Media Mining Digest 345 – Jun 22, 2018: 14th Amendment, African Medical Inventions, AI in China, Amazon Native Life, Avocados, Bids and Contracts, Biochem for Kids, Blockchain for Everything, Brain Disorders, Climate Warming Solutions, Coal Stories, Deep Blue Impact, Diet Trap, Digital Disinformation, Drones, Environmental Poisons, Fake News Creation, Fascism vs Nationalism, Fast Food Genocide, Female Sharia Judge, Food Addictions, Gender Treatment in India, Gerrymandering, Gina Haspel Nomination, Grifters and Grafters, Initial Coin Offerings, Iran Nuclear Deal, Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Lynchings in America, Macron Effect, Medical Marijuana Controversy, New York Times Califate, Nuclear War Possibility, Ocean Sound Pollution, Product Review Corruption, Psychedelics by Pollan, Quantum Computing, Racial Division, Rule of Law Discussion, Russian Disinformation, Senate Voted for Net Neutrality, Sharing Economy, Single Payer Healthcare, Srsly Wrong Podcast, State Attorneys General, Theranos Downfall, Trump Voters, Volker Rule, Voting Systems

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14th Amendment 60 mins – “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, which was ratified on July 9, 1868. Last week, the National Constitution Center and the Thurgood Marshall Institute at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund co-hosted a daylong symposium commemorating this important anniversary. In this We the People episode, former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., discusses the importance of the 14th Amendment today during the symposium’s keynote conversation. He is joined by Sherilynn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF, and We the People host Jeffrey Rosen.” At the link find the title, “Eric Holder on the 14th Amendment today, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7674439097.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Medical Inventions 8 mins – “What good is a sophisticated piece of medical equipment to people in Africa if it can’t handle the climate there? Biomedical engineer Tania Douglas shares stories of how we’re often blinded to real needs in our pursuit of technology — and how a deeper understanding of the context where it’s used can lead us to better solutions.” At the link right-click the “Share” circle, right-click Download audio” and select “Save Lin As” from the pop-up menu.

Agricultural Labor 49 mins – “Tulane University professor Jana Lipman teaches a class on agricultural labor in the United States since 1930 and the rise of organic farming.” At the link find the title, “Agricultural Labor Since 1930 and Organic Farming, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.489365.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI in China 21 mins – “Amy Webb calls herself a quantitative futurist. A professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she uses her knowledge of game theory, sociology, programming and economics to imagine what’s next. And she’s deeply concerned about the lack of controls around artificial intelligence.” At the link find the title, “The Future of Everything Festival: What’s Next for AI?, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files WSJ8584424498.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazon Native Life 28 mins – “Many anthropologists and researchers have visited the indigenous peoples of the Amazon to analyse their ways of life and culture. But what would these people want to say to us? Tribal leader Takuma Kuikuro guides us through a day in the life of his village, from dawn to dusk. He shares his vision of the future for the Kuikuro people who live in the upper reaches of the Xingu River.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

America’s First Humans 52 mins – “Writer and adventurer Craig Childs’s latest book is a unique kind of travelogue. It’s about his journeys across the country and back in time to the Ice Age to learn what life was like for the first people to arrive in North America….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 21 mins – “When penicillin was introduced during the 1940s, resistance became apparent within about 20 years. Today when new antibiotics are introduced, resistance is seen within 2 to 3 years. Pharmaceutical companies are also resistant. They are resistant in spending the mega dollars required in developing new drugs as any new drug will only be on sale for a short time. A new approach is needed in fighting bacteria. Clare Watson reports on work at Wollongong University south of Sydney which looks at new methods of fighting bacteria including one which hopes to disrupt bacteria which cause common recurring throat infections as the bacteria bond to cells in our throat.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Astronauts 58 mins – “Author Robert Kurson discusses his book, [Rocket Men], about the 1968 Apollo 8 mission to the moon.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Robert Kurson, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.500629.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Avocados 48 mins – “You’ve probably never heard of David Fairchild. But if you’ve savored kale, mango, peaches, dates, grapes, a Meyer lemon, or a glass of craft beer lately, you’ve tasted the fruits of his globe-trotting travels in search of the world’s best crops—and his struggles to get them back home to the United States. This episode, we talk to Daniel Stone, author of The Food Explorer, a new book all about Fairchild’s adventures. Listen in now for tales of pirates and biopiracy, eccentric patrons and painful betrayals, as well as the successes and failures that shaped not only the way we eat, but America’s place in the world….” At the link find the title, “Ripe for Global Domination: The Story of the Avocado M” right-click “Media files Ripe for Global Domination The Story of the Avocado.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bids and Contracts 22 mins – “A couple of weeks ago we talked about the bidding process, mainly as it pertains to owner-builders bidding for subcontractors themselves.  This week I’ll give you a quick overview of the different types of contract agreements you might decide on if you ’re going to hire a general contractor to build your house.  We’ll briefly discuss fixed price contracts and cost-plus contracts. Choosing which type of contract to use is almost as important as choosing which general contractor to hire. Show notes at” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biochem for Kids 22 mins – “Each time you order a test for a child, do you think the population that makes up the baseline against which the results are measured? It turns out that that historically those reference intervals have been based on adults – but children, especially neonates and adolescents, are undergoing physiological changes that mean those reference intervals…” At the link find the title, “Biochem for kids, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 449098914-bmjgroup-biochem-for-kids.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biomass Conversion 29 mins – “Peter C. Ford is a Professor from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Ford’s research has encompassed topics related to the photochemistry, catalytic reactions, and mechanisms of transition metal complexes. The Ford Research Group is focused on sustainable methodologies for the conversion of biomass to fuels and chemical precursors , the photochemical studies involve the application of nanomaterials to collect light and to transfer energy to metal complexes that release certain bioactive agents, and the third area of research is concerned with evaluating the quantitative chemical reactivities of small molecule bioregulators with biologically relevant metal centers.” