Media Mining Digest 344 – Jun 15 2018: Afghanistan Reconstruction, Alex Jones Lawsuit, Assisted Death Discussion, Asylum in America, Beyond High School, Birth Rate in U.S., Black Lives Matter, Black Montreal, Blockchain Security, Bot Armies, Broadband Financing, Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, Catastrophic Failures, Coffee Business in Yemen, Computer Worms, Democracy Death, DNA Privacy, Domestic Violence, Drug Rehab Centers, Ebola Response, Facial Recognition Systems, Female Politicians, Financing Medical School, Flooding in Canada, Fortnite Game, Fourth Amendment, Gender Violence, George Soros, Grid Cells, Housing Affordability, Investing by Merriman, Iran Nuclear Deal, Job Numbers, Ken Langone, Machine Predictions, Mass Incarcerations, MCAT Process for Medicine, Mental Health on Campus, Middle East Policy, Mueller Probe at One Year, Murders in Baltimore, North Dakota Oil Boom, Organizational Effectiveness, Piracy History, Poverty in America, Prison Reform, Psychedelic Drugs, Psychopaths, Rabbit Decline in England, Research Suppression, Restaurant History, Robin Williams Biography, Sleep Impact, South Pole Research, STEM Is Overvalued, Studs Terkel, Tariffs and NAFTA, Tech Trend Benefits, Tick Borne Diseases, Toronto Van Attack, Transgender Dad, Vanilla Bean Prices, Venture Capitalists, White Americans and Change, World War One Bisbee Union Strike, WW II Segregation

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Afghanistan Bombings 19 mins– “An eruption of violence in Afghanistan is threatening to destabilize elections later this year, but what can the global community do to protect democracy worldwide?” At the link find the title, “’Peace industry’ must stop violence in Afghanistan from derailing elections, says expert, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-5IbMjYgE-20180501.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Afghanistan Reconstruction 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.

AI-Facebook-Smartphones 62 mins – “Social media is much more than a way to stay in touch with friends. According to today’s guest, Tristan Harris, Facebook and platforms like it are actually manipulating billions of people’s minds. Tristan joins Katie and Brian to explain how tech companies are creating addictions, steering elections and making many of us lonely. He would know: After selling a startup to Google in his twenties, Tristan worked there as an in-house design ethicist, where he studied how tech affects people’s attention, well-being, and behavior. Now, as a founder of the Center for Humane Technology, Tristan is on a mission to reform the tech industry. Plus, he offers up some tips on how to track and curb your smartphone addiction.” At the link find the title, “61. Your Brain on Tech, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files f381fb32-636d-4480-92d0-ba9638390f03.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alaska 48 mins – “An 1899 expedition to Alaska found wild beauty and coming environmental calamity. What about now? Best-selling author Mark Adams retraced the trek to find out.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alex Jones Lawsuit 24 mins – “Three defamation lawsuit have been filed against conspiracy theorist and right-wing radio host Alex Jones. The suits are in relation to repeated comments he has made calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax.” At the link find the title, “Alex Jones faces lawsuits after calling Sandy Hook shooting a hoax, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-GeU74sfV-20180525.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Death Discussion 27 mins – “‘Ing Wong-Ward, a disability rights advocate, was diagnosed with colon cancer over a year ago. Now in palliative care, she is fighting to make her remaining time meaningful — and to help others to do the same.” At the link find the title, “A compromised life is worth living’: Why Ing Wong-Ward won’t choose medically assisted death, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-K0xzxEYf-20180503.mp3” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronaut Life 32 mins – “This week, something different. We speak to astronaut Scott Kelly, who went up to space a man and came back a Rhesus monkey. Just kidding, that didn’t happen at all. Listen to find out the real story. PLUS: We talk to Lynn Levy, star producer of the Gimlet show The Habitat” At the link find the title, “Scott Kelly: How A Year in Space Changes You, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT9667143336.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asylum in America 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.

