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ADHD Treatment 58 mins – “When a child is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), many parents are faced with a difficult dilemma. They want their child to be able to focus in school and at home, but they may be uneasy about the medications the doctor is prescribing. While stimulant medicines can sometimes be very helpful for people with ADHD, they do have side effects that must be weighed. Are there alternatives that would allow parents to manage their children’s ADHD naturally?How Can You Treat ADHD Naturally? Dr. James Greenblatt treats both children and adults with ADHD, and he has developed a number of ways to manage ADHD naturally. Learn about nutritional supplements, including magnesium and low-dose lithium, that help some individuals. Sleep and exercise are critical components of a program to manage ADHD. Time spent outside in nature can be very helpful. Some people also benefit from changes in diet. Dr. Greenblatt explains why.” At the link find the title, “Show 1107: How to Manage ADHD Naturally, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files PP-1107NaturalADHD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Afghanistan War Legacy 27 mins – “In a small cold courtyard in Herat in Afghanistan, two former enemies sit chained together. One is a former warlord, the other a Taliban fighter. Both men are dangerous. Both men are suffering from severe psychiatric conditions. The courtyard is where all 300 inmates of Afghanistan’s only secure psychiatric spend their day; men and women who are too dangerous to be treated in a general hospital. Nearly four decades of war have left a terrible legacy of mental health problems in Afghanistan. In a country where mental illness is often viewed with suspicion and stigma, the challenges of dealing with it are immense. For Assignment, Sahar Zand, gains unprecedented access to the institution, the only one of its kind in the country, where she meets the medical staff trying to deal with Afghanistan’s mental health emergency and the patients, traumatised by decades of conflict.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” the pop-up menu.
Agriculture Finances 33 mins – “Emma Weston is the CEO and one of the founders of AgriDigital, a commodity management company that combines advanced technical and industry expertise with aesthetic design and intelligent systems to develop seamless solutions to complex logistical, risk, customer management, and commodity issues in the agricultural sector. Emma leads the company’s business strategies, investor engagement, and their own Blockchain and talent management. She also has responsibilities in sales and operations. In this episode, Emma shares how their company works with Blockchain and how it enables them to support farmers. She describes the impact Blockchain has on the future of transactions and why it will eventually become a standard in the industry.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Alzheimer’s Blood Drug Test 56 mins – “[First item.] Would you take this new blood test that can screen for Alzheimer’s?; Friends share more than interests, their brains are similar too; Canadian beetles are shrinking because of climate change; and more” Feb 02, 2018,” right-click “Media files quirksaio-97mSmERg5tFZbvi.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-u menu.
Animal Personalities 52 mins – “Serious researchers long shied away from so-called anthropomorphism. But biologist John Shivik says animal personalities and emotion are key to understanding how species evolved. So why are some animals shy and others ornery? Most pet owners would say it’s obvious that animals have emotions and personalities, but it’s a question researchers have long disregarded as sentimental anthropomorphism. That’s changing though, and Utah biologist John Shivik has written a book that explores how wildlife and domesticated animals have evolved traits like shyness, charisma, or orneriness to adapt to the world around them. It’s called “Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes,” and Shivik joins us to talk about it. John Shivik is a biologist who has worked as a federal researcher and wildlife manager and as state predator biologist. He’s the author of The Predator Paradox[Indie bookstores|Amazon] and his new book Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes: The Science of Animal Personalities.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antibiotic Resistance 22 mins – “With some predicting we’re headed for a future of complete antibiotic resistance — scientists are looking outside the box for solutions.” At the link find the title, “Rise of superbugs could make chemotherapy impossible, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-hIMN59nQ-20180216.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Assisted Death Concerns 21 mins – “Bobbie Farsides is professor of clinical and biomedical ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She’s been described as one of the few people that is acceptable to “both sides” of the assisted dying debate. This week she joins us to talk about the way in which the debate on euthanasia has played out in the UK – and hear why she thinks it’s now time for all individual doctors to make up their own mind, and not let either camp own the argument for them. Read her commentary on the debate: www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k544” At the link find the title, “The tone of the debate around assisted dying, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 396292668-bmjgroup-the-tone-of-the-debate-around-assisted-dying.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Athletic Performance 24 mins – “A new study suggests performance has peaked in professional sport. But one of Canada’s top whitewater kayakers, David Ford testifies otherwise.” At the link find the title, “Retired at 50: How five-time Olympian David Ford pushed the limits in sport, Febr, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-XXs35L2U-20180214.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Brain Malfunctions 43 mins – “Firefighters, ambulance drivers and EMT first responders have more flashy pyrotechnics on their do-gooder resumés — but it’s hard to argue that a career fighting migraine headaches, headaches in general, and epilepsy isn’t about as uncontroversially heroic as a person could hope to be. Dr. Sid Kapoor is such a person. An Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Kentucky, he specializes in epilepsy and headache medicine, and holds expertise both in research and patient treatment for some of the most debilitating malfunctions of the human brain. Migraine headaches affect some 36 million Americans, and a similar share of the overall population worldwide.” At the link find the title, “#217: Fighting Migraines with Dr. Sid Kapoor,” right-click “Media files SDS217.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Caring and Compassion 62 mins – “Rachel Khong and Mark Lukach bring together the stories of two families that found renewed love and commitment after being thrust into caregiving roles. Khong’s novel, Goodbye, Vitamin, chronicles the life of a young women who returns home to care for her father who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Lukach’s memoir, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, is about his wife’s experience with mental illness. Together, Khong and Lukach look at the role of caregivers and how it often takes a community to tackle life’s most challenging situations.” At the link find the title, “Silicon Valley Reads 2018 No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180201_SV_Reads_For_Podcast.mp3