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain for Everything 12 mins – “From big banks to diamond dealers, companies are experimenting with blockchain, an open and distributed ledger, to make transactions more transparent and trustworthy. Could this technology mean the end of cooked books?” At the link find the title, “Can Blockchain Keep Us Honest?, May” right-click “Media files WSJ7944704148.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Disorders 51 mins – “You are your brain. But what happens when your brain changes for the worse – either by physical injury or experience?  Are you still responsible for your actions? We hear how the case of a New York man charged with murder was one of the first to introduce neuroscience as evidence in court.  Plus, how technology hooks us – a young man so addicted to video games, he lacked social skills, or even a desire to eat.  Find out how technology designers conspire against his digital detox. Also, even if your brain is intact and your only task is choosing a sock color, are you really in control?  How your unconscious directs even mundane behavior … and how you can outwit it.” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bubonic Plague 60 mins – “Who doesn’t love a good medical pandemic? This week we’re diving into the bubonic plague. We’ll talk with Boris Schmid about whether rats should really get the blame for the Black Death, and we’ll talk with Loren Cassin Sackett about what happens today when plague strikes… prairie dog towns! Don’t blame the rats for spreading the Black Death on Science News Human ectoparasites and the spread of plague in Europe during the Second Pandemic Do pathogens reduce genetic diversity of their hosts? Variable effects of sylvatic plague in black-tailed prairie dogs. Does the host matter? Variable influence of host traits…” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Car Designer Mavericks 50 mins – “University of Central Florida professor Yanek Mieczkowski teaches a class about some of the people who challenged the status quo of the U.S. auto industry from the post-World War II era to the present day.” At the link find the title, “Post-World War II U.S. Auto Industry Mavericks, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.490653.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chat Bots 62 mins – “Seven years ago chatbots – those robotic texting machines – were a mere curiosity. They were noticeably robotic and at their most malicious seemed only capable of scamming men looking for love online. Today, the chatbot landscape is wildly different. From election interference to spreading hate, chatbots have become online weapons. And so, we decided to reinvestigate the role these robotic bits of code play in our lives and the effects they’re having on us. We begin with a little theater. In our live show “Robert or Robot?” Jad and Robert test 100 people to see if they can spot a bot. We then take a brief detour to revisit the humanity of the Furby, and finish in a virtual house where the line between technology and humanity becomes blurrier than ever before.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Argument 36 mins – “Back in 2015, we aired an episode called “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” that didn’t go over so well with a bunch of our listeners. We received messages saying that Trey mishandled a conversation between a physicist who defends climate science and a former public school teacher who’s an evolution skeptic. With the hope of finding a better way around the culture war aspects of science debates, we’re putting that episode (and ourselves) under the microscope.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Technology 51 mins – “At the time of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the changing climate was a challenging, but solvable problem. 26 years later, the outcomes are becoming obvious and are we locked into a 1.5-degree average increase with two degrees almost inevitable. If there is no urgent action very soon, remediation will slip beyond our grasp. Prior to 1976 there had been no coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. Now back-to-back bleaching means there is no recovery time leaving hundreds of kilometres of dead coral. But there is some good news with new solar powered agriculture and industrial processes being developed. And South Australia has become a world leader in transitioning to renewable energy. But with coral reefs dying before our eyes and climate changing everywhere fast, there isn’t a moment to lose. This is Tim Flannery’s appearance at the Planet Talks, part of Womadelaide, April 2018.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Solutions 52 mins – “Decoupling economic growth from carbon emissions will require new technologies to get the job done. Some of that innovation will come from established corporations, but much of it will come from creative entrepreneurs building new products and fresh ways to power our economy. Some of those inventions are cool. Others have less sex appeal but could put a big dent in carbon emissions that are driving global weirding. Can clean-tech startups get funding in an era of fossil fuel revival? How do US clean-tech startups stack up against new ventures in China and other countries? Is the US losing its edge in innovation?” At the link find the title, “Cool Clean Tech, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180527_cl1_Cool Clean Tech PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Coal Stories 5 24 mins – “It’s been a year and a half. Gary, Kyle, and Brad move on.” At the link find the title, “Coal Stories 5, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180531_embd embedded final audio-coal stories_5-1bf85d67-6387-4dff-b56a-f774de3dce7a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consciousness 46 mns – “Je pense donc je suis. (I think, therefore I am.) Huh? Who is this I? How do I know that it is thinking? What does it even mean to say that I am—that I exist, if it’s this mysterious, untrustworthy Ithat says so? To be fair, René Descartes didn’t invent these problems. but In the centuries after his death, his thought experiments sent philosophers, psychologists and later on, neuroscientists reeling and spiraling down a seemingly bottomless chasm In search of Consciousness. What is it? Where is it? How did it get there? Surely that icky grey-green stuff can’t fully account for the sublime perfection of Beethoven’s Ninth! If you’ve ever heard that there are differences between the left and the right brain, you can blame my guest today, Michael Gazzaniga, who did many of the pioneering studies in this area. Now he’s after even bigger game. In his new book The Consciousness Instinct he lays a conceptual framework for closing the gap between the meat of the brain and the magic of Consciousness, and maybe saving us a lot of future headaches.” At the link find the title, “145. Michael Gazzaniga (neuroscientist) – The Impossible Problem” right-click “Media files PPY1132414616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cowboys 50 min – “…we’re talking about the Wright family of ranchers and rodeo cowboys in central Utah. They’re the subject of a new book that explores the challenges of keeping a foot in the West’s past while trying to navigate its new realities….