Beyond High School 39 mins – “High school commencement ceremonies mark the passage to adulthood as much as turning 18 years old does.  The New Hampshire Bar Association has published it’s guidebook to becoming an adult, “Beyond High School,” for 20 years.  “Beyond High School” describes the rights of young adults, as well as the responsibilities.  The publication is distributed by N.H. lawyers and judges to high school seniors each Law Day (May 1) and covers issues like establishing credit and renting an apartment as well as legal issues, like what to do if you’re arrested.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Birth Rate in U.S. 48 mins – “The U.S. birth rate dips to a 30-year low. Shifting attitudes about motherhood is just one of the reasons why. We’ll look at what’s behind the drop.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Lives Matter 40 mins– “In the novel Ghost Boys, a twelve-year-old unarmed black boy is shot by a white police officer. Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about why she wrote this story for middle schoolers, and why she’s counting on them to advance racial justice.” At the link find the title, “#158 Black Lives Matter for Middle Schoolers, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files edb9a1e2-772d-40aa-8a33-2f9f8279360d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Montreal 52 mins – “As part of ongoing IDEAS coverage of work-related mobility issues throughout Canada and around the world, Paul Kennedy profiles the Montreal neighbourhood of “Little Burgundy”. For much of the 20th century, this vibrant, overwhelmingly black community was home to many of the railroad porters who worked on coast-to-coast trains for both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific. By definition, their job description required them to be “away from home” for two weeks at a time.” At the link find the title, “On the Move from Montreal: A profile of Little Burgundy, May, 2018,” Media files ideas-D1ROfag8-20180525.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blastocyst Production 30 mins– “This week, constructing early embryos, how mice react to danger, and what an ancient butchered rhino is telling us about hominin migration.” At the link find the title, “03 May 2018: Building early embryos, the fear response in mice, and ancient rhino remains,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain Security 40 mins – “Mitch Steves is a Silicon-Valley-based Research Analyst at RBC Capital Markets. RBC Capital Markets is one of the top global investment banks with almost 2,000 deals and approximately $250 billion dollars in capital raised for clients in 2017. Mitch made headlines at the beginning of 2018 when he published a report stating, “Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain could become a $10-trillion-dollar market in 15 years.” At the link find the title, “030: Blockchain will be a 10-Trillion-Dollar Industry with RBC’s Mitch Steves, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files Mitch_Steves_final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bot Armies 22 mins – “Bot armies are taking over Twitter. But they’re not necessarily trying to advance a point of view, according to Phil Howard, a bot researcher. They’re aiming to sow chaos and make dialogue impossible. At the extreme, the goal is to destabilize our very sense of reality. “Their strategy is to plant multiple conflicting stories that just confuse everybody,” Howard says. “If they can successfully get out four different explanations for some trend, then they’ve confused everybody, and they’re able to own the agenda.” This week, why someone would sic a bot army on Manoush. And what her bot brigade can teach us about how bots are shaping democracy, from the 2016 election to Brexit to the recent French election.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Boy Scouts Go Coed 48 mins – “What’s in a name? Plenty, for the Boy Scouts. They’re changing theirs and welcoming girls.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Stem Stimulation 48 mins – “We talk to science writer and neurobiologist Lone Frank about her latest book The Pleasure Shock: The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor.” At the link find the title, “The Rise of Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Forgotten Inventor, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 5d07d7a6-d299-4422-bfae-2dd4cf20dd48.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Financing 25 mins – “…When municipalities and other local governments are planning for publicly owned Internet infrastructure, they must coordinate many moving pieces to get the project going and to keep it on a successful track. In this interview, Christopher and Tom Coverick, Managing Director at KeyBanc Capital Markets, discuss one of the most important components of community network planning: finance. Christopher and Tom met up at the May 2018 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin, Texas.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Business Diversity and Innovation 43 mins – “In this episode, we are joined by Whitney Johnson to discuss her upcoming book, Build an A-Team. Whitney is the author of the bestselling book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Innovation to Work, and is the founder of the accompanying Disrupt Yourself podcast. Whitney is also a noted speaker, and executive and innovation coach, and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” and from the pop-up menu.