China Investing in U.S. 66 mins – “Some pundits and politicians imply that investments from China are somehow not aboveboard and are detrimental to the U.S. economy. Even though Wanxiang America has been investing in and acquiring U.S. companies since 1994, most of the American public has likely never heard of the company. Much of Wanxiang’s focus is in the automotive components sector, and their annual revenue has topped $4 billion. Join us for a discussion of Wanxiang, a company that serves as a case study, shedding light on the pros and cons of China’s investments in the United States. Pin Ni, president of Wanxiang America Corporation, will focus on Wanxiang’s operation in America, addressing issues such as net gain or loss of employment in the United States because of investment and, in turn, motivation to invest in the United States. He will also discuss comparative advantages of China versus the United States, since not all of Wanxiang investments have succeeded, and some have involved rescuing failing operations. Yukon Huang, a renowned economist, former country director for China at World Bank and author of the new book, Cracking the China Conundrum: Why Conventional Economic Wisdom Is Wrong, will further clarify and explain common misconceptions about China’s investments in the United States. Moderator George Koo is a retired China business consultant and contributor to Asia Times. He has served as a board member of the only three-party, Sino-American-Nippon joint venture in automotive components in China.” At the link find the title, “China’s Investments in the U.S.—Toxic or Tonic?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180129_FEA China Investment For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chocolate Production 70 mins – “Join the brains behind Bay Area-based Dandelion Chocolate, in conversation with maker Adam Savage, as they dig deep into the world of chocolate making and eating. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Todd Masonis, CEO of Dandelion Chocolate, Greg D’Alesandre, chocolate “sourcerer,” and the rest of the Dandelion Chocolate team make some of the best bean-to-bar chocolate around, and their book, Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S’more, unravels the secrets for anyone from hobbyists to professional makers seeking to create delicious, luxurious chocolate in their home kitchen. From the simplest techniques, such as roasting beans on a sheet pan to winnowing away the shells with a hair dryer, to more complex subjects, such as the science and mechanics of making chocolate to the nuts, bolts and ethics of sourcing beans directly, this book follows the cocoa bean from the farm to the factory to the pastry kitchen—and everywhere in between. Talking about chocolate can be torturous unless there’s tasting involved, so join us before and after the program for Dandelion chocolate-making demonstrations and education, chocolate samples, hot chocolate, s’mores, and more! Thanks to in-kind sponsor Fort Point Beer for providing tasty brews to accompany the treats.” At the link find the title “Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S’more, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180214_INF_Making Chocolate For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change Education 54 mins – “The so-called hockey stick papers, published in 1999, ignited an assault on the science of climate change that still rages to this day. But lead author Michael Mann hasn’t backed off on his mission to educate the public on the science of global warming. Mann was awarded the seventh annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, by Climate One.” At the link find the title, “On The Ice With Michael Mann, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180128_cl1_On_the_Ice_Michael_Mann_PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change Fixes 60 mins – “Carl Pope is a veteran leader in the environmental movement and spent nearly 20 years as the executive director of the Sierra Club. He offers an optimistic look at the challenges of climate change, the solutions that hold the greatest promise and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Pope also highlights the contributions and bold actions that cities, businesses and citizens are making to reshape and jump-start a new type of conversation about climate change.” At the link find the title, “Carl Pope: Climate of Hope, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180213_SV_Carl_Pope_For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Common Ground 65 mins – “Orthodox kookiness: the true American exceptionalism? Writer Kurt Andersen and host Jason Gots discuss America’s 500 year old tendency toward passionate belief in the preposterous in this, Big Think’s latest brain-fertilizing podcast. Writer and media polymath Kurt Andersen is the NY-times bestselling author of the novels Heyday, Turn of the Century, and True Believers, and he’s the host and co-creator of the Peabody-award winning public radio show Studio 360. Kurt’s latest book Fantasyland – How America Went Haywire – is a 500 year history of a different kind of American exceptionalism. Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode: Neuroscientist Beau Lotto on diversity, Neil DeGrasse Tyson on science education” At the link find the title, “117. Kurt Andersen (writer) – The Sleep of Reason, Sept, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP8695786131.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conservation Target Changes 66 mins – “New research indicates current global conservation targets, which call for preserving 17 percent of land and 10 percent of oceans, are far too low. Instead, targets should be closer to 50 percent for land and 30 percent for oceans. This will protect the diversity of life on Earth and ensure human well-being and survival. Join panelists for this critical discussion on why we need to increase conservation targets in order to save the Earth.” At the link find the title, “Why Need to Protect Half the Planet and Where to Start? Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180215_MLF Protect Half Planet For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cybersecurity Dilemma 45 mins – “The security dilemma is a classic problem in geopolitics: Often when one nation takes measures to protect itself from attack (like adding to their stockpile of missiles), other nations see that and worry it means the first nation is preparing to attack them, which leads to a dangerous feedback loop of escalation. In this episode, Ben Buchanan (postdoctoral fellow at Harvard studying cybersecurity and statecraft) explores how this dilemma plays out in the realm of cybersecurity: Why is the dilemma harder to resolve than it used to be with traditional warfare? And is there anything that might help? Ben’s Book: “The Cybersecurity Dilemma” At the link right-click “Download Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Death Penalty 52 mins – “Though you may associate “law and order” with the right, there are a lot of conservative principles that fit squarely into an argument against capital punishment. Monday, we’ll talk about how and why the ranks of Republican opponents are growing. Monday, we’re talking about the conservative case against the death penalty. Though you may associate “law and order” with the right, there are a lot of conservative principles that fit squarely into an argument against capital punishment. And the ranks of Republican opponents are growing. A poll last year showed 64% of Utahns support replacing the death penalty with life in prison. We’ll talk about the shift in attitudes over the last 50 years, and efforts here in Utah to change the law.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Diet Discussion 53 mins – “Diet dreams are splashed across magazine covers and blare from the T.V., offering tips and tricks, that will, readers and viewers are promised, make weight loss easy and fast. Diet books making similar claims can be found at the top of the best-seller list without fail, every January. But where does this obsession with losing weight to reach some kind of idealized body type come from? How long have gurus and doctors alike made millions from the West’s preoccupation with the “d” word, and why do strange fads such as chewing each bite hundreds of times stick around for centuries? This episode, we explore the history of diets, before asking a scientist: Does anything actually work?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disabled Care 27 mins – “Last week we told you the story of Ian and Rachelle Geddes, middle-class Canadian parents working flat-out to care to care for their 18-year-old daughter Gillian., who has low-functioning autism, meaning she’ll never be able to work or live independently. They shared their concerns about how they’ll cope as Gilly ages out of the services she’s had since she was a child, and how Gilly will cope as her parents age out of being able to care for her. This week, we meet Gilly’s siblings, who believe they will take over at some point down the line. And we speak with Dr. Yona Lumksy, Director of the Azieli Centre for Adult Neuro-developmental Disabilities, who talks about the challenges caregivers face as their special needs kids age out of programs – something she’s familiar with as the sister of a special-needs sibling herself.” At the link find the title, “Gilly’s Story – Clare and Ellery, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files whitecoat-inqK2vRC-20180216.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
