robots and algorithms surpass what our brains can do? Part 1 of a 3-part series.” At the link find the title, “Artificial intelligence, robots and the future of work, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-qj5OYnEa925dnTs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Public Library of America 88 mins – “What is the role of libraries in a technological society? A group of librarians, technologists, journalists, and researchers, including new DPLA executive director John Bracken, come together to reflect on the Digital Public Library of America’s past, present and future, and explore the way in which libraries can contribute to a stronger civic life in the midst of disruptive times.” At the link click the square with three dots, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Disability Act Changes 15 mins – “Chris Danielsen fills us in on HR620, a proposed law that will chip away at the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). Join Jessica Hodges and Jeff Thompson along with the National Federation of the Blind Public Relations Director Chris Danielsen and learn more about HR620. at dismantling the ADA. The House of Representatives will most likely be voting next week on a bill that will strip away civil rights of people with disabilities. HR 620 would do the following: · Eliminate the need for businesses and other entities that offer services to the public to meet accessibility requirements until a complaint is filed against them · Limit the ability to file a complaint unless it is in writing, specifies the exact part of the law that is being violated, whether the person complaining has made a direct complaint to the business, and whether the barrier or lack of access is permanent or temporary · The person with a disability must then wait up to 180 days for the business to “fix” the complaint; therefore denying the person with a disability access to the services for the waiting period · Also, a business could have more than 180 days to fix the complaint if they are making “substantial progress” to fix the complaint This bill attacks the rights of people with disabilities because of “frivolous” law suits being brought by lawyers against businesses. This “problem” is about lawyers who are bad actors and should not be “solved” by gutting the rights of people with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled People 19 mins – “A human rights case that starts this week argues forcing people with disabilities to live in institutions — and denying them homes within the community — is a violation of charter rights.” At the link find the title, “People with disabilities have a right to live in the community, not institutions, argues lawyer,“ right-click “Media files current-elEuYzCO-20180206.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Forecast 68 mins – “With changes to taxes on the horizon, health care in flux, housing prices continuing to rise, continued governmental gridlock as well as external threats to the U.S. from North Korea and terrorism, what does all of this mean for your business, your investments and the greater economy for 2018? Lenny Mendonca is a senior partner emeritus from the Washington, D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. He is also the chair of both New America and Children Now, co-chair of California Forward, and co-founder and chair of FUSE Corps. He is the chair emeritus of the Bay Area Council and their Economic Institute. Mendonca was also vice chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and a trustee at the Committee for Economic Development. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s in economics from Harvard. John Taylor was on President Trump’s short list to chair the Federal Reserve. His fields of expertise are monetary policy, fiscal policy and international economics. He served as a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers and as a Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, where he was responsible for currency markets, international development, oversight of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and for coordinating policy with the G7 and G20. He holds a doctorate in economics from Stanford University and a bachelor’s in economics from Princeton University. Join us for a lively discussion on where the United States and global economies are headed and what should be done to keep them on track.” At the link find the title, “Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast, Feb, 2018, right-click “Media files cc_20180126_FEA Econ Forecast For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Support Animals 27 mins – “Peacocks as support animals? Hazy rules and laws as to what constitutes an emotional support animal have created a complicated situation — and rife for abuse.” At the link find the title, “How dogs, ducks and horses end up as emotional support animals — and allowed on planes, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-9aXXUUZpUB0SAvg.mp3” and selecdt “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Endurance 46 mins – “Just in time for the games in South Korea, a U.S. Olympic cross counter skier and a sports science writer on what it takes to push the boundaries of human endurance.” At the link find the title, “How To Push The Limits Of Human Endurance, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_583749387.