Calorie Counts in Restaurants 48 mins – “Calorie counts are now required by law on menus of all restaurants with 20 or more locations. Will that help trim America’s expanding waistlines and lead to healthier eating?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Forces in Afghanistan 24 mins – “Operation Medusa was a turning point in the Afghanistan War — saving the country from falling back to Taliban rule in 2006. Retired major-general David Fraser look backs on that pivotal time to share some behind the scenes stories that have never been heard before.” At the link find the title, “From missing ammo to friendly fire: retired major-general recalls dire challenges of Afghan mission, “ right-click “Media files current-UiuwRDCY-20180507.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian ISIS Member 27 mins – “As the RCMP’s fight to compel a journalist to hand over his notes reaches the Supreme Court of Canada, opinion is divided over whether sources should be protected, and concerns of national security.” At the link find the title, “Vice reporter says RCMP’s demands for his notes puts journalism at risk, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-6hCcol4M-20180523.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Suspect in French Bombing 26 mins – “Ottawa man Hassan Diab was extradited to France for his alleged involvement in a 1980 bombing. He spent more than three years in prison, despite little evidence to prove the charges. Now one expert argues it’s time to change the law to prevent this from happening to innocent Canadians again.” At the link find the title, “Extradition could happen to anyone, says professor fighting for change in law, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-d0t5RBZ4-20180502.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Catastrophic Failures 26 mins – “The authors of a new book say we need to learn how complexity causes failure in all kinds of modern systems — from social media to air travel — so we can prevent meltdowns in society, and our daily lives.” At the link find the title, “From Thanksgiving dinners to nuclear meltdowns, why complex systems are often doomed to fail, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-OSEiL2nE-20180514.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chilean Coup 1973 87 mins – “Professor of History at ASU, Alex Aviña, returns to RLR to discuss the Chilean coup of 1973.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save As” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Coffee Business in Yemen 24 mins – “What lengths would you go to for the perfect cup of coffee? For Mokhtar Alkhanshali his quest took him to Yemen where the daunting hikes up the highland mountains were the least of his challenges during the civil war.” At the link find the title, “How a search for the world’s best coffee led to Yemen in the midst of civil war” At the link find the title, “How a search for the world’s best coffee led to Yemen in the midst of civil war, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-gjWwGPrA-20180516.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Color Pigment Discovery 23 mins – “In the history of producing colour pigments, our efforts to make the perfect red have often resulted in shades not quite bright enough or prone to fading. But after scientists accidentally discovered a new shade of blue, the race is on to create the right red.” At the link find the title, “The race for the perfect red: Why we still haven’t cracked the colour of love, passion and blood, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-oCutbFXU-20180522.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comey Interview 36 mins – “Benjamin Wittes speaks to former FBI director James Comey before a live audience at the Brookings Institution.” At the link right-click “Direct download: COMEY_multitrack_mixdownCORRECTED_LEVELS.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comey Interview 78 mins – “Former FBI director James Comey says the destruction of Donald Trump’s presidency will be followed by a period of new growth. He wants the conversation of what that looks like to start now.” At the link find the title, “James Comey says Trump’s presidency is like a ‘forest fire’, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-vuDgMYpV-20180511.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Worms P1 27 mins – “We’ve introduced you to some of the seminal malware attacks that have shaped cybersecurity history. Perhaps no other incident in history, though, has had the effect on how we think about computer security today as the Morris worm.” At the link find the title, “The Morris Worm Pt. 1, May, 2018,” right-click “ “Media files ML_The_morris worm_Pt 1_MST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Worms P2 23 mins – “In an attempt to halt the Morris worm’s path of destruction, a systems administrator at Harvard shut down the university router through which Andy Sudduth’s message would be sent to the internet. The post didn’t go through until after it was too late. In a tragic movie-twist, the fix that everybody needed was heard by […]” At the link find the title, “The Morris Worm Pt. 2, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ML_The_morris worm_Pt 2_MST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Confederacy Monuments 28 mins – “Many are protesting Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, the last state banner to feature confederate iconography. The movement to change it has become a klaxon for the greater movement to take down Confederate symbols. Laura speaks with actress and activist Aunjanue Ellis about her organization Take It Down America, and why this movement is personal. +Genesis Be, returns to Mississippi to speak to a old friend who thinks the flag should stay.” At the ink right-click “Download this Episodeand select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Connected Cars 21 mins – “As much as we’d like to believe flying cars will be a thing really soon, they won’t. It’s going to take years before that technology is perfected. Just look at how self-driving cars are moving along. But our cars ARE changing. In the next five years, we can expect them to be connected like never before. What will your new car know about you? Listen to my Komando on Demand podcast for an inside look at your future behind the wheel.” At the link find the title, “Connected cars are the future of driving, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files Connected cars are the future of driving.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Corporate Social Responsibility 43 mins – “Corporate Social Responsibility programs can attract better job applicants who’ll work for less money. But they also encourage employees to misbehave. Don’t laugh — you too probably engage in “moral licensing,” even if you don’t know it.” At the link right-click “Download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cowboys 46 mins – “Behind the most successful rodeo family in history is a story of grit, family, and faith. Meet “The Last Cowboys.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Death 55 mins – “Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt talk to Benjamin Wittes about their new book, “How Democracies Die.” At the link right-click “Direct download: How Democracies die mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled Discussion 69 mins – “How activist and content creator Annie Segarra is trying to destigmatize disability.” At the link find the title, “Disabled Isn’t A Dirty Word, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW9865013325.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disposable Diaper Creation 4 mins – “Today, engineering the diaper. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. Marion O’Brien Donovan was born in 1917 to a family of inventors. Her father and his identical twin brother successfully designed and built lathes for making engine parts. Her mother died when the girl was only seven. As a result, she spent many hours at the family lathe factory surrounded by invention and creation. Donovan earned a degree in English literature at Rosemont College, and for a time worked as an Assistant Beauty Editor at Vogue magazine. But when she married, she settled into her then-expected role as a 1940s homemaker and mother. And she made a shocking discovery….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of …” 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 49 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. Guests: Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker. She and Ronan Farrow broke the story of the domestic abuse allegations against former New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman. (@JaneMayerNYer) Megan McArdle, opinion columnist for the Washington Post. Her recent column is headlined: “I went back to a man who hit me. I’m still thinking about why.” (@asymmetricinfo) Julie Owens, domestic violence survivor, counselor and expert consultant on domestic violence for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (@julieowensdvc)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Rehab Centers 37 mins – “An ambitious plan to help people goes off the rails, and a man from Florida tries to fix things the only way he knows how: with prank phone calls. Further reading: Cat Ferguson’s reporting on Google and Rehab (The Verge) – Part I;Cat Ferguson’s reporting on Google and Rehab (The Verge) – Part II; David Segal’s series on the business around addiction (New York Times); Ryan Hampton’s American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis; Palm Beach Post’s Reporting on the Sober Home Crisis” At the link find the title, “#121 Pain Funnel, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT9587621985.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Response 28 mins – “More this week on the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So far, there have now been at least 41 suspected cases, including three health workers. Of those at least 20 people have died, including one of the health workers. But the international community has acted quickly, after the Director General of the WHO confirmed people in certain areas will be given an experimental vaccine later this week. Health Check talks to Helen Branswell, a senior writer for the US Health website STAT about whether such action will be enough to prevent the spread of a disease which killed more than 11,000 people in the outbreak of 2014. Also we hear about efforts in Italy to help diagnose dementia earlier using computer algorithms to rapidly analyse thousands of brain scans for markers of the disease before symptoms become apparent. And a new exhibition at Wellcome Collection in London explores the history of dentistry, from 1000-year old Mayan dental bling to the latest digital dentist’s chair which can scan your mouth and 3D print your teeth.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facial Recognition Systems 26 mins – “U.S. schools are adopting facial recognition technology as a way of keeping students safe, but there are concerns about privacy, particularly as the technology becomes more widespread.” At the link find the title, “U.S. schools turn to facial recognition technology to stop gun attacks, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-0HhQ4Xzv-20180524.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Politicians 26 mins – “It’s Karina Gould’s first day back in Parliament after taking a 10-week maternity leave. The federal Minister of Democratic Institutions is bringing her son to work, balancing motherhood and politics. But some argue that message is the wrong one for many working women. At the link find the title, “Female politicians push to make Parliament more family-friendly, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-VNlOeE57-20180522.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the p op-up menu.