EMS Wilderness Textbook 57 mins – “In this episode, we look at the brand new Wilderness EMS textbook written by a few folks, most of whom have been guests on the show here before. We have Dr. Seth Hawkins, Dr. Ben Abo, Paramedic David Fifer, and nationally registered Wilderness EMT and Instructor Corey Winstead. The Wilderness EMS textbook is designed for EMS providers and leaders who deliver medical care in the wilderness, and those practicing wilderness medicine as part of a formal team. The textbook is a comprehensive, expertly-written reference ideal for this fast-changing and multidisciplinary specialty. This first-of-its-kind text provides specialized instruction and best practices for wilderness EMS practitioners and students – crucial information for the success of today’s rescue missions. A strong foundation in evidence-based medicine, clinical experience, and field applicability makes it especially useful for any EMS provider in a wilderness environment.
Energy Solutions 40 mins – “At the first Science Meets Congress event, Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future, energy and innovation experts from academia, government and the private sector talked with Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina about American’s energy future.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the soundbar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu .
Eyeball Worms 27 mins – “Creepy worms don’t often prompt enthusiasm, but scientists are fascinated by a rare and unusual case that is the first of its kind.” At the link find the title, “Scientists thrilled as woman finds 14 worms in her eye, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8g1vajd4-20180215.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Facial Recognition 29 mins – “From Snapchat filters to Google’s art selfies, biometric technology plays a growing role in our everyday lives. What do we actually give up when we upload our face to these apps? Steven Talley shares his experience as the victim of mistaken identity. Artist Adam Harvey investigates how racial bias seeps into big data sets. Emily Kennedy and Glynnis MacNicol talk about the power and risks of recognition for marginalized communities. Joseph Atick, a forefather of facial recognition technology, reckons with its future. And we head to China, where you’ll need your face to use the bathroom. Today, more than half of US adults are recorded in police facial recognition databases. For more on the far-reaching impact of facial recognition tech, check out our blog.” At the link find the title, ‘Face Value, Posted: Feb, 2018,” right-click “Enclosure: https://tracking.feedpress.it/link/17512/8172255/10dbc4e6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Federal Regulation of Oxycontin 68 mins – “When OxyContin went to market in 1996, sales reps from Purdue Pharma hit one point particularly hard: Compared to other prescription opioids, this new painkiller was believed to be less likely to be addictive or abused. But recently unsealed documents in this investigative episode shed light on how the maker of OxyContin seems to have relied more on focus groups than on scientific studies to create an aggressive and misleading marketing campaign that helped fuel the national opioid crisis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Flue Severity Causes 33 mins – “Last week, Public Health England announced that this winter three times as many people have died from flu compared to the previous year. Australia saw a doubling in the number of deaths, and figures were also up in Europe and the US. But what is it about this year’s seasonal flu that has proved so aggressive? How do outbreaks of seasonal flu differ from pandemics of the past? And how can science help us fight back? To help explore the influenza virus, Hannah Devlin speaks to Imperial College London’s Professor Wendy Barclay, Cambridge University’s Professor Derek Smith, and Professor Michael Worobey from the University of Arizona.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Forged in Crisis 46 mins – “What do Rachel Carson, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ernest Shackleton, and Abraham Lincoln have in common, aside from being historical figures you’ve probably heard of? That’s the question my guest today tries to answer in her new book Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times. At a time when trustworthy leadership seems in short supply, it examines what real leadership is and how it comes about. Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School whose research focuses on how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact.” At the link find the title, “120. Nancy Koehn (Historian) – Holdin’ on for a Hero,” right-click “Media files PP5329917651.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fundamentalism in the U.S. 68 mins – “University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Molly Worthen teaches a class about the history and the intellectual underpinnings of Protestant fundamentalism in 20th century America.” At the link find the title, “20th Century Fundamentalism and Pentecostalism, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.495786.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
Genetics Testing 24 mins – “Sequencing the human genome has gone from costing billions to being something that the average person can order online. But a Canadian project has highlighted issues with interpreting the data.” At the link find the title, “The genome puzzle: Mapping DNA has gotten cheaper, but do we know how to use the data? Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-7WPmrj7y-20180209.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genius of Democracy 22 mins – “Can anything cure what ails America? What’s a “genius”, exactly? In this week’s episode of Big Think’s Think Again podcast, we air part two of our conversation with legendary hardcore musician and spoken word artist Henry Rollins. Interview clips from Paul Ekman and James Gleick launch a discussion of a nation divided and the character traits of “geniuses”.” At the link find the title, “9. Henry Rollins (Artist), pt. II – American Trauma/The Word “Geni rightus” right-click “Media files PP2488668221.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
GMO and Glyphosate Controversy 52 mins – “Are genetically modified food advocates the new “flat-earthers”? Are their opponents the new climate deniers? As with many issues these days, the two sides are working from different sets of facts. Monsanto, the agrochemical company, and other supporters of foods that include genetically modified organisms (GMOs) say using GMOs can promote more nutritious crops, improve farmer livelihood, foster drought tolerance and flood resilience, reduce chemical pesticide use, and end hunger. Food advocates say those claims are false. They note that GMO foods promote industrial monoculture, concentrate corporate power in a few hands and drive the use of glyphosate, which has been labeled a carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s cancer agency and is now the subject of a class action lawsuit in California. Both critics and supporters were displeased by a law passed last year requiring the future labeling of GMO foods. Join us for a conversation about facts, science and the truth about eating and labeling GMO foods.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
