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Afghanistan Update 19 mins – “Corruption is rife in Afghanistan, and the benefit of Canadian funds to ordinary people has been called into question. But Ottawa has no official body to audit the money sent to rebuild the country.” At the link find the title, “Does Canada need U.S.-style oversight of money spent rebuilding Afghanistan?, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-2ONi682Y-20180508.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Age of Aquarius 48 mins – “Fifty years of long, beautiful “Hair.” We’ll look at the musical that changed Broadway.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aggression P1 48 mins – “How does a just society reconcile the desire for peace, with the desire, most often by men, for violence? How much does nature stir boys, men, to fight? And to what extent can they control that stirring? Author Daemon Fairless takes IDEAS producer Mary Lynk on a road trip to try and unlock why some men are drawn to violence. They meet up with a science teacher, a MMA fighter, and a serial killer, who are profiled in his new book: Mad Blood Stirring: The Inner Lives of Violent Men.” At the link find the title, “Taming the Beast: Are violent urges part of men’s nature?, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-gxDAiMIJ-20180516.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Aggression P2 48 mins – “For decades psychiatry has been asking: what makes a psychopath? The list of possible explanations stretches back over centuries: demonic possession, trace metals in the body, bad mothering, violence on television, birth trauma. In Part 2 of this series, Mary O’Connell returns to an interview she did with a serial killer 20 years ago, to understand what motivated him and what insight can experts give us about the modern-day psychopath.” At the link find the title, “Creating Conscience, Part 2: A history of treating the psychopath, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-jt1DTBCg-20180522.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI Sandbox 30 mins – “As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more prevalent and useful, most industries are looking for ways it can benefit them; law firms are lagging behind in dedicating the time and resources to make AI work for them. In this episode of Digital Detectives, Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to Ed Walters about AI Sandbox, Fastcase’s new artificial intelligence initiative that aims to encourage firms’ experimentation with AI. They discuss common AI projects law firms are working on and why AI is just now beginning to take root in the legal industry even after many years of budding popularity. Ed Walters is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C.” At the link find the title, “Digital Detectives : Fastcase’s Artificial Intelligence Sandbox, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files episode_90.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Air Pollution 48 mins – “Two big reports on air pollution. One looks at the world and the other zeroes in on California. We’ll look at the big takeaways, and more.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Asylum Seekers 47 mins – “A caravan of Central American migrants, requesting asylum in the United States. The Trump administration says fraudulent claims will be prosecuted. Setting up a clash over the right to asylum in America.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Atul Gawande on Health Care 57 mins – “Sure, medical progress has been astounding. But today the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country, with so-so outcomes. Atul Gawande — cancer surgeon, public-health researcher, and best-selling author — has some simple ideas for treating a painfully complex system.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Basic Income 52 mins – “Guy Standing, one of the world’s most prominent researchers and authors on the subject of basic income, talks about the evolution of the idea, the results of basic income pilot experiments, and how it can be made a reality on a larger scale.”” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu. At the link right-click “Direct download: FTP52.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bears in Canada 57 mins – “Bears hold a powerful place in the human psyche. From early cave drawings and myths as old as language itself, to modern scientific research, the family Ursidae has captivated the imaginations of humans around the world. At the heart of our obsession are contradictions: a magnetism that draws us in and fear that pushes us away. Contributing producer Molly Segal explores the stories we share about bears, what they say about us and our future.” At the link find the title, “Roaming Imagination: What the stories we tell about bears say about us (Encore November 22, 2017), Apr, 2018,” Media files ideas-FSIikKwC-20180420.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bicycle Laws 42 mins – “ If you ask John Forester, there’s a war being fought, between the forces that want to eject cyclists from the roads, and those that want to preserve their right to ride. According to him, it’s been underway for at least a century, and environmentalists and cycling advocates have all been co-opted by the car lobby.” At the link find the title, “Stay In Your Lane, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4095742986.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Birth in a Car 45 mins – “When you’re expecting a baby, it’s common to take some time to write out a birth plan. (Well, more like birth wishes.) But you know what no one ever plans for? Giving birth in their car.” At the link find the title, “#157 Car Births, Call-In Style, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files bd46e7c7-b391-45c1-8acf-57bd85940f4e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bitcoin Background 42 mins – “Thinking of Bitcoin as just a digital currency is like thinking about the Internet as just e-mail. Its potential is much more exciting than that.” At the link find the title, “Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It, Mar, 2014,” right-click “Media files freakonomics_podcast032714.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Engineer 21 mins – “Aira once again offers a feature presentation: A Conversation with John Herzog. John is an Accessibility Solutions Engineer with AT&T. He sits down with the Blind Abilities Team to share an in depth look at his life as a blind man: his youth, education and his time at law school. John also shares his thoughts on a variety of issues, including blindness, social interactions and Aira, the visual interpreter for the blind.” At the link find the title, “Aira Presents: A Conversation With John Herzog – Accessibility Solutions Engineer With AT&T, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files JohnATTM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blind Terrorist Survivor 29 mins – “Michael Hingson talks about his employment journey and how everything he has done in his past has led him to Aira. And that is what Michael brings to his new Strategic Sales position at Aira. He is not new to Aira as he has been involved for over 2 and a half years and understands completely how Aira brings instant access to information. Michael is well known for his Best Selling book titled, Thunder Dog. Telling the story about his experience surrounding the escape from Tower 1 during the September 11th terrorist attacks. Join Michael Hingson at the National Federation of the Blind convention in Orlando Florida and hear about what led him to the 74th floor of Tower 1 and his journey to Aira. You can read more about Michael Hingson on his web site and join his newsletter as well as find links for his books and news releases.” At the link find the title, “Aira Presents: Michael Hingson – Bringing the Thunder to Aira, Jul, 2017,” right-click “Media files Michael Hingson Bringing the Thunder to Aira.