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Enemies of Democracy and Reason 69 mins– “Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay talk with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about their essay on the enemies of modernity. Pluckrose and Lindsay argue that modernity–by which they mean democracy, reason, and individual liberty–is under attack from pre-modern and post-modern ideological enemies. They discuss why modernity is under attack and encourage people on the political left and right to support modernity.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming 30 Acres in North Carolina 71 mins – “After starting out in 2008 on a homestead in the country that grew to a market and livestock farm on several different parcels, my guest Steven Beltram and his wife Becca Nestler moved Balsam Gardens to two large parcels right in the city of Asheville, North Carolina. They now farm on 30 acres of certified organic ground, selling their product to wholesale distributors. Steven digs into how he has developed a large, efficient farm without any infrastructure. At Balsam Gardens, the crew field packs all of the crops, and Steven explains how they do this in a way that has helped them pass their GAPs audit while maintaining good quality. We also discuss Balsam Gardens’ plasticulture system, including how they manage weeds between the plastic-covered beds. And, Steven shares how they have worked to structure their crops and their labor pool to maximize their efficiency.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fashion Ecosystem 45 mins – “In this episode we are joined by Piyush Chowhan who is the Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for Arvind Lifestyle Brands, which operates more than a thousand apparel retail stores across India. Piyush has extensive experience in retail strategy, business analytics, customer loyalty and CRM, retail business consulting and supply chain management. What was covered: How technology is rapidly changing the apparel retail industry and how Arvind implements innovation to help to keep up the pace with changing consumer behavior The digital transformation happening in retail as brands look to move from simply selling a fashion product to offering the customer a fashion experience How the next generation of employees in India is leading the change towards a more open, communicative, and grassroots innovation process Key Takeaways and Learnings: The concept of ‘jugaad’, an Indian term that is used in a number of situations, including the application of frugal innovation and carving a path for yourself How a focus on design-led innovation and a marketing shift towards online influencers is helping to Indian brands to reach a global audience in the rapidly and massively changing apparel retail industry Piyush’s observations of the key differences within Indian based organizations compared to the US and Europe, including structural and management differences, and innovative processes” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fredrick Douglass 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Frederick Douglass, who was born into slavery in Maryland in 1818 and, once he had escaped, became one of that century’s most prominent abolitionists. He was such a good orator, his opponents doubted his story, but he told it in grim detail in 1845 in his book ‘Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.’ He went on to address huge audiences in Great Britain and Ireland and there some of his supporters paid off his owner, so Douglass could be free in law and not fear recapture. After the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, he campaigned for equal rights for African-Americans, arguing against those such as Lincoln who had wanted freed slaves to leave America and found a colony elsewhere. “We were born here,” he said, “and here we will remain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Pay Gap 45 mins – “The gig economy offers the ultimate flexibility to set your own hours. That’s why economists thought it would help eliminate the gender pay gap. A new study, using data from over a million Uber drivers, finds the story isn’t so simple.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering 44 mins – “This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. My guest Robert Draper says one of the greatest threats to our democracy is gerrymandering, in which the party in power in a state redraws the map of election districts to give the advantage to that party’s candidates. Since districts are redrawn only every 10 years following the census, gerrymandering can almost guarantee that the majority party will stay in power. There are a couple of gerrymandering cases currently before the Supreme Court. Draper has reported on gerrymandering, and we’ll talk about that a little later. First, we’re going to talk about his new article “They Are Watching You – And Everything Else On The Planet” published in this month’s National Geographic. It’s about state-of-the-art surveillance from closed-circuit TV to drones and satellites and the questions these surveillance technologies raise about privacy. As part of his research, he spent time in surveillance control rooms in London. And he went to a tech company in San Francisco whose mission is to image the entire Earth every day. Draper is a contributing writer for National Geographic and a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine. Robert Draper, welcome back to FRESH AIR. So let’s start with surveillance. Why did you choose England as the place to report on surveillance?