GMO Food Consumption 35 mins – “Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is arguably the most effective voice in communication about biotechnology, especially in animals. In today’s podcast she makes her third visit to Talking Biotech. In 2017, she and co-author Amy Young published a review of the literature that examined the presence of transgenic DNA or proteins in milk, meat and eggs. The data show that DNA and proteins from plants are digested to their component parts and pose no unusual risk. Milk meat and eggs from animals consuming GE products are no different from the same products from animals on alternative diets.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Green Amendment 29 mins – “ When the crafters of the Declaration of Independence affirmed “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as inalienable rights, they could not have known that private industry practices like fracking would one day pose grave dangers to the holders of those rights. Our guest today on Sea Change Radio, Maya van Rossum, asserts not only that protection from these dangers should be understood as inalienable, but that environmental protections should be explicitly named in our constitution. Van Rossum is the executive director of Delaware Riverkeepers and the author of a new book, The Green Amendment. We talk about her organization’s success in curbing fracking in Pennsylvania, how her work serves as a potential template for fighting fracking elsewhere, and the movement underway to pass a constitutional amendment for a healthy environment.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Haiti Oxfam Scandal 26 mins – “In the wake of the allegations of sexual abuse in Haiti, humanitarians say the industry lacks the necessary oversight needed to stop predators from bouncing between agencies.” At the link find the title, “Canadian aid agencies say Oxfam’s sex scandal symptomatic of sector-wide abuse, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-tNmXMQ6A-20180213.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hippie Food 58 mins – “Who started the organic food craze that now is a cornerstone of popular American eating? Who is responsible for getting whole food staples such as sprouts, tofu, yogurt, brown rice, and whole grain bread onto every grocery and home shelf? It’s more than a corporate marketing effort, and although it’s a way of life for many, it wasn’t always like this. Food journalist (and former line cook) Jonathan Kauffman digs deep into funky food history in his new book, Hippie Food, shedding light on the cultural revolutionaries who shaped a more idealistic and communal way of life and food in the United States. Food is deeply woven into our cultural history. Join Kauffman as he shares a chapter from hippie food history, including stories about cults, the Summer of Love, and a coast-to-coast journey of culture and cuisine.” At the link find the title, “How Hippie Food Changed the Way We Eat, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180130_INF Hippy Food For Podcast.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Historical Change 76 mins – “Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. Since 2015, the Think Again podcast has been taking us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives. Today’s guest Peter Frankopan is a historian at Oxford University, where he is Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He works on the history of the Mediterranean, Russia, the Middle East, Persia, Central Asia and beyond, and on relations between Christianity and Islam. Peter’s new book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, is an international bestseller, described by William Dalrymple as a ‘historical epic of dazzling range, ambition and achievement’. At an anxious moment in Western history, Frankopan encourages us to take a historical perspective, understanding how change happens in societies and how people typically react to it. This conversation unpacks the fascinating and dense history of the Silk Road countries and digs deep into the economic and social forces that shape our lives.” At the link find the title, “110. Peter Frankopan (historian) – You Can’t Stop the Clock,” right-click “Media files PP4346682845.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hitler in LA 26 mins – “Murder plots, secret spies, and big sums of money. In his new book, professor Steven J. Ross tells the unbelievable story of how Nazis intent on affecting America culture almost co-opted Hollywood.” At the link find the title, “Hitler in L.A.: How private spies foiled a Nazi Hollywood takeover, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-TkopNyOp-20180214.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration Law 38 mins – “This week the high court is on its winter break, but the team here at Amicus wanted to talk about DACA, the travel ban, and issues around immigrants, refugees, and the law. We talk Americanism. Who is American and how? What do the courts have to say about who can be here and who cannot? What role do the courts play in figuring out who belongs here and who doesn’t? To tackle these thorny and sometimes super-wonky questions, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Stephen Vladeck who teaches law at the University of Texas. Vladeck’s teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. He’s CNN’s Supreme Court analyst, co-editor in-chief of the Just Security blog, and a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog.” At the link find the title, “Immigration: Whose Call Is It Anyway? Feb, 2018,”right-click “Media files PPY9372986968.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Impeachment History 53 mins – “In anticipation of the 150th anniversary of the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, on Feb. 24, we look at the history of presidential impeachments, the interpretation of the Impeachment Clause, and the application to current day controversies. Joining us to discuss this important historical episode are two of America’s leading scholars on the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Keith Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He co-wrote the IC explainers on the Impeachment Clause with Neil Kinkopf. David O Stewart is a writer, historian, and former appellate lawyer. He is the author of many books including Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates the discussion.” At the link find the title, “History of Impeachment: From Andrew Johnson to Today, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4450683722.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Indigenous Canadians 55 mins – “Gabrielle Scrimshaw delivers the third annual Vancouver Island University Indigenous Lecture on the challenges Indigenous youth face, what reconciliation looks like, and how people can engage on that journey.” At the link find the title, “Gabrielle Scrimshaw on liberating the past and embracing the future, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-Cflt4ZhB-20180216.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Indigenous Rights in Canada 15 mins – “Indigenous and treaty rights are already recognised in Section 35 of the Constitution, but people are often forced to go to the courts to have them upheld. The prime minister is pledging to change that.” At the link find the title, “Will Trudeau’s new legal framework go far enough to protect Indigenous rights? Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-YKVqyMEN-20180215.mp3”and select ‘Save Link As” fromt eh op-up mneu.