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Preservation 56 mins – “Preserving your brain might kill you, but it could it help you live forever; The Great Barrier Reef sounds sick, so baby fish aren’t attracted to it; Ancient Peruvians sacrificed 140 children by tearing their hearts out; Could this Pentagon-developed ‘ray gun’ have stopped the Toronto van attack?; The first bird beak came with teeth as well; Will the Earth ever have a ‘dark side’?” At the link find the title, “Preserving brains for uploading, Coral reefs sound sick, South American child sacrifice and more…A ray-gun to stop rogue vehicles, the first bird beak and the Earth’s ‘dark side’. May, 2018,” right-click “Media files quirksaio-RfamlQJ4-20180504.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Camels in Australia 30 mins – “In the Australian Outback survival is tough for plants, animals and people. Food and water are always in short supply. If anyone, or anything, takes too much it can spell disaster. Peter Hadfield travels into the red heart of the continent on the trail of a surprising threat to the delicate balance- wild camels.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Caring for Others 20 mins – “Tom Walker visits Jean McKeegan, who is a carer for her elderly father and wonders if there are any other blind carers who would share their experiences with her. Columnist Dave Williams on interacting as a blind man with a sighted world. And in her last edition as programme producer, Cheryl Gabriel shares her useful contacts with listener Jane Moore, who has recently been diagnosed with Macular Degeneration.” At the link you can listen, but not download however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Chemical Weapons History 48 mins – “[first item] A scientific history of chemical weapons; Kamikaze ants blow themselves up and cover their victims with killer slime; Deep-diving ‘sea nomads‘ have evolved an internal scuba tank; Trans Mountain spill ‘could have significant impacts’ says Canadian government scientist; One of the most venomous fish in the ocean also has switchblade eyes; Why doesn’t life continue to spontaneously occur around hydrothermal vents in the ocean?” At the link find the title, “Chemical weapons history, exploding ant, switchblade fish and more, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files quirksaio-qnYGweRB-20180420.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chicago Worlds Fair 48 mins – “The World’s Columbian Exposition opened 125 years ago this month. Known today as the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, it put the emerging United States and its host city on shining display. So, on this episode, Joanne, Ed, and Nathan explore the fairgrounds. They’ll discuss how electric power – a new experience for many Americans – illuminated the White City. And they’ll consider how this presentation of American progress came at a cost.” At the link find the title, “Shock of the New: The Legacy of the 1893 World’s Fair, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7308313441.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Child Philosophers 47 mins – “Why were we born? Is life just a dream? What makes something wrong or right? Children often ask questions like these — sometimes to the exasperation of their parents. But children really want to know why the world is the way it is. And they want to know how we know. Maybe that’s because they’re open, curious and inquisitive — they’re natural philosophers.” At the link find the title, “Playdoh’s Republic: Children as natural philosophers (Encore December 19,2017), Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-UZImsRiv-20180420.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
China Industrial Development 47 mins – “Top American trade officials are set to negotiate in Beijing. How will China take Trump’s tough trade demands? We’ll dive in.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chinese Smartphones 21 mins – “Is it protection or paranoia? The head of the FBI has warned that the Chinese government may be spying on U.S. citizens who use smartphones made by Huawei or ZTE. Both makers deny the surveillance, but the idea of cyber snooping comes with precedence.” At the link find the title, “Is the Chinese government using smartphones to spy on you? “ right-click “Media files Is the Chinese government using smartphones to spy on you.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Conspiracy and Defamation 48 mins – “Alex Jones built his Infowars brand on conspiratorial thinking and table-pounding rage. This week, we look at the three lawsuits testing whether Jones can sustain his business on lies alone. After the LGBT-rights advocate David Buckel committed suicide in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park this past weekend, we review the difficult history of self-immolation and we zoom in on one such incident, in Texas in 2014. Plus, an LSD retrospective, featuring never-before-heard audio from author Ken Kesey’s acid-fueled hijinks.” At the link right click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Crazy Cities 32 mins – “How will technology shape our future? There is no doubt that automation will evolve and life will change. Technology will have a profound effect on what’s ahead in the coming years. We can barely keep up with the pace at which it is expanding. So what will our lives be like in the future?” At the link find the title, “Crazy tech is coming to us you’ll either love or hate, May, 2018,” right-click “ Media files Crazy tech is coming to us youll either love or hate.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Digital Disinformation 83 mins – “On May 3, the National Constitution Center hosted a traveling America’s Town Hall panel at Stanford Law School to discuss the effects of digital disinformation on democracy today. We the People host Jeffrey Rosen was joined by Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, Nick Pickles, Senior Public Policy Strategist at Twitter, Juniper Downs, Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations at YouTube, as well as Nathaniel Persily of Stanford Law School and Larry Kramer President of the Hewlett Foundation. They discuss whether digital disinformation poses a threat, what its effect on speech, democracy, and government regulation might be, and the role of the Internet and social media in combatting disinformation.” At the link find the title, “Social Media and Digital Disinformation, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1455040242.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Digital Privacy 49 mins – “The European Union is getting ready to enact sweeping new digital privacy laws. Facebook says it’s going comply. Is what’s good for Europe good for the U.S.?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Director Du Vernay 44 mins – “Katie and Brian revisit the time they interviewed Ava DuVernay at Disney’s studios in Burbank, California. They talk with the inimitable director of Selma and 13th about everything from A Wrinkle In Time to her relationship with Oprah. They also discuss #OscarsSoWhite, criminal justice and the AvaDuVernayBarbie doll. Plus, how Ava made the leap from publicizing movies to directing them.” At the link find the title, “55.5 Ava DuVernay: Groundbreaker, Mar, 2018,” right-click “Media files 3f20b0ee-81ad-436b-90b8-42f3e6ba5f68.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disease Diagnostics 44 mins – “How are new diseases detected in a clinical microbiology lab? Melissa Miller talks about the time it takes to develop a test for a new disease (hint: it’s getting shorter). She also shares her definition of ‘point-of-care’ diagnostics and explains the major trends for clinical microbiology labs.” At the link find the title, “081: Developing infectious disease diagnostics with Melissa Miller, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files MTM081.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Diseases from Bugs 47 mins – “Amid warming weather, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns of a surge in tick-borne diseases. We’ll talk about what you can do to prevent them.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