Financing Medical School 33 mins – “Travis Hornsby went from trading bonds to figuring out how to pay off his wife’s medical school loans as fast as possible. Now he makes it easy for every student….Today, Travis is going to help you figure out how to pay for medical school, how to pay back medical school loans, how to avoid common mistakes students and physicians make, and so much more! Any questions? Reach out to Travis thru email at travis@studentloanplanner.com.” At the link find the title, “286: Common Mistakes and More About Financing Medical School, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PMY286.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flooding in Canada 19 mins – “The devastating floods in B.C. and New Brunswick are a reminder to homeowners and communities to do more to minimize flood risk, according to a climate expert who says expect more extreme weather to come.” At the link find the title, “Canada must do more to minimize flood risk, says climate expert, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8OfH69Q2-20180516.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fortnite Game 19 mins – “As esports grow exponentially in popularity, young players are starting to take advantage of the financial opportunities that lie in becoming a professional gamer. And some universities are starting to offer scholarships to attract them.” At the link find the title, “Do your kids play Fortnite? Here’s how it could win them a college scholarship, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-vBp6hGpx-20180524.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fossils 49 mins – “Lecture, given 2 May 2018 by Dr Benjamin Moon, a Postdoctoral Researcher who appeared in Attenborough and the Sea Dragon, using CT scans to reconstruct the skeleton and anatomy of that ichthyosaur. Dr Benjamin Moon discusses a recent shift in our knowledge. He explains that new techniques are being applied which could bring new insights to ichthyosaur evolution.” At the link find the title, “Back to the Water: Ichthyosaurs in the 21st Century, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 444321867-uniofbath-back to the water ichthyosaurs in the 21st century.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fourth Amendment 26 mins – “This week, Note to Self gets in our time machine, back to the Supreme Court cases that defined privacy for the digital age. Stories of bookies on the Sunset Strip, microphones taped to phone booths, and a 1975 Monte Carlo. And where the Fourth Amendment needs to go, now that we’re living in the future. The amendment doesn’t mention privacy once. But those 54 little words, written more than 200 years ago, are a crucial battleground in today’s fight over our digital rights. That one sentence is why the government can’t listen to your phone calls without a warrant. And it’s why they don’t need one to find out who you’re calling. But now, we share our deepest thoughts with Google, through what we search for and what we email. And we share our most intimate conversations with Alexa, when we talk in its vicinity. So how does the Fourth Amendment apply when we’re surrounded by technology the founding fathers could never dream of? With Laura Donohue, director of Georgetown’s Center on Privacy and Technology. Supreme Court audio from the wonderful Oyez.org, under a Creative Commons license.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Bias 58 mins – “It’s no secret that Silicon Valley has a problem with women. In her new book, Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, journalist Emily Chang explores what the tech industry has been getting wrong when it comes to sexism and workplace bias. Her findings are grisly: from business meetings in strip clubs to drug-laden sex parties. Emily joins Katie and Brian to discuss her findings and consider how the tech industry can do better when it comes to addressing gender parity, pay inequity and implicit bias. Plus, Katie shares insights from her reporting on workplace gender inequality for The Revolt, her latest National Geographic documentary hour.” At the link find the title, “62. Silicon Valley’s Toxic Bro Culture, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 3c6f4fd3-d753-4f84-9695-dd29acb0eb73.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Violence 6 mins – “To make accountability the norm after gender violence in the United States, we need to change tactics, says victims’ rights attorney and TED Fellow Laura L. Dunn. Instead of going institution by institution, fighting for reform, we need to go to the Constitution and finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which would require states to address gender inequality and violence. By ushering in sweeping change, Dunn says, “our legal system can become a system of justice, and #MeToo can finally become ‘no more.'” At the link left-click “Share,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genomic Sequencing 15 mins – “This week: A study looking at how much actionable information pre-pregnancy genome sequencing can actually give you; the benefits and consequences of mass mass prescribing antibiotics; and a new study looking at the trolley problem and how peoples’ hypothetical judgment compares to their real-life behavior.” At the link find the title, “Up To Date | Pre-pregnancy Genome Sequencing, Mass Prescribing Antibiotics, and the Trolley Problem, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files c87490a7-7888-42c8-824d-b958379da4e2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geoengineering Opposition 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.

George Soros 27 mins – “As Hungary’s prime minister pushes for his country to enact a set of ‘Stop Soros’ laws, we look at how George Soros — an investor turned philosopher and philanthropist whose generosity was championed in the 90s — become a modern-day liberal bogeyman.” At the link find the title, “Who is George Soros? Four things you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask), May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-3FqnjcDV-20180515.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grid Cells 30 mins – “[first item] This week, artificial intelligence recreates our sense of place, liquid crystals deliver cargo, and experiencing depression in academia.” At the link find the title, “10 May 2018: AI neuroscience, liquid crystals, and depression in academia,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Housing Affordability 29 mins – “Housing affordability and power by design? This week on the show, Monique George of Picture the Homeless and Gianpaolo Baiocchi from NYU’s Urban Democracy Lab & lead author of the Communities Over Commodities Report argue that a truly just housing policy requires a shift in power. Then [00:22:16], from our TED Women series, two architects who are combatting the effects of gentrification and serving low-income communities through innovative design.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Housing Affordability 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.