Information Warfare 29 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to information warfare expert Molly McKew about the #ReleaseTheMemo phenomenon and why it should alarm us that the campaign ultimately landed in our President’s brain as the #1 item on his political agenda.” At the link find the title, “Releasing the Meme, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7182580749.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Israeli-Iran Conflict 12 mins – “The majority of young Israelis support Benjamin Netanyahu because of his projection of strength to the outside world, says Asaf Romirowsky.” At the link find the title, “Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘projection of strength secures the support of young Israelis, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-HfFpRdxu-20180212.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Landlines and Networks 105 mins – “There is an information vacuum among government, media and the public about the relative role of wired communications and the reasons hard wires, such a copper cable and optical fiber, usually offer better telecommunications options. From the perspective of public investment, health and ecosystem impacts, and energy efficiency, a strong case can be made that hard wiring is preferable to wireless, yet few understand this. Instead, we seem to believe there is innate value to championing wireless over wired technologies, obsessing about how we can get and pay for more of it without first doing comprehensive cost–benefit analysis or understanding the risks. This program will feature a report by the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy, Reinventing Wires—The Future of Landlines and Networks by Timothy Schoechle.” At the link find the title, “Reinventing Wires: The Future of Landlines and Networks, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180205_MLF Reinventing Wires For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marijuana Impact in Canada 15 mins – “Should people with pot convictions in their past have special access to the burgeoning legal market? Sociologist Akwasi Owusu-Bempah thinks it’s important to take this step.” At the link find the title, “Convicted pot offenders need special access to the legal weed market: sociologist, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-kxpxp9fE-20180212.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marriage History 50 mins – “Marriage is hard — and there are signs it’s becoming even harder. This week on Hidden Brain, we examine how long-term relationships have changed over time, and whether we might be able to improve marriage by asking less of it.” At the link find the title “When Did Marriage Become So Hard? Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180212_hiddenbrain_when did marriage become so hard podcast final mix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mass Shooting in Florida 6 mins – “’In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the 18th school shooting in the U.S. this year — one journalist says that America must address its ‘self-inflicted cancer of gun violence.” At the link find the title, “Thoughts and prayers a grossly inadequate response’ in wake of Florida school shooting, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-D85hBsOS-20180215.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical School Parents P2 50 mins – On our last show, we fielded a question from Courtney who wants to go to med school but is worried about being a mom and a med student. We got one dad’s perspective then, and now it’s time for mom. Dr. Maya Lopez (CCOM MD ’04) was another non-trad entering school with a supportive husband and a few bundles of joy. She told Eric Schnieders, Tucker Dangremond, and Sanjeeva Weerasinghe how she dove headlong into med school, how she and her husband (along with a village) made parenting and med school work for them. To top it off, we got another question from Clovis (not his real name) who was worried that he’d either have to join the military or sell all of his internal organs to afford medical school…unless we could come up with some other options for him. CCOM debt counselor Chris Roling had some good news (not to mention advice) for him.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medicare Part D 135 mins – “On Friday, February 16, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy hosted a conference on the policy issues surrounding patient drug cost sharing. Two panels convened, first to discuss restructuring the Medicare Part D benefit design, and then to debate the effectiveness of mechanisms to reduce cost sharing for commercially insured patients.” At he link fink right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Menopause 60 mins – “I don’t know about you, but when I learned about the female reproductive cycle, I learned that hey, these are the hormone changes that happen. Then in menopause they stop. And you get hot flashes. But it turns out it is a lot more complicated than that. First, we’ll speak with cognitive neuroscientist Lauren Drogos about the memory changes that happen during menopause. Then, where does this menopause thing even come from and why don’t men suffer too? We’ll take up the topic with biological anthropologist Lennette Sievert.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Meth Crisis in Canada 24 mins – “Manitoba is in the grip of a methamphetamine crisis that officials are struggling to contain.” At the link find the title, “Meth crisis in Canada: Addiction explosion means drug users are being turned away by police, hospitals, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-I2SxNC7m-20180215.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Millennials Generation 48 mins – “Unpaid Internships…” At the link find the title, “Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials,” right-click “Media files PPY8428395416.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mind Wandering 63 mins – “When was the last time you were bored? I mean really, well and truly, staring at the patterns in the wallpaper bored? Statistics suggest that you’re probably listening to this show on a smartphone. Which means you own a smartphone. Which means it’s probably always close at hand, full of apps and podcasts to distract you the instant that uncomfortable feeling of boredom creeps in. Which means your brain almost never gets the chance to sit with that restlessness and come up with creative alternatives, from daydreaming to doing something brilliant (or at least less boring) in real life. If that’s not you, awesome. But it’s a lot of us these days. My guest today, Manoush Zomorodi, is the host of Note to Self – a popular radio show and podcast on how we live with technology. An experiment she did on the show with the eager help of 20,000 fans became the subject of her new book Bored and Brilliant: how spacing out can unlock your most productive and creative self. Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode: Tim Ferriss on mastering any skill quickly and efficiently, starting with cooking, Bryan Cranston on working together across generations” At the link find the title, “127. Manoush Zomorodi (journalist) – The Upside of Downtime, De” right-click “Media files PP6565567104.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
