Media Mining Digest 330 – Mar 9, 2018: 12 Rules for Life, American Anarchist Movement, Australia Indigenous Apology, Bannon, Billy Graham, Biofilm Evolution, Blind Mental Health, Blockchain, Cape Town Water Shortage, Civil Rights Pioneer, Civil-Military Relations, Colorectal Cancer Research, Constitutional Convention, Criminal Justice Reform, Educational Value, Electric Airplanes, Elon Musk Hyperlooop, Fairy Investigation Society, Farming 6.5 Acres with Horses, Fascism in U.S., Flu Virus Research, Foods for Kids, Fundamentalist Upbringing, Gun Control Politics, Gun debate, Homeless in Los Angeles, Homesteading, Initiatives Process, Landscaping Goats, Leadership, Loneliness Epidemic, Loneliness Experiment, Materials Science, Mitt Romney Politics, Monopolies and Antitrust, MS 13 Gang, New Hampshire Tax System, Nuclear Arsenal Maintenance, Nuclear Sub Captain, Online Dating, Performance Improvement, Plus Size Design, Post Mortem Gene Activation, Poverty Myths, Processed Food and Cancer, Publishing Trends, Racism in New Hampshire, Retired Presidents, Russian Trolls, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, School Lockdowns, Secret Societies, Service Dog Work, Sex Education, Stock Stockmarket Volatility, Sustainable Development Goals, Teen Politicians, Trump Ethics, Union Dues Constitutionality, Violent Extremism Countermeasures

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12 Rules for Life 78 mins – “Jordan Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life, talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Topics covered include parenting, conversation, the role of literature in everyday life, and the relationship between sacrificial rites and trade.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aboriginal Health Program 27 mins – “The big “H” sign for the hospital signals safety to most patients. But many Indigenous Canadians have a different reality. The San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program uses blunt talk to confront racial biases in medicine in a bid to make heath care safer and more accessible.” At the link find the title, “‘The hardest conversation we can have’: The San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety program confronts racism in health care, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files whitecoat-mTGyjec8-20180222.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Anarchist Movement 54 mins – “Johns Hopkins University professor Ronald Walters teaches a class about the 1880s anarchist movement in America.” At the link find the title, “1880s American Anarchist Movement, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.489836.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australia Law and Order 67 mins – “Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton addresses the National Press Club on the topic ‘A safer, more secure Australia’.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Peter Dutton, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files NPCc_PeterDutton_2102_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australian Indigenous Apology 64 mins -”Former prime minister Kevin Rudd addresses the National Press Club, 10 years after delivering the national apology to Indigenous Australians.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Kevin Rudd, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files NPCc_Rudd 1202_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australian Technology 62 mins – “Science and Technology Australia president Professor Emma Johnston delivers the Science Meets Parliament Address to the Press Club on the topic ‘Australia’s Science and Technology on the World Stage’.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: Emma Johnston, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files NPCc_EmmaJohnston 1402_512k.mp4” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Bannon 48 mins – “After chief strategist Steve Bannon was ousted from the Trump White House in August, Joshua Green was the first journalist he called. Green’s best-selling book about Bannon’s role in Trump’s election, ‘Devil’s Bargain,’ might’ve played a part in his exit. We talk with Green about what Bannon thinks of #MeToo, the future of the nationalist movement, and his eagerness to get back to the White House. Also, we remember Pakistani human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir, who died Sunday.” At the link find the title, “Feb, 2018 Steve Bannon Sees #MeToo As ‘Existential Threat’,” right-click the circle with three dots, right-click Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Billy Graham 47 mins – “Billy Graham, the famed Evangelical preacher, has died at 99.” At the link find the title, “Billy Graham Dead At 99, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_587716246.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofilm Evolution 48 mins – “Most bacteria live a sedentary lifestyle in community structures called biofilms. Vaughn Cooper tells us what bacterial biofilms are, why biofilms differ from test tube environments, and how long-term evolution experiment” At the link find the title, “076: Evolution of bacterial biofilm populations with Vaughn Cooper,” right-click “Media files MTM076.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Mental Health 20 mins – “In August 2017, visually impaired woman, Nina Davis, took her own life after several months of battling depression. Nina became visually impaired at an early age, and lost her sight at the age of 17 while she was studying at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford. At that time, Nina seemed to cope well and adapted to her new set of circumstances. A few years later, Nina took a degree in social work but wasn’t able to find a job in her chosen field. She also wanted to have a long-term partner and start a family. In July 2016, Nina lost her first guide dog, which she found very difficult, and later that year an eighteen-month long relationship broke down. Nina began to feel depressed and started to withdraw from her friends and activities. Her independence and confidence suffered. Nina linked her depression and the difficulties she was facing directly to her visual impairment. Peter White speaks to Nina’s Mother Tracy, and her good friend Diane Fonseka, about what more could have been done to support and help Nina with her depression. Amanda Hawkins, manager of the RNIB’s Counselling Service, tells us that a closer connection needs to be made between vision loss and mental health.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Perspective 20 mins – “Peter White is joined by television producer Kevin Mulhern, teacher Sean Randall and comedian Chris McCausland to discuss the issues facing blind men around the subject of masculinity. The idea was prompted by an email from listener James Bird.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain 65 mins – “Cryptocurrencies, fertility, and Nigerian corruption on this week’s Slate Money with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, and Erin Griffith.” At the link find the title, “The Fertile Nigerian Blockchain Edition, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY6845692823.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cape Town Water Shortage 27 mins – “9th July – It’s being called Day Zero, the day the taps are turned off in drought stricken Cape Town in South Africa. After 3 years of unexpectedly dry weather leaving no water in the reservoirs that serve the city, we ask what could have been done better to mitigate the water shortage and how to prevent the same thing happening in other cities around the world. Gut Microbiome – We are discovering more and more about how connected we are to the microbes that live in our gut. Their impact is not just on our digestive health, but in our brains, on our behaviour and on our immune function. So it stands to reason that we need better ways to monitor our gut microbiome. Roland finds out about a toilet that can monitor your health as you go to the loo, a microbiome grown in a lab and a tiny mini gut on a microchip. Watching a Planet Form – With telescopes getting bigger and better at seeing what’s going on in our Universe, what better way to spend your time than watching the chemistry of a planet forming from the dust swirling around a new star? Ideally you need 100’s of millions of years to see the whole process, but the ALMA telescope allows researchers to watch snapshots of hundreds of planets forming at different stages, allowing a picture of planet formation at the molecular, chemical level.