Human Progress 56 mins – “It may be tempting to think human civilization is on the verge of collapse: environmental degradation, the rise in authoritarianism, ballooning income disparities. But Harvard psychologist and linguist Steven Pinker is having none of it. He argues that the Enlightenment has given us so much that we can hardly see it anymore. And he believes it’s now time to champion Enlightenment values once again: rationality, verifiability, and above all: the ideal of progress itself.” At the link find the title, “Enlightenment Now: Why Steven Pinker believes in progress, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-J6wTwAce-20180518.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Imaginary Friends 46 mins – “A glimpse into the weird, fun, and often dark world of imaginary companions.” At the link find the title, “#160 Imaginary Friends & Kids, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 4a3d12f1-e5f4-491e-b9ec-d7cd5e4a5653.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investing by Merriman 86 mins – “I had the recent pleasure of being interviewed by Meb Faber, co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Cambria Investment Management, and author of five books. We covered a lot of ground, speaking in some detail about my “Ultimate Buy & Hold Portfolio,” the power of diversification, and the pitfalls of emotional investing. We discussed the benefits of investing early, and the challenges of educating young people as to its importance, as well as different investing needs over a lifetime. Through Meb’s good questions, we touched upon many other subjects including how and when to invest, how to avoid getting screwed by your advisor, investment newsletters, buy-and-hold versus market timing, the importance of understanding past performance, giving money to grandkids and my most memorable trade. I hope you enjoy this podcast and share it with anyone you think might benefit from it.” At the link r ight-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iran Nuclear Deal 19 mins – “Reaction to Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran deal has been swift — and mixed. While some experts argue there is now a risk of Iran restarting its nuclear program, others say the move gives the U.S. a strong negotiating position.” At the link find the title, “’A high-risk, high-reward gamble’: What happens next with the Iran nuclear deal?, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-RzwZSMWd-20180509.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Irish Abortion Law 24 mins – “Ireland is about to hold a historic referendum on repealing the country’s Eighth Amendment, which in effect bans abortion. As international interest in the vote has grown, it is being seen as a test case for electoral integrity.” At the link find the title, “What can Ireland’s abortion referendum teach us about election meddling in the internet age? May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-61WG3D2u-20180523.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jerusalem Embassy Reaction 19 mins – “As Palestinians were killed protesting on the Gaza border, the U.S. embassy officially opened in Jerusalem on Monday. In the move towards a peace agreement, opinions are divided as to whether the U.S. can be a neutral mediator in the region.” At the link find the title, “After moving embassy to Jerusalem, can the U.S. play a fair role in peace?, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-iirL7h3a-20180515.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Job Numbers 48 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 right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ken Langone 21 mins – “Ken Langone came from nothing to become a founder of The Home Depot, but never forgot his roots. He’s given staggering sums, but says his money isn’t truly charity. Discover a refreshing outlook that proves you don’t need riches in order to give richly.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Killer Story 44 mins – “For our special Mother’s Day episode, poet and writer Rachel Zucker explores her complex relationship with her mom, Diane Wolkstein.” At the link find the title, “#159 A Killer Story, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files f0f7eed1-7995-4c25-91fe-943d95c4ed60.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Land Grant Colleges 4 mins – “Today, college for all. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. Early in U.S. history college education was largely a religious affair. Religious groups needed trained ministers, so they opened colleges. Given the lack of universal public education, these colleges became learning centers — at least for those who could afford them. College, it seemed, was only for the well-to-do. By the mid eighteen hundreds, Congress was concerned about this state of affairs. Were the educational needs of U.S. citizens being met? The nation’s founders had articulated the importance of education as early as the Second Continental Congress. “Religion, morality, and knowledge,” they wrote in 1787, “being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall be forever encouraged.” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of …” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lava Chase 24 mins – “While the activity of B.C.’s dormant volcano presents no danger to the public, scientists are monitoring Mount Meager closely as climate change continues to affect the stability of rock in the area.” At the link find the title, “Canada has dormant volcanoes. Climate change could wake them up, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-ATLTrkDh-20180518.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lotus Blossoms 4 mins – “An An article by Hans Christian von Baeyer seems to be talking about lotus blossoms, but he’s really after different game entirely. The lotus is only a contemplation object that leads him to talk about non-technology, halfway technology, and high technology. But, like von Baeyer, let us begin with the lotus. The revered lotus grows in turgid stagnant waters, in swamps. Yet its blossoms are dazzling white. Buddhist monks were moved to write, The white lotus, born in the water and grown in the water, rises beyond the water and remains unsoiled by the water. The lotus’ pristine cleanliness is what makes it such a powerful icon. So how does it stay so clean? Scientists have turned scanning electron microscopes on lotus petals and made an astounding discovery. Their surface is covered with tiny knobs, maybe a few ten thousandths of an inch wide – too small to see and too small to keep the surface from feeling slick to the touch. To see what the knobs do, we look at the action of surface tension. Surface tension allows a liquid surface to bend, but not sharply enough to get in and around those knobs. So droplets roll across the tips of the knobs, without wetting the surface. They simply skitter off, picking up dirt particles as they go….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio…” and select “Save Lin As’ from the pop-up menu.