NAFTA in Canada 24 mins – “An American concrete company Bilcon successfully sued Canada for rejecting its plans to build a giant basalt quarry in a small Nova Scotia fishing community.” At the link find the title, “How NAFTA helped an American company sue Canada — and won, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-3KQexTFW-20180213.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Orphan Oil Wells 19 mins – “The Supreme Court case on abandoned oil wells in Alberta pits provincial environmental laws against federal bankruptcy laws. Industry watchers say billions of dollars are at stake.” AT the link find the title, “Who should pay to clean up abandoned oil wells? Farmers say they’re left with someone else’s mess, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-qiuTRwN8-20180216.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Pakistan Intelligence Operations 69 mins – “As former managing editor of The Washington Post and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars, Steve Coll has spent years studying the forces that have impacted U.S. foreign policy. In his new book, Directorate S, he reveals how the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the United States’ failure to apprehend the motivations and intentions of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Coll says ISI created a special branch, “Directorate S,” which covertly armed, trained and financed the Taliban, frustrating American forces at every turn. Come hear Coll’s startling explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional and seemingly interminable conflict.” At the link find the title, “Journalist Steve Coll: How America Became Ensnared in Afghanistan, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180212_FEA_Steve_Coll_For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Philosopher Comedian 24 mins – “At what point do sex robots become sex slaves? How are bandwidth and storage capacity changing our lives? Can you have a “personal brand” and “be yourself” at the same time? In this week’s episode of Big Think’s Think Again podcast, host Jason Gots is joined by author and tech pundit Baratunde Thurston, “a philosopher comedian fighting for the future.” Interview clips from Rick Smolan, Lawrence Krauss, and Guy Kawasaki launch a discussion of human potential, social status, identity, and how Kim Kardashian’s butt didn’t actually “break the internet”. At the link find the title, “7. Baratunde Thurston (Comedian, Cultural Critic) – Stupidity Scaled/Robot Rights/Brand You, Aug, 2015,” right-click “Media files PP7554249428.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pilot Pay 44 mins – “ Is there a pilot pay shortage, a pilot shortage, or is it something else? Welcome to the inspirational, informational, and transparent aviation careers podcast. Today we are discussing the answers to these controversial questions, as well as some basic information on VA Vocational Rehab, and a few other topics.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Prison Abolishment 75 mins – “Victoria Law, who is familiarly known as Vikki, is an anarchist activist, writer, freelance editor, photographer and mother. Law is of Chinese descent and was born and raised in Queens NY where she had her first brush with the law as an armed robber while still in high school. Her exposure to incarcerated people at Rikers Island prompted her to get involved with prison support. She has continued fighting for prison abolition, co-founding Books Through Bars NYC as a joint project between Blackout Books & Nightcrawlers Anarchist Black Cross in 1996 at the age of nineteen. Nestor is a member of the Anarchist Black Cross and founder of the Omaha Freedom Fund. He organizes around many issues, but with a focus on prison abolition and antifascism. Both guests join Brett in a two-part episode on different aspects of the prison abolitionist movement.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Psychic Arms Race 52 mins – “Journalist Annie Jacobsen joins us to tell the story of top-secret U.S. government research into mind reading and other paranormal phenomena. What makes people spend so much time, energy, and money on such strange ideas? If you’re a skeptic, you’re going to be outraged by the “scientific projects” conducted by the U.S. government into mind reading and other paranormal phenomena. For more than 40 years the government hired magicians and hypnotists to try to figure out what the enemy was up to. Investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen’s book tells the story of this top-secret program, and Thursday, she joins us to explain what would make people spend so much time, energy, and money on such strange ideas…. Annie Jacobsen is the author of Area 51 and The Pentagon’s Brain, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in history. Her new book is called Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigation Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Racism in Canada 19 mins – “A 2013 report highlighted the ‘crisis’ of Indigenous under-representation in the justice system, but its recommendations have not been acted on, says a criminal lawyer.” At the link find the title, “Fallout from Gerald Stanley verdict could have been avoided, says lawyer, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-tMyrvbpu-20180212.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Religious Beliefs 52 mins – “Jason Gots: As far back as we’re able to peer into human history, way past the written or pictoral record, into the gravesites of our most ancient ancestors, there’s evidence of what you might call spiritual or religious belief. From the idea of a separate soul to animal spirits, to the anthropomorphization of trees and natural elements, pantheons of superhuman gods, and ultimately the inscrutable, sometimes indivisible gods of Monotheism, we’re Homo Credulous…creatures hardwired to believe in a reality that transcends the evidence of our senses. In his new book God, a Human History, my guest Reza Aslan looks at this history of belief, asking not so much why but how we’ve made and remade God in our own image since our very beginnings.” At the link find the title,”125. Reza Aslan (author) – Deus Ex Hominem,” right-click “Media files PP4446010570.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Revolution Lessons Learned 58 mins – “In his new book, How to Fix the Future, Andrew Keen focuses on what we can do to prevent the Internet from further damaging our culture and society. Looking to the past to learn how we might change our future, Keen describes how societies tamed the excesses of the Industrial Revolution, which demolished long-standing models of living, ruined harmonious environments and altered the business world beyond recognition. Keen travels the world to interview experts in a wide variety of fields, including Margrethe Vestager, EU commissioner for competition, whose recent 2.4 billion euros fine to Google made headlines around the world; successful venture capitalists who nonetheless see the tide turning; and CEOs from companies such as The New York Times. According to Keen, there are five key tools for fixing the future: regulation, competitive innovation, social responsibility, worker and consumer choice, and education. His journey to discover how these tools are being practiced around the globe took him to digital-oriented Estonia, the place where Skype was founded, where every citizen can access whatever data the government holds on them, and where an e-residency program allows the country to expand beyond its narrow borders. Keen also traveled Singapore, where a large part of the higher education sector consists of professional courses in coding and website design. Join us and learn more about the Internet’s hold on both American and world culture and how, according to Keen, we can disrupt this negative pattern.” At the link find the title, “How to Fix the Future: Learning from Past Revolutions, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180206_MLF Fix The Future For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Russian Assassinations 24 mins – “Vladimir Kara-Murza has been close to death twice in recent years, following poisonings that he blames on the Russian domestic security service. The democracy advocate is adamant that he won’t be intimidated.” At the link find the title, “Kremlin opponent, poisoned twice, vows to keep on fighting, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-qNwMeuzp-20180212.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Saying Hard Things 65 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.