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CEO Retirement 52 mins – “If you’re a C.E.O., there are a lot of ways to leave your job, from abrupt firing to carefully planned succession (which may still go spectacularly wrong). In this final episode of our “Secret Life of a C.E.O.” series, we hear those stories and many more. Also: what happens when you no longer have a corner office to go to — and how will you spend all that money?​” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil Rights Pioneer 52 mins – “Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is a civil rights pioneer, a white woman who chose to go against the grain and fight racial discrimination in the South in the 1950s and 60s. Her bravery nearly cost her life, but it also helped change the world. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland grew up in the Jim Crow South where racial segregation was enforced by law and culture. It’s just the way things were. But it wasn’t how Mulholland thought things should be. So she did something about it. Mulholland took part in dozens of sit-ins and protests during the Civil Rights Movement, for which she was disowned by her family and hunted down by the Klan. She joins us to talk about her extraordinary life and finding the courage to stand up for what you believe.At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil-Military Relations 39 mins – “The military has been not been a refuge from the Trump administration’s norm-defying nature. This week, Jack Goldsmith speaks to Phil Carter, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, about the history of civil-military relations, episodes that highlight the Trump administration’s departure from that tradition, and what that may mean for the future.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Phil Carter on Civil-Military Relations_mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Colorectal Cancer Research 61 mins – “The TWiM team explores a stingless bee that requires a fungal steroid to pupate, and colonic biofilms containing tumorigenic bacteria in patients with colorectal polyps. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Elio Schaechter, and Michael SchmidtAt the link right-click “download TWiM#171“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conception History 52 mins – “Where do babies come from? It took us a surprisingly long time to figure it out. Science writer Edward Dolnick joins us Friday to tell the story of theories, searching and scientific discovery. It’s a timeless question, asked by every kid that’s ever lived: where do babies come from? It turns out even the great scientific minds of the Enlightenment didn’t really have an answer. While navigators and cartographers seemed to have mastered the heavens and the Earth, other scientists were conducting bizarre experiments to put their finger on how exactly humans create life. Science writer Edward Dolnick joins us to tell the story of 250 years of searching and the meandering ways of scientific discovery. Edward Dolnick is the former chief science writer for The Boston Globe and the author of a number of books, including The Forger’s Spell and The Clockwork Universe. His new book is called The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Shark’s Teeth to Frog’s Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come From.At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Constitutional Convention 44 mins – “Each branch of the federal government has strayed from its original purpose and no candidate for president will be able to fix the underlying issues that plague it. Governor Abbott makes his case for proposing a Convention of States to make amendments to restore constitutional order.” At the link find the title,”The Texas Plan with Governor Greg Abbott, May, 2016,” right-click “Media files UK-Abbott-20160502.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Criminal Justice Reform 46 mins – “Shorter sentences, fewer people behind bars. We’ll look at a criminal justice reform bill making its way through Congress.” At the link find the title, “Can Criminal Justice Reform Happen This Year? Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_588050940.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Douglas Wilder 74 mins – “Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder is a guest speaker in a Virginia Commonwealth University class looking at the political history of the state capitol of Richmond. He reflects on his five decades of involvement in state and local politics.” At the link find the title, “Modern Richmond, Virginia, Politics, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.490253.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educational Tech Trends 62 mins – “Welcome to episode 86 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 21, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s HomePod and the generally negative reviews it hass received in the technology press, Chrome news including PWAs (progressive web apps), and social media’s dark side revealed through the Parkland, Florida, school shooting incident. Additional topics included the need for ethics in artificial intelligence (AI), a recent historical look at AI’s ascendency at Google, and Facebook’s role in the Russia probe / election hack over time.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link find the title, “EdTech Situation Room Episode 86,” right-click “Media files edtechsr086-21feb2018.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educational Value 48 mins – “In this episode, economist Bryan Caplan argues that the main reason getting a college degree is valuable is because of signaling (i.e., it proves that you have traits that employers value, like conscientiousness and conformity), and not because college teaches you useful knowledge or skills. Julia proposes several potential challenges to Bryan’s argument, and they discuss why it matters how much of education’s value is signaling.” At the link right-click “DownloadAudio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Airplanes 29 mins – “As many of us prepare for the hectic holiday hustle of planes, trains and automobiles, we might be thinking about how our travel plans are going to increase our carbon footprints. Fortunately, there are important strides being made to electrify these modes of transportation. This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from Treehugger’s Sami Grover who gives us a peek into two projects coming out of the U.K. — one will allow jets to use less fuel and emit less carbon, and the other enables trains to stop spewing dirty diesel. We talk with Grover about the current state of these technological innovations, discuss how private and public sectors are working to foster innovation, and look at other movements toward electric transit happening around the globe.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elon Musk Hyperloop 54 mins – “Elon Musk is considered by many to be a technological visionary. In this, the first in a series of shows about Elons projects, we look at Hyperloop and The Boring Company and the practicalities of what Elon’s trying to achieve.” At the link right-click “Download It” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Future 60 mins – “This week, we have some very special guest hosts, sharing a recording of a panel they moderated about the future of energy and where we can draw inspiration from science fiction. This panel was recorded at the Generation Energy Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and moderated by Molly Swain and Chelsea Vowel, the ladies that run the most excellent podcast Métis in Space.“ At the link find the title “#462 The Future of Energy,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy Politics 28 mins – “The 2016 disagreement between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over the best energy mix to help us get to a 100% renewable future sure does seem antiquated these days with climate change deniers and fossil fuel interests at the helm in Washington. This week on Sea Change Radio, though, we get an update on the continued divisions within the Democratic Party from Axios energy reporter, Amy Harder. We discuss how the Sanders wing of the Party has been able to carve out a larger piece of the policy pie than many imagined possible, what that means for future elections and try to sort out the stances of the leading voices on the Left when it comes to natural gas and nuclear power. Then, we dig into the Sea Change Radio archives and re-visit our discussion with noted linguist George Lakoff as he gives a primer on climate change messaging – a lesson that’s more relevant and important than ever before.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Enrico Fermi 39 mins – “David N. Schwartz talks about his latest book, The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As’”from the pop-up menu.