DNA Privacy 47 mins – “More than a million Americans are sharing their DNA with ancestry websites. That helped the cops find the Golden State Killer. Good police work, but troubling implications for privacy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Domestic Violence 46 mins – “Why do women go back to men who hit them? One woman tells her story in the week New York’s Attorney General is forced to resign.” At the link find the title, “The Complexities Behind Domestic Violence, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_610501746.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
E Cigarettes 33 mins – “Smokers want to vape, it can help them quit, and it’s less harmful than smoking, say Paul Aveyard professor of behavioural medicine at the University of Oxford. But Kenneth C Johnson, adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, argues that smokers who vape are generally less likely to quit and is concerned about youth vaping as a gateway to smoking, dual use, and potential harms from long term use.” At the link find the title, “E-cigarettes – debating the evidence, Apr, 2018,” right-click “ Media files 433935180-bmjgroup-e-cigarettes-debating-the-evidence.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Economic Empowerment of Women 60 mins – “The Changing Landscape in Women’s Economic Empowerment, May, 2018.” At the link find the title as in this description, right-click “Media files Event Audio.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Election Security 43 mins – “Eric Rosenbach moderates a conversation between former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and current Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on election security.” At the link right-click “Direct download: MonacoWilliams_mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Exoskeletons 53 mins – “This episode we talk exoskeletons: what are they being used for now? What might they be used for in the future? And what happens when they’re everywhere?” At the link find the title, “Enter the Exos, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu
Facebook Activities 58 mins – “This week’s Intelligence Squared podcast features Jamie Bartlett, tech journalist and author of The People vs Tech in conversation with the New Statesman’s Deputy Editor Helen Lewis. In this in-depth discussion on the politics of technology, they explored the addictive nature of social media and whether the tech giants are a threat to democracy.” At the link find the title, “Jamie Bartlett in conversation with Helen Lewis on how the internet is threatening our freedoms, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fatbergs in Sewers 24 mins – “Fatbergs are giant congealed masses of grease, oil and other detritus improperly flushed into city sewers. A program in London, Ont., aims to educated people on how to properly dispose of fatberg-feeding materials to prevent damage to the city’s underground infrastructure.” At the link find the title, “Only you can prevent gross, smelly fatbergs from clogging up city sewers, says inspector, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-mz1VzLXA-20180501.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
FBI Update 60 mins – “On the opening weekend of the Newseum’s newly updated exhibit, “Inside Today’s FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror,” former FBI deputy director Timothy P. Murphy and journalist Garrett Graff talk about how the agency is taking on a new generation of international terrorists.” At the link find the title, “Today’s FBI, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files IM_20151114.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fentanyl Crisis 48 mins – “Fentanyl has destroyed lives in the opioid addiction crisis. Now it’s ravaging new victims who aren’t using heroin. How’s it getting to people who don’t know they’re taking it?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Crisis 49 mins – “We’re facing what could be a devastating crisis—how to feed ourselves without destroying the ecosystems we depend on. We already produce enough food to feed everyone on the planet. Yet 800 million people are undernourished, while another 2 billion are overweight or obese. And at the same time, almost one third of the food we produce goes to waste. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph we seek out creative solutions to a looming disaster. In this episode we hear from waste expert Tammara Soma and international food security expert Tim Benton.” At the link find the title, “Confronting the ‘perfect storm’: How to feed the future (Encore November 16, 2017), Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-7PMB3Rzo-20180427.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Free Will or Not 45 mins – “We talk to biologist Kenneth R. Miller about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will.” At the link find the title, “How We Evolved to Have Free Will, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files 5b29c57c-275e-4bfe-b83b-302bb3c76f25.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fusion Power 27 mins – “Clean, cheap fusion energy would change everything for the better. Our next guest, William Tang, has spent a career at the forefront of that field, currently as principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He’s also one of the world’s foremost experts on how the science of fusion energy, and high-performance computing intersect. Now, he sees new tools — deep learning and artificial intelligence — being put to work to enable big-data-driven discovery in key scientific endeavors, such a the quest to deliver Fusion energy.” At the link find the title, “How Deep Learning Can Accelerate the Quest for Cheap, Clean Fusion Energy – Ep. 55,” left-click the box with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Future Predictions 49 mins – “Back in the old days, if your species was faced with an existential threat, you were stuck hoping for some advantageous mutation. Maybe an extra fin or a slightly more sophisticated eyeball. Outwitting fate was pretty much out of the question. And as much as we might prefer to just go binge-watch something and forget about it, there are several plausible scenarios whereby humanity could face extinction in the too-close-for-comfort future. Happily, thanks to our very large brains and thinkers like my guest today, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, we have options. Dr. Kaku’s latest book is The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth.” At the link find the title, “136. Michio Kaku (physicist) – Timid Monkeys on Mars, Feb, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY4461753806.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Geoengineering 26 mins – “Some scientists believe solar geoengineering could be a key tool in combating climate change, but the risks are unclear, and there are concerns that it could become a political tool to argue against cutting carbon emissions.” At the link find the title, “Geoengineering could help fight climate change, but topic is political taboo, says scientist, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-kt4SSHQr-20180510.