Small Arms and Ammo Losses 13 mins – “In this episode of the Small Arms Survey podcast series, our Director Eric Berman discusses our Making Peace Operations More Effective (MPOME) project and our October 2017 report Making a Tough Job more Difficult: Loss of Arms and Ammunition in Peace Operations.” At the link find the title, “Loss of Arms and Ammunition in Peace Operations, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files SAS-Podcast-42-MPOME-Peace-Operations.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spanish Flu of 1918 44 mins – “The U.S. is in the grips of the worst flu season in nearly a decade, with hospitals full across the country. But it’s nothing compared to the flu season one hundred years ago, when a nationwide pandemic killed over half a million Americans. Brian, Nathan, and Joanne look back at the so-called “Spanish Flu” of 1918, how it affected the U.S., and why it’s often overlooked today.” At the link right-click “Download: and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stalin 79 mins – “Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Kotkin continues his definitive biography of Stalin with a second volume, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941, which covers collectivization and the Great Terror until the eve of the war with Hitler’s Germany. Once Stalin had achieved dictatorial power over the Soviet empire, he began transforming Russia’s vast peasant economy into a modern socialist one, using the most relentless campaign of shock industrialization the world had ever seen. This is the story of five-year plans, new factory towns and the integration of a huge system of penal labor into the larger economy. With the Great Depression throwing global capitalism into crisis, the New Soviet man looked like the man of the future. But as the shadows of the 1930s deepened, Stalin’s urgent transformations challenged the ambitions of Nazi Germany, and Hitler declared that communism was simply a global Judeo-Bolshevik conspiracy to bring the Slavic race to power. Stalin’s paranoia wreaked havoc on Soviet life and severely weakened its military leadership, diplomatic corps and intelligence apparatus. His 1939 pact with Hitler left the Soviet Union further unprepared for World War II. Still, in just 12 years of power, Stalin had taken his country from a peasant economy to a formidable modern war machine. This eventually proved crucial in stopping Hitler from achieving his goals.” At the link find the title, “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180130_MLF Stalin For Podcast.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stockton Mayor Tubbs 73 mins – “Twenty-seven-year-old Michael Tubbs has already made history as both Stockton’s first African-American mayor and as the youngest mayor in American history of a city of more than 100,000 people—and he’s just getting started. He recently made headlines when Stockton became the first city in the nation to pilot a universal basic income program. Tubbs also hopes to use his tenure to reduce violent crime, foster economic development and partner with local school districts to improve public education. Tubbs’ bold leadership and commitment to his community have earned him recognition as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 young stars for 2017, and The Root named him one of their 100 most influential African-Americans in 2017. As a member of the Stockton City Council, Tubbs founded the Reinvent South Stockton Coalition and played an instrumental role in the planning efforts of the South Stockton Promise Zone. He also served as a college course instructor for Aspire Langston Hughes Academy and as a fellow and lecturer at the design school at Stanford University. Tubbs was born and raised in Stockton to a teenage mother and an incarcerated father. He graduated with honors from Stanford University. During his time as a student, Tubbs founded both the Phoenix Scholars and the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of the Pacific, both of which aim to increase access to higher education for underrepresented students. Tubbs also interned in the White House and at Google.” At the link find the title,”Mayor Michael Tubbs: Reinventing Stockton, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180205_INF_Mayor Tubbs For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Stress Resilience 28 mins – “Behavioral Psychology at the University of Vermont. His research involves understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of stress, emotion, and resilience. His particular interest, however, focuses on the involvement of serotonin and stress-related neuropeptides in mediating the behavioral consequences of exposure to stressful stimuli, as well as the neurochemical changes mediating stress-resilience. As host Keith Pannell visited the University of Vermont for a series of presentations, he had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Hammack and discuss his interests and recent discoveries in his area of expertise.”
Suffragette Movement 28 mins – “Monica McWilliams was one of only two local women who were at the table during negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet visits Belfast to hear her story.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” the pop-up menu.