Fairy Investigation Society 56 mins – “Comedy, history, and even old-timey audio drama: the best debuts this year. Featuring The History Listen, Deadly Manners, This is Love, Off Book, Neighbors, and Secrets.” At the link find the title, “This Winter’s Best New Podcasts: from Fake Fairies to Undercover Cops, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files podcastplaylist-66EzYjvR-20180222.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming 5 Acres in Nova Scotia 98 mins – “David Greenberg of Abundant Acres Farm raises about five acres of vegetables with his wife, Jen, in rural Nova Scotia, about an hour from Halifax. With four full-time employees in addition to David and Jen, Abundant Acres focuses on high-value crops, while also growing a bit of everything for their diversified market streams. David takes a deep dive into the cooperative direct-to-consumer marketing arrangement Abundant Acres has with a few select food producers in Halifax, including how they use that storefront to host the free-choice CSA. And David digs into how he and Jen manage inventory and supply for the off-farm free-choice CSA, including everything from record-keeping to how that informs their planting choices. Abundant Acres uses several different production systems, including tarped, deep-compost fields for high-value crop production, tractor-based row crop and plasticulture vegetables in rotation, mobile caterpillar tunnels, and heated greenhouse space. We take an especially in-depth look at the investment and returns on the deep-compost system, discuss the engineering behind the mobile caterpillar tunnels, and get some insights into the lessons-learned in the plasticulture system. According to David, the farm succeeds in large part because of its reliance on radical delegation to employees. We discuss how David and Jen set expectations, guide their workers, and give and get feedback to improve performance so that they can rely on employees to take leadership and responsibility for the production on the farm.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming 6.5 Acres with Horses 90 mins – “At Beech Grove Farm, Anne and Eric Nordell manage six-and-a-half acres for vegetable crop production, with half of that in cover crop, and half of that in vegetables. And they do it with horsepower, next-to-no hand-weeding, and no irrigation. Anne and Eric share their experience farming with horses, something that they’ve done since Beech Grove Farm’s start 35 years ago, and how they set the farm up from the start to be manageable for the two of them. We talk about their strategy for reducing weed pressure, including their reduced tillage system, and the year-on, year-off rotation of vegetables and cover crops that allows them to build soil while minimizing weed issues. We also dig into their low-input system for making compost, their low-input wood-fired greenhouse, and the changes they’ve seen in their rural community.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fascism in U.S. 61 mins – “Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It(AK Press). His work as appeared in places such as Jacobin, AlterNet, In These Times, Political Research Associates, Waging Nonviolence, Labor Notes, ThinkProgress, ROAR Magazine and Upping the Anti. Follow him on Twitter: @shane_burley1 Shane joins Brett to discuss fascism in the US; what it is, and how to fight it!” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Female CEOs 46 mins – “Only 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies are run by women. Why? Research shows that female executives are more likely to be put in charge of firms that are already in crisis. Are they being set up to fail? (Part 5 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.

Fibers 27 mins – “Yoga pants are having a moment. And while they’re not new, they’ve moved beyond the gym and yoga studio into nearly every corner of our lives. This so-called athleisure wear trend has made a lot of people happy. “Once I wore [yoga pants], I never wore jeans again if I could help it,” says Sage Roundtree, a yoga instructor from North Carolina. But as comfy as the trend is, it has made a lot of people very unhappy—including the entire cotton industry. That’s because performance athletic wear isn’t made out of cotton. It’s made of synthetic fibers such as Lycra, polyester, and spandex. As demand for athleisure wear grows, demand for cotton shrinks. Luckily, cotton has a few tricks up its sleeve to keep consumers interested—because this is only the latest episode in a decades-long rivalry between cotton and synthetic fibers.” At the link left click the down-pointing arrow, right-click “Save File” and “OK’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flu Virus Research 102 mins – “ The TWiVodrome considers the intestinal tract as an alternative infection route for MERS coronavirus, and how reduced accumulation of defective viral RNAs might lead to severe influenza. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich CAt the link right-click “Download TWiV 481” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Foods for Kids 58 mins – “Many families struggle to get their children and teens to follow healthful diets. But there is a good reason that grandmothers have been urging kids to eat their vegetables, going back at least a century. Poor eating habits contribute to many health problems. How can we get children to love healthy food? Dr. Nimali Fernando is a pediatrician who found that many of her young patients had conditions such as constipation or bed-wetting that would be greatly improved with a more balanced diet. And yet their parents often felt helpless to get their children to love healthy foods or change what the family was eating. Many had an idea that kid-friendly foods high in salt, fat and sugar were all that their children would agree to eat. She found that teaching both parents and children how to prepare more healthful foods had benefits for the whole family. That’s why she founded the Dr. Yum project. She set up a kitchen to demonstrate basic cooking techniques. Initially, the classes focused on making baby food and parenting for wellness. Then she started teaching the children themselves. They responded well to the edible garden that taught them how vegetables grow and what they taste like when they are fresh.” At the link click “Buy the CD,” then click “Chose CD or MP3 Version,” then click “MP3” and check out for the free download.

Fundamentalist Upbringing 49 mins – “Growing up in rural Idaho, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn’t go to school. Her deeply religious parents stockpiled food and weapons for a government invasion or the end of the world. In her new memoir, ‘Educated,’ Westover writes about how she defied her parents, and made her way to college and graduate school. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Zadie Smith’s new essay collection ‘Feel Free.’” At the link find the title, “Feb, 2018 From A Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge,” left-click the circle with three dots and right-click “Download” to get the file.