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Blue Impact 24 mins – “Twenty years after losing to Deep Blue, the former world chess champion says that intelligent machines will promote their human makers to management rather than replace them.” At the link find the title, “The Future of Everything Festival: Garry Kasparov on AI Making Us Free, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files WSJ4928675868.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diet Trap 79 mins – “Millions attempt some form of diet yet only a small fraction achieve permanent weight loss. Neuroscientists and science writers Sandra Aamodt and Darya Rose suggest what you should do instead. Recorded on 03/27/2018. (#33595)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Currency 15 mins – “Can digital payments make physical currency a thing of the past? Cryptpocurrency pioneer Charlie Shrem, founder of Crypto.IQ, says it’s only a matter of time.” At the link find the title, “The Future of Everything Festival: The Case for a Cashless Economy, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files WSJ1128318920.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 combating disinformation.” At the link find the title, “Social Media and Digital Disinform” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drones 21 mins – “Today, we are witnessing rapid advancements in the field of autonomous flight. Drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), are being used in remarkable ways all over the world—from helping to fight malaria in Malaysia, to supporting wildlife conservation in Florida. Drones are also being used for site surveying, package delivery, event videography, and even weather forecasting. In this episode, we begin with Adam Bry, CEO of aerial robotics company Skydio, who discusses software, and the future of autonomous flight. Then, we take off into regulation of UAVs, and explore the automated photogrammetry of Drone Deploy. We also look at advances in commercial drone technology, with the host of the Commercial Drones FM podcast, Ian Smith. The skies are alive with innovation, and this is your chance to see what’s in store for the future of flight!” At the link find Episode 11. You can listen on line, but not download the podcast; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Electrochemical Research 29 mins – “Héctor D. Abruña is a professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell University. This week, we discussed Abruña’s current research efforts that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of electrochemical phenomena. Abruña’s research group addresses problems of electrochemical interest, from fundamental studies of battery and fuel cell systems to molecular electronics.” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Poisons 58 mins – “Babies and young children are especially vulnerable to harm from environmental poisons. How can we better protect them for a healthier future?” At the link left-click “Download the mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evolution Discussion 40 mins – “Brown University biologist and author Ken Miller talks about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness and Free Will.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar, select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Factory History 53 mins – “Historian Joshua Freeman joins us to talk about the history of factories, which is really interesting when you consider the lives of the people who’ve worked in them and how they’ve shaped our world….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake News Creation 22 mins – “Technology allows you to literally put words in someone else’s mouth. Video manipulation is advancing to a point where even terror attacks and mass destruction can be falsely created. We are on the cusp of a new era, where fake news will look more real than ever. Click here to listen to my free Komando on Demand podcast about why you can’t believe everything you see and how video manipulation could be a major threat to national security.” At the link find the title, “Seeing is no longer believing – How video manipulation is becoming the next level of fake news, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files Seeing is no longer believing-How video manipulation is becoming the next level of fake news.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Far Right Activism in Europe 28 mins – “Simon Cox investigates the anti-immigration, anti-Muslim organisation Knights Templar International – not to be confused with the medieval Knights Templar organisation. In a recent interview its front man Jim,Dowson described KTI as a “militant Christian organisation”. KTI posts regular ads on social media to recruit new members and seek donations to fight what Dowson calls the “war between militant Islam and Christianity”. In a recent interview he warned “we are going towards a war in the West. We want to make sure when people hit the streets, militias will form. The Templar way is to train men up in everything – we have training course in video journalism, military stuff”. With the money raised KTI buys paramilitary equipment which is sent to places like Northern Kosovo where British troops are still stationed to keep the peace between the Muslim Kosovo Albanian community and Orthodox Christian Serbians. Last year Dowson was banned from Hungary for being a threat to national security. The British anti-racism NGO Hope not Hate warns “he (Dowson) and his organisation tread a very fine line between antagonising people’s fears, stirring up and stoking people’s fears. He is the ‘Mr Slippery’ of the far-right world in Europe”. Within the far right community Dowson is a familiar figure but more generally he has kept a fairly low profile and has been dubbed in media reports “the invisible man of Britain’s far right”. Concern about the activities of Dowson and Knights Templar International is growing across Europe as the organisation recruits more members to its cause and threatens the peace in some of the most volatile regions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fascism vs Nationalism 18 mins – “In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism — and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control. “The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy,” Harari says. “It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don’t become weapons.” (Followed by a brief conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson)” At the link left click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fast Food Genocide 38 mins – “Fast food deprives the body and the mind of nutrition and sets us up for unhealthy behavioral patterns as well. How can we choose nutritional excellence instead?” At the link left-click “Download the mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Sharia Judge 51 mins – “we’re profiling a new documentary about the first woman judge on Palestine’s court of Islamic law. Utah filmmaker Erika Cohn joins us to talk about women, Sharia law and The Judge….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Addictions 82 mins – “An increasing number of scientific studies suggest that food, like drugs or alcohol, can have addictive qualities. Food addiction is a disease which causes loss of control over the ability to stop eating certain foods. Three people share their personal experiences and how they came through. Recorded on 03/13/2018. (#33583)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Labels 34 mins – “Are food labels adding clarity or confusion?  