…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gross National Products 85 mins– “On February 5, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings and the World Bank co-hosted a panel of experts on assessing a nation’s prosperity over time, including Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive officer of the World Bank. David Pilling, Financial Times Africa editor and author of a new book, “The Growth Delusion: Wealth, Poverty and the Well-being of Nations,” moderated. Prior to the panel, World Bank authors presented the results of their latest research on wealth accounting.” At the link find the title, “What will it take to move beyond GDP?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180205_FALK Wealth of Nations.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hard Things to Say 66 mins – “Author Kelly Corrigan knows that words matter. Sometimes finding the right words to say in a difficult situation seems almost impossible, but the right words at the right moment can change everything. In her new book, Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say, Corrigan recounts the conversations and experiences throughout her life that have shaped the way she connects and empathizes with family, friends and her community. Join master storyteller Corrigan, or as she’s been called, “the poet laureate of the ordinary,” as she shares stories that serve to remind us that we’re all human and all deserving of compassion and understanding.” At the link find the title, “Learning How to Say Hard Things with Kelly Corrigan, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180206_INF Corrigan For PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heartbreak Addiction 17 mins – “We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

HIV History 73 mins – “UCSF Professor Emeritus Dr. Mark Jacobson is interviewed by Dr. Susa Coffey about his novel “Sensing Light.” The book focuses on the HIV/AIDS outbreak from the perspective of the medical professionals who found themselves on the front lines trying to treat this horrific new disease. From the first encounter through the decades of hard work that followed, medical science attempted to identify ways to contain and treat the illness. Recorded on 04/27/2017. (#32345)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Caricatures 24 mins – “After decades of protests from Indigenous Americans, the Cleveland Indians has agreed to remove Chief Wahoo as a mascot from its uniforms. Many are asking: what took so long?” At the link find the title, “’Stop caricaturing us’: Why removing Chief Wahoo as Cleveland Indian mascot matters, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-XvaDU6W0-20180208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iranian Women Remove Veils 21 mins – “As the economic protests in Iran fizzle out, a new form of resistance is gaining momentum: women who are defying the compulsory wearing of the veil. Social media movements are both encouraging and documenting their acts of defiance.” At the link find the title, “Iranian women risk arrest as they remove their veils for #WhiteWednesdays, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-QPDeTZf06VRhlY8.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Journalism Trends 69 mins – “Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump tweeted that the “fake news media is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people.” How does this rhetoric change the public’s trust in the media and the role journalism plays in a democratic society at a time when social media has changed the way we receive information? With misinformation and partisan content influencing public opinion, journalism is reimagining its role in what has become a fact-free, post-truth environment. According to a 2016 Gallup poll, only 32 percent of Americans felt “they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media.” The media are finding ways to adapt in this current environment while continuing to inform an increasingly divided audience. The San Francisco Foundation is bringing together the Bay Area’s leading journalists and social media professionals to discuss the convergence of journalism, social media and the news.” At the link find the title, “An Evening with MacArthur Fellows: Breaking Down Barriers to STEM Education, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180117_FEA Enemy of the State For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Kevin Rose Tools 29 mins – “Our guest this week is Kevin Rose. Kevin is a serial entrepreneur and product builder, having founded the social news site Digg in 2004. Later Kevin pursued a career in venture investing, investing in companies like Medium, Ripple, and Blue Bottle Coffee while at Google Ventures and is now investing at True Ventures.” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Language Barriers in Medicine 25 mins – “Dr. Alicia Fernandez brings a social justice perspective to tackle some of the most critical issues that complicate the care of patients with language and immigrations status barriers. At UCSF and SFGH she builds on a foundation of community engagement to tackle health disparities and serve these vulnerable populations. Recorded on 12/12/2017. (#32943)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Cuisine 24 mins – “There is a lack of education about edible cannabis, which experts say the government must address before legalization takes effect.” At the link find the title, “Cooking with cannabis: How can we educate about edibles to avoid a kitchen nightmare? Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-EJYxpbZ2VD1gwui.mp3” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Math for Pay 14 mins – “Mohamad Jebara loves mathematics — but he’s concerned that too many students grow up thinking that this beautiful, rewarding subject is difficult and boring. His company is experimenting with a bold idea: paying students for completing weekly math homework. He explores the ethics of this model and how it’s helping students — and why learning math is crucial in the era of fake news.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Medical School Parents P1 67 mins – “Listener Courtney, a 26-year-old mother of three wants to know if her med school dream is even possible.  Obviously this is a two-part question since there are both moms and dads to consider, so we’ll have a mom on a future show to help.  But first, Gabe Conley, Marissa Evers, Joyce “Spicy” Wahba, and Kaci McCleary invited 2004 CCOM grad Dr. Tom McNalley on the show to represent the dads.  Tom was 39 with three kids of his own and a wife who was working towards her PhD when he entered med school.  We’ll find out how they did it. After that, Dave and the gang do a little introspection in the way that medical students often are asked to do: by taking personality tests and comparing their results.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbes from Sea Mud 13 mins – “How deep into the Earth can we go and still find life? Marine microbiologist Karen Lloyd introduces us to deep-subsurface microbes: tiny organisms that live buried meters deep in ocean mud and have been on Earth since way before animals. Learn more about these mysterious microbes, which refuse to grow in the lab and seem to have a fundamentally different relationship with time and energy than we do.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Millennial Farmers 46 mins – “The next generation of farmers coming from cities. We’ll look at why millennial professionals are ditching suits for pitchforks.” At the link find the title, “The Latest Millennial Trend: Farming, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_582201660.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Millennial Generation 89– “On Tuesday, January 30, the Metropolitan Policy Program hosted an event featuring the newly released work of “Diversity Explosion” author William H. Frey, entitled “The millennial generation: A demographic bridge to America’s diverse future.” Following Frey’s keynote presentation, a panel discussed the challenges and opportunities facing the millennial generation, and how systems need to adapt accordingly.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mosque Attack Survivor 21 mins – “On the anniversary of the attack on a mosque in Quebec, one of the survivors, Aymen Derbali, is still putting his life back together.” At the link find the title, “Paralyzed survivor of Quebec mosque attack is still fighting to find peace, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-BuKGS6X2VYN6VzA.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mosul Eye Blogger 29 mins – “Omar Mohammed spent two years living under ISIS in Mosul, documenting their atrocities so that he could preserve the true history of the city he loved.” At the link find the title, “ISIS on your doorstep: Meet Mosul Eye, the man who defied the terrorists to save his city, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-ShTbCamz-20180206.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 55 mins “The January 4, 2018 release of the Federal Communications Commission’s “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” marked the most recent turn of events in the longstanding and ever-changing debate over net neutrality. In this lively debate, Christopher S. Yoo (Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania) and Matt Wood (Policy Director of Free Press) explore the consequences of this action, including the implications of the Order, the outcome of the judicial challenge, and the possibility of legislative reform.” At the link click the square with three dots, select “Save File” and OK” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Pipleline 19 mins– “A trade war could erupt between Alberta and B.C. if a row over the Kinder Morgan pipeline is not resolved, but politicians on all sides, including the prime minister, have a lot to lose.” At the link find the title, “As Alberta and B.C. go to war over Kinder Morgan oil pipeline, politicians are worried about jobs — their own, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-FEXEDJTM-20180205.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pain Control 27 mins – “What if your brain could naturally control pain? Professor Irene Tracey and her colleagues are trying to unlock the natural mechanisms in the brain that limit the amount of pain we feel. We hear about how children learning judo are taught special techniques and from ex-marine Chris Shirley who ran a marathon carrying a 45kg rucksack and could ignore the pain of the blisters and torn shoulder muscles. One study found that religious people feel less pain than agnostics by looking at a picture of the Virgin Mary. Neuroscientists and psychologists are beginning to understand how this is possible, how the brain can block out pain in the right circumstances, so is this something we could all benefit from?