Fungi 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss fungi. These organisms are not plants or animals but a kingdom of their own. Millions of species of fungi live on the Earth and they play a crucial role in ecosystems, enabling plants to obtain nutrients and causing material to decay. Without fungi, life as we know it simply would not exist. They are also a significant part of our daily life, making possible the production of bread, wine and certain antibiotics. Although fungi brought about the colonisation of the planet by plants about 450 million years ago, some species can kill humans and devastate trees.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Discrimination in Science 27 mins – “Is there a systemic bias against women scientists in the media? When writing up scientific breakthroughs in The Atlantic Magazine, science journalist, Ed Yong noticed he was systematically quoting more male scientists than female in his stories. So he set out to investigate why, and redress the balance. Similarly, a study into the gender of authors in the big IPCC climate science reports also showed a much lower percentage of female authors. Is there an unconscious, systemic bias, and will increasing the percentage of women referenced change anything? Colour-changing animals and climate change. There are 21 species of mammals and birds that change from brown to white in the autumn, ready to be camouflaged against the coming snow. These include the iconic Arctic hare, ptarmigans and Arctic foxes. However, not all individuals moult into a white winter coat – there’s no evolutionary advantage, if they overwinter in areas with little or no snowfall. But with climate change reducing the areas covered in snow in the northern hemisphere, how quickly are these animals adapting to their changing environment? And how much more important are the areas where both brown and white forms coexist? Science Funding in the US Roland is in Austin, Texas this week at the AAAS science conference, where he’s finding out about how US scientists are coping with President Trump cutting science funding. Are they looking to philanthropy to stop up the finding gaps?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geology Critical Zone 29 mins – “Julia Perdrial is an assistant professor of geochemistry at the University of Vermont. As an environmental bio-geochemist and mineralogist, she takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to study low temperature environmental terrestrial and aquatic processes by combining experimental and field approaches. The aim of her research is to understand how the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere interact to shape the Earth’s terrestrial surface, now often termed the Critical Zone. This Critical Zone can be thought of as the skin of the earth: the terrestrial surface spans from the top of the canopy down to the bedrock – including groundwater – and provides us with water, nutrients and many other ecosystem services.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering 46 mins – “Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has redrawn congressional maps — and President Trump isn’t happy about it. We’ll talk about partisan gerrymandering.” At the link find the title, “Drawing The Battle Lines Over Gerrymandering, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_587692880.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Control Politics 15 mins – “In the wake of the school shooting in Florida we are recycling two interviews that we recorded following two other mass shooting tragedies. The first is about a chapter in the NRA’s history that not many people know about. We’ve become accustomed in the past 20 years to seeing the issue of guns in America broken down into two camps: gun control advocates — led by police chiefs and Sarah Brady — and the all-powerful National Rifle Association. In an interview that originally aired after Sandy Hook in 2012, Bob talks to Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms In America, who says there was a time, relatively recently, in fact, when the NRA supported gun control legislation, and the staunchest defenders of so-called “gun rights” were on the radical left. The second interview we thought deserved another airing is about the dearth of research into these events. Hours before the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, a group of physicians petitioned Congress to end the so-called Dickey Amendment, a nearly twenty-year-old ban that effectively prevents the CDC from researching gun violence. Brooke spoke to Todd Zwillich, acting host of The Takeaway, about the history of the ban and its current political state….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Debate 33 mins – “Dahlia Lithwick talks to Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, about the current state of the gun debate. Plus, Mary Beth Tinker, of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, joins us for an inspiring message on student free speech.” At the link find the title, “High School Revolutionaries Are Changing the Gun Debate, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7322587363.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in Los Angeles 48 mins – “Orange County has taken on the huge physical task this month of moving hundreds of homeless people from a tent city along the Santa Ana river, but one of the most challenging aspects is finding the motel rooms to house them, as required under a court order. A week into this undertaking, county staffers are still working around the clock to find motel operators to accept homeless guests for 30 days, said Jason Austin, a homeless coordinator with the county’s health agency. “We have definitely hit some barriers,” Austin said, speaking from a command post across the river from Anaheim’s Honda Center. “The stigma attached to working with anyone with mental health or substance abuse issues and the homeless is very powerful. So it’s our job to really educate people about working with our population.” At the link find the title, “Orange County’s Santa Ana river trail clearing out, LA’s rich gospel history, California’s gold rush uncovered, “ right-click “Media files SHOW_022218-6178792f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homesteading 69 mins – “John Moody and his family farm and homesteads on 35 acres in KY. John  discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was literally killing him with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems, so the family began to transition to real local foods and local food distribution. The Moody family helped found the Whole Life Buying Club in 2006. A few years later they purchased an old, run down, cut up farm in the hills of west-central KY and learned that while you can buy a farm the soil isn’t always included! So they’ve spent the last 7 years learning to grow soil and teaching others to do likewise, among other adventures and pursuits. John has been on the show before, mainly to talk about status of farm and food freedom stuff. We will touch on that a bit today but mainly we will talk about the new platform John and some other homesteaders started, steader.com along with John’s personal adventures in Homesteading.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Adaptation 51 mins – “Wednesday, we’re asking this question: Is it true that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney went looking for answers. He joins us to talk about pushing past perceived limitations. Scott Carney’s writing has appeared in Mother Jones, Outside, Playboy, and Wired, among other publications. His latest book is called What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary StrengthAt the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Initiatives Process 52 mins – Utahns are trying to get six initiatives onto the 2018 ballot. Monday, we’re talking about these measures and the tension they inject into the process of making Utah’s laws. This year, Utahns are circulating six petitions to bypass the Legislature and enact laws on issues like redistricting, medical marijuana, and education funding. BYU scholar David Magleby says this is remarkable because initiatives aren’t really part of our political culture. It’s hard to get them on the ballot, and lawmakers often find ways to stymie them. Monday, we’re talking about these ballot measures and the tension they inject into the process of making Utah’s laws.At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intellectual Property P1 32 mins – “Life science companies face many difficult challenges as they grow. When it comes to relevant scientific content, they can struggle to provide access for researchers that is organized, comprehensive and copyright-aware. The award-winning Netherlands-based biotechnology company, Genmab, overcame these challenges even while on the front lines in the fight against cancer. “The most important challenge is actually the copyright awareness,” Genmab’s Frank Rebers, a Ph.D. biologist with 15 years’ experience in drug development, told Chris Kenneally in a recent Copyright Clearance Center and RightsDirect webinar. “Many of our scientists are used to having access to information, especially if they worked in nonprofit groups [and academia],” he explained. “Scientists and maybe people in general think, ‘what we can download from the Internet is there for us to grab and to use.’ Obviously, that is not the case. If we want to use [scientific papers] for our commercial purposes, we need to adhere to certain rules.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intellectual Property P2 51 mins – “Publishing is not a level playing field where everyone can walk in and have their place. It is a market driven by forces that are outside of books and reading. How big is global book publishing? And why should you care? Because within the business data lie critical clues for digital transformation. Rüdiger Wischenbart , co-founder of BookMap, a non-profit initiative on international publishing statistics, believes an understanding of world book markets can drive decisions that will position your content to best advantage everywhere. Author of the highly-regarded Global eBook Report, Wischenbart shared his latest data on the world’s biggest publishing markets during a recent Copyright Clearance Center webinar. As lines blur among books and other media, he told CCC’s Chris Kenneally, publishers must manage content assets and rights with the confidence that comes with quality data. “When we speak here about digital, I’m not only talking about e-books. I’m talking about a digital transformation. I mean that a publishing company suddenly is driven and organized in a digitally organized value chain and work processes,” Wischenbart explains. “Three major forces that really make the change. Number one, we have arrived – it’s not the future, it’s the present. We have arrived in a network economy for the book industry as well, and that means we have winner-take-all markets, where a few major and bigger and better-financed players are in a so much stronger position than all the little guys.” “This is reinforced by market fragmentation,” he continues. “When I have a big organization, I can play around here and experiment there and acquire a little start-up or a little imprint from somewhere else. I can really play across all those different niches and fields. I even can fix a mistake that I may have made when – just recently in the US, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury [has been] so much more successful than the publisher had expected. I have the tools to do this, and that is making the competition so much stronger against all the small and middle-sized publishing companies. “Finally, a third factor [is] that is publishing traditionally thought that the publishers, the authors, and their offer are defining the market. But in a networked economy, in a corporate economy, in all these digital pipes and channels and platforms, it’s the consumers, it’s the customers who define it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Labor Law 60 mins – “In this week’s episode, Professor Leah Litman joins Dahlia Lithwick to tune into Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments on #MeToo and due process. And for a full background check on the sexy-sounding Janus v. AFSCME case, which potentially poses an existential threat to public sector unions, Dahlia is joined by Professor Catherine Fisk of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, who wrote about the case for SCOTUSblog.” At the link find the title, “A Preview of a Union-Busting Case, and RBG’s Greatest Hits Tour, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7029543238.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Landscaping Goats 44 mins – “On this episode of Working, we continue speaking about animals with jobs. Jacob Brogan sits down with Tammy Dunakin to talk about her agricultural goats, and her business, Rent-a-Ruminant, based on Vashon Island in Washington.” At the link find the title, “Working Animals: How Does a Landscaping Goat Work? Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY3968632832.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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

LGBT Productions 27 mins – “Ilene Chaiken has been a showrunner for TV hits like Fox’s Empire, an executive producer for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and a writer, producer, and director for Showtime’s The L Word in the mid-2000s. In other words, she’s a boss. “I don’t like the word that much,” Chaiken said on Nerdette. “I mean, I like it as in, ‘Oh, she’s a boss.’ You know, ‘She’s a badass. She’s a boss.’ But I don’t like the kind of hierarchical aspect of it.” Chaiken talked with Nerdette co-hosts Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen about the upcoming reboot of The L Word, her recently greenlit pilot project with Fox, and about how she became a boss. She also had some important homework for you: “I want to know who hasn’t seen herself — and I’ll just make it gendered — who hasn’t seen herself represented on television, and what would she like to see?” If you’ve got an answer, tweet them to @NerdettePodcast and @IleneChaiken.” At the link find the title, “Feb, 2018, From ‘Empire’ To ‘The L Word,’ How A Creative Boss Gets It Done ,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lincoln Memorial 52 mins – “Kurt Andersen looks into how the Lincoln Memorial became an American Icon. Sarah Vowell discusses the battle over Lincoln’s memory, which lasted for three generations. Dorothy Height, a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement, recalls witnessing Marian Anderson’s historic concert there in 1939, and hearing Martin Luther King Jr. declare “I have a dream” in 1963. And a former White House aide sets the record straight on Richard Nixon’s infamous 4 a.m. trip to the Lincoln Memorial, where he met with student protesters there to denounce the Vietnam War. Plus, actor David Strathairn reads the Gettysburg Address, which is engraved on the Memorial, for Studio 360.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linux Introduction 19 mins – “We discuss security on Linux and provide basic Linux security guidelines. We discuss in more detail, backups, automated software updates and upgrades, and the uncomplicated firewall.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loneliness Epidemic 48 mins – “Loneliness is now an epidemic , and as bad for us as smoking. We’re looking at the high costs of emotional isolation. ” At the link left click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loneliness Experiment 27 mins – “Claudia Hammond launches the BBC Loneliness Experiment, the world’s largest ever survey of its kind on loneliness. Loneliness is likely to affect all of us at some point in our lives and is not only distressing, but is implicated in health problems such as an increased risk of heart disease. For some people loneliness occurs because of a change in circumstances such as after bereavement, becoming unemployed or starting university. And while some tend to adapt to their new lives and the feeling of loneliness fades others are less able to shake off their pain. The Loneliness Experiment, devised by psychologists from three British universities in collaboration with Wellcome Collection, aims to look at causes and possible solutions to loneliness. And we want as many people as possible to fill in our survey, even if they’ve never felt lonely, because we want to know what stops people feeling lonely, so that more of us can feel connected. To launch the Experiment Claudia Hammond is joined by Professor Manuela Barreto of the University of Exeter, Professor Pamela Qualter of the University of Manchester and Dr Nicole Valtorta of Newcastle University.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Materials Science 29 mins – “University of Vermont. He visits the university’s Department of Physics and has a conversation with Dr. Madalina Furis, who takes a particular interest in LED’s. The Romania-born experimentalist’s current research includes spin-polarized magneto-optical spectroscopy studies of nitride semiconductors, the time-resolved spectroscopy of nitride emitters and semiconductor nanocrystals, and magneto-optical Kerr rotation spectroscopy of ferromagnetic nanostructures.At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mitt Romney Politics 51 mins – “After months of speculation, Mitt Romney announced last week that he’s running for the US Senate. Most observers say the former presidential candidate’s victory in November is all but assured. But why the Senate? And why now? And what can Romney do for Utah. Tuesday, we’re talking about Mitt Romney’s bid for the US Senate. He’s vying for the seat held by Orrin Hatch since the Ford Administration, and pundits say he’ll likely steamroll whatever competition lines up against him. Romney is after all a former presidential candidate, a former state governor, and the CEO of Utah’s 2002 Winter Olympics. His approval rating in the state is sky high. But why the Senate? And why now? And what can Romney do for Utahns?At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monopolies and Antitrust 46 mins – “Critics say Google unfairly squashes its competition, like Standard Oil a century ago, or AT&T a generation ago. Is it time for a trust-busting government to intervene?” At the link find the title, “Searching For An Answer For Google’s Dominance, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_588050883.