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gibson Bankruptcy 26 mins – “Gibson, the iconic creator of electric guitars, filed for bankruptcy protection this week. Is it the end of rock ‘n’ roll as we know it? Different industry voices weigh in.” At the link find the title, “Do guitar industry struggles signal the death of rock ‘n’ roll? May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-GtDEX9uX-20180504.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gina Haspel Senate Hearings 75 mins – “Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, testified for two-and-a-half hours on her nomination before the Senate intelligence committee. We cut out all the opening statements, all of the repeated questions, and in this episode, we’re bringing you the distilled version of everything that’s important from the hearing.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Gina Haspel with No Bull mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gliders in Stratosphere 111 mins – “The Perlan Project aims to fly gliders into the stratosphere by exploiting mountain waves in order to better understand those waves and to explore the edge of what gliders can do. In fact, last September, they broke the world altitude record for gliders. In this episode we chat about the project, the airplane and the flying with engineer Lars Bensch and pilot Jim Payne.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 Directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Globalism Failure 48 mins – “He was a booster for globalism. Now Ian Bremmer says it’s failed — and he sees trouble ahead. We speak with the author about his new book, “Us Vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hemophilia History 60 mins – “Dr. Vivek R. Sharma presents “Hemophilia in the 21st Century: Current Practice and Future Directions” by first discussing the history of hemophilia. He then discusses management throughout the years and finally, the remaining challenges.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Homeostasis 61 mins – “Why can’t we all just get along? And conversely, why do we sometimes get along so well, building cathedrals, inventing Democracy, symphonies, and stuff that that? According to my guest today, the answer is as old as life itself. In the behaviors of the most ancient forms of bacteria, single-celled organisms without a nucleus, we can see the seeds of civilization as we know it, for better and for worse. They form collectives. They go to war. The key is homeostasis—the imperative of all life to avoid harm and seek to flourish. I’m delighted to be speaking today with neuroscientist and philosopher Antonio Damasio. He heads the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California and is the author of DESCARTES’ ERROR and the new book THE STRANGE ORDER OF THINGS: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures.” At the link find the title, “144. Antonio Damasio (neuroscientist & philosopher) – Where is My Mind?, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY3756582503.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Honey on Wounds [2nd Item] 28 mins – “China surveils emotions? by Ian Woolf, Nural Cokcetin talks about the therapeutic properties of honey,” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hotels for Visually Impaired 20 mins – “In 2016 it was announced that three hotels which catered specially for the blind and partially sighted were to be sold. The sites in Windermere and Weston-Super-Mare have already changed hands – and now the Cliffden Hotel in Teignmouth has been added to the portfolio of mainstream provider Starboard Hotels. We sent our reporter Tom Walker to take a look, talking to the management team about what hospitality lessons can be applied across their other sites. And sticking with the holiday theme, we speak to Chris and Mike McMillan, two travel veterans who tell us their tips and tricks to make your break go smoothly.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Housing for Millennials 47 mins – “From San Francisco, to Seattle, to San Antonio — we’re looking at the crisis of affordability in the country’s hottest housing markets.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration Enforcement 100 mins – “Within days of the inauguration, the Trump administration announced sweeping changes that are reshaping the immigration enforcement system in the U.S. interior by which removable noncitizens are arrested, detained, and deported. In ways big and small, the administration is reorienting the enforcement system. At the same time, there is growing pushback, particularly from states and localities unwilling to cooperate with federal enforcement. How do arrests and deportations under the Trump administration compare to past administrations? How are state and local governments, civil society, and consulates responding? What are the impacts of new policies on federal enforcement, federal-state-local enforcement relationships, and immigrant communities? To assess the changes and their impacts, Migration Policy Institute researchers visited 15 jurisdictions across the United States, both those cooperating, such as Houston, and those limiting cooperation, such L […]” At the link find the title, “The Changing Landscape of Interior Immigration Enforcement Under Trump, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files Immigration_Enforcement_Audio.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Incels 48 mins – “The suspect in the Toronto van attack embraced a misogynist ideology. We’ll look at so-called “incels,” and how the internet is inflaming toxic masculinity.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Indian Gender Imbalance 24 mins – “A gender imbalance of more men than women in India is a societal consequence that promotes a culture of devaluing women, says an advocate for women’s health and safety.” At the link find the title, “Is India’s gender imbalance to blame for rise in violence against women? “ right-click “Media files current-rAUSUrny-20180425.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Integrated Medicine 47 mins – “Compassion may be the cure. Dr. David Rakel shares his guide to healing through empathy and listening.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Internet Monopoly Impact 48 mins – “The unfulfilled promise of the internet has been a long-term concern of Digital Media and Global Affairs expert Dr. Taylor Owen, who delivers the 2017 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism. He argues the reality of the internet is now largely one of control, by four platform companies — Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple — worth a combined $2.7 trillion — and their impact on democracy is deeply troubling.” At the link find the title, “How Internet Monopolies Threaten Democracy (Encore Dec 15, 2017), May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-wxINtwuy-20180504.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Jake Tapper 42 mins – “As CNN’s chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper is often focused on breaking news and the latest political stories, but the host of The Lead and State of the Union switched things up a bit for his latest project. Tapper’s new novel, The Hellfire Club, takes place in 1954 Washington, D.C., during Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s Communist “witch hunt.” He says that although 64 years separate his characters from today’s political players, many of the themes apply. “I thought it would be fun to try to capture the ‘swamp’ and some other things about Washington and talk about 2018 in some ways, but … from the lens of 1954,” Tapper says. Tapper describes McCarthy’s efforts to attack and ruin opponents as “very resonant” to the current political climate: “They say history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. And there’s a lot of rhyming when you read about McCarthy and when you think about President Trump.