Focus groups show that consumer sentiment toward food labels is changing.  Colleen Parr-Dekker is the Director of Communications at Elanco.  They have performed extensive focus group analysis and consumer surveys to understand how consumers feel about labels and food.  The excess of abstract information and claims has left most consumers unsure what labels even mean.  Consumers are clueless about terms like “antibiotic free” or “free range”, while companies use these tactics as marketing angles to differentiate their products.  Surveys show that terms like “natural” or “organic” are losing influence.  The results are surprising!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foreign Investment 75 mins – “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) plays an essential role in advising the president on how to exercise his or her authority to block foreign investments that might let the U.S.’s adversaries acquire sensitive American technology or intellectual property. A bipartisan proposal in Congress aims to expand CFIUS’s powers. On Thursday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies convened a panel of Dov Zakheim, a former Pentagon official; Ivan Schlager, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates; Nova Daly, Senior Public Policy Adviser, Wiley Rein LLP; and CSIS Vice President James Andrew Lewis, to talk about CFIUS and how it might change under the new law.” At the link right-click “Direct download: CSIS June2018 mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fungal Resistance 27 mins – “[second item]This week is also resistance week at Science—where researchers explore the global challenges of antibiotic resistance, pesticide resistance, herbicide resistance, and fungicide resistance. Sarah talks with Sarah Gurr of the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom about her group’s work on the spread of antifungal resistance and what it means for crops and in the clinic.” At the link right-click Download MPD3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Treatment in India 51 mins – “In Delhi, Tim Samuels finds an Indian city where masculinity plays out against a backdrop of class, caste and a rapidly changing economy. It is also a country that is searching its soul after a serious of notorious sexual assaults against women. Swati Maliwal from the Delhi Commission for Women reveals how she does not feel safe in her city – where there are six rapes in the capital every day. Meanwhile, a group of men tell Tim how they have faced hardships due to false dowry accusations and a divorce lawyer discloses that the courts are saddled with 50 cases of divorce every day.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering 22mins – “Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.” At the link find the title, “#845: REDMAP,” right-click “Media files 20180605_pmoney_pmpod845v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gina Haspel Nomination 44 mins – “Gina Haspel, the CIA’s current deputy director, goes before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow, May 9, 2018, for confirmation as the CIA’s director. Shane Harris of The Washington Post recently produced a lengthy and detailed profile of Haspel, who was deeply involved in the CIA’s coercive interrogation program in the years that followed 9/11. He joins Benjamin Wittes to discuss the nomination, the cases for and against Haspel, and what we can expect when she faces the Committee tomorrow.” At the link right-click, “Direct download: ShaneHarrisMay2018_mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gina Haspel Victim 30 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to the journalist, Theo Padnos, about his open letter to Trump’s CIA nominee, Gina Haspel. about his time spent in a Syrian torture prison and why, if it comes down to it, she must never obey torture orders from our Commander-in-chief.” At the link find the title, “A Torture Victim Speaks To Gina Haspel, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8660973501.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Grifters and Grafters 29 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Slate’s War Stories correspondent, Fred Kaplan, about President Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. Plus, grifting vs. grafting and more Trump tweets.” At the link find the title, “Trump Withdraws From Iran Deal In Spiteful Fashion, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY6965334961.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hormones 9 mins – “In her book Hormonal, author Martie Haselton explains how hormonal intelligence works, and how women can track and understand their desires, fears and perceptions. Hormones help women choose mates, produce healthy offspring and raise them successfully. She suggests hormonal cycles are solutions to genuine biological challenges. She says as we understand hormonal nudges more, better decisions can be made.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hospital Bombings 7 mins – “Local humanitarians are beacons of light in the darkness of war, says humanitarian aid entrepreneur and TED Fellow Rola Hallam. She’s working to help responders on the ground in devastated communities like Syria, where the destruction of health care is being used as a weapon of war. One of her campaigns achieved a global first: a crowdfunded hospital. Since it opened in 2017, the aptly named Hope Hospital has treated thousands of children. “Local humanitarians have the courage to persist, to dust themselves off from the wreckage and to start again, risking their lives to save others,” Hallam says. “We can match their courage by not looking away or turning our backs.” At the link left click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Progress 91 mins – “In Kishore Mahbubani’s view, global power is shifting from the West to the Rest—from Europe and North America to Asia and Africa. He argues that changes will be required both in the West and the Rest to manage the shift gracefully for long-term stability. The rest of the world has learned a great deal from the West. Now it is the West’s turn to learn and to dispel some of its myths about the new world order. Singaporean diplomat and scholar Kishore Mahbubani served as his nation’s Ambassador to the United Nations and as President of the UN Security Council. He is a Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore where he was Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from 2004 to 2017. His books include Has the West Lost It?: A Provocation (2018); The ASEAN Miracle (2017); The Great Convergence (2013); and The New Asian Hemisphere (2008). The Long Now Foundation and Asia Society Northern California are partnering on a series of talks in Long Now’s Seminars About Long-term Thinking series. With the Asia Pacific region being vital to long term thinking for the planet, and especially for those on the Pacific coast, we believe that there is a fruitful collaboration to explore for both of our memberships and the wider public. The Asia Society’s depth of knowledge about critical issues, key leaders and cultural perspectives coming out of Asia can inform the topics, people and conversations featured in the long-running Seminar series curated and hosted by Long Now’s president Stewart Brand. Public access to the recorded talks broadens the reach of this in-depth collaboration.” At the link find the title, “Kishore Mahbubani: Has the West Lost It? Can Asia Save It?, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files salt-020180423-mahbubani-podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Law 21 mins – “Jamelle Bouie talks to Vox’s Dara Lind about the latest moves the Trump administration has made on immigration and on the southern border.” At the link find the title, “Draconian and Cruel Immigration Policies, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7910584134.