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MS 13 Gang 47 mins – “‘New Yorker’ staff writer Jonathan Blitzer says President Trump uses the notorious gang to paint a portrait of rampant criminality among immigrants — and “as a stand-in for immigrants generally.” He also talks with Terry Gross about the uncertain fate of DACA, and the Senate debate on overhauling immigration policy. Also, David Edelstein reviews Marvel’s new film ‘Black Panther.’” At the link find the title,”Feb, 2018 How Trump Uses MS-13 To Frame The Immigration Debate” right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New Hampshire Tax System 50 mins – “New Hampshire is one of 9 states without a state income tax, and one of just two states without a broad-based sales tax either. Democrat or Republican, almost every serious candidate for governor takes the Pledge: a promise that they won’t even consider a broad-based state income or sales tax. When listener Mary Douglas moved to New Hampshire in 2005, she couldn’t make sense of the state’s strong anti-tax sentiment. For our “Only in NH” series, she asked us: why doesn’t New Hampshire have a state income tax?” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nixon and Watergate 43 mins – “What had to happen for the Watergate scandals to end Richard Nixon’s career? And was his downfall inevitable? In the final episode of Slow Burn’s first season, Leon Neyfakh assesses the president’s desperate final campaign to save himself—and the people and institutions that finally brought him down.” At the link find the title, “Slow Burn: Going South, Jan, 2018,”right-click “Media files SLT5438564470.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nixon Biography 52 mins – ““Few came so far, so fast, and so alone,” writes John Farrell of Richard Nixon. Farrell joins us to talk about Nixon’s progressive ideals and his darker legacy: a divided and polarized America. “Few came so far, so fast, and so alone,” writes John Farrell in his biography of President Richard Nixon. Nixon was an idealistic dreamer when he returned from World War II, and he quickly scaled the political ladder. After winning the presidency in 1969, he and his staff pursued progressive reforms and opened relations with China. But Nixon, says Farrell, had another, darker legacy: a divided and polarized America. Farrell joins us to discuss Richard Nixon and the world he made. John Farrell is a longtime journalist and the author of several biographies, including his latest, Richard Nixon: The LifeAt the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Arsenal Maintenance 52 mins – “When it comes to nuclear weapons, there’s one big question: how do you use or possess them without being destroyed by them? Journalist Eric Schlosser joins us to explore the near misses that almost answered that problem in the worst possible way. Tuesday, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser joins us to discuss the illusion of safety when it comes to how we manage nuclear weapons. Think about that: the most dangerous weapons on the planet may not be safely managed. A single mistake, accident, or miscalculation could lead to nuclear war. Schlosser has dug deep into how America manages its nuclear arsenal, and he’ll join us to explore the near-catastrophic errors of the nuclear arms race and what they can tell us about the future. Eric Schlosser is an investigative journalist. He has written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He’s the author of books Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and, most recently, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Incident, and the Illusion of Safety At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Sub Captain 43 mins – “In this episode, we are joined by David Marquet, who was the Captain of the USS Santa Fe from 1990 to 2001 and now works as a leadership expert with businesses worldwide. We cover his book, Turn The Ship Around! A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking Rules, which has been recently re-released with a new companion workbook.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Dating 27 mins – “Here’s a real message from OKCupid: “Hi, good evening, nice photos. You are not fat.” And that’s one of the few messages polite enough to share. It’s rough on dating apps. But so many of us are using them. How can romance survive? Well, maybe it can’t. This week, sociologist Eric Klinenberg joins Manoush to make the case that dating apps have killed romance. And Eric co-wrote a book on modern love with Aziz Ansari, so he should know. Eric and Manoush feel so strongly, in fact, that they’re debating Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and Chief Scientific Adviser to Match.com, and Tom Jacques, vice president of engineering at OkCupid. Live, on stage. We go behind the scenes as they prepare for battle. Featuring a mystery dater, full of horror stories and insights in the quest for 21st century love.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Oxytocin 50 mins – “Oxytocin has a bit of a reputation. Love drug.  “Moral Molecule.”  Snuggle amplifier.  (Okay, we made up that last one.) But according to Dr. Larry Young, the narrow emphasis on romance and child-rearing is — if not missing the point — at least obscuring the point somewhat. Because oxytocin doesn’t reward us for social behavior, or motivate that behavior directly.  Instead, it seems to underscore the idea of social in our behavioral learning.  It’s the difference between being sexually motivated and romantically captivated — to take a Valentine’s-relevant example. And thus, our 2018 Valentine’s Episode. We decided to revisit oxytocin — which we first covered in Episode #148 – Know Your Neurotransmitters: Oxytocin because it seemed so appropriate for the holiday.  And also because we had the chance to speak with Dr. Young, one of the world’s leading authorities on oxytocin.  He has been one of the lead researchers in many of the “oxytocin vole studies” (voles are small mouse-like mammals; see here) that highlight the behavioral differences between otherwise identical animals with many/few oxytocin receptors in their brains.” At the link find the title, “#218 – Oxytocin, Love and Social Awareness, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files SDS218.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Performance Improvement 51 mins – “Mike Lauria set up an interview with Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, first author of Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. Dr. Ericsson is a brilliant cognitive psychologist, currently at the Florida State. He has dedicated his career to studying the science of expertise and performance. He was incredibly generous with his time, to the tune of a 2-hour interview. In the podcast below, I excerpted some of the most interesting pieces, but it was all great. If you want to listen to the unedited, full interview I have placed a link below.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plus Size Design 48 mins – “’Project Runway’ fashion star Tim Gunn on how the fashion industry is failing plus-sized women….” At the link left click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Post Mortem Gene Activation 13 mins – Some of our genes come alive after we die. David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about which genes are active after death and what we can learn about time of death by looking at patterns of postmortem gene expression. Sarah also interviews David Merritt Johns of Columbia University about the so-called sugar conspiracy. Historical evidence suggests, despite recent media reports, it is unlikely that “big sugar” influenced U.S. nutrition policy and led to the low-fat diet fad of the ’80s and ’90s.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Myths 27 mins – “On Monday, Donald Trump released the second budget proposal of his presidency. There’s lots in it — more money for defense, veterans and border security and some tax changes too. But what really jumps out is the proposal to cut funding for federal assistance programs including a 20 percent cut to Section 8 housing, a 22 percent cut to Medicaid and a brutal 27 percent cut to SNAP (the benefit formerly known as food stamps). Bobby Kogan, who on Twitter identifies himself as “chief number cruncher for the Senate budget committee”, points out that SNAP benefits are already small at just $1.40 per meal, and that “cutting the program by a quarter is extremely cruel.” The proposed cuts did trigger outrage from advocates for the poor, who have also noted that the social safety net has big holes and vulnerable people have been falling through them for years. In the fall of 2016, Brooke reported a series we called “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths.” Over five episodes she explored the central myths of poverty as we see them: that the poor deserve to be poor, that you can pull yourself up by your bootstraps and (the one we are re-airing now), that the safety net can catch you….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