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palestine Conflict 43 mins – “We spoke to four young people from across dividing lines about their hopes for the future.” At the link find the title, “A generation born into conflict: Young Israelis and Palestinians speak about the path to peace, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-ulfGVTKQ-20180207.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polish Death Camps 26 mins – “A proposed law wants to set the record straight and make it illegal to blame Poland for Nazi atrocities committed on its soil during the Second World War. But critics say the bill is whitewashing Holocaust history.” At the link find the title, “’Polish death camps’: Outlawing phrase will protect Poland’s good name, says minister, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-3lkolnOM1P6pxSl.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Corruption 46 mins – “After Senator Bob Menendez’s bribery case is dismissed, we’ll ask if it it’s now impossible to prosecute politicians for corruption.” At the link find the title, “Is It Now Too Hard To Prosecute Politicians For Corruption?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_584040739.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty 56 mins – “With so much wealth in the world, why is there so much poverty? In the end, we’re all better off when everyone has a chicken in the pot. Poverty slows the development of all societies, and it seems obvious that we should try to eradicate it, but it seems like an intractable problem. How can we put poverty behind us, and what does our attitude towards poverty and social mobility tell us about who we are? A discussion from the Stratford Festival.” At the link find the title, “Why is there so much poverty in a rich country like Canada?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-FNXawaRC-20180207.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privatized Space Exploration 47 mins – “Falcon Heavy roars into the sky – the most powerful rocket ever sent into space by a private company. We’ll look at SpaceX and the private space industry.” At the link find the title, “Private Space Flight Blasts Off With Falcon Heavy, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_584290078.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racial Protest Problems 45 mins – “Recorded on January 25, 2018 Shelby Steele, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and author of Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country , joins Peter Robinson to discuss race relations in the United States. Steele tells stories about growing up in segregated Chicago and the fights he and his family went through to end segregation in their neighborhood schools. He draws upon his own experiences facing racism while growing up in order to inform his opinions on current events. Steele and Robinson go on to discuss more recent African-American movements, including Steele’s thoughts on the NFL protests, Black Lives Matter, and recent rumors about Oprah Winfrey running for office.” At the link find the title, “Shelby Steele On “How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country” Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180208-steele.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in Canada 21 mins– “Farmer Gerald Stanley is charged with second-degree murder over the death of 22-year-old Indigenous man Colten Boushie.” At the link find the title, “Saskatchewan on trial: Race relations under spotlight as death of Colten Boushie reaches court, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-f8DfcEBItbesBz3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Children Education 59 mins – “The arrival of hundreds of thousands of children during the migration crisis exacerbated existing structural limitations in how school systems support children with migrant backgrounds, including insufficient teacher capacity and training, and underdeveloped systems for identifying and diagnosing needs. Faced with rising levels of language learners in their classrooms, some schools have turned to innovations in technology and pedagogy—such as personalized learning and differentiated instruction, translation software, ‘flipped’ classrooms, and massive open online courses (MOOCs)—to support teachers and help diverse learners keep up. Do these innovations represent new solutions, partial supports, or a distraction from the broader challenges of supporting diverse learners? How can educators and integration policymakers use these tools to improve the outcomes for the most disadvantaged students, without widening existing inequalities? And what are the broader structural reforms needed to rethink the way that schools are designed, operated, and staffed to update education systems for diverse populations? This Migration Policy Institute Europe webinar considers what the future of education might hold for diverse learners. It marks the release of a report, Mainstreaming 2.0: How Europe’s Education Systems Can Boost Migrant Inclusion, produced in the framework of its Integration Futures Working Group.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugees in Syria 90 mins – “On January 30, the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) hosted a panel discussion on Turkey’s experience with integrating roughly 3.5 million refugees and how that experience can inform the process for developing a new Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), to be adopted later this year.