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Job Market Trends 47 mins – “If current trends continue, there will be more than one job opening for every unemployed person in the U.S. We’ll look behind the numbers.” At the link find the title, “There’s A Job For You: As Labor Market Grows, Where Is It Heading? May, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_610118823.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ketogenic Diet 32 mins – “People who love the ketogenic diet swear it boosts their brainpower, melts their fat, and makes them better athletes. Is it true? To find out, we go keto. And, we talk to some scientists: neuroscientist Dom D’Agostino, medical researcher Eric Verdin, and nutritionist Louise Bourke. Also, Wendy’s mum drops in.” At the link find the title, “Ketogenic Diet… Is Fat Good For You?, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT7096383319.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Leadership 74 mins – “What do Rachel Carson, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ernest Shackleton, and Abraham Lincoln have in common, aside from being historical figures you’ve probably heard of? That’s the question my guest today tries to answer in her new book Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times. At a time when trustworthy leadership seems in short supply, it examines what real leadership is and how it comes about. Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School whose research focuses on how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact.” At the link find the title, “120. Nancy Koehn (Historian) – Holdin’ on for a Hero, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP5329917651.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Leadership 73 mins – “How did the CEO of a real estate development company become chairman of an airline? How can a competent manager learn to trust his subordinates? Joel Peterson, Chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways and author of The 10 Laws of Trust, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his career at Trammell Crow and JetBlue and how the concept of trust, outlined in his book, has helped his career. He closes the conversation with a discussion of how he overcame his personal weaknesses that would have handicapped his career–or as he puts it, how he “rewrote his operating system.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
Lithium Uses 58 mins – “In this episode for broadcast on April 21, 2018, learn how low-dose lithium may help treat mental illness, and how bipolar disorder can disrupt everyday life. How does lithium help?” At the link right-click “Download MP3,” then select “MP3” as a download option for a free copy of the podcast.
Lynching in America 49 mins – “The new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., honors the victims of lynching and racial terrorism in the U.S. ‘Fresh Air’ looks back on the history of lynching, including the grotesque picture postcards sold as lynching mementos. Historian Philip Dray and collector James Allen join us. Also contributor Mat Johnson talks about how his great-grandfather escaped being lynched.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Maoism 82 mins – “On Mass: Maoism, Hip Hop, & Black Panther, May, 2018; Breht welcomes on the host of On Mass podcast Mubarik. Also known for his music under the stage name Emay.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.
Marijuana in Canada 48 mins – “[first item] Doctor’s group wants to scrap Canada’s medical cannabis program’ Right stuff, wrong gender – the true story of the women who almost went to the moon; An ancient giant sloth hunt, frozen in time; Study after study has shown that corporate anti-bias training doesn’t work; How do tiny songbirds sing so loud, for so long?” At the link find the title,” Scrap medical weed; women in space; and more”, Apr, 2018, right-click “Media files quirksaio-Kh5PnVfo-20180427.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mars Habitat 29 mins – “Today we bring you the first episode of Gimlet’s new show “The Habitat.” The true story of six volunteers picked to live on a fake planet.” At the link find the title, “Introducing The Habitat, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT1814854148.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mass Incarceration 48 mins – “Yale Law professor James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. He received a 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his nonfiction book ‘Locking Up Our Own.’ Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews ‘Invasion of Privacy’ by rapper Cardi B.” At the link find the title, “’Crime And Punishment In Black America’ May, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_610523375.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Medical Policy Improvements 27 mins _ Do surgeons need to “warm-up” before they start an operation? New research from the UK shows that skilled surgeons speed up after the first operation of the day – especially if they repeat the same procedure on the next patient. A trainee surgeon and a neuroscientist analysed data from operating lists of highly-experienced surgeons in private hospitals – and now want to create a warm-up routine which could help all surgeons. Prescription medicines are now free for everyone under the age of 25 in the Canadian Province of Ontario – an estimated 4 million people. Those behind the OHIP PLUS policy hope that the 1 in 10 Canadian families who have struggled to pay for medications will now be able to buy them. We hear from one woman who could not afford the drugs to control her epilepsy – and how some want free prescriptions rolled out to everyone. This week is World Immunization Week – designed to concentrate efforts to improve the take-up of vaccinations. Gretchen Chapman who’s Professor of Social and Decision Science at Carnegie Mellon University in the US says that simple things like reminders are the best way to boost the number of vaccinations.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Mental Illness 59 mins – “This week we interview Barbara Lipska. Barbara is a leading expert on the neuroscience of mental illness and she has an absolutely fascinating story to tell. It would be unfair to give anything away from the interview or the book, so download the episode and give it a listen!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Middle East Policy 31 mins – “How can policymakers deal with the urgent crises of the day without neglecting important issues of long-term strategy? Ambassador Dennis Ross has advised presidents from both parties since the 1980s, and he literally wrote the book on diplomacy and statecraft. In this episode, he connects the dots between immediate policy challenges in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran, as well as the rising threat of a regional war, to chart a wider policy agenda for securing the most vital American interests in the Middle East.” At the link left-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu,