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Initial Coin Offerings 28 mins – “A new digital currency gold rush is sweeping the world but is the bubble about to burst?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iran Nuclear Deal 49 mins – “On May 8, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, calling the deal “horrible,” “one-sided” and “the worst deal ever.” The president said he planned to institute sanctions against Iran, and that the U.S. would also sanction any other nation that helps it pursue nuclear weapons, as well as U.S. and foreign companies and banks that continue to do business with Iran. The Iran Deal was one of President Obama’s major foreign policy achievements, which had re-opened diplomatic negotiations between the two countries; yet the deal also had its critics, both of its merits and its constitutionality. Joining us to discuss the complex history of Iran-U.S. relations, President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran Deal, and any constitutional issues implicated as a result are two leading national security and constitutional experts. Jamil Jaffer is the founder of National Security Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Jake Sullivan is a Martin R. Flug Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He served in the Obama administration as a national security and served as the key architect of the Iran Nuclear Deal.” At the link find the title, “The Iran nuclear deal under Trump, May, 2018, right-click “Media files PPY8770360748.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ironman Triathlon 48 mins – “Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races. Hear from UCSF Emergency Medicine doctor on his experience competing in this challenging race. Recorded on 03/28/2018. (#33450)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jaws Shrink 29 mins – “Did you know that 300 years ago people had larger jaws? Why would this be the case and why is it important? Paul Ehrlich, the founding father of modern population sciences, is here to talk about his new book which is a bit of a diversion from his usual work – warning us to not have too many kids. This time, Ehrlich, along with co-author and orthodontist Sandra Kahn, explore the links between jaw size and an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, sleep apnea and hyperactivity. Today, Ehrlich discusses the evolutionary biology of jaws and talks about what people can do to reverse what he calls a “hidden epidemic.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ken Burns Interview 44 mins – “Ken Burns, renowned American filmmaker and documentarian, joins We The People to discuss the history of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the legacy of the 14th Amendment. His widely known documentary series include The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Roosevelts (2014), and The Vietnam War (2017). Ken’s films have won fifteen Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in September 2008, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.” At the link find the title, “Ken Burns: Telling Constitutional Stories, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8320464186.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline P2 19 mins – “A Conservative government would have exercised constitutional powers to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline stayed in the hands of the private sector, finance critic Pierre Poilievre told The Current.” At the link find the title, “Government should have ‘removed all political obstacles’ to Trans Mountain pipeline sooner: Conservative MP, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-aTPn79lJ-20180530.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline P1 19 mins – “A Thursday deadline set by Kinder Morgan to be assured the Trans Mountain pipeline is going ahead is not stopping opponents from pushing back on the project. The expansion contradicts the future of renewable energy, says environmental activist.” At the link find the title, “Pipeline expansion is ‘last gasp of fossil fuel industry,’ says activist, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-cWMaJcUu-20180528.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Lynchings in America 51 mins – “Between 1880 and 1940, more than 4,000 African Americas were lynched in the U.S. And Scholar Amy Wood says they were mostly committed in public, with huge crowds celebrating with photos and souvenirs….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Macron Effect 28 mins – “When Emmanuel Macron followed up his victory in France’s presidential election with another win in the parliamentary elections, he looked set to carry out his promise to change France. Journalists wrote articles on how the Macron ‘effect’ was going to make France one of the world’s major powers and end Germany’s economic dominance of Europe. But the reality of enacting painful economic reforms has led to protests on the streets and a plummeting popularity rating. Lucy Williamson, looks at Macron’s first 12 months in office.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Marijuana Controversy 66 mins – “…Variety and the Brookings Institution hosted the DC premiere of “The Life She Deserves” followed by a discussion on the role of film to affect policy and the current picture of state-level marijuana legalization and federal restrictions on the use of and clinical research into medical marijuana.” At the link left click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save As” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Medical Marijuana in Utah 52 mins – “Could medical marijuana ever be a reality in conservative Utah? Tuesday, we’re talking about the politics, popular opinion, and policies surrounding legalizing cannabis.” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Metabolism 51 mins – “You don’t think much about your electricity until the power goes out. And human metabolism is kind of the same way. Dr. Navdeep Chandel explains why metabolism is worth paying attention to — for lifespan, healthspan, and for dodging disease.” At the link find the title, “#226: The Return of Metabolism,” right-click “Media files SDS226.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mixed Race People 51 mins -”Meghan Markle, the Royal bride to be, has spoken of her confusion as a child when asked to describe her race and the impact that has endured as she entered acting – not white enough for the white roles and never black enough for the black ones. Broadcaster Nora Fakim, of Moroccan and Mauritius descent, explores her own experiences and meets others struggling to fit into a particular community.