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Revolutionary Love 22 mins – “What’s the antidote to rising nationalism, polarization and hate? In this inspiring, poetic talk, Valarie Kaur asks us to reclaim love as a revolutionary act. As she journeys from the birthing room to tragic sites of bloodshed, Kaur shows us how the choice to love can be a force for justice.” At the link left-click “Share” in the upper right hand corner, left-click “Download Audio,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Robots on Farms and Ranches 57 mins – “There’s a tech revolution unfolding in Australia — but it’s not happening where you might expect. A team of scientists led by internationally renowned roboticist, Professor Salah Sukkarieh, are opening up a new world of farming science; one that could give Australian farmers more control over their future than ever before. Catalyst joins engineers from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics as they explore the world of agriculture to develop robots and create smarter ways of farming. But are these prototype robots up to the many tasks of a farmer? Will they change the way we’ve been farming for generations? Can the robots lead the farmers (and their cattle) to greener pastures? Australian farmers are up against it. But help is at hand.” At the link right-click “Download video MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saudi Arabia Arms Deals 28 mins – “After Germany announced it will stop providing arms to Saudi Arabia and other countries involved in the war in Yemen, Canada is under mounting pressure to do the same.” At the link find the title, “Should Canada scrap military deals with Saudi Arabia over war in Yemen?, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-YonUyAqjP40k4i3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Senate Failings 92 mins – “In his new book “Broken: Can The Senate Save Itself And The Country?” Ira Shapiro details some of the Senate’s most prominent battles of the past decade, assesses the Senate’s performance during Trump’s first year in office, and explores various solutions to restore its integrity and influence. On Monday, Feb. 5, Shapiro joined Governance Studies scholars William Galston and Molly Reynolds to discuss the decline of the Senate and what can be done to repair it.” At the link find the title, “Can the US Senate be saved?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180205_Saul Save Senate.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Harassment Complaints Trend 56 mins – “Nearly a quarter century ago, a group of women accused a prominent playwright of sexual misconduct. For the most part, the allegations went nowhere. In 2017, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, more women came forward to accuse the same playwright of misconduct. This time, everyone listened. On this episode, we explore the story through the lens of social science research and ask, “Why Now?” What has changed in our minds and in our culture so that allegations of sexual harassment and assault are being taken so much more seriously than they were in the past? A note: This story includes descriptions of sexual harassment and assault. It may not be suitable for all listeners.” At the linkf idn the title, “Why Now?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180205_hiddenbrain_hb_why now-mix_1_with music tweak.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Singularity 56 mins – “As computers and Artificial Intelligence grow in power and capability, it seems ever more likely that we’re approaching “the Singularity”: the point where machine intelligence exceeds human intelligence. Could this be the dawn of a technological paradise? Or it could trigger humanity’s doom? What kind of an intelligence will this be — benign or terrifying — a guru, a god or a monster? And is the idea of uploading the human mind the promise of immortality or just another dream of religious transcendence?” At the link find the title, “Imagining the singularity: What happens when computers transcend us?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-0HfoTfKS-20180208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media and War 24 mins – “Author David Patrikarakos dissects the weaponization of social media in the age of modern war.” At the linkf idn the title, “Could a tweet start a war? How smartphones and social media changed the world of war, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-DwVCqi8A9NgDqJ8.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Social Networking Impact 68 mins – “From his views of Islam in the West to his assertion that the United States should once again become a colonial power, conservative historian Niall Ferguson has never shied away from challenging established views or offering provocative opinions. Now, Ferguson is posing a new challenge to the traditional orthodoxy of history. Many historians subscribe to the idea that history is driven by leaders and political elites, but in his new book, The Square and the Tower, Ferguson argues that networks of people, not individuals, are responsible for producing and promoting the great political, economic and philosophic ideas that have guided Western society from its humble origins to its present greatness. From ancient Roman cults and the Sons of Liberty to Facebook and Twitter, Ferguson explores what other historians have overlooked: the critical networks which drove change and molded Western society into what it is today. Ferguson will even offer bold predictions on which networks currently in their infancy will come to shape the future. Ferguson is an award-winning economist and historian. Trained at Oxford, his 14 books