Migrant Rescue Ship 47 mins – “When the crew of the Aquarius picked up a migrant boat in the Mediterranean late last year, they found the body of a young woman on board. CBC correspondent Megan Williams was on board; she set out to find out who this woman was, and how she died.” At the lik find the title, “The body on the boat: How a mystery unravelled on a migrant rescue ship, and the toll it took on an MSF doctor, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-BlEkmMoa-20180423.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Milk History 26 mins – “Milk has been the topic of all sorts of debate, from health benefits to pasteurization. Author Mark Kurlansky looks at the most primal nutrient and the food fights its caused throughout the ages.” At the link find the title, “Milk might be history’s most controversial food, says author, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-GVXhEvOG-20180508.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Native American Indian Basics 30 mins – “On today’s NativeTalk.net program with Cliff & Jason, we start with National Penguin Day including a few fun penguin facts. Then we dive into the new Trump administration idea of reclassifying Native Americans as a ‘race’ rather than sovereign tribal citizens for the purposes of Medicaid. This would allow states with rules requiring 20 – 80 hours of work in order to be eligible for Medicaid to apply to Natives as well. We oppose this idea. Then, in an effort to help those who may be struggling in life and who feel they don’t have the tools to succeed in their lives, we go over a few ways to clarify your values. Life is lived from the inside out, and to be successful you must know who you are, what you believe, and what you stand for. The very core of your personality are your values, which determine your beliefs, which shape your expectations, dictate your attitude, and in turn control your actions. We want you to be happy, and we want you to succeed!” At the link find the title, “Trump Wants To classify Natives As A ‘Race’ & Clarify Your Life Values, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files trump-wants-to-classify-natives-as-a-race-clarify-your-life-values.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
No One Left Behind 24 mins – “U.S. Army Captain Matt Zeller says he wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for Janis Shinwari, an Afghan Translator who saved his life during an ambush. Years later, Zeller had the chance to return the favor to Janis — and many others. But thousands more still need help.” At thelink find the title, “The American Soldier Who Wouldn’t Leave His Translator Behind, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files NOLB_Crazy Good Turns.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
North Dakota Oil Fields 47 mins – “Stories from North Dakota. Deep inside the boom-and-bust world of America’s oil frontier. We take a look at “Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nuclear Waste Control 21 mins – “First Nations leaders say that plans for a permanent nuclear waste storage facility in Ontario are dangerous, but one nuclear expert argues that fears are overblown.” At the link find the title, “Nuclear waste disposal in Canada is ‘an accident waiting to happen,’ says Indigenous leader, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-cQtKvdaF-20180423.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obesity and Liver Disease 57 mins – “In this presentation Dr. Craig McClain discusses nonalcoholic fatty liver disease as the #1 cause of liver disease. He then presents various cases and current treatment for patients with NASH as life style modifications, vitamin E, HCC monitoring, and more.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Online Business Game 26 mins – “Thomas Oscar is an Australian teenager who tried to make the most boring Facebook group possible – a group where members pretend to be corporate drones in a non-existent office. This week’s episode was reported by Karen Duffin (www.karenbduffin.com).” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Open Access Literature 47 mins – “Among the global scholarly publishing community, open access is a well-established fact. A study appearing in February 2018 in the OA mega-journal PeerJ estimated that at least 28% of the scholarly literature is OA – some 19 million articles in total. The researchers also found that the OA proportion is rising, driven particularly by growth in Gold and Hybrid business models. The same study also corroborated the so-called “open-access citation advantage” – finding that OA articles receive 18% more citations than average, an effect driven primarily by Green and Hybrid OA. Mandates to authors and publishers from the Wellcome Trust as well as various governments have advanced the OA cause considerably – and raised many questions for all the key stakeholders in academia. Indeed, the evolving relationship of publishers and institutional libraries particularly faces critical challenges.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Opioid Epidemic Overview 7 mins – “North America is in the midst of its most serious drug-overdose crisis in history. From 1999 through 2015, drug-overdose deaths approximately tripled in the United States, and the majority of such deaths now involve an opioid. In 2016 alone, there were 64,000 drug-overdose deaths in the United States — more than the total number of U.S. military deaths during the Vietnam War. As a result, and despite gains in other areas of medicine and public health, the United States recently experienced its first major decline in life expectancy since 1993….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Osteopathic Medicine 43 mins – “Today, I speak with Dr. William “Bill” Mayo, the President-Elect of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and a practicing ophthalmologist. He graduated from medical school in 1981 from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine or also known as KCCOM. He shares things about osteopathic medicine – the merger, dealing with the stigma, residency, exposure, and so much more! In 2017, I published The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview, which has been well-received by students. This year, we are releasing the second published book in the series called, The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT. Visit the MCATbook.com to get notified. The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement will also be out later this year.” At the link find the title, “283: Common Questions Premeds Have About Osteopathic Medicine, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files PMY283.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Philosophy Relevance 48 mins – “As universities come under increasing pressure to prove their economic value — to both students and the business world — the humanities seem to be the first things put on the chopping block. And more than most disciplines, a philosophy degree is considered to be of dubious value. On this month’s edition of The Enright Files, we revisit interviews with thinkers who make the case for philosophy’s enduring relevance, particularly as our lives and our society becomes more enmeshed in technology.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files: Philosophy outside the Ivory Tower, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-JoRi3Eov-20180507.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Police Management 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 “Genius”, Aug, 2015,” right-click “Media files PP2488668221.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Political Imbalances 75 mins – “From University of Alberta’s decision to award David Suzuki an honourary degree raising questions about corporate influence on campus; to determining if the incel movement is dangerous; to a trip through the heart of Texas with author Lawrence Wright … This is The Current.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for April 26, 2018 – The Current, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-W2XMjBoJ-20180426.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Poverty Myths 52 mins – “Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a sustainable solution, because most of its citizens see the problem of poverty from a distance, through a distorted lens. So in 2016, we presented “Busted: America’s Poverty Myths,” a series exploring how our understanding of poverty is shaped not by facts, but by private presumptions, media narratives, and the tales of the American Dream. This week we’re revisiting part of that series.” At the link right click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Presidential Job 47 mins – “How the presidency became impossible—we’ll talk to John Dickerson about why he thinks the job is simply too much for anyone.