President Johnson 43 mins – “When President Johnson delivered his State of the Union speech on January 17, 1968 he surprised those closest to him when he didn’t step down.” At the link find the title, “Retiring for Peace, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5823601926.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Private vs Public Transportation 73 mins – “Weighing up the cycles of driving vs public transport and Windows to Mac and back again.” At the link right-click “Download it” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Processed Food and Cancer 22 mins – “A study published by The BMJ today reports a possible association between intake of highly processed (“ultra-processed”) food in the diet and cancer. Ultra-processed foods include packaged baked goods and snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals, ready meals and reconstituted meat products – often containing high levels of sugar, fat, and salt, but lacking in vitamins and fibre. They are thought to account for up to 50% of total daily energy intake in several developed countries. Mathilde Touvier, senior researcher in nutritional epidemiology and Bernard Srour, pharmacist and PhD Candidate, both at INSERM, join us to discuss what ultra processed foods actually are, why it is they could be leading to cancer, and what their cohort study tells us about that potential risk.” At the link find the title, “”We don’t really know the impact of these products on our health”: Ultraprocessed food & cancer risk, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 399962433-bmjgroup-ultraprocessed-food-and-increased-cancer-risk.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Publishing Trends 44 mins – “A healthy human eye can distinguish more than seven million colors. The range of frequencies detectable by the human ear climbs from 20 Hertz to 20,000. The human tongue has anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 taste buds. We are all creatures remarkably well able to recognize and manage diversity in a plethora of ways and forms. “Variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” As true as this may be, human beings are also creatures of habit. We usually prefer the things we are most familiar with over trying anything new or different. We also will tend to prefer people we know best – those people, most often, who are just like us. For the scholarly publishing community, diversity is an opportunity. The horizontal landscape of ideas, research, people, cultures, and best practices can only enhance a publisher’s ability to be innovative and productive, according to a panel discussion last week at the annual meeting of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in New Hampshire 27 mins – “As the nation dealt with escalating racial tensions in 2017, several incidents in New Hampshire shook communities and forced a state not accustomed to talking about race to hear uncomfortable stories from people of color about their experiences. In the city of Claremont, a biracial 8-year-old was found with rope burns around his neck; his family said older white children had pushed him off a table in an attempted lynching. On the other side of the state, in Durham, a 7-year-old child met his father at the bus stop, crying because another child on the bus had bullied him about the color of his skin – and the parents held the school district accountable.  Meanwhile, incidents involving racial stereotyping and race-based hostility at the University of New Hampshire forced a campus-wide dialogue about respect and diversity at the mostly-white school.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retired Presidents 48 mins – “In honor of President’s Day, Joanne, Brian, and Nathan explore the ‘afterlives’ of presidents: what do they do with their time once they’re out of office — and how do we remember them once they’re gone?” At the link find the title, “Life After the Oval Office: Presidential Legacies,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rollercoasters 51 mins – “A lot of people love Rollercoasters including the hosts of the show. We look at the history, evolution and revolution of these amazing thrill rides.” At the link right-click “Download it” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rosalind Franklin and DNA 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin (1920 – 1958). During her distinguished career, Franklin carried out ground-breaking research into coal and viruses but she is perhaps best remembered for her investigations in the field of DNA. In 1952 her research generated a famous image that became known as Photograph 51. When the Cambridge scientists Francis Crick and James Watson saw this image, it enabled them the following year to work out that DNA has a double-helix structure, one of the most important discoveries of modern science. Watson, Crick and Franklin’s colleague Maurice Wilkins received a Nobel Prize in 1962 for this achievement but Franklin did not and today many people believe that Franklin has not received enough recognition for her work.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Trolls 47 mins – “We don’t do breaking news. But when Robert Mueller released his indictment a few days ago, alleging that 13 Russian nationals colluded to disrupt the 2016 elections, we had a lot of questions. Who are these Russian individuals sowing discord? And who are these Americans that were manipulated?? Join us as we follow a trail of likes and tweets that takes us from a Troll Factory to a Cheesecake Factory.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Trolls 83 mins – “On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus dig into special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies for their role in tampering with the 2016 election. Jonathan Albright from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia join the hosts to talk about his take on the indictments, and the research he’s conducted that show how the big social media companies were manipulated by Russian trolls from the Internet Research Agency at a rate far greater than those companies claimed.” At the link find the title, “How Russian Trolls Went Local, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1660687499.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg 76 mins – “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joins National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a wide-ranging conversation in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 75-minute interview, Justice Ginsburg talks about the #MeToo movement, confessed her affection for Millennials, discussed the Supreme Court cases she’d like to see overturned, and told some personal stories about the progress women’s rights have made—while reminding the audience of just how recently gender discrimination in American law seemed not only normal but entrenched. The event took place in Philadelphia on February 12, 2018, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Law School as the Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law.” At the link find the title, “A conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4000950663.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