and numerous academic and journalistic publications have garnered him international attention and acclaim. He is also an accomplished filmmaker. His first documentary, Kissinger, won the New York Film Festival prize for best documentary. Ferguson is currently the Laurence A. Tisch professor of history at Harvard University and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.” At the link find the title, “Niall Ferguson: Politics, Power and Networks, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180124_INF Niall Ferguson For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Dakota Sioux 36 mins – “If someone came to your door and asked you for a pair of socks, maybe shoes for their young child, would you turn them away? I can tell you I wouldn’t. However, right now there are Oglala Sioux families in desperate need of help in South Dakota just trying to survive. They need some of the most basic items, and they’ve been asking for help. You can see the list of families and the simple things they need at This is the main topic we discuss this week on the radio podcast, where Cliff and Brandon lay out the specific conditions folks are experiencing up on the Pine Ridge reservation, leading to some of the highest suicide rates in the country. We hope you’ll listen to the show and download the audio file to join in the discussion. Of course, we can’t START the show on such a down note, so we begin with a list of the highest paying professions, including ‘mathematician’. I can’t figure how doing pure math is worth quite so much, but Brandon tries to explain (and fails). Then in our ongoing lesson of Pacific Northwestern tribes and their original lifestyles, we discuss the Cedar Canoes and how they used to make them larger than life using an art passed down from father to son.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

STEM Discussion 64 mins – “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs are projected to grow 17 percent between 2014 and 2024 compared to just 12 percent for non-STEM related fields. Many of those jobs will reside right here in Silicon Valley. That’s the good news. The bad news is that despite progress, minorities, women and people with disabilities are still severely underrepresented in STEM-related fields. If the future of Silicon Valley relies on a STEM-educated workforce, what can we do today to ensure that our workforce is as diverse as possible tomorrow? Join us for a conversation with MacArthur Fellows who are actively involved in facilitating access to STEM education for core underrepresented populations. The panelists will discuss the barriers to STEM education and how to break them down. An Evening with MacArthur Fellows: Breaking Down Barriers to STEM Education” At the link find the title, “An Evening with MacArthur Fellows: Breaking Down Barriers to STEM Education, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180122_SV_MacArthur Fellows For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stock Market Corrections 47 mins – “Live by the Dow, die by the Dow? We’ll look at the economic tea leaves and realities of a volatile market. Live by the Dow, die by the Dow? The Dow dropped more than 1,000 points on Monday, the most ever in one day, before clawing back half of that on Tuesday. And today is another day. If a president takes credit for the stock market’s rise, does he also own its fall? Or do we all need to all remind ourselves that the stock market isn’t the economy? This hour, On Point: the Dow’s zigs and zags, buy or sell, and what the market volatility tells us about housing, inflation and whether we’re headed for a downturn. Indira Lakshmanan” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Stock Market Volatility 47 mins – “Live by the Dow, die by the Dow? We’ll look at the economic tea leaves and realities of a volatile market.” At the link find the title, “What Stock Market Volatility Means For The Economy, And You, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_584035885.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toronto Serial Killer 19 mins – “Bruce McArthur has been charged with the murders of five men from marginalized groups and the LGBT community. Did Toronto police do enough to join the dots, or was their denial of a serial killer in the city a strategic move?” At the link find the title, “Toronto’s ‘serial killer’: Was police denial a strategic move to catch the alleged murderer? Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-kisnUBlMv6obmea.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toy Business 43 mins – “Melissa and Doug Bernstein’s first success was a wooden ‘fuzzy puzzle’ of farm animals. Today, Melissa & Doug makes over 2,000 kinds of toys and serves as an antidote to the rise of digital toys. PLUS for our postscript “How You Built That,” an update on The Cut Buddy, a stencil device that helps you cut your own hair.” At the link find the title, “Melissa & Doug: Melissa And Doug Bernstein, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180202_hibt_melissa.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Era Politics 90 mins – “In his new book, “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” David Frum outlines how Trump could push America toward illiberalism, what the consequences could be for America and the world, and what we can do to prevent it. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Frum joined a panel of experts at Brookings to discuss the burgeoning threats to democratic institutions in the Trump era.