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Motorcycles 43 mins – “In case you missed this episode on the Playing with Science channel… Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly race down the track, hairpin through the corner, and kick it into high gear as we explore the science-filled spectacle of auto racing with F1 journalist Will Buxton, physics professor Richard Bower, adventure journalist Jim Clash, and legendary driver Mario Andretti.” At the link left-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Music Therapy 27 mins – “Professor Michael Thaut, explores how music can be used to treat cognitive ailments from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to brain injuries. Dr. Michael Ehrenreich, a dermatologist based in New Jersey, wrote Medicine: The Musical opens off-Broadway this fall.” At the link find the title, “Music as Medicine & Medicine as Musical, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files whitecoat-9AK2jNyN-20180531.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Natural Wine 21 mins – “Today, natural wine dominates the cellars of forward-thinking restaurants and collectors. But what is it exactly? And why is it suddenly everywhere? We asked Isabelle Legeron, founder of the RAW Wine Fairs, and Jordan Salcito, director of wine special projects at Momofuku, to explain why ancient winemaking techniques could be the industry’s future.” At the link find the title, “The Future of Everything Festival: Wine Returns to Its Roots, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files WSJ6538823735.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New York Times “Caliphate” 70 mins – “Join Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times journalist, as she recounts her months-long experience as it unfolded in “Caliphate,” her audio series from the producers of “The Daily.” San Francisco-based New York Times cybersecurity correspondent Sheera Frenkel will moderate a discussion with Callimachi and reporter Andy Mills, who joined her on one trip to Iraq, where they were embedded with troops, slept on the roofs of abandoned buildings, and searched for and uncovered invaluable ISIS documents. They will be joined by expezrt Mohammed M. Hafez, a specialist in Islamist movements and political violence, who chairs the National Security Affairs Department of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.” At the link find the title, “Inside ISIS and the Making of The New York Times’ “Caliphate”, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180530_INF_NYT Califate For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Newspaper Layoffs 52 mins – “The Salt Lake Tribune newsroom lost a third of its staff through layoffs and retirement. …we’re talking about what this means for the paper and for journalism in Utah.” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear War Possibility 55 mins – “What are the odds of a nuclear war happening this century? And how close have we been to nuclear war in the past? Few academics focus on the probability of nuclear war, but many leading voices like former US Secretary of Defense, William Perry, argue that the threat of nuclear conflict is growing. On this month’s podcast, Ariel spoke with Seth Baum and Robert de Neufville from the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI), who recently coauthored a report titled A Model for the Probability of Nuclear War. The report examines 60 historical incidents that could have escalated to nuclear war and presents a model for determining the odds are that we could have some type of nuclear war in the future.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Sound Pollution 34 mins – “Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. But manmade ocean noise is threatening this fragile world. The Emmy Award-winning documentary Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution and the devastating impact of industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life. Join us for this fascinating journey below the sea and what we need to do to protect our oceans.” At the link find the title, “Sonic Sea Documentary: Our Oceans Are A Symphony, May, 2018, right-click “Media files cc_20180524_MLF_Sonic Sea for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opiate Epidemic 52 mins – “Journalist Sam Quinones says to understand the opiate epidemic, you have to look at the cultural baggage underpinning it. Poor people in Mexico are looking for a leg up, and disaffected people in the U.S. just want to check out….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Peak Performance 29 mins – “Brad Stulberg explores how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout. Stulberg argues that this means physical and mental preparation. (#33451)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential and Constitution Podcasts 58 mins – “Lillian Cunningham, host and creator of the Washington Post’s “Presidential” and “Constitutional” podcasts, talks about the two series.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Lillian Cunningham, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.500506.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Product Reviews Corruption 67 mins – “Narrative manipulation issues – such as manufactured consensus, brigading, harassment, information laundering, fake accounts, news voids, and more – are increasingly well-documented problems affecting the entire social ecosystem. This has had negative consequences for information integrity, and for trust. This talk examines the ways that these same manipulative tactics are being deployed on Amazon, which is now the dominant product search engine and a battlefield for economically and ideologically motivated actors.” At the link left click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save As” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Psychedelics by Pollan 135 mins – “This might be the most important podcast episode I’ve put out in the last two years. Please trust me and give it a full listen. It will surprise you, perhaps shock you, and definitely make you think differently. Michael Pollan (@michaelpollan) is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley where he is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Science Journalism. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. His most recent book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, might be my favorite yet. This is the first podcast interview Michael has done about the book, the science and applications of psychedelics, his exploration, and his own experiences. It is a wild ride. In fact, partially due to this book, I am committing a million dollars over the next few years to support the scientific study of psychedelic compounds. This is by far the largest commitment to research and nonprofits I’ve ever made, and if you’d like to join me in supporting this research, please check out” At the link find the title, “Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 6aaa228b-ed2c-4f7a-8af1-4802988fdaba.