School Lockdowns 27 mins – “On The Gist, who’s left to work for Trump when even the nincompoops are quitting? In the interview, Richard Aborn has helped get gun control laws on the books. As president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, he has the data on what works, what doesn’t, and how New York City got so safe. In the Spiel, the average Joe has no idea how tariffs actually work. That makes it tough to reason with him.” At the link find the title, “Guns, Controlled, Mar, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1034643097.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scottish Enlightenment 53 mins – “An Edinburgh bibliophile takes Paul Kennedy through his library of amazing books that were published in Scotland in the late 18th century, during the heyday of the Scottish Enlightenment. At the time, Adam Smith, David Hume, James Boswell and The Encyclopaedia Britannica were runaway bestsellers.” At the link find the title, “A book lover, his library and the Scottish Enlightenment, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-GJaDjf1W-20180222.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Secret Societies 46 mins – “Every time he sees a triangle these days, my 10-year-old son points and says “Gasp! the illuminati!” This is a meme he and all his friends absorbed from YouTube. It’s interesting that several centuries after the Illuminati first appeared, as basically a idealistic secret boys’ club, followed by the Freemasons, these kinds of shadowy organizations still exert so much power on our imaginations. That’s because power doesn’t always come in the shape of Queens, Presidents, CEOs or Members of Parliament. Often it exists in the more or less invisible relationships between people. My guest today is renowned historian Niall Ferguson. His new book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Hierarchies, from the Freemasons to Facebook looks at the two ancient power structures that continue to move the world today.” At the link find the title, “135. Niall Ferguson (historian) – The Ghost of Future Past, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7109509754.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Service Dog Work 53 mins – “Jacob Brogan sits down with Albert Elia and his guide dog Cheech as part of our continuing series on animals with jobs. they discuss how dogs like Cheech learn to become guide dogs, what their day-to-day responsibilities are, and the special relationships guide dogs have to their human companions.” At the link find the title, “Working Animals: How Does a Guide Dog Work? Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8117343884.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Education 44 mins – “Despite all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it. Jonathan Zimmerman, an education historian, tells Trey how Americans spend more time arguing about what kids should learn about human sexuality in schools than they actually do teaching anything about it.” At the link find the title, “The “Talk”, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files UsAndThem 52 The Talk 2.14.18_PP_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sloth Power 27 mins – “Zoologist and founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society, Lucy Cooke, unleashes her inner sloth to discover why being lazy could actually be the ultimate evolutionary strategy. The explorers of the New World described sloths as ‘the lowest form of existence’, but sloths are actually some of the most enduring of all tropical mammals. They make up one third of the mammalian biomass in rainforests and have survived some 64 million years – outliving far flashier animals like sabre tooth tigers. The secret to the sloth’s success is their slothful nature and their suite of energy-saving adaptations. In fact slothfulness is such a successful strategy, that there are examples all over the animal kingdom, including, surprisingly, worker ants. Recent studies in humans have shown the many health benefits of adopting a slower pace of life. Sleep itself is universal amongst the animal kingdom. All animals do it, but why remains a mystery. What is clear though, is that unleashing your inner couch potato is no bad thing, be you sloth or human. Lucy discovers the genius behind the sloths laid back attitude and fights the corner for laziness.”

Space X 119 mins – “Elon Musk is considered by many to be a technological visionary. In this, the third in a series of shows about Elons projects, we look at Space X, its history, its rockets, capsules and Elon’s dreams of going to Mars.” At the link right-click “Download It” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stock Volatility Defined 50 mins – “On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, Lizzie O’Leary speaks with Jill Schlesinger, Michael Batnick and Julia Coronado in a special roundtable on the stock market. Plus, what it means to have a work spouse, a story about the economics of streaming music and a look at how chocolate is made, from bean to bar. And Alison Green returns for Weekend’s Ask A Manager segment to discuss what to do when a colleague is on your last nerve.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stockmarket Volatility 51 mins – “Volatility, Steve Cohen, and delivery apps on this week’s episode with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, and Jordan Weissmann.” At the link find the tile, “The Return to Volatility Edition, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8693261164.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainable Development Goals 44 mins – “In a new analysis John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen, from the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, and Gavin Yamey from Duke University, have set out to analyse the potential for lives saved by the goals set in the Sustainable Development Goals In this conversation I talked to Gavin and John about the numbers, which countries have to accelerate their development to meet those goals – and we also address some of the criticisms of the SDGs – that they’re too wide ranging, that they lack a political dimension, and that they are unrealistic.” At the link find the title, “SDGs – How many lives are at stake?, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files 400993893-bmjgroup-sdgs-how-many-lives-are-at-stake.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teen Politicians 47 mins – “Move over career politicians. Teens are getting into the political game. Seven teens are running for governor in Kansas. Three of them join us. Also this hour, we’re talking about engagement among young people in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.” At the link left click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Torture Pain 27 mins – “Does knowing that someone is inflicting pain on you deliberately make the pain worse? Professor Irene Tracey meets survivors of torture and examines the dark side of pain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Ethics 50 mins – “This week: A story about the financial holdings of the Trump administration, our national ethics laws and whether these things matter. Plus, what the gender wage gap sounds like, a chat with the designer of Michelle Obama’s portrait dress and a story about how advertisers track every emoji we use. Also, why we should all care about the country’s debt.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Trumpocracy 68 mins – “Frum’s ninth book expands on his eye-opening March 2017 Atlantic column, “How to Build an Autocracy,” which argued that Trump is leading the nation into authoritarianism. An experienced Washington insider and one of the country’s leading conservative commentators, Frum examines the implications of Trump’s behavior as well as his policies. From Trump’s admiration for strongmen such as the Philippines’ Roderigo Duterte and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdoğan to the president’s threats against the media, his impulsive decision-making, and flouting of tradition and even law, Frum sees evidence that Trump’s presidency, if left unchecked, will seriously damage America’s democratic future.” At the link find the title, “David Frum: Live at Politics and Prose, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT8850914381.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Union Dues Constitutionality 62 mins- “In this week’s episode, Professor Leah Litman joins Dahlia Lithwick to tune into Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments on #MeToo and due process. And for a full background check on the sexy-sounding Janus v. AFSCME case, which potentially poses an existential threat to public sector unions, Dahlia is joined by Professor Catherine Fisk of the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, who wrote about the case for SCOTUSblog.” At the link find the title, “A Preview of a Union-Busting Case, and RBG’s Greatest Hits Tour, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7029543238.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violent Extremism Countermeasures 76 mins – “Tarek Elgawhary, Susan Hayward, Humera Khan, and Peter Mandaville discuss engaging religious communities in countering violent extremism.” At the link find the title, “Engaging Religious Communities in Countering Violent Extremism, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files RFP RT 14Feb18 Audio_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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