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Psychological Misconceptions 75 mins – “We all like to throw around terms that describe human behavior — “bystander apathy” and “steep learning curve” and “hard-wired.” Most of the time, they don’t actually mean what we think they mean. But don’t worry — the experts are getting it wrong, too.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Putin and Russia 48 mins – “An American in Russia. Former Ambassador Michael McFaul tells his story about living there, and shares his take on world affairs, now.” At the link find the title, “Former Ambassador Michael McFaul On Russia, The U.S. & The World, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files npr_610132760.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rajneesh Affair 67 mins – “In New York City, where we all live in little boxes on top of one another, “Ignore thy neighbor” is a reasonable coping strategy. Live and let live, right? To each her own. But what’s the tipping point at which thy neighbor becomes simply too numerous, too loud, too different to ignore? I’d submit that whoever you are. Wherever you locate yourself on that spectrum of tolerance. You too, have your limits. In the mid 1980s, a group of people in Oregon discovered their tipping point when a massive commune moved in next door. The Baghwan Shree Rajneesh and thousands of his followers decided to build a city in the middle of nowhere—a utopia on Earth. Only it was the middle of somewhere for the mostly white, mostly Christian residents of a tiny nearby town. It was home, and like most humans, they weren’t too excited about the idea of radical, unexpected change in their own backyard. I, on the other hand, am very excited to be here today with the Way Brothers — Chaplain and MacLain… They’re the directors of the fabulous Netflix documentary Wild, Wild, Country, which tells the very American story of this clash of cultures. There’s god, guns, sex, and mutually exclusive concepts of liberty. Like I said – it’s about as American as it gets.” At the link find the title, “143. The Way Brothers (documentary filmmakers) – City On a Hill, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY3884959452.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rajneesh Movement 34 mins – “Back in the early 1980s, thousands of followers of the Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh descended upon a 64,000 acre piece of land in central Oregon to found their utopia. The Rajneeshees had millions of dollars at their disposal and an ideology based on meditation, raising consciousness and free love — one that Bhagwan’s young American and European followers found seemingly irresistible. And one that the local people in the adjacent town of Antelope, Oregon, population 40, saw as an evil threat. Cult or utopian project? Menace or marvel? Brothers MacLain and Chapman Way, directors of the new Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country, leave it to their viewers to decide, presenting the story in a way that illuminates how the conventions of documentary shape our perceptions….” At the link right click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ray Dalio CEO Interview 78 mins – “Stephen Dubner’s conversation with the founder and longtime C.E.O. of Bridgewater Associates, recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” At the link find the title, “Extra: Ray Dalio Full Interview,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Red Famine 48 mins – “Paul Kennedy in conversation with historian Anne Applebaum, winner of the 2018 Lionel Gelber Prize. The journalist and academic won the prestigious nonfiction award for her book, “Red Famine”. It tells the story of how Stalin’s collective farming policies in the early 1930s induced starvation among 3 million Ukrainian peasants. The book argues that this act was no byproduct of bad policy decisions, but instead a deliberate effort to crush Ukrainian nationalism and resistance —with repercussions that extend into our own era of Russian-Ukrainian tensions.” At the link find the title, “Starving out resistance: Anne Applebaum on Stalin’s deliberate famine in Ukraine, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-JOQWnTr0-20180508.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Robot Police 33 mins – “In this future there are no more human police officers. Is that even possible? The future of policing is a really really complicated topic. And it’s also, and this might be the understatement of the year, a controversial one. On this episode we’re not going to try and give you a full picture of what the future of policing might be. That would take hours. Instead, we’re going to focus on two really specific pieces of this topic. First we talk to Madeline Ashby, futurist and science fiction writer, about robots, and what it might be like if we replaced human law enforcement with robotic law enforcement. Then, we talk to historian and writer Walidah Imarisha, about a future with no cops at all. We also hear from Doug Wyllie, the Editor at Large for PoliceOne, who, perhaps unsurprisingly, doesn’t like either proposal.” At the link find the title, “Robocop, May, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Scottish Health Care 43 mins – “Harry Burns was a surgeon, who gave up his career in that discipline to become a public health doctor. Eventually that lead to him being the last Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, and now he’s professor of global public health at the University of Strathclyde. Scotland has always had a separate NHS, but since devolution, the parliament there has had much more autonomy in running the country – and Harry has seemed to manage to convince them that improving health means improving the social determinants of health.” At the link find the title, “Harry Burns – the social determinants of Scotland, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files 432696126-bmjgroup-harry-burns-the-social-determinants-of-scotland.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Senator Doug Jones 79 mins – “In December, Doug Jones became the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in ruby-red Alabama in 25 years. This week, Katie and Brian make their way to Washington, D.C. for an extended interview with Senator Jones in his new office. They talk about the ongoing dysfunction in the Senate, Jones’ upset victory over his embattled Republican opponent Roy Moore, and they dig into a grab-bag of current events. Plus, they delve into Jones’ life story, from his teen years in Alabama’s newly-integrated public schools to his role in prosecuting two KKK members for a 1963 church bombing that killed four African American girls.” At the link find the title, “60. Mr. Jones Goes to Washington, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files 5c5ca4e5-5d2d-429e-91bd-6bbaed4fe311.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Changes 36 mins – “I admit it. I confess. I’ve got a touch of what my guest today calls “progressophobia”. Ever since Charles Dickens got hold of me back in middle school, and William Blake after that, I’ve been a little suspicious of the Great Onward March of science and technology. Gene therapy, healthier crops, safer, more efficient forms of nuclear energy? Very nice, very nice. But what about eugenics, climate change, and Fukushima? For every problem human ingenuity solves, doesn’t human nature create a new one, on a bigger scale? Dammit, Spock, can your cold, calculating reason fathom the mysteries of the human heart? But you know what? After devouring all 453 pages and 75 graphs of psychologist Steven Pinker’s new book ENLIGHTENMENT NOW, I admit defeat. The defeat of defeatism. This man has done the math. Since the 18th century things have been getting better in pretty much every dimension of human well-being. Health, safety, education, happiness, you name it… And we’ve done it with the most reliable tools we have: reason, science, and Enlightenment humanism.” At the link find the title, “138. Steven Pinker (Cognitive Scientist) – The Defeat of Defeatism, Mar, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2598455363.