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Quantum Computing, etc 171 mins – “Steve Jurvetson (@jurvetson) is an early-stage venture capitalist with a focus on founder-led, mission-driven companies at the cutting edge of disruptive technology and new industry formation. Steve was the early VC investor in SpaceX, Tesla, Planet, Memphis Meats, Hotmail, and the deep learning companies Mythic and Nervana. He also led investments in startups that were acquired for $16 billion, and five that went public in successful IPOs. In 2016, former President Barack Obama announced Steve’s appointment as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Steve has also been honored as one of “Tech’s Best Venture Investors” by Forbes, and as the “Venture Capitalist of the Year” by Deloitte. Steve will be launching a brand-new venture fund sometime later this year, and you can read about it at” At the link find the title, “Steve Jurvetson — The Midas Touch and Mind-Bending Futures, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 66c69066-e7a1-4f69-9313-f6c89b6a443e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racial Division 12 mins – “Over the last year, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo traveled to all 50 US states, collecting personal stories about race and intersectionality. Now they’re on a mission to equip every American with the tools to understand, navigate and improve a world structured by racial division. In a dynamic talk, Vulchi and Guo pair the personal stories they’ve collected with research and statistics to reveal two fundamental gaps in our racial literacy — and how we can overcome them.” At the link left click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rule of Law Discussion 46 mins– “At Georgetown Law, Matt Axelrod, Bob Bauer, John Bellinger, Jack Goldsmith, and Don Verrilli reflect on the norms that govern contact between the White House and the Justice Department, how the Trump administration has broken them, and what can be done to protect them in this administration and future ones.” At the link right-click “Direct download: RoL panel mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Disinformation 39 mins – “Jacob Weisberg is joined by Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev to talk about the “Arena” project which analyzes disinformation, polarization, and tries to create a counter-response to all the noise. The three discuss the tactics of Russian disinformation, how to talk about it, and how to create a powerful counter narrative.” At the link find the title, “The Real Answer to Russian Disinformation, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1680547487.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

San Francisco Future 69 mins – “What’s the future for San Francisco? Height and density? How much higher can San Francisco go on landfill and 49 miles surrounded by density? Neighborhoods have become parking lots for local transit and commuter parking. Affordable homes for residents, families and children are hard to find. The San Francisco skyline is filled with new sky high buildings of condos, apartments, renters, businesses and multinational money makers — all large buildings with little space for outdoor recreation, schools and playgrounds. Do two California bills, SB 827 and SB35, interact and preclude public health and environmental protections and limit the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)? Join the conversation and share your views about the present and future of San Francisco.” At the link find the title, “The Future of San Francisco, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180530_MLF_Future of SF For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Communications 30 mins – “They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if the picture is a bar graph with a bunch of statistical notations? It may be worth a thousand words, but only to a handful of people. In the context of climate change, that’s clearly not enough. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio, is Randy Olson, a marine biology professor turned filmmaker and author whose book “Don’t Be Such A Scientist” makes the case that scientists can and should be better communicators, especially to regular (non-scientist) folk. Olson draws what he considers to be an important distinction between narration and storytelling, attempts to explain the mystifying ascendancy of Donald Trump, and gives us examples of what does and does not work in messaging scientific knowledge.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scott Pruitt 51 mins – “we’re talking about one of the most effective members of President Trump’s Cabinet. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made a name for himself by attacking the agency he now leads. He’s also been mired in a growing series of ethical investigations….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Senate Voted for Net Neutrality 34 mins – “Evan Greer has spent the last few months pushing the Senate to preserve net neutrality. She explains how Fight for the Future and millions of internet users convinced the Senate, and what’s next in the uphill battle to save the internet.” At the link find the title, “The Senate Voted to Save Net Neutrality–Here’s How it Happened, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sharing Economy 9 mins – “From rides to homes and beyond, we’re sharing everything these days, with the help of digital tools. But as modern and high-tech as the sharing economy seems, it’s been alive in Africa for centuries, according to author Robert Neuwirth. He shares fascinating examples — like apprenticeships that work like locally generated venture capital and systems for allocating scarce water — and says that if we can propagate and scale these models, they could help communities thrive from the bottom up.” At the link left click the “Share” circle, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Single Payer Health Care 66 mins – “Fed up with our dysfunctional U.S. health-care system, many Californians are calling for a state government-run health plan for all residents. Senate Bill 562, which passed in the state senate last year, puts a single-payer plan on the table. Candidates for governor—as well as clinicians, advocates and voters—are split. Everyone wants access to quality care at lower costs, but is single payer (or “Medicare for all”) the answer? Supporters point out that nearly every other developed country has some form of single payer, and all cover more citizens at lower cost than the U.S. Skeptics say that single payer would be too expensive and disruptive, as several other states have found. Can California afford single-payer health care? Can the state afford not to have it? Dr. Paul Song, co-chair of the group behind SB562, and Micah Weinberg, who heads a think tank focused on economic and policy issues facing the Bay Area, will debate the pros and cons of SB562 specifically and single-payer health care generally.” At the link find the title, “The Great Debate: Single Payer Health Care in California, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180523_FEA Single Payer Healthcare For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smartphone Uses 18 mins – “Your smartphone camera can do much more than take a great picture. It can become a scanner, game system, security system, even translator. Click here to listen to my free Komando on Demand podcast about using your camera to the best of its capabilities.” At the link find the title, “7 amazing things your smartphone camera can do, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 04-27_7_amazing this your smart phone camera can do.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spiritualism and Photography 52 mins – “William Mumler was a 19th-century photographer who took portraits of people and the ghosts of their departed. And he made a good living at it until he was arrested for fraud….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Srsly Wrong Podcast 93 mins – “Shawn and Aaron from the “Srsly Wrong” podcast join Brett to discuss left-wing comedy, online discourse, ideology and tendencies on the left, the concept of Utopianism in politics, the crimes of Jeff Bezos, and more!” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File,” and “NO” to get the podcast.