Trump, Inc 28 mins – “Back in January last year, Donald Trump, newly elected, not yet sworn in, tried to quell concerns about his many conflicts of interest by declaring he would turn over the day-to-day running of his company to his sons. Did he follow through on that? Has he leveraged the presidency to enrich himself? Who are his partners? Who does he take money from? Trump has rejected the advice of ethics experts to divest himself from his enterprises. He’s also refused to release details about his finances (including, of course, his tax records). Our colleagues in the WNYC newsroom. Ilya Marritz and Andrea Bernstein together with Pro Publica’s Eric Umansky, experienced investigative journalists all, were researching these questions when they slammed into a wall: The documents with the answers were not available. Their solution? A new weekly podcast of course, called: Trump Inc. They’re calling it an “open investigation” because they’ll be laying out what they know and what they don’t. And they’re inviting everyone — fellow reports, experts, tipsters and listeners — to join them in the quest for answers.” At the link find the title, “Trump Inc., Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files otm020618_cms832071_podextra.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumps Nuclear War 45 mins – “We’re living in the shadow of a Doomsday Machine, says famous whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. From the Cuban Missile crisis to President Trump and North Korea, his career in nuclear development puts him in a unique position to dissect the current crisis.” At the link find the title, “Trump is leading us into nuclear war, says Daniel Ellsberg (and he should know, he used to plan them), Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-j9NxpW3fpKUUabn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tsunami Protection 26 mins – “From earthquakes to tsunamis, people along the west coast are going to extreme lengths to prepare for ‘the big one.’” At the link find the title, “Avoiding the ‘human liquidizer’: Getting ready for a tsunami strike on the West Coast, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-tuIna7HYb2AzpC6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violence in Novels 26 mins – “Some writers say that violence is a reality, and fiction provides a safe space to address it.” At the link find the title, “Now is not the time for silence on violence against women, say crime novelists, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-rVoXx8Ox-20180207.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Water Quality 45 mins – “Marylynn Yates discusses how the urban water cycle and its importance in eliminating waterborne pathogens. She describes the types of microbes that can survive in water and how testing for different microbial types can affect interpretation of contamination levels. Julie’s biggest takeaways: Worldwide, water is a large source of infectious disease. Billions of people have no access to safe water and this culminates in 1.5 billion cases of diarrhea and 1.5 million deaths from contaminated water annually. The urban water cycle takes water from lakes or the ground for its first treatment before delivery to our homes. Water leaving our homes as waste water goes to a second facility where water is given a different set of treatments to eliminate disease-causing microbes before the water is returned to lakes or rivers. Different treatment facilities are needed because the concentration of contaminants is different in water before and after use in our homes. Crystal clear spring water can be deceiving, but can carry disease-causing microbes. Animals can carry protozoans such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, which also cause disease in people. This is why treating water, even with a simple boiling procedure, is important when backpacking or camping. Bacterial sentinels such as Escherichia coli can be used to measure potential bacterial pathogen presence, but they don’t measure pathogenic protozoans or viruses. This is in part because the treatment necessary to eliminate bacteria is different than that necessary to eliminate protozoans and viruses. Some scientists argue that bacteriophage are a better measure of potential pathogenic virus present, though no regulations require phage monitoring. Others argue that detection of a spore-forming bacteria, such as Clostridium perfringens, would better predict protozoan presence.” At the link find the title, “075: Working with the Microbes in our Drinking and Waste Water with Marylynn Yates,” right-click “Media files MTM075.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Word Catastrophes 60 mins – “In this politically charged climate, it feels like you have to be super careful with your language, no matter who you are or what side you’re on. Stories about people who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences, including a very conservative Republican from Louisiana who’s lambasted for being too liberal.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Work Future P2 56 mins – “Digital platforms have been well received by customers, but for workers, they often have a dark side. And they present a major challenge for governments who are grappling with how to regulate them. Part 2 of a 3-part series.” At the link find the title, “Platform capitalism, digital technology and the future of work (Part 2, Encore Sept 20, 2018), Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-ddDy4FMR-20180206.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.


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