Lyme Disease in Canada 19 mins – “Dogs and horses can be vaccinated against Lyme disease, but an inoculation for humans was taken off the market in 2002. As the ticks that can cause the disease become more common, some researchers are saying it’s time the vaccine made a comeback.” At the link find the title, “A vaccine for Lyme disease was shelved years ago, is it time to bring it back?, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-IQ0H8ZF6-20180521.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Machine Predictions 57 mins – “The buzz: “Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” (Lao Tzu) Given the uncertainty, pace, and unexpected nature of today’s world, there are too many unknowns for us to effectively predict the future. Reality check: A convergence across science, technology, politics, society, economics, the environment, and growing ethics discussion, has created a complex web that requires the type of system thinking that may exceed our human capacity. Do machines hold the answer? Can they predict the path of an overwhelming number of possible futures? The experts speak. Frank Diana, TCS: “We have a duty to think hard about what may be, so as to better prepare society for the changes that may come” (Richard Baldwin). Gray Scott, Futurist: “Prediction is not just one of the things your brain does. It is the primary function of the neo-cortex, and the foundation of intelligence” (Jeff Hawkins). Join us for Tech Magic or Hype: Can We Teach Machines to Predict?” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mass Incarceration 36 mins – “In Locking Up Our Own, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Forman Jr. argues that African-American leaders helped shape policies that harmed black communities. Originally broadcast July 17, 2017.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

May Day 26 mins – “International Workers’ Day is celebrated with rallies and protests all over the world on May 1st, but it’s not a big deal in the United States. In this podcast extra, Brooke speaks to Donna Haverty-Stacke of Hunter College, CUNY about the U.S. origin of May Day and how it has come to be forgotten. The first national turnout for worker’s rights in the U.S. was on May 1, 1886 — and contrary to what you’ve heard elsewhere, it wasn’t the same thing as the Haymarket Affair. Haverty-Stacke is also author of America’s Forgotten Holiday: May Day and Nationalism, 1867–1960, and she explains that the fight over May 1st, or May Day, is also about the fight for American identity and what it means to be radical and patriotic at the same time.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCAT Process for Medicine 30 mins – “When this podcast goes out, the medical school application cycle for students wanting to start medical school in 2019 is opening. What do you need to do now?…The Premed Playbook: Guide to the MCAT The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Personal Statement The Premed Playbook: Guide to the Medical School Interview TMDSAS (Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service) AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service) PMY 245: Why Does Texas Have Its Own App and More TMDSAS Questions” At the link find the title, “Session 284,” right-click “Media files PMY284.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mental Health On Campus 48 mins – “When a college student is in crisis, does the school have a legal and moral obligation to tell the parents?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button 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. Near East PolicyCast: Conversations on Middle East issues from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.” At the link right-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muller Probe at One Year 46 mins – “The Mueller investigation hits the one-year mark. We’ll discuss what we know and what’s to come. ” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Murders in Baltimore 12 mins – “In one day, in one city, in one neighborhood — what if everyone put their guns down? Erricka Bridgeford is a peacemaker who wants to stop the murders and violence in her hometown of Baltimore. So she helped organize the Baltimore Ceasefire, a grassroots campaign to keep the peace. In a passionate, personal talk, Bridgeford tells the story of the Ceasefire movement and their bigger vision for zero murders in Baltimore.” At the link left click the “Share,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Natives Treatment in Canadian 27 mins– “‘Writer Terese Marie Mailhot lived a traumatic childhood. But when she ran away from home she realized as an Indigenous woman she couldn’t escape the labels placed upon her.” At the link find the title, “We don’t see a person’: Terese Marie Mailhot confronts Indigenous stereotypes in memoir, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-9oSz4W72-20180509.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Dakota Oil Boom 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.

Organizational Effectiveness 15 mins – “Trust is the foundation for everything we do. But what do we do when it’s broken? In an eye-opening talk, Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei gives a crash course in trust: how to build it, maintain it and rebuild it — something she worked on during a recent stint at Uber. “If we can learn to trust one another more, we can have unprecedented human progress,” Frei says.” At the link left click the “Share,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paris Riots of ‘68 p2 48 mins – “Students taking to the streets to protest — it looked like a simple thing, fifty years ago in May 1968. But it proved to be the spark that started a conflagration. Thousands of demonstrators turned into hundreds of thousands, barricades were built, cars were burned. It was a political crisis like no other — and then it evaporated. It’s been said that the “revolution” of 1968 failed. But it was a failure that changed the world. Part 2 of a 3-part series.” At the link find the title, “The Paris Riots of 1968, Part 2: A failed revolution that changed the world, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-jFWU4RBG-20180517” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paris Riots of ‘68 p3 48 mins – “Students taking to the streets to protest — it looked like a simple thing, fifty years ago in May 1968. But it proved to be the spark that started a conflagration. Thousands of demonstrators turned into hundreds of thousands, barricades were built, cars were burned. Then the workers joined in, and by the middle of May 1968, most of France was on strike. It was a political crisis like no other — and then it evaporated. It’s been said that the “revolution” of 1968 failed — but it was a failure that changed the world. Philip Coulter went to Paris to talk to some of the people who were there in May 1968.” At the link find the title, “The Paris Riots of 1968, Part 3: A failed revolution that changed the world, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-FvSVWRWH-20180528.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Piracy History 42 mins – “Every carried out what’s been described as the most profitable and brutal pirate raid in history. It became a massive international incident, and Britain tried to repair its relationship with the Mughal Empire through a highly publicized series of trials.” At the link find the title, “Henry Every, Successful Pyrate, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW3363000832.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Correctness 60 mins – “What is the line between sensitivity and censorship? In today’s episode, Katie and Brian are navigating the realm of political correctness, from trigger warnings to safe spaces. New York Times Op-Ed writer Frank Bruni joins to discuss what he sees as the promise and pitfalls of hot-button issues like cultural appropriation and the idea of “checking your privilege.” Plus, listeners call in with their own thoughts on PC culture.” At the link find the title, “63. Frank Bruni on the Age of Outrage, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 7e4bc015-106d-4965-aeb2-056cfa5360ef.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty in America 56 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.  