State Attorneys General 45 mins – “As the ripples from New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s resignation after allegations of violence against women continue, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joins Dahlia Lithwick to discuss the role of State Attorneys General and how that’s changing under Trump. Attorney General Healey also talks about fighting—and winning against—the gun lobby in court.” At the link find the title, “The State of the State Attorneys General, May, 2018,” right=click “Media files PPY3529824492.mp3” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainable Food 16 mins – “Restauranteur Kimbal Musk wants to feed America with hyper-local produce and robot-equipped kitchens. Anya Fernald, CEO of Belcampo, is rethinking the way animals are raised and slaughtered. We asked them how we’ll be eating in the years ahead.” At the link find the title, “The Future of Everything Festival: Futuristic Farm-to-Table, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files WSJ4690291578.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainability Movement 29 mins – “What would it take to get your neighborhood, community, or town to unify behind the shift to sustainability? This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to the founder of the Transition Network, Rob Hopkins, about the movement to generate universal appeal for sustainable practices by working locally. We examine some of the network’s successes, talk about parallel efforts in the developing world, and discuss the best ways for people to get involved in the transition away from fossil fuels.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taiwan 100 mins – “…the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies co-hosted a discussion on the current state of affairs on Taiwan.” At the link left click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save As” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Team Humility 33 mins – “The Butler Bulldogs have a habit of shocking college basketball fans by beating top teams with far more talent. How do they do it? Adam Grant joins the team to talk about why stars are overrated and role players are underrated — and how humility can go hand in hand with confidence. Also featuring “Moneyball” author Michael Lewis and Brad Stevens, coach of the Boston Celtics. This episode is brought to you by JPMorgan Chase & Co, Accenture, Bonobos and Warby Parker.” At the link right-click the “Share” circle, right-click Download audio” and select “Save Lin As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Trends 43 mins – “Technology megatrends, or what some call long range technology roadmaps, are an important input into your strategic thinking as you build your innovation pipeline. I’ve been researching, tracking and presenting on technology megatrends for the last 30 years of my career.During a live show broadcast on Facebook, a member of the audience asked about what technology trends would have major impact on businesses. Rather than just giving a quick off hand answer, I took on objective of giving you insight into the technology megatrends that I’m tracking. The megatrends will have significant impact on society, governments, businesses industries and career.” At the link find the title, “Technology Megatrends S13 Ep30,” right-click “Media files Technology_Megatrends_S13_Ep30.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Trends 6 mins – “1968 was marked by radical student protests and big changes in culture and politics. This week, fifty years on, RN looks back to 1968. In film, it saw the release of the science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s film based on the screenplay by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. In 1984 Robyn Williams spoke with Arthur C. Clarke, who describes the impact of new technology such as word processors, and computers. In Sri Lanka, where he lived, satellites were bringing international telephone links and live television. Amazingly, Kubrick’s film was based on situations which are all too real today, such as artificial intelligence.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Theranos Downfall 34 mins – “Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist John Carreyrou discusses his book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, which looks at the rise and collapse of multi-billion dollar biotech startup Theranos. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was hailed as the new Steve Jobs for her venture to revolutionize blood testing technology. In an investigation for The Wall Street Journal, Carreyrou discovered it was all a big hoax.” At the link left click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Voters 26 mins – “Will tried-and-true Democrats in the Midwest who voted for Trump in 2016 continue supporting the president? And what do their evolving views say about the rest of the country?” At the link find the title, “The Tale of the ‘Trump Triers’, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files 5b08a35ee4b0833fd5f34a17_1351620000001-300030_t_1527292772446_44100_160_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ursula Le Guin 9 mins – “Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was an American novelist who worked mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She died in January 2018 aged 88. While Le Guin’s future worlds were technology dependant, her writing encouraged readers to think critically about bigger questions concerning society, governance and values. Technology reporter Ariel Bogle reflects on Le Guin’s legacy in science fiction writing.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Volker Rule 48 mins – “Italy, the Volcker Rule, and sandwiches on this week’s episode with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, and Emily Peck.” At the link find the title, “The Five-Star Sandwich Edition, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8055427790.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Systems 58 mins – “Maine voters will be using “ranked-choice” voting to elect candidates in their June 12 primary – the first time this system has been used in a statewide election in this country. In November 2016, 52 percent of Maine voters approved a ballot initiative to implement ranked-choice voting, it has since faced legal challenges and a legislative move to suspend its use in the state. We also look to Connecticut, where the legislature there has just decided to join a national drive to elect the president by popular vote.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woolly Mammoth 54 mins – “Believe it or not, scientists are actually trying to bring the woolly mammoth back from extinction. It’s not going to be easy, but if they get it right, and if they manage all the legal and ethical hurdles, the results could actually help save the world….” At the link right-click the “Play” button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World Outlook 19 mins – “…we’ve become safer in just about every way. Over the last century, we’ve become 96 percent less likely to be killed in a car crash, 88 percent less likely to be mowed down on the sidewalk, 99 percent less likely to die in a plane crash, 95 percent less likely to be killed on the job, 89 percent less likely to be killed by an act of God, such as a drought, flood, wildfire, storm, volcano, landslide, earthquake or meteor strike, presumably not because God has become less angry with us but because of improvements in the resilience of our infrastructure. And what about the quintessential act of God, the projectile hurled by Zeus himself? Yes, we are 97 percent less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning….” At the link right-click the “Share” circle, right-click Download audio” and select “Save Lin As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.


About virginiajim

Retired knowledge nut.
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