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spondylo Arthropathies 27 mins – “In this first of a two part series, Dr. Charles Moore discusses ankylosing spondylitis, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, inclusion body myositis, anti-synthetase syndrome and scleroderma including epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic criteria and treatments.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spy Secrets 75 mins – “Jason Hanson is the author of SPY SECRETS THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected.Jason is a former CIA officer, security specialist, and successful contestant on ABC’s reality show Shark Tank. Hanson teaches everyday citizens to defend themselves at his Spy Escape and Evasion school. He has been interviewed by major media outlets for his security expertise, including The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and The Huffington Post. He currently lives in Cedar City, Utah with his Family. He joins us today to discuss his new book, Survive Like a Spy, threats to our safety, surviving a kidnapping and more.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Suicide of West 87 mins – “Jonah Goldberg of National Review talks about his latest book, Suicide of the West, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Goldberg argues that both capitalism and democracy are at risk in the current contentious political environment. He argues that we take for granted what he calls “the miracle”–the transformation of the standard of living in the democracies with market economies. Goldberg argues that unless we actively work to preserve our political and economic systems, the forces of populism, nationalism, and tribalism will work steadily to destroy them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Syrian Civil War 48 mins – “[first item] This year’s batch of spring releases will have you informed, inspired and possibly in love.Featuring: Today, Explained, CBC’s Alone, Safe Space, Slow Burn, Caught, and By the Book.” At the link find the title, “New Spring Podcasts Worth Following, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files podcastplaylist-uwxgNrqe-20180426.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tribalism 47 mins – “I don’t know about you, but for me, middle school was horrible. I arrived at an all-male school in a still very homophobic era as a small, nervous, Michael Jackson fanatic. Don’t worry – I’m going somewhere with this. For three years, life was hell. Then I found my tribe—the drama nerds. Maybe we couldn’t beat you up, but you had to respect the artistry. In high school, Tribalism was power. My guest today is Yale Law professor Amy Chua, who shook the Internet up a few years back with her book BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER. What upset some progressive American parents most, it seems, was the suggestion that they were members of a parenting tribe. A cultural bubble with its own fallible set of assumptions. In her powerful new book POLITICAL TRIBES: GROUP INSTINCT AND THE FATE OF NATIONS, Amy points out that long past high school, group instinct is much stronger than Americans generally like to admit. And that this cognitive blind spot has led to our repeatedly shooting ourselves in the foot, at home and abroad.” At the link find the title, “137. Amy Chua (author, attorney) – U.S. & Them, Mar, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY6973608935.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Investigations 24 mins – “Virginia Heffernan is joined by her co-host, Jacob Weisberg, to chat about pornstars, hush money, sex, and lies as enhanced by Rudy Giuliani this week.” At the link find the title, “Michael Avenatti is Beating Trump at His Own Game, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2970981542.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ugandan Kidnapped Girls 25 mins – “Grace Acan was among 139 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army in 1996. After years in captivity, she escaped and now helps other conflict survivors to find their place in the world.” At the link find the title, “Grace Acan spent years as a captive of Ugandan rebels, now she helps casualties of war rebuild their lives, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-6eYLgZc9-20180420.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Veterans Affairs 48 mins – “Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration. Fixing the VA won’t be easy for whoever ends up running it. There’s a political battle going on, but we’ll look at the deeper systemic challenges still facing the VA.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Virus Types 62 mins – “Charlie Rice gives the history of learning to grow hepatitis C virus in culture, from pitfalls to hurdles and successes along the 20-year journey. He also talks about yellow fever virus, its vaccine, and the importance of curiosity-driven research At the link find the title, “082: The struggle to study hepatitis C virus with Charlie Rice, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files MTM082.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
White Power Movement 37 mins – “In Aug. 2017, many Americans were shocked to see neo-Nazis and members of the so called alt-right demonstrating in Charlottesville, Va. But author Kathleen Belew says the roots of the rally were actually decades in the making. Belew, who has spent more than 10 years studying America’s White Power movement, traces the movement’s rise to the end of the Vietnam War, and the feeling among some “white power” veterans that the country had betrayed them. “To be clear, I’m not arguing that this is at all representative of Vietnam veterans — this is a tiny, tiny percentage of returning veterans,” Belew says. “But it is a large and instrumental number of people within the White Power movement — and they play really important roles in changing the course of movement action.” In her new book, Bring the War Home, Belew argues that as disparate racist groups came together, the movement’s goal shifted from one of “vigilante activism” to something more wide-reaching: “It’s aimed at unseating the federal government. … It’s aimed at undermining infrastructure and currency to foment race war.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women Entrepreneurs 29 mins – “Silicon Valley is leaving money on the table, and Arlan Hamilton will go to extremes to prove it. She’s a venture capitalist like no other — black, female, gay — and she’s out to prove that investors in the Valley are overlooking big returns they could tap into by investing in more outsiders. Arlan calls them “underestimated” founders, and she’s planning to get as rich as Richard Branson by investing in them. But her thesis is still untested, and she’s running out of time to show Silicon Valley what she’s got.” At the link find the title, “Arlan Hamilton 1: Silicon Valley, By Invite Only, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT2087471044.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zuckerberg Interview 46 mins – “Stephen Dubner’s conversation with the Facebook founder and C.E.O., recorded for the Freakonomics Radio series “The Secret Life of a C.E.O.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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