Prison Reform 48 mins – “President Trump pushes for prison reform at a White House summit. Congress takes it up, too. We’ll unpack.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychedlic Drugs 48 mins – “Writer Michael Pollan turns his attention to psychedelic mushrooms and the new science of psychedelics. He joins us. Michael Pollan,journalist and author of: “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” (@michaelpollan)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychopaths P1 48 mins – “The mystery of the psychopath. A human riddle that has haunted and stumped us for centuries. Is the psychopath mad or just plain bad? Evil and beyond redemption, or potentially treatable? IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell explores these questions in this 3-part series.” At the link find the title, “Creating Conscience, Part 1: A history of treating the psychopath, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-wFTux0nF-20180515.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychopaths 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.

Rabbit Decline in England 30 mins – “When was the last time you saw a rabbit – dead or alive? Despite its reputation, a BTO survey suggests European rabbit numbers in the UK have declined by around 60 per cent over the last 20 years. In turn, other species from birds to invertebrates are also suffering as a result. Tom Heap tracks down the story. Myxomatosis wiped out the majority of the population in the 50s and 60s and can still affect the young but now scientists are concerned about Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease. Ironically this is deliberately released in some countries as a deliberate way to control the population but is thought to be behind large-scale declines in the UK through spreading naturally. He visits areas which have seen numbers disappear, to hear what they’re doing about it and concerns it may pass on to other species. Now groups are asking walkers and cyclists to log rabbit sightings to get a broader picture of numbers but should we really be working on an antidote?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism 24 mins – “As Facebook looks to expand its fleet of moderators, critics say the current system promotes biased decision-making against marginalized people.” At the link find the title, “Efforts to block hate speech on Facebook actually work to discriminate against minorities, critics say, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-ryfQcf85-20180521.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rajneesh Development 35 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.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Research Suppression 12 mins – ““You do not mess with something so fundamental, so precious, as science,” says Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s first Minister of Science. In a heartfelt, inspiring talk about pushing boundaries, she makes the case that researchers must be free to present uncomfortable truths and challenge the thinking of the day — and that we all have a duty to speak up when we see science being stifled or suppressed.” At the link left-click “Share,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Restaurant History 36 mins – “There’s a lot more happening at a restaurant than simply ordering from a menu and getting your food. Restaurants are sites of self-expression — spaces in which status and distinction are performed and lines between class, race, and gender are reflected and reinforced. Restaurants are also sites of aspiration and transformation. Contributing producers Michelle Macklem and Zoe Tennant discover explore how we’ve gone from dining in to dining out, and what dining out reveals about our identities.” At the link find the title, “The Restaurant: A table divided, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-Odo1C3Oh-20180522.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robin Williams Biography 48 mins – “Dave Itzkoff examines Williams’ life and death in a new biography. Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia. This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. It’s been nearly four years since Robin Williams took his life. When he died, he didn’t know that the mental and physical problems that had overtaken him were caused by Lewy body disease, which is characterized by deposits on the brain. Williams is now the subject of a new biography called “Robin” by my guest, Dave Itzkoff. Itzkoff is a culture reporter at The New York Times. He had interviewed and written about Williams when Williams was still acting and performing. Itzkoff also wrote Williams’ New York Times obituary, in which he described Williams as a comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced Academy Award-winning actor, imbuing his performances with wild inventiveness and a kind of manic energy. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ruby Ridge Impact 26 mins – “Tara Westover grew up with isolationist parents who didn’t trust the government, and gave her an erratic homeschooling. She alleges that she was abused by a violent brother, but getting an education — culminating in a PhD from Cambridge — helped her to break the cycle.” At the link find the title, “From an isolated homeschooling to a PhD from Cambridge: How Tara Westover was saved by her education, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-UT3NdYLH-20180516.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russia Swung the Election 25 mins – “On The Gist, IHOP is changing its name to IHOb. And Mike is here to make fun of that. James Clapper was a senior intelligence adviser for both Republican and Democratic administrations. He was also part of the team that informed President-elect Donald Trump of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Now, as a private citizen, Clapper says he believes Russia actually swung the vote. “That’s why you write books,” says Clapper. “Because you can express your opinions freely. And I did.” His latest is Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence.” At the link find the title, “James Clapper: Yeah, Russia Swung the Election, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY3239828694.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg 49 mins – “Irin Carmon, coauthor of Notorious RBG, joins Anney and Bridget to talk about how the Supreme Court justice became so notorious .” At the link find the title, “Why the Notorious RBG is a BFD, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW1101082578.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scott Pruitt 47 mins – “EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s future in the Trump Cabinet is in jeopardy after a series of ethics issues.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Serf Emancipation 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 1861 declaration by Tsar Alexander II that serfs were now legally free of their landlords. Until then, over a third of Russians were tied to the land on which they lived and worked and in practice there was little to distinguish their condition from slavery. Russia had lost the Crimean War in 1855 and there had been hundreds of uprisings, prompting the Tsar to tell the nobles, “The existing condition of owning souls cannot remain unchanged. It is better to begin to destroy serfdom from above than to wait until that time when it begins to destroy itself from below.” Reform was constrained by the Tsar’s wish to keep the nobles on side and, for the serfs, tied by debt and law to the little land they were then allotted, the benefits were hard to see.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep Impact 90 minsA lack of sleep is associated with all types of diseases, including Alzheimer’s and cancer. Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to fight disease and change our lives for the better.” At the link find the title, “#23 – Matthew Walker Ph.D – Author of “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams”, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files 9260bc18.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