Torture 18 mins – “The UN Convention against Torture defines torture as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person” by someone acting in an official capacity for purposes such as obtaining a confession or punishing or intimidating that person. It is unethical for healthcare professionals to participate in torture, including any use of medical knowledge or skill to facilitate torture or allow it to continue, or to be present during torture. Yet medical participation in torture has taken place throughout the world and was a prominent feature of the US interrogation practice in military and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention facilities in the years after the attacks of 11 September 2001. Little attention has been paid, however, to how a regime of torture affects the ability of health professionals to meet their obligations regarding routine clinical care for detainees. The 2016 release of previously classified portions of guidelines from the CIA regarding medical practice in its secret detention facilities sheds light on that question. These show that the CIA instructed healthcare professions to subordinate their fundamental ethical obligations regarding professional standards of care to further the objectives of the torturers. In this podcast, Zackary Berger, associate professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, joins us to discuss what those guidelines have revealed.” At the link find the title, “Torture – What declassified guidelines tell us about medical complicity, Feb, 2018,”right-click “Media files 394747773-bmjgroup-torture-what-declassified-guidelines-tell-us-about-medical-complicity.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Con Artist 69 mins – “While Twitter feuds and Russian hackers dominate news headlines, President Donald Trump’s administration is radically changing the policies and programs that define the American way of life. In their first year, the Trump administration’s efforts to defund Obamacare, repeal LGBT protections i” n the workplace, impose tax cuts and deport undocumented immigrants have significantly impacted millions of Americans, all while the mainstream media has struggled to keep up. Beyond the tweets, firings, scandals and indictments, how will Trump’s policy agenda continue to affect our daily lives? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston says he has the answers. Since 1988, Johnston has been chronicling Trump’s personal life and business dealings—from his casinos to his marriages and beyond. In his new book, It’s Even Worse Than You Think, Johnston is going where the media won’t—into the weeds—to shed new light on the Trump administration’s policies and bureaucratic choices and how they will change America. Join Johnston for a revealing conversation about the Trump administration’s impact on our finances, health care, safety and much, much more.” At the link find the title, “David Cay Johnston: Living in Trump’s America” right-click “Media files cc_20180201_FEA_David Cay Trump For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Health Care Failings 28 mins – “Donald Trump campaigned on numerous issues, but when it came time for action in the early days of his administration, healthcare reform was his top legislative priority. “Repealing and replacing” the Democrats’ Obamacare system has proven harder than it seems. Time and time again the Republican-controlled Congress was unable to pass sweeping changes. Anthony Zurcher, examines the challenges facing Donald Trump’s Administration, including efforts to replace Obamacare as well as his handling of the opioid addiction epidemic and efforts to reform the medical system for US veterans.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” the pop-up menu.
Trump Nuclear Posture 125 mins – “On February 12, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a discussion of the 2018 NPR. The event featured a keynote by Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy David Trachtenberg. Following his remarks, a panel convened that included Jim Miller, under secretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration; Madelyn Creedon, principal deputy administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration during the Obama administration; James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment; and Robert Einhorn of Brookings. Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon moderated the discussion, while adding his own perspective. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Trumpocracy 44 mins – “David Frum was one of the earliest and most vocal critics of Donald Trump. A prominent conservative voice, he now says that the Trump presidency is a symptom of larger issues that threaten to slowly erode our democracy. Then, the #MeToo movement started as a catharsis of women telling their own personal stories. Can it turn into something more? Diane asks where the movement is headed and what it will take to bring about change.” At the link you can listen, but not download;however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Turkish Culture 45 mins – “All of us—you, me, everybody—we’re living our lives subject to often invisible forces beyond our control. Culture, politics, economics, history, even the weather. They all have the power to shape our lives or tear them suddenly to pieces. My guest today, Fatih Akin, has first-hand experience of strong cultural cross-winds. Ethnically Turkish and raised in Germany, he has made many films dealing with sudden dislocation and how people respond to it. Akin won Best Screenplay at Cannes for THE EDGE OF HEAVEN, and he’s also justly celebrated for the intense drama HEAD-ON and for CROSSING THE BRIDGE – a documentary about the Istanbul music scene. His latest, IN THE FADE will be released in the US on December 27th, 2017. it was nominated for a Palme D’Or and its star, Diane Kruger, won Best Actress at Cannes for her gripping performance in it.” At the link find the title, “129. Fatih Akin (film director) – This Blood-Drenched Earth,” right-click “Media files PP5288163160.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
TVI Toolbox 30 mins – “Blind Abilities presents the TVI Toolbox [Teaching Visually Impaired]. Where the collaboration between Teachers, Counselors, Parents, Agencies and the Students themselves help enhance the opportunities for success. Transitioning from high school to college and the workplace is a major step and the beginning of lifetime goals and aspirations. As Jeff Mihiletch, this month’s featured interview in the Success Stories portion of this podcast, puts it, “Braille is a tool he wished he would have given a better chance.” From the TVI’s to the Agency counselor’s and program specialist, working together along with parents as well, is creating more opportunities and successes for Transition age students. Sharing experiences through Success Stories, sharing programs that make a positive impact, sharing ideas, findings, upcoming events and the Tools for Success all play a part in making the transition process a natural progression and better understood by all. On The Horizon is a bulletin space for upcoming events, information and resources submitted by listeners and our staff. You can submit to On the Horizon by emailing Jessica Hodges. The Success Stories feature an experience of a Transition Student, whether they are attending college, preparing for college or are now employed, the Success Stories brings a positive and a sharing of the experience of transitioning from high school to college and the work place.”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
VR Uses 46 mins – “How do you know that you’re really where you are right now? I mean, where are you getting this sense of place from? A bunch of data from at least some of your five senses enters your brain where it’s cross-referenced with categories from memory. You’re making a probabilistic calculation: This sure looks, feels, and smells like my office. Jeremy Bailenson, my guest today, has been experimenting with cutting edge virtual reality for over a decade now. His Virtual Human Interaction Lab studies the ways VR’s unique sense of presence—of putting you into a different place (and maybe time) from the one you’re in can be used for education, healing, and—yes—generally making the world a better place. His new book is called: EXPERIENCE ON DEMAND: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.” At the link find the title, “133. Jeremy Bailenson (VR expert) – Through the Looking Glass,” right-click “Media files PPY5796828900.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Water Solutions in American West 64 mins – “Climate chaos looks different in different places, and in the West, it’s all about water: drought, floods, fires, unhealthy drinking water. Communities across the West are facing these challenges in interesting and unique ways. Carpe Diem West supports a network of diverse western water leaders who are implementing innovative and equitable responses to the impacts of the warming climate on our water resources in the American West.” At the link find the title, “Climate Chaos and Local Resilience: Water Solutions in the American West, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180201_MLF_Climate_Fire_Water_For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
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