South Pole Research 22 mins – “Would you live in 6-months of darkness and temperatures more than 100 degrees below zero for your job? In a rare interview, Kim talks with one elite scientist, stationed at the South Pole, about how he copes with life in this desolate environment.” At the link find the title, “How scientists at the South Pole live, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files How scientists at the South Pole live.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

STEM Is Overvalued 11 mins – “If you want to build a team of innovative problem-solvers, you should value the humanities just as much as the sciences, says entrepreneur Eric Berridge. He shares why tech companies should look beyond STEM graduates for new hires — and how people with backgrounds in the arts and humanities can bring creativity and insight to technical workplaces” At the link left click the “Share,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Studs Terkel 9 mins – “Studs Terkel, born 106 years ago on this date, May 16, spent the majority of his life documenting the lives of others – very often everyday, working-class people he believed were “uncelebrated and unsung.” From coal miners and sharecroppers to gangsters and prostitutes, every American had a story to tell and Terkel wanted to hear it. After Terkel died in 2008, publisher Andre Schiffrin, who edited Terkel’s writing for more than four decades, spoke with Bob about Terkel’s singular gift for oral history.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tarriffs and NAFTA 19 mins – “‘The auto sector reacts to Trump’s proposed tariffs of up to 25 per cent on imported vehicles.” At the link find the title, “The supply chain is so tightly integrated’: industry reacts to proposed tariffs, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-c7aDfKWk-20180525.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tech Trend Benefits 44 mins – “Ramez Naam, computer scientist, futurist and author of five books, including The Nexus trilogy and The Infinite Resource, discusses intersections between blockchain, energy and transport, taking responsibility for the use of technology, and creating a positive future.” At the link find the title, “FTP053: Ramez Naam – Reasons To Be Optimistic About the Future, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files FTP053.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tick Borne Diseases 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.

Toronto Van Attack 21 mins – “In the wake of last week’s van attack, a stretch of Yonge Street is scattered with small and large shrines to honour the victims. Emotions are raw and communities are coming together to help with the healing.” At the link find the title, “’We are in this together’: Community rallies to support victims of Toronto van attack, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-SFWkyblg-20180430.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Dad 15 mins – “LB Hannahs candidly shares the experience of parenting as a genderqueer individual — and what it can teach us about authenticity and advocacy. “Authenticity doesn’t mean ‘comfortable.’ It means managing and negotiating the discomfort of everyday life,” Hannahs says.” At the link left-click “Share,” right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Russian Activity 27 mins – “Benjamin Wittes speaks to Buzzfeed reporter Anthony Cormier about his latest story, co-authored with Jason Leopold, about the negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Cormier_mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vanilla Bean Prices 27 mins – “Taking the kids for ice cream this holiday weekend? Soaring prices in the vanilla bean market are having an impact on ice cream mixtures — and a lot of other products too.” At the link find the title, “Why the soaring cost of vanilla could put your favourite ice cream flavour off the menu, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-uQFYrVtM-20180518.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

Venture Capitalists 32 mins – “In this week’s episode we dive into what Silicon Valley considers “hustle” and how it may need to update its definition. We also find out how Arlan first got into venture capital—after months of sleeping on the floor at San Francisco International Airport. Plus, meet one venture capitalist who really gets Arlan’s goat.” At th link find the title, “Arlan Hamilton 2: The Hustle, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT8874173728.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Volcano Science 48 mins –Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has always been active, but its latest eruption has taken a fiery toll. Last week, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake forced a dozen vents to open, spewing lava and releasing toxic gas. More than 1,700 people fled, and many more are at risk as the eruptions continue. And the volcano is just one of many that volcanologists have an eye on as they watch for future eruptions.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Americans and Change 62 mins – “This week, we explore the ways white Americans — in the voting booth, and on T.V. — deal with a changing society. A new study finds that many white voters supported Donald Trump out of a fear of losing their place in the world. “Roseanne” gets a reboot, and “The Simpsons” reacts poorly under pressure. Plus, a closer look at the company Trump kept and the deals he sought before his presidency, with the hosts of the WNYC podcast ‘Trump, Inc.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

World War One Bisbee Union Strike 44 mins – “The 1917 Bisbee Deportation has elements of a labor strike, a wartime hysteria, a vigilante mob, and a mass propaganda effort, all rolled into one. It took place in Bisbee, Arizona, southeast of Tucson and close to the U.S. border with Mexico.” At the link find the title, “The Bisbee Deportation, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW6298588634.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WWII Segregation 43 mins – “The 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team were segregated units for soldiers of Japanese descent that were created during WWII. The story of these units is closely intertwined with the Military Intelligence Service as well.” At the link find the title, “Nisei in World War II: The